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My Teenage Diary

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Forty-five episodes from Series 1-8 of the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio comedy show, hosted by Rufus Hound.

In this hilarious and revealing show, host Rufus Hound invites his guests to revisit their formative years by dusting off their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time. From terrible poetry, musings on pop music and cringeworthy crushes, to fond recollections of schooldays and exotic holidays, to poignant and searingly honest confessions, these extracts reveal the secret thoughts, feelings and experiences of a host of well-known celebrities – before they became famous.

Among the contributors are Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Sheila Hancock, Meera Syal, Arabella Weir, Robert Webb, Caitlin Moran, Ken Livingstone, Terry Wogan, Alex Horne, Lionel Shriver, Michael Rosen, Ian Rankin, Debbie McGee and John Finnemore.

As they delve into the past and reflect on their youth, will they be filled with nostalgia, or embarrassment? What would they say to their younger selves? And what song will they choose to sum up their teenage years? Find out all this – and a lot more besides – in these surprising, insightful and hugely entertaining shows.

Produced by Harriet Jaine
Executive Producer: Aled Evans
A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4

Episodes:

Series 1
Richard Herring
Russell Kane
Shappi Khorsandi
Steve Hall
Josie Long
Jenny Eclair

Series 2
Sheila Hancock
Victoria Coren
Meera Syal
Rob Deering
Phil Nichol

Series 3
Michael Winner
Janet Street-Porter
Jo Caulfield
Arabella Weir

Series 4
Robert Webb
Caitlin Moran
Jackie Kay
Toby Young
Rhona Cameron
Julia Donaldson

Series 5
Ken Livingstone
Vanessa Feltz
Sarfraz Mansoor
Rachel Johnson
Janet Ellis
Kate Mosse

Series 6
Terry Wogan
Chris Difford
Oona King
Robert Newman
Lucy Worsley
Alex Horne

Series 7
Robert Peston
Lionel Shriver
Michael Rosen
Samira Ahmed
Chris Packham

2017 Special
Ian Rankin

Series 8
Debbie McGee
John Finnemore
Anneka Rice
Pippa Evans
Gyles Brandreth
Helen Lederer

Nina is Not OK

Shappi Khorsandi

Nina does not have a drinking problem. She likes a drink, sure. But what 17-year-old doesn’t?

Nina’s mum isn’t so sure. But she’s busy with her new husband and five year old Katie. And Nina’s almost an adult after all.

And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before, then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…

A dark, funny - sometimes shocking - coming of age novel from one of the UK’s leading comedians. NINA IS NOT O.K. will appeal to fans of Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.

A Beginner's Guide To Acting English

Shappi Khorsandi

It's 1977 and life in Iran is becoming unpredictable. The Shah will be overthrown and events are about to take place on the world stage. But for five-year-old Shappi Khorsandi all this means is that she must flee, leaving behind a mad extended Iran clan and everything she has ever known.

Shappi and her beloved brother Peyvand arrive with their parents in London - all cold weather and strange food - without a word of English. If adapting to a new culture isn't troubling enough, it soon becomes clear that the Ayatollah's henchmen are in pursuit. With the help of MI5, Shappi's family go into hiding. So apart from checking under the family car for bombs every morning, Shappi's childhood is like any other kids' - swings in the park, school plays, kiss-chase and terrorists.

'An extraordinary story...really funny and warm'
Graham Norton

Biography

Rufus Hound (Reader)
Rufus Hound has co-hosted Glastonbury and Top of the Pops with Fearne Cotton, sparred with Marcus Brigstocke on Argumental, done silly things with Keith Lemon on Celebrity Juice, said some quite interesting things on QI, picked apart the polls on 8 Out of 10 Cats, shown off his business nous in The Apprentice: You're Fired and presented his own Channel 4 show, My Funniest Year. Despite all these TV appearances, Rufus's first love will always be live stand-up and he's had plenty of practice putting down hecklers.