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Wogan RIP: exclusive interview

Sir Terry Wogan was one of the UK’s favourite broadcasters over several decades. Here Adrian Lacey interviews him in a never-before-aired exclusive recording from 2013.

Terry looks back over his career which encompassed the television chat show Wogan and his much-loved BBC Radio 2 Wake Up to Wogan breakfast show, both of which were broadcast from London. From interviewing Hollywood stars to creating surreal mind pictures of the DG (director general, i.e. the boss!), Wogan’s warm Irish tones won the nation’s heart.

Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer, you’ll enjoy hearing him and some of Adrian’s reminiscences of a top entertainer.

Wogan at R2 10.02.13

Photo (at londonpodcast.net): Sir Terry after his Weekend Wogan radio show, London, February 2013

Books, bombs and embattled minds

The UK capital’s oldest purpose-built bookshop, Daunt Books in Marylebone is the setting for a relaxed but revealing conversation with London writer and journalist Matthew Green. His latest book, Aftershock, describes what is often a difficult transition between war and peace for military personnel.

A studio discussion follows with Matthew and Adrian joined by Hilary Horton, a healthcare manager who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after service in Iraq. The condition’s serious, but the discussion includes lighter moments, too.

And there’s humour from 17th-century London ‘blogger’ Samuel Pepys having, er, fun with new communications technology!

Matthew Green in Daunt Books

 

Pictures (at londonpodcast.net): Matthew Green in Daunt Books/Hilary Horton in Iraq, 2003

Not another Star Wars show

You may not be a Star Wars fan. Fine – don’t go anywhere. But even if you are, you may just have reached saturation level, thanks to the pre-Christmas hoo-hah about The Force Awakens.

But try this new angle.

There’s a fascinating London connection to this iconic movie franchise.

Meet the Oscar-nominated Londoner who had a huge hand in creating the look of The Empire Strikes Back, and hear the mystery of the Star Wars headbanger. Plus a guy who calls himself a Star Wars nerd as if it’s a good thing!

All that and the original 17th century London blogger, Samuel Pepys comes back to life…

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net)

Star Wars stormtrooper
Star Wars stormtrooper