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Chinatown to Trafalgar Square: Slow Podcasting

Snatches of conversation (some in Chinese), church bells, the familiar chug of black cabs, fountains – they’re all here in a special ‘slow podcasting’ walk from Chinatown to Trafalgar Square. Join Adrian in real time through these different audio corridors and feel you’re really there!

Listen responsibly, preferably on decent stereo headphones… ūüôā

A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1.
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): A pagoda in Gerrard Street, Chinatown W1
Fountains and Nelson's column at Trafalgar Square, London
Fountains and Nelson’s column at Trafalgar Square, London

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

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Main theme: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane (edited for timing)

Soho Square Stories

Pay a visit to London’s vibrant Soho Square to get a flavour of how its bustles today, as well as having roots back to the 17th century. Adrian walks you round a part of the West End which has connections to two of the Beatles, as well as classical composer Handel. He also talks you through personal recollections of visiting the area as a child to join his father at his commercial artists’ studio in Carlisle Street, next to what is now the offices of Private Eye magazine.

All human life and history is here!

A statue of Charles II with added foliage(!) foreground, and the gardener's hut beyond
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): A statue of Charles II with added foliage(!) foreground, and the gardener’s hut beyond

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Sean Hughes: ‘Not Nana Mouskouri’

Irish Londoner Sean Hughes, comedian, writer, radio presenter, poet and actor, died on 16 October 2017. He was 51. In this monologue, Adrian recalls being on the same comedy bill as him upstairs in a pub in Stoke Newington, just as Sean’s career was taking off.

Their paths crossed again on a TV show years later, and Adrian  remembers that as well as near-misses on the phone and reflections on how things might have been different.

Above all, he celebrates Sean’s range of talents, his comedy legacy and his one-off way of seeing the world.

No Greek pop singers were harmed in the making of this show.

Portrait of the artist as a young comedian
Illustration (at Londonpodcast.net): Portrait of the artist as a young comedian

 

If you’re experiencing problems with alcohol, try drinkaware¬†or ¬†Alcoholics Anonymous

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Apples & Cares: Mrs Pepys’ Diary

While the ‘original 17th-century London blogger’ Samuel Pepys has been hurled by the London Podcast into the 21st century, his loyal wife Elisabeth has stayed in 1669.

Here she shares the pleasures of scrumping for apples with a childhood friend, along with coming to terms with being childless. Could there be a solution..?

MAY CONTAIN NUTS!

Sarah Kempton - portrait by Carl Proctor
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Sarah Kempton – portrait by Carl Proctor

Mrs Pepys is played by the talented Sarah Kempton who often performs in London (and elsewhere) as part of ad lib troupe Crime Scene Improvisation (crimesceneimpro.com).

Mrs Pepys’ Diary was conceived, written and directed by Adrian Lacey

Guitar by Gavin Alexander (gavinalexandermusic.co.uk)

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

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Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

 

‘I Interview Myself’

If talking to yourself is a concern, interviewing yourself is deeply worrying! Here, Adrian opens up – to himself – about how he was drawn to radio, as well as sun and clouds in family life on the outskirts of London. Plus, he’s guilty of industrial quantities of namedropping over his radio hero, Kenny Everett, with whom he worked at BBC Television Centre in west London.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Adrian reflects on his life in audio

If you identify with any of the mental health issues in this show, try visiting this NHS site, Mind or getselfhelp.co.uk

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey, copyright 2017

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London [at] adrianlacey.com

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Thanks to Richard Sutton for advice and encouragement

Music: Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Blogger Pepys: Rake’s Regress

What would a blogger from over 300 years ago make of today’s London? Here’s the answer: Samuel Pepys’ audio diary. In this entry, he’s off to the theatre, but his thoughts are in the wings.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Keith Dunphy/Adam Hills at MUG Photography

Samuel Pepys… Keith Dunphy

The lady with the tubs… Sarah Kempton

Sarah Kempton
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Sarah Kempton (portrait by Clare Newman-Williams)

Keith Dunphy is represented by Jonathan Arun and Babble

Sarah is part of CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

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Bottom script adviser Richard Sutton

Music:

Guitar stings by Gavin Alexander of Arcelia

Super Bubbly by Jesse Spillane used with thanks under the Creative Commons licence

Pepys Plays Politics

Fed up with elections? So’s the original 17th-century London blogger, Mr Samuel Pepys. But his remedy may not be the same as yours..!

Sometime Royal Shakespeare Company actor Keith Dunphy returns as our reborn 21st-century version of the diarist who witnessed the Great Fire of London back in the day. Now his passions are aflame in a different way.

Thanks to R&R – script consultants Richard Kurti and Rich Sutton.

Music by James Taylor (Hammond organ) and Gavin Alexander (guitar).

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This show is dedicated to the memory of comedian and actor Bobby Bragg (1953-2016), who entertained thousands at London’s BBC TV Centre and beyond as a warm-up man.

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

Year One: The Story so Far..!

To celebrate The London Podcast‘s first anniversary, here’s a compilation which takes you from Shakespeare to the tube, and from Marley to Wogan.

Adrian weaves these excerpts together with one or two¬†anecdotes, giving you ‘the story behind the story’.

It’s just a fraction of the different podcasts made during 2016 which are all still available, and there’s plenty more to come. Subscribe at Londonpodcast.net¬†to avoid disappointment! ūüėČ

Thanks for listening and thanks to all contributors and people behind the scenes providing support and encouragement to help bring the show to 46 countries (and counting) in its first year.

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Photo of Adrian Lacey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) your host, Adrian Lacey

 

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