Forty-five episodes from Series 1-8 of the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio comedy show, hosted by Rufus Hound.
In this hilarious and revealing show, host Rufus Hound invites his guests to revisit their formative years by dusting off their intimate teenage diaries and reading them out in public for the very first time. From terrible poetry, musings on pop music and cringeworthy crushes to fond recollections of schooldays and exotic holidays, to poignant and searingly honest confessions, these extracts reveal the secret thoughts, feelings and experiences of a host of well-known celebrities - before they became famous.
Among the contributors are Richard Herring, Shappi Khorsandi, Sheila Hancock, Meera Syal, Arabella Weir, Robert Webb, Caitlin Moran, Ken Livingstone, Terry Wogan, Alex Horne, Lionel Shriver, Michael Rosen, Ian Rankin, Debbie McGee and John Finnemore.
As they delve into the past and reflect on their youth, will they be filled with nostalgia or embarrassment? What would they say to their younger selves? And what song will they choose to sum up their teenage years? Find out all this - and a lot more besides - in these surprising, insightful and hugely entertaining shows.
Produced by Harriet Jaine
Executive Producer: Aled Evans
A Talkback production for BBC Radio 4
Really fun, but not always funny
Overall a great listen, though it has to be said that not all the diaries are equally entertaining, and some episodes get downright dull... But luckily these are the exeptions. For the most part, it's a fun experience.
- Whistling Woman
Funny and fascinating in equal measure
An hilarious and often poignant glimpse into the teenage lives of celebrities. Rufus Hound is faultless as a host, gently teasing, compassionate and warm, he adds insight and exposition as required. It feels as though the listener is part of the conversation between friends remeniscing about times gone by and it adds a surprising depth of understanding to the professional lives of the guests. And above all, it is such a giggle.
- Mr B Ashton
Episodically interesting and entertaining
Good value with 45 episodes. Some really entertaining and genuinely unexpectedly interesting. A few episodes are really uninspiring but overall I enjoyed.
Good but not great Radio 4 comedy.
One to enjoy in the car but not going to change your lfe other than making you think idly of keeping a diary.