Photographer: Amanda Searle
Each week Reaction Weekend brings you Favourite Things – interviews with interesting people about the skills, hobbies, pleasures and past times that make them who they are.Simon Mayo is a radio presenter and author. He has worked for BBC Radio since 1982, presenting BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime for eight years. He currently presents Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on Radio 5 Live, has taken over the weekly Greatest Hits Radio show and launched Scala, a new classical music digital radio station, where he presents the mid-morning show. Mayo’s children’s book series Itch has also recently been adapted for television and is available on iPlayer now.
These are a few of his favourite things…
I should say early on that I sometimes get this wrong too, but the art of doing an interview is to keep the question short (and do your prep and listen). A typical mistake is to come up with a question that is so long it is clearly designed just to show how much you know about the subject.