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Pepys at the Comedy Store

The original 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys goes to premier 21st-century London entertainment spot the Comedy Store. From the expressions of the comics in their photos to the temperature of the ale, our redoubtable diarist has a view on everything. And not everything ends well.

Mr Pepys is played by the travelling showman from Waterford in Ireland, Keith Dunphy. The Audio Diary of Samuel Pepys is written and directed by Adrian Lacey. The show is produced by Adrian and introduced by him from London’s swinging West End.

Get in touch with the show: email – London@adrianlacey.com

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

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

Policing London: Leroy Logan, MBE

From the Bow Street Runners to the capital’s present-day police service, former superintendent Leroy Logan, MBE gives you an insider’s insight into the past and present of policing in London.

The discussion covers the tragedy of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence and the success of the London 2012 Olympics via the colour and cacophony of the Notting Hill Carnival. It’s never quiet for the Metropolitan Police Service. Leroy also talks movingly about his Jamaican roots and being awarded the honour, Member of the British Empire.

Join Leroy on the beat, hear some views on the MPS from people in the metropolis, and clear out your ear wax with some sirens!

Former superintendent Leroy Logan, MBE
Photo: (at Londonpodcast.net) Leroy Logan, MBE comes out of police retirement to go on the beat

Mrs Pepys’ Diary: Great Fire, Cake…& ‘Rexit’

With 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys adrift in the 21st century in the London Podcast, time to hear again from his wife, Elisabeth Pepys, who’s left behind. It turns out she’s a punster of her parish!

2016 is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and Lizzie recalls how she watched it with her husband. She also remembers the death of the first Charles Rex (aka King Charles I).

Finally, Ms Pepys points you to a recipe or two and shows she has a social conscience.

The show is linked by producer Adrian Lacey from the Monument, the tall column which was put up in the City of London to commemorate the fire from 1671.

Mrs Pepys: Sarah Kempton; organ: James Taylor (jtq.co.uk); guitar: Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

Sarah is a member of Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com)

More at adrianlacey.com

 

Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Sarah Kempton stars as Elisabeth Pepys
Great Fire plaque & Monument
Great Fire plaque & the Monument, City of London

 

 

Fred Astaire & Me: Confessions of a Make-up Artist

Make-up artist to the stars, Jenny Binsted looks back on her long and illustrious largely London-based television career. From politicians to pop stars, Jenny’s made the biggest names up – and has anecdotes to match.

How did Lipstick on your Collar lead to sequins and glue in a strange place? How did a mechanical failure leave Jenny alone with a prime minister? And how did the encounter with Hollywood dance sensation Fred Astaire come about?

All this and more in a relaxed and entertaining conversation which is bookended on location outside the building where Jenny worked for nearly 30 years, Television Centre in west London.

Jenny Binsted and make-up kit
Jenny Binsted with tools of her trade
Adrian at Television Centre
Adrian outside Television Centre in West London

 

Rational Anthems? A Song for London

What makes a good national anthem? Are they more head or heart? And what would make a great song for London? Alex Marshall, London journalist and author of Republic or Death! Travels in Search of National Anthems, joins Adrian, as well as visiting his roots in the ‘burbs. The people of London get their say, too!

The show is linked from the oldest theatre site in the UK capital to still be in theatrical use, the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. This links to two national anthems with the same tune – those of the UK and Lichtenstein.

Writer and journalist Alex Marshall
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Alex Marshall anthem singing in Nashville

Bertoni & Bob: Marley in London

Visit Bob Marley’s London home, and prepare to swoon at a great voice as Bertoni Mowatt brings his lilting Jamaican tones to a special exotic show.

From Bloomsbury’s swish Ridgmount Gardens to a recent very personal tragedy, Bertoni reflects on life in London as a black guy from the Caribbean.

Also, with our London blogger Samuel Pepys having left the 17th century, we hear from the love he’s left behind – hear Mrs Pepy’s Diary, starring Sarah Kempton.

Thanks to Simon Foster for sound editing help. Presented and produced by Adrian Lacey.

More at adrianlacey.com

Bertoni outside Bob Marley's London home showing its blue plaque
Photos at Londonpodcast.net: Bertoni’s lightning bolt pointing to Bob Marley’s blue plaque and (below) Sarah Kempton stars as Elizabeth Pepys

Sarah Kempton stars as Elizabeth Pepys

Lost & Found: Jane Gordon’s Violin

Star violinist, west Londoner Jane Gordon speaks exclusively here to Adrian Lacey with a story to tug at, erm, your heartstrings..!

Imagine realising you’ve left your most treasured possession on the train. That happened to Jane recently when she left the station accidentally without her instrument. She picks up the nerve-racking and heartwarming story here while clutching this 300-year-old work of art.

Jane also talks about her upcoming Proms concert in London, plucks a few strings, then you can hear her in an excerpt of a beautiful recording with the celebrated Rautio Piano Trio, of which she is a member.

Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Jane Gordon with her 'family member'!
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Jane Gordon with her ‘family member’!

Letter from London: Unplugged

If London was a person, what would they be like? Adrian has his own thoughts in this pared-down monologue. From reflections on childhood memories in the capital, to today’s crazy house prices, all London life is here.

Add your own thoughts on Twitter @AdrianLacey01 or online at Londonpodcast.net – where you can also subscribe.

 

A computer with audio software displayed and splayed scripts
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: scripts, scribbles and software go to make a London Podcast!

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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 Londonpodcast.net: The elegant Edwardian exterior of Goodge Street station on the London Underground, July 2016

Michael Caine’s* Mike Masterclass

London movie icon Michael Caine*, star of well over a 100 films from Alfie to Zulu, gives an exclusive interview to Adrian Lacey in this London Podcast. After talking about Michael’s roots in the capital, they move to a microphone masterclass inspired by Michael’s legendary BBC TV programme Acting for Film (available on YouTube).

From breathing techniques to exploring dynamic range and bilabial plosives, this is a must-listen for any aspiring radio actor, or someone who likes hearing luvvies waffle on about how tough talking for a living is.

Explore Caine’s little known pre-stage career in radio drama, and hear Adrian’s mike technique become noticeably better, albeit at the expense of his face turning slightly blue.

Michael Caine’s Mike Masterclass is sure to become a modern classic of its type and will raise the bar for you when using a microphone, even a telephone.

Russell Thomas
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Michael Caine impersonating Russell Thomas (moustache model’s own)

* Michael bears an uncanny resemblance to actor and mimic Russell Thomas, who in turn bears an uncanny resemblance to Michael Caine. Coincidentally.