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.
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.
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, and until 2013 he presented a Sunday radio programme on BBC Radio 2, which spotlighted popular song.
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Digital Spy UK
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:57:57 -0800
In 2010 he worked with his son Russell Davies to create the rock electronica album The Aschere Project, and he is currently working with his other son, Martin, on their second documentary film Dave Davies Rock 'N Roll Journey. Davies is also working on ...
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 04:00:00 -0800
Gazing with the 1996 edition of Russell Davies (then an advertising planner) at the first websites, I wish I could say I was filled with a wild surmise of the possibility. I wasn't. The internet has empowered 3bn people to read, see and publish with a ...
Media Week (registration)
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:03:45 -0800
It's not what advertising is good at so much as what it can do better. by Russell Davies, added 16 hours ago. I've always thought that the best advertising people are those who are a bit suspicious of it. That may well be true of other professions. A ...
Tiroler Tageszeitung Online
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:00:00 -0800
Linz (APA) - Dennis Russell Davies, Chefdirigent des Bruckner Orchesters und Opernchef am Linzer Landestheater, wird anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags, den er am 16. April feiert, Generalmusikdirektor. Das hat der Aufsichtsrat der Oö. Theater- und ...
Hill Country Current
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:22:30 -0800
He plays with prestigious orchestras, collaborating with well-known musicians and conductors, including Uto Ughi, Mario Brunello, Asher Fisch, Dennis Russell Davies, Lior Shambadal, Francesco Manara. She is winner of numerous national and international ...
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:07:17 -0800
Competitors from Portsmouth, Bolton, Ormskirk and Leeds face Russell Davies' questions, in the second semi-final of radio's most venerable general knowledge quiz. They have all won their respective heats, or been among the top-scoring runners-up, and ...
Herkimer Evening Telegram
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:22:30 -0800
Becker has performed globally with renowned conductors such as Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta and Dennis Russell Davies. The B Sharp Musical Club has been in existence in the Mohawk Valley for over 110 years, and one of its primary functions, in addition to ...
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:12:06 -0800
“It should be a fair bit cleaner and healthier experience,” Transit fleet manager Russell Davies. Davies tipped his cap to the old faithful — which was parked a metre away from its successor at the press event. But he admitted it's “not typical” for a ...
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