Friday, 29 April 2016

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 29th April 2016

After quite a long time away, Chris was allowed back into the studio. Danny had finally decided to let Chris out of the locked room he had trapped him in. Danny is often jealous of Chris and his chiseled good looks, effortless charisma and charm, unbridled intellect, and devastating athleticism (among other things). Without Chris' benevolent leadership and bravery in the face of adversity the quality of the show had dipped somewhat in recent weeks. This was partly due to the rift that had developed between Danny and Erin. It turns out that Erin has a habit of rugby-tackling people she knows in the street and Danny had been an unfortunate recipient of this. Danny, who recently got his bus pass, doesn't think his heart can survive another scare like that, but Erin has promised to never stop. This could end badly...

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.

Air Force One
9.00pm – 11.30pm

Smokey and the Bandit
2.40pm – 4.25pm

The Natural
3.55pm – 6.40pm

Sleeping with the Enemy
9.00pm – 10.55pm

9.00pm – 11.15pm

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
10.05pm – 11.55pm

The Anderson Tapes
7.05pm – 9.00pm

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Max And Erin's Film Club: John Wick

And finally on our 'Willem Dafoe' themed Film Club, we have the 2014 action packed 'John Wick'.

When sadistic mobster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) and his thugs steal Ex-Assassin John Wick's (Keanu Reeves) prized car and kill the puppy that was a final gift from his wife, John returns to the crime underworld to unleash a brutal revenge. Meanwhile, Iosef's father (Michael Nyqvist), one of John's old employers, puts a bounty on the title character's head, employing a number of assassins in the hope of protecting his son.

Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki and Ian McShane also feature.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Max And Erin's Film Club: The Fault In Our Stars

Next on this week's Film Club we have 'The Fault In Our Stars', an adaptation of John Green's young adult novel.

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort) from her cancer support group.  The two share both share the same wit and a love of books, especially "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

The Drivetime Sessions w/ Chris Flegg

On the Drivetime Sessions today we were joined once again by local musician Chris Flegg.

As always on the Sessions we asked for two original songs, as well as a cover of the work of another artist. Chris was more than happy to comply, playing us 'Somebody Or Nobody', 'When You're a Refugee' and a cover of The Beatles' 'Penny Lane'.

For more details and to keep up with Chris visit his website:
And if you missed out on this week's Drivetime Sessions you can listen again on by selecting this afternoon's show.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Holiday Atmosphere! - Interior Design with Gwendoline Alderton @GA_Interiors

Today on the Drivetime Show we were joyfully joined by Gwendoline Alderton for the shows regular Interior Design feature!

Gwendoline spoke about features that can be added and altered in your living space to make it feel like a holiday atmosphere!

Thinking about neutral based colours such as cream, white and grey (which is considered very modern moment), makes the room feel a lot more spacious and comforting. The use of pastel colours such as pale pink and pale blue, which are also the colours of the year, make the interior a lot more holiday themed with sea colours such as light blue and green adding ocean subtlety.

To finish off the discussion, Gwendoline recommended wooden flooring is also a very holiday/beach themed add on with the addition of a lovely blue and white striped rug to fill the centre floor. 

You can check out more about Interior Design by visiting Gwendoline's website or her twitter!

Max And Erin's Film Club: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Next in our Willem Dafoe focused Film Club we look at the celebrity cameo filled 'Grand Budapest Hotel'.

The Film looks back at the glory days of the fictional hotel in the 1930s, following Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), and Zero, a junior lobby boy and Gustave's friend/protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel's guests, but when a guest dies mysteriously, he finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Max And Erin's Film Club: Daybreakers

This week Erin and Myself take charge of the Film Club, going with the theme of 'starring Willem Dafoe'.

Monday's film is 'Daybreakers' from 2009, a film set in a future where the majority of the world's population are vampires, and there is a critical blood shortage.

Ethan Hawke stars as Edward, a vampire trying to develop a blood substitute, who finds himself united with the two fugitive humans Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), who claim to have a possible cure.


Angela Stone director of Parlour Song

We were joined by Angela Stone this evening , Angela is the director of the current production by the Company Of Ten at the Abbey Theatre "Parlour Song".

The play is described as an explosive black comedy written by local playwright Jezz Butterworth, and is set in St Albans and includes many references to the local area.

Parlour Song runs at the Abbey Theatre until Saturday 30th April, further details can be found at the web site

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: Phantom Of The Opera

Our final musical for this week is 'Phantom Of The Opera' from 2004.

Gerard Butler stars as the brooding Phantom, who hides beneath a 19th century Paris opera house and schemes to get closer to vocalist Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum). The Phantom, wearing a mask to hide a congenital disfigurement, strong-arms management into giving the budding starlet key roles, but Christine instead falls for arts benefactor Raoul (Patrick Wilson). Terrified at the notion of her absence, the Phantom enacts a plan to keep Christine by his side, while Raoul tries to foil the scheme.

Joel Schumacher directs.

Jess Distill from The Company Of Players @shakespearefolk

We were lucky enough to have Jess Distill back in the studio for an interview this afternoon, discussing the upcoming events planned for the Shakespeare tribute group 'The Company Of Players'.

For the upcoming 400th commemoration of Shakespeare's death, a number of emerging Folk and Acoustic talents have grouped together to form 'The Company Of Players', who plan to write, record and perform brand new material as a celebration of his works. This includes spending a week in April together in a house in Belper, writing and rehearsing, to create new works.

Currently a number of tracks are in the works, with plans to release them later this month, and for updates on these you can check out the Company Of Players on Facebook, Twitter or their Pledge Page

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Drivetime Sessions with The Skeltons

The Drivetime Sessions were once again joined by the Skeltons, An acoustic trio consisting of Andy, Laurie and Holly.

They performed 'I Wont Look Back', a beautiful, brand new original composition, as well two breath taking covers including The Civil Wars 'Barton Hollow' and Maggie Rose's 'The Preachers Daughter'. To find out more about the Skeltons and their upcoming gigs, visit them at their LemonRock page or find them on Facebook.

If you missed their performances, you can hear them again at

Erin's Film Club

Erin's musical-themed Film Club continues today with 'Rock Of Ages'.

Soon after hopping off a bus from the Midwest, aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) immediately finds herself in trouble. Coming to her rescue is Drew (Diego Boneta), a bar-back at the legendary club the Bourbon Room. With stars in their eyes, the young lovers chase their dreams, but a misunderstanding involving rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) threatens to tear them apart.

The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore the film, and other stars are Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: Mamma Mia!

Today's 'Musical' film is 2008's 'Mamma Mia!', based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA.

The film follows Donna (Meryl Streep), a hotelier in the Greek islands, as she prepares for her daughter Sophie's (Amanda Seyfried) wedding. Meanwhile, in secret Sophie has sent three invitations to men from her Mother's past in the hope of finding her true father to walk her down the aisle.

Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Dominic Cooper also feature.

Bake it Easy with Lucy Clark - Victoria Sponge @heavensacupcake

Today Lucy talked about a cake she is making for the mayor's party. She is making a classic Victoria sponge. This cake is good for a standard birthday cake because it's easy to make.

To make this cake you will need: flour, butter, caster sugar, egg, flavouring (traditionally vanilla- vanilla extract, essence or bean paste are some of the products you could use). Just put in a couple of teaspoons because when you make a sponge you should make sure your ingredients weigh equal amounts. For a normal sized birthday cake you should have roughly 250 g of each ingredient, and 4 eggs. If you want to make a bigger cake you should just increase the amount of ingredients.

Put all the ingredients in mixer, mix and put in the mixture in a cake tin. If you're making a sandwich you should use 2 separate cake tins and then sandwich them together, or you could cut the whole cake in half afterwards but this is probably harder to do. If you put it in smaller tins it bakes quicker, so be careful.

Put in the tins into the oven for 20-25 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius. Don't open the oven to check repeatedly because this will affect how the cake bakes adversely. You could dust the top with icing sugar and for the middle you could use jam and buttercream, or fresh cream (such as double cream or whipping cream-whisk for a couple of minutes).

Traditionally you should use strawberry jam but you could use raspberry jam or blackcurrant jam. To prepare buttercream use 250g butter and 500g sugar (the butter should be half the amount the sugar is) and mix together gently and pop in the middle. To colour your icing you could use food colouring. To change the flavour of the cake you could substitute the vanilla for another flavour such as cocoa powder, lemon, or espresso powder.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: Sweeney Todd

Erin's in control of the Film Club for another week, and following her week of 'Superheros' this week we look at 'Musicals', starting with Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd'.

In the film Johnny Depp stars as a man accused of a crime he didn't commit and deported to Australia by a Judge enamored by his Wife. Returning after 15 years and calling himself Sweeney Todd, the now-mad man vows revenge, applying his razor to unlucky customers and sending their body's to the  meat-pie shop below. Though many fall to his blade, he will not be satisfied until he slits Judge Turpin's throat.

Tim Burton directed the gothic musical, and Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen also star.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: Spiderman

Erin's final choice for this week is Sam Raimi's 'Spiderman'.

When nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student Peter Parker (Tobey Macguire) is bitten by a genetically modified spider, he gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Other notable cast members are Willam dafoe, Kirsten dunst and James franco  (with a brief cameo by Bruce Campbell!)

Cate with SAMTC and 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Joining Danny in the studio today was Cate from the St Albans Musical Theater Company, here to talk about their upcoming performance of 'Fiddler On The Roof'.

This is Cate's second time performing the Musical set in Imperial Russia (Though she's stepped up from her days as a peasant, now playing the Main Character's oldest Daughter), and she recommends the SAMTC as a great way to have fun and produce something with a great group of people.

The Musical Theater Company will be performing Fiddler at the Alban Arena from Tuesday the 26th of April, every evening until Saturday the 30th (when there will also be a matinee).

Tickets are available from the Alban Arena via phone or their website, as well as SAMTC's own website

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: The Punisher (2004)

Today's superhero film is 2004's 'The Punisher' starring Thomas Jane.

In the film Jane stars as an undercover FBI agent who becomes a vigilante assassin to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman(John Travolta) who slaughtered his entire family.

The film is a remake of the 1989 film of the same name with Dolf Lundgren, and the Punisher as a character is now featured in Netflix's Daredevil series. Jane has also starred as the character in online fan-made short 'Dirty Laundry'.

The Drivetime Sessions with Li-Li @Li_LiLiadain

Today on the Drivetime Sessions we welcomed Li-Li back into the studio, who's been very busy since her last appearance!

As well as updating us on how the production of her latest EP has been, she shared two of her original works 'Who was you' and 'Two Pints of Freedom', as well as a cover of Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll'.

If you want to stay updated with LiLi's work you can visit her Facebook page here or check out her website:

And if you missed her performance, or wanted to listen again you can visit and navigate to today's Drivetime show.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Erin's Film Club: Deadpool

Continuing Erin's Superhero themed film club, today we have 2016's R-rated hit 'Deadpool'.

In the film a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment in an attempt to cure his cancer, only to be left heavily scarred and with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool as he pursues his vengeance.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the titular anti hero, with other stars being Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein and T.J. Miller.


Health Matters - APR 12 2016

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

1. Hospitals in West Herts
From the St Albans Studio we have three acute hospitals
   * Watford   * The L&D   * The Lister
They are in that sequence in terms of distance; but, given traffic, on the basis of travelling time you could probably reverse the sequence!

There are a number of options for how we should move forward; for details go to
And to have your say go to

2. One You

An excellent initiative from the NHS – focus on your wellbeing and avoid becoming ill! Go to the One You Web Site - and take the Quiz!

You’ll find that there are lots of Ideas and Help (well-being is far more than just eating well and exercising!). The really innovative part is that you get a Virtual Personal Trainer that will show you where to focus and what to do. It’s a really good and engaging interactive approach.

3. Surgeries – Extended Hours

Government has made a commitment on extended hours for Surgeries; they should be open 8:00 – 8:00; 7 days a week. But it’s going to cause real problems. First of all, the Supply Issue - Is there the capacity in the system given the current shortage of primary care doctors; and do the current surgeries have the infrastructure to support extended working?

Then secondly, there’s the Demand Issue – do we actually need it? Will we just use weekends for an urgent issue or will we use them for planned interventions as well? Finally, it could go the same way as Shopping! So many people were against Sunday opening but now it’s one of the busiest days of the week!

4. Doctors’ Dispute

There have been four strikes since January; latest were on APR 6 and 8; in that time almost 25,000 operations have been cancelled. Just imagine the impact on those 25,000 patients! And next, there will be an All-out strike (including emergency) on APR 26 and 27. I’m sure all DriveTimers have the same view - Please get it resolved!!!!!

Alan Bellinger
12th April 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

Hope For Children

Chris Lyne the marketing manager for Hope For Children a local charity was our guest tonight.

The charity work tirelessly to help children reach their full potential. Last year they helped over 47,000 children and their families in Africa, Asia and the UK. All of our work to help children and their families is categorised into 3 themes.
Without access to an education, children are severely disadvantaged from an early age and are constantly fighting against the tide
It covers not only the prevention and treatment of diseases, but also the social and psychological wellbeing of individuals within the community.

More information can be found at the web site

Erin's Film Club: The Dark Knight Rises

The Film Club is back! And this week Erin's running the show, selecting a number of superhero films to look at.

Up first, the third and final of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight(Christian bale), with the help of the enigmatic Selina(Anne hathaway), is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, which is now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane(Tom Hardy).

The Supporting cast is suitably all-star, featuring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cottillard.