Not a Peel show, but a tribute by the World Service featuring mainly interviews and fan testimonials. Presented by Mark Coles, who notes that the BBC tribute site received more than a quarter of a million hits in the last four days, and 32,000 sent emails to the World Service. The tracks played are only very brief extracts.
Despite the show's laudable intentions, it is not without inaccuracies (e.g. Peel's first Radio 1 contract was for eight weeks, not six; and the Smiths' first single was 'Hand In Glove,' not 'This Charming Man').
(JP: 'Every once in a while, I meet somebody who's just heard the Fall for the first time, and they say, "John! Which Fall LP should I get? Which one do I need to have?," and I have to say to them, "Frankly, you need to have every record that they've ever made."')
(JP: 'I know I'm fabulously lucky. I do know that everything I wanted when I was a kid, a house in the country (not a big house, but a nice enough place), dogs, cats, an astounding wife, really nice children (I've had my rows with them, but I'm very proud of them all), and a job on the radio playing records that I like. You get lots and lots of free records, and it's difficult to think what could be added to this to improve it.')
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1) 01-John Peel Tribute (BBC World Service) 29.10.04
2) The Alternative - John Peel on BBC World Service 29-10-2004
1) 320 kbps. Included in a rar file with Peel's last three World Service shows.