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?
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!
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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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!
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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… 🙂
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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.
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.
Pay a visit to London’s vibrant Soho Square to get a flavour of how its bustles today, as well as having roots back to the 17th century. Adrian walks you round a part of the West End which has connections to two of the Beatles, as well as classical composer Handel. He also talks you through personal recollections of visiting the area as a child to join his father at his commercial artists’ studio in Carlisle Street, next to what is now the offices of Private Eye magazine.