My Teenage Diary

Rufus Hound invites comedians to revisit their formative years by dusting off their teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Will they experience the warm glow of nostalgia or the hot flush of embarrassment?

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0101Richard Herring2009040120100429

Rufus Hound invites comedians to revisit their formative years by dusting off their teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Will they experience the warm glow of nostalgia or the hot flush of embarrassment?

With Richard Herring

0102Russell Kane2009040820100513

Rufus is joined by comedian Russell Kane, whose detailed accounts of everyday life as a teenager, combined with anger-fuelled poetry displays just what it is to be unpopular, unattractive and unlucky in love.

0103Shappi Khorsandi2009041520100520

In this episode, Rufus is joined by Iranian comedienne Shappi Khorsandi who reveals herself to be a lonely and awkward teenager, desperate to be part of a group.

Listen out for Shappi's embarrassed readings of her hilarious teenage poetry.

0104Steve Hall2009042220100527

Host Rufus Hound is joined by Steve Hall, member of the comedy sketch group We Are Klang.

Steve reveals what it was like to grow up as a proper mummy's boy, and the nightmare situations he encountered because of it.

0105Josie Long2009042920100610

With Josie Long

0106 LASTJenny Eclair2009050620100603

With Jenny Eclair

Host Rufus Hound is joined by comedienne, novelist and star of Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair.

What advice would Jenny give now to her younger self? Tune in for a hilarious glance back into life as a teenager growing up in the 70s.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A talkbackTHAMES production for BBC Radio 4.

0201Sheila Hancock2010121420140502 (BBC7)

Rufus Hound hosts this six-part comedy series in which celebrities are asked to revisit their teenage diaries and read them out in public for the very first time. This week, Sheila Hancock.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

This week, Sheila Hancock

0202Victoria Coren2010122120120415
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Rufus Hound hosts this six-part comedy series in which celebrities are asked to revisit their teenage diaries and read them out in public for the very first time. This week, Victoria Coren.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

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Rufus Hound invites Victoria Coren to read extracts from her teenage diaries.

Victoria Coren

0203Julian Clary2010122820120422
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Rufus Hound invites Julian Clary to read embarrassing extracts from his teenage diary and read it out in public for the very first time.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

Julian Clary

0204Meera Syal2011010420120429
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Rufus Hound invites Meera Syal to read embarrassing extracts from her teenage diary and read it out in public for the very first time.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

Meera Syal

0205Rob Deering2011011220140530 (BBC7)

Rufus Hound invites Rob Deering to read embarrassing extracts from his teenage diary and read it out in public for the very first time.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

Rob Deering

0206 LASTPhil Nichol2011011920140606 (BBC7)

Rufus Hound invites Phil Nichol to read embarrassing extracts from his teenage diary and read it out in public for the very first time.

Producer: Victoria Payne

A TalkbackThames production for BBC Radio 4.

Phil Nichol

0301Michael Winner2011090120110908 (BBC7)
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My Teenage Diary returns with four more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner, whose journals describe an impossibly glamorous trip to America in 1953 and a titillating canoe accident.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback Thames production for BBC Radio 4.

Director and restaurant critic Michael Winner tells Rufus Hound about a trip to America.

My Teenage Diary returns with Michael Winner who recounts a glamorous trip to America.

0302Janet Street-porter2011090820121010
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My Teenage Diary returns with four more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time. Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by writer and editor Janet Street-porter who revisits her heady teen years at the heart of swinging 60's Soho.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback Production for BBC Radio 4.

revisits the days when she was seeing three men at the same time.

My Teenage Diary returns with four more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by writer and editor Janet Street-Porter who revisits her heady teen years at the heart of swinging 60's Soho.

A TalkbackTHAMES production for BBC Radio 4.

Janet Street-Porter revisits the days when she was seeing three men at the same time.

0303Jo Caulfield2011091520121017
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My Teenage Diary returns with four more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Rufus Hound is joined by comedian Jo Caulfield whose diaries describe her joining a terrible rockabilly band as drummer - despite the fact she can't play the drums.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback Production for BBC Radio 4.

Rufus Hound is joined by Jo Caulfield who revisits her time in a terrible rockabilly band.

Rufus Hound is joined by comedian Jo Caulfield whose diaries describe her joining a terrible rockabilly band despite the fact she can't play the drums.

A TalkbackTHAMES production for BBC Radio 4.

0304 LASTArabella Weir2011092220121024
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My Teenage Diary returns with four more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by actor Arabella Weir who describes a teenage life full of drinking, calorie-counting and boys.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback Production for BBC Radio 4.

Rufus Hound invites Arabella Weir to revisit her days of drinking and calorie-counting.

A TalkbackTHAMES production for BBC Radio 4.

0401Robert Webb2012062720131124
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Rufus Hound is joined by actor Robert Webb whose hilarious and sometimes abrasive teenage diary documents the highs and lows of being seventeen - and the perils of kissing a girl at a party when you don't really fancy her.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Rufus Hound is joined by Robert Webb who remembers the highs and lows of being 17.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

0402Caitlin Moran2012070420130814
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My Teenage Diary returns with six brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by writer Caitlin Moran, who relives her teenage years when she was home-schooled in Wolverhampton, shared a small house with her seven brothers and sisters, and had a novel published at only 15.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

revisits her teens when she was home-schooled in Wolverhampton.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time. Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by writer Caitlin Moran, who relives her teenage years when she was home-schooled in Wolverhampton, shared a small house with her seven brothers and sisters, and had a novel published at only 15.

Caitlin Moran revisits her teens when she was home-schooled in Wolverhampton.

0403Jackie Kay2012071120120718 (BBC7)
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My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by poet Jackie Kay who revisits her politically active student years in the early eighties, when she went on every demo she possibly could. She shares some of her early poetry, and talks about what a revelation it was to finally meet and make friends with other black women when she was at university.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Poet Jackie Kay returns to her teenage days as a right-on, politically active student.

0404Toby Young2012071820131027
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My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

IN this fourth programme in the series, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by writer Toby Young who revisits his teenage years, when he had a lot of fun playing knock down ginger, shooting pea shooters, and skateboarding - but let his academic work suffer.

He reflects on his mis-spent youth and talks about how it has changed his perceptions of young offenders today.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

revisits his tearaway teens, playing knock down ginger and skateboarding.

Toby Young revisits his tearaway teens, playing knock down ginger and skateboarding.

0405Rhona Cameron2012072520131103
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My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time. In this episode, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by Rhona Cameron who revisits her teenage years when she struggled to come to terms with her sexuality and had to cope with the sudden death of her father.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

revisits her teenage days growing up in small town Scotland.

Rhona Cameron revisits her teenage days growing up in small town Scotland.

0406 LASTJulia Donaldson2012080120131110
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reads from her diaries, recalling her teenage obsession with Mick Jagger.

Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

This week, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by the author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson. Donaldson's diaries are a vivid account of her obsession with Mick Jagger and the lengths she went to in order to meet the elusive Rolling Stone.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Julia Donaldson reads from her diaries, recalling her teenage obsession with Mick Jagger.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

0501Ken Livingstone2013082120140725
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Ken reads from his 1966 diary, when he hitched across the Sahara, adopted an incontinent ostrich called Horace, and ate a venomous snake.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

reads from his 1966 diary, when he hitchhiked across the Sahara Desert.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

For the first in the new series, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Ken reads from his 1966 diary, when he hitched across the Sahara, adopted an incontinent ostrich called Horace, and ate a venomous snake.

0502Vanessa Feltz2013082820140801
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, who revisits her teenage years in North London. She spent her holidays packing knickers for her father's lingerie firm, and a lot of the rest of the time daydreaming about being married to her teenage boyfriend.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

relives her teenage years, growing up in North London in the late seventies.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time.

0503Sarfraz Manzoor2013090420140808
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time. In this programme, Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

Sarfraz relives his teenage days living in Luton in a strict Muslim family - when he was obsessed with Bo Derek and pop music, and desperate to buy a computer.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

relives his adolescence growing up in a strict Muslim family in Luton.

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries, and reading them out in public for the very first time. In this programme, Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

0504Rachel Johnson2013091120140815
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by journalist Rachel Johnson. Rachel's diaries focus on her gap year in Israel, when she worked on a kibbutz with her brother and was wined and dined by an Israeli shepherd.

They also include her trip to the Andes with a boyfriend who suffered from vertigo.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Writer Rachel Johnson revisits her gap year, when she worked on a kibbutz with her brother

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries.

In this programme, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by journalist Rachel Johnson. Rachel's diaries focus on her gap year in Israel, when she worked on a kibbutz with her brother and was wined and dined by an Israeli shepherd.

0505Janet Ellis2013091820140822
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Another brave celebrity revisits their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by actress and presenter Janet Ellis, whose teenage diaries show that her love of arts and crafts started long before she got the job on Blue Peter.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

's diaries show that her love of arts and crafts started long before Blue Peter

My Teenage Diary returns with six more brave celebrities ready to revisit their formative years by opening up their intimate teenage diaries.

In this programme, Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by actress and presenter Janet Ellis, whose teenage diaries show that her love of arts and crafts started long before she got the job on Blue Peter.

0506 LASTKate Mosse2013092520140829
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Author Kate Mosse's diary tells of a rain-soaked family holiday to the Lake District.

In the last programme of this series, comedian Rufus Hound is joined by author Kate Mosse, whose diary tells of a rain-soaked family holiday to the Lake District in the 1970s.

Highlights of the trip included getting lost in the Newbury one-way system and a visit to a pencil factory.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by author Kate Mosse, whose diary tells of a rain-soaked family holiday to the Lake District in the 1970s.

0601Terry Wogan2014112720141204 (BBC7)
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's diary reveals his obsession with Subbuteo and love of eating lunch in bed.

Comedian Rufus Hound is joined by the broadcaster Terry Wogan, whose diary describes his life in Limerick when he was 15.

The young Terry serves his first Mass, spends hours in the cinema, loves playing Subbuteo with his friends and - when he's tired - simply eats his lunch in bed.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

Terry Wogan's diary reveals his obsession with Subbuteo and love of eating lunch in bed.

The young Terry serves his first Mass, spends hours in the cinema, loves playing Subuteo with his friends and - when he's tired - simply eats his lunch in bed.

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Musician Chris Difford reads his 1974 diary, which charts the birth of his band Squeeze.

Rufus Hound is joined by the musician and Squeeze founder member Chris Difford. His 1974 diary talks about the very early days of the band and describes life behind the scenes - including a wild ride down the A20 on the back of a motorbike.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio.

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Baroness Oona King's diaries show her political ambitions started from a very young age.

Rufus Hound is joined by the Labour politician Baroness Oona King. Through her diaries we discover her growing up from a roller-skating 11 year-old who wants a new hamster to a 19 year-old politics student who wants to be Prime Minister.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Robert Newman's diaries reveal him going to a CND rally and falling in love on the bus.

Rufus Hound is joined by the comedian and author Robert Newman, who reads from his 1981 teenage diaries. The young Newman goes on a CND rally, meets Tony Benn and Joe Strummer, and falls in love on the bus... twice.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Historian Lucy Worsley's diary reveals her love of the Girl Guides and collecting rocks.

Rufus Hound is joined by the historian Lucy Worsley, whose diaries reveal that she was swottier than the average teenager. While her friends were out at parties, Lucy was curating her collection of rocks, and gardening.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Comedian Alex Horne's diary focuses on his 1997 gap year, which he spent teaching in China

Comedian Alex Horne's teenage diary focuses on his 1997 gap year, which he spent teaching English in China. But looking back, Alex wishes he'd spent more time teaching grammar, and less time worrying about girls and sampling the local nightlife.

Produced by Harriet Jaine

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Journalist and broadcaster Robert Peston reads from his 1974 teenage diaries.

Journalist and broadcaster Robert Peston reads from his 1974 diaries, and is interviewed by Rufus Hound about his formative years. We find out about his childhood in bohemian North London, his love for prog rock and loon pants, and the reason for the way he speaks.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

Executive Producer: Aled Evans

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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Writer Lionel Shriver reads from her frank and highly personal teenage journals.

The writer Lionel Shriver reads from her frank and highly personal teenage journals, while discussing her formative years with Rufus Hound.

She talks about her attempts to rebel against her religious upbringing, her complex relationship with her older brother, and her suspicion of young children - which began when she was little more than a child herself.

Producer: Harriet Jaine

Executive Producer: Aled Evans

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

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reads his diaries, which focus on life as a naughty schoolboy in the 1960s.

Poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen reads from his teenage diaries which focus on growing up as a naughty schoolboy in the 1960s, his early enthusiasm for politics and his warm, loving and unusual family life.

Presenter: Rufus Hound

Producer: Harriet Jaine

Executive Producer: Aled Evans

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

0704Sara Pascoe2016062120160628 (BBC7)
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Comedian Sara Pascoe joins Rufus Hound and reads from her teenage diaries.

Comedian Sara Pascoe joins Rufus Hound and reads from her teenage diaries. She works at the Millennium Dome, gets a new boyfriend, starts university and takes her dog along for company. What could possibly go wrong?

Producer: Harriet Jaine

Executive Producer: Aled Evans

My Teenage Diary is a Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.

0705Samira Ahmed2016062820160705 (BBC7)
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Journalist Samira Ahmed reads from her diaries and talks about growing up in 1980s London.

The journalist Samira Ahmed reads from her teenage diaries and is interviewed about her childhood in 1980s London when she was obsessed with school work, Dallas and learning to drive.

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Naturalist Chris Packham reads from the nature diaries he kept as a teenager.

Naturalist Chris Packham reads from the nature diaries he kept as a teenager, and is interviewed by Rufus Hound about his formative years - which were mostly spent up trees, looking for birds.

A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4.