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George Michael: Greek Londoner Bearing Gifts

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.

Share your memories too: email the show at London@adrianlacey.com, tweet Adrian @AdrianLacey01, or leave a comment at Londonpodcast.net, where you can also subscribe to the podcast.

George Michael's death covered in the UK press
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): George Michael’s death makes the front pages of the UK press

You’re Having a Laugh: Comedy in the Capital! :-)

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.

Comedian Kevin Day
Comedian Kevin Day at the Comedy Store in London
Scott and Maddie
Scott Denyer and Maddie Campion floor their audience

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)

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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.

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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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