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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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The Guardian
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:01:26 -0800

'Somebody's going to say, “That didn't represent me or my struggle.” And they're right. But that's not why I write.' … Russell T Davies. Photograph: Colin McPherson for the Guardian. Stuart Jeffries. Tuesday 19 January 2016 03.00 EST Last modified on ...


Tue, 19 Jan 2016 03:41:45 -0800

Russell T Davies has won the the coveted Outstanding Contribution to Writing accolade at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards. The event, which took place at RIBA in London, celebrates the best in British writing and Davies has certainly produced ...


Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:00:26 -0800

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The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:51:03 -0800

When Russell Davies was in charge he wrote some of the worst, silliest episodes and Moffatt wrote far and away the best ones. A shame that when Moffatt took charge he decided he need to up the silliness himself. He seems to think that the best way of ...

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Packaging News
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:07:30 -0800

Managing director Russell Davies said that increasing demand for internet postal packaging and other specialist products is fuelling the company's growth. “We have achieved 15-20 per cent growth each year since 2012 and we are expecting to improve on ...


Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:39:21 -0700

The man who revived Doctor Who has warned the BBC is doomed to be exterminated. Russell T Davies said the battle for the future of the broadcaster is already lost. Addressing an audience at the Radio Times Festival at Hampton Court, the Welsh writer ...


Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:32:34 -0800

RUSSELL DAVIES: Professional Transformation Sports Development is a program that I have created in an attempt to raise awareness and share a message with both veterans, and the world, regarding the struggles that many veterans face with ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 22:02:57 -0700

Dennis Russell Davies, who was born in Toledo and turned 71 last April, is a conductor who's done it all. In the US he has headed up the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra, which he helped found.

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