The Archers, Desert Island Discs and John Humphrys get a hip hop makeover courtesy of DJ Yoda

The hip hop DJ has remixed The Archers and the Shipping Forecast in honour of BBC Music Day


A few Today programme listeners must have choked on their porridge this morning, when the soothing philosophy of Thought for the Day was preceded by a round-up of Radio 4 favourites – but in a manner more akin to Radio 1. 


Hip hop turntablist DJ Yoda has remixed the familiar refrains of The Archers, Desert Island Discs and the Shipping Forecast with snippets from the programmes including an ironic grumble from a grumpy Archer – “Times have changed…”

World at One’s Martha Kearney, Woman’s Hour host Jane Garvey and the Today programme’s James Naughtie also have cameos. But it was the mention of Naughtie’s co-presenter that made this listener snort into her cereal a second time – “Oh shut up John Humphrys!”

See how many Radio 4 stalwarts you can identity in the two-minute mash-up:

The mix was in honour of the inaugural BBC Music Day, which takes place today and aims to be a nationwide celebration of music.

Events up and down the country include a relay of hundreds of musicians aboard various forms of transport along the 73-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, a live concert in a former Belfast prison, Crumlin Road Gaol, featuring Sir James Galway on flute, and the Manic Street Preachers performing before 10,000 people at Cardiff Castle.

BBC Music director Bob Shennan said the day was “a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home”.


You can find out more about BBC Music Day here.