Who Would I Most like to Have an Affair with? I Toyed with the Idea of Bill Nighy, but Plumped for David Blaine
Millard, Rosie, New Statesman (1996)
Poor Anthony Holden. "I'm in the minority," the journalist and royal biographer announced. Indeed, it was true. This was one of those rare moments in broadcasting (outside Woman's Hour) when there are more women than men around the table. I felt for Holden, not because he had the misfortune to be paired with me. And our special subjects was football. About which I know very little.
Anyway, Holden and I, plus the Writers Stella Duffy and Jenny Colgan, Were on the stage of a small London theatre for the recording of Whispers, a new Radio 4 parlour game. His minority was only conceptual, given that the chair for the two teams is the permanently waggish Gyles Brandreth. The show, which will run at some point This autumn, is themed around the juicy Subjects of gossip and scandal.
I'd like to be able to say at this point that I had arrived prepared with huge files of state secrets up my sleeve, but sadly this was not the case, since we were not privy to the question in advance. If you've ever wondered how much is given away before these Radio 4 panel games. I have to say--on the basis of this experience--hardly anything. The contestant really don't know the questions beforehand--they are just very witty, I think I was the honourable exception. There was only one prepared section, in which you had to nominate who you would most like to have an affair with. I had toyed with the idea of Bill Nighy but, on the David Blaine--you wouldn't have to feed him much.
The recording was in front of a friendly Radio 4 audience, all very hearty and clearly huge fans of the former Tory MP for Chester. …