In summer 2011, Phil got an email from the BBC asking if he was interesting in performing a 5 minute skit similar to what he does in his videos via skype during Radio 1’s talent show slot at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Phil said yes, and asked if Dan could do it with him. The BBC gave them the okay, which lead to their 3 minute, live performance where they drew cats on their faces with their eyes closed. So many people tried to watch it online that they actually crashed the website.
Later that year, the BBC contacted them again asking if they wanted to do a 2 hour radio show on Christmas day. Dan and Phil said yes, and on Christmas day 2011, their first radio show was born!
However, they weren’t officially hired by the BBC yet. But, in early 2012 they were contacted by the BBC again to do a radio documentary about internet dating, marking their second radio appearance (listen to it here).
Dan and Phil also filmed two Innuendo Bingo videos for both of their channels live on the radio, once during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were working at the Fun and Filth Cabaret, (watch it here) and another time a few months later in Radio 1's studio (watch it here).
After that, the BBC emailed them again in summer 2012 asking if they wanted to do another Christmas special. They said yes, and this was actually one of the reasons why they decided to move to London from Manchester that summer.
During their preparations at the start of December for their Christmas show, they got asked if they wanted to do a pilot for their own full-time radio show to replace Radio 1's request show. After they sent the BBC their pilot, they liked it enough that Dan and Phil were given their very own radio show in January 2013!
The Dan and Phil show
The Dan and Phil show aired from January 2013 until September 2014, every Sunday night at 7 pm until 9 pm UK time. It was a mesh of stuff they did in their videos pieces of internet culture, and a traditional radio request show. It was Radio 1’s attempt to attract teens and young adults to the station with the introduction of youtubers into traditional media. It had a 4 season run.
Features of the Dan and Phil show:
Other radio appearances during their time doing the Dan and Phil show:
The Internet Takeover
In mid 2014, Dan and Phil decided that they wanted to focus more on youtube and other projects, so from September 1, 2014 until April 25, 2016, the Dan and Phil show became the Internet Takeover.
The Internet Takeover was hosted every Monday night at 9 pm until 10 pm UK time, and Dan and Phil would only host it on the first Monday of every month. Every other Monday during the month would be hosted by other internet personalities, such as Tyler Oakley, Zoella, and Jim Chapman. In early 2015, the Internet Takeover also had duo act Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs as recurring presenters on the Internet Takeover.
Dan and Phil’s shows would keep the same format as the Dan and Phil show, while the others often followed a structure more similar to a traditional radio show. The concept of the show was created and produced by Dan and Phil.
Features added for the Internet Takeover:
In March 2016, Radio 1 announced that the Internet Takeover would be replaced by the Student Radio Playlist in May 2016, which conveniently coincided with the start of the American leg of TATINOF. Dan and Phil stated at the time that they were on hiatus, and in this news release, the BBC stated that Dan and Phil "will remain a part of the Radio 1 family".
So when are they coming back?
While there has been no official statement on when Dan and Phil's hiatus is supposed to end, this article, published in June 2017, mentions Radio 1's inability to keep youtubers alongside their struggles with finding DJs. The mention of world tours and Radio 1 struggling "to compete with the money that youtubers can make from lucrative merchandising and endorsement deals" point directly to Dan and Phil's apparent hiatus. It's the clearest statement given to date about Dan and Phil's position with Radio 1. This, alongside Dan and Phil's reluctance, and even annoyance when discussing Radio 1 (Dan's September 13, 2016 liveshow at 56:52 is a good example of this), combined with the lack of audience retention during Internet Takeover episodes that weren't hosted by Dan and Phil, it's safe to say that the split is more permanent than Dan and Phil and Radio 1 let on.
The Phandom & the radio shows
The radio show was generally very popular throughout the phandom. It brought the community together through the sheer enjoyment of new content and the fan creations that resulted from Dan and Phil being on the radio.
The live video stream was a large part of the attraction the phandom felt towards the radio show. It streamed on BBC’s iPlayer and was also available to watch back on the iPlayer after the show finished streaming. The Dan and Phil show only streamed audio worldwide for the first little while, so a lot of fans ended up using VPNs to watch the accompanying video stream live before the BBC made it available internationally. Lots of people also live tweeted and blogged the shows, and some even hosted viewing parties or chats, similar to the one linked below.
Fans even waited outside the BBC for them before and after their shows to meet them. Eventually, due to so many people waiting for them to finish their shows, it became a security concern. In August 2013, Phil made a tumblr post explaining the situation and asking fans not to wait for them.
Miscellaneous BBC Stuff
Dan and Phil’s Guide to Online Safety
Dan and Phil’s Guide to Happiness
Fun and Filth Cabaret
Radio 1 Academy
The Brit Awards
Misc. Radio 1 Appearances & bonus videos on Radio 1’s youtube channel
The Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Videos on Radio 1’s youtube channel
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