Radio

Past appearances

A comprehensive list of Robert's professional radio broadcast appearances.
The vast majority of these went out live, with only a handful pre-recorded.

26 June 2022
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
Marking 70 years since comedy legends Laurel and Hardy's only visit to Belfast, Robert was talking to Steven about the trip, the duo's comic legacy and other Belfast links.

10 April 2022
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
On the 110th anniversa
ry of the Titanic beginning its ill-fated voyage from Southampton, Robert was on the show talking to Claire Graham (standing in for Steven) about the legacy of the Titanic, Dark Tourism and artefacts, Victorian prophecies, and his own connections to the ship.
Listen to the segment here.

27 March 2022
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show, talking to Claire Graham (standing in for Steven) about his predictions for the 94th Academy Awards and the hopes of Oscars glory for Kenneth Branagh's Belfast.

19 December 2021
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
- Robert was on the show to discuss Christmas movies.

31 October 2021
Sunday with Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on to talk about, what else on Halloween, but horror films, along with filmmaker Aislinn Clarke.

28 October 2021
Movie Magic with Tim Burden, Belfast 247
Robert was on the show to talk about some of his favourite horror film scores. Also on the programme were Fright Club NI and director Joe Dante.

5 September 2021
Sunday with Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was back on Steven's show, this time to talk about the centenary of Hollywood actress Virginia Rappe's death, the trial of Fatty Arbuckle, and its legacy in the MeToo generation.

31 July 2021
Mollie Green, BBC WM
Robert was on air with Molly to talk about the 50th anniversary of The Exorcist, and horror films generally.

6 June 2021
Sunday with Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster.
Ahead of the release to the US Congress of a report on UFO's, Robert joined Steven to chat about UFOs, aliens, and their impact in popular culture.

8 May 2021
Sunday with Steven Rainey, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show chatting to stand-in host Anna Curran to talk about tv show finales including LOST, M.A.S.H, The Prisoner, and Line of Duty.

5 May 2021
Talkback, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was invited on the show to chat with host William Crawley about Belfast statues, and a long-mooted suggestion to erect one of actress and Rocky Horror Show legend, Patricia Quinn, in her home city.

22 November 2020
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was chatting with Steven about radio comedy and the brilliance that is I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

25 October 2020
Sunday with Steven Rainey. BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on talking about big screen adaptations of literary horror.

17 September 2020.
The Conor Philips Show. BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was talking with Conor about bad movie sequels.

13 April 2020
Evening Extra, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to give a brief tribute to comic writer and actor, ex-Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, following his death.

2 April 2020
Lynette Faye, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show chatting to stand-in host Nuala McKeever about CinePunked's forthcoming
How to Survive the Outbreak show.

12 February 2020
Matt Faulkner, BBC Radio Somerset.
Robert was a guest on Matt's show to talk about the CinePunked podcast and our related activities. We were given a substantial chunk of the show for the chat, and it included various extracts from our podcast episodes.

22 January 2020
Matt Faulkner, BBC Radio Somerset
Phil Upton, BBC Coventry
The Paul Franks Show, BBC WM
Newsdrive, BBC Radio Scotland
Andrew Easton, BBC Hereford and Worcester
Evening Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
In a very busy day of broadcasting, Robert appeared on each of the above programmes to pay tribute to actor, director and Monty Python member, Terry Jones, whose death was announced earlier in the day. Most of the shows went out live, with one pre-record.

31 December 2019
Good Morning Ulster, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert was on to pay tribute to singer/songwriter Neil Innes, who died during the week and who Robert had finally had the pleasure of meeting at a Rutles gig in Edinburgh a few months before.

6 November 2019
The Lynette Fay Show, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert appeared along with friends Tony Slattery and Robert Ross to promote their live shows at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Nuala McKeever was standing in as host.

4 October 2019
Evening Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert was on the show to talk about the 50th anniversary of Monty Python.

9 September 2019
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert guested along with Orlaith McAllister to talk about celibacy and wedding shaming.
You can watch the segments back via Facebook here: Pt 1, Pt 2.

22 June 2019
The Gerry Kelly Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to talk all things CinePunked and film.

3 May 2019
The Nolan Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was talking to Stephen Nolan about the notion of Belfast having a porn cinema, and CinePunked's experience of dealing with the local licensing restrictions.
The segment can be listened back to here.

27 March 2019
The Listening Project, BBC Radio 4.
"Robert and Niall: The Godfather" is an extract from a conversation between me and my best friend, Niall. Recorded for The Listening Project by Steven Rainey in Belfast, and presented by Fi Glover, the broadcast can be heard here. The unexpurgated conversation (some 2 hours of it rather than the five minutes that makes it to air) is to be transferred to the British Library's sound archive for posterity.

25 March 2019
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert guested on the show along with Adrianne Peltz, talking with Vinny about grieving for pets, and nudist beaches in Northern Ireland. You can watch the show back via Facebook here.

10 December 2018
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio UIster.
Robert and Cathy Quinn were chatting with Vinny about dating disasters and etiquette, and open relationships.
You can watch the show back via Facebook here: Pt 1. Pt 2.

27 November 2018
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on air to talk about the cinema of director Nicolas Roeg.

12 October 2018
Good Morning Ulster, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to talk about the 50th anniversary of the iconic Pearl & Dean theme music (so beloved of generations of cinema goers).

16 April 2018
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert and Liz Kennedy were on the show to talk death, life partners and peacocking.
You can watch back part of the show here. The video for the podcast edition is here.

19 February 2018
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was a guest on the show to talk about the sex-lives of the over-60s.

2 February 2018
Evening Extra, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show talking about Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner following the latest developments on the case surrounding Wood's death in 1981.

18 January 2018
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to chat with Ralph McLean and host Marie-Louise Muir about actor Peter Wyngarde's screen career, following the announcement of his death, and the notions of masculinity that characters like Jason King provoke.

8 February 2017
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert guested on The Arts Show this evening, talking briefly to Marie-Louise Muir about the late great Alan Simpson, of Galton and Simpson, who has died age 87.

30 January 2017
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert guested on VHS to talk body modifications, tattoos and piercings. Also on the programme, mental health, and Allo Allo!

30 August 2016
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to pay tribute to actor Gene Wilder.

23 October 2015
Andrew Peach, BBC Radio Berkshire.
Robert was live on the breakfast show to talk about the possible redevelopment of Bray Film Studios, and his involvement in the Save Bray Studios campaign.

11 September 2015
Good Morning Ulster, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert was on air early this morning for GMU with Conor Bradford and Karen Patterson to talk about Laurel and Hardy ahead of the upcoming auction of Stan Laurel letters in the UK.

27 July 2015
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
I've been getting square eyes previewing this week's telly for your delectation including Ripper Street, Partners in Crime and BBC: The Secret Files.

20 July 2015
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to provide a preview of the week's upcoming television programmes.

9 July 2015
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert appeared on the show to talk about the proposed reboot of Sapphire and Steel (with a little Star Wars chat thrown in too).

11 June 2015
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert appeared on the show live via phone from Paris to talk to host Steven Rainey about the death of Sir Christopher Lee (appropriately enough, while Robert was attending a conference on Hammer Films).

13 April 2015
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on air to preview the week's upcoming television shows.

19 February 2015
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to review the latest movies. Featured were Cake, Coherence, and Project Almanac.

4 February 2015
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert appeared briefly on the programme to talk about Sherlock Holmes.

27 December 2014
The Vinny Hurrell Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to talk about the new remake of Annie, and his recommendations for classic films on television.

2 December 2014
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on the show to review new book Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now: Conversations with Malka Marom.

27 October 2014
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was chatting to Vinny Hurrell (standing in for Keri) about his tv boxset recommendations.

21 October 2014
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on to review the new book from screen icon Roger Moore - Last Man Standing.

4 September 2014
Kerry McLean, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert reviewed the latest DVD releases on the show.

2 August 2014
Revolutions Per Minute, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert guested on the show along with Willie Drennan and Bap Kennedy about some of their favourite LPs. Robert chatted with host Steven Rainey about his love of The Doors' Strange Days.

15 July 2014
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was on air to talk about the death of actor Ray Lonnen, and seminal tv show Harry's Game.

15 November 2013
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was chatting to host Kim Lenaghan about the Belfast Film Festival's upcoming series of screenings for the BFI Gothic season.

24 October 2013
Arena with Sean Rocks, RTE Radio 1.
Robert was on the Irish radio show along with author Darren Shan, to talk about Bram Stoker, and in particular Dracula, ahead of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin.

21 March 2013
The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.
Robert was talking with host Marie-Louise Muir about the death of horror writer James Herbert.

5 March 2012
Ben Jackson, BBC Radio Leicester.
Robert was interviewed by phone about the acquisition by De Montfort University's CATH centre of the Hammer Films script archive.

24 November 2010
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert appeared on the show to pay tribute to two alumni of Hammer Films who had just passed, director Roy Ward Baker, and actress Ingrid Pitt.

21 July 2010
Andrew Peach, BBC Radio Berkshire
Robert was one of several people interviewed (including with actor Francis Matthews) about plans to redevelop the historic Bray Studios near Windsor.

6 July 2010
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert reviewed new film Tetro on the show. Marie-Louise Muir was host.

23 June 2010
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert reviewed Woody Allen's film Whatever Works on the show.
A recording is available here.

7 April 2009
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert was on to talk about Dracula and the 'One City One Book' festival in Dublin which was focussing on the novel this month.

31 October 2008
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert guested on the show to talk about horror films for Halloween, and Hammer's production of Wake Wood, which was filming in Dublin that very week.

25 September 2008
The Movie Café, BBC Radio Scotland
Robert guested on the The Movie Café to talk to host Janice Forsyth about the revival of Hammer films and their new production Wake Wood.

7 May 2008
Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster
Robert's first ever piece of live radio. He was on the show to discuss a course he had devised and was now teaching on Hammer Horror.