George Michael, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer died on Christmas Day 2016. Here Adrian reflects on Michael’s work and their shared London roots, together with a couple of occasions when their paths crossed.
From his odd-jobbing in Watford to his stadium-filling stardom, the sweep of Michael’s career, and the nature of fame itself is examined in this audio essay.
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Star stand-up comedian, Have I Got News for You writer and TV and radio football pundit Kevin Day is interviewed by Adrian at his ‘club’, the legendary Comedy Store in London. He talks about the past, present and future of Comedy in the Capital, reflecting on his part in creating alternative comedy. He also recalls writing for comedy giants Dave Allen and Ronnie Corbett, as well as praising newer talents like Mat Ewins and surveying the arena that his son Ed Night has ventured into.
Former stand-up Scott Denyer and newcomer Maddie Campion join Adrian in a studio discussion on the state of the art form and the uniqueness of the scene in London. And Scott gets one or two of his gripes about the biz off his chest!
Later, Kevin revisits the scene of the previous Comedy Store in Leicester Square where he met his future wife, and also had to introduce one of the biggest comedy talents on the planet.
There are also steers as to how pies, tin foil and dolphins can be funny.
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
* Michael bears an uncanny resemblance to actor and mimic Russell Thomas, who in turn bears an uncanny resemblance to Michael Caine. Coincidentally.
London made Shakespeare. This edition celebrates the great Bard of Avon, who died 400 years ago on April 23rd, 1616.
Join Adrian on a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre at Bankside by the River Thames with actress Janet Walker. Hear captivating passages from Richard II and As You Like It performed by Shakespearean actor Keith Dunphy and Sarah Kempton respectively.
Plus, reborn London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys meets a mystery manic man with app-itude (played by Russell Thomas) in a ‘most excellent coffee house’ by the Globe.
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside, London, April 2016
Baroque and roll in this edition as we take you into legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Brook Street, W1 – newly opened to the public. It’s just next door to the house where baroque composer Handel lived 200 years before.
Enjoy a VIP tour inside Jimi’s flat with the director of the venue, Michelle Aland, plus meet the man who met Hendrix: music mogul Rob Dickins sets the scene.
And meet a man who was alive around the time of Handel – London diarist Samuel Pepys. Now alive again(!) he gets a little hot and bothered in Fulham market.