Nightingale Night

Radio 1, Sun ZSApr, 9pm

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Radio 1’s hippest DJs, Annie Nightingale is often forgotten, but the veteran broadcaster has some claim to being the coolest of the bunch.

Joining the 'nation’s favourite' station in 1970 after stints as a television presenter, fashion publicist and working for the Beatles’ label Apple, Nightingale became Britain‘s first female DJ. Despite enduring ridiculous chauvinism from the unreconstructed males who ran Radio 1 like an old boy’s club (when she became pregnant, one producer told her she had fucked herself out of a job), Nightingale proved herself with an approachable style, an in- your-face public image and, most importantly, an ear for new sounds and top tunes.

Now, Radio 1 are toasting the DJ’s

achievements in a themed Nightingale Night. After a documentary, ’The Annie

Nightingale Story' (9--10pm), the station has programmed an extremely exciting two hours of live music which reflects the extent to which Nightingale is respected by the musical community, especially those at the cutting edge of dance. Massive Attack, Basement Jaxx, Cassius, Bentley Rhythm Ace, Freddy Fresh and others will work together and create one-off mixes, while the reformed Happy Mondays will transmit live from their Birmingham gig. There will also be shout- outs from celebs who couldn’t make it into the studio including Oasis and David Bowie. Nightingale will host the evening and is keen that it is something more than This Is Your Life on the air.

'All of this is very flattering, but I want it to be for the listener,’ she says. ’I want to create a unique event with music that you can’t hear anywhere else and will never hear again. I personally hate being made to feel excluded, so this definitely isn’t going to be just me and my mates.’

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autobiography a couple of days before the broadcast. Wicked Speed (the title is from Hamlet, but you don't have to be Keith Halliwell to sniff out the narcotic reference) maps out four decades of large living and big tunes.

’This is a book about adventure,’ she says. 'Books that

start "I was born blah blah blah . . are so boring. I wanted this to be like a great record, with an intro that grabs you.’

Wicked Speed is peopled by a host of ace faces from Paul McCartney to Phil Kay. The Scottish connection continues in the Irvine Welsh-penned foreword, in which the Trainspotting author outlines how Annie Nightingale‘s music cured his teenage acne.

’Considering how hard Irvine’s humour is, his foreword was endearing,’ says Nightingale. ’I actually sent him a fax saying: "you bastard, you made me cry".’ (Peter Ross)

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Celebrity sofa surfing. This issue: Stef Gardiner

What is your favourite show? Frasier wthout a doo'ot, because it's the only programme that's guaranteed to cheer me up.

What is your first telly memory? The Dr Who theme tune.

What do you eat while watching TV? I eat anything I can in front of the box and u3ualiy have a permanent pint of water to hand.

When did you last shout at the telly? Watching Top Of The Pops. I felt I had to cOmment on the talent on display. When did you last cover your eyes at the telly? Last Sunday, as I fell asleep. Who was the first telly person you had a crush on? Betty Rubble. Greatest TV moment of all time? Years ago on Saturday Superstore il thnic when some genius phoned in to ask Five Star why they were so fucking shit a fine moment III history.

Which TV personality makes you want to be physically sick? There couldn’t possibly be enough space to go into this in detail. Let’s Just say that Anthea Turner is high on the list, closer foliov-xed by her sister. Favourite soap opera? Soaps SUCk in general, although I occasionally watch The Bill for the gritty realism.

Who or what is your favourite cartoon character? Wylie Coyote he’s a trier

Who should be encouraged to swear on TV? Wouldn’t it be great if Judy F.nnegan iippecl Out and told Richard to stop drooling at the iUCKiflg models. What’s your favourite advert? Adverts are the work of the devil What is you favourite TV theme tune? Tax;

Least favourite sports commentator? Ch'ck YOung gets on my tits.

Who would you like to see on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch? Al Jurgensen and Nata re Ini'orugiia

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