The Radio Times Genome indicates that Round Table began on Radio One in October 1970 with the host Emperor Rosko . It was intially known as "Rosko's Roundtable", and Rosko presented the programme until 17 September 1976 when he left the station . Note that John Walters produced the show for a year from 6 October 1972  until 28 September 1973 .
The programme was revived in April 1978  with Kid Jensen at the helm on Friday evenings . Jensen presented the show until his departure from Radio One in May 1980, whereupon Paul Gambaccini took temporary charge . Adrian Love took over hosting duties from 5 September 1980  until the end of the year. Mike Read began his first stint as presenter of the show on 2 January 1981 , remaining in the post until Richard Skinner began a long stretch as host on 9 October 1981 . John Walters returned to produce Roundtable again from 1 July 1983 - 27 September 1985. The final episode with Skinner presenting was broadcast on 27 September 1985  before it took a break from the schedules.
In May 1986 the show made a return, rebranded as "Singled Out" with Janice Long installed as host . Mike Read returned as the presenter in October 1987  and held the position until March 1990 . The programme continued for a further few months with Richard Skinner back in the chair, although in a new Wednesday evening slot, before the series came to an end on 27 June 1990 . The following week, from 6 July 1990, "Round Table" was resurrected  with Mike Read once more hosting . Read relinquished the role on 27 September 1991 , with Jakki Brambles taking over the following week . Brambles' stint lasted six months before Round Table came to an end after the episode broadcast on 6 March 1992 .
In April 2003 Round Table returned on BBC 6 Music, presented by Andrew Collins on a Friday evening . Since 2005 the programme has been a fixture of Steve Lamacq's 6 Music programme on Thursday evenings.
Links To Peel
According to Robert Chapman's Selling the Sixties (p. 274) Peel's first appearance on Round Table as a guest reviewer was alongside Noel Edmonds on an early edition of the programme, and this was "consciously promoted as the meeting of two worlds". But despite a few "controversial observations" from Edmonds, Peel "refused to rise to the bait, finding merit in everything and offering a tolerant counterpoint to the mock provocation which was positively encouraged by Round Table's fomat".
In addition, Peel is known to have been a guest reviewer on the following episodes (with presenter stated):
- xx-xx-1975: Extracts included on John Peel - 1975 Extracts.
- 30 June 1978: Kid Jensen with Kate Bush .
- 27 October 1978: Kid Jensen with Paul Gambaccini .
- 03 November 1978: Paul Gambaccini with Julie Covington .
- 16 February 1979: Broadcast from Londonderry. With Feargal Sharkey.
- 13 April 1979: Kid Jensen with Debbie Harry.
- 12 October 1979: Kid Jensen with Graham Parker and Ellen Foley.
- 14 March 1980: Kid Jensen with Pete Townsend and Nick Lowe.
- 11 July 1980: Paul Gambaccini with Jeff Beck and Ali Campbell of UB40.
- 23 January 1981: Mike Read with Sheena Easton.
- 04 June 1982: Richard Skinner with Paul Jones.
- 15 October 1982: Richard Skinner with Sheena Easton.
- 01 April 1983: Richard Skinner with unknown others.
- 09 March 1984: Richard Skinner with DJ Mike Smith, broadcast from Bury St Edmunds .
- 03 August 1984: Richard Skinner with Sade and Bill Sharpe (Shakatak).
- 16 August 1985: Richard Skinner with Princess and Paul King.
- 17 May 1991: Mike Read with Peter Hooton of the Farm and Carol Decker of T'Pau.
(Please add other appearances, if known)
Mentioned In Shows
- 07 July 1978: Peel asks if any listener heard Bob Geldof on Roundtable that evening, saying that he didn't.
- 10 July 1978: Peel mentions that Kate Bush liked 'Best Of Both Worlds' by Robert Palmer on last Friday's Roundtable.
- 19 October 1978: Peel mentions that Chris Squire of the Flying Lizards is on Roundtable the following evening. (In fact, Squire was a member of Yes.)
- 05 April 1979: Mentions that Elkie Brooks and Tony Blackburn will be appearing on Roundtable with Kid Jensen the following evening.
- 18 September 1979: JP: "Those of you who were listening to Round Table last weekend with Kid Jerkin will know that Dickie Lee Torpid himself is also getting a little worried about the preponderance of Cockney accents on records these days. Mind you, he was talking at the time about those well-known Londoners The Skids."
- 12 December 1979: Mentions that Charlie Gillett will be appearing on the programme this week (Friday 14 December), with Lene Lovich as it happened.
- 08 January 1980: Peel mentions that Joe Strummer will be appearing on the programme on Friday (11th January).
- 04 February 1980: Peel mentions that Pauline Black of Selecter will be appearing on the next programme on Friday (8th February).
- 05 February 1980: Another reminder that Pauline Black of Selecter will be appearing on the next programme, with Jake Burns and Annie Nightingale.
- 23 October 1980: JP: "Isn't it about time they had Dennis Waterman on Roundtable?"
- 23 November 1983: Peel admits to having taken a liking to Icicle Works' new single "Love Is A Wonderful Colour" despite "slagging it off on Roundtable a few weeks ago".
- 19 August 1985: Peel mentions doing Round Table last week with Princess and Paul King and is grateful to King for being nice to his daughter Alexandra who is a fan of him, when Peel took her along. JP then plays a record from Relunctant Stereotypes, who Paul King was a former member.
- 03 July 2001: Peel mentions once doing Roundtable with the songwriters Leiber and Stoller. "It was rather disappointing really."
- 23 July 2002: Mentions the Lieber & Stoller programme again.
- Peeling Back The Years: John mentions that he appeared once on Roundtable with Morrissey.
- ↑ It appears that the name of the programme changed from 'Round Table' to 'Roundtable' at this point.
- ↑ The programme seems to have reverted to its original two word title at this time.
- ↑ Each series of the 'Hit Parade' typically ran for four months: May - September 1994, April - September 1995, January - April 1996, July - October 1996 and February - June 1997.
- ↑ The return of Round Table is discussed by Collins in this blog for the Guardian newspaper.