Friday, 18 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 18th December 2015

The show this evening was the last Film Guide before Christmas, so Simon came in dressed head to toe in a massive and somewhat impressive Santa outfit. We were quite impressed at his commitment to the bit, especially as he had a big sack of what appeared to be gifts. We assumed (rather naively) that Simon was dressed like this for some charitable reason, such as dropping presents off to boys and girls less fortunate than ourselves. Turns out that he was dressed like that for less than charitable reasons.

Simon had just been involved in a bank heist involving the Easter Bunny, Frankenstein's Monster, and, weirdly, Terry from East 17. They didn't actually escape with any money or gold, because they couldn't get past the belligerent cashier, so instead they just took all the pens, pamphlets and a chair from the lobby. He spent the rest of the show putting it all on eBay to try and get some cash from it.

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

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6.35pm – 9.45pm

Toy Story 3
3.05pm – 4.45pm

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
10.30pm – 11.55pm

7.45am – 9.25am

Christmas Eve
5.20pm – 7.05pmm
Channel 5

Sunday 27th
Mary Poppins
1.50pm – 4.05pm

Monday 28th
Behind the Candelabra
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Tuesday 29th
The Queen
4.30pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 30th
White Christmas
1.10pm – 3.30pm

New Year’s Eve
2.50pm – 4.15pm

New Year’s Day
The Sound of Music
1.15pm – 4.15pm

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Sicko

The final 2007 film this week is a different one;'Sicko' a documentary by Michael Moore.

Within the film Moore looks into the US healthcare system, and compares it to those of Canada, the UK, France and Cuba.

Karen Witchalls-Plunkett w/Teens on Screen

Today Karen dropped into our studio to talk with Danny about 'Teens on Screen', a course that aims to teach 13-18 year olds the valuable skills behind television production and presenting.

For contact details you can click this link here 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Eastern Promises

Next for the theme of 2007 films we have 'Eastern Promises'.

David Cronenberg's film set in London stars Naomi Watts as a British Nurse who finds herself caught in the affairs of the Russian mob, especially a mysterious enforcer (Viggo Mortenson)

Also stars Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

The Drivetime Sessions With Sarah Munro

We were joined in the studio this evening by the local singer-songwriter Sarah Munro. She played two of her own songs for us: 'For Eternity' and 'Wishing Well', as well as a cover of Jonny Mercer's 'Autumn Leaves'.

To find out more about Sarah, and her upcoming releases and gigs, find her on Facebook.

She has also recently released a new music video of her track 'For Eternity', which you can watch here.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Simpsons Movie

Today's 2007 film is 'The Simpsons Movie', the first big screen debut of America's favourite family.

Within the film Springfield is trapped under a massive dome and it's all Homer's fault, leaving the family to save everyone. 

As well as the show's regular cast, the film includes appearances from Albert Brooks, Green Day, and Tom Hanks.

Heavenly Chocolate Truffles @heavensacupcake

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Lucy shared with us today, her recipe for Christmas Chocolate Truffles - perfect for giving as Christmas Gifts.  Its a really easy recipe! and no cooking is required.

You can add orange flavouring or nuts if you're feeling adventurous.  The recipe makes approximately 60 truffles.  Use whichever chocolate you prefer, dark or milk - preferably not cooking chocolate - the better the quality the more sumptuous the end result.

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For more of Lucy's fabulous recipes and details for her award winning cupcakes, visit :
Follow her on Twitter: @heavensacupcake

For Lucy's Recipe click on this link:

Monday, 14 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Zodiac

For this week's film club the theme is '2007'.

The first choice this week is David Fincher's 'Zodiac', the thriller that tells the real-life story of the hunt for the Zodiac killer.

It features the fantastic cast of Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Edwards,

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 11th December 2015

Hi! Simon here! Chris had to step away from the computer for a moment, and he told me that I should 'under no circumstances touch the keyboard'. Well here I am! Tehehehehe. I'm such a joker! What am I like? I could say anything on here. Anything at all. Like 'poop'.

Heheheheheeee. I said poop. Chris is going to be so mad at me....

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

10.40pm – 12.45am

That’ll be the Day
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

9.00pm – 11.10pm

Toy Story 2
2.45pm – 4.15pm

The Blind Side
10.00pm – 12.30am
Channel 5

The Possibilities are Endless
11.25pm – 1.10am

Love Actually
9.00pm – 11.45pm

2001: a Space Odyssey
11.00pm – 1.15am

Date Night
11.15pm – 1.00am

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Mask Of Zorro

And of course to finish off the Film Club's week of Antonio Banderas films, today we have the iconic 'The Mask Of Zorro' from 1998.

Banderas stars in the swashbuckling action film as the ‘new Zorro’, who is trained by the older one (Anthony Hopkins), to save his daughter (Catherine Zeta-Jones), as well as Mexico itself.

Directed by Martin Campbell, it also stars Stuart Wilson and Matt Letscher.

Clare, Steve and Kelly with the St Albans Sea Cadets

Today's studio guests were all members of our local Sea Cadet Unit.
Sub-Lieutenant Steven Heard, Unit Chair Clare Jones and Civilian-Instructor Kelly Cawley visited Danny in the studio to discuss how they have been meeting at their building at Westminster Lodge for over 40 years, working with young people from ages 10 to 18 to teach them invaluable skills.

If you're interested in joining, or just in the Cadet's activities, you can check their Facebook page:, visit their official website:  or get into direct contact with Steven via email:

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Drivetime Sessions with @SaidTheMaiden

On today's show we were once again joined by the magnificent local folk trio Said The Maiden.  They have been on the Drivetime Sessions on several previous occasions, each time blowing us away with tremendous performances, and today was no exception!

The Maidens sang the songs The Soldier & The Maid, Crazy Man Michael and a haunting a cappella version of Dolly Parton's Jolene.  Their new EP, entitled "Of Maidens & Mariners" will be launched on 10th January 2016 at an event at Empire Records in Heritage Close.

The session will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Haywire

Continuing our theme of Antonio Banderas films, today we'll be looking at 2011's 'Haywire'.

Steven Soderbergh directed this film in which a private agency black-ops agent (played by Gina Carano)is betrayed while on the job, leading to a revenge mission to clear her name.

Also staring is Michael Fassbender, Ewen McGregor, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: The Skin I Live In

On the Film Club tonight, our next Antonio Banderas film is the psychological thriller 'The Skin I Live In' from 2011.

Here Banderas stars as a respected plastic surgeon who happens to be keeping a mysterious young woman trapped in his house.

The Spanish film was directed by Pedro Almoldovar, and also stars Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes and Jan Cornet.

Health Matters: Strategic Review Of Health Care & Staying Well This Winter

Today on Health Matters, Alan discusses about the final three key topics for this years feature, with the return of the section of the show on January 12th next year!

Your Care, Your Future

The first topic for this weeks Health Matters was about the Strategic Review of Health care and Social Services in West Herts, which started 12 months ago and just came to some key conclusions.

Discussed was the hospitals in the area centralising with local hubs for diagnostics urgent care, and possibly recovery. Three options were considered which included: 
  • Centralise at a new build 
  • Centralise at Watford 
  • Acute at Watford and planned care at St Albans
You can find out more information about the Strategic Review by clicking on the links below:

So – will the strategic review be strategic, or a quick fix?

"Stay Well This Winter"

With Christmas fast approaching and Winter being the worst time of the year for our health, Alan spoke about some of the many ways we can help ourselves. The main parts are covered here  which included exercising as much as you can whilst avoiding the icy streets, as well as watching out for others; becoming a good neighbour for your area!


And the final topic spoken about this week was about bacteria becoming more resistant to antibiotics with many GP's becoming under pressure to prescribe them much less. So next time your doctor says that antibiotics may not help, don't be suprised!

You can find out more about Antibiotic Awareness here.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Chris' Film Club: Desperado

This week in the film club we'll be looking at the works of actor Antonio Banderas.

To get us started, today's film is 1995's 'Desperado', A sequel to El Mariachi that features Banderas as a guitarist seeking revenge on the drug lord who killed his love and injured his hand.

Robert Rodriguez directed the film, and other members of the all-star cast were Salma Hayek, Joaquin de Almeida, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Quentin Tarantino.

Thrifty Tips

Penny Carr [Mrs Thrifty] was our guest tonight, here are some of her top tips.

Cash Back
You can get cash back on your purchases on line at numerous major retailers details can be found at

Make a money saving New Year resolution
Buy nothing new for a year
sell anything you have not used or worn for a year
By goods secondhand , this is a good time of year to do so.
The 52 week challenge?
Details at

This week's shows, starring @BeingMrsC @MattHertsAd & @SaidTheMaiden

Coming up on this week's West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith:

Monday we chat to our Thrifty correspondent Penny Carr.
Tuesday Alan Bellinger bring us more Health Matters
Wednesday the magnificent Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, discussing Tomorrow's News Today plus LIVE music on The Drivetime Sessions courtesy of Said The Maiden.
Thursday we will be joined by members of St Albans Sea Cadets.
Friday it's all requests from 4pm for #Over2UFriday and our very own Simon Carver brings us the Radio Verulam Film Guide.

All of our shows are available for up to seven days after broadcast at

So make sure you join Danny and the team weekdays from 4 to 7 PM on 92.6 FM Radio Verulam.

New Music Playlist w/c 7th December 2015 & this week's featured track by @Scouting4Girls

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Babyface - We've Got Love
Bellowhead - New York Girls
Bette Midler - (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino
Bryan Adams - You Belong To Me
Carrie Underwood - Heartbeat
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Duran Duran - What Are The Chances?
Elton John - Looking Up
Elvis Presley & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Burning Love
Fleur East - Sax
Florence + the Machine - Delilah
Grace - You Don't Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)
James Bay - If You Ever Want To Be In Love
James Morrison - Stay Like This
Jeff Lynne's ELO - One Step At A Time
Jess Glynne - Take Me Home
Kylie Minogue - Every Day's Like Christmas
Lemar - Higher Love
Michael Bublé - The More You Give (The More You'll Have)
New Order - Tutti Frutti
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Dying Of The Light
Olly Murs - Stevie Knows
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - I Don't See Them
Robin Schulz - Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)
Rod Stewart - Way Back Home
Scouting for Girls - Christmas In The Air (Tonight)
Seal - Every Time I'm With You
Tom Jones - Take My Love (I Want To Give It)
Will Young - Brave Man

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is Christmas In The Air (Tonight) by Scouting For Girls:

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 4th December 2015

Simon burst into the studio this evening, screaming 'SANCTUARY! SANCTUARY!' as loud as he possibly could. Danny, who struggled to muster up the energy to care but eventually did so, asked him what had happened. Simon explained using some words that could be best described as 'made-up' but the essence of his story was that he had been walking his pet salami over the fields of rural Hertfordshire when he was set upon by a couple of vicious crows. Simon and his salami were then the victims of the attempted murder (a pun for all you collective noun fans there) and they ended up flying off with his salami. The last he saw of his dearest Nathaniel (the salami's name, apparently) was the bird taking him over the treeline towards the Abbey in the distance. He then ran screaming, tears rolling down his face, all the way to the studio.

Having heard the whole story, which raised far more questions than we thought could be possible, Danny gave

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

Back to the Future
7.30pm – 9.45pm

Carry On Screaming
12.55pm – 2.55pm

ET The Extra Terrestrial
3.20pm – 5.30pm

The Jungle Book
5.25pm – 7.00pm
Channel 4

The Five Year Engagement
11.10 – 1.20am
Channel 4

Taken 2
9.00pm – 10.50pm

10.50pm – 1.25am

The Dark Knight
9.00pm – 12.00am

Escape from Alcatraz
11.10pm – 1.25am

Love & Other Drugs
11.25pm – 1.40am

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Max's Film Club: The Great Gatsby

To finish off our book adaptations week on the film club, today we're looking at 2013's 'The Great Gatsby'.

Tobey McGuire stars as narrator and main character of the film 'Nick Carraway', a Wall Street trader who becomes entranced by his rich, mysterious neighbor, the titular 'Jay Gatsby', played here by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The starring cast members also include Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke. This is the second adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic book, with Robert Redford playing the role of Gatsby in the 1974 film.


The Drivetime Sessions with @starseedzmusic

We were delighted to be joined by the fantastic Starseedz duo, Catrine and Jon, who produce their indie, pop and folk music using two acoustic guitars and their delicate harmonies. They performed two originals 'Falling Stars' and 'String You Along' finishing with their cover of Billy Idol's, White Wedding.

To find out more information about Starseedz, visit their social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter. They will also be appearing for a performance at The Crescent fundraising busking day in town on Saturday 4th from 4pm -11pm in aid of HIV/Aid awareness.

You can listen back to their performance via the Listen Again feature on the Radio Verulam website. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Max's Film Club: Jack Reacher

To continue this week's 'books to films' theme we have 2012's 'Jack Reacher', an action filled adaption of one of Lee Child's thrillers.

Within the film, ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise)is personally called in to dig out the truth about a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Other notable actors are Rosamund Pike (again!), Jai Courtney and Richard Jenkins.

The Drivetime Sessions with @aprilbluemusic

We were joined in the studio this evening by the local rock/R&B crossover act, April Blue. They played two of their own songs for us - 'Stay Part 2' and 'He's No Good' - as well as a cover of Jess Glynne's song, 'My Love'.

To find out more about the band and their upcoming album, find them on Facebook or check out their website at:

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Local Literary Feature With Holly Hepburn

In our local literary feature today we were joined by local author Tamsyn Murray, who also writes under the name of Holly Hepburn. The first of Holly's series of e-novellas about life in a pub called the Star and Sixpence, set in a quintessential English country village is out this month. Two sisters inherit a pub from their late father, who they have been estranged from for years. Village life, and the challenges they face getting the pub off the ground, provide the backdrop for the sisters to reinvent their lives and make a fresh start.

Snowdrops at the star and sixpence is just the start of a series of e-novellas which will be coming out over the next year, before being compiled into a book for publication.

Holly talked to us about the differences between writing for digital, rather than for print, and how the industry has changed during her time as an author. To prepare for the book she also had to research what it's like to run a village pub - so had the enviable task of spending many a Sunday afternoon sampling many different pubs and the drinks on offer in them.

For more information about Holly's work you can visit her website and her Twitter (@hollyh_author).

Written by Marie Kempley

Max's Film Club: Gone Girl

Up next in this week's book adaptations themed film club is 2014's 'Gone Girl', based on Gillian Flynn's acclaimed novel.

Ben Affleck features as a husband who watches an intense media circus unfold as his wife disappears under mysterious circumstances, and needs to discover the truth as the spotlight gradaually turns towards him.

Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris also star in the critically acclaimed film, which was elected the best adaptation of 2014.