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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

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

St Pancras Soundscapes

Take an absorbing virtual aural walk through London’s classic Victorian rail terminus, St Pancras International, on the north side of the capital’s heart.

Hear the changes in atmosphere as Adrian takes you between different parts of the complex, from tube interchange to shopping arcade and onto a statue of British poet Sir John Betjeman. And hear the story of why he should be there.

Listen responsibly, preferably with some nice stereo headphones!

There’s a ‘making of’ blog at And as it references, there’s¬†another example of ‘slow podcasting’ in the edition called Sound of the Underground.

Intro/outro music by James Taylor:

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Sir John Betjeman's statue
Photo (at the statue of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras International
The roof of St Pancras
Photo (at the impressive roof of St Pancras


Sound of the Underground

Enjoy a tube journey in audio and hear fascinating facts about the world’s oldest railway network below street level in this show about the London Underground.

Meet a couple of tube obsessives: Ellie uncovers wartime secrets under Clapham Common, while Joseph crunches the numbers from this dark, dank demimonde.

There’s time travel, too, as our reborn 17th-century London blogger tries to make sense of the tube… and Brexit. The audio diary of Samuel Pepys is performed by actor Keith Dunphy.

The show ends with¬†‘slow podcasting’, a commentary-free journey from the nethers of the Northern line to the wilds of the West End.

The show is dedicated to everyone who’s ever helped make the London Underground happen. The London Podcast salutes you!

Goodge Street station facade
Photo at The elegant Edwardian exterior of Goodge Street station on the London Underground, July 2016