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TRAILER: The Drama Commissioner

This is a trailer for an upcoming major profile of Londoner Tobias L. Watt, leading Drama Commissioner for TV download service NetBox. Enjoy exclusive access here to him rehearsing actors Mike and Karen – playing Dominic and Clarissa – in an emotional scene from hit costume series Uptown Abbey. And then hear an excerpt of the scene, set in the abbey’s lavish drawing room, as it eventually appears in the final TV show.

Subscribe now at Londonpodcast.net to hear the full retrospective as soon as it’s ready!

In the meantime, enjoy shows from spoofs, like the profile of Norman Castle, to the true story of how Tom Cruise landed in Trafalgar Square.

Podcast series graphic

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

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Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

Incidental music: Denouement by Kai Engel from the album The Run

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Tanesha & the Troubled City

It’s no secret London’s been suffering an upsurge in knife crime, and suspected murder victims are often younger now. Tanesha Melbourne-Blake was shot and killed in Tottenham on April 2nd, an innocent victim of a possible gang feud. Adrian starts with her fatal shooting to illustrate the wider problem and to put it in context, in this reflective ‘Letter from London’ monologue.

Ultimately, he asks how the capital can move on to a safer future?

No guns, no knives logo
Graphic (at Londonpodcast.net) – credit: Pixabay

 

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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Is London Happy?!

Finland was recently declared the happiest country in the world in a UN report. But what of the happiest city – is London in the running?

In another ‘Letter from London’ audio blog, Adrian muses on the mood of the UK capital. From downbeat commuter train to good-time party express, where does London lie on the happiness scale?

A smiley face with a finger pointing to it.
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Smile please – can we put our finger on whether London’s happy?

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Tom Cruise, Harry Potter, Star Wars… and Gary!

Whether it’s Tom Cruise landing in a helicopter in Trafalgar Square, a chase across Tower Bridge in The Mummy Returns or Madonna appearing in Peckham Plunge Baths (really!), London provides some of the finest film locations in the world. And the common link is Senior Art Director Gary Tomkins, who’s also worked on major movie franchises Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Whether you’re thinking of a career in cinematic design, are an interested film-goer, or just like a good yarn, Gary will keep you entertained and informed. Plus he’ll tell you why he once bought up all the bags of flour from a shop’s shelves in Greenwich!

Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net) Gary Tomkins in front of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square

Visit the site of Tom Cruise’s helicopter landing by Nelson’s column in this podcast, and see the effect of Gary’s (and Tom’s!) work on YouTube.

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email: London@adrianlacey.com

Instagram: lacey.adrian

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

A Modern Mona Lisa?

A hint of laughter in the eyes. An enigmatic smile. A mystery woman.

This show is dedicated to a painting in Adrian’s hall. It’s by his father and it’s a monochrome watercolour of a woman. But who is she?

That’s where you come in. In this interactive age, if you have any steers as to her identity, do get in touch.

Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Mystery Woman by Derek Lacey
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Mystery Woman by Derek Lacey [watercolour on paper]
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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions regarding the identity of the woman in the painting: London@adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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

Incidental music: What Have You Done by Lee Rosevere

Music used, mixed with speech, with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

Picture framed by francis-iles.com

London vs Birmingham: Shane O’Connor

The London Podcast raises its eyes beyond the M25 to take in the view from the Midlands. This edition is a mash-up with another podcast, Bull & Specs. Adrian Lacey is the solo presenter (and producer) of the London Podcast, but co-hosts Bull & Specs with talented broadcaster Shane O’Connor, whom he interviews in this show. You’ll also hear tempting treats from an edition of Bull & Specs – including a section in which Adrian and Shane talk about the London Podcast!

Shane O'Connor in the Bull & Specs studio
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Shane O’Connor in the Bull & Specs studio

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Bull & Specs is available in video on YouTube and in audio on Spreaker, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and iTunes

Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

Facebook: @theLondonPodcast

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

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… 🙂

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

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

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

Gems from 2017

As we step into 2018, a listen back to some of the best bits of the London Podcast from 2017. From smartphones that know how you feel to Mr & Mrs Pepys reborn, and from your worst worries on the Shoreditch stage to spoof rocker Norman Castle with a guest appearance from Kim Cattrall.

All linked by Adrian Lacey and put into context with some updates.

Full details with each of the respective shows.

Set in stone? The year 2017.
Set in stone? The year 2017

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2018

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

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

Rock Legend: Norman Castle

Spoof rock’n’roll documentary starring Russell Thomas with guest appearances by Kim Cattrall and Gavin Alexander. From the pop high of Sugar ‘n’ Spice to the breathtaking ambition of rock opera The Tanktop Mikado, Norman Castle – former frontman of the Broadwicks – occupies a unique place in British musical life.

This profile hears how he got into the business due to a misunderstanding and how his foray into rap was electrifying… almost literally.

You’ll also hear from former Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock on touring with the boys, plus lead guitarist Neville Rice on Prince and plumbing.

Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (right) with personal assistant
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Broadwicks bassist Peggy Babcock (Kim Cattrall) with personal assistant
Guitarist Neville Rice models NHS designer headgear
Guitarist Neville Rice (Gavin Alexander) models NHS designer headgear
Norman Castle as he likes to think others see him
Norman Castle (Russell Thomas) as he likes to think others see him

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Produced and presented by Adrian Lacey ©2017

Twitter: @AdrianLacey01

Email your reaction & suggestions: London@adrianlacey.com

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Music:

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

NotDrunk-stem-bass by the Joy Drops (short excerpt)

A Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh by Samuel Corwin (mixed with spoken word)

used with thanks under the Creative Commons CC BY licence

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