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Pilot of the Nightwaves: Dotun Adebayo

Nigerian Londoner and broadcaster Dotun Adebayo is an overnight success. Night after night! He’s cornered the market in nocturnal radio on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio London for years. But can he really have learnt Swedish within weeks, or have been a child movie actor, or have lived in a London squat (or two)?

Listen and learn as Adrian Lacey teases out the facts. And what’s that saying about truth being stranger than fiction?

Dotun at the BBC in London
Dotun at the BBC in London

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

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

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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.

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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.

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

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Rock Legend: Norman Castle

Spoof rock’n’roll documentary starring Russell Thomas with guest appearances by Kim Cattrall and Gavin Alexander. From the pop high of Sugar ‘n’ Spice to the breathtaking ambition of rock opera The Tanktop Mikado, Norman Castle – former frontman of the Broadwicks – occupies a unique place in British musical life.

This profile hears how he got into the business due to a misunderstanding and how his foray into rap was electrifying… almost literally.

You’ll also hear from former Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock on touring with the boys, plus lead guitarist Neville Rice on Prince and plumbing.

Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (right) with personal assistant
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (Kim Cattrall) with personal assistant
Guitarist Neville Rice models NHS designer headgear
Guitarist Neville Rice (Gavin Alexander) models NHS designer headgear
Norman Castle as he likes to think others see him
Norman Castle (Russell Thomas) as he likes to think others see him

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Music:

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

NotDrunk-stem-bass by the Joy Drops (short excerpt)

A Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh by Samuel Corwin (mixed with spoken word)

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Sean Hughes: ‘Not Nana Mouskouri’

Irish Londoner Sean Hughes, comedian, writer, radio presenter, poet and actor, died on 16 October 2017. He was 51. In this monologue, Adrian recalls being on the same comedy bill as him upstairs in a pub in Stoke Newington, just as Sean’s career was taking off.

Their paths crossed again on a TV show years later, and Adrian  remembers that as well as near-misses on the phone and reflections on how things might have been different.

Above all, he celebrates Sean’s range of talents, his comedy legacy and his one-off way of seeing the world.

No Greek pop singers were harmed in the making of this show.

Portrait of the artist as a young comedian
Illustration (at Londonpodcast.net): Portrait of the artist as a young comedian

 

If you’re experiencing problems with alcohol, try drinkaware¬†or ¬†Alcoholics Anonymous

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

‘I Interview Myself’

If talking to yourself is a concern, interviewing yourself is deeply worrying! Here, Adrian opens up – to himself – about how he was drawn to radio, as well as sun and clouds in family life on the outskirts of London. Plus, he’s guilty of industrial quantities of namedropping over his radio hero, Kenny Everett, with whom he worked at BBC Television Centre in west London.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio

If you identify with any of the mental health issues in this show, try visiting this NHS site, Mind or getselfhelp.co.uk

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey, copyright 2017

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Thanks to Richard Sutton for advice and encouragement

Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Kevin Day: the Lost Tapes

OK, so they’re not tapes and they’re not lost. But this is material that’s never been made public before, recorded at Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End. Alt. comedy standup and writer Kevin Day – who’s written for legends Dave Allen, Ronnie Corbett and Bob Monkhouse and who writes for popular BBC TV news panel show Have I Got News for You – reflects on how he writes and performs, thinks about the late great comedy impresario Addison Cresswell and gives his judgment on the deceased American shock comic Bill Hicks.

Percussion provided by scaffold operatives and the great London rain!

This is a companion show to the special,¬†Comedy in the Capital: You’re Having a Laugh! ūüôā¬†in which you can hear more thoughts from Kevin Day, as well as from Maddie Campion who’s just starting out in comedy and Scott Denyer who’s taken a step back from the mike.

See also Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness on comedian Lee Hurst’s criminal act – and that’s not his performance…

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Kevin Day at the Comedy Store
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Kevin Day views all his yesterdays at the Comedy Store