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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 also presents 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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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:05:30 -0700

Familier de 30 ans du compositeur américain, Dennis Russell Davies remet sur le métier les Symphonies 1 et 4 composées par Philip Glass sur des thèmes de David Bowie et Brian Eno en leur offrant l'ampleur symphonique du Sinfonieorchester Basel en ...

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:45:00 -0700

Dennis Russell Davies's direction is stylish and unobtrusive. The crucial bassoon solo is more plangent, more vocal than it's often played, and the massed winds make a glorious noise a few minutes in, Stravinsky's “swarm of spring pipes” heard in ...

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:19:44 -0700

Not to mention the Sinfonieorchester Basel (Basel Symphony Orchestra) whose chief conductor since 2009 is the adventurous American Dennis Russell Davies. Reply. Richard Dubugnon says: October 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm … did it again… (sigh) we are tired ...
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:39:23 -0700

From Snider are Russell Davies, Sean Englert, Jyaire Carr, Matt Swartz, Joe Williams, Jessie Bates and Jaylin Fowler. In volleyball, Concordia won the SAC championship. The Cadets had five players selected to the All-SAC first team in Tionna Williams, ...
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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:30:00 -0700

In 2010 he worked with son Russell Davies in the Aschere Project to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica album 'Two Worlds'. The film 'Mystical Journey', directed by son Martin Davies, narrates Dave's longtime interest in the paranormal ...

New York Times (blog)

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:17:04 -0700

Mr. Glass began the Études in 1994, partly as a 50th birthday gift for the conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies, but mainly because Mr. Glass was playing solo piano recitals, and wanted material that would challenge his technique. The original ...
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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0700

Those who have performed compositions by Curtis-Smith included Leon Fleisher and Dennis Russell Davies. Curtis-Smith's own performances of his own work and other pieces included solo recitals at the National Gallery and the Phillips Collect in ...
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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:46 -0700

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