Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

106 EpisodesProduced by BBC Radio 4

A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.

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103. A Return to Inner Curls and Contrarians with Emily Maitlis

July 19th, 2019


Fi and Jane are hopping all over the country and so sadly couldn't make it to the BBC Piazza this week. Instead, Fi reports from a Bournemouth beach …

102. Deforesting the Territory with Ros Atkins

July 12th, 2019


Jane takes a break from a very interesting event to join Fi on the BBC piazza. This week their guest is the BBC News presenter and recent podcaster Ros Atkins. Ros details what it's like to be texting a Titan of the US …

101. Snoring on the Sleeper with Kirsty Wark

July 5th, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by Newsnight's Kirsty Wark who describes filleting squirrels, making whisky and living with only one working nostril.

Producer: JP Devlin

100. Marking our 100th Episode with Ken Bruce

June 28th, 2019


Fi and Jane head to BBC Radio 2 to see former car hire salesman and failed accountant Ken Bruce who describes how to deal with cheats on PopMaster, how to hit the news on time and how to sex a tortoise... after they've …

99. Grief and Cutlery Chuff with Cariad Lloyd

June 21st, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by comedian, actress, writer and host of the Griefcast podcast Cariad Lloyd to talk death, Jane Austen, celebrities in pet shops and famous people called Dick.

98. Nice Ears Shame About The Feet with Suzy Klein

June 14th, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by BBC Radio 3 presenter Suzy Klein as they try to talk embroidery, bloated sheep and odd-shaped forearms despite a noisy crisp eater at the next table.

97. Anita Anand Has All The Answers

June 7th, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by author and broadcaster Anita Anand who recalls writing to Mikhail Gorbachev and sitting on Jimmy Carter.

Producer: JP Devlin

96. Making Hay with Frank Cottrell Boyce

May 31st, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by writer Frank Cottrell Boyce in the Green Room at the Hay Festival where he reveals the question he's most commonly asked by his young audience. Also, actress Maxine Peake drops by to talk about …

95. On the Night Shift with Dotun Adebayo

May 24th, 2019


More of the random and unconnected musings of old broadcasting friends Fi Glover and Jane Garvey. This week broadcaster Dotun Adebayo talks about the …

94. Talking Dirty with Gyles Brandreth

May 17th, 2019


More of the random and unconnected musings of old broadcasting friends Fi Glover and Jane Garvey. This week, polymath Gyles Brandreth offers a guide …

93. The Four Ps and the Two Ranis with Adil Ray

May 10th, 2019


More of the random and unconnected musings of old broadcasting friends Fi Glover and Jane Garvey. This week actor, comedian, TV presenter and …

92. From Hobb to Head Honcho with Matthew Bannister

May 3rd, 2019


Presenter, manager, folk music podcaster and first ever guest named after something in a house, Matthew Bannister joins the Fortunately self-help …

91. Drinking with despots with Christiane Amanpour

April 26th, 2019


When visitors wear your clothes and the challenge of fixing a new garden hosepipe with CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour

90. In Memoriam Mittens with Elizabeth Day

April 19th, 2019


Fi and Jane are joined by writer and podcaster Elizabeth Day who shows off her painted fingernails.

89. Our Audience Overheats: some favourite Fortunately moments.

April 5th, 2019


Shaun Keaveny guides us through some choice bits of the podcast from the past couple of years. These include appearances from Miriam Margoyles, Ed Miliband, Susannah Reid and London Hughes. Along with many other …

88. DJ Annie Mac is in the mix

March 29th, 2019


Fi and Jane throw the blankets off their knees and hit the dancefloor with Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac

87. On the fringe of the leadership summit, with Maria McErlane

March 22nd, 2019


Maria McErlane, agony aunt on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show, dispenses advice. Amongst other issues, she addresses how to do the perfect ugly face …

86. Cheeseburgers and chocolate shakes with Jake Humphrey

March 15th, 2019


Fi and Jane talk football, Formula 1 and failed exams with BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. The queens of the involuntary sound take advice on …

85. Big Beans and Whopper Questions, with Laura Kuenssberg

March 8th, 2019


Fi and Jane welcome along the one and only Laura Kuenssberg, BBC Political Editor. Together they expose a celebrity chef’s toasties and reminisce …

84. Fondant Nozzles and Freemasonry, with Bella Mackie

March 1st, 2019


Fi has a special birthday this week and here for the celebrations is writer and journalist Bella Mackie. Bella’s book Jog On explores the benefits of running for mental health so Jane brings out some of her own exercise …

83. Ready for Tingles, with Clive Myrie

February 22nd, 2019


Fi and Jane do some time bending in front of Broadcasting House and they’re joined by newsreading icon Clive Myrie. They get the lowdown on stories from inside and outside the studio, find out how to dish up some …

82.Early Morning Movements with Ritula Shah

February 15th, 2019


Fi and Jane venture out to the BBC pizza this week and are joined by The World Tonight’s Ritula Shah. Aside from Ritula’s dulcet broadcasting tones, …

81. Globulogic up the Danube, with Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes

February 8th, 2019


Inside Broadcasting House to avoid the wintery weather, Fi and Jane are joined by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, the creators of the phenomenally …

80. Crushed Wotsits and Emergency Loo Roll, with Tracey Thorn.

February 7th, 2019


Back at the BBC, writer and Everything But The Girl musician Tracey Thorn pays a visit to a star struck Fi and Jane. In honour of Tracy’s new teenage …

79. Name that Pope, with Dr Sarah Jarvis

February 6th, 2019


Somebody called a Doctor this week as Fi and Jane are joined by resident broadcasting physician Dr Sarah Jarvis. In addition to Fi and Jane’s list of …

78. Easy Peelers and Cones of Shame, with Iain Dale

February 5th, 2019


The inimitable broadcaster and political commentator Iain Dale pays a visit to the BBC piazza this week, after Fi and Jane lift the lid on BBC Sounds …

77. Prolapsing Hot Water Bottles…with Sara Cox

February 4th, 2019


Fi and Jane offer a warm welcome to 2019 with the new host of Radio 2’s Drivetime show, Sara Cox. As well as brainstorming some feature ideas for Sara’s new gig, they discuss the risks of out of date food, the problems …

76. The slow creep of modernity gone wrong, with Gideon Coe

December 21st, 2018


There’s a chill in the pizza, but it can’t puncture Fi and Jane’s demob-happy season finale mood. They’re joined by Gideon Coe for chats about their glamourous past lives in local radio, favourite Christmas songs, and a …

75. Cardiff Christmas Special!

December 14th, 2018


Fi and Jane head to The Grange pub in Cardiff for the first ever Fortunately recording in front of an audience. Things get seriously festive as they take questions from the audience about interviews gone wrong, imposter …

74. The draught beneath my wings, with Hugh Dennis

December 7th, 2018


Hugh Dennis joins Fi and Jane for a chat about his past life marketing perfumes, the joy of working with child actors, and Brussels sprouts. They …

73. Kefir-tunately, with Simon Mundie

November 30th, 2018


Simon Mundie – sports reporter and presenter of Radio 4’s new podcast ‘Don’t Tell Me the Score’ – becomes the first guest to bring Fi and Jane homemade kefir. They discuss what sport can teach us about resilience, …

72. ‘A burst of hamstery energy’, with Dame Esther Rantzen

November 23rd, 2018


Dame Esther Rantzen, ‘proper legend’ of broadcasting, is whisked from the pizza and into a private room in Broadcasting House for a chat with Fi and …

71. Romperamas and titter-free zones, with Tolani Shoneye

November 16th, 2018


Journalist and co-host of The Receipts Podcast, Tolani Shoneye takes the BBC pizza by storm. Tolani, Fi and Jane discuss white guilt, the unwritten …

70. 'Needs Sherry', With Mawaan Rizwan.

November 9th, 2018


Temperatures have dropped in the piazza so Fi and Jane head inside where they are joined by comedian and Asian Network presenter, Mawaan Rizwan. They …

69. Sounds Launch Special from the London Eye, with James O’Brien and Leena Norms

November 2nd, 2018


Fortunately joins the great and the good at the new BBC Sounds App launch from the London Eye, where we record our ‘pod’ in a rotating glass pod! As …

68. Dress smart, jock smart… with London Hughes

October 26th, 2018


Fi and Jane congratulate each other on winning Funniest Show at the ARIA radio awards! They’re joined by comedian and presenter London Hughes who …

67. The spittle of a century… with the Scummy Mummies: Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson

October 19th, 2018


Fi and Jane are joined by comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, hosts of the Scummy Mummies Podcast. They talk Australian chauvinism, the future of radically honest mothering, and lying to get on the Lorraine Kelly …

66. Bomb shelters and transmitter sites, with Cathy Newman

October 12th, 2018


Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman on her new book called Bloody Brilliant Women, interviewing in the era of fake news, her inability to use her own oven, and the rarity of curly hair in broadcasting.

65. Fields of chaff with Vicki Pepperdine

October 5th, 2018


Vicki Pepperdine - actor and co-creator of the satirical podcast ‘Dear Joan and Jericha’ - gives advice on how to combat winter vagina and frosty balls. Plus, an update on Nancy News, vintage public service …

64. Lady barnacles and toga parties with Mishal Husain

September 28th, 2018


Mishal Husain comes fresh from the Today Programme studio to the Fortunately pizza where she’s lucky to catch Jane on fresh patch Thursday. They discuss the art of interrupting, Mishal’s new book on workplace skills for …

63. Stiff Letters and Sideburns with Helen Zaltzman and David Dimbleby

September 21st, 2018


Fi and Jane collar David Dimbleby, and Podcast Champion Helen Zaltzman joins them to discuss early crushes, the future of broadcasting and why people …

62. My head is in Wookie Hole

September 14th, 2018


Broadcaster Anneka Rice joins Fi and Jane in the BBC pizza. Over a chocolate doughnut there’s stories on what it’s like to be a waxwork; kindness, …

61. Orange linguini and donkey soap

September 7th, 2018


Fi and Jane are back in the BBC piazza after the summer break. There are gifts to exchange and gossip a-plenty. Including Fi’s aqua fit and Jane’s Taverna buffet.

A postcard from Fi and Jane

August 3rd, 2018


A postcard from Fi and Jane from their summer holiday.

60. What a ménage! Season Finale with Richard Arnold

July 27th, 2018


Richard Arnold - Entertainment Editor at Good Morning Britain – demands Fi and Jane be upstanding for his arrival in the BBC Media Café. Richard …

59. An eye roll onto another planet, with Susanna Reid

July 20th, 2018


Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid joins Fi and Jane for an iced latte and a chat about women in broadcasting, without any reference whatsoever to “those things that jut out at seaside resorts”. They discuss …

58. Something for the Weakened, with Shaun Keaveny

July 13th, 2018


Shaun Keaveny gets a warm, womanly intervention and some career advice from Fi and Jane. They discuss the highs and lows of breakfast shows, Shaun’s …

57. Miriam Margolyes is a lady of great passions

July 6th, 2018


Actress and national treasure Miriam Margolyes joins Fi and Jane in the pizza, bringing an old school friend with her. They discuss Miriam’s recent …

56. Halfway up the Shard with Judy Murray

June 29th, 2018


Fi and Jane get in the Wimbledon spirit with tennis legend Judy Murray. Our hosts break free of the pizza and head to Judy’s hotel, the Shangri-La, halfway up the Shard building in central London. Judy talks about her …

55. Screeching accolades and mirrored ceilings, with Sadia Azmat

June 22nd, 2018


Sadia Azmat - comedian and co-host of podcast, No Country For Young Women – brings Fi and Jane an astonishing homemade chocolate cake. They discuss …

54. Disc jockey not a doula, with Zeb Soanes

June 15th, 2018


Fi and Jane are joined by the nation’s favourite male voice, Radio 4 continuity announcer and newsreader Zeb Soanes. Fi and Jane are dismayed by Zeb’s attempt to rehabilitate the urban fox with his children’s book, …

53. Quiffo Magnifico with Mobeen Azhar

June 8th, 2018


Presenter, producer, and one man Northern powerhouse Mobeen Azhar joins Fi and Jane for a chat and a flapjack. They discuss some of Mobeen’s programmes which range from a new film about The Satanic Verses to radio …

52. Don’t you know who I am? With Ali Plumb

June 1st, 2018


Against all advice from his colleagues, Ali Plumb – Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s film critic - braves a meeting with Fi and Jane. They discuss the highs and …

51. Royal Wedding Debrief with Camilla Tominey

May 25th, 2018


Camilla Tominey, Royal Editor and Political Editor at the Sunday Express, joins Fi and Jane in the pizza for some Royal Wedding post-match analysis. …

50. Titillation with Charlie Sloth

May 18th, 2018


Fi and Jane head to the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival in the hopes of grabbing the glorious and the good as they queue for a free burrito. In the green room, they corner Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s legendary presenter and DJ, …

49. Dirndl Skirts and Pelvic Mezzanines …with Mariella Frostrup

May 11th, 2018


Fi and Jane are joined by journalist and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup. They discuss French perineum experts, Emmanuel Macron’s marriage, and English national dress.

48. Jim Al-Khalil's 50 shades of Quantum Biology

May 4th, 2018


Fi recalls her mismatched teenage pen pal, whilst Jane takes issue with Jim's views on 80s music and fails to get to grips with quantum biology.

47. Fatbergs and tantric sex with Jo Whiley

April 27th, 2018


Fi and Jane dive into the sewers, there's a manscaping mystery and Jo Whiley tries her best to sell the festival experience.

46. Not being the story: with Presenter Sarah Montague

April 20th, 2018


On the first week in her new role as presenter of World at One, journalist Sarah Montague joins Fi and Jane to talk balanced journalism, …

45. Soup, cake and organic scaffolding: Fortunately, at Jane’s house.

March 30th, 2018


Fi travels to Jane’s home in West London for the final episode in this series.

Together they talk about their favourite guests, the futility of ball …

44. A squirrel got my melon in Yosemite, with journalist Mark Mardell

March 23rd, 2018


Journalist and Foreign Correspondent Mark Mardell on the dangers of taking fruit into Yosemite. Plus small town America, survivalists, and why does Mark have the nickname Snakehips? Jane and Fi find out.

43. Life doesn’t come in paragraphs, with Will Self

March 16th, 2018


Fi and Jane are joined in the pizza by journalist and novelist, Will Self. There’s talk of bus journeys, millennials, and does life need paragraphs?

42. A Cautionary Tale, with Radio Critic Gillian Reynolds

March 9th, 2018


Gillian Reynolds MBE joins Fi and Jane and they’re not nervous. Not at all. Well… maybe a little. Fi feels left out of a Liverpool love in. …

41, Mistaken heritages, with Viv Groskop

March 2nd, 2018


Fi and Jane are joined by Comedian and Russophile Viv Groskop.

40. Inner Curls and Contrarians with Emily Maitlis

February 23rd, 2018


Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis may or may not have been rude to Coldplay’s Chris Martin as she joins Fi and Jane. They talk Jacob Rees Mogg, …

39. The Turning: with Emma Kennedy

February 16th, 2018


Actress, writer and presenter Emma Kennedy join Fi and Jane in the pizza. There’s chat about samphire, sensible jobs, and what happens when celebrities ‘Turn’

38. Difficult conversations about harassment, and petrol station porn... with Adam Buxton

February 9th, 2018


Three podcast hosts collide as comedian and broadcaster Adam Buxton joins Fi and Jane for the first recording of the year in the BBC Piazza… until it …

37. Cranky milks and mummy almonds… with Sheila Dillon

February 2nd, 2018


Sheila Dillon, presenter of the Food Programme, tells how a pesticide scandal sparked her interest in food journalism and gives some advice on buying organic. Plus Roman springs, Larry’s planks and an update on Jane’s …

36.Spinning, Sapphic footrubs and shameful hatlessness… with Nikki Bedi

January 26th, 2018


Jane and Fi brave Storm Georgina in the BBC pizza to talk to Arts Hour and BBC London presenter Nikki Bedi. Nikki reveals how Mexico City’s film industry came to the rescue during last year’s earthquake. Plus spinning …

35. Young person prejudices with iPM presenter Luke Jones

January 19th, 2018


iPM presenter Luke Jones joins Fi and Jane in the Media Caff. He fields questions on the habits of the millennial - including bath mats and landlines – and introduces them to a new ‘young person’ game. Plus BBC job …

34. Black pudding baby puree… with Chef Tom Kerridge

January 12th, 2018


Jane and Fi put Tom Kerridge in the ‘joyful people’ category as they talk diets, big babies and shaved heads. Plus how Jane’s cake tin made the news.

33: Bless you, Fi

January 5th, 2018


Fi’s been struck down with the flu – but that won’t stop the first Fortunately episode of 2018. Jane pays a visit to her at home, where she’s rude about the artisan lampshade and floorboards. Plus TV doctors, Fi’s cats, …

32. Jane and Fi’s Review of the Year

December 22nd, 2017


Including ear of the year and Gloria Hunniford’s hair. Plus how to clean a pug and Christmas plans, featuring hearing aids and popped air beds

31. Classic!

December 15th, 2017


Braving the cold of the BBC pizza, Fi and Jane are joined by Radio 3 Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill to talk about AI composers and classical music. …

30. Mildly bawdy with TV presenter Nick Knowles

December 8th, 2017


The feel good factor of DIY SOS, and whether it’s sometimes ok to be bawdy.

29. Marxist board games and smart thinking with Geoff Lloyd and Ed Miliband

December 1st, 2017


Radio presenter Geoff Lloyd and Former Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband - joint hosts of the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast - join Fi and Jane for a …

28. Christmas cling film and out-there journalism with Shaimaa Khalil

November 24th, 2017


BBC Journalist Shaimaa Khalil talks to Fi and Jane about the appeal – and danger - of being a foreign correspondent and the pressures it puts on her family. Plus Jane and Fi’s local radio days, and there’s a new health …

27. Squid ink and Christmas codpieces with Grace Dent

November 17th, 2017


Fi and Jane are joined by broadcaster and restaurant critic, Grace Dent, to discuss the perils of being a food critic. Clare Balding and Alice Arnold …

26. George Orwell, old-fashioned porn and female flashers

November 10th, 2017


Fi and Jane give their take on the BBC’s new Orwell statue and have discussions on sex and getting older. And, Jane suggests stripping off in the …

25. Optimism with presenter Jon Snow

November 3rd, 2017


Ever heard Jon Snow singing R Kelly? Nor had we. Fi and Jane are joined by the journalist and broadcaster to talk Trump, egos, the future of news and being an optimist. And then Jon sings.

24. Peanut butter shower dispensers and Neil Nunes

October 27th, 2017


Voice shaping with the BBC Radio announcer and "being a marmite broadcaster". Plus the results of Fi’s health assessment and more celebrity spotting.

23. #verystrong podcasting with W1A writer John Morton

October 20th, 2017


Fi and Jane are off to Lollege College with John Morton - writer of the popular television series W1A - to talk about his teaching past, folding …

22. Bras (and interviews) of magnitude

October 13th, 2017


An upcoming interview sets Fi, Jane and guest Samira Ahmed thinking.

21. Sex industry secrets with Jon Ronson

October 6th, 2017


Fi and Jane talk to broadcaster Jon Ronson about his new podcast series The Butterfly Effect, which traces the effect of free porn on the people who make it, those who star in it and to those who watch it.

20. Celebrity junkets and (not) swearing

September 29th, 2017


Asian Network’s Haroon Rashid on mega-celebrity interviews and the BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan gets a ticking off for swearing. Plus Prince Andrew …

19. Chatting al fresco with Shelagh Fogarty

September 22nd, 2017


Fi and Jane leave the BBC piazza! And head to Leicester Square, which they decide they don’t like. They do, though, like the terrace at LBC radio, where they speak to LBC broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty about squaring up on …

18. Horoscopes with Radio 1’s Greg James

September 15th, 2017


Fi and Jane attempt to channel coolness as they press BBC Radio 1’s Greg James for listening tips, discuss horoscopes, and get a skincare exclusive. …

17. Double-heading with Shaun Keaveny and Matt Everitt

September 8th, 2017


Fi Glover and Jane Garvey head across the BBC piazza to meet 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny and Matt Everitt for some tips on the presenting double act. …

Stand by. It's coming back.

September 1st, 2017


Fortunately... with Fi and Jane returns very soon.

16. Sir Magnificent Glover and Ms Fedup-o-forms

July 14th, 2017


In the final episode before a summer break, Jane Garvey and Fi Glover discuss television poltergeists, dirty laughs and silly names.

15. Milkmaids and Monks

July 7th, 2017


The sleeping habits of Donald Trump; urban wildlife and milkmaid dresses.

14. All the best, Aunty Rachel

June 30th, 2017


Broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover discuss Radiohead sing-alongs, fatbergs, and menopausal greeting cards. Plus a cameo appearance from Jenni Murray

13. Waylaid by Richard Madeley

June 23rd, 2017


Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are joined by Paddy O’Connell to discuss Richard Madeley’s anecdotes, pop quiz prowess, and Paddy’s Aunt’s Thunderbox.

12. The Sound of Turmeric

June 16th, 2017


Fi Glover and Jane Garvey go to Radio 2 to meet fellow broadcaster Jeremy Vine and discuss autograph hunters, election graphics and hipster cafes.

11. Nearly As Good As The Shrimping Man

June 9th, 2017


Jane Garvey and Fi Glover discuss miracle soap, modern politics and the radio that’s made them cry.

10. Handwashed Bras and Loin-Length Boots

June 2nd, 2017


Broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey discuss laundering lingerie and man-flirting on the radio.

9. Have I Said the Right Thing?

May 26th, 2017


Jane Garvey and Fi Glover discuss radio presenting during a terror attack and crossing line between the personal and the professional.

8. A Full Beard and a Nosegay

May 19th, 2017


Over coffee in the café at Broadcasting House Fi Glover and Jane Garvey discuss Lucy Worsley’s hair, being bullied at work and the French obsession …

7. A Gauzy Melancholy

May 12th, 2017


Fi Glover and Jane Garvey on saying no to sparkling wine, being banned from election reporting and what’ll be on their gravestones.

6. Sultana in My Bra

May 5th, 2017


Two of the BBC’s finest broadcasters, Jane Garvey and Fi Glover, reveal their week’s radio listening along with stories of reality TV offers, what’s in their wills and why there’s dried fruit in their underwear.

5. The Darkness of Matt Baker

April 28th, 2017


Broadcasting legend Shaun Keaveny joins Jane Garvey and Fi Glover to discuss space travel, depressed pets, and Iggy Pop on Countryfile.

4. Bingo Wings and Printer Rage

April 21st, 2017


Top British broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover discuss printer rage, speed-dating with other presenters and choosing between listening to your own programme or that of your ex-husband.

3. No Portcullis of Compliance

April 14th, 2017


Radio women Jane Garvey and Fi Glover consider broadcasting life before health and safety - when you could drink and then broadcast; and before …

2. Dungarees A Go-Go

April 7th, 2017


Radio women Fi Glover and Jane Garvey consider recreating Donald Trump's hair out of food, the genius of Prefab Sprout and whether they should have a …

1. Feel My Rambutans

March 31st, 2017


Top British broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover chat over coffee in the BBC cafe about Dr Who socks, hairy fruit and the highs and lows of their lives in radio.

Welcome to Fortunately...

March 29th, 2017


Two women who know what’s what and who’s who in the world of radio. First episode Friday.

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