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.
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.
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.
Baroque and roll in this edition as we take you into legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s flat in Brook Street, W1 – newly opened to the public. It’s just next door to the house where baroque composer Handel lived 200 years before.
Enjoy a VIP tour inside Jimi’s flat with the director of the venue, Michelle Aland, plus meet the man who met Hendrix: music mogul Rob Dickins sets the scene.
And meet a man who was alive around the time of Handel – London diarist Samuel Pepys. Now alive again(!) he gets a little hot and bothered in Fulham market.