John Osborne presents

John Peel's Shed



In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. This show features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel.

Many are very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fans. A version of the show was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre and broadcast on Radio 4 in December 2011, and chosen as Pick of the Day in The Radio Times.

John Peel’s Shed is partly inspired by John Osborne’s acclaimed debut book Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio – Radio 4′s Book Of The Week – which tells the story of what happened when John decided to listen to a different radio station every day.

His journey took him from data entry at Anglia Windows, via interviewing radio greats such as Nicholas Parsons, Tommy Boyd, Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe; to presenting his own local radio show.


John Peel’s Shed is written and performed by John Osborne. Produced and co-devised by Show And Tell.


“Shy and awkward but with a keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life" ***** The Independent

“A complete pleasure. All radio nerds need to see it but non nerds will also love it.” Greg James, BBC Radio 1.

“Beautifully-written, funny and poignant… Just as John Peel’s records changed his life this lovely, simple, beautifully executed show has enriched ours” ***** The Scotsman

“Genius… A comic highlight” The Guardian

“The book is ace, the one man show is special”  Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1


75 minutes, no interval







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