I’m pleased to say that BBC Radio 4 decided to feature a Douglas Keen’s life on the programme ‘Last Word’ this week.

I got a phone call on Wednesday asking if I’d be interviewed for the programme – apparently to give a bit of Ladybird ‘context’. The programme featured some archive materials of Douglas Keen himself speaking, and an interview with his daughters and I found their contribution a fascinating insight into those years of Ladybird’s greatest success.

I was late to my appointment at Broadcasting House having missed the train and then turning up at the wrong building. By the time I got the right building I was about 20 minutes late, out of breath and a little flustered. This helps to explain why I sound like Mary Poppins on speed. But here’s the link to the programme on iPlayer. The Douglas Keen bit is the first feature.