Arts: The Week in Radio
Hanks, Robert, The Independent (London, England)
IT USED to be that to get anywhere in the media, it paid to have influential parents. In our topsy-turvy times, however, the really helpful thing is to have influential children - as in the case of Edward Enfield, father of Harry, who in recent years has become a sort of tribune for old people on Radio 4. Not that we call them old people any more: Free Spirits (Radio 4, Sunday) is addressed to "people who are at last free to do what they have always wanted to do".
In most cases, this turns out to mean travelling in a fairly aimless fashion. In a rather overcrowded first edition, we met a former house- mistress who is going through a "Been There, Done That" list (going down in a submarine, riding a camel in the desert, and so forth); a man who drives around Europe in a Toyota Starlet, in which he once found a rat; a couple who have gone back-packing around the world; and a group of men who have taken to playing the harmonica, though not terribly well.
These vignettes are linked, rather tenuously, by Enfield, who is in the middle of planning a cycling expedition to Poland. This week, he had a Polish expert in the studio to give him a few phrase-book tips and some information about Polish kissing etiquette. "I can see I've got to be ready to learn," Enfield notes, "and keep my wits about me." The refusal to assume that old age means settling down in your armchair to watch daytime television until …
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