Fi and Jane head to The Grange pub in Cardiff for the first ever Fortunately recording in front of an audience. Things get seriously festive as they take questions from the audience about interviews gone wrong, imposter syndrome and advice on surviving this most wonderful time of the year.
74. The draught beneath my wings, with Hugh Dennis
Hugh Dennis joins Fi and Jane for a chat about his past life marketing perfumes, the joy of working with child actors, and Brussels sprouts. They discuss Hugh’s role in Radio 4’s Christmas Appeal with homelessness charity St Martin-in-the-Fields. Plus, we issue a correction about Keith the dead dwarf hamster.
73. Kefir-tunately, with Simon Mundie
Simon Mundie – sports reporter and presenter of Radio 4’s new podcast ‘Don’t Tell Me the Score’ – becomes the first guest to bring Fi and Jane homemade kefir. They discuss what sport can teach us about resilience, tribalism and mental health. Plus, the revelation that mutton is back on the menu at the BBC Club and why you should never wear earrings and a necklace at the same time.
72. ‘A burst of hamstery energy’, with Dame Esther Rantzen
Dame Esther Rantzen, ‘proper legend’ of broadcasting, is whisked from the pizza and into a private room in Broadcasting House for a chat with Fi and Jane. Over hot chocolates, they discuss how Esther went from studio manager and sound effects wizard, to producing and presenting her own TV shows. It’s not long before she’s put on the Fortunately naughty step. Plus, Esther reveals how a conversation with Jane inspired her to found The Silver Line charity, and why 78 is the new 78.
71. Romperamas and titter-free zones, with Tolani Shoneye
Journalist and co-host of The Receipts Podcast, Tolani Shoneye takes the BBC pizza by storm. Tolani, Fi and Jane discuss white guilt, the unwritten rules of online dating, and what David Beckham smells like.