Useless Mark & Lard Facts
Their Families &
Their Showbiz Careers

This is the page where I am sticking lots of very useless little facts and bits of information that just don`t fit anywhere else on the site. I hope they are all correct but if you spot any that are not let me know.

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  1. Mark produced John Peel Sessions for bands such as The Fall, Julian Cope, Billy Brag and of course The Creepers.
  2. The Mark Radcliffe Graveyard Shift Show Theme Tune is called 'Highwire' It is the theme from Dangerman. Dangerman was a 70's TV show.
  3. Mark is always taking the piss out of Jimmy Nail, Paul Daniels and Caravan Owners.
  4. Mark and Lard were due to present the Lottery on the 31st May 1997 however after taking the piss out of all the Lottery Big Cheeses on the 29th for getting big pay rises they decided they had better pull out.
  5. When Mark and Lard presented the 1997 Brat Awards they made up some of their own including 'The Best Song With Kevin In It'. The prize was a cement filled rubber glove made by Lard. They presented it to the Manics but the Manics chucked it back almost hitting Mark and damaging Lard's Yamaha DD50 Drum Machine.
  6. When Mark started working at Radio 1 as a producer he was given his own little office he didn't know what he was supposed to be doing. However Annie Nitinggale knocked on the door to say 'Hello' and to show him the ropes.
  7. Mark was allowed to play one non-playlist tune of his choice every half hour on the Breakfast Show.
  8. Lard has a dog called Deefer and a cat called Ceefer. Pets that he has owned in the past include hamsters, tarantulas and even a salamander.
  9. In April 1998 Lard got a pager and as well as the usual email, letter and phone people could also contact him on his pager number - 04325 189 421.
  10. Mark and Lard both support Manchester City.
  11. Mark was the drummer with Hardcore Punk band "Screwdriver". Screwdriver later became a bit of a right wing Nazi band but this was after Mark had left it.
  12. The radio studio that Mark & Lard broardcast from is also used for the programme "Good Morning Sunday".
  13. Mia Radcliffe came to her first gig on 26/2/99 in Northwich.




Their Families

Mark Radcliffe Mark Lard Riley
Wife Bella Sharpe (20th April) Yes
Daughter Holly Radcliffe born 13th March 1988
Mia Radcliffe born 7th January 1998.
Katie (born November 1992) & Beth (born June 1994)
Sons No No
Brother Jo (17th November) He works on the HMS Liverpool. On 13th August 1997 at 1:30. Mark's brother Jo and Maxiene had a baby girl called Charlotte who weighed 6Ib and 2oz making him an uncle again. ?
Sister Jayne ?
Parents Mum (1st October), His Dad Philip was a Northern based critic for Classical music in the national newspapers. He then went on to become public relations chief for Manchester University.
Neices & Nephew Charlotte, Jake ?

If there is a question mark next to the person then it means I'm not sure if they exist. The entries in brackets are the dates of their birthdays.



Mark and Lard's Showbiz Careers

As you can see they have done a hell of a lot.

Mark Radcliffe Mark Lard Riley
BBC

Radio DJ
The Early Afternoon Show
Breakfast Show
Graveyard Shift
Guest List
Out On Blue Six (Radio 1)
Skyman
Hit The North (Radio 5)
Cult Radio (Radio 5 - Mark being the Sidekick)
Picadilly Radio DJ
Booked! R4 23/12/98
Booked! R4 30/12/98
Music Machine, In Conversation With... (Talking about Bowie) R3 11/12/98
The Early Afternoon Show
Breakfast Show
Graveyard Shift
Punk Documentary (R1)
Kula Shaker Documentary (R1)
Cult Radio (Presented It)
Hit The North (Produced and Sidekick)
Television Next! (2001 Sky One)
The Truth About Footballers (26/5/98 ITV)
The Ward - (20/1/98 ITV) guest appearence as himself
School Challenge (1st on 10/7/97 ITV) - The host
Music Live 97 on BBC2
Top Of The Pops (Twice)
The White Room
This Is Your Life (On Noddy Holder's Life)
NWA
Naked Video (BBC2)
4 Goes To Glastonbury (1995)
Pulp Video
The O-Zone (Something On Sleeper)
Radio 1 TV Advert
Wot? (BBC2)
The Truth About Footballers (26/5/98 ITV)
Music Live 97 on BBC2
Top Of The Pops (Twice)
4 Goes To Glastonbury
This Is Your Life (On Noddy Holder's Life)
Pulp Video
The O-Zone (Something On Sleeper)
Radio 1 TV Advert
Wot? (BBC2)
Mark and Lard's Tenuous Links - In this show on UK Play (Digital TV), where the audience have to find a link, albeit tenuous between three pop videos. It was on at 10pm on weekday nights and was their first ever joint TV series.
Pop Upstairs, Downstairs - Mark & Lard's other show on UK Play.It's a University Challenge style quiz that started on Tuesday 18th May at 6:30pm.
"Match Of The Nineties" (BBC1) - Perhaps unsurprisingly this program looks at football in the 90's.
Produced John Peel Sessions
Saturday Live (Radio 1)
Martin Kelner's Saturday Night (Radio 2)
In Concert (Radio 1)
Radio 1 Documentaries
Various Music Programmes (Piccadilly Radio)
Hit The North
Bands The Indecipherable Boys
The Family Mahone
The Shirehorses
The Hunks Of Burning Love
Screwdriver
The Berlin Airlift
The Indecipherable Boys
The Shirehorses
The Creepers
The Fall
Papers / Articles / Books Showbusiness - The Diary of a Rock 'n' Roll Nobody (book published by Hodder)
Outside Edge (Saturday Express)
Northern Xposure (Vox)
Oink! Comic
Smile
Showbiz
NME Brat Awards 1997 - Presenter NME Brat Awards 1997 - Presenter
Awards 1992 Silver Sony Award for Best Specialist Music Programme (Out On Blue Six)
1998 Gold Sony Award for the Best Daytime Radio Show
1998 Gold Sony Award for the Best Daytime Radio Show
Modelling Big Issue Merchendise - p28 Issue 167
Manchester City Football kit
Big Issue Merchendise - p28 Issue 167
Manchester City Football kit
Advertising They recorded a 14 minute CD for Yamaha promoting (or rather taking the piss out of) the Yamaha DJX keyboard. It was called Mark & Lard Do DJX.
Mark has done voiceovers for the Rover 200 & 400 adverts shown in January 1999.
Narrated Hear The Drummer Get Wicked (Lamaqu Live - 27/7/98)
14 Up in America (BBC1 26/7/98)
Take Me There, Oasis The Story written by Paul Mathurs

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