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- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 11/10/10";
(My) Homemade cookies eaten: At least a dozen.
Christian wanted to know what you’d give to the Chilean miners? Well I’ve got thirty pairs of shoes going – what better satisfaction can a woman have if not a clear out of her wardrobe and knickers drawer? See, I couldn’t finish with the shoes, the knickers and socks had to have it too. I feel cleansed. And then I went and made chocolate chip cookies for the...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 8/10/10";
Poor Richie overspent on his girlfriend’s birthday gifts – a Morph and Chas bookends set he got in an “antique” shop. I’m sure if something’s antique, it has to be more than 20 years old!
After a game of French Boules, we trooped out to the square with our four finalists to see who would win the lovely brand new Renault Megane. Chaos reined again though – none of the key cards worked first time around! After a...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 7/10/10";
Sonic Screwdrivers seen: Zero
Hangover Bagel: One
For the record I am not bringing my Aunty Mary with me to interview Justin Timberlake later. No way! There is only one Doyle getting six minutes in a swanky hotel room and that, my friends, is me.
I think Richie has thrown down the gauntlet for celebrity interviews though so I suppose I should be nervous! ...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 6/10/10";
Chocolate Hob Nobs taken from a man with man-flu like symptoms (but not really man-flu) TWO.
Ok, so, I’ll put my hands up and say yes, I did something wrong with the podcast on Friday so that Christian ended up sounding like Jeremy Clarkson. But I didn’t mean it, really I didn’t so I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me. It’s kind of funny though… so have a listen if you want a laugh. But it will take you a...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 5/10/10";
The very dashing David Morrissey came in for a chat today about his new Sky One Drama Thorne – he really is lovely! You can hear the full interview on the podcast.
Mostly the talk was about this little lady: Wonder Woman – Christian has got an obsession he’s taken with him through life from his teenage years. Your homework is Wonder Woman...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle:4/10/10";
It was hilarious listening to Christian co-host his Hospital radio show, that Betty could give me a run for my money telling him off! Maybe I’ll invite her in…
Wildcats or wildcards? Richie didn’t really know what the hell he was talking about – there’s going to be a surprise this weekend in XFactor. Richie’s got this idea about a new mentor-less group but he couldn’t decide what to call them… wildcards or cats?
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 1/10/10";
Wow! What an amazing show that was. All of us and KT Tunstall live in Tanya's living room!
My highlights, obviously the cake calamity when Richie brought Tanya's homemade birthday cake in for Bailey's Brithday and crashed onto the coffee table, taking out one of the lovely neighbours! Martyn's working on getting the video up online as soon as possible. It is hilarious.
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 30/09/10";
Chocolate HobNobs bought for team: One Packet
Chocolate HobNobs eaten: Two
I had some breaking news for Christian; 5,000 minks are on the loose in Ireland! Can you imagine the little fella’s running all over causing havoc with their lovely furry coats? Richie set himself up for a fall with the whole “you can quote me on this…” factoid that minks are “pound for pound” the most...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 29/09/10";
Talk about a sharp start to the morning! We started off with a brain melting maths problem. To do with getting to the moon. I think that bin juice invaded Christian’s senses yesterday – why else would he lead us on such a crusade at six in the morning?
It was an unofficial half day Wednesday for one member of the team. Arguably the most important member of the team, our Executive Producer. Richie decided he had to take himself off to meet...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 27/09/10";
Monday started off pretty normally but rapidly descended into chaos when we had to put our heads together with a seriously big Maths question - all because I wanted to know if you could fit a million dumplings in the studio? no is the answer, and thank God for that! Can you imagine having to make our way through a million of those little fella's?
From Maths to etymology when Christian asked Richie to find out where the term "Gordon Bennett!!" comes...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 24/09/10";
Mancakes eaten in total this week: too many dear diary too many!!
Another girl in the studio is so cool, I love having Lisa Faulkner around! I wish she’d come in every Friday. Maybe she won’t though after “ketchup-gate”. She kindly gave Christian her homemade ketchup the last time she was here but he pawned it off to me… which of course I was delighted about! Its not every day you can open your fridge and say...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 23/09/10";
Celebrity Mancakes eaten: One
Celebrity Brown Bread mini cake eaten: One
The Celebrity Manbake bake-off was hilarious. Actor and husband to Lisa Faulkner Chris Coghill went up against rugby legend Will Carling. It descended into the worst type of man-fight ever! I really did think Chris’s strawberry cake was by far better than the “mini bread cakes” Will told us were muffins! Yeah...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 22/09/10";
Mancakes eaten: Two
It was a very strange start to the day today with a TV crew in the studio filming every move for Christian’s return to work programme he’s doing for ITV. Me, Richie and Bails were interviewed but we didn’t give away anything. Nothing. Or did we?? You’ll have to wait and see it when it comes out.
Christian’s old boss Karl Pilkington came in for a chat about his tour of the wonders of the world...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 21/09/10";
If this was Bridget Jones style, I’d be telling you how much chocolate I’ve eaten, how little exercise I’ve done and how many glasses of wine I haven’t drunk. However as it is simply a look back over four hours in Christian O’Connell’s fun factory, I’ll be telling you instead about the retirement home created for showbiz animals and ladies using men’s razors. Will this ever get published and made into a Hollywood Blockbuster? I...
- The Secret Diary of Maggie Doyle: 20/09/10";
I'm calling today Frisky Monday. What else could I call it with talk of Viagra, puking, drunken promises, voicing porn movies and Richie’s pant curiosity?
For starters, I did not have a boozy weekend and did not have a hangover. I did have a lovely slumber party with the girls and apart from eating my own body weight in Chinese takeaway did not otherwise overdo it.
Anyway, it was the first day of the...
- Friday 20th August: Take Daughter To Work";
That’s right Christian’s six year old Ruby came into the studio today for the whole show. She helped Maggie with the travel and very quickly sorted out both Richie and her Dad!
We spoke to the lovely Lisa Faulkner who is on Celebrity Masterchef; it’s the final tonight but not even a six-year old could get the truth out about who’s won this series.
Poor Jim Proudfoot has got to get “Have you ever been to a Harvester before?” into his...
- Thursday 19th August: Massage Offers and Fruit Stealing!";
Christian gave away the last of the V Festival tickets, the very, very last ones to a woman called Adele who called in for OC’s Swap Shop with massage lessons for Richie. The rumour is OC's looking forward to Richie's man hands on his shoulders every morning. Oohhh Madam!
Sorry if you haven't got tickets for this year's V but, hey! You can listen to it from the comfort of your kitchen, living room, car, shed whatever because Absolute Radio will be...
- Tuesday 3rd August: Too Much Information";
Richie's going to be a football manager! At least he's going to try with Boyne Hill FC, soon to be possibly called something else that might be a bit more inspiring. Will he get them out of the dark hole of last season's 18-0 defeat? Only time, dear blog-reader will tell.
Our poor newsman Andrew "there's no easy way to say this" Bailey told Christian about his ... er, lets just say, 'popping out problem' at his osteopath...
- Thursday 15th July: Last Show for a while..";
Tired Pony, new supergroup with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck from REM did an amazing live session for us yesterday and afterwards, Richie put poor Peter through his incredibly bad Song Title Game. It was hideous. Listen to it again on today’s podcast.
After watching the new Soda Stream advert with his daughter, Christian wanted to know what was it your mates had when you were younger that meant they had money: front loading video...
- Wednesday 14th July – Moths and Shops";
After a trip to his local chip shop which hasn’t changed in years, Christian wanted to know what protected shops you would want to keep. Local cobblers, local newspaper offices and the traditional barbers were some of yours!
Richie was surprised and a bit annoyed to be chastised for killing a moth in cold blood with a fly swat – all while wearing his underpants.
He soon got over it when he heard about the good odds he’ll get from William Hill...
- Tuesday 13th July: Crazy Grandparents and Live Aid’s Midge";
We did a bit of “Phone Poker” for Latitude Festival tickets for the best crazy Nan and Grandad stories! Kellie-Anne won with her great story of her Granddad blowing up MoD ammunitions while hunting moles in the countryside!
It’s 25 years ago today the incredible Live Aid concert blew the world away with the biggest global TV event. There’s a very special documentary on Absolute Radio tonight at 10pm or you can have it on demand and download it to listen to in...
- Monday 12th July: A Little Bit of Chaos..";
It was our big final today in our Kids TV Show Theme Tune World Cup. A tough race to the finish line left us Thunderbirds and Dangermouse; so how best to judge the final? Only Richie of course doing an "Around the country vote". Chaotic is was, slick it was not. Listen again to the podcast for the full car crash.
Christian got David Baddiel up for the last time in South Africa and the last and latest...
- Friday 9th July – Dolph Lundgren and Paul the Octopus
We played out the Dolph Lundgren interview. The mega man came into the studio yesterday and wow! What a cool guy, he is massive! He was talking to Christian about his new Sylvester Stallone-produced movie The Expendables and did a little game with our very own hard man Security Guard Martin. Here is Christian thinking he can take Dolph.
- Thursday 8th July – Lydon, Skinner and Oxford University
A smattering of intellect, an aging punk rocker and an Octopus: these dear blog readers were the themes of today’s show. (Roughly.)
Christian’s chat with Frank Skinner was another barrel of laughs, until Christian told Frank they might be getting together on the bosses request next week to have a face to face interview.. Frank wondered if it might be in a “Frost/Nixon” style. The great news is the Baddiel and Skinner special ";
- Wednesday 7th July – We’ve gone Dutch!";
After Holland’s win last night in the World Cup we all went a bit dutch. Maggie, Bailey, Richie, and three callers all had their own ideas about where the term “Going Dutch” comes from and we couldn’t get any closure.
So tomorrow we will hear from the most well respected university in the world – Oxford will be calling folks!
David Baddiel called us from South Africa and he played Stump the Show with the kids – and he was well...