My Favourite Things: Radio presenter, Jo Good
PUBLISHED: 10:46 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 04 December 2015
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BBC Radio London presenter Jo Good shows us around her studio flat in Marylebone
Jo Good's Favourite things
This artwork was given to me by street artist Mr Brainwash, whos worked with Banksy in fact some people have even speculated that he might be Banksy. Its probably worth more than this whole flat. I interviewed him on my show a few years ago and I just happened to say I liked dogs. A few days later a security van arrived at the BBC with the painting in. Its painted on a French newspaper, which is apt as Mr Brainwash is a Frenchman in LA.
I was told that the artist modelled it on my yoga teacher at the time. This is hearsay but I like to believe it because its the perfect headstand. I like to stand on my head for five minutes every day. They say its cheaper than a facelift. I started doing yoga years ago. My mum was a yoga teacher so Ive done it for most of my life.
This was a wedding present given to me by friends. I loved it because it was so bizarre. Its amazing its never broken, its literally the only bit of memorabilia remaining from my very short and eventful marriage to Richard Piper [who played Noddy in Neighbours]. We lived in Hampstead together in a rented flat. A few years ago a friend told me he was in something at the Barbican so I had him on my show. I hadnt seen him in 30 years, he came in and I had the lighting very low and then when the interview was over I was able to just thank him and he was whisked out again. It was perfect.
I know Philip through Peter Egans charity All Dogs Matter. I see him at the Spaniards Inn whenever they do dog shows. Philips dog Ben is one of Peters rescue dogs. In fact theres a real dog Mafia among actors. I had no idea he could even paint. He just did it as a surprise and gave it to our mutual friend Susie to give to me. It was so generous and I love it, it really is the best likeness of Matilda. Bryan Adams took the photograph the paintings based on, hes such a dog lover. He knows my colleague Anna, and when we wrote a book together he offered to take a photo of each of our dogs.
My mum gave me this nursing chair its a type of chair without arms but very comfortable. She nursed me and my brother in it. I grew up in Hither Green in south London and that chairs been around since I was a child, in fact, since before I was even born. My mother gave it to me when I moved to Brighton but it fits perfectly in here because everything has to be small to fit in this flat. I got it reupholstered in that floral fabric to fit in with my other furniture.
An actor called Peter Cleall, who was in television series Please Sir! gave me this statue when I moved to Brighton in the early 1980s. I was living about two doors down from him and his wife. The little girl in the statue was one half of a very famous child musical act. Ive hunted for the little boy statue to go with it for years but never found it. I lived in Brighton for about 15 years. I moved there because I couldnt afford to buy a property in London, so I went and bought a Grade II Regency flat in Brighton for £33,000. That got me on the property ladder. Ive still got the flat now and let it out. Then, after 15 years or so I was able to come back and buy in London.
Matilda is seven and a half. Shes the perfect dog to live in a studio flat because bulldogs just sleep all the time but we come up here to the roof terrace a lot. You can see the big hole where the BBC building was just across the street. They had a roof terrace and this little bulldog statue was on it. Terry, the security guard bought it over when the building closed and said I could have it because he knew I love bulldogs. When I moved here there were no cranes because it was in a recession, but look at it now. I love cranes I used to count them, how boring is that?
Jo Good presents the afternoon show on BBC Radio London. She lives in Marylebone with Matilda the bulldog
“I’ve been in this studio mansion flat for about 12 years. When I bought it I had to really downsize so everything in this flat is essential, either for nostalgic reasons or practicality. So I stream everything on my laptop and I watch TV in bed but I’m seldom in. I eat out, I never cook. It’s like New York or Paris, I live in the street.
The building was originally service flats for the Harley Street doctors. It’s a great building, very Deco. I love looking down the stairwell, it’s like pure Poirot. When I moved here it was full of old Marylebone people but it’s changed a bit now.
My favourite thing about the flat is the location, I can walk everywhere. When I bought it I was working on the overnight show at BBC London, which was based on Marylebone High Street at the time. It was great because I could walk there and back in my pyjamas practically. I still have to go and see all the shows for work, which I love – last night I was at Cats and I just walked back.
Now I present the afternoon show. In the new year we’re getting an extra hour 1-4 pm, which is really exciting. I’m also doing the raffle at Curtain Up Christmas market. It’s such a lovely event, like an Alan Bennett film.
Jo and Matilda will be drawing the raffle at the Curtain Up Christmas Market on Sunday, December 6 in Kensington. Entry £1.50, all proceeds go to the charity Back Up – transforming lives after spinal cord injury curtainupevents.co.uk
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