Talk:Danny Baker

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"in 1999 Baker walked out of Talk Radio after station management wanted to move his show to a Saturday morning"

Actually, Baker had already been presenting a lunchtime show as well as his evening programme for about a year for the station but at the start of 1999 moved to a four hour slot starting at 8am on Saturdays which lasted two weeks before he was sacked supposedly for not talking about football enough (something they'd not previously been that bothered about, if anyone remembers those shows) News piece:,,323823,00.html

No citation provided for "Big Spud" epithet.--Westminsterboy 07:45, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

err..This article seems like it was written by the subject.

Bob Marley[edit]

I have never heard this Bob Marley story before, and can find no factual sources on the interweb - from where did it come? --kylet 14:27, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

— baker has told this story a few times on his shows over the years. -- 08:22, 8 July 2006 (UTC)
-It is definitely something that should be included on the page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:15, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
He does mention it now and again and generally points out that it is completely false but, as he said on his show on 28th January 2009, "it is good to lie sometimes." His point being that sometimes "life needs a little bit of colour added" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:33, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
Indeed, but hardly appropriate for an encyclopedia. --Ged UK (talk) 13:37, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
No but a perfect anecdote for Wikipedia where it demonstrates the personality of Danny Baker by using words he actually said. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:22, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Brain floss[edit]

was danny baker ever used in an advertising campaign for a joke product named "brain floss"? i remember it from my childhood, and looking at some google image searches of the product, it looks possible but not certain. If anyone could clear up this confusion i'd be very grateful...

Proposed removal of the The Apprentice UK template[edit]

I have started a discussion at Template talk:The Apprentice UK proposing the removal of template {{The Apprentice UK}} from this article (and the articles on other celebrities having appeared in the show). Please contribute your opinions to a discussion there. UkPaolo/talk 10:04, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Doctor Who[edit]

Does anyone have a source for the Doctor Who casting? It appears to be unsubstantiated rumor, as far as I can tell. I'm removing it, but feel free to put it back with an appropriate attribution. -Shadowsong 20:05, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Margaret Rutherford[edit]

Does anyone know why Baker uses Margaret Rutherford as his BBC email address? If they do then I'm sure it's worthy of a mention in the article. --JimmyTheWig 15:10, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Because he loves her work, as far as i can tell. He's had it for a long time, through various BBC incarnations. I have no citable source for this though, so i'm not sure it ought to go in, yet, anyway. Ged UK (talk) 12:49, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
Danny Baker gives nicknames to the people he works with and also to celebrities and also on e-mails. The point is that they are created "in the moment" and then he prides himself on never mentioning again why the name was given - "you had to be there at the time". They rarely have any great meaning and were just a bit if fun. He often refers to his current show as "The Star And Garters Show - the Worlds least successful branding" as this nickname did not stick. He had originally introduced it as he announced the retirement of "the Candy Man". He then forgot he had retired the Candy Man the next day and was reminded about thirty minutes into the next show and the change to Star and Garters was cancelled.
He was on 606. Pollythewasp (talk) 12:12, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Danny, The Turmoil Years[edit]

Could someone more skilled than me please re-place the paragraph connected to Radio 5/606 that tells us that Danny Kelly came in to do the papers, the one with Univ of Turmoil in it? The info is categorically incorrect. The Turmoil Years were part of the Radio 1 Saturday Morning shows and had nothing at all with any programmes Danny B. on football. (talk) 13:50, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Moving new comment to the bottom Ged UK (talk) 18:44, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

Football videos[edit]

The football videos didn't lead to his presenting 606 - quite the opposite. He was already well-known as 606's presenter when the videos first came out. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:07, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

He left school at the age 14 ?[edit]

Aye he were saying this on the radio this mornin' - Desert Island Discs - "the last year it was possible" he said (or words to that effect). That sounded odd to me 'cos I'm ten years older than Mr. Baker and I don't remember pupils leaving school at 14.

In my day you could leave at the end of the term in which you became 15 - so there were pupils who left before Easter and Christmas. In Mr Baker's case as he was born in June that would still have meant his leaving school at the end of the academic year. Maybe he was allowed to leave a few weeks before the end of the summer term - a few weeks, that is, before his 15th birthday.

He mentioned that the year he left school was the last year one could leave at 14.

1972, when Mr. Baker became 15, was the year in which the school leaving age was raised from 15 to 16.

He was certainly in the last cohort that could leave school at 15. If there were fellow pupils in his year born in August they might well have been working at the age of 14 having legally left school a few weeks beforehand.

If Mr. Baker was working at 14 he seems to have left school earlier than he should have done.


5th August 2011 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:47, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

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Good biographical information, but could use more external references. Needs an infobox and photograph UkPaolo/talk 10:19, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

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