August 14

Radio days…

I’ll be doing some radio interviews over the coming weeks talking about my book The British Television Location Guide, which I co-write with my friend and colleague Shoba Vazirani.

The new edition has just been published and reveals the real-life filming locations for dozens of top television series including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Call The Midwife, The Village, Last Tango in Halifax, The White Queen, Sherlock, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Endeavour and Doctor Who, Lewis and dozens more.

If you fancy tuning in, here’s my schedule: (I’ll update it with further dates and times as and when):

Wednesday August 14th: 10.20am: BBC Radio Northampton: The Bernie Keith Show

Wednesday August 14th: 11.30am: BBC Radio Solent: The Alex Dyke Show

Thursday August 15th: 4.30pm: BBC Three Counties: James Whale

Friday August 16th: 10.30am: BBC Radio Devon: The Judi Spiers Show


July 23

A few things I’d like to say about the Royal Family #royalbaby

A few things I’d like to say about the Royal Family:

1)  I think most of the Royals are great – but I think the media coverage of the Royal baby (particularly the BBC’s coverage) has been completely over the top – and ridiculously deferential.

2) I think HM The Queen has been an extraordinary force for good in this country and that she is an incredibly hard-working person. (Ditto The Duke of Edinburgh, who has been an excellent consort)

3)  I respect Princess Anne for her bluntness but mostly for her hard-work. (I met her last year and she was charming and very down-to-earth…)

4) I think HRH The Prince of Wales is absolutely spot-on about modern architecture. I don’t care if he talks to flowers.

5) I think William and Harry have grown up to be fine young men – and have clearly not had easy lives.

6) I wouldn’t want to be a member of the Royal Family and live in a 24/7 media spotlight or have my diary arranged years ahead.

7) I interviewed Prince Edward once and frankly, thought he was a bit of a prat.

8) I gave a card for the Queen to Prince Philip during the 1977 Silver Jubilee – and she wrote back to say thanks… (she always does!)

9) I think a monarchy is an anachronism in the 21st century – but I can’t think of a better system… so therefore I support it and consider myself to be a royalist.

10) I think the baby will probably be named George or Henry.