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Big Al & The Doc’s Radio Phone-In Reunion

Saturday 11 7.30pmMarch


Medina Theatre

Medina Theatre
Fairlee Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 2DX

01983 823884

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Big Al & The Doc’s Radio Phone-In Reunion


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Doors 7pm | Show starts 7:30pm | Tickets £18 including theatre booking fee. All proceeds go to Mountbatten Isle of Wight

Between 1992 and 2009 Big Al and The Doc’s daily lunchtime phone-in became must listen to radio. For 17 years, workshops, garages, homes and offices across the South all tuned in midday to 1pm to hear radio’s dynamic duo winding up the Island population with their mischievous, outrageous and sometimes downright stupid shenanigans.

Memorable subjects ranged from banning all drivers over the age of 55 from Island roads (Big Al and The Doc are now in their 60s…) to moving the Isle of Wight Festival to Southsea and welcoming grey squirrels to the Isle of Wight. No wonder callers were furious!

Branded as the ‘social media of its day,’ the regular guest callers become recognised Island characters; English Pete, Pat the Builder, Lorraine Queen of Pan, DJ Geoff Peters, Andrew Voiceover, Ron Shepard Britain’s most married man, Keith the Trucker, Win Laden, Mushroom, Meridian Dave and Lora with the Tiara (now council leader) to name but a few.

The guys are set to recreate their hilarious radio hijinks for one night and one night only with all proceeds going to Mountbatten Isle of Wight.

They’ll be taking over Medina Theatre in Newport on Saturday 11th March to play newly discovered clips and videos with some of the most memorable guests and callers joining them live on stage.

DJ Alex Dyke, AKA Big Al, said; “I’m really excited to return to the scene of the crime for a one-off special and let’s make no bones about it, we’re proud to say this is a cash grab for Mountbatten Isle of Wight. Not only to help the people in the 16 beds but also the 2,000 Islanders who benefit from at-home care along with the Wellow Unit at St Mary’s which is the hospice in the hospital. We are delighted to invite you to look back at some of the on-air pranks and tomfoolery which entertained and exasperated Islanders in equal measure, all in aid of this wonderful charity.”

David Holmes, AKA The Doc said; “To this day, strangers still tell me how much they miss the old phone-in. Incredibly they’ll recall certain ones in forensic detail. Big Al and I really miss those belly laughs and look forward to a night of giggles and mischief. Who could forget the Ouija board and the praying vicar trying to save us, live on air? Many listeners really got us, and some really didn’t, either way could be just as hilarious.”

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