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Friday 24th September 2004

I flew back from Denmark early in the morning to be back in the UK in time for a “That Was Then, This Is Now” script meeting. When I arrived home there was an email asking if I could head down to Broadcasting House to record a trail for Radio 2 before the meeting. There was very little time and I had no trail (and in fact, as yet, very little of the actually script for the Tuesday record has been written), so I had to jump straight on the tube and head for the studio. On the way I tried to come up with a suitable advert for this non-existent show. I still didn’t quite have anything by the time I walked into the studio, but the woman recording the thing that wasn’t yet written advertising the thing that wasn’t yet written was prepared to wait until at least something was written. I managed to come up with a something along the lines of this,
“Hi, I’m Richard Herring and if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hey, why isn’t there a Radio 2 show which looks at what happened in history this week and then comes up with almost six hilarious comedy sketches about those events and also has a cool live band?” then I’ve got some good news for you.
Because I am Richard Herring and I’m hosting a brand new Radio 2 show which looks at what happened in history this week and then comes up with almost six hilarious comedy sketches about those events and also has a cool live band.
It’s called “That Was Then, This Is Now” and it’s on Radio 2 next Saturday at 1pm, just after Jonathan Ross finally stops talking. Listen in and very soon history won’t be that thing that you hastily delete when logging off the internet.”
Then I went over to the writer’s meeting where I found a few things had been written, but that there was still some way to go. Before Tuesday. Ah well, you’ve probably been following this long enough to know how much gets done at the last possible minute. I’ve been following this for longer and I still haven’t learned my lesson!

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