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Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

Author: BBC Radio 4

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A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn't. Released every Friday.
206 Episodes
This week the Question of Sport captain and Strictly contestant Ugo Monye shimmies into the Fortunately podcast to chat to Fi and Jane. The former England Rugby International beams in from the Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal room in a top secret location. He tells Garvey and Glover about his experience so far as well as his new job on the legendary quiz show. Expect tales of costumes, missing boots and poor eyesight. Before Ugo's entrance we head to the Artic Circle via Didcot Parkway. Get in touch:
In this edition of the Fortunately podcast, Fi and Jane have an appointment with broadcaster and former doctor Michael Mosley. Michael tells Garvey and Glover about his podcast Just One Thing, which is back for another series to give us some handy health tips. He also takes questions on late-night cheese, one-legged tooth brushing and fictional physicians. Before Michael arrives, Jane has a new Two Ronnies-inspired format for the podcast and Fi battles the Indian summer. Get in touch:
Fortunately is back after a summer break. On today's podcast, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey chat to ITV Political Editor Robert Peston. Robert gives the lowdown on his new novel The Whistleblower, a thriller set in the world of media and politics in the late 1990s. He also chats to Fi and Jane about spotting sociopaths, wearing Miami Vice suits and lessons from his great uncle. Before Robert says hello we have reflections on submarine drama Vigil, Fi is angry and Jane has fallen in love again. Get in touch:
Fi and Jane congratulate each other on winning Funniest Show at the ARIA radio awards! They’re joined by comedian and presenter London Hughes who shares stories about a nightmare date, her amazing dancing grandma, and overturning racial stereotypes.
This week on Fortunately Fi and Jane are joined by American novelist Anne Tyler, all the way from Baltimore USA. Anne talks Fi and Jane through her household chore routine and how it came to feature in her new book, Redhead by the Side of the Road. The Pulitzer Prize winner also divulges why she likes visiting people with messy abodes, why she thinks poets are more competitive and hears Fi and Jane's take on some of her works. Before they chatted to one of their favourite authors, Fi and Jane discussed a certain trip to the North East by a Government Advisor. As well as that, matters broached include painless childbirth, Allan keys and the 1979 General Election. GET IN TOUCH:
Fi and Jane are joined by writer and podcaster Elizabeth Day who shows off her painted fingernails.
Fi and Jane do some time bending in front of Broadcasting House and they’re joined by newsreading icon Clive Myrie. They get the lowdown on stories from inside and outside the studio, find out how to dish up some Jamaican cuisine and there’s even a guest appearance from the BBC’s Annita McVeigh.
In a special edition of Fortunately, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joins Fi and Jane for their 200th episode, with a live and socially distanced audience at London's Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. With the help of a high tech interactive Q&A, Garvey and Glover quiz the audience and face a few probing questions themselves. They are later joined by Shappi, who tells them about her upcoming book Kissing Emma, Rambo crushes and likens the ladies to Muppets. The next four episodes will be 'your chance to enjoy some repeats' and Fi and Jane will return in September. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane chat to Angellica Bell, presenter on The Martin Lewis Money Show, The One Show and Scala Radio. Angellica joins Fi and Jane to tell them about her podcast 'Rewirement', which explores people's experiences of retirement and how to make the most of it. She also discusses being a CBBC legend, offers some book tips and coaches Fi and Jane, who are feeling a bit nervous about something big coming up. Before Angellica beams in there's vulnerable feet and a milkshake solves a problem. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by Radio 4 Presenter Winifred Robinson. The host of You and Yours gets into some Liverpool analysis with her fellow Merseysider Jane (and Fi too). Winifred also offers some smart consumer tips, talks about getting her start at the Catholic Pictorial and bravely sticks around to hear listeners' emails on their unusual collections. Before Winifred logged in there's multiple scatter sites and a look back to the Euros finale. Get in touch:
This week on the Fortunately podcast, Fi and Jane chat to Adele Roberts, host of BBC Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast. DJ and runner Adele talks them through her triumph on Celebrity Coach Trip, recommends the best shops in Barbados and shares some of her favourite songs of lockdown. Before Adele beams in there's Southgate admiration, scab storage and alternative financial years. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg. Our man at the Kremlin actually reports this week from quarantine in the UK, but is still full of insight on Mother Russia. Topics include Steve's question for the next Putin press conference, unusual extension leads and gold toilet brushes. The podcast was recorded the afternoon before England played Germany, so Fi's cooking a chilli and Mystic Jane offers her predictions. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane speak to Reeta Chakrabarti. The leading BBC Newsreader talks them through some celebrity mastermind tips, how to fill for time on air, memories of the moon landing and Jane takes credit for Reeta's career. Earlier on there's a surprising new crush and the pancake report from Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Get in touch:
This week on the podcast, Fi and Jane choose some of their favourite listener emails from the past few weeks. They coalesce in London's Regent's Park to catch up on exciting developments from the Euros and Jane's skip. The two of them then pick out a few choice emails before Fi has to head off to the dental hygienist. Correspondence includes insights from the courtroom, a handsome Derek and divine delivery apps. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane chat to novelist Kate Mosse. The author of 'Labyrinth' and 'Sepulchre' joins the podcast to discuss her memoir on caring, 'An Extra Pair of Hands', which talks about her experience as a carer in a multi-generational household. Kate also offers a lesson on French etymology and the three of them choose a soundtrack for the BBC's home for the infirm and impartial. Before Kate there's clean steps, old shorts and a skip arriving imminently. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by political strategist and author Alastair Campbell. The former No.10 insider discusses his book 'Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression', which explores mental illness in a family. Alastair also describes his perfect macho photoshoot, professes the importance of jam jars and offers to put a good word in with ol'Tony. Before Alastair logged in there's fuzzy forks, leftover wax and moon births. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane chat to space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock. The Sky at Night Presenter discusses multigenerational voyages, the power of the moon and she also ponders why Jane's food tastes better after a few hours in the fridge. Before Maggie arrives there is an apology seminar and a new way to tell someone to take it easy. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by the writer, presenter and comedian Jon Holmes. Jon tells them about his latest podcast, Cold Case Crime Cuts, a spoof on true crime that investigates hit songs. He also chats about his audio bending Radio 4 series The Skewer, hospital radio portacabins and his grandest achievement as a travel writer. Before Jon beams in, there's chair jeopardy and a listener reveals what Fi is like when she's off duty. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane chat to presenter and writer Richard Osman. The Pointless and House of Games presenter joins them to discuss his novel The Thursday Murder Club. He also talks to them about perspectives on ageing, consoling quiz contestants and who might win a Garvey v Glover wrestling match. Prior to Richard's arrival there's reports from the vanguard of fashion and a new arrival on Fi's windowsill. Get in touch:
This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane choose some of their favourite listener emails from the past few weeks. There's a story of plasticine robbery, an eyebrow raising opinion from the Channel Islands, advice on bodily habits in new romances and much much more. Get in touch:
Comments (42)

Emily Jamieson

I walk while listening to Fi and Jane. I sometimes wonder what people must think of me as I guffaw and chuckle. Great show, great women. They feel so genuine.... I'd love to meet them and bet they're exactly the same IRL.

Mar 7th

Odile Blanchet

loved listening to you two chatting to steph. Three great women that are making the start of my day much brighter.

Oct 31st

Terry Iles


Oct 31st

Julie Naylor

I love this podcast. If I was was going to meet up with two female friends, this is the banter I would want to have. Always adored Fi, pleasantly surprised at Jane G's more mischievous side... only being exposed to the Hour of Woman before now. Keep it up chaps, you are fab. (Jane G is particularly good at the direct question on everyone's mind - asking Tom Kerridge what he'd do with a chicken breast, particularly useful). X

Aug 21st

Nicola Dunklin

Awesome Afua

Jun 30th

Rebecca J-T

you are my treat of the week, does that make me sad?!

Apr 15th

Rebecca J-T

marvellous mastery of technology 😁

Mar 28th

Mandi Millen

Silence from 07:00 onwards on the 28 March episode. Or is it just me?

Mar 28th
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Nuage Laboratoire


Nov 25th

Greg Barnett

threats to block chain use ... losing your password, imminent quantum computing that can crack any encryption within seconds, and ever-increasing electricity usage by the 'system'

Oct 10th

Ian Lucas

Great to have you back! This high pressure cooker called Canada needs you as a safety valve!

Sep 7th

GoTo2 Podcast Review

lots of great conversation!

Jul 7th

Paul Billington

FGM is one of society's dirty secrets. Mutilating any child is wrong and primitive like rape and murder and must be exposed and stopped. Thanks for this great and informative podcast. Well done!

Jun 27th

Anu Paajanen

The fat shaming in episode 98 wasn't nice to listen to. Otherwise it's just a joyful show!

Jun 20th

Janet Reygan

BBC pizza? really? Can't imagine there's much room to move!

Feb 15th

Marta Grzelka

We love you Fi and Jane! merry Xmas

Dec 14th

Cherine Maskill

Are c m

Dec 9th

Stew Cooper

funny and entertaining as ever.

Dec 8th

Jacquie Shanahan

A tip for Jane for reading in the bath - multifocal contacts are the the thing (and I'm not an optician, honest, just a committed bath reader)

Nov 25th

Stew Cooper

soooo funny

Oct 14th
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