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Series 56 of the radio show has been recorded remotely with the participants in their own homes and without a studio audience.  My thanks are due to the amazing, calm competence of the production team – programme coordinator GWYN DAVIES, sound engineer HEDLEY KNIGHTS of knightsaudio.com and, especially, the producer ELLA WATTS.

We welcome a new reader of the quotations for the whole series – the actress and writer ALISON SKILBECK – and here we are together, or at least socially distanced by about 20 kilometres:

The three panels are:

Jonathan Freedland – Juno Dawson – Paterson Joseph

Steven Isserlis – Sophie Duker – Anna Ptaszynski

Victoria Hislop – Nikesh Shukla – Benjamin Partridge



Complete listings for all past editions of Quote … Unquote can now be found at:








If you have ever asked, ‘What is the QUOTE ... UNQUOTE signature tune?’ and wondered if you could get hold of a copy, there is after all these years, good news. 

Entitled DUDDLY DELL, written and performed by Dudley Moore, it was the B-side of his single STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS (Parlophone 45R 4772) in 1961.

For years, when people asked me what it was, I had to tell them the record was no longer available.  Now it is quite widely available, for example on the CD entitled FROM BEYOND THE FRINGE.  There are also several performances on YouTube – especially by the estimable Chris Ingham who has transcribed most of Dudley’s jazz pieces and magnificently so.

If you are especially keen, I might even be able to let you see the sheet music.

For the full story, see http://www.quote-unquote.org.uk/p0000029.htm


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