The Mother of All Talk Shows

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The Mother of All Talk Shows
Other namesMOATS
GenrePolitical discussion and phone-in
Running timeSunday 19:00–22:00 (180 minutes)
Country of originUK
Home stationRadio Sputnik (2019–present)
talkRADIO (2016–2019)
Talksport (2006–2010)
SyndicatesTalk 107
Hosted byGeorge Galloway
Recording studioCentral London
Ending themeThat's All Folks (Warner Brothers)

The Mother of All Talk Shows is a British talk radio show hosted by Scottish politician George Galloway on Radio Sputnik, having formerly aired on talkRADIO,[1] a British commercial radio station owned by Wireless Group. The programme aired every Friday between 7pm and 10pm. The original show aired each Friday and Saturday night between 10pm and 1am from March 2006 and March 2010 on talkRADIO's parent station, Talksport.



On 11 March 2006, Galloway began his radio show on Talksport, and two weeks later started a simultaneous broadcast on Talk 107, Talksport's Edinburgh-based sister station. Billed as The Mother of All Talk Shows. Following his January 2006 humorous impersonation of a cat fed milk by actress Rula Lenska on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother, Galloway chose to begin every radio broadcast with the theme from the Top Cat cartoon series,[2] followed by an extempore monologue by Galloway, dealing primarily with political issues, economics, international relations, political philosophy and other topical issues. The show's title refers to Saddam Hussein's remark that the Gulf War was "the mother of all battles". Galloway made an inexplicit allusion to Hussein's remark comments at the U.S. Senate "Oil for Food" hearing in May 2005, when he called the hearing "the mother of all smokescreens".

After the opening monologue, Galloway invited callers to challenge his views, with a preference for those who disagree with him and women callers. Galloway occasionally called his program The Great Debate and is different from other talk show hosts in that he willingly and ably debated hostile callers and encouraged those who strongly disagree with him to call "if you think you’re hard enough".

In June 2009, broadcasting regulator Ofcom said that several episodes of Galloway's Talksport programme between November 2008 and January 2009 had broken its guidelines by moving away from a debating format "to campaign on a major matter of controversy", because Galloway had called on listeners to join demonstrations against Israel because of the Gaza War. Ofcom rejected complaints that the programmes concerned had failed to observe its impartiality rules.[3]

Galloway stopped presenting the show on 27 March 2010, due to campaign commitments in the 2010 UK General Election.[4] In August 2010, Galloway returned to the station with a new show in a similar format, but titled The Week with George Galloway, described by the station as a "No-holds barred review of the past seven days around the world."[5] The end of this programme was announced in March 2012 in common with the dropping of all the non-sport elements of its schedule[6] at the beginning of April.


Galloway began to broadcast on talkRADIO (which launched in March 2016 as a sister station to Talksport), after the 2016 London mayoral election.[7] The first programme was broadcast in the evening of 24 June 2016, and the last on 17 May 2019.


The show was cancelled by talkRADIO on 3 June 2019 following an allegedly anti-Semitic tweet Galloway made a few days prior.[8] Following the cancellation, Galloway announced that the show would be moving to the Russian owned Radio Sputnik,[9] with it being broadcast in the United States on FM and online via YouTube.


  1. ^ "George Galloway". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  2. ^ Arifa Akbar "George Galloway: Top cat of the talk shows", The Independent, 27 August 2007
  3. ^ Simon Rocker "George Galloway rapped by Ofcom for radio show", The Jewish Chronicle, 25 June 2009
  4. ^ "George Galloway – 'The Mother of All Talk Shows'". Spidered News. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  5. ^ "The Week with George Galloway official site". Talksport. August 2010.
  6. ^ John Plunkett "TalkSport to axe all non-sports content", The Guardian 7 March 2012
  7. ^ Oakes, Omar (8 February 2016). "UTV names George Galloway and Paul Ross among TalkRadio presenters". Campaign Live. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  8. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (2019-06-03). "George Galloway sacked by talkRADIO in Tottenham Hotspur anti-Semitism row". mirror. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  9. ^ "The Mother of All Talk Shows". Retrieved 2020-07-11.
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