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Home Truths

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Home Truths
Running time60 mins
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted byJohn Peel
Original release11 April 1998 –
24 June 2006
Opening theme"Let's Go Trippin'" by Dick Dale and The Del-Tones

Home Truths was a weekly BBC Radio 4 programme which began on 11 April 1998 and was usually hosted by the DJ John Peel until his death in October 2004. In the Saturday 9 – 10 am slot, it gradually became one of Radio 4's most successful programmes.

Home Truths was a talk show in which the host would interview ordinary people with an extraordinary story to tell. There was also considerable correspondence with its listeners. Home Truths was based on a previous show called Offspring (which aired from 1995 to 1997), also hosted by Peel. Home Truths took essentially the same format as its predecessor but widened the remit from talking about the relationship between parents and children to discussion of all aspects of life.

After Peel's death, the programme was presented by a series of guest presenters including Paul Heiney, writer David Stafford, comedian Linda Smith and musician Tom Robinson. However, the programme was axed after the BBC decided that the formula did not work as well without Peel's presence.[1]

The last edition of Home Truths was presented by David Stafford and was broadcast on 24 June 2006. The slot was taken over the same year by Saturday Live.

The series theme tune was Dick Dale's Let's Go Trippin'.


  1. ^ "Radio 4 drops Peel's Home Truths". BBC News. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2009.

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