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Matt Monro: Singing London Bus Driver

Born Free, Softly As I Leave You, From Russia with Love and Walk Away were just some of the big hits from silken-voiced Londoner Matt Monro (1930-85). His admirers included such stars as Frank Sinatra and Shirley Bassey.

But before stardom called, Matt graced the capital’s roads as a bus driver! Monro expert Mark Hemmings tells this fascinating story from roads to riches on top of a real-life London bus. And before he and interviewer Adrian Lacey take their return journey, hear from bass player Martin Elliott about his experience performing live with Matt Monro, not long before Matt’s untimely death.

Have your ticket ready for inspection before this engaging edition and enjoy the journey – from rush hour with love!

Mark Hemmings (top) and Martin Elliott
Your conductor Mark Hemmings (top) joins bassist Martin Elliott in telling Matt’s story

Here’s an excerpt from Mark’s tribute show Polka Dots and Moonbeams: the Story of Matt Monro in Words and Music.

And there’s more on bassist Martin here including a play-along demo!

Thanks to acoustic band Arcelia and to The Duke of Cumberland.

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

The Drama Commissioner: Tobias L. Watt

Spoof documentary. Creator of hit NetBox TV series Uptown Abbey, Tobias L. Watt is in a league of his own. Find out why he’s in this lonely position!

The podcast provides unique behind-the-scenes access to Tobias’s rehearsals, plus excerpts of some of his shows.

Starring Russell Thomas as Tobias, and Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton as actors Mike Power and Karen Wright. All other characters are played by Keith and Sarah.

Photo of Sarah with her beautiful curls up looking to camera
Portrait of Sarah Kempton by Michael Shelford
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy/Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Tobias L. Watt wearing a brimmed hat and florid scarf
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Tobias L. Watt (Russell Thomas) in an off-guard moment

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music:

… from Barney’s Barnacles: His Last Share Of The Stars by Doctor Turtle

… from Uptown Abbey series one: Denouement by Kai Engel

… in Tobias interview: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

TRAILER: The Drama Commissioner

This is a trailer for an upcoming major profile of Londoner Tobias L. Watt, leading Drama Commissioner for TV download service NetBox. Enjoy exclusive access here to him rehearsing actors Mike and Karen – playing Dominic and Clarissa – in an emotional scene from hit costume series Uptown Abbey. And then hear an excerpt of the scene, set in the abbey’s lavish drawing room, as it eventually appears in the final TV show.

Subscribe now at Londonpodcast.net to hear the full retrospective as soon as it’s ready!

In the meantime, enjoy shows from spoofs, like the profile of Norman Castle, to the true story of how Tom Cruise landed in Trafalgar Square.

Podcast series graphic

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Incidental music: Denouement by Kai Engel from the album The Run

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Tanesha & the Troubled City

It’s no secret London’s been suffering an upsurge in knife crime, and suspected murder victims are often younger now. Tanesha Melbourne-Blake was shot and killed in Tottenham on April 2nd, an innocent victim of a possible gang feud. Adrian starts with her fatal shooting to illustrate the wider problem and to put it in context, in this reflective ‘Letter from London’ monologue.

Ultimately, he asks how the capital can move on to a safer future?

No guns, no knives logo
Graphic (at Londonpodcast.net) – credit: Pixabay

 

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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Is London Happy?!

Finland was recently declared the happiest country in the world in a UN report. But what of the happiest city – is London in the running?

In another ‘Letter from London’ audio blog, Adrian muses on the mood of the UK capital. From downbeat commuter train to good-time party express, where does London lie on the happiness scale?

A smiley face with a finger pointing to it.
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Smile please – can we put our finger on whether London’s happy?

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Tom Cruise, Harry Potter, Star Wars… and Gary!

Whether it’s Tom Cruise landing in a helicopter in Trafalgar Square, a chase across Tower Bridge in The Mummy Returns or Madonna appearing in Peckham Plunge Baths (really!), London provides some of the finest film locations in the world. And the common link is Senior Art Director Gary Tomkins, who’s also worked on major movie franchises Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Whether you’re thinking of a career in cinematic design, are an interested film-goer, or just like a good yarn, Gary will keep you entertained and informed. Plus he’ll tell you why he once bought up all the bags of flour from a shop’s shelves in Greenwich!

Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square

Visit the site of Tom Cruise’s helicopter landing by Nelson’s column in this podcast, and see the effect of Gary’s (and Tom’s!) work on YouTube.

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

A Modern Mona Lisa?

A hint of laughter in the eyes. An enigmatic smile. A mystery woman.

This show is dedicated to a painting in Adrian’s hall. It’s by his father and it’s a monochrome watercolour of a woman. But who is she?

That’s where you come in. In this interactive age, if you have any steers as to her identity, do get in touch.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Mystery Woman by Derek Lacey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Mystery Woman by Derek Lacey [watercolour on paper]
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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Email your reaction & suggestions regarding the identity of the woman in the painting: London@adrianlacey.com

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Picture framed by francis-iles.com

London vs Birmingham: Shane O’Connor

The London Podcast raises its eyes beyond the M25 to take in the view from the Midlands. This edition is a mash-up with another podcast, Bull & Specs. Adrian Lacey is the solo presenter (and producer) of the London Podcast, but co-hosts Bull & Specs with talented broadcaster Shane O’Connor, whom he interviews in this show. You’ll also hear tempting treats from an edition of Bull & Specs – including a section in which Adrian and Shane talk about the London Podcast!

Shane O'Connor in the Bull & Specs studio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shane O’Connor in the Bull & Specs studio

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Bull & Specs is available in video on YouTube and in audio on Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and iTunes

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Chinatown to Trafalgar Square: Slow Podcasting

Snatches of conversation (some in Chinese), church bells, the familiar chug of black cabs, fountains – they’re all here in a special ‘slow podcasting’ walk from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. Join Adrian in real time through these different audio corridors and feel you’re really there!

Listen responsibly, preferably on decent stereo headphones… 🙂

A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1.
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1
Fountains and Nelson's column at Trafalgar Square, London
Fountains and Nelson’s column at Trafalgar Square, London

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Gems from 2017

As we step into 2018, a listen back to some of the best bits of the London Podcast from 2017. From smartphones that know how you feel to Mr & Mrs Pepys reborn, and from your worst worries on the Shoreditch stage to spoof rocker Norman Castle with a guest appearance from Kim Cattrall.

All linked by Adrian Lacey and put into context with some updates.

Full details with each of the respective shows.

Set in stone? The year 2017.
Set in stone? The year 2017

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)