An Evening with Johnners

Reminiscing approximately his lengthy existence and profession on the BBC, Brian talks approximately a few of the diversified events and programmes with which he was once concerned. He additionally indulges in his famous love of (rather undesirable) jokes and puns.

In this revised variation of An night with Johnners, which incorporates formerly unreleased fabric, the sheer heat of Brian's character comes throughout to the listener, and it's almost most unlikely to not believe at one with the individuals of the hugely appreciative theatre audience.

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Then we've this humorous factor within the field approximately chocolate cake. it's foolish, fairly, yet somebody as soon as despatched me a cake approximately 16 years in the past for my birthday and, possibly unwisely, I acknowledged at the radio, ‘Thank you a great deal for that scrumptious cake. ’ because then, they've got arrived in droves. We have been averaging 3 or 4 an afternoon final yr! Ray Illingworth’s consistently sturdy for one: he is available in at teatime. We supply a few to outdated girls’ houses and youngsters, we consume a few ourselves, and we continually have approximately 8 viewers within the field – you could listen them chattering frequently – so we supply them a few cake. humans take quite a bit hassle. Small boys wait in the back of the pavilion and say, ‘My mum’s baked this cake for you, Mr Johnston. ’ It’s very touching they usually do it superbly. They make fabulous cricket scenes in icing on them. I’m president of a cricket membership in Glamorgan – I’m president of approximately ten assorted humorous golf equipment – and so they arise to Lord’s each year with a cake for me. They continuously current it to me at the Saturday and this 12 months they'd a colored icing reproduction of a recognized photo in Lord’s Museum, which exhibits W. G. Grace batting and a fielder stooping all the way down to box in entrance of the outdated stand, the place the Warner Stand is now. King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra are noticeable strolling round, with Lillie Langtry, the King’s mistress, within the crowd. It’s a well-known photograph. They did a duplicate of it in color. It was once marvellous; too sturdy to consume and too sturdy to chop, so we positioned it in our freezer, and whilst humans got here to our condominium, we didn’t say, ‘Come and consider this photo at the wall. ’ We took them into the kitchen! So it is extremely silly yet everyone is type, and whilst individuals are variety you simply say, ‘Thank you. ’ after all, we performed a foolish trick on Alan McGilvray many years in the past. by the way, i believe Alan McGilvray used to be the least biased and the fairest of all commentators. He was once a really, first-class commentator and he knew his cricket, simply because he captained New South Wales within the thirties, while humans like Jack Fingleton and invoice O’Reilly have been below him, or even Don Bradman every so often. So he knew his cricket, yet he didn’t constantly comprehend our jokes. At Lord’s, a number of years in the past, I had lower a few cake up into slices at the table along me and that i was once commentating, while I observed him are available. I pointed to the cake and he nodded, and that i went on yap, yapping away and observed him take a slice, and that i stated, ‘That ball simply is going off the sting of the bat and drops in entrance of first slip …’ I observed Alan placed it in his mouth and that i acknowledged, ‘We’ll ask Alan McGilvray if he inspiration it was once a capture. ’ He went pfffft. there have been crumbs all over the place! foolish fairly! I’m fortunate at having been on air at nice moments like profitable the Ashes in 1953, whilst i used to be on tv on the Oval – ‘It’s the Ashes! It’s the Ashes! ’ – and back whilst Ray Illingworth acquired the Ashes again in 1970/71 in Australia, i used to be broadcasting again to England. yet fortunately for me, I wasn’t on whilst the 1st streaker got here on at Lord’s. have in mind the male streaker in 1975?

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