Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012

A series in which five public figures revisit the route of their paper round to reveal how it influenced their attitudes to work, creativity and independence.

Having a paper round is a rite of passage for many children, and many successful public figures claim to have braved the early mornings and the elements to deliver newspapers. For some, it’s a chance for independence and freedom, or a temporary escape from the horrors at home. For others, it provides money to spend on music, fashion and girl/boyfriends.

Actor and former paper boy Bob Kingdom joins his guests in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as they reflect on the formative years of their paper round.

Part 1: award-winning film director Sir Alan Parker retraces his route in North London which provided the inspiration for some of the key moments in his films.

Part 2: Artist and irrepressible Bohemian Molly Parkin joins actor Bob Kingdom in Dollis Hill, the location of the first of her two paper rounds.

Part 3: Northern Ireland peace builder and writer Tony Macaulay recalls his paper round on the Shankill Road in 1970s Belfast with actor Bob Kingdom.

Part 4: Gavin and Stacey star Melanie Walters joins Bob Kingdom as she retraces her paper round route in Swansea.

Part 5: Award-winning comedian Stephen K Amos recalls his paper round route with Bob Kingdom in Balham, South West London.

Produced by Olivia Landsberg & Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd for BBC Radio 4



N.B. Some audio has been edited from the original broadcast version due to copyright restrictions


Bob Kingdom


Olivia Landsberg/Neil Gardner


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