Programme comes from Peel Acres. Heavy rain in the area has led to a local flooding problem. JP: "Rather dramatic actually, the last week here at Peel Acres... We are at the moment, for the third time in a week, cut off from anybody else really. So tonight's programme - rather excitingly - is just done by myself and the Pig and our son Thomas."
John had had to carry Sheila through the flood waters onto dry land when she returned from watching Ipswich Town at Portman Road that afternoon. Admittedly, no great distance was involved but he felt very gallant. Ipswich had beaten Millwall 4-1. JP: "Jermaine Wright scored, which I was very pleased about, because I've always liked him as a player." (BBC match report.)
Peel plays an unknown Drum & Bass track from a white label 12" that contains no artist, titles or label details. He invites listeners to email him if they know who it is by. The artist turns out to be Technical Itch, and the track 'Critical Switch', which was later released on The Diagene EP in 2003 on the artist's own label, Tech Itch Recordings.
JP: "I've devoted much of the past couple of weeks to try and catch up on the CDs that have been lying around the house and about which I've been moaning for months and months and months now. I would have heard a lot more if it hadn't been for the weather, I'll be honest, but I still did get to hear quite a few and found one or two things in there which I'd obviously missed first time around and regret."
Regular correspondent Mick Ashman emails to ask if Peel had received the 78 rpm records he had sent. Presumably these are the broken ones mentioned the following evening.
JP: "Well I was rather hoping that the new year would mean rather different football results: four points out of thirty though does send a message to the rest of the Premiership, you have to admit."
JP: "The other afternoon I was sitting half-awake in front of the TV, watching 'Columbo' or something like that, and our Thomas was upstairs playing records at ear-splitting volume. And he played some really good ones, particularly this:"
↑Gerard Houllier's Liverpool were going through a wretched run at the time of broadcast. Since their last win in the league (against West Ham on 2nd November 2002), they had played ten, lost six and drawn four. They had lost 1-0 away to Newcastle that evening and would draw again in the league (versus Aston Villa on 11th January) before finally managing a win away to Southampton on 18th January.