Scott Mills (radio show)
|Genre||Entertainment & comedy, music|
|Running time||180 minutes (1:00 pm–4:00 pm)
(165 minutes 2004–2012)
|Home station||BBC Radio 1|
|Producer(s)||Cara O'Brien, Chris Sawyer|
|Recording studio||Studio 82E, Broadcasting House, London|
|Air dates||since 7 June 2004|
|Podcast||Scott Mills Daily|
Scott Mills is a Sony Radio Academy Award-winning radio show, broadcast every weekday afternoon on BBC Radio 1 from 1:00–4:00 pm. The show originally aired from 4:00–7:00 pm from its inception on 7 June 2004 until April 2012. It is hosted by Scott Mills, with contributions from Chris Stark. Previous contributors have included Mark Chapman, Laura Sayers and Beccy Huxtable, the last of whom left the show on 18 January 2013.
Mills began work at Radio 1 in 1998, presenting The Early Breakfast Show; soon after, he began to substitute for Sara Cox. In January 2004, he was made host of a programme broadcast between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on weekends. In May 2004 Mills returned to weekday-afternoon programming as a temporary replacement for Cox, who was on maternity leave. When Cox decided not to return to afternoons Mills became permanent host in the drive-time slot with Cox's co-host, Mark "Chappers" Chapman. The show originally aired from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, moving to a later slot in a schedule reorganisation.
On 28 February 2012 it was announced that the show would be moved to the 1:00–4:00 pm time slot, with Greg James replacing him in the late-afternoon show from 2 April.
The show contains a mix of music, talk and features. On 25 July 2008, a special edition of The Scott Mills Daily was broadcast live from Barry Island in South Wales as part of Radio 1's summer events. The special broadcast was dedicated to a regular feature on the show (called "Barryoke"), during which listeners named Barry ring in to cover a song and change the lyrics to include their name. Barry Chuckle of the Chuckle Brothers recorded a special edition of "Barryoke" for the Barry Island show, changing the lyrics of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" from "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one" to "I got 99 problems but a Barry ain't one".
The show largely follows a zoo format, featuring regular contributor Chris Stark. Stark was originally introduced as Scott's friend, and began to appear regularly in 2011 with features such as 24 Years at the Tapend. He became a permanent team member in April 2012.
The show was previously produced by Emlyn Dodd (known as "The One That Doesn't Speak" due to his non-vocal role on the show). Dodd previously worked for Top of the Pops, The Official Chart and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Zoë Ball and Sara Cox. It was announced in January 2013 that Dodd was to leave the show and the BBC in February 2013. His final show aired on 22 February 2013.
Previous contributors include sports reader Mark Chapman (known as "Chappers"), who had worked with previous occupant of the late-afternoon slot Sara Cox before joining Mills as a team member. Chapman left the show on Christmas Eve 2009 to pursue work with BBC Sport.
Mills was also joined by assistant producer Beccy Huxtable. She became a vocal part of the team, participating in games and features such as Beccy's Classifieds and What's Beccy's Forte?. She replaced original assistant producer Laura Sayers, who left in April 2008 to work elsewhere as a producer on Radio 1. She was well known for creating Laura's Diary. Beccy left the show on the 18th January 2013 after being diagnosed with MS.
In February 2013, to coincide with Dodd and Huxtable's departures, a change in the production team ensued. Cara O'Brien took up the post of Producer and Chris Sawyer took up the Assistant Producer role. Sawyer also reads out the 'Real or No Real' facts when Chris Smith is unavailable.
Regular contributors also include 'The Posh Radio 4 Lady' (Kathy Clugston), who reads listeners' questions in Dear Scott.
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Recurring features on the programme include:
- Innuendo Bingo—A game that involves playing clips from other radio or TV programmes (particularly other BBC programmes), where what is said can be misconstrued as innuendo. The clips are played to someone from the BBC (or a guest) while the person's mouth is full of water, and the challenge is to not spit out the water while laughing.
- Fish Pie Sue-A contact in your phone that you have no memory about. Maybe some one you met on a night out and had a memorable feature about them that (at the time) you thought would trigger your memory the following morning. Scott get people to phone their Fish Pie Sue back to find out who they really are.
- Dear Scott—A long-running feature in which listeners have their e-mails, texts and letters read by Kathy Clugston (also known as 'The Posh Radio 4 Lady' or 'PR4L'. Questions are answered on-air.
- Real or No Real—A feature in which Newsbeat newsreader Chris Smith reads out tweets from fact-based and hoax Twitter accounts. Mills and Stark then decide whether the facts are "real" or "no real".
- Show 'N' Tell—this features team members bringing in items which they think are outstanding.
- Loving the Trolls—A new segment in which Mills reads out abusive tweets and Facebook messages through the voice of Laurence, the automated speech system.
- Follow Me, Follow You. Who Follows Who?—A feature where Chris Stark guesses whether particularly likely celebrity pairings actually follow one-another on Twitter.
- Flirt Divert—Mills provides a phone number for men on blind dates with homely women. Their calls went to the Flirt Divert answer phone, and Mills played them on the air.
- One Night with Laura—In 2006 Mills launched "One Night With Laura", a competition to find Laura (then assistant producer of the show) a boyfriend. The show went on the road with a tour bus, and held auditions in five UK cities to find Laura a date. Auditions in each city involved 20 single men, who were picked from thousands of entries. Judges for the auditions included Laura's father and sister; the "One Night with Laura" website drew 11.8 million hits.
- Scott Cam — On 29 September 2008, "Scott Cam" was launched. Mills had six cameras (on from 6 am to 11 pm; around the clock in the kitchen) placed in various rooms of his house for one week, with the show broadcast live from his house. The cameras were viewable by going to the Radio 1 website. "Scott Cam" was launched after the success of "Beccy Cam" (a live streaming webcam on the Radio 1 office desk).
- The Take Away Game—Resembles many prank call games. This involves two take-away stores; Mills rang one, ordered food from its menu and put it on hold. He then rang the second take-away store; before he gave his order he asked the first take-away store to repeat his order. It was repeated to the second take-away store, with the expected confusion.
- The Florist Game—A florist (normally foreign) was rung up, apparently to buy flowers; however, the real intention was to write a message which was actually a song (normally hip-hop or rap). Mills tried to get the florist to repeat the message, which was later played over the real song.
- The Great American Name Game—Finding humorous names in American telephone directories, with the objective of getting the callees to say their name
- The Library Book Game—Involved ringing a library and enquiring about the existence of a (fake) book and author, the combination of which is a double-entendre.
- The Honesty Game—a feature in which Mills, Chapman and Beccy answered questions from the public as truthfully as possible. This game occasionally included a guest (normally another Radio 1 DJ—such as Huw Stephens or Zane Lowe—or BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray).
- The Wonder Years-Scott Mills would play 20 or so song in year by year order. This was dropped from the show after Scott Mills and Greg James swapped time slots.
- Livestock Lounge—"Livestock Lounge" involved live animals that must be identified while blindfolded, and was performed in the Live Lounge. Chapman conducted the first segment (on 20 April 2007), which included a rabbit, a duck, a lamb and a snake. The second segment, on 20 December 2007, involved Chapman identifying a turkey, a ferret and a toy singing goat. Mills revived the feature (renamed "Livestock Lounge Extreme") on 9 April 2009 with a python, a squirrel monkey and a warm-weather penguin.
- Phonebook Roulette—Involved writing a text message on a mobile phone and sending the message to a random person by scrolling through the phone book. The message was usually curious or had mild innuendo, enticing the recipient to text back with an inquiry.
- Beccy's Classifieds—Beccy found strange (or interesting) online classifieds, then had Radio 1 announcers read them. On 7 August 2008, the only classified they purchased was an empty jar purported to contain the ghost of George Harrison. Missed connection advertisements became a part of more-recent features.
- What's Beccy's Forte?—Beginning on 28 May 2009, it involved Beccy trying to find something at which she excelled. The first segment featured UK beatboxer Beardyman. Cheerleading, mind-reading, tennis, interviewing celebrities and escapology were also unsuccessfully attempted.
- Just for the pun of it—Beccy and Mills phoned specialist shops, trying to slip into the call as many puns related to the profession as they can. Phone calls included a cheese shop, a pet shop and a French restaurant.
- Coxipedia—First heard in September 2010, Sara Cox talked for a minute about a listener's chosen subject. The feature aimed to have more entries in Coxipedia than Wikipedia by 2011; listeners applied to have their idea featured on the radio 1 website.
- Scott Mills: The Musical—Performed at the Pleasance One Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 11–13 August 2009, listeners supplied ideas for the musical due to its lack of stage material. The team requested audition videos for the role of Mills; the finalists were Adam from Southampton, Joe from Gloucestershire and Luke from Merseyside. The phone lines were opened early on Friday, 17 July for listeners' votes; Joe was declared the winner that afternoon.
- Laura's Diary—Former assistant-producer Laura had her teenage diary read by her younger sister, Mary (including stories of her first love, Ben, and difficult times at university).
- Treadmill Trivia—Quiz-based feature involving a treadmill and a contestant. For every question answered incorrectly, the treadmill's speed increases (usually to the point where the contestant falls off, to comic effect).
- It's Only Bleyyyy Friday!—Every Friday Mills shouted "It's Only Bleyyyy Friday!" in a nearly-incoherent voice, usually over classical music; the segment was dropped when the show's time slot changed.
- Who's That Tweeting?—A celebrity's tweet is read; participants must guess its origin.
- Oh What's Occurring?—Long-running daily feature (after Chapman left the show on 24 December 2009), in which Mills records three situations in which Becky and a pre-selected listener guess the outcome of a situation. The caller challenges Becky; if they win, they stay on for another game. If they lose, a new caller appears the next time. The rules are flexible, with Mills changing them at will. The feature was retired in July 2010, but revived in April 2012 when the show moved to its new time slot. The feature went on hiatus again in November 2012, being replaced by Real or No Real.
- Scott Talks To Men In The Toilet-Scott sends Chris to the toilets in a nearby pub or at the BBC. Scott would talk into Chris ear and tell he to ask question to men in other toilet cubicles.
- 24 Years At The Tap End—an autobiography of contributor Chris Stark that ended in 2013 apart from specials.
BBC Radio 1 was criticised by Ofcom in 2006 for what they said was “serious misjudgement” over a prank call on the programme. The regulator said that the call was "overtly aggressive" and "clearly unsuitable for broadcast". The woman who was the recipient of the call was told to “shut the fuck up”, and her child called a “little shit” (although those words were bleeped out when the call was played on-air).
In 2008, Ofcom and the BBC received complaints about "Badly Bleeped TV", a feature where words were bleeped from TV or radio clips and the co-presenters are asked to guess what they are. Ofcom ruled this a breach of broadcasting regulations, and the feature was dropped from the show. It returned upon the show's move to the early-afternoon time slot as part of "Oh, What's Occurring".
In February 2006 a daily podcast of the show, Scott Mills Daily, became available for download from the BBC as part of its downloads trial. The podcast varies in length, depending on the amount of suitable material from the show available each day. It is intended to contain the highlights of the programme (usually features, guests and talk). Due to copyright issues, the podcast does not contain music played on the show. Scott Mills Daily has done well in the UK iTunes Store chart (#13 in most-downloaded podcasts). Early figures from the BBC had shown it had been downloaded 330,471 times; during a week in December 2006, The Sun reported that Scott Mills Daily had been downloaded 535,051 times.
|2006||Sony Radio Academy Awards||Interactive Programme Award||Gold|
|2007||Loaded Laftas||Funniest Radio Show||Won|
|2007||Sony Radio Academy Awards||Interactive Programme Award||Bronze|
|2008||Sony Radio Academy Awards||Entertainment Award||Silver|
|2008||Loaded Laftas||Funniest Radio Show||Won|
|2009||Sony Radio Academy Awards||Music Radio Personality of the Year||Nominee|
|2010||Loaded Laftas||Funniest Radio Sidekick (Beccy Huxtable)||Won|
|2010||Sony Radio Academy Awards||Music Radio Personality of the Year||Won|
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