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Acting on the radio is challenging, inspiring, delicate and always a privilege.


Originally released in book form, Classic FM radio presenter Mike Reid, a published poet himself, compiled this list from listener suggestions and his favourite poems.

Poets included are Betjeman, Belloc, Carroll, Chesterton, Eliot, W.S. Gilbert, Lear, McGough, Milne, Wodehouse and more.

The accompanying audio book was released on December 3, 1998 by Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books.  

The poems are read by Pam Ayers, Joanna Lumley, Richard Griffiths, Roger McGough, Julia Sawalha, David Tennant, June Whitfield and Richard Wilson, with an introduction read by Mike Reid.

David reads:

A Song Against Grocers
- G. K. Chesterton

Agnus Dei - Spike Milligan
The Railway Bridge of the Silver Tay
- William McGonagall
Bagpipe Music
- Louis Macneice
Village Cricket
- Nigel Forde
Everlasting Percy
- E.V. Knox
- John Betjeman
Hunting of the Snark
- Lewis Carroll
Jim Who Ran Away From His Nurse and Was Eaten By A Lion
- Hilaire Belloc     

Miss J. Hunter Dunn - John Betjeman
The Motor Bus - A D Godley
So Farewell then Dizzy Gillespie - E.J. Thribb (Barry Fantoni - Private Eye)                  
Song of the Boys Brigade
- Anon - Parody of the Charge of the Light Brigade
(sometimes called The Village Choir)
Sonnet: In Time of Revolt
- Rupert Brooke   Sir Christopher Wren - E.C.Bentley
A Subaltern's Love Song
by John Betjeman

Everlasting Percy

March 9, 2009, ten years later, the collection was re-issued as Classic FM Favourite Poems on CD with 4 hours worth of readings.

"There's nothing like poetry to soothe the spirits and CLASSIC FM FAVOURITE POEMS has a selection of a hundred old favourites, ranging from Frost's The Road Not Taken to Robert Browning's My Last Duchess, with such glories as McGonagall's The Railway Bridge Of The Silvery Tay, which is read by David Tennant.

Other readers include Samantha Bond, Douglas Hodge, Pam Ayres and Richard Wilson." - The Express - March 13, 2009 Author: Kati Nicholl 

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