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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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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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