Presenter / Director: Ashley Franklin

I am 65 years of age – rather than 65 years old – and have been a broadcaster since the age of 16 when I co-hosted a rock show on BBC Radio Nottingham, after which I spent 22 years at BBC Radio Derby and, subsequently, two years with BBC Radio Stoke and three years on Saga Radio before then becoming an award-winning photographer, author, Derbyshire Life magazine writer/photographer, voiceover artist and an employee of the Belper Ritz cinema where I introduce the weekly Silver Screen film shows for over-50s. I am also renowned for defying people who ask for brief paragraphs about me. As an old boss of mine once said: ‘Good old Ashley, always a paragraph where a sentence would do.’

…Getting To Know You…

What Is Your Most Unusual Talent?

Managing to do six jobs at once whilst being constantly overdrawn at the bank.

What would your autobiography be called?

Shoot for the Moon. This comes from my all-time favourite quote: Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll fall among the stars.

If you were allowed to only own one album for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Describe your life using film titles.

Radio Days. Lust for Life. Beautiful but Broke.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim?

John Lennon’s In My Life

Scones. Jam first or cream?


Do you have any strange phobias?

Frigophobia – Fear of becoming too cold. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – Fear of Long Words

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Photograph Iceland. Drive an E-type Jaguar. Skinny dip in the ocean (though I would need to overcome my Frigophobia so let’s make it a skinny dip in a natural spring).

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?