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This article is about the radio music journalist. For the Welsh screenwriter associated with reviving Doctor Who, see Russell T Davies. For those of the same or similar name, see Russell Davis (disambiguation).

Robert Russell Davies (born 5 April 1946) is a British journalist and broadcaster.

Davies was born in Barmouth, North Wales. He attended Manchester Grammar School, according to his own statement on a November 2010 Brain of Britain programme. During his time there (1957–64) he acted in dramatic society productions and was appointed school vice-captain.[1]

He gained a scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge, and was awarded a first class degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages in 1967, but soon abandoned his post-graduate studies in German literature when the opportunity arose to tour with the Cambridge Footlights revue. During his time in Cambridge he contributed topical cartoons to the news pages of Varsity, the undergraduate newspaper, under the pseudonym Dai.

As a journalist, Davies worked as a film and television critic for The Observer and The Sunday Times, features writer and sports columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, a caricaturist for The Times Literary Supplement and was a deputy editor of Punch. He edited Kenneth Williams's diaries for publication, despite being the target of Williams's acid pen in those same diaries. He regularly appeared on television in the 1980s, presenting Saturday Review for BBC2.

In 1988 Davies was the presenter of a 12-part BBC radio series Radio Fun chronicling the history of comedy on the radio from the thirties to the present day. Since 2007 the series has been repeated most years on BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly Radio 7), most recently ending in January 2011.[2]

Davies is a jazz musician, playing the trombone, and has presented television and radio documentaries on the subject, including in 1999 a year-long history for BBC Radio 3, Jazz Century. He has written and presented other radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's series Word of Mouth (winner of the 1996 European Radio, ONDAS prize), and a series on Radio 2 about songwriters Rodgers and Hart, Legends of Light Music. In 2003, Russell Davies wrote and presented Quest for Perfection, a film about jazz clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw, for BBC Four and produced by John Warburton (shortlisted for the 2004 Grierson Award). To date (July 2005), his film has been broadcast nine times.

His documentary on the life of the cartoonist Ronald Searle was shown on the BBC in 2006.

He presents Brain of Britain on Radio 4,[3] and until 2013 he presented a Sunday radio programme on BBC Radio 2, which spotlighted popular song. He has also presented the BBC Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A Biographical Register of Old Mancunians. Manchester Grammar School. 1978. p. 789. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 7 - Radio Fun: The Story of Radio Comedy, Episode 12". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Brain of Britain". BBC. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:36:39 -0800

He shepherded Doctor Who back onto our screens in 2005 but Russell T Davies has emphatically stated he won't be returning to the BBC's flagship sci-fi series. “No. You have to move on,” he says in the latest edition of Radio Times magazine. The news ...


Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:18:45 -0700

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:11:15 -0700

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:10:39 -0800

Russell T Davies is aiming his new TV series about gay sex and relationships at the mainstream audience who loved 90s hit Cold Feet. The writer, who penned groundbreaking series Queer as Folk 16 years ago, is desperate that Cucumber doesn't get ...

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Burton Mail
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:33:44 -0800

On 13 minutes, Russell Davies swung the ball in from the right and Thompson punched it straight to Brad Pantall, who shinned it straight back to the keeper. At the other end, Nathan Arnold outpaced Simon Wood down the left before crossing into the box ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:30:30 -0700

Clive James with Russell Davies on TV culture show Think Twice, so-called because 'there were two of us … and we would be doing quite a lot of thinking'. Photograph: ITV/Rex. Another potential source of awkwardness, to which he seems finely attuned, ...


Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:45:50 -0800

It's fitting that a long-running television show about time-travel should be gearing up to enjoy its 10th anniversary not long after already celebrating its 50th. But Russell T Davies, the Swansea scribe credited with regenerating the seminal BBC sci ...

Korea Times

Korea Times
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:56:15 -0800

The first performance of the festival will feature American conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies and the 139-year-old Basel Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams and pianist Fazıl Say. "I have worked with Say many ...

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