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Peter Curran

Peter Curran is an award-winning writer, DJ, presenter, documentary maker and failed drummer.

For over a year Radio 4 listeners have heard him at the helm of Saturday night's cultural funfest Loose Ends and he occasionally has a go at presenting The Weekender on Radio2.

Peter has a wealth of hair-raising anecdotes involving his encounters with many of the greats, from Kingsley Amis and Peter Cook to Van Morrison and Pete Docherty.

He has chaired numerous high profile arts and culture conferences involving universities, The Royal Society, The Radio Academy, The Royal College of Art and once outraged a South Bank audience with the results of his commissioned study into why Contemporary Dance struggles to find a mainstream audience? But mainly, he enjoys making people laugh.

After briefly studying Politics and Theatre Studies he travelled the USA working on funfairs before moving to London to make bespoke office furniture for 10 years. After a recession in the building trade in the early 90's, he was reduced to presenting a much lauded drivetime show on BBC GLR.

He went on to write and present When Art Went Pop (BBC2) and fronted Culture Fix a 40-part arts and pop culture series for BBC Knowledge. He also presented the engineering and architecture series Building the Best for Discovery.

For three years on BBC London 94.9 he wrote and presented The Big Picture, which featured profile interviews with major Hollywood players such as Martin Scorsese and Denzel Washington and championed the burgeoning World Cinema scene.

In summer 2004 he presented Restoration Nation for BBC 4.

The following year his own small production company, Yodelay, produced the BBC radio documentary Changing Colours.

"How have attitudes to the increasing multi-ethnic nature of British society changed? Peter Curran asked some of it s leading lights.....This could have been a stodgy sociological exercise but Curran gave it just the right mix of welly and wisecracks." Sue Arnold - Observer

On Radio 4 is a regular presenter of Pick of the Week and fronted the science series State of Emergency. He was a columnist on Home Truths, famously comparing tales of sexual and parental inadequacy with the great John Peel.

On Radio 2 he wrote and presented 'Good Year for the Roses' the first network profile of Elvis Costello.

"On the radio, Peter Curran is the master. He plays and idiosyncratic mix of punk and funk, reggae and anything that s new. He also interrogates his guests in a manner which is both friendly and searching, and he also is looking for a reason to chuckle". - Charlie Gillett - The Guardian


"Curran s sympathetic , thorough trawl through graffiti and hip-hop was eye opening. Like other Culture Fixes, it was very well researched and listened carefully to it s interviewees. Why is it confined to a digital only channel? Would it be too radical to repeat the whole series on BBC2 ?" -Daily Telegraph

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