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‘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

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

Top Secret: Brexit Briefing

When a young Royston Lewis-Davidson (not his real name)  looked out over the playing fields of Eaton, he can’t have imagined his future career would come to this. Now a senior civil servant at the Department for Exiting the EU, he finds it challenging to hear some of the more ‘out there’ ideas relating to borders, cakes and fish.

From an unusual part of London’s Whitehall operation, he candidly gives his views on how the Brexit process is going.

A cartoon mole burrowing
Graphic (at Londonpodcast.net): a government mole assesses the public sector burrowing requirement

Royston Lewis-Davidson is played by Russell Thomas – Twitter: @arussthomas

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

Blogger Pepys: Rake’s Regress

What would a blogger from over 300 years ago make of today’s London? Here’s the answer: Samuel Pepys’ audio diary. In this entry, he’s off to the theatre, but his thoughts are in the wings.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Samuel Pepys… Keith Dunphy

The lady with the tubs… Sarah Kempton

Sarah Kempton
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Sarah Kempton (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Keith Dunphy is represented by Jonathan Arun and Babble

Sarah is part of CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

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Bottom script adviser Richard Sutton

Music:

Guitar stings by Gavin Alexander of Arcelia

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

London Borough of Charley!

This show centres on Borough in Southwark, one of the oldest parts of the capital. It demands an experienced guide: meet Charley Harrison of London Tailored Tours.

She takes your round the 1,000-year-old Borough Market, a foodie’s paradise, sampling cheese and oysters along the way. After a reflective moment by the River Thames, hear about a unique cemetery and finish off in a pub with a modern twist called The Gladstone Arms, which boasts a connection to recording stars including Ellie Goulding.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Charley by the Thames with the City behind/London Tailored Tours
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Charley by the Thames with the City behind/London Tailored Tours

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Social media addiction guru

Addicted to Facebook? Can’t leave your bed before checking Twitter?  Lost without likes?

This could be the show for you. (Whisper it: you may have a social media addiction.) London-based Irish consultant Seamus O’Healey shares some, er, novel thoughts about how to cope. He also name-drops some celebrity clients.

Adrian takes you to the heart of high-class healthcare in the West End, Harley Street, where Seamus practises, and along the way shares a Beatles story centring on an adjacent street.

Celebrity references may be figments of Seamus’s imagination.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Seamus O'Healey models some media-friendly specs
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Seamus O’Healey models some media-friendly specs

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Pepys Plays Politics

Fed up with elections? So’s the original 17th-century London blogger, Mr Samuel Pepys. But his remedy may not be the same as yours..!

Sometime Royal Shakespeare Company actor Keith Dunphy returns as our reborn 21st-century version of the diarist who witnessed the Great Fire of London back in the day. Now his passions are aflame in a different way.

Thanks to R&R – script consultants Richard Kurti and Rich Sutton.

Music by James Taylor (Hammond organ) and Gavin Alexander (guitar).

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This show is dedicated to the memory of comedian and actor Bobby Bragg (1953-2016), who entertained thousands at London’s BBC TV Centre and beyond as a warm-up man.

Keith Dunphy as Pepys by Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Keith Dunphy stars as Samuel Pepys/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Idiot Child in Shoreditch

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Nervous? Stressed? Petrified? Try some theatre therapy! The London Podcast heads to Shoreditch Town Hall to meet Susie Riddell, Emma Keaveny-Roys and Adam Fuller from Idiot Child theatre company. Adrian Lacey catches up with the troupe as they take their latest play What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky? to East London.

Hear some clips from this dynamic show put in context by Susie, co-director of the company. You may know her as Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio’s soap opera The Archers!

Adrian gives a bit of background, too, to this part of the capital, from the steps of the venue.

Thanks to Anna Harpin, Idiot Child’s other co-director and to What If..? producer Charlie Parker.

Thanks also to audience members Debbie, Phil, Nicky and Jacob.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Shoreditch Town Hall
Shoreditch Town Hall

Kurt Ca$h: Monetize This!

Meet American marketing guru Kurt Ca$h, the man who’s going to make the London Podcast make money. And meet the product he’s going to do it with: the Spaghetti Spiralizer Supreme.

Hear the spiralizer in action ‘in a kitchen near you’, together with a studio conversation between Adrian and Kurt. As well as firming up the sponsorship, Kurt has some unique ideas for content. Too unique.

With grateful thanks to the good folks at Utensils Direct.

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Kurt Ca$h is played by Russell Thomas (Twitter: [‘at’] arussthomas)

Mad hatter? Kurt Ca$h photographed in London
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net) Mad hatter? Kurt Ca$h photographed in London
A cat not unlike Felix
A cat not unlike Felix (cardboard box optional)

‘Felix’ appears courtesy of Audrey’s Moggy Management

Music by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Presented  and produced by Adrian Lacey (adrianlacey.com)

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Mrs Pepys Feels a Bit Funny

Elisabeth Pepys, wife of 17th-century London blogger Samuel, reads out another diary entry here. In The London Podcast Mr Pepys has hurtled into the 21st-century while Lizzie is left in 1669.

This time she’s inspired by actresses such as Nell Gwyn to take to the London stage for a spot of performing. But will her act stand up or fall down?

Listen closely to decode some possible modern-day messages. Your full ‘detective’ skills may be required!

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Hammond organ by James Taylor (jtq.co.uk)

Written, directed, produced and introduced by Adrian Lacey

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Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Richard Kurti: Author, Screenwriter… and ex-Flatmate

Richard Kurti is a two-time author, is BAFTA-nominated, has worked on screenplays for Hollywood studios – and is still trying to forget living with presenter Adrian Lacey yonks ago in Clapham, south west London!

Here he talks in depth about the tragic inspiration for his first book Monkey Wars, and his near-future dystopian second novel Maladapted. Together with Adrian, he revisits their shared Clapham past and reflects on how London – and house prices – have changed since they lived together.

With personal views from – and thanks to – Lucy Carr at a Clapham estate agents.

Author Richard Kurti pictured with his two novels
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Richard Kurti and his two novels

Richard’s website: richardkurti.com

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