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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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Financial Times

Financial Times
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:22:30 -0700

He had what was once described (hat-tip: Russell Davies) as “the only hectic drawl in captivity”. He operated in a sport whose most important performers have never said anything (Mr Ed excepted) and at a time when the owners, trainers and jockeys were ...

Radio Times

Radio Times
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 ...

BBC News

BBC News
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:40:37 -0700

Graham is in conversation with historian and broadcaster Russell Davies who talks about the history of the saxophone and his favourite players. Also he chats to American trombonist Nat Peck who came to Britain 71 years ago on June 28th as part of ...


Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:54 -0800

Russell T Davies is the man who gave us a triumphant reboot of Doctor Who, created the groundbreaking gay drama Queer as Folk and wrote a technicolour costume drama about the life of Casanova. These works, at first, may seem very different but they all ...

The Independent

The Independent
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:59:43 -0800

Sixteen years after his controversial drama 'Queer as Folk', Russell T Davies returns to his 'life's work' – the modern gay experience – with 'Banana' and 'Cucumber'. He'd love the shows to be seen in Russia, he tells Gerard Gilbert. Gerard Gilbert ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Two days later, on September 29th, the Basel Symphony Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies will open their NCH debut with the collaborative 1921 ballet, Les mariés de la tour Eiffel, which was written by five of the composers known collectively as Les ...

660 News

660 News
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:49:10 -0700

The delay lasted nearly three hours and acting director of Calgary Transit Russell Davies said a train in the core struck something overhead and it seriously damaged the power line above the track. “That damage caused the vehicle to stop,” Davies said.

Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:30:00 -0700

Russell Davies, acting director of Calgary Transit, said a series of inspections were conducted “from the ground up, quite literally” following last Thursday and Friday's breakdowns of the pantograph, which connects the train to the overhead power lines.

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