Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Middle of the Road Style Will Not Drive Togs around the Bend; Review

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Middle of the Road Style Will Not Drive Togs around the Bend; Review

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Byline: Nick Curtis

CHRIS EVANS'S first radio 2 Breakfast show was resolutely uncontroversial. The banter, the comedy features, the phone-ins and the middle-of-the-road music were tame.

Indeed, the whole format seemed designed to reassure the eight million ToGs - Terry's old gals and geezers - who had loyally listened to Wogan in his 27-year stewardship of radio 2's 7am slot, that Evans was no longer the egotist and iconoclast of yore.

The first voice we heard was Moira Stuart's, making the news sound soothing. Then on came our host, welcoming Stuart back to the Beeb with three pre-recorded cheers: self-effacing from the start.

Confessing he'd been nervous all weekend, Evans kicked off with a brace of Beatles songs. all you need Is love and Got To Get you Into My Life sounded like a calculated bid for hearts and minds. "Buckle up but not too tight," Evans chirruped, "because I promise it will be a long but pleasant ride."

His boyish air of suppressed glee is in marked contrast to Wogan's Mogadon brogue. …

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