Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 24th April 2015

Mayor Matthew Broderick made good on his promise to 'purple, kumquat' (see last weeks post, although don't, because I spelt it wrong last week) and indeed arrived at the studio armed to the teeth with rotten kumquats, which turn purple when they rot. Fearing for the cleanliness of the newly furnished studio, the Drive Time team went into full defence mode. Chris and Honor built up the barricades by using all the furniture that was available in the office while Simon topped it off with the barbed wire that he keeps on his person 'just in case of emergency'. The plan was to wait Mayor Broderick out. They had more than enough food because of Danny's secret stock of Lucky Charms that he keeps in a draw under the desk. The plan was a sound one, until a few of Mayor Broderick's chums came by: his Secretary of War, Steve Guttenberg, and his Chief of Police, Fred Savage.

Savage, who became famous for his role in The Wonder Years and then as lead singer for death metal band Braindead Corgi Hell, is well known around St Albans for his often harsh policing methods and love of Shirley Temple films. However, our intrepid heroes were confident they could hold out against the terrible trio, until they saw Savage leading the police's new water cannon to the front door...

Will Danny, Simon, Honor and Chris survive?! Will they save the new studio?! Find out next week, in the latest instalment of Drive Time Dynamos!

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office top 10, his pick of films for the coming week on TV and the new releases in the cinema.

21 Jump Street
9.00pm – 11.15pm

Up in the Air
10.15pm – 12.00am

4.50pm – 6.35pm
Channel 4

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5.45pm – 9.00pm

11.00pm – 1.30am
Channel 5

True Lies
10.35pm – 1.20am

12.20am – 2.40am

4.55pm – 7.15pm

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Chris' Film Club: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Judi Dench won an Oscar for only 8 minutes of screen time. Stars Joseph Fiennes as ol’ Shakey and Gwyneth Paltrow as his love interest.

Catching Up with @followbessie

Radio Verulam is covering the progress of a group of cyclists on a four-day journey from Plymouth to St Albans in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Neuro Foundation.  There were inspired to raise money for these worthy causes by the plight of St Albans resident Bessie Davis, who was diagnosed with a condition called Neurofibromtosis last year.

You can keep up with the team's progress via their facebook group

If you would like to donate, their fundraising site is

Melvyn from Computer Friendly

Today we had Melvyn from Computer Friendly in the studio. Computer Friendly are one of Radio Veralum's community partners. Computer Friendly currently has 40 volunteers and are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers don't necessarily have to have a huge range of computer skills but any volunteer help is greatly appreciated.  Computer Friendly offer a range of daytime sessions for people to get in touch and join in with and activities range from playing solitaire to improve mouse skills or using Paint to gain experience using simple programs. Computer Friendly run a drop-in session every Monday from 10 am to 3:30 pm which is free, where anybody can come to book sessions. Computer Friendly is currently encouraging people to come down to their next five week course which costs £10 and will teach anybody interested how to use the internet more efficiently and receive and send emails with greater ease. If you would like to reach Computer Friendly or browse the extensive range of courses they cover you can call them on Skype using 02032391559 or you visit their website at

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Chris' Film Club: Jerry Maguire (1996)

A film about a sports agent who loses all his clients, bar one. Cuba Gooding Jr. won an Oscar for his portrayal of an American Footballer who sticks with his agent. Also stars Renee Zellweger.