Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Chris' Film Club:

The film for today is Michael Cimino's Vietnam drama The Deer Hunter, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Director (for Cimino) and Supporting Actor (for Christopher Walken). Three friends from a Pennsylvanian town enlist in the army and fight in Vietnam. They are captured, are tortured by their captors and are forced to play Russian roulette.

The film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep and George Dzundza.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Gladiator

Continuing the theme of 'Best Picture Oscar Winners' we have Ridley Scott's Roman epic, Gladiator. The film sees Russell Crowe's Roman general betrayed by the son of the Emperor, and he is sold into slavery. He fights his way up the ladder as a gladiator (hence the name) and soon finds himself performing for his old enemy.

The film also stars the gloriously evil Joaquin Phoenix, and the less gloriously evil Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed (in his final film) and Djimon Hounsou.

Talking Interiors With Gwendoline @ga_interiors


We're talking Christmas trends!

Whether you want to go modern or traditional, it all about getting that warm homely feel.
You can bring out the kids old decorations and make a statement of them or you can go statement with festive fabrics.
Tartan is top of the trends with loads of different colours on offer, not just your traditional red and green, but plums and blues.
To make a feature of the tartan you can go big with furniture or you can accessories with cushions and throws.

Animals are back! Just like in the summer we had dogs, it's now 'wild' animals such as stags and hares, again they can be printed on cushions, mugs and throws.

Interiors have also taken inspiration from the news of the new Star Wars film due to come out in 2015, its all about stars and space, with lots of glitter!

For more information go to:
ga-interiors.co.uk

Or visit her twitter:
@ga_interiors

(Even Danny's getting in the Christmas spirit!)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Argo

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Best Picture Oscar Winners', so I've started the week with a recent one. Argo won the award for Best Picture two years ago, and is 'based' on the true events in 1979, when Iranian protesters stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took most people hostage. Six diplomats managed to escape and hid with the Canadian Ambassador until they could be rescued.

The film takes great artistic licence with the events of history, and most certainly shouldn't be seen as historical fact, but it is still a very well made and exciting movie. It stars (and is directed by) Ben Affleck, and also features Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

Sam Rolfe on the Rosetta Mission, Comet 67p and Colin Pillinger @smrolfe



Joining us in the studio on West Herts Drive-time today was our Science Correspondent Sam Rolfe who told us all about Comet 67p, onto which we have recently landed a washing machine sized probe.

Sam told exactly what a comet is; she defined one as a primitive rocky object formed during the early stage of the Solar System. They originate from two places: the Kuiper Belt and beyond the orbit of Neptune.

She then went on to tell us about the Rosetta mission specifically. The main goals of the mission, according to Sam, are to characterise the elemental, isotopic and molecular composition of the comet. Unfortunately the probe launched in 2004 has landed under the shadow of a cliff and is therefore receiving minimal power through its solar panels and only functioned for a mere 64 hours before the battery failed. Finally on the topic, Sam spoke optimistically about the project, despite the setbacks, as she believes that the scientists involved have a moderate chance of utilising the various instruments attached to the probe to restore it to working order.

Finally for today, Sam spoke about the Scientist of the Month: Colin Pillinger. Pillinger worked at Cambridge University and then helped to co-found the Planetary and Space Science Institute. He is best known for his work on the Beagle 2 project to Mars although unfortunately no contact was received from Beagle 2 on arrival, and it's not known what happened to the craft.

For more information on the topics covered on today's show, visit these sites:

http://www.livecometdata.com/comets/67p-churyumov-gerasimenko/
http://www.nature.com/news/philae-s-64-hours-of-comet-science-yield-rich-data-1.16374
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Pillinger

New Music Playlist w/c 24th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @PaulHeatonSolo & @atomic_box

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Culture Club - More Than Silence
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Erasure - Reason
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Idris Elba - You Give Me Love (feat. Maverick Sabre)
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Maroon 5 - Animals
Neil Diamond - In Better Days
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Real Hope
Paul McCartney - Hope
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Spandau Ballet - Steal
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Take That - These Days
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
Tom Odell - Real Love

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Real Hope by former members of The Beautiful South Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott:


Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 21st November 2014

Tonight Chris the Beautiful (he's had his name changed by deed poll) was in the Film Guide hot seat, after the usually irrepressible Simon was struck down with back strain. He suffered his crippling problem combing his Stalin-like 'tache. You see, Simon, Danny and Chris have been seeing who can grow the creepiest looking mustache for Movember and it's a fairly close run thing. We invited Drive Time assistant Honor Morrison into the studio to judge who was doing the best, and she ran away in tears and screaming, so we consider that a job well done.

Ok, that was (mostly) a lie, but Chris was in the studio instead of Simon to talk about the UK box office top 10, new releases and Chris' pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Friday
Zombieland
11:15pm – 1:00am
Film4

Saturday
U-571
1:15pm – 3:30pm
5 USA

King Kong
6:05pm – 9:40pm
ITV2

Sunday
It’s a Wonderful Life
2:50pm – 5:25pm
Film4

Wednesday
Flight of the Phoenix
7:50pm – 10:00pm
Film +1

Thursday
The Matrix
10:30pm – 1:15am
ITV4

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 14th November 2014

Tonight Chris Aikman, the glue that holds this whole mess together, had to skedaddle before the Film Guide started tonight. This meant that Danny and Simon literally had no idea about the names of any films, actors or directors, and the show descended into a bit of a farce (although it always has a farcical quality to it, it managed to take it to a whole new level).

Their inability to decipher each others film clues (e.g. "That bloke with the hair and the face is really good in that thing with the woman with the arms and legs, where they go to that place and solves that thing where the other bloke did something he shouldn't.") eventually made Simon cry with frustration. Danny chose to show his frustration by sticking drawing pins into his left arm and chasing Fluffy, the building's caretaker, around the floors with a stick of butter. All of this went out on air. Award-winning stuff, I think you'll agree.

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

Friday
Face/Off
9.00pm – 11.15pm
BBC3

The Terminator
9.00pm – 11.15pm
5*

Saturday
Despicable Me
5.45pm – 7.40pm
ITV2

Love & Other Drugs
9.00pm – 11.15pm
E4

Sunday
Fiddler on the Roof
12.30pm – 4.10pm
5USA

Wednesday
Jesse James
9.00pm – 10.55pm
BBC4

Terminator 2:Judgement Day
11.10pm – 1.50am
Film4

Thursday
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
11.05pm – 12.45am
Film4

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bake It Easy With Lucy From @heavensacupcake

Today on Tuesday's show we had Lucy from Heaven is a Cupcake with Bake it Easy.

Chocolate is on the menu today to distract us from the pre Christmas rush. Within Lucy's busy Christmas schedule with the Christmas cakes on order she's kindly given us a double chocolate cupcake recipe to satisfy our sugary cravings.

For 12-14 cupcakes (or one huge cakes)
Go to Lucy's recipe at:
http://goo.gl/4JISiY

Lucy's tips:
'If you can, use margarine as it gives you lighter sponge, though if don't have margarine it doesn't matter.'
'make sure to add the water to the cocoa powder otherwise you'll get a very dry sponge.'

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 17th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @JoolsBand & @kylieminogue

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
George Ezra - Listen To The Man
Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Maroon 5 - Animals
Nico & Vinz - In Your Arms
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul McCartney - Hope
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Sam Smith - Like I Can
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Robert Cray Band - Hold On
The Script - No Good In Goodbye
Tom Odell - Real Love

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Should I Stay Or Should I Go by Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue:


Lisa Pearson on coping with anxiety in business @mummywhisperer


Joining us today on West Herts Drive-time was lifestyle consultant Lisa Pearson, who spoke to Danny about coping with the worries involved in running your own business. The coping steps were as follows:
  • You are panicking 
  • You are letting people know 
  • You are letting your self confidence/self-esteem get in the way 
  • It's not exactly what you are meant to be doing 
For further information visit Lisa's blog here: http://mummywhispererblog.com/

Friday, 14 November 2014

@wardthomasmusic on Drive Time!


Tonight we had the delightful Ward Thomas on the phone. The duo, made up of 20-year old twins Catherine and Lizzy, are rising stars in the country music world. Originally from Southampton, they are currently on tour around the UK, and have recorded in Nashville: the spiritual home of country music.

They were on the phone from Gateshead, where they are performing tonight. They answered all of Danny's hard-hitting questions, such as 'What are the best and worst things about working with your sister?' Proper Paxman-style stuff, I think you can agree.

The duo were game throughout, and if you would like to know more about them then you can visit their website here.To hear the interview again go to radioverulam.com/listenagain where it will be available for seven days. Simply navigate to Friday, at 5:30pm

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stephen Hathaway from the Radlett Light Opera Society joins us



Stephen Hathaway from the Radlett Light Opera Society joined us today to talk to us about their production of "Oh! What a Lovely War" which will be performed between 18th-22nd November at the Radlett Centre. 

This production is commemorating the centenary of the First World War, the Radlett Light Opera Society  will be staging this popular show developed by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop. The show summarises and comments on the conflict using popular songs of the time. 

For more information please visit their website http://www.rlos.org.uk/aboutus.html

And if you missed it, please click here to listen again. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Drivetime Sessions with Katie Plus Juan

Live in the studio this evening we were joined by the local duo Katie Plus Juan. They played two of their own songs for us: 'Stronger' and 'When You're Young', as well as a cover of the Pharrell Williams song 'Happy'.



For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/KatiePlusJuan or check out their LemonRock: www.lemonrock.com/katieplusjuan  

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Andy Jarosz our travel correspondent @andyjarosz

Today we had the Andy Jarosz our travel correspondent to talk about escaping the weather.
Whether you want to follow the sun or the snow each country has something different offer. You can go skiing in Canada or sunbathing in the canary island.

For more information go to Andy's website:
http://www.501places.com/

or visit his twitter:
 @andyjarosz

New Music Playlist w/c 10th November 2014 & this week's featured track by @andywburrows

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

AC/DC - Play Ball
Andy Burrows - See A Girl
Boyzone - Wherever I Lay My Hat
Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Chrissie Hynde - Adding The Blue
Coldplay - Ink
Dame Shirley Bassey - This Is What You Are
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elbow - Charge
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
Maroon 5 - Animals
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The -  Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
OneRepublic - I Lived
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Paolo Nutini - One Day
Paul McCartney - Hope
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Rumer - Dangerous
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Script - No Good In Goodbye

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is See A Girl by Andy Burrows:

Monday, 10 November 2014

Consumer Advice




Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was our guest tonight on Drivetime covering the following issues.



Will Aid


Will Aid is a partnership between the legal profession and certain charities. Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite you to make a donation to the Will Aid charities. Suggested minimum donations are £95 for a single basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills.


More information about Will Aid is available on its website at www.willaid.org.uk. The website contains a useful will planner to help prepare for the meeting with the solicitor and a tool to enable you to search by postcode for a solicitor who’s taking part. You can make an appointment now.




More support for separating couples and parents


A new support package for separating couples and parents has been announced by the Ministry of Justice to help people who need to go to court but are not represented by a solicitor.


Support will include:
improved online information on the 'Sorting out Separation' and www.gov.uk websites
increased legal and practical support in the civil and family courts
in certain pilot areas in England, from 1 November, a free helpline for separating parents
from 3 November, a free mediation session for parties if one of you is receiving legal aid.


Further details on these issues plus much more is available at the web site http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/news.htm

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Lake Placid

The pick for the film club today is 'Lake Placid', a funny and entertaining B-Movie style production about a quiet community that is rocked by a giant crocodile taking up residence in the local lake. It wouldn't be such a problem if he didn't keep eating livestock and, you know, people.

The film stars Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Platt as the experts tasked with taking the croc down.

The Drivetime Sessions with @MinnieBirch

Live in the studio this evening we were joined by the local singer-songwriter Minnie Birch. She played two of her own songs for us: 'Unravelling' and 'Wise Words', as well as a cover of the Katy Perry song 'Firework'.



For more information on private bookings, gigs and new music go to her Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/minniebirch or check out her Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/minnie-birch 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Chris' Film Club: Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro's big monster movie, Pacific Rim, is my pick for the film club today. Kaijus are huge, Godzilla-like monsters, attacking the Earth through a inter-dimensional portal under the Pacific Ocean. In response mankind has developed huge fighting robots called Jaegers, which need two skilled pilots to operate them.

The film stars Charlie Hunman, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day and is a special effects spectacular, with comic book action.


Monday, 3 November 2014

New Music Playlist w/c 3rd November 2014 & this week's featured track by @erasureinfo

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Bryan Ferry - Loop Di Li
Coldplay - Ink
Damien Rice - I Don't Want To Change You
David Gray - Birds Of The High Arctic
Deacon Blue - I Wish I Was A Girl Like You
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Elbow - Charge
Erasure - Reason
Garth Brooks - People Loving People
Jack Savoretti - Tie Me Down
John Legend - You & I (Nobody In The World)
Maroon 5 - Animals
Michael Jackson & Queen - There Must Be More To Life Than This
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment
Olly Murs - Wrapped Up
OneRepublic - I Lived
Paloma Faith - Ready For The Good Life
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind
Pink Floyd - Louder Than Words
Robert Plant - House Of Love
Rumer - Dangerous
Shaun Escoffery - People
Sheryl Crow - Callin' Me When I'm Lonely
Simple Minds - Honest Town
Take That - These Days
The Pierces - The Devil Is A Lonely Night
The Script - No Good In Goodbye
The Who - Be Lucky

Items in BOLD are new additions

Our featured track for the week is the latest offering from Erasure, called Reason.

Chris' Film Club: Troll Hunter

The theme for the Film Club this week is 'Monster Movies', so today I've gone for the Norwegian film Troll Hunter. The film is a 'found-footage' mockumentary, sort of in the style of Cloverfield, in which a group of student filmmakers search for the truth about trolls.

The film is funny and inventive, and stars Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Tomas Alf Larsen and Johanna Morck.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 31st October 2014

Tonight the usual gang of Danny, Simon and Chris were in the studio together for the first time in what felt like years. Last week Chris wasn't in the studio because he was modelling on the catwalks of Milan, and the week before Danny wasn't in because he was modelling on the boardwalks of Bognor Regis. Simon had meant to come in last week because he takes the show very seriously but instead joined St Albans City FC striker John Frendo (who also should have been at his work) at El Clasico in Spain. Simon and John had a wonderful time watching Real beat Barca, while St Albans got knocked out of the FA Cup and Danny sat humming gently to himself in the studio while West Herts listened intently.

Ok, that was (mostly) a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases and his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week.

Friday
Sharknado
9.00pm – 10.45pm
Pick

Saturday
Back to the Future III
7.35pm – 10.15pm
ITV2

Footloose
9.00pm – 11.10pm
E4

Sunday
The Wizard of Oz
5.10pm – 7.15pm
Film4

Fantastic Mr Fox
7.15pm – 9.00pm
Film4

Monday
Casablanca
5.10pm – 7.15pm
Film4

Tuesday
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
4.30pm – 6.50pm
Film4

Wednesday
Beasts of the Southern Wild
11.40pm – 1.30am
Film4

Thursday
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film4