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 presented (until 29th September 2013) a Sunday radio programme on BBC Radio 2, which spotlighted popular song, as well as Brain of Britain on Radio 4. He made frequent references to Wikipedia in his 9pm to 10pm Sunday evening radio programme, usually to point out some error or omission in an article dealing with his area of expertise.
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Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner at BAFTA Cymru
Russell T Davies presents Julie Gardner with the Siân Phillips Award at BAFTA Cymru [Sep 29, 2013]
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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:41:16 -0800
Russell Davies with… (Radio 2, Monday) is a new series. Davies lost his Sunday evening slot this year. Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan explained to Radio 4's Feedback last Friday that he chopped it because his budget has been cut, the overall audience ...
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 02:13:10 -0800
I was just a few months old when Doctor Who was first screened on November 23, 1963, so I am the same age as the show. It has formed part of the backdrop to my life and I'm proud of that. My first ever Doctor Who memory is when I was three and and I ...
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:31:36 -0800
'One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama'. Harry Page. Doctor Who's award-winning writer Russell T Davies is to return to British TV with TWO new drama series about gay sex for ...
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:03:45 -0800
Tom and Russell Davies cut and shaped each piece of cork, which was donated by Stephen Lane, and Graham Archer supplied the canvas and completed the vest and strapping. It will be placed on a mannequin at the Newcastle Maritime Centre, which ...
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:07:30 -0800
“We typically do that sort of thing when we've done a lot of research out in the market and we found there's only one company that's able to do what we want to do,” explained fleet manager Russell Davies. He added that Calgary Transit has tried ...
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:23:48 -0800
We first became aware of Russell Tovey with his performance in The History Boys, and his memorable guest turn in Doctor Who (it was so memorable Russell Davies suggested him as a future Doctor). But it was his role as adorable werewolf George in Being ...
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Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:52:22 -0800
Dennis Russell Davies, who has spent over three decades conducting and championing the music of Philip Glass, has on his pianist hat this week. Since 2003, he and his wife, Maki Namekawa, have been performing as a piano duo. Unsurprisingly, Mr.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:03:45 -0800
It began in earnest in 2005 under the watch of Russell Davies. Since then, the show has followed the reign of the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors, with the twelfth Doctor joining the show next year. In the 50th anniversary broadcast, every prior ...
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