Monday, 29 February 2016

Tapping Into Your Big Vision with @MelanieBundock

On today's show Melanie Bundock returned to our studios.  As well as being a Life Coach, Melanie is an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Therapist and uses her skills to help people realise their goals.

Melanie and Danny discussed the importance of vision boards and Melanie is currently offering a free course "Tapping Into Your Big Vision".  More details of the course can be found here.

Now is also the perfect time to set resolutions, according to Melanie.  She and Danny also discussed how the beginning of March is nature's new year and that resolutions are more likely to be kept at this time, rather than January 1st.

The interview is available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Monday from 5.30pm.

Chris' Film Club: Dog Soldiers

We start off our week of 'British Cinema' today with 'Dog Soldiers'.

A 2002 film directed by Neil Marshall, starring Kevin McKidd and Sean Pertwee.

A group of British squaddies are on a training exercise in the Scottish Highlands but find themselves coming up against a pack of werewolves instead.

Friday, 26 February 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 26th February 2016

Tonight the surprisingly hairless (he showed us once - can't remember/repressed the reason why - and not a hair can be found on that mans body) Simon Carver was back in the hot seat to talk all about Rustic Georgian Furniture. Yep, he had forgotten his pick of films on free-to-air TV for the coming week, or indeed the new releases in the cinema, but instead had just brought the lecture he gave the the East of England Georgian Furniture Appreciation Society (or EEGFAS, for fans of complicated acronyms). So Simon just recited that for 30 minutes, and to be fair to him, it was no more off-topic or misinformed about films than usual.

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.

9.00pm – 10.30pm


11.50am – 2.15pm
Movie Mix

11.00pm – 1.45am

Source Code
11.05pm – 12.50am

Shaun of the Dead
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Inside Llewyn Davis
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Independence Day
9.00pm – 11.45pm

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Finishing this week's Film Club is a Chinese/Taiwanese co-production directed by Ang Lee, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.

Full of high-wire fights and beautiful choreography, it stars Chow Yun-fat and Michelle Yeoh.

The film was a huge success , nominated for 10 Oscars and winning 4.

Lisa Cooke - Guide Dogs For The Blind

In the studio today we had a visit from Lisa Cooke, a member of the Guide Dogs scheme.

Lisa and co. are looking for anyone who would be willing to lend a hand and support the Guide Dogs by adopting one and giving them a home for 10-12 weeks while they undergo training in St. Albans.

They ask that anyone looking for companionship, with an enclosed garden area and no young children get in contact!

You can contact them via:


Email: welwyn@guidedogs'

Phone: 01189838713

Or visit the centre for a chat: Unit 3 Stroud Wood Business Centre, Park Street, St Albans, AL2 2NJ

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: Oldboy

'Oldboy' the 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook is the subject of today's Film Club.

Choi Min-sik stars as a man framed for the murder of his wife, and imprisoned mysteriously for 15 years. One day he is released without warning, and sets off on a journey of revenge.

An American remake starring Josh Brolin and directed by Spike Lee was released in 2013.

Drivetime Sessions with Paul Willox

This afternoon Drivetime Sessions were delighted to be joined by Paul Willox on his debut radio performance. Paul graced us with two original compositions 'I Will Tell You Why' and 'Call it Even', both songs demonstrated Paul's unique and creative lyric writing as well as his exceptional guitar skills. He finished his set off with an energetic cover of Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill'.

You can find out more about Paul, his music and his gigs on his bandcamp page and on his facebook page. Or head over to the fighting cocks on a Friday for Open Mic Night where he is a regular performer.

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

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Interior Design with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors | Furniture

Gwendoline joined us back in the studio for the regular Interior Design feature to discuss about all things funiture!

She discussed how oversized sofa's can really have an impact on the appearance of a room. They tend to look smaller within the showroom but look larger when placed within your room. Gwendoline continue by explaining how the awareness of the maximum size a piece of furniture that will fit within the room alongside other furniture is really important . She explained how measuring the space wanted/needed as well as measuring twice to insure accuracy and precision, can help this problem!

To finish, Gwendoline explained the latest trends currently within the interior industry which included large, square or rectangular coffee tables which would be considered alongside the proportion of the other furniture in the room.

If you like to find more about interior design ideas with Gwendoline Alderton, you visit her website.

Chris' Film Club: The Host

Today on the film club Chris looks at 'The Host', a 2006 South Korean monster movie (Not to be confused with 2013's teen fiction movie by 'Twilight's author!)

Directed by Bong Joon-ho, it stars Song Kang-ho as a man looking for his daughter who has been taken by a huge monster terrorizing Seoul.
At launch it became the highest grossing South Korean film of all time.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: 13 Assassins

Chris is back, and this week he's looking at 'East Asian Cinema' in the Film Club.

To start off we have 2010 Japanese action film '13 Assassins'.

Directed by the incredibly prolific Takeshi Miike (99 directing gigs and counting),as a
cruel warlord causes terror over parts of Feudal Japan, a group of Elite Samurai are hired to stop him.

Bloody and exciting, with a great central performance from Koji Yakusho.

Sam Rolfe - Science Correspondent

Radio Verulam Science Feature 22/02/20

Sam Rolfe was our guest tonight.

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic venture unveiled its new passenger spacecraft on Friday, nearly 16 months after a fatal accident destroyed its sister ship during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert

Can you survive on potatoes alone?

In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily.

In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year. But is this approach likely to work, or will he run out of nutrients? And could he have chosen a better single food to live on?
Dmitri Mendeleev - scientist of the month
In the 1860's, Dmitri Mendeleev noticed recurring trends in the chemical and physical properties of different elements. Drawing on his understanding of element characteristics, Mendeleev arranged the known elements in a grid. He presented this periodic law to the Russian Chemical Society in 1869.

Friday, 19 February 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 19th February 2016

Simon was off ill today with 'manflu' (which is a euphemism for a stay in rehab to cure his lemon-flavoured Fruit Pastille addiction) so Chris stepped in at the last minute to save everyones butts (as happens more often than not). That was made harder by the fact that the posse of women that follow Chris everywhere he goes (he is really that attractive) managed to find their way into the studio and flooded the place. They were clambering all over the equipment and microphones, making quite the racket. The show only went ahead because Chris' better half Sam (the shows' Science Correspondent) was also in the studio, and fought off the gaggle of Chrispies (as they like to call themselves) with the cricket bat she carries at all times (scientists always have to be prepared).

Ok, that was a lie, but Chris was sitting in for Simon 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.

Pride and Prejudice
7.30pm – 10.00pm

9.00pm – 11.20pm
Channel 4

10.55pm – 12.45am

11.10pm – 1.00am

10.45pm – 12.40am

Men in Black
9.00pm – 10.55pm

The Book of Eli
10.00pm – 12.20am

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Max's Film Club: Kidulthood

The last London themed film for this week is 2006's 'Kidulthood'.

The film follows three teenagers and their girlfriends over two wild days in London, as they're drawn into drink, drugs and drama in the gritty underworld.

Noel Clarke is credited for the screenplay, as well as starring in the film.

The Dragon's Apprentice Challenge, w/ Tony, Ollie and Lois

Today our guests in the studio were Tony, Ollie and Lois from Oaklands College, here to discuss the 'Dragon's Apprentice' challenge with Danny.

Ollie and Lois are both students on the Business course, and so had to set out in a team to independently raise funds to take around 120 blind or partially sighted St. Albans locals to an Audio Described Service of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' at the Abbey Theater.

Thanks to their hosting events such as a car wash, a Christmas Fayre stall, and a three course meal withq a quiz, Ollie, Lois and their team raised a total of £1100 in half the time of any other team!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Max's Film Club: V for Vendetta

This time on the Film Club, London becomes a dystopian police state after a World War in 'V for Vendetta'.

A Guy-Fawkes themed vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive government, and discovers an accomplice in a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) after rescuing her from the secret police.

The screenplay was written by the Wachowskis, and is based on a popular graphic novel.

The Drivetime Sessions with Pipanellie

Returning to the Drivetime Sessions with their clean acoustic style are Pipanellie, aka Pip and Ellie. They performed the beautiful original composition called 'Bitter Sweet Morning' along with a gentle cover of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' and lovely lyrical cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Songbird'.

To find out more about them, their songs and their upcoming gigs check out their lemonrock page or visit their facebook page

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

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Max's Film Club: 28 Days Later

Continuing the theme of London based films this week, today we look at '28 Days Later' for the haunting pictures of the deserted capital featured.

Within the film a courier wakes up from a coma a month after an infectious virus strikes, and finds the city of London devoid of life aside from the zombie-like victims of the ‘Rage Virus’. He soon unites with another group of survivors and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety.

Directed by Danny Boyle, and stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston.

Back It Easy With Lucy Clark - Chocolate Cake @heavensacupcake

Lucy Clark joined us once again in the studio, for the Bake It Easy feature with a gorgeous chocolate cake recipe!

As it's currently the school half term break, Lucy explained some easy, fun filled recipes that younger children can have fun making with their parents, such as cookies, biscuits, cupcakes etc.

For Lucy's chocolate cake recipe you can click here!

You can visit Lucy's website and check out @heavensacupcake Twitter page for baking news and more recipes.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Max's Film Club: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

I've been left in charge of this week's film club in the absence of Chris, and so this week our theme is 'London'.

Starting off the week, we have a film by one of my favourite directors, Guy Ritchie's 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels".

In the film, Four friends lose a high-stakes poker game against a local crime boss  and need to get him 500,000 pounds. Desperate, the friends plot to rob another group of robbers, leading to a number of interested criminal parties, and the four in dangerously over their heads.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, it stars Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, Nick Moran and many more British actors.

Friday, 12 February 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 12th February 2016

Simon - who was once Britain's No.4 male tennis player behind Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, and the concept of misery - was in the studio today and the show went without a hitch. We were totally taken by surprise, but Simon was a professional throughout and even made some cinematic observations that bordered on being coherent. Simon shook Danny, Chris and Tamara's hands before he left, and set off into the sunset.

It was only after he had gone that Danny realised that Simon had left his iPad on the desk. Simon, who next week will be receiving his birthday card from the Queen, is a little forgetful, and as such has written his password on the back of his iPad. Danny just could not resist having a peak at the contents. Big mistake. The contents of Simon's iPad meant that Danny was still screaming when the paramedics loaded him into the back of the ambulance.

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.

Harry Brown
11.20pm – 1.25am

2.35pm – 4.25pm

There Will Be Blood
11.15pm – 1.45am

84 Charing Cross Road
1.30pm – 3.00pm

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Judgement Day: The John List Story
9.00pm – 11.00pm
True Entertainment

Mona Lisa
11.00pm – 1.10am
London Live

A Touch of Class
1.00am – 3.00am

Dirty Harry
11.25pm – 1.35am

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: 127 Hours

Finishing this weeks Film Club is '127 Hours', a film that takes place in one small Canyon crevice.

The 2010 Danny Boyle film is based on Aaron Ralston, the real life canyoneer who lost an arm after getting trapped under a boulder in the middle of nowhere.

Stars James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn.

Electric Umbrella: With Tom, Laura and Miles.

Joining us in the studio today were Tom, Laura and Miles with 'Electric Umbrella', a music project in which adults with learning abilities work with song writing professionals to create gigs, shows and club nights for all to enjoy!

As well as explaining a little about what Electric Umbrella has done for them, the three performed their theme song; 'Electric Umbrella' and did a version of Tom's new song 'Hyper'.

For more information, or to support the group you can visit

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with The Paper Snakes

This week we were joined by two members of the super cool Paper Snakes, performing their two originals and cover. Both of the originals Paul and Chris performed, 'Bare Back Monkey' and 'Black Widow', had a classic accoustic vibe. Their final song was a simply beautiful cover of Paul Weller's 'You Do Something to Me'.

If you'd like to find out more about them, their songs and their gigs check out their facebook page

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

Chris' Film Club: Phone Booth

Colin Farrell is Stu, an arrogant publicist who is cheating on his wife.

He picks up a ringing payphone to find himself talking to The Caller, a mysterious man armed with a sniper rifle and the determination to get Stu to admit his faults.
Also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Radha Mitchell and Katie Holmes.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: Deterrence

A very small film from 1999, set in just a Colorado diner,

The President of the USA is trapped by a blizzard on the campaign trail, only then to receive the news that Iraq has invaded Kuwait again.

Stars Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Sean Astin.

Health Matters - FEB 9 2016

Four Issues in tonight's Drivetime:

1. Patient Experience in our Hospitals - there are three critical measures on hospital experience:-
1.1 Accident and Acute Cases - Watford Hospital is still experiencing long waiting times
1.2 Beds per 1,000 inhabitants - we are among the lowest in the country
1.3 Diagnostics - the Government guideline is that no more than 1% of patients should wait longer than 6 weeks - Watford have over 13%
It's not clear what will happen to St Albans City Hospital but patients in Hemel Hempstead are calling for a new hospital on land between St Albans and Hemel - with an A&E!

2. St Albans Local Strategic Plan - Healthcare can't cope at the moment - how will it cope with the 30,000 extra people that this pan envisages by 2030? The plan virtually ignores healthcare provision and we have grounds for complaint. Make your views known here

3. Rapid Response Team - There is a new (since NOV last year) team that aims to provide emergency care in our homes - so far over 90% of the cases they have dealt with so far have not had to go to A&E. Patients can only be referred to them by a Healthcare Professional so if your doctor, 999, or 111 is thinking of referring you to A&E ask them if they consider you would be better being referred to the Rapid Response Team

4. Zika Virus - now a World Health Emergency and very dangerous too. Everything you need to know about it is right here

Alan Bellinger
9th Feb 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

Chris' Film Club: The Evil Dead

The film club is back this week after a brief break! And this weeks theme is 'One Location Films'.

This 1981 Sam Raimi film is about a group of students who take a holiday in a remote cabin, but end up unleashing an ancient evil spirit.

Very bloody, yet darkly humourous, it was made for very little money but has become a cult classic. Bruce Campbell leads.

Friday, 5 February 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 5th February 2016

Simon, Britain's entry to the Eurovision song contest in 1913 and whose performance famously kicked off WWI, was in the studio to promote his new cookbook. This put Danny out a little bit, not least because Simon was meant to do the film guide, but because Simon's 'new' cookbooks were just old Nigella books that Danny had got him for Christmas over the years that Simon had stuck his face on. The sight of Simon leaning over a bowl of asparagus in a nice white blouse would normally be enough to make even the hardiest person wretch, but to be honest, it's pretty much par for the course with Simon.

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.

8.00pm – 9.30pm

2.40pm – 5.00pm

7.15pm – 9.00pm

Field of Dreams
6.55pm – 9.00pm

9.00pm – 11.20pm

The Blind Side
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Zero Dark Thirty
9.00pm – 12.05am

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with @ScarletteFever_

Scarlette Fever returned to Drivetime Sessions this Thursday where she sang the beautiful 'Helena', an original composition written for her fiancée. She also graced us with another original composition, the classic from her 2012 album; 'Crash and Burn'. For her cover she performed a super relaxing version of 'Babylon' by David Gray.

To find out more about her and current projects check out her website or facebook page. Or you can listen to some of her songs at

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

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Local Literary Feature with illustrator Laura Trinder

This month we were joined by local illustrator and part-time bookseller Laura Trinder. Laura is part of a Hertfordshire-based writers' and illustrators' collective 'Improper Books' who create a range of books, comics and graphic novels.

Laura's own book, Night Post, where the story is told entirely via pictures was launched at the end of last year.

Laura, and the whole Improper Books gang, try and get out to comic book events as often as they can. As people who are often working solo, she says it's nice to be able to get together and to meet the fans.

Laura really welcomes the growth in popularity of comics and graphic novels - they're not just for geeks! She says the audience for her work stretches from young children through to adults.

For more information about the work of Improper Books visit:

And Laura has her own blog as well:

Monday, 1 February 2016

Wogan in West Herts with @BeingMrsC

Today, instead of her usual thrifty feature, Penny Carr was discussing our collective memories of Terry Wogan, who sadly passed away at the age of 77 over the weekend.

The broadcasting icon left a fond impression on many of us in West Herts, with his irrepressible good humour much in evidence when he attended the St Albans Literary Festival in 2014.

Two listeners, Kate and Vanessa, contacted the show with their memories of Wogan, with Vanessa speaking to us over the phone. Their recollections of meeting and listening to Wogan over the years stand as a testament to a uniquely talented broadcaster, with an evergreen charm.

If you wish to hear our tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, it will be available for a week after broadcast at by navigating to Monday from 5.30pm.  It is also available via our podcast, which you can find on iTunes by searching for Radio Verulam or by clicking here.