There was a surprising radio award issued to two pensioners today.
‘Ethel and Vera’, better known to radio listeners as ‘The Two Old Biddies’ received a BAFTA award for innovation for their show on Radio Cleckheaton, broadcast in West Yorkshire
The programme has gained an audience of millions of fans, ever since the radio station owner, Albert Rowbottom, began airing their show, A Nice Pot of Tea and a Slice of Cake, last October.
Rowbottom, a former News of the World journalist, heard their lively banter and decided, unbeknown to them, to put a radio microphone in their living room, hidden in a plant pot.
The conversation of the two old ladies, aged 130 and 145 respectively, has been delighting listeners to the station’s evening slot ever since.
Their witty repartee, features reminiscing of ‘the olden days’ with frequent references to Florence Nightingale, the Boer War, the coronation of Louis XIV and the invention of the wheel.
However, the radio stars also keep up with current events and often talk about pop star Justin Beiber and how they’d like to make a real man out of him.
Rowbottom has plans for more new shows including Live at The Bowling Green and Coffee Morning Tales.