- Start the Week
"Start the Week" is a discussion programme on
BBC Radio 4which began in April 1970. The current presenter is the former BBC political editor and former "Independent" editor Andrew Marr. Previous presenters are Richard Baker (1970–1987), Russell Harty(1987–1988), Melvyn Bragg(1988–1998) and Jeremy Paxman(1998–2002).
An idea of the programme's importance to British mental life can be gleaned from the fact that upon being raised to the
House of Lordsas a Labour peer it was thought wise for Bragg to relinquish the chair. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1500897,00.html] ] Occasional stand-in presenters in recent years have included David Baddieland Sue MacGregor.
It is broadcast live on Monday mornings between 9.02am and 9.45am, and repeated in a shortened, edited version at 21.30 the same evening. Its guests typically come from the worlds of politics, journalism, science and the arts. Originally a light-hearted magazine programme with a cookery slot, the programme turned towards being a chat show during Harty's year in the chair before his death in 1988. During Melvin Bragg's tenure the programme moved towards the more serious complexion it now has. Until the end of the Paxman era it also had a number of regular secondary presenters including
Ken Sykora, Kenneth Robinson (in the Baker era), Rosie Boycott, Catherine Bennett and Lisa Jardine. Paxman's tenure was relatively short for a broadcaster of his stature because his aggressive style of interviewing was not considered compatible with the programme.
"Start the Week" won the Best Radio Programme category in the 1994 and 2005 Voice of the Listener and Viewer Awards, and is only the second programme to win the award twice.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/starttheweek.shtml Official site]
* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960325/ai_n14037956 "Do we need; Start the Week?"] , by Peter Popham, "
The Independent", March 25, 1996
* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19960325/ai_n14037948 "Career notes: Start the Week"] , "The Independent", March 25, 1996
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