Posts Tagged ‘BBC Radio 4’

Toyah on the Radio: BBCR4 Ramblings – Joyful Highlights

May 28th, 2020

Clare Balding is currently recalling her favourite walks from her long-running BBC Radio 4 series Ramblings. Episode Four of the retrospective collection airs next Thursday, 4th June and includes Toyah, who guested on Ramblings back in February 2013.

Ramblings With Clare Balding: BBC Radio 4
Thursday 4th June: 3pm/Saturday 6th June: 6.07am

Joyful Highlights Part 4: Singers & Writers. Clare Balding recalls her favourite walks with a colourful variety of writers and singers including Bill Bryson, Toyah Willcox, folk duo Ninebarrow, and the choral group Werca’s Folk.

Clare has been walking on air since 1999, and for this lockdown series of highlights has been digging into the archives to retrieve some of her most memorable moments: Today she gets dressed with Bill Bryson, takes a lift across a small puddle with Toyah, discovers that Dorothy Wordsworth avoided marriage so she could continue walking, and hears from author Emma Mitchell about exactly why our mood is lifted when we spend time in nature.

Marking 20 years as presenter of the programme, Clare Balding digs into archives of Ramblings to share the best moments from her favourite walks. Producer: Karen Gregor.

• Listen to Ramblings – Joyful Highlights online at the BBC Radio 4 website. Click below to browse our Ramblings News Archive. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Radio: Toyah on BBC R4’s Loose Ends

April 13th, 2019

Recording of this week’s Loose Ends took place at BBC Radio yesterday. Toyah tweeted a couple of photos while there, including this one below with Emma Bunton. Loose Ends airs this evening at 6.15pm on BBC Radio 4 and is repeated on Monday at 11.30am. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)


Toyah on the Radio: BBCR4 Loose Ends

April 1st, 2019

bbcle19aToyah is guesting on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends later this month.

Loose Ends: BBC Radio 4: Sat 13th April: 6.15pm
Loose Ends: BBC Radio 4: Mon 15th April: 11.30am
Emma Bunton, Toyah, Peter Doherty, Alex Rex, YolanDa Brown. Clive Anderson is joined by Emma Bunton and Toyah for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Peter Doherty and Alex Rex.

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Site News: Radio Downloads – Toyah 1994/1984

February 8th, 2019

A couple of retro Toyah radio appearances: The New Recruit, from BBC Radio Four (April 1994), and an interview with Toyah (and Sting) from The Annie Nightingale Show, which aired on BBC Radio One (January 1984). Click on each below to listen or download.


Toyah on the Radio: Beautiful Britain

August 20th, 2018

Beautiful Britain: BBC Radio 4: Saturday 1st September: 10.30am
Over the sound of ripping wax-strips, nail drills, clippers and trimmers, Toyah Willcox invites us to eavesdrop on usually private conversations taking place in hair and beauty salons across the UK. Duration: 30 minutes. (Photo © BBC)


Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

May 24th, 2018

live18iLive 2018: Acoustic, Up Close & Personal: Toyah makes a return visit to Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch tomorrow night to play a Sold Out Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date.

Four From Toyah: The fantastic Telepathic Lover, from Toyah’s new EP, was included on Dark Night Of The Soul with Julie at WFMU on 19th May – See the full playlist…

On the Radio: Still available to listen to or download: Only Artists/BBCR4 – The director and actor Alice Lowe meets the singer and actor Toyah Willcox – Listen here…

Anthology Film Archives: Jubilee – Introduced by Tessa Hughes-Freeland: “This film just so typifies the zeitgeist in London immediately prior to my leaving. Seeing Jordan waiting for the bus on the Victoria Palace Road certainly livened up a dreary English day. Jarman’s films were a huge influence on me as a filmmaker, especially his experimental work.” –Tessa Hughes-Freeland – Continue reading…

On the Radio: Still available to listen to: Sounds Of The 70s/BBCR2 – Toyah remembers being a punk in the 70s! – Listen here…

Rock and Roll Dreams: The Crimson Queen – På første halvdel av åttitallet var Toyah blant undertegnedes absolutte favoritter, og nå, 35 år senere, står dama fortsatt høyt i kurs hos denne skribenten. Når Toyah Ann Willcox – som er hennes fulle navn – i dag fyller 60 år er det dermed på sin plass med et tilbakeblikk til storhetstiden, og med det suksessalbumet «Anthem» – Continue reading…

On the Radio: Still available to listen to: Woman’s Hour/BBCR4 – Toyah discusses Jubilee, and her own life and work, both then and now – Listen here…


BBC iPlayer: Beautiful Britain

May 13th, 2018

Listen to Beautiful Britain, presented by Toyah, at BBC iPlayer. (Photo © BBC)


BBC Media Centre: Beautiful Britain

April 24th, 2018

bbcbb18aOver the sound of ripping wax-strips, nail drills, clippers and trimmers, Toyah Willcox invites us to eavesdrop on usually private conversations taking place in hair and beauty salons across the UK.

We drop in on appointments at Totally Polished in Blackpool, The Topiary Salon in Basingstoke, Smith Hair Studio in Edmonton and Not Another Salon in London’s East End.

From holidays and bingo wins, to hospital appointments and bereavements – customers relish the opportunity to swap stories, gossip and enjoy an hour’s escape from the stresses of daily life. Beauticians and hairdressers are trusted confidantes, privy to shocking secrets, but they also provide an independent ear and a comforting shoulder to cry on.

For Toyah’s friend and hairdresser to the stars, Keith Wainwright MBE, a trip to the salon is also an important source of physical and social contact in an increasingly online world.

According to industry reports, women and men of all ages and means are spending increasing amounts of time, and money, at hair and beauty salons in the UK. British consumers spent an estimated 1.89 billion pounds on salon services in the last quarter of 2017. We find out why. A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4

• Continue reading at BBC Media Centre.

Toyah on the Radio: BBCR4 Beautiful Britain

April 24th, 2018

bbcr4logobA Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4, presented by Toyah and produced by Victoria Ferran.

Beautiful Britain: BBC Radio 4: Fri 11th May: 11am
Over the sound of ripping wax-strips, nail drills, clippers and trimmers, Toyah Willcox invites us to eavesdrop on usually private conversations taking place in hair and beauty salons across the UK. (Duration: 30 minutes)

Dreamscape Audio/Video: In The Psychiatrist’s Chair

April 3rd, 2018

Toyah guested on BBC Radio Four’s In The Psychiatrist’s Chair in September 1992. A fascinating interview with Dr Anthony Clare. Certainly one of the most honest and interesting of the many Toyah has given over the last 40 years. This originally aired on 9th September 1992 and runs for approximately 40 minutes. Click below to listen or download.


Toyah @ Twitter: Catching Up With Keith at Smile

March 29th, 2018

Toyah tweeted today: “Fabulous time making BBC Radio4 doc on hairdressing. Catching up with Keith at Smile“. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)


Toyah on the Radio: BBCR4 – Only Artists

March 6th, 2018

Only Artists: BBC Radio 4: Wednesday 7th March: 9am/9.30pm
Alice Lowe and Toyah Willcox. Series in which two artists discuss creative questions. Director and actor Alice Lowe, acclaimed for slasher film Prevenge, meets Toyah Willcox who by the age of 20 had played the National Theatre as well as starring in Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee. (Series 4)

• Listen live at or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.


Radio: Toyah Talks Jubilee on BBC R4 Woman’s Hour

February 21st, 2018

bbcr4wh18bToyah guested on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour yesterday. Listen to the, 45-minute, show at BBC iPlayer. (Photos © Toyah Willcox/BBC)

Toyah, Sandra Bernhard, Sister Helen Prejean

Toyah Willcox made her screen debut 40 years ago in Derek Jarman’s iconic punk film Jubilee. It’s now been adapted for the stage set in the social and political backdrop of today. She joins us to talk about disenfranchised youth, and her own life and work, both then and now.

Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her work to end the death penalty and has been instrumental in encouraging dialogue around the world and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions. She talks about her optimism that the death penalty will be abolished.

Sandra Bernhard began her career on the comedy circuit in the 1970s. She also starred alongside Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s King Of Comedy and played one of the first openly lesbian characters on American network television in the hit sitcom Roseanne. The performer, comedian and singer is also a pioneer of the one woman show. She joins Jane to talk about her new show Sandemonium at Ronnie Scott’s London.


Toyah on the Radio: BBC R4 Alice Lowe

January 26th, 2018

Coming Soon to BBC Radio 4 – Toyah in conversation with Alice Lowe. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)


BBC Radio 4: PM: Toyah Talks Jubilee

November 6th, 2017

bbcr4logobToyah guested on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme on Thursday afternoon, discussing Jubilee at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (and Teletubbies) with Colin Paterson.

• The interview begins at around 46 minutes into the show and runs for approximately five minutes, including a very short play of It’s A Mystery. Listen at BBC iPlayer Radio.

The Reunion: Women of Punk at BBC iPlayer

April 18th, 2017

reunionwop17cListen to The Reunion: Women of Punk at BBC iPlayer.

Sue MacGregor reunites five musicians who embraced the anarchy of punk music and created a unique style of their own.

For many young people, Britain in the late 1970s was a place without hope. Unemployment was high. The value of the pound was low and, despite the feminist activity of the early 1970s, the most many girls aspired to was to marry well and look good. Female role models were hard to fine – especially in music. The only all-girl troupes on Top of the Pops were Legs and Co. Then punk happened.

Women could dress how they liked, behave how they wanted and develop their own sound without being manipulated by the mostly male gatekeepers of the record industry. Young women who didn’t fit the traditional mould of femininity found a new tribe in punk. A place where they could finally be themselves. But the movement attracted fear and aggression from straight society. And few made much money from the short-lived scene.


Sue MacGregor brings together five female punk pioneers: Gaye Advert, bass player in The Adverts, was described as the first female punk star. But the industry focus on her looks caused animosity in the band. Toyah Willcox, an aggressive tomboy, found her emotional rebellion in punk and appeared in Derek Jarman’s cult punk film Jubilee. Gina Birch of The Raincoats played her first gig in November 1977 a few weeks after forming her all-female band. Tessa Pollitt abandoned her A levels to join all girl punk band, The Slits. Vivien Goldman was in the The Flying Lizards and Features Editor on the weekly music paper, Sounds. She is now a Professor of Punk in New York. The guests discuss the impact and legacy of their movement.

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio 4: The Reunion

April 13th, 2017

The Reunion: BBC Radio 4: Sunday 16th April: 11.15am
The Reunion: BBC Radio 4: Friday 21st April: 9am
Women of Punk. Sue MacGregor presents the series that reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history. Women of Punk: Sue reunites five musicians who embraced the anarchy of punk music and created a unique style of their own.


BBC Radio 4: Inheritance Tracks

March 6th, 2017

bbcr4logobCelebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

Singer Toyah Willcox chose ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel and ‘Human Behaviour’ by Bjork.

• Download the podcast at BBC Radio 4’s website.

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Radio: Toyah @ BBC iPlayer Radio

January 17th, 2017

There’s a great selection of past Toyah at BBC Radio 4 content currently available to listen to at BBC iPlayer Radio; Great Lives: Toyah Willcox on Katharine Hepburn (originally aired in September 2015), Ramblings: Toyah takes Clare Balding for a walk in Worcestershire (February 2013), Woman’s Hour: Toyah on being a punk (February 2012), A Good Read: Book reviews (March 1998), and Saturday Live: Toyah’s shares her secret life (August 2011).


BBCR4: Loose Ends Preview Clips

November 6th, 2015

Toyah recorded her appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and an acoustic version of It’s A Mystery, earlier today at BBC Broadcasting House, London. Listen to the song, and other previews from tomorrow’s show, by clicking below. Loose Ends airs at 6.15pm on Saturday. (Photo © BBC)


Toyah on the Radio: BBCR4 Loose Ends

November 2nd, 2015

bbcr4logobToyah guests on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends this weekend.

Hosted by Clive Anderson, the lively mix of conversation, music and comedy will include Toyah, Joe Brown, John O’Farrell and music from The Zombies and an acoustic song from Toyah herself.

BBC Radio 4: Loose Ends:
Saturday 7th November: 6.15pm

Clive Anderson and Scottee are joined by Joe Brown, Mackenzie Crook, Toyah Willcox, John O’Farrell and the Zombies for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.

• Listen live at the BBC Radio 4 website or on BBC iPlayer post-airing. (Thanks to