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A preliminary attempt to list radio programmes featuring Peel. Please feel free to add any missing shows.


Guest Presenter

  • Radio One Club (1968-1973) Made his first guest appearance in November 1968; described the experience ("hell for my ego") in his column in the 29 November 1968 issue of International Times.[11]
  • University Radio York (1968). Relaunch show with Peel as guest presenter for one show only. He opened it by playing Pink Floyd's Let There Be More Light (from A Saucerful Of Secrets). [12]
  • Inquiry (BBC Radio 4, 1969). Peel presented a number of episodes of this BBC Radio 4 Schools series. He is pictured visiting a school in Harrow on the BBC website. [13]
  • Paul Gambaccini US Chart Show (BBC Radio 1, 1977). [18]
  • Annie Nightingale's Request Show (BBC Radio 1, 1986). [19]
  • Radio 1 More Time (BBC Radio 1, 1986-87)
  • Suntory Sound Market (Tokyo FM, 1987) [14]
  • Andy Kershaw (BBC Radio 1, 1987). [20]
  • John Peel Is Jakki Brambles (BBC Radio 1, 1993). [21]
  • Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 1, 1996). [22]
  • Radio One Chart Show (BBC Radio 1, 2003) Peel was originally planned to host the chart rundown as a guest presenter for a one-off in January 2003, but the BBC changed their minds at the last moment, as they didn't want too many radio DJ's hosting the programme before the relaunch.




  • Kat's Karavan (1961-62) (Radio WRR)
  • Ken Dowe Show (1964-65) (Radio KLIF)
  • Beatles Press Conference (WDGY-AM, 1965)
  • Breakthrough (BBC Radio London, 1971)[26]
  • Questions Of Belief (BBC Radio 4, 1972).
  • Radio Five (BBC Radio 1, 1974).
  • Study On 3 (BBC Radio 3, 1974-1975).
  • Round Table (BBC Radio 1, 1970s-1980s). [27]
  • Kid Jensen (BBC Radio 1, early 80's)
  • Christmas Dinner with DLT (BBC Radio 1, 1981). [18]
  • Law Game (BBC Radio 2, 1982).
  • Stayin' Alive (BBC Radio One, 1982) [28]
  • Peter Powell (BBC Radio One, 1982) [19]
  • Saturday Live (BBC Radio One, 1984) [20]
  • Radiophon 85 (BBC Radio One, 1985) [29] [21]
  • Tuesday Call (BBC Radio 4, 1986) [22]
  • Quote...Unquote (BBC Radio 4, 1986). [23]
  • Walter's Weekly (BBC Radio 1, 1988). [24]
  • Dave Fanning Show (RTE, 1990).
  • The Archers (BBC Radio 4, 1991).
  • Cult Heroes - Marc Bolan (BBC Radio 5, 1992). [25]
  • Where Were You In .. 1977? (BBC Radio 5 Live, 1992).
  • Pink Pop (BBC Radio 1, 1993).
  • Alan Parker's 29 Minutes Of Truth (BBC Radio 1, 1994). [26]
  • Fourth Column (BBC Radio 4, 1994).
  • The Music Machine (BBC Radio 3, 1994).
  • Jim And The Doc (BBC Radio 5, 1994).
  • Mediumwave (BBC Radio 4, 1996)
  • BBC Radio Humberside News (BBC Radio Humberside, 1997) [27]
  • Choice Of 3 (BBC Radio 3, 1997).
  • Evening Session (BBC Radio 1, 1998) [28]
  • Extra Time (BBC Radio 5, 1999).
  • A Good Read (BBC Radio 4, 2001).
  • Front Row (BBC Radio 4, 2002)
  • The Archive Hour: DJ Culture (BBC Radio 4, 2001)
  • Breaking the Barricades? The Story of Ulster Rock (BBC Radio 2, 2004).



Posthumous Appearances

  1. Eventually became the 'In Concert' programme.
  2. Peel presented the occasional show thereafter on an irregular basis.
  3. Summarily cancelled with no explanation given. Peel vaguely recalled them originally being known as 'Rock Today' or something similar.
  4. Occasional presenter.
  5. Peel constantly insisted that these shows should be called 'Kat's Karavan' and saw them as a continuation of Top Gear. He sometimes called them 'The John Peel Wingding', but in the Radio Times they were merely referred to by his name.
  6. From 23 April 1976: John Peel considers in six programmes the present state and possible future of popular music. (repeated in 1977). BBC Genome / Radio Times listing
  7. 26 May 1978, CARY TAYLOR , JOHN PEEL and JOHN WALTERS discuss how to build an exciting act and talk about the realities of being a professional pop musician.  Series producer DAVID EPPS BBC Genome / Radio Times listing
  8. Several pre-recorded shows were broadcast after Peel's death.
  9. Ten or more programmes transferred to cassette and sent out to Virgin record shops to be played while customers were shopping.
  10. BBC Genome/Radio Times listing
  11. BBC Genome/Radio Times listing
  12. BBC Genome, 15 March 1983. 8 PM.
  13. BBC Genome 20 October 1986, 7.30 PM, with Janice Long.
  14. Christmas Day pre-recorded show, produced by John Walters: 'John Peel plays some of the good, the bad, the ugly, the yule-ish, coolish and foolish records that are released only at Christmas.'
  15. A Sunday evening programme that was also broadcast by other East Anglian regional BBC stations.
  16. A series of 24 shows intended to be marketed to various stations.
  17. The only Peel-helmed show to be identified by numbers. He left voluntarily to spend more time writing Margrave Of The Marshes.
  18. Peel sat in for one show (January 01) while Gambaccini was in New York.
  19. For three weeks.
  20. Peel sat in for Andy Kershaw's show on 08 January 1987 (Andy Kershaw) while he was ill.
  21. For one week.
  22. For three separate weeks.
  23. Interviewed by David Gedge.
  24. Five-part series, each featuring a montage of tracks from various periods in Peel's career together with his comments on the featured track. Episode list here.
  25. Interviewing Ian Rush.
  26. "Breakthrough with Steve Bradshaw, Richard Neville and John Peel... Richard Neville and John Peel give a progress report on the state of the counter-culture..." Time Out, November 19-25, 1971, p. 24
  27. A panel of DJs reviewed new releases. Most celebrated for an on-air rant by Peel about Patti Smith's Horses.
  28. Dr Alan Maryon-Davis assembles some spare part people and discusses vegetarianism with John Peel. BBC Genome, 1982-05-24
  29. Radio 1 stays on the air throughout the night to provide broadcast coverage of the Radiothon. Janice Long and John Peel at the Ritz in Manchester. BBC Genome 11 October 1985.
  30. Peel is attributed as writer of Part 21, together with John Pidgeon. [1]
  31. Peel was a guest on 'Radio Radio Programme', 1987-09-05. Subsequently repeated on BBC7.
  32. Reading Festival in the 1960s. Presented by Tommy Vance: TX 1987-08-22.
  33. Presented by John Walters: documentary about the Peel Sessions.
  34. Two-part history of the group: presented by Claire Sturgess. TX 1993-06-05.
  35. Series of four documentaries on the BBC sessions of Marc Bolan, David Bowie, The Smiths and Led Zeppelin to tie in with the publication of Ken Garner's In Session Tonight. TX 1993-09.[2]
  36. Alan Freeman history of pop music. Peel appears in programmes 26, 'Trip On The London Underground' (TX 1994-07-12) and 29, 'A Reasonable Guide To Horrible Noise' (TX 1994-08-02).
  37. Arts programme which included a piece on the battle between Blur and Oasis for pop supremacy. TX 1995-09-11. Peel had appeared on the programme on at least two previous occasions (see 12 June 1978 and 18 August 1978.
  38. The increasingly glamourised image of football players. Presented by Nick Hancock. TX 1996-06-17.
  39. Alan Freeman examines popular music broadcasting at the BBC in the 1960s. TX 1996-08-18.
  40. The Beatles LP, presented by Paul Jones. TX 1997-05-24.
  41. Open air jazz and pop music festivals in the 1960s, presented by Johnnie Walker. TX 1997-05-31.
  42. He contributed to the episode 'A Life On the Medium Wave'.
  43. 1967 and all that, presented by Brian Matthew. TX 1997-06-07.
  44. Grant Showbiz presents a history of the Fall.
  45. Peel offered a profile of Rod Stewart in 1975 and talked about the 50 years of the [Melody Maker] in 1976.
  46. Documentary about the history of the motorbike.[3] [4]
  47. Documentary about the use of recreational drugs by popular musicians, critically acclaimed but slated within the BBC.
  48. First programme only.
  49. Two series.
  50. 'Feature on the post-war baby boom' (Ken Garner, The Peel Sessions, p. 236.
  51. Surf music, with particular reference to Dick Dale. TX 1997-06-03.
  52. "John Peel presents the definitive history of carbonated water - drinks that have made millions and conquered the world." Four part series.[5] [6]
  53. The life of music hall comedian Billy Williams.
  54. in 2017 as part of R1's 50th anniversary celebrations, with new introduction by Jarvis Cocker.
  55. Music-free compilation, hosted by Steve Lamacq, of Peel's speech from the likes of Peeling Back The Years and Radio Radio.
  56. ...and to date, the only one (aka John Peel's Podcast - The Very First One). Poorly edited extracts from Peel shows, also broadcast separately.
  57. This archive documentary series (produced by Trevor Dann's company) was a re-edit with newly compiled episodes of the earlier 25 / 30 Years Of Rock (BBC Radio 1, 1980 / 1985), in which Peel had scarcely appeared. It took considerable advantage of the Peel material that had subsequently been rediscovered (and catalogued on this site), and clips of his shows feature in the years 1968, 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1994.