Friday, 25 May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 25th May 2018

25th May 2018

Simon talks films with Danny and has picked some movies on free-for-air TV for your entertainment!

The King’s Speech (2010)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies

Paranorman (2012)
2.45pm – 4.35pm

Far from the madding crowd (1967)
3.30pm – 6.45pm
True Entertainment

Sing Street (2015)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

Born Free (1966)
9.00pm – 11.05pm
True Movies

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Fair Wind to Java (1953)
1.05pm – 2.55pm

By Way Of Murder at @PHTCWatford with Leonie and Mark

Leonie and Mark came to talk to Danny about the show that is coming to the Pump House Theatre in Watford 11th to 16th June.

Watch this "who-dun-it" comedy thiller in which "Lady Sarah's stately home of Baxford Hall is the setting for this tale of murder, kidnap and deceit. Film producer Jack Summers and his actress wife Janie, have taken refuge at the Hall to escape death threats that Jack has been receiving."

Leonie talked about how they had to teach a younger member of the company how to use a rotary dial phone...! as this show is set in the 1970s. And Mark discussed his process on writing and bringing this play to the stage after many years in the works.

More details at:

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Zodiac

This week the Film Club concludes with 'Zodiac', the 2007 crime thriller.

Directed by David Fincher, the films tells the story of the real-life story of the hunt for the Zodiac, a killer who left America haunted with his cryptic and mysterious threats.

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


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Apocalypto

Today's Film pick from Charlotte is 'Apocalypto' from 2006.

Mel Gibson directs this film set during the ages of the Mayan kingdom. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), a peaceful hunter in a remote tribe, is captured along with his entire village in a raid. He is scheduled for a ritual sacrifice until he makes a daring escape, and tries to make it back to his pregnant wife and son.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jarhead

Charlotte's next film this week is 2005 biography with Jake Gyllenhaal 'Jarhead'.

Set in the late 1980s, Anthony Swofford enlists as a Marine, training in boot camp under a sadistic drill instructor. During this time Swofford undertakes a sniper course, shortly before the advent of the Gulf war. When the United States becomes involved, Swofford is shipped out, facing uncertainty each day -- about the war and home -- the soldier tries to maintain composure.


Interior Design Feature with Gwendoline Alderton @ga_interiors

This week we chatted to interior design correspondent Gwendoline Alderton about the latest trends in interior design.  Trends are important in interior design because they dictate what products you fill find on the high street, and will make you feel more energetic and inspired inside your home.

 One trending colour at the moment is 'inky blue', and it's gained popularity as a mysterious paint colour. However, inky blue can sometimes feel a bit intense and gloomy, so Gwendoline suggests an inky blue feature wall and 3 walls of other colours, or lighter coloured furnishings to lighten the atmosphere of the room.   Alternatively, you could also use an acidic colour like fuschia or zesty green which will pop out amongst the dark blue.  This will also help to give the room energy and life.

The 'industrial' look has also been gaining popularity recently.  This look incorporates harsh and worn elements, for a 'used' look.   One phrase associated with this look is 'shabby-chic'.  This look is usually used in kitchens, or with wall lights in offices.  Interesting lights are also a good way to spice up your interiors.  Glass lights which diffract the light and throw light into the room are very popular, and are a way of making the room you are decorating feel more exciting.  Spider lights are also a trendy look

Gwendoline's website
Gwendoline's Instagram: @gorgeousgwendoline

Monday, 21 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Notebook

It's a new week for the Film Club, and Charlotte is following last weeks 2000-2003 films by spending this week celebrating 2004-2007!

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams both star in this romance-drama in which a mill-worker and a rich girl fall in love, but her parents don't approve. When he goes away to fight in the second World War, she ends up with another man, but they soon discover their romance is far from over.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 18th May 2018

Simon was excited for a birthday party later tonight, so he talked about films with the same amount of enthusiasm as normal.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
10.00pm – 12.20am

The Damned United (2009)
10.35pm – 12.05am

The Heat (2013)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Spy (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Pulp Fiction (1994)
9.00pm – 12.00am

Payback (1998)
10.00pm – 12.10am

The Martian (2015)
9.00pm – 11.45m

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Bruce Almighty

Charlotte finishes a week of the best of 2000-2003 with 'Bruce Almighty'.

This 2003 comedy stars Jim Carrey as the titular Bruce Nolan, a Newsroom personality who blames God when he loses out on his dream anchorman position. Soon after, God (Morgan Freeman) actually contacts Bruce and offers him all of his powers if he thinks he can do a better job. Bruce accepts and goes on a spree, using his new-found abilities for selfish, personal use until he realizes that the prayers of the world are going unanswered.

Jennifer Anniston and Steve Carrell also star.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: 28 Days Later

Today's Film Club looks at British post-apocalyptic thriller '28 Days Later' from 2002.

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, it stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston


Drivetime Sessions with @ThePapersnakes sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Our guests on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were local band and regular guests; The Papersnakes. As always we asked the Papersnakes to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which they performed were "Beast In the East", and "Going Around In My Head" and their cover was of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song".

You can find there twitter here: @ThePapersnakes
and their SoundCloud here:

We broadcast this performance on Facebook Live, and you can watch it back at

If you'd like to listen back, you can visit, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Donnie Darko

Charlotte's Film Club continues with the focus of early 2000s cinema with the 2001 cult classic 'Donnie Darko'.

After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Jenny Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Drew Barrymore also star.

Health Matters; Extended Access; Breast Screening; Mental Health Week; NHS Changes

Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime 
  •          GP Extended Access
  •          Breast Screening Problems
  •          Mental Health Week
  •          NHS changes next year
  •          NHS at 70

1. GP Extended Access
Let’s clarify – GP “Extended Hours” refers to early and late opening as well as some Saturdays; this has been generally available for some time. But now there’s also Extended Access as well. This program is being run by our local GPs who have formed a “Federation” to provide the service

If you’re registered at a local practice, you could be offered pre-bookable appointments outside the Surgery’s normal hours – either in the evenings or at weekends – at any practice that is acting as a HUB for local patients from other surgeries. NB the plan is to introduce early mornings soon. The current timings are shown below:

18.30 – 20.00
09.00 – 13.00 & 15.00 – 19.00
09.00 – 13.00

They are 15 minute appointments and your GP will be able to access your full medical record. They are intended for most appointments apart from repeat prescriptions or fit (formerly known as sick) notes.

You can book into these appointments through reception at your practice; there is supposed to be a mobile number (I couldn’t find it!) and soon 111 or an Out-Of-Hours organisation will be able to make bookings. Our choice of evening and weekend appointments should be on an equal footing to normal hours appointments. For further information check your Practice web site; for example, for Maltings Patients go to

To see the general standards for this service go to

2. Breast Screening Problems
Were you one of the roughly 800 people locally who missed an appointment? Due to a technical issue women between 68 and 71 may not have received their final invitation. If you’re not sure, check here – and remember, if you’re over 71 and still want a check you can get one. See

3. Mental Health Week
Did you know this week is Mental Health Week? One of the issues they’re focusing on for this week is stress at work.  The three typical causes of stress at work are:-
  •         Having problems with your workload;
  •         A poor work-life balance; and
  •         A lack of support.

There are lots of suggestions here

And, to find out just how stressed you are take this simple test – I did it, and I scored 6 out of 40; but you’ll have to go to the web site to see what that means!

4. NHS Changes Next Year
The plan is for some big changes in the way in which the NHS operates locally; at the moment we come under the West Herts area but from APR next year we’ll be working closer with two other areas – the remainder of Hertfordshire and West Essex.  But the biggest change will be in the way in which they work – more openly and collaboratively with a much tighter integration of health and social care. That’s the plan, anyway; as ever the devil is in the detail and one of the biggest problems is that there is no legal basis for this way of working. The way in which the NHS operates is defined by the Health & Social Care Act 2012, and the changes in the new integrated care partnership aren’t covered by Law. With BREXIT going on there’s no time for legislation so it could be very problematical. For all the details go to the St Albans & Harpenden Patient Group meeting at the Civic Centre on THU May 24. For details go to

5. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next month

As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 370 miles today, but I’m still a bit short!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: What Women Want

Another Film Club kicks off today, and Charlotte wants to look at releases between 2000 and 2003. Up first is 'What Women Want' from 2000.

Mel Gibson stars as an advertising executive who acquires the ability to hear anything women are thinking. Seeing an opportunity, he attempts to use this power to bring about the fall of his female boss, but the more he finds out about her, the more he finds himself falling in love!

Nancy Meyers directs, and Helen Hunt also stars.


Consumer Advice

Tonight on Drivetime our monthly update on consumer issues from Elizabeth Crampton from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged over 16. It doesn't matter what your gender or sexuality is.

It includes the following types of abuse:
emotional abuse.

Anyone can experience domestic violence - it doesn't matter whether you're a man or woman.

Tenancy Fees
Changes to tenant fees and deposits have featured prominently in the news for the last year.

Now, landlords and agents are preparing for the introduction of the tenant fees ban. So what does the ban include, and what do landlords need to know?The government has pledged to introduce new rules making it illegal to charge tenants for things like references or inventories. The Tenant Fees Bill will also introduce limits on how much deposit landlords can take, as well as a series of new fines for breaking the rules.
There are plenty of ways to slash the cost of your home insurance, from comparing quotes to installing security measures. Remember to shop around at renewal too, as loyalty rarely pays. Here are our top tips:

Money saving tips on Household Insurance

Combine buildings and contents cover: Consider taking out both with the same insurance company, as you can often negotiate a cheaper price. It’s worth comparing the price of getting your buildings and contents cover separately too, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Cut out the frills: Check what extras you’re paying for, and whether you need them. You could reduce the cost by going for a basic policy and cutting out, for example, accidental damage cover. This can save as much as 20% on the cost of your insurance.

Pay annually: While spreading your payments over monthly instalments may seem more manageable, it’s almost always more expensive because you’ll be charged an additional admin fee.

Increase your excess: One of the most common ways to slash your cost is to increase the voluntary excess. This is the amount you must pay in the event of a claim, and it can range from about £50 to hundreds of pounds. The higher the excess, the lower your premium. 

more information on all these items can be found at the web site

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Drivetime Sessions w/ @Hidden_Jules_ sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

In the studio today we were graced with the presence of Jules and John from Hidden Jules! As per usual, we asked them to perform two original songs along with one cover. Their original songs were 'When I Feel Like Giving Up' and 'Give & Take', they then performed 'Come Together' originally by The Beatles

What made this Drivetime Session particularly special was that it is their last! We wish them well as they make the move down to Devon :)

You can find their Facebook page here:
You can listen to their performance again here:

Friday, 4 May 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 4th May 2018

On the 8th Birthday of the West Herts Drivetime show, Simon presented his choice of free-to-air movies with his usual enthusiastic gusto!

The 6th Day (2000)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Casablanca (1942)
3.00pm – 5.00pm

Megamind (2010)
2.30pm – 4.25pm
Channel 4

Notting Hill (1999)
10.20pm – 12.30am

Killing them softly (2012)
11.25pm – 1.15am

28 Weeks Later (2007)
9.00pm – 11.00pm

Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
11.15pm – 1.20am

On Golden Pond on at @AbbeyTheatreStA 11th to 19th May 2018

On Golden Pond is on at the Abbey Theatre next week.

Mel, Tim and Kevin from the Company of Ten came into the studio to talk about the show, set in Maine, USA.

"Norman, an irascible eighty-year-old, and his wife Ethel have spent summers at their lake house for nearly fifty years. But when Ethel offers to look after the teenage son of their daughter’s fiancé, the elderly couple find their idyll both challenged and enriched."

Shows are on: 

FRI 11 - SAT 12 MAY 2018 8PM
SUN 13 MAY 2.30PM
TUE 15 - SAT 19 MAY 2018 8PM

Book tickets and find more information at: On Golden Pond at the Abbey Theatre

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Fast & Furious

Our final Car Film this week is the fourth entry of the 'Fast & Furious' franchise.

Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor cross paths once again in this new entry to the franchise, which sees the two put aside their rivalries temporarily to investigate the death of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), one of Torreto's old gang members.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Mad Max

More 'Car Films' this week, with today being all about the apocalyptic classic 'Mad Max'.

In a future in which oil has become a limited resource, the world has degenerated from war and a huge rise in crime. Mel Gibson stars as Max, an officer of the Main Force Patrol, a group trying desperately to keep the peace. When his wife and child are hunted down by a gang of raiders, Max is driven on a vendetta that will see him cross the line however.


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Drive

Charlotte's next Car related pick for the Film Club is 'Drive', the crime thriller from 2011.

Ryan Gosling is the mysterious Driver, a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Despite hosting a cold exterior, Driver finds himself warming to his neighbour (Carey Mulligan) and her son while not at work. However, when her husband gets free from prison and enlists Driver's help for a heist, the two will will be thrown into real danger.

Bryan Cranston, Oscar Issacs, and Ron Perlman also star.


Monday, 30 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Speed

It's time for a speedy, pulse-pounding Film Club this week, as Charlotte looks at Films featuring cars. Starting off the week is 'Speed' from 1994.

Keanu Reeves stars as a cop who must save a bus full of passengers when a bomb is planted on the vehicle that will cause it to explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of a spunky passenger played by Sandra Bullock, will a way be found to stop the bus safely?

Along with Reeves and Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels star.

Friday, 27 April 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 27th April 2018

Simon's picks for the week from 27th April 2018

Project Almanac (2014)
9.00pm – 11.10pm

10.05pm – 12.15am (1987)

9.00pm – 11.25pm (2015)

Taxi Driver
1.30am – 3.50am (1976)

The Fugitive
9.00pm – 11.40pm (1993)

Drowning by Numbers (1988)
1.30am – 3.55am

Man In The Saddle
2.45pm – 4.30pm (1951)

Interview with @sustweek18 @rv_environment @greenishmumsta about Sustainable Week and the Know How Festival

We are in the final days of the very successful Sustainable St Albans Week running 21st to 29th April, but there is still time to get involved.

Catherine and Amanda were here to talk about how the week has gone, with around 140 groups involved to bring the programme to the public.

There are 16 events to still run over the course of the weekend if you would like to get involved.
Including a repair and upcycling fair, walks and cycle rides, and the Know How Festival.

The Know How Festival is on Sunday with lots of activities on how to keep living sustainably even after this week has finished.

It is free, you can drop in any time throughout the day from 10 am to 4 pm - learn practicals skills on things like grow-your-own, reducing plastic and food waste, displays of electric cars, and information stalls and displays. Free activities for children and local food, cakes and music! And results of the Living St Albans photo competition.

For more information please visit:

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Deepwater Horizon

And the final environmental film pick by Charlotte this week is drama "Deepwater Horizon".

Another film based upon real events, the film follows the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, igniting a massive fireball that kills several crew members. Chief electronics technician Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his colleagues find themselves fighting for survival as the heat and the flames become stifling and overwhelming.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: 127 Hours

More Environmental themed Films this week, as today Charlotte focuses upon "127 Hours".

The 2010 Danny Boyle film is based on the real-life experience of Aaron Ralston, the canyoneer who was trapped for days in a crevice, and left with no choice but to sever his own arm.

Stars James Franco, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn.


Rv. Tim Bull talks with Amanda and Danny about Inter-Faith St. Albans

Rv. Canon Dr. Tim Bull joined Amanda and Danny in the studio today to talk about his group, Inter-Faith St. Albans.
With relevance to the Sustainable St. Albans Week 2018, Tim mentioned tonight's meeting; a multi-faith discussion about the importance of the environment and environmental issues to religion

to contact Tim, e-mail him at his e-mail address:
and his twitter here: @Ministry_Tim

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Everest

Charlotte's Film Club continues to look at environmental themes this week, with today being all about the Great Mountain "Everest".

Released in 2015, this film is based upon the real-life stories of two climbing expeditions on the final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. A violent storm strikes the mountain, challenging the teams with some of the most impossible conditions imaginable.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, and Keira Knightley star.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Dante's Peak

It's a Monday, which means its time for Charlotte to set a new theme for the week! Today we begin looking at 'Environmental Films', starting with 1997 thriller "Dante's Peak".

Pierece Brosnan stars as Volcanologist Harry Dalton, who works with Mayor Rachel Wando (played by Linda Hamilton), to finally convince the unbelieving populace of a small town that the a huge event is coming one, and an evacuation is needed.When the two release the Mayor's children are still waiting on the mountainside of the active volcano, they have to race against the clock to save them.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 20th April 2018

Here are Simon's recommended films on free-to-air TV for the forthcoming week:


Buena Vista Social Club
9.00pm – 10.40pm


Testament of Youth
10.05pm – 12.05am


9.00pm – 11.30pm


Angel and the Badman
12.40pm – 2.45pm


Enemy Mine
7.55pm – 10.00pm


Dark Places
9.00pm – 11.15pm


Never Been Kissed
6.55pm – 9.00pm

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Rogue

Charlotte closes off this week of her most recently watched films with 'Rogue', a thriller from 2007.

A rugged travel-journalist joins a cruise along a crocodile-infested river, and if dealing with fellow travellers wasn't already enough, soon he must match wits against an enormous 25-foot crocodile far smarter than the average.

Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell and Michael Vartan star.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with LiLi! Sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the singer-songwriter LiLi! She treated us this week and played THREE original songs followed by a cover. Her original songs were 'Wake-Up Call', 'The Voice' and 'Love in my Heart for You'. She then covered 'Human' originally sung by The Killers

You can find LiLi's Facebook page here:
Her Twitter page here:
To keep up with LiLi's work, visit her website here:

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

Charlotte's Film Club: Captain America: Civil War

Today on the Film Club, Charlotte looks at 'Captain America: Civil War', the third instalment of the Captain America series released in 2016, in preparation for the upcoming release of the latest Avengers Film.

Captain America and Iron Man are forced to opposing sides as The Avengers fracture over whether they should be controlled by the government, or act under their own free will after the events of the previous films.

The expansive cast features Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Martin Freeman and many many more, with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: A Quiet Place

Charlotte continues to focus on some of the more recent Films she's seen this week, today looking at recent horror release 'A Quiet Place'.

The arrival of a monstrous race of creatures that hunt based on sound leaves humanity scattered and alone in the near future. In order to survive, a family lives in total silence on a farm, where the slightest noise can attract the predators.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star.

Health Matters. Wellbeing, Referrals, Diabetes, NHS 70

Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Staying Well – not just Health!
·         Referrals and Delays
·         Diabetes Prevention Week
·         NHS at 70

1. Wellbeing – not just Health – We spend too much time on Health Matters discussing what to do when things go wrong; we need to talk more about prevention! The weather’s improving – let’s get out there! This is Hertfordshire’s “Year of Physical Activity” – check out the web site

We tend to think of wellbeing simply in terms of diet and exercise – and commit to do something about them at some point in the future! Let’s try and change that way of thinking! The One You programme has lots of helpful tips.

In fact there are six areas that we should consider as part of staying well

  • Sleep – good quality sleep is more important than the length of time we sleep.
  • Stress – too much mental or emotional pressure turns to stress; and whilst a degree of stress improves our productivity, too much is dangerous.
  • Smoking – we know the dangers; and help is available if you want to quit!
  • Alcohol – the advice now is to stay under 14 units a week – that’s 9 glasses of wine or 7 pints of lager!
  • Diet – eat sensibly and try to avoid too much fat, sugar, and salt; small changes and we can still enjoy our meals each day.
  • Exercise – I know the weather’s been awful, but it’s improving; for some ideas go to
2. Referrals and Delays
The Royal College of General Practitioners has a campaign on at the moment that I’d urge you to consider supporting; details here

So what’s behind it? If you go to your surgery and your GP wants to refer you to a Consultant then they create a referral. And you have a choice of where you’ll go for that consultation. In the past, the GP’s professional conclusion was trusted but nowadays referrals are reviewed by a Referral Management Centre. That creates both delay and confusion; referrals are often denied without patient consultation or any dialogue with the referring GP. This adversely affects the GP patient relationship and can lead to delays in treatment and patients being unable to access the care they need. The net effect can be that the condition gets worse – so the cost effectiveness of this approach is highly questionable.

Will you support this campaign?

3. Diabetes Prevention Week
Did you know this week is Diabetes Prevention Week? Over 10,000 people in our area are likely to be diagnosed as having Type 2 Diabetes in the next twelve months. Find out if you’re at risk by going here

4. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70on July 5th the NHS is organising tea parties; there’s one planned for Harpenden on the day. Full details next month
As for the NHS 1,000 mile challenge. I should be on 293 miles today, but I’m a bit short!

So, this is a great time to support your NHS!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Spotlight

This week on the Film Club, Charlotte is talking about the her four most recent watches. Up first is 'Spotlight', the 2015 Drama/Thriller.

Nominated for 6 awards and the Best Picture winner of the 2016 Oscars, it tells the story of the ‘Spotlight’ team, a group of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who uncover horrific stories of child abuse within the Catholic Church, and the Church’s attempts at covering it up.

Directed by Tom McCarthy, it stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.


Local Theatre Update

David Widdowson from the OVO Theatre was our guest tonight providing a round up of Whats on in local theatres.

Herts Jazz Club – Stan Tracey Legacy Quartet
17th April - 19.30 Maltings Art Theatre 

Led by Stan’s son Clark on drums, the Legacy Octet was formed shortly after Stan’s death in 2013 and has since performed at sold out venues and festivals, recreating a selection of the octet’s music dating back to its formation in 1973. From the many suites Stan wrote for this group, Clark has selected some of his personal favourites which feature some of the best musicians anywhere and nearly all ex-alumni of the original band.

Mostly Comedy – Arthur Smith + Barry From Watford
3rd May - 20.00

A grab-bag of stand-up, sketches and music from the finest acts on the scene, hosted by the comic duo, DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE (‘A keen eye for the absurd. Polished, natural comedians’ – Camden Fringe Voyeur).

3rd May’s bill includes stand-up from the Olivier-nominated comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH(BBC’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘QI’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’) and character comedy from BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’regular and star of C4’s ‘Cheap Cheap Cheap’, BARRY FROM WATFORD

Abbey Theatre
The Argument
FRI 20 - SAT 21 APR 2018 8PM
SUN 22 APR 2.30PM
TUE 24 - SAT 28 APR 2018 8PM

TICKETS £12.00

Darkly funny, The Argument shows how a small disagreement over an unimportant subject can lead to big arguments. A young couple have different opinions on a film and, as the discussion becomes more heated, life-changing differences come to the fore. Before long, family and friends are also engulfed.

Inspired by the work of Anton Chekhov, The Argument has been described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘Fascinating… there is real ingenuity here… William Boyd is undoubtedly blessed with both wit and moments of deeper feeling.’
Gilbert O’Sullivan
Thursday 19 April
Front Doors Open: 6.30pm
Auditorium: 7pm
Show Starts: 7.30pm

Friday, 13 April 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 13th April 2018

Simon's Top Picks for the free-to-air TV over the next week:

Invictus (2009)
10.45pm – 1.15am

Europa Report (2013)
7.15pm – 9.00pm

Tremors (1989)
9.00pm – 11.00pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
9.00pm – 11.35pm

Shutter Island (2009)
10.40pm – 1.20am

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
3.10pm – 5.00pm

Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
1.10pm – 2.50pm

Interview with Emma Paisley from @MindInMidHerts_ @HPFT_NHS working on the campaign @SpotSignSuicide

Campaign Spot the Signs and Save a Life

If you are feeling suicidal you can contact your GP
and you can call or text the Samaritans on 116 123.

In an emergency call 999.

The campaign Spot the Signs and Save a Life states that: "We are a suicide prevention campaign, helping to remove the stigma of talking openly about suicide. We provide training courses and signpost to mental health services available in Hertfordshire."

For more details and points of contact see:



For more details about the training open to business contact through the website.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Secret Window

To conclude a week of plot twists, today the Film Club looks at psychological thriller 'Secret Window'.

Johnny Depp stars as writer Mort Rainey, who moves to a remote cabin during the process of a difficult divorce with his wife. Attempting to recover his mental health, Rainey has the misfortune of being found by John Shooter (John Turturro), a farmer who claims Rainey plagiarized his work. At first, Rainey ignores the accusations, but Shooter has no intention of quietly disappearing.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Drivetime Sessions w/ The Skeltons! sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Joining Danny in the studio for this weeks 'Drivetime Sessions' was family band The Skeltons! They graced us with 2 original songs and 1 cover. Their original songs were 'Blue House' and 'Seven Years', they then covered 'Hush Hush' by the Pistol Annies!

You can find their Facebook here:
You can also find their upcoming gigs here:

To listen or re-listen to The Skeltons' set click here and navigate to Wednesday to 17:30 

Charlotte's Film Club: Fight Club

Today's Film with a twist is 'Fight Club' from 1999.

Edward Norton suffers from insomnia and depression, and meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler's attention.

David Fincher directs, and Jared Leto and Meatloaf also star.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Sixth Sense

Another classic today as the Film Club keeps looking at twists, with classic 'The Sixth Sense'.

Young Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened by visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear from the shadows. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his anguish, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis star in this thriller by M. Night Shyamalan.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Psycho

This week on the Film Club, Charlotte is focused on great Plot Twists! This week, we start with the Alfred Hitchcock classic 'Psycho'.

Secretary Marion Crane is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer so she can get away from her boyfriend, Sam Loomis. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates, a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and John Gavin star.

Consumer Advice

Tonight we welcomed back Elizabeth Crampton from the St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau who covered the following subjects.

Event Cancellations  

If you bought your ticket from an official seller you can get a refund if the organiser cancels, moves or reschedules the event. The organiser will tell you how to get a refund.

You’re unlikely to get a refund if you bought your ticket from a reselling (or secondary ticketing) website, a private seller or a fan-to-fan website.

Identity Theft
Methods of identity theft evolve rapidly as new mediums (such as social media) develop quickly, so it is almost impossible to completely prevent identity theft, however it is possible to reduce the likelihood of being a target by taking certain precautions. Take care to protect your data by being aware of your privacy settings on social media. Be aware of suspicious emails which may be phishing for data. Completely destroy all documents containing your personal data, rather than just discarding them with the rest of your rubbish.

On Line Ticket Scams

Ticket fraud is when you buy tickets from a website, but the tickets do not arrive or turn out to be fake.

How do scam ticket websites work?
The website offers you the chance to buy tickets to a popular event. The event is often actually sold-out, or the tickets haven’t officially gone on sale yet.
You pay for the tickets but they are never delivered.
In some cases you might be told that a customer representative will meet you at the venue on the day. Nobody turns up.
You may even receive tickets, but when you arrive at the event, the organisers tell you the tickets are fake.
When you try to call the company you bought the tickets from, your calls are not answered or do not connect.

Remember that it’s easy for scammers to set up a fake website that looks genuine. Some even use a name or website url that is similar to a legitimate website. If you’re unsure or it sounds too good to be true, leave the website immediately.

more information on all these items and more can be found at the web site

Friday, 6 April 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 6th April 2018

Today Danny and Simon talked for the nearly the longest time anyone has ever talked about films... 35 minutes! At some point Simon mentioned that there were some free-to-air films available for the listeners to catch:

Four Weddings and Funeral (1994)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Homefront (2013)
11.35pm – 1.40am

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)
11,00pm – 1.25am
Channel 4

The Silent Child (2017)
12.15am – 12.35am

I give it a year (2013)
11.15pm – 1.10am

Transporter 2 (2005)
9.00pm – 10.40pm

A Bigger Splash (2015)
9.00pm – 11.30pm

Interview: Rochelle from The Living Room @livingroomherts

Rochelle spoke to Danny about The Living Room, which is a local St Albans Centre that treats addictions five days a week, including obsessive compulsive such as shopping, eating disorders as well as a gambling and alcohol - to get access to services, you can self-refer.

"Our treatment centres in Stevenage and St Albans provides free intensive structured, abstinence-based, day treatment for adults with substance addictions: alcohol and illicit and non-illicit drugs and behavioural addictions such as: eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, gambling, shopping/spending, relationships, love and sex); free crèche childcare (Stevenage based); and free therapy and support for family and friends."

Last month the charity received an award for their efforts. The Maxie Richards Award judges concluded that The Living Room "demonstrated that [they] helped people dependent on drugs and alcohol to fully recover from their addiction". 

For more details and contact information, visit: or call 01727 854479

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Concussion

The final sports film of this week's Film Club is the documentary/drama "Concussion" from 2015.

Will Smith stars as pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who while conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse),  discovers neurological deterioration similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Creed

The Film Club continues to look at great sporting flicks this week, with today's pick being "Creed" from 2015.

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, who never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed. However, boxing runs in Adonis' blood, and he finds himself driven to find the iconic Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even when faced by his own troubles. From the combined efforts of the two, Adonis' is able to secure a shot at the title, but does he have the drive to make it?

Ryan Coogler directs this continuation of the famous 'Rocky' series.


The Drivetime Sessions with The Barnyard Junkies sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

The Barnyard Junkies visited us in the studio today to play some of their songs.

They played their songs "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right" and "Breaking Away" and the required cover, this time they played: "Ruby, Baby", originally by The Drifters!

For details and upcoming gigs see their website: 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Bend it Like Beckham

After the Bank holiday weekend the Film Club is back! This week we're looking at sporty films, starting with "Bend it Like Beckham".

Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized football even though shes 18. On a day of playing a casual match, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with the romantic feelings she feels for her coach, Joe.

Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star.


Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Thursday 29th March 2018

As it is Good Friday tomorrow, Simon Carver joined us a day early to discuss the UK cinema box office top 10, the new cinema releases, and his choice of the best fils on free-to-air TV for the next week:

Fast and Furious 7
9.00pm – 11.30pm

Back to the Future
6.45pm – 9.00pm

11,00pm – 1.00am

4.40pm – 6.30pm

Grand Budapest Hotel
11.05pm – 1.10am

Red Heat
11.00pm – 11.10am

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
9.00pm – 11.10pm