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Simon Andrew Hicks Mayo (born 21 September 1958)[1] is an English radio presenter who has worked for BBC Radio since 1981. Mayo is the presenter of Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 which he has done since 2010 and with Mark Kermode, presenter of Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live.

In 2008, Mayo was recognised as the "Radio Broadcaster of the Year" at the 34th annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards[2] and the "Speech Broadcaster of the Year" at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, receiving the latter for his "ability to paint colourful pictures of location and event and his ability to bring the very best out of his guests, encouraging conversation and interaction between them while skilfully nudging and controlling them" and for being "a master of light and shade, handling serious and lighter issues with aplomb."[3]

Mayo is the author of several books, including the acclaimed "Itch" trilogy of thrillers for younger readers.[4] He is one of the highest paid BBC radio presenters.[5]

Early life[edit]

Mayo's parents, Derek and Jill, were both school teachers. He attended St John's Primary School in Croydon, Surrey, the Arden School in Knowle (for one term), Solihull School,[6] an historic independent school in the West Midlands and Worthing High School in West Sussex which was then a state Grammar School for boys.[7] He graduated from the University of Warwick in 1980, with a degree in History and Politics.[8]

Early career[edit]

His mother had undertaken part-time work in radio, and having occasionally experienced it with her, Mayo had wanted to work as a studio manager. But as a result of a frequency deficiency in his left ear, he failed the required hearing test, and refocused his career on presenting.[9] Mayo spent some time honing his skills at Southlands Hospital Radio,[10] and then worked for five years as a presenter with BBC Radio Nottingham from 10:45 am to 2 pm, followed by Dennis McCarthy. With a Radio Nottingham colleague he developed a programme format called Globe Phone and sent it to Johnny Beerling, Head of Radio 1, who offered him a job.[11]

He joined BBC Radio 1 in 1986, presenting a two-hour Saturday evening show from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. In October 1987 he progressed to the weekend early slots from 6 am to 8 am and then became presenter of the weekday evening show in January 1988, which went out from 7:30 pm to 10 pm. Five months later he was offered the Radio 1 breakfast show, regarded as the most prestigious presentation job in UK radio.[12][13]

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show[edit]

Mayo spent five years presenting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1. Throughout his tenure on the breakfast show, Mayo was joined by news anchor Rod McKenzie and went through a series of sidekick weather girls, including Carol Dooley, Sybil Ruscoe, Jakki Brambles and Dianne Oxberry. The show's producer was Ric Blaxill who also made regular speaking contributions.

He started his first breakfast show by playing "Somewhere in My Heart" by Aztec Camera, which was preceded by a montage of previous breakfast show hosts and then Mayo himself saying 'It's me, Simon Mayo, good morning.'

The programme became known for various features, including On This Day In History, soundtracked by a looped version of George Michael's "I Want Your Sex", and the long-running cryptic game The Identik-Hit Quiz, where Mayo and his cohorts would 'act' a short scene which cryptically led listeners to the title of a hit song.

He also ran his Confessions feature where members of the public sought absolution for their (often frivolous or humorous) "sins", and it moved to a television series in later years. Mayo had already presented the dilemma show Scruples for BBC television, and had joined his BBC Radio 1 colleagues on the host roster for Top of the Pops.

Both On This Day In History and Confessions spawned spin-off books.

Due to frequent plays from Mayo, several unlikely hit singles reached the UK charts, including "Kinky Boots" by Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman; "Donald Where's Yer Troosers?" by Andy Stewart; and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", sung and written by Eric Idle. For helping Monty Python have a hit with the latter 13 years after it first appeared on the soundtrack to The Life of Brian, Idle presented Mayo with a model bare foot, in the style of the animated version which used to end the opening titles to the TV show.

Like all of Radio 1's high-profile presenters of the time, Mayo would take his turn to spend a week in a coastal area of the UK during the Radio 1 Roadshows which occurred for three months of the summer. For a short while, he also presented an additional weekend show for the station on a Sunday afternoon and provisionally titled O Solomon Mayo – to cover for the absent Phillip Schofield, who was working in the West End.

Radio 1 mid-mornings[edit]

Mayo officially gave up the breakfast show in 1993, though he had been on an extended period of paternity leave when the announcement was made. His stand-in Mark Goodier was his replacement.

In addition to his mid-morning show, from April 1994 to October 1995, Mayo also presented Simon Mayo's Classic Years, where he got to play two hours of classic pop tunes. The show originally went out on a Sunday lunchtime from noon till 2pm, but in November 1994 went out from 10 am till noon on Sundays.

In January 1997, Mayo made a brief return to the breakfast show for three weeks when Chris Evans was dismissed, but both Mayo and Radio 1 ruled out the possibilities of a permanent return to the programme. On his first morning as breakfast stand-in, Mayo read out an email from a man who had emigrated to New Zealand four years earlier and had arrived back in the UK that morning, and was "delighted to hear you're still doing the breakfast show".

In 1999 Simon Mayo broke a world record by broadcasting for 37 hours in aid of that year's Comic Relief. This record was broken by Chris Moyles and Dave Vitty on 17 March 2011.

Mayo remained on the mid-morning slot until he left Radio 1 in 2001, seeing breakfast-show presenters Mark Goodier, Steve Wright, Chris Evans, Mark and Lard, Kevin Greening, Zoë Ball and Sara Cox, come and go from the slot.

His final show was on Friday, 16 February 2001, and before signing off, he said: "One of the reasons I'm not going to do a DLT is that I've nothing to complain about at all – though as I'll still be employed by the BBC it'd be a stupid thing to do. I always thought as a kid working at Radio 1 would be the most fun and the best place for any presenter to work and I still think that's true."[14] His final track played on BBC Radio 1 was Ace of Spades by Motörhead.

5 Live[edit]

I always thought I'd like to go back to music. But I also loved exploring a subject from scratch to interview a nuclear physicist. The [5 Live] job was a bit like an Open University degree course. The longer I did it, the more I realised how little I know, which is part of ageing.
— Mayo, after his move to Radio 2 Drivetime[15]

In May 2001, after 15 years with Radio 1, Mayo joined and moved on to another national BBC station, Radio 5 Live to present an afternoon programme.

Mayo began broadcasting on 5 Live every weekday from 1 pm to 4 pm, where he remained until 18 December 2009. He was on air in 2001 when the 9/11 attacks took place in the United States, broadcasting live as the events unfolded.

The programme generally combined topical debates, interviews and reviews. It came live from Westminster each Wednesday for live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions, with discussion and debate afterwards with political correspondents and MPs. The programme also featured Mayo's old Radio 1 sidekick Mark Kermode reviewing the new movie releases each Friday afternoon. The banter between Mayo and Kermode in this section of the programme was described by both men as "wittertainment at its most wittertaining." (The neologismwittertainment is a portmanteau of witter and entertainment, and was coined in a – now deleted – Wikipedia entry.[16] However, Kermode and Mayo took note of the article before its deletion and have since been using the term regularly to refer to their show.[17][18][19])

In a May 2008 interview with The Guardian, Mayo mentioned he "signed a contract for the next two years" and was uncertain whether he would still be at 5 Live when it moves to City of Salford.[20] It was later confirmed that Mayo was to move to the Radio 2 drivetime slot, though he will also continue to host a weekly two-hour film review show on Radio 5 Live with Mark Kermode.[21]

In May 2009 Mayo and Kermode won a Gold Sony Radio Award in the Speech Award category, due to continued good work and passion for radio[22]

Radio 2[edit]

Main article: Simon Mayo Drivetime

In addition to his daily programme on BBC Radio 5 Live, from October 2001 to April 2007, Mayo hosted the Album Chart show each week for BBC Radio 2. Alongside this, on 2 January 2006, he presented The Ultimate Music Year for the station, where listeners got the chance to vote for their favourite year for music. He has also presented many Sold on Song projects, presented the Top 100 Albums and provided holiday cover for Johnnie Walker on Sundays. From April 2007 – April 2008 Mayo took over the Radio 2 Music Club every Monday night from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am.

In January 2010, Mayo took over from Chris Evans on the Drivetime show,[23] noting he was "very lucky to be given a second chance in such a high-profile slot."[15] The programme includes a number of regular daily features including a "Nigel's Recipes", "Confessions", "Homework Sucks" and "The Showstopper". Every Friday he hosts "All Request Friday" where listeners ring the show and have their favourite song played on the radio after a short interview.

As his opening theme Mayo has used a 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster of the 1948 song "Enjoy Yourself" by Carl Sigman and by Herb Magidson. Later editions of the show have also used the popular 1950 hit version by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Incidental music includes "Light My Fire" by Edmundo Ros.

In May 2011, Mayo won a Sony Award for "Best Music Show" for his work and that of his team on the BBC Radio 2 drive time slot.[24]

Other work[edit]

Radio 4[edit]

Mayo presented Act Your Age, a panel game for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast on Radio 4 on 27 November 2008.[25]

Television projects[edit]

Starting in 1999 he was the original presenter of National Lottery game show Winning Lines on BBC1 until 2001 when he was replaced by Phillip Schofield

In 2005 he presented a series "The Big Dig" on BBC TV about allotments in the Rhondda Valley contrasted with others in Highgate, London.[26]

Mayo hosted a revival of the classic quiz show Blockbusters, which began airing on Challenge on 14 May 2012 until 3 August 2012.[27]

He was the announcer for the concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee on 4 June 2012.


Confessions, based on the hit feature from his BBC Radio 2 drivetime show,[28] was released in October 2011. The book is a compilation of the best confessions sent to the show by listeners.

Mayo's debut novel, Itch, was released on 1 March 2012. The titular protagonist is a fourteen-year-old boy who discovers a previously unknown chemical element.[29]

His second novel Itch Rocks was released in February 2013 [30] and the third instalment, Itchcraft, came out in September 2014.[31]

His first young adult novel, Blame, was published in July 2016.[32]

Radio credits[edit]

  • BBC Radio Nottingham – The Simon Mayo Show 10:45 am – 2 pm, 1981–1986
  • BBC Radio 1:
    • Saturday evenings 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 1986–1987
    • Weekend early mornings 6 am – 8 am, Late 1987
    • Monday–Thursday evenings 7:30 pm – 10 pm, January – May 1988
    • Breakfast Show 6 am – 9 am, May 1988 – September 1993
    • Mid Morning Show 9 am – 12 noon, October 1993 – February 2001
  • BBC Radio 5 Live:
    • Afternoon Show 1 pm – 4 pm, May 2001 – December 2009
    • Kermode and Mayo's Film Review Friday 2 pm – 4 pm, January 2010 – present
  • BBC Radio 2:
    • Album Chart Show Monday evenings 7 pm – 8 pm, October 2001 – April 2007
    • Music Club Monday nights/Tuesday mornings 11:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 2007 – April 2008
    • Drivetime Monday – Friday 5 pm – 7 pm, January 2010 – present
  • BBC Radio 4 – Act Your Age 6:30 pm, November – December 2008

Personal life[edit]

Mayo was educated at Solihull School, a boys' Independent school in the English West Midlands, and Worthing Sixth-Form College, West Sussex. He subsequently graduated from the University of Warwick, Coventry, with a degree in history and politics.[33] While at university, he was a presenter on the student radio station, Radio Warwick.[34] In 2005 the university awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.[34]

Mayo married Hilary Bird, who had worked at Radio Nottingham since 1984 on Action Line,[35] on Saturday 11 October 1986 at St Helen's Church in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire. They have three children: two sons and a daughter. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.[36] He lives in London.


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  2. ^"Double win for Andrew Marr in broadcasting press awards". Press Gazette. 4 April 2008. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
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Simon Mayo Drivetime is the current incarnation of the drivetime show on BBC Radio 2, which airs on weekdays between 17:00 and 19:00 in the United Kingdom.[1] It is presented by broadcaster Simon Mayo, who moved to drivetime from his weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 5 Live after Chris Evans moved to take over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.[2]

On 10 January 2018, the BBC announced that the show would end on 11 May 2018 and be replaced on 14 May with a new show co-presented by Mayo and fellow DJ Jo Whiley.[3]

Co-Presenting Team[edit]

Matt Williams[edit]

Matt Williams is the sports reporter on the show, presenting Matt's World of Sport at 17:50 and 18:50 each day. On Fridays, in the second report he interviews somebody who is involved in a sport that is not regularly reported in the general media, known as the Friday Fixture, he also announces the weekly rock tune on Wednesdays as "Doctor Mosh",[4] as well as participating in the daily confession as 'Brother Matt'.

Bobbie Pryor[edit]

Bobbie Pryor is the regular weekday afternoon travel reporter on Radio 2, and reads the travel news at 17:20, 17:55, 18:30 and 18:55 each day. Pryor was previously the Friday afternoon and weekend travel reporter but from 11 August 2014 became the regular weekday reporter, replacing Sally Boazman who moved to weekends, she participates in the daily confession as 'Bobbie from the Priory'.

Nigel Barden[edit]

Radio 2's resident chef, who cooks for the team every Thursday, he participates in Thursday's confession as 'Novice Nigel'.

Stand-in Presenters[edit]

Stand-in presenters on the show have included Patrick Kielty, Liza Tarbuck, Ryan Tubridy, Richard Allinson, Richard Bacon, Mark Goodier and Amol Rajan.


Sally Boazman[edit]

Sally Boazman was the regular travel reporter on the show, but in August 2014 made the move to weekends on Radio 2. Due to holidays, her final show with Mayo was on 24 July 2014, but her last report was on 7 August 2014.

Alan Dedicoat[edit]

Alan Dedicoat was the regular weekday newsreader on Radio 2, who read the 17:00 news coming into the show. He also occasionally participated in the daily confession as 'The Dean of Deadly' (a reference to his long-standing nickname, coined by Sir Terry Wogan). Dedicoat retired from regular newsreading duties on Radio 2 on Friday 27 March 2015, but briefly returned on Monday 30 March 2015 for one final confession.

Rebecca Pike[edit]

Rebecca Pike presented the business news at 17:30 and 18:40 every day, and at the end of the 17:30 bulletin also reports on the FTSE market data and exchange rates. On Fridays she interviewed a guest with a new invention, known as the Innovation Slot.[5] Pike was known as 'Sister Rebecca' when participating in the daily confession, she left the programme on 17 December 2015.

Show Features[edit]

The show's opening and closing theme tune is a 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster of the 1948 song "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)" by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson. Before the theme plays, a re-written, acapella version of "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" by Harry Belafonte plays, with "Day-O, me say Day-O" replaced with "Mayo, Simon Mayo". Previously, some editions of the show also used the 1950 hit version by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, or occasionally the version by The Specials from their 1980 album More Specials.

Monday-Thursday Regular Features[edit]

  • Three Word-ers: Listeners send in a summary of their day in no more than three words, which are read out sporadically throughout the show. There is also a "talking text service" where listeners read out their three word-er live on air.
  • The Oldies: A selection of five or six songs all related to a particular topic relevant to that day's events are played throughout the show, chosen by readers of the show's blog and followers of the show's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • "Subject" Guest: At around 17:20, a guest is introduced and they discuss an issue raised in the previous day's show, or in the news on that day. The guest is generally an expert in the subject area under discussion, the music used in this section is usually an instrumental version of Ray LaMontagne's "Repo Man" from his 2010 album God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise, although occasionally the theme to children's sci-fi series Joe 90 is used.
  • Homework Sucks: Listeners are invited to send in questions to see if other listeners can answer them.[6] These can be any form of question, and two or three per day are selected to be answered (to varying degrees of success) by the general public. Previously, only one question was selected per show with a definitive answer provided by an academic or other expert in whatever subject area the question relates to, the original premise of the feature was that it was only open to children wanting help with their homework (hence the title) but was soon expanded to general questions from anyone. The music used in this section is Chicken Man by Alan Hawkshaw, best known in the UK as the theme tune to children's school-based drama Grange Hill.
  • Confessions: Carried on from Mayo's previous radio shows on BBC Radio 1, listeners send in embarrassing or funny stories about them offending, injuring, or playing practical jokes on people, that they never owned up to at the time it happened.[7] Mayo's co-presenters offer forgiveness (or not, as the case may be) before listeners being invited to text or email in their verdicts on the story, some of which are read out over the course of the rest of the show, the confessions from the week are compiled into a weekly podcast, released on Fridays.
  • Celebrity Guests: On most days, the show invites a celebrity guest(s) on in the second hour of the show (when it is not taken up by Nigel Barden's food slot, or the Book Club), who are there to plug a newly released film, TV series or book.
  • The Drivetime Live Sessions: Occasionally, an artist or band will perform a number of their tracks live in the studio. In between songs, they are interviewed by Mayo.
  • The Radio 2 Book Club: (fortnightly, Mondays) An author is interviewed about a recently published book that they have written, and the team review and discuss the book. Listeners also send in their reviews, and a preview chapter is usually uploaded onto the show's webpage.[8]
  • Tunesday: (fortnightly, Tuesdays) In lieu of a guest, the half-hour between 18:00 and 18:30 is given over to songs over 5 minutes long that aren't usually played on the radio in their full length versions. Listeners send in suggestions for tracks and 3 or 4 are played.
  • Foodie Thursday (weekly, Thursdays) The show's resident chef, Nigel Barden, cooks the team some (sometimes unusual) dishes.
  • Matt's Middle-Aged Midweek Mosh: (weekly, Wednesdays) Sports reporter (and rock fan) Matt Williams announces a weekly classic rock record, played at around 18:45, and encourages everyone listening to act as if they are in a mosh pit, and "rock out".[9]
  • The Showstopper: Listeners are invited to email in their suggestions for the last song to be played on the show, which is in the same musical genre as the specialist music show following Drivetime on any particular day.[10] Previously, a listener vote decided the choice but this was replaced in September 2012 with the current system, at present the different genres are:
  • All-Request Rollover: Monday-Thursday the show features a listener who didn't manage to get on the Friday All-Request show with their chosen song as a 'rollover' from Friday's show.
  • Secret Santana: Every year, in the run up to Christmas the team play a round of 'Secret Santana' in which Mayo gets one of the presenters or guests to pick a name out of the 'Secret Santana Fez' to randomly choose a track to play by Carlos Santana.

Former features[edit]

  • Brucie Bonus: For the first three months of 2015, every show featured at least one track by Bruce Springsteen. The name is a reference to one of British TV host Bruce Forsyth's many catchphrases from Play Your Cards Right.
  • Facts of the Day: After the news at 6 o'clock, humorous "facts of the day" were read relating to the specialist subject area of each of Mayo, Williams and Pike. Each fact had its own title relating to the content of the fact, this feature was dropped in spring 2015.
  • The Quiz: At around 18:35 Mayo, Pike and Williams quizzed each other on their respective specialist subjects, and a score was kept throughout the week. The music used in this feature is a 1970 cha-cha-chá rendition of The Doors' "Light My Fire" by Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra. This feature was dropped during the summer of 2015.

All-Request Friday[edit]

To allow Mayo time to continue to present Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on 5Live and following on from Chris Evans' Drivetime show, on Fridays all records played are chosen by the listeners – hence the name, the regular features from Mondays-Thursdays do not appear. Regular background music used on Fridays includes "On the Rebound" by Floyd Cramer, "Tom Hark" by The Piranhas, "A Swingin' Safari" by Bert Kaempfert, "Giorgio by Moroder" by Daft Punk and "House of the King" by Focus, as well as other stock instrumentals in different musical styles.

  • Mah Nà Mah Nà: A regular song on All Request Friday is the 1976 Muppets version of Piero Umiliani's Mah Nà Mah Nà (although the version played is the remastered version from the soundtrack to the 2011 film The Muppets). Introduced as "that song", it is usually the second track played on the show.
  • Friday Fixture: In his 18:50 bulletin, sports reporter Matt Williams has the Friday Fixture where a participant in an "obscure" sport (i.e. one which is not widely reported in the media) is interviewed.

Special shows[edit]

Occasionally there is a special edition of the show, covering special events in the UK, such events have included pre-show coverage of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a fortnight of special shows for the London 2012 Olympics and a special programme from the Science Museum in London to commemorate the BBC's 90th anniversary on 14 November 2012.

Other media[edit]


As with several other shows across BBC Radio, highlights from the show are released as a podcast, which can be downloaded from the BBC's website and from other sources (such as iTunes). Two weekly podcasts are produced, both released on Fridays. The Weekly Mayo features highlights of the interviews from the preceding week,[11] whilst Simon Mayo's Confessions is a collection of the confessions.[12]


Two books have been released by Bantam Press, both based on features from the show, the first, Confessions, was released on 13 October 2011 featuring a collection of the best confessions featured on the programme,[13] and the second, entitled Homework Sucks!, was released a year later on 11 October 2012 featuring a selection of the "Homework Sucks" questions and answers.[14]


An album featuring a selection of live tracks performed on the show, alongside other tracks picked by Mayo was released on 24 February 2014.[15]

Track listing[edit]


The show won the title of Best Music Programme in the 2011 Sony Radio Academy Awards.[16]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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