How John Peel Changed My Life

A Radio 1 story celebrating the legendary broadcaster.

10 years since his last Radio 1 show, we hear from some of the people whose lives were changed by John Peel.

The Project


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The Brief

2014 marks a decade since John Peel passed away. Radio 1 were looking for a programme to observe this milestone and celebrate the esteemed DJ. However, the challenge was making a documentary that told the young Radio 1 audience who John Peel was, whilst ensuring the programme felt current.

The Solution

'How John Peel Changed My Life' featured Annie Nightingale, Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Rob da Bank & Phil Taggart discussing everything to do with John; their memories of listening to his show, of working alongside him at Radio 1 and the legacy he left. Jack White, Biffy Clyro, DJ Cameo, Mala and Nicky Blackmarket also featured, sharing what John meant to them. Then the Radio 1 DJs all chose a recent record that they would have loved the opportunity of playing John if he was still alive today.