It's sad how, in the last couple of years, some of the links in the chain that tether Radio 2 to its old Light Programme counterpart have finally broken. Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Jimmy Young, Desmond Carrington and Brian Matthew all no longer with us.
Only Friday Night is Music Night remains the last true bastion of that post-war service, bringing "music for everyone" for the last 60-odd years. Programmes like Listen to the Band and The Organist Entertains sound like they should have been on the Light but are mere striplings of forty-ish years of age.
In this documentary from BBC Four's Time Shift series Whatever Happened to Radio 2? concentrates on those specialist music shows which serve the old Light Programme audience. The programme looks at Radio 2 from the audience perspective and includes the inevitable contribution from Gillian Reynolds. There's an emotional Desmond Carrington in his studio "at home in Scotland" talking about the bond with his listeners, the theatre organ enthusiasts flocking to see Nigel Ogden and the continued support for brass band music with Frank Renton and folk music with Mike Harding. There's a typically humorous performance from Humphrey Lyttelton and it closes with a coach load of pensioners attending a live performance of Friday Night is Music Night.
Whatever Happened to Radio 2? was first broadcast on 5 October 2007.