Friday, 22 September 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 22nd September 2017

Tonight Chris was back in the hot seat for the first time in months. And by 'hot seat', I mean writing this blog post. I don't mean actually presenting the Film Guide, that's very much Simon's job, and we call that the 'damp seat', for reasons known only Simon, Danny, Chris, and that terrified possum. We all know that the person writing the blog post is the most important person in any situation (or so bloggers have been attempting to tell people since the advent of the internet) because they are the one in control of the story. They can bend the narrative of history to their will. So be nice to Chris, or else.

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 Last Picture Show
1.20am – 4.ooam

Cowboys & Aliens
9.00pm – 11.20pm
Channel 4

The Dambusters
3.15pm – 5.55pm

11.25pm – 1.45am

11.40pm – 2.10am

Django Unchained
10.00pm – 1.20am

In a Lonely Place
1.05pm – 2.55pm

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: The Three Musketeers

And the second "Bad Film" to round off this week is 1993's "The Three Musketeers".

In this action film, D'Artagnan travels to Paris hoping to become a musketeer, one of the French king's elite bodyguards, only to discover that the corps has been disbanded by conniving Cardinal Richelieu. Fortunately, Athos, Porthos and Aramis have refused to lay down their weapons and continue to protect their king. D'Artagnan joins with the rogues to expose Richelieu's plot against the crown.

Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Oliver Platt star as the titular characters, with Chris O'Donnell  as D'Artagnan and Tim Curry as the antagonistic Richelieu.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Drivetime Sessions with @Chris_Flegg sponsored by Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

On this weeks Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the Folk and Jazz acoustic singer Chris Flegg! He performed his singles 'Looking In The Mirror' and 'Winners and Losers' and performed a cover of 'The Boxer' originally by Simon & Garfunkel.

For more information on Chris Flegg, including details of his upcoming gigs, you can visit his website at Follow him on Twitter under the name of @chris_flegg.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Chris' Film Club: Lost in Space

Moving on from the two "recent good ones" on this weeks film club, Chris now looks at two "old bad 'uns", the first being "Lost in Space".

This 1998 space adventure sees the space family Robinson on a journey to Alpha Prime in the hopes of establishing a colony, thereby saving humanity from extinction. Their plans are foiled by the evil Dr. Smith (Gary Oldman) and they find themselves curiously enough, lost in space.

William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham and Matt LeBlanc also star.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: Baby Driver

Chris' next choice for a recent good film is "Baby Driver", released this summer!

Directed by Edgar Wright, it stars Ansel Elgort as Baby, a young getaway driver for bank robbers, who wants to just do one last job and leave the life behind, but it ain’t that simple.

Also stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Eiza Gonzalez.

Scott Clarke talks to us about his 100th venue for a park run

Today we talked to local man and running enthusiast Scott Clarke, from the Harpenden Arrows, about what will be his 100th venue for a park run. Park runs are free 5k runs which happen all over the UK, and anyone can participate from the age of 4.  They are also now international, taking place in over 17 countries.  Scott to date has run 159 park runs (that's over 795km!), and has travelled as far as Ireland and Denmark to take part.  However, Ganavan Sands in Oban has been his favourite location to date because of the beautiful scenery.   Outside of park runs Scott once ran 72 miles in one day from Carlisle to Gateshead to raise money for the charity Breakthrough Breastcancer.

He started taking part in park runs in January 2014, as part of a weight loss mission after going away from .  He often runs with his sons, and he says they have been a great part of his journey.  His dog JJ also sometimes runs with him, and has taken part in over 20 park runs.  He often runs to raise money for charity, and once ran 11 park run venues in one day with friends, and raised over £1400 for Alzheimers Research UK. 

Scott will be running his 100th venue for a park run at Heartwood Forest on the 23rd September.  He says: “I am really pleased that I can do my 100th venue so close to home at Heartwood Forest, so that many of my friends from the Harpenden Arrows and my family can join me.”

Park runs start at 9am all over England on Saturdays, and all you need to do to participate is to sign up on the website and receive your free barcode.

Park run website:
Harpenden Arrow's website:

Monday, 18 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: Atomic Blonde

Chris returns to helm the Film Club this week, setting the theme today as "Two Recent Good ‘Uns, Two Old Bad ‘Uns", starting with 2017 release "Atomic Blonde".

This action thriller stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 spy sent to Berlin at the end of the Cold War, to track down a stolen list which contains the identities of thousands of spies.

Directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick, the film also stars James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, and Eddie Marsan.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday September 15th 2017

This week, Simon came in to the Drivetime studio for a lengthy guide on watching 'Flim', the 2014 British Comedy about a Bollywood director who attempts to make it big in Hollywood.

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

11.15pm – 1.40am

The Fast and the Furious
9.00pm – 11.10am

8.10pm – 10.00pm

A Time to Kill
11.05pm – 2.00am

The Equalizer
9.00pm – 11.35pm

The Town
10.35pm – 1.10am

Good Kill
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Marianna, Michael & Hellen From the Quorum Singers

Joining Danny in the studio today were Marianna, Michael & Hellen from local mixed voice choir 'Quorom'. 

The group talked about what it was like to sing in such a welcoming singing group, and the upcoming performance by the Quorum Singers at Christopher Place this saturday the 16th in the afternoon from 1pm.

Their next concert is raising charity for the Borehamwood Food Bank on December 16th, and the singing group is always looking out for opportunities to work with local organisations!

The Singers rehearse weekly and are always looking for new members to join their Wednesday evening meets, come along to their open evening on the 27th of September to see if you'd be interested in becoming a member. 

For further details on these events and if you're interested in getting in contact with the Quorum you can visit their website: or their Facebook Page:

Max's Film Club: Lethal Weapon 2

Rounding off a week of simply the best of '80s Action' is 'Lethal Weapon 2' from 1989.

A year after the events of the first Lethal Weapon, Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Glover) are taken off an extremely sensitive case involving a number of South African criminals due to their diplomatic immunity. Instead being placed on protecting federal witness Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), an assassination attempt causes them to realise the two cases are closely linked.

Note: Basically the best film ever, everyone should watch it.


Drive Time Sessions with Beth Hedges! Sponsored by Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

On this weeks Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the Pop/Folk acoustic singer Beth Hedges! She performed her singles 'Run and Hide' and 'Have The Words' and performed a cover of 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' originally by Whitney Houston.

For more information on Beth Hedges, including details of her upcoming gigs, you can visit her Lemonrock page at She also has a YouTube page which features covers and original content, check her out at

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Max's Film Club: Licence to Kill

Our next 80s Action Film this week is another 1989 release, Timothy Dalton's second James Bond flick 'Licence to Kill'.

After the assault and murder of his newly married friend Felix and his wife, James Bond (Dalton) turns renegade and goes on the run from the British government as he chases drug Lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) to the Caribbean, where he teams up with ex cia pilot Pam Bouvier(Carey Lowell).

Look out for a young Benicio del Toro as one of Sanchez’ henchmen!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Max's Film Club: Tango & Cash

Max's week of '80s Action' on the Film Club continues today with another 1989 release (turns out they all are!) 'Tango & Cash".

Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell star as ace cops and narcotic experts Tango and Cash, who while on the trail of druglord Yves Perret (Jack Palance) find themselves framed for murder and forced into jail. Following an action packed escape sequence, they team up with Cash’s sister Katherine (Teri Hatcher) to clear their records and take the drug empire down.

Nascot Lawn; Let's Talk; Transformation Plans; Wellbeing

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

·         Nascot Lawn
·         Let’s Talk
·         Transformation Plans
·         Wellbeing

1. Nascot Lawn – Healthcare provision is a minefield! Take the case of Nascot Lawn. It is a large Victorian house in Watford that has been converted to provide respite care for children with complex health needs and learning disability. In June our local commissioning group (HVCCG) announced that they were cutting £600K a year of funding to the unit. At present it is due to close at the end of OCT. And here’s why this is stupid – there is a row about whether the provision of respite care should come out of the Health Budget or the Social Care Budget. There is intense scrutiny on this decision. For a full update, see the Healthwatch Press Release
And declare your support for Nascot Lawn on the supporters’ Facebook site.

2. HVCCG - Let's Talk
Our last Health Matters featured the HVCCG plan to ration services around Gluten free prescribing, over the counter medicines, being fit for surgery, IVF/ fertility services and vasectomy. The survey is only open until SEP 14; go here to have your say
There’s been lots of feedback; and a full update in next month’s Health Matters.

3. Transformation Plans
All this focus on saving is a concern – there seem to be minimal plans for what the CCGs will be doing once the turnaround is underway! That means that issues like winter pressures, workforce issues, staff motivation, and service transformation are getting very little attention. For the latest on the transformation plan (known as the “STP”) go to

4. Wellbeing
There’s a new service available for people who are experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties such as anxiety, worry, low mood, depression and stress. They have some excellent coping strategies that you can use.

Go to You can refer yourself!

And finally – support National Air Ambulance Week -

Monday, 11 September 2017

Max's Film Club: Road House

This week, Max is taking charge of the Film Club, and today he sets the theme of the week as '80s Action' with 1989's 'Road House'.

Patrick Swayze plays Dalton, the ultimate bouncer, who has been hired to clean up the Double Deuce, one of the meanest bars in the south. Along the way he finds himself on the wrong side of the de-facto owner of the town.

Sam Elliot also shows up as Wade Garret, Daltons even cooler mentor and friend.

Consumer Advice

This evening we were joined by Elizabeth Crampton from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau for our monthly update on consumer issues.

If you took out any kind of consumer loan, store card, credit card or mortgage in the 1990s or 2000s, you may have been mis-sold PPI.
PPI mis-selling checklist

If your answer is ‘no’ to one or more of the following questions, then you may have been mis-sold PPI.
If the insurance was optional, was that made clear to you?
Did the adviser tell you about any significant exclusions under the policy – for example, the exclusion that says you won’t be covered for any pre-existing medical condition?
If you took out a loan or finance agreement, did the adviser make it clear that you would have to pay for the insurance upfront in one single payment?
If you had to pay for the PPI as a single payment, did the adviser make it clear that the insurance cost would be added to the loan and that you would be paying interest on it?
Single premium PPI insurance normally only lasts for five years. If your loan or finance agreement was for longer than this, did the adviser make it clear that the insurance would run out before you had finished paying for your loan or finance agreement? The adviser should also have told you that you would continue to pay interest on the insurance premium, even after the insurance expired.
If you bought PPI after 14 January 2005, did the adviser try to persuade you to take it out by saying something like: ‘We strongly recommend that you consider taking out PPI?’ If so, the sale counts as an ‘advised’ sale and they should have issued a ‘demands and needs statement’ to show why a particular policy has been recommended, and why it’s suitable for you. If they didn’t, this is grounds for complaint.
You can complain if you think your provider earned a high level of commission from your PPI and this was not made clear to you when you bought it.

Personal Budgets
As Christmas looms on the horizon it is worthwhile planning a budget.
Try to find your most recent:
bank statements
debit and credit card statements or bills
receipts for things you usually pay for in cash

Make sure you include all your expenses, for example money you spend on your partner or family.

For more information on on these items and more go to the web site

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: Meet the Spartans

After a week of '3 good films', today Chris rounds things off with a very, VERY bad one, with 2008's 'Meet the Spartans'.

In this parody of '300' and other films, the heroic Spartan king Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag bunch of 13 Spartan misfit warriors to defend their homeland against thousands of invading Persians whom include the Ghost Rider, Rocky Balboa, the Autobots, and an ugly hunchbacked Paris Hilton.

Note: Chris still hasn't forgiven his brother for making him watch this one in the cinema.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Drivetime Sessions with @SupermoonDuo (Sponsored by @FightingCocksSA)

To kick off the Drivetime's Autumn term, we were joined by the fantastic Supermoon. The acoustic duo are formed by Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson, who beautifully performed their EP tracks 'You'll Never Know' and 'Time Takes Time' and performed a cover of 'I Only Want To Be With You' originally by Dusty Springfield.

For more information on their upcoming gigs and performances, including details of their self titled EP you can visit their Facebook here.

You can listen to the Drivetime Sessions again here, by navigating to Wednesday at 5:30.

Chris' Film Club: Spider-Man: Homecoming

The third 'Good pick' from Chris this week is summer blockbuster by Marvel 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'.

The umpteenth Spider-Man reboot in the past few years, 'Homecoming' is his first solo film to be considered a part of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe', and focuses on both the issues of wanting to be an avenger, while being 15 and in High School.

Tom Holland stars as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, with Micheal Keaton being a fantastic baddy as the Vulture. Robert Downey Jnr, Jon Favreau and Zendaya also star.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: Spectral

Up next on the Film Club, another good film! Today it's 'Spectral' from 2016.

A science-fiction film set in the near future, the film sees the US military involved in a civil war in Moldova, when weird spectral beings start showing up and killing people by touch. A group of soldiers get stuck in the middle of a city, surrounded by these creatures, and must find out how to stop them.

Stars James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini and Bruce Greenwood.

The Living Room- a local addiction charity

Today we talked to three representatives from The Living Room, a Hertfordshire charity which helps people overcome addictions. This charity runs treatment centres in St Albans and Stevenage and provides free addiction treatment to adults with behavioural or substance addictions.  The Living Room is focused on breaking the cycle of addiction and is an abstinent space.  They encourage clients to look at the illness itself, and helps with issues with anything that may be considered addictive, not just substances.

We talked to Rochelle, who works specifically with eating disorders.  She is based in Stevenage and runs the disordered eating group, which meets on a Tuesday.  She said the support clients give each other is one of the most important reasons for group therapy, and makes the clients feel more comfortable when otherwise they might feel isolated.

The Living RoomWe also spoke to "Jo", a former client, who struggled with an eating disorder.  She said she found the living room via friends online and on the first morning was admitted to a group session straight after a consultation.  She said the atmosphere was one of acceptance and the treatment was open ended, and most importantly free.

The Living Room will be holding an open day on the 14th September from 1:30 to 4:30.  Anyone can drop in and talk to former clients about
Useful links:
The Living Room's website
the back of 156 Hatfield Road, St Albans

Monday, 4 September 2017

Chris' Film Club: Coherence

This week. Chris mixes things up again with a selection. 4 Films, '3 good, 1 bad'.

First, one of the good films, is 'Coherence', written and directed by James Ward Byrkit. Shot over 5 nights at his house, this thriller sees a group of friends at a dinner party thrown into chaos after a blackout, and weird things start happening in their street.

Largely improvisational and with a mostly unknown cast, it was made for just £50,000.

Being Mrs C


Penny Carr joined us tonight for more money saving tips.
How to save money when having a baby
Second hand is the way to go there are many local Mums Groups on social media or use Freecycle where you can obtain many items free, also sign up for loyalty schemes with major supermarkets where many children's items are offered.

Phone Apps
You can use the app Stocard to store all your loyalty card details in one place, then you simply swipe your phone at the check out.

More information on these subjects and many more money saving tips can be found at the web site


Sunday, 20 August 2017

The Best of Hot Topics Part 3 - featuring @KieranCZ

Hi Drivetimers

Here is our final "Best Of..." compilation, this time featuring Kieran Zielinski covering for Ian Rogers in July.

Your favourite Drivetime show (hopefully!) will be back on air on Monday 4th September from 4pm - we hope to see you then.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Best Of Hot Topics Part 2 - featuring @AEMCKAY & @CHARLOTTEWIBREW

Hi Drivetimers

Welcome to the second of our Best Of... series, this time featuring Drivetime's Charlotte Wibrew and Alex McKay, covering Hot Topics whilst Ian Rogers was "unavailable".

Watch out for another podcast next week, ahead of our triumphant return in September.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Best Of Hot Topics Part 1 - featuring @SMRolfe & @AEMcKay

Hi Drivetimers

Whist we are on our summer holidays, we thought we'd give you some highlights in a podcast, to help you while away the hours until our triumphant return in September.

In May, Ian Rogers was indisposed for a week (don't ask!) so Space Doctor Sam Rolfe & Radio Verulam's Casanova Alex McKay kindly stepped into the breach.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Drivetime Drama... the results!

Over the past 4 days West Herts Drivetime have been running a competitive radio drama feature where five up and coming playwrights have been pitted against each other.  Each playwright had one part of their 4 scene play, written around the theme 'the Switch', performed each day, with one playwright being knocked out each time.
On Monday, the first scenes were performed, with Belinda Canham's play being knocked out. On Tuesday, three playwrights remained.  The second scenes of the plays were performed, and Ned Ray was knocked out. Wednesday saw the departure of Suzy Cripps, and on Thursday only Rosemary Foster and Matilda Tempest remained in the competition, when they battled for the title of winner.  In the end it was a very tightly contested competition, but Rosemary Foster emerged as the winner.

Friday, 21 July 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 21st July 2017

hello and welcom to SIMON'S LOVE ISLAND BLOG and this weak on the island that good lookin man got with that good lookin woman again and they did naughty stuff tehehehehehehehehe and then there was that other good lookin one (not that one) who was with that other good lookin one and they then did some naughty stuff teheheheheheheheheh and then there was that one who didnt get with nobody and so just sunbathed it was a good episode.

Ok, I don't know what that was, 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.

10.15pm – 1.05am

4.20pm – 6.15pm

Legally Blonde
3.45pm – 5.35pm

The Day after Tomorrow
8.00pm – 10.25pm

The Hangover
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
7.45pm – 10.00pm

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Chris' Film Club: Zombi 2

And to wrap up a Film Club week of 'Schlocky but fun', today Chris looks at 1979 Italian zombie movie 'Zombi 2'.

Released as a sequel to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (which was called Zombi in Italy) it was considered a ‘video nasty’ at it’s release in the UK. It also features a scene where a zombie fights a shark. What’s not to love?

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bake It Easy with @heavensacupcake Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

Lucy Clark and Hannah Coone joined us in the studio this week to talk all things baking! They even brought us some chocolate chip cookies and macarons.

This week Hannah talked us through oatmeal raisin cookies! Here's how to make them

Start with creaming (or thoroughly mixing) 310g butter, 280g light brown sugar and 140g caster sugar. Then mix in 2 eggs, followed by 290g plain flour, 2tbs cinnamon, 3tsp bicarbonate, 2tsp salt. After these are bound together, add the most important ingredients - 310g oats and 310g raisins. Give it a final mix!

Cook them in the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees (gas mark 4). After they come out, leave the cookies to set for a few minutes as they will seem really soft at first!

Not following any of these tips will result in a confused cookie, and as Hannah says, there is "nothing worse in life than a confused cookie".

If you want to hear the recipe first hand, head on over to and navigate to 5:30pm.

Drive Time Sessions with @Hidden_Jules_ sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

On this weeks Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the acoustic duo Hidden Jules. They performed their singles 'Can You Return' and 'Thorn Inside You' and performed a cover of 'Put Your Lights On' originally by Santana.

For more information on Hidden Jules, including details of their album "Spirits In My Wine" which is available now, you can visit their Facebook for more information about upcoming gigs.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Chris' Film Club: Bad Taste

Schlocky Films continue to be the focus of the Film Club this week, with Chris looking at 'Bad Taste' today.

This 1987 Science Fiction/ Horror/ Splatter Comedy sees aliens invade the fictional New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise. They find themselves having to face off against a four-man paramilitary force, of which at least one member appears to have gone insane.

Best known for being Peter Jackson's foothold into the film industry.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Chris' Film Club: They Live

Continuing to look at films Chris deems 'Schlocky but enjoyable', today on the Film Club we look at 'They Live'.

This 1988 John Carpenter film is about a drifter who discovers an alien presence across the world, controlling the populations thoughts and impulses through the use of subliminal messaging.

Stars Roddy Piper, Keith David and Meg Foster.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Chris' Film Club: Black Sheep

This week on the Film Club Chris looks at 'Schlocky Films'. Fun but trashy!

Up first is 'Black Sheep', the 2006 New Zealand horror-comedy. A sheep farm crossed with a secret genetic laboratory succeeds in an experiment to turn sheep from docile herbivores to wild carnivores, whose bite can turn people into weird human-sheep hybrids.

Fun, gory and with great effects from the Weta Workshop.

David Widdowson from the Ovo Theatre Company was our guest tonight providing an update on local events that are part of the fringe festival.
The Birds - at the Roman Theatre Verulamium Monday & Tuesday 17th/18th July
A Midsummer Nights Dream at the same venue from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd July at
At the Alban Arena tonight[Monday] and Tuesday a puppet version of a Midsummer Nights Dream
further details can be found at

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 14th July 2017

hey hey hey everyone i has sum reallllly exciting news to tells you all i got an email the other day on my computer and it was from a prince from an african country telling me that they need sum one to help them get sum money out of teh country but 1st they neded mee to send them some money 1st but then they wuld pay me more money than i sended them so i did and so soon i will be soooooooo rich richer than the queen and bill gates and gordon ramsey the money shuld arrive soon which is gud becoz my new russian gf natalya (gal gadot is sooooo not my gf anymore becoz i fought i cud do better) shuld be arrivin soon too becuz she sent me an email to and i sent her some money so that she culd come over and stay wiv me. everythings coming up SIMON.

Ok, I don't know what that was, 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.

Django Unchained
10.00am – 1.20am

9.45pm – 12.30am

Machete Kills
11.10pm – 1.20am

Mamma Mia
8.00pm – 10.10pm

The Iceman
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Snow White and the Huntsman
7.35pm – 10.00pm

The Jewel of the Nile
7.55pm – 10.00pm

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Drivetime's very own @floodette is appearing in @CityAcademyUK's production of Legally Blonde - The Musical

Florence Cook, a member of the West Herts Drivetime team, will be performing in a production of Legally Blonde - The Musical at the Polish Theatre in Hammersmith, London, this weekend.

She is part of the 'Monday Company' performing on Friday and Sunday evening as well as Saturday matinee.

Legally Blonde - The Musical, based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, tells the story of Elle Woods' journey to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend and things don't quite go according to plan.

For more information and tickets click here.

Chris' Film Club: Raw

Finishing up a week of 'Damn Good Films', Sam (our resident Science Consultant) has to jump in to save Chris, who thought it was smart to recommend a Film he hasn't even seen! Fortunately, Sam has plenty to say about French Horror/Drama 'Raw'.

When a lifelong vegetarian arrives at a Veterinary school to continue her education, she forces herself to eat meat as part of a hazing initiation to fit in. She soon experiences dramatic consequences to this, learning a lot about her true self.

Dawn and Abbey from the Breakaway Theatre Company @BreakawayAmDram join us to discuss their new production, The Merry Wives of Windsor

This afternoon we were joined by Dawn and Abbey from the Breakaway Theatre Company to tell us about their new production of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The popular comedy is on at the Inn on the Park in Verulanium Park from 20th-22nd and 27th-29th July 2017.

For more information and to book tickets click here.

Missed the show? Catch up online at and navigate to Thursday at 5:30pm.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Drive Time Sessions with @TomCraven!

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local singer and songwriter Tom Craven. He performed his singles 'Atlantic Bells' and 'Matinee Epitaph' and performed a cover of 'Stitches' originally by Shawn Mendes.

For more information on Tom Craven, you can visit his website for more information about upcoming gigs and EPs.

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Chris' Film Club: We Have a Pope

Chris continues to bombard us with a variety of good film recommendations this week, with today's choice being Italian drama/comedy 'We Have a Pope' from 2011.

This film looks at the death of a previous Pope, and the struggles of a Cardinal who has been elected to replace him, against his will. With only a psychoanalyst to prepare him for his new position, how will the new Pope handle things?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Chris' Film Club: John Wick: Chapter 2

Chris races through a week of 'Damn Good Films' with his next choice of blood pumping action-thriller 'John Wick: Chapter 2'.

Keanu Reeves' retired super-assassin 'John Wick' plans to resume a quiet civilian life after the events of the first film, but Italian gangster Santino D'Antonio shows up on his doorstep with a gold marker, compelling him to repay past favors. Ordered by Winston, kingpin of secret assassin society The Continental, to respect the organization's ancient code, Wick reluctantly accepts the assignment to travel to Rome to take out D'Antonio's sister, the ruthless capo atop the Italian Camorra crime syndicate.

Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Lawrence Fishburne are just some of the stars appearing alongside Reeves.

Health Matters - How Will NHS Cuts Affect You?

One issue in tonight’s DriveTime – NHS Cost Cutting! Dr Richard Pile, a GP Partner at Parkbury House Surgery in St Albans (and also a Commissioning Group Board Member) gave us the answers on DriveTime this evening.

1.     Background
Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (“HVCCG”) is responsible for healthcare provision in our area, and they need to cut costs! They must make £45m in savings APR 2017 – and that’s over 5% of the annual budget! Money was tight in the last Financial Year (16/17); around £10m in savings. That puts the £45m into context!

2.     What is being done?
These proposals are about:
* Tightening up existing rules so that people who smoke or whose weight is classified as ‘obese’ are required to make bigger improvements to their health before non-urgent surgery – unless a longer wait for surgery would be harmful 
* Limiting routine prescription of medicines and products that can be bought without prescription for short-term conditions and minor ailments
* Restricting the prescribing of gluten-free foods
* Stopping the routine funding of female sterilisation procedures
* Stopping the routine funding of vasectomies
* Restricting the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and specialist fertility services, other than in exceptional circumstances
The NHS wants your opinion on these changes – go to
3. What will the impact on Patients be?
These proposals seek to introduce changes that will have a minimal impact on the patient experience; although the £45m is a huge saving to have to make it is hoped that patients will barely notice any impact!

4.  What about Hospitals?
The HVCCG board finally approved the strategic outline case produced by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) which proposes the redevelopment of existing hospital sites at Watford General Hospital and St Albans City Hospital with as much new-build as possible.

5. Have Your Say
There are a number of upcoming events you may like to attend
There are a number of upcoming events you may like to attend
·         Wednesday 19 July, 11am to 1pm - Drop-by session, St Albans Hospital
·         Saturday 22 July, 9am to 12 noon - Drop-by session, St Albans market
·         Monday 24 July, 7 to 9pm - Public meeting, Stanborough Centre, St Albans Road, Watford
·         Monday 31 July, 7 to 9pm - Public meeting, Rothamsted Centre, Harpenden

The consultation period ends in late SEP and we’ve invited Dr Pile to come back on Health Matters in OCT to tell us what they learned!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Chris' Film Club: I am Not Your Negro

Chris brings us back from the depths of the 'film dump' this week, instead choosing a selection of 'Just Damn Good Films' to look at over the next few days.

To begin, this week we look at 'I am Not Your Negro'. In 1979, American Novelist James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript.

Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.


Advice on funeral costs, unwanted charity communication and deferred payment schemes with @CAStAlbans

Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau was in the studio today, and talked about funeral care, charity communication opt-outs and deferred payment schemes.

On the topic of charities, Elizabeth explained how it's now possible to stop unwanted
letters and calls from charities, which some people receive in unacceptably large numbers. By going to and filling in your details, or doing it on someone else’s behalf, you can block communications from up to 3 charities at a time.The following number can also be used: 0300 3033 517. The charity has 28 days to process the request. It's worth remembering that you can opt out of communications and still give money to the charity!

Deferred payment schemes were the subject Elizabeth’s second topic. It is important to remember that these are credit agreements which have charges if you miss the payment deadlines - often in the small print, and which can be combined with interest fees of up to 60%. Being careful around these deals is important, if only about their repayment deadlines. Remember that you won't necessarily get a reminder when it's time to pay!

‘Sadly we all have to die at some point’, and funerals can often be expensive. Some people take out funeral plans, even though they are often not registered by financial service authorities or covered by ombudsman claims. There are two types of funeral plan- guaranteed plans, which cover most or all of the funeral costs; and contribution plans, which often cover funeral directors, but not other costs - such as cremation fees. Make sure to look at exactly what is covered by these plans, and remember that there are other ways to make plans for funeral costs. Generally, if anyone has concerns about funeral costs, it worth taking some advice from the citizens advice bureau: head on over to

Elizabeth will be back in September! If you missed the programme, head on over to and navigate to Monday from 5:30pm.

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 7th July 2017

ok, so kris wasnt in last weeke becoz he was off somewhere else being a stupid bum bum face so i didnt really feel like righting a blog post for the film guide becoz i has like nuffin to prove to anyone but now that hes back i definitely have summint to prove to peeps. i was in the studio today wiv my new girlfriend gal gadot aka SUPERMAN BATMAN WONDER GIRL WOMAN (she is totes my new gf and i can prove it i totes have pictures and youve got nothing to say that she aint my gf youre so stoopid) gal is sooooo grate and she finks im well funny and laffs at all my jokes shes better than my last gf scarlett johansen aka CAPTAIN AMERICA IRON MAN BLACK WIDOW yep thems two are my gfs i had to let scarlett go because she loved me too much and said that i was just too good lookin for her, can you believe that? OF COURSE YOU CAN BECOZ ITS THE TRUTH.

Ok, I don't know what that was, 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.

Begin Again
11.10pm – 12.50am

2001: A Space Odyssey
11.15pm – 1.30am

The Great Caruso
1.15pm – 3.30pm

A League of Their Own
7.30pm – 10.00pm

X-Men: Days of Future Past
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Ever After: A Cinderella Story
7.40pm – 10.00pm

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
7.35pm – 10.00pm

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: Super Size Me

Last on this week of 'Food for thought' is 'Super Size me', the documentary covering a man's social experiment, which consisted of eating only McDonalds food.

Director Morgan Spurlock's experiment saw him eat only McDonalds for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected -- and terrifying -- side effects. At the same time, he also examines the corporate giant's growing role in the lives of American consumers, and its methods of indoctrinating young people while contributing to America's obesity epidemic.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Drivetime Sessions as sponsored by @FightingCocksSA with @Abbie_Gathard

Abbie Gathard joined us on this week's Drivetime Sessions! We asked her to perform one cover as well as two original songs; she played a beautiful rendition of 'Hopelessly Devoted To You', originally by Olivia Newton-John, along with her own 'Coming Back' and 'I Waited All This Time'.

To find out more about Abbie as well as her upcoming performances and music, then head over to her Twitter and Facebook pages.

If you missed the show and want to hear Abbie live, visit

Charlotte's Film Club: The Founder

Our week of 'Food for Thought' continues today, as Charlotte picks 'The Founder', a biographical on the well known McDonalds food chain's foundation, to enter the Film Club hall of fame.

The film retells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), the owners of a burger operation in 1950s Southern California, and saw franchise potential in their speedy business. Kroc soon moves himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers, and create a multi-billion dollar empire.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Local Literary Feature with Marie Kemplay and @revpeterlaws

Today Marie talked to the author Peter Laws about his new crime-horror book 'Unleashed'.  This book is the sequel to the acclaimed first book of the series 'Purged'.  In this book we reenter the world of  University Professor Matt Hunter, ex-vicar turned atheist who helps the police investigate religiously motivated crimes.  This book will be released on 20th July.

Peter Laws' links:
Peter's Website
twitter: @revpeterlaws

Coming up in the Local Literary World:

The Summer Reading Challenge 2017- this challenge will be launched on Saturday 15th July in Hertfordshire Libraries.  This year's challenge is themed around 'Animal Agents' and challenges children to read 6 books and talk about them.

"The Summer of Impossible Things" book launch- on 13th July at 7pm, join local author Rowan Coleman at the launch of her new book.  There will be a talk about the book and a free glass of fizz; it's free, but you do need to book in advance at Harpenden Books.

Julia Woolf at Welwyn Garden City Waterstones- join author Julia Woolf for a free event on the 23rd July at 2pm, where she will be reading her new book 'Lazy Cat'.

Berko Speakeasy- The Berko Speakeasy will be holding a stylish, theatrical evening on the 18th October at 7pm in celebration of the short story.  Listen to live readings by Speakeasy actors and enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Jane Austen's London- Go to Hitchin Library on the 19th July at 2:30 and enjoy an illustrated talk on Regency London and the places Jane Austen visited with period expert Louise Allen. This event costs £7 but concessions are £5.

Charlotte's Film Club: Chef

Charlotte returns to helm the Film Club this week, making things flavoursome with the theme of 'Food for thought'. Up next is 'Chef' from 2014.

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his position at a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant, and as he tries to figure out what his next step in life should be, he finds himself in Miami. Carl joins forces with his ex-wife (Sofía Vergara), best friend (John Leguizamo) and son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food-truck business, and the venture provides a chance to reignite his passion for cooking -- as well as his zest for life and love.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Charlotte's Film Club: Burnt

Charlotte is back to head the Film Club this week once more. This week we look at Films with great food for thought. Today's pick is 'Burnt' from 2015.

This comedy stars Bradley Cooper as a once great chef, who's career fell apart after his rough and diva-like behaviour. Given a second chance by a former colleague, the chef finds himself working in a prestigious London restaurant, where he works hard to earn the third Michelin star he has always wanted.

Daniel Brühl, Sienna Miller and Omar Sy also star.


Friday, 30 June 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 30th June 2017

Chris is on holidays this week, sorry for the lack of comedy service for the blog post this time round. Normal service will resume next time.

Simon was in the studio to talk (proof! ^^) about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Dr No
9.00pm – 11.15pm

Marvel Avengers Assemble
10.00pm – 12.25am

11.20pm – 1.10am

Monsters: Dark Continent
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story
11.20pm – 1.15am

The Imitation Game
9.00pm – 11.15pm

9.00pm – 10.30pm

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Chris' Film Dump: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The last Big Budget mess on this week's Film Dump is 'Transformers: Age of Extinction', the almost 3 hour long 4th installment of a series that consists of explosions, gratuitous shots of female characters, and crude racial stereotypes.

Mark Wahlberg is Cade Yeager, a struggling inventor who finds the damaged body of Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, and brings him back to health. Then stuff happens and I don’t know how it ends because I stopped watching.-Chris

Cost $210m and made over $1.1b at the box office, proving humanity is doomed.

Annie Lawrence (@annielawrencee) joins us to discuss her amazing project, Code the Globe

This afternoon on Radio Verulam we were joined by local student, Annie Lawrence, as she discussed her project, Code the Globe, an organisation that aims to spread modern technology to children in developing countries.

Annie, a former studio assistant at Radio Verulam and Computer Science student, hopes to improve the lives of children across the world using technology that we take for granted in this country. Her organisation also wants to encourage more girls to study and enjoy STEM subjects (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), which are typically associated with boys.

To find out more about Code the Globe head to or you can follow Annie on twitter @annielawrencee.

Missed the show? Catch up online at and navigate to Thursday at 5:30pm.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Chris' Film Dump: Catwoman

Chris condemns another superhero flick to the 'Film Dump' in his week of big budget calamities, with today's choice being 'Catwoman' from 2004.

A shy fashion designer discovers the revolutionary anti-ageing product her company is releasing hides a dark secret, and when she gets in too deep finds herself developing a life changing set of powers.

Made for $100m, this dreadful film made back only $82m and won Halle Berry a Razzie Award, which she collected in person.

Chris and Danny made the smart choice to discuss the Marvel/DC film series as a whole instead, in this podcast-exclusive episode,

The Drivetime Sessions with James Carol

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by James Carol, author and musician. He performed his own single 'Raining in Hollywood' and 'The Dark before the Dawn' and covered the Beatles' 'Come Together'.

For more information about James Carol, including details about his books, visit  His twitter handle is @JamesCarolBooks

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again then visit and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Chris' Film Dump: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Our Film Dump week of 'Big Budget Calamities' continues today with last years 'Batman v. Superman'. Yay.

This joyless and great big muddled mess of stupid plot points and ridiculous character decisions is about, you guessed it, Batman and Superman deciding to fight each other. Spoilers, the two make-up and decide to work together because their mothers have the same name!

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg star in this $300million gloom-fest.

Interior Design Feature with @ga_interiors- Fabulous Flooring

Today we talked with Gwendoline Alderton, our interior design correspondent about flooring.  Yes- today it was all about getting laid! 

With the weather being very hot recently, many pets have been overheating on unsuitable floors.  Dogs in particular have been overheating on ceramic floors, which are easily heated by sunlight through windows.  To combat this issue cooling mats and cooling pads for pets are available. Small children can also find these types of floor hot if they are crawling on them often. In addition, carpets tend to attract pet hair and will need to be vacuumed regularly.  

People with dust allergies might also want to avoid carpets because these attract dust, and might instead want to consider wooden flooring.  People with disabilities might need level flooring if they have a wheeled mobility device.  Thick carpets would not be useful because it would be hard for the wheelchair/mobility scooter to work on these.  

Another thing to think about is that in rooms with a higher traffic, you may need a harder wearing type of floor.  For example, in the lounge you may want to opt for a longer-wearng crpet but in the bedroom, where thereis less traffic, you may want to have a shagpile carpet. 

Gwendoline's Links:
Twitter: @GA_interiors
Gwendoline's website :