Thursday, 22 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Rat Race

It's a Thursday, and almost time to conclude on this week's Film Club theme, and so Charlotte concludes a week of game-themed picks with the grand game presented in "Rat Race" from 2001.

 Led by a single Las Vegas Casino tycoon, a group of rich philanthropists devise the perfect game, by pitting six ordinary people against each other in a wild dash for $2 million jammed into a locker hundreds of miles away. The film tracks each contestant as they find themselves in increasingly wild and wacky situations. The only rule is there are no rules!

An ensemble cast carries the film, and includes stars such as Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Seth Green and John Cleese.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @BethHedgesMusic sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local artist Beth Hedges. Whilst on air she played three songs: two of her own and a cover.  The two songs were named "Tangled" and "Be Brave." She also performed a cover of "Last Request" originally by Paolo Nutini.  

You can find her Facebook page here:
Her Soundcloud:
Her YouTube: you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Charlotte's Film Club: Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Next on this week's Film Club, Charlotte looks at the video-game inspired "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" from 2001.

Angelina Jolie stars in this live action adaptation as the world-known gaming character, Lara Croft, a daring explorer that tracks down ancient artifacts. When faced by the mystery of her father's death, Lara finds herself embroiled in a globe-spanning quest that will bridge the very gap of life and death itself.

Alongside Jolie, Jon Voigt, Daniel Craig, and others star. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Game Night

The Film Club this week is still 'Game' themed in all shapes and sizes, and so today Charlotte looks at the aptly named "Game Night".

This recent release sees competitive couple Max and Annie and their group of friends get their weekly game night shaken up when Max's brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party, that doesn't go as planned. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be.

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons and Kyle Chandler are just a few of the stars in this comedy-thriller.

Peter Laws- The Frighteners

The Rev'd Peter Laws came in to talk to us today about his new book, called "The Frighteners", which explores the human attraction to the grisly and macabre.  Peter has been drawn to horror stories from an early age, and to research this book he travelled to Rome, Transylvania and other places associated with horror and the macabre, meeting werewolf experts and wise women.
During his research he tried to work out why humans are drawn to the macabre, and came to the conclusion that it was for logical reasons, such as self-survival, and noted that many great works of world literature, such as the 'Iliad' and 'Hamlet' explore ideas around death.

Peter is also the author of "Purged" and "Unleashed": horror novels about an ex-Baptist minister called Matt Hunter.  By night he writes, but by day he is a Baptist Minister.

"The Frighteners" is out on the 29th March. 

Peter's Website

Monday, 19 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jumanji

This week Charlotte takes the Film Club in the direction of 'Games in Film', ranging from board, to video, to cross-country! Charlotte's first pick is 'Jumanji', that is the original from 1995 and not the recent re-imagining.

While exploring an abandoned mansion, a pair of twins stumble upon an old jungle-themed board game. When they start playing, they free a lost explorer, who's been stuck in the game's inner world for decades, but the only way to break the curse of Jumanji is to brave the rampaging forces of rhinos, elephants, monkeys and more!

The late Robin Williams stars, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce.


Local Theatre

David Widdowson joined us tonight to provide an update on happenings in the local theatre.


23rd and 24th March 2018
Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

These Bridges
26th -28th March - 20.00
London is engulfed by an apocalyptic flood leaving few survivors on the flooded banks of the Thames. In the midst of this devastation two teenagers decide to take on the swollen, body-ridden haunted river to see what really lies on the other side…

This is a chilling and visceral tale of loss, courage, friendship and ultimately hope, performed as part of the National Theatre Connections programme by Best Theatre Arts, winners in 2015 of this prestigious national competition.

Tickets: £8/£5

Folk – Na-Mara + Sue Farthing & Megan Wisdom
6th April - 20.00
Na-Mara brings together talented English singer songwriter and guitarist Paul McNamara and wonderful mandolin player Rob Garcia. Together, they have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship, performing in clubs and festivals throughout the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 as well as a plethora of internet and local radio stations

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Lake Placid

It's time for Charlotte to conclude this week's Film Club, and so our last animal themed Film is 1999's Lake Placid.

When a man is violently killed in a Maine lake, Jack Wells, the local game warden, looks into the bizarre case, along with Sheriff Hank Keough and visiting paleontologist Kelly Scott. Looking for clues via a large monstrous tooth found at the scene, Kelly and the others eventually locate the culprit; an enormous reptile that threatens to eat the whole town.

Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman and Brendan Gleeson star.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: War Horse

Today's 'Animal' focused Film is "War Horse", a war drama released in 2011.

Albert lives on a farm in the British countryside with his Horse Joey, who he spares a special bond with. At the outbreak of World War I, the two are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of sadness and joy as he travels with the British Cavalry, while Albert tours the French battlefield, searching for his friend.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the Film stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddlestone, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more.


The Drivetime Sessions with @dodobones sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by local artists DodoBones. Whilst on air they played three songs: two of their own singles and a cover.  The two singles were named "Adieu" and "Tree House."  They also performed a cover of "Smooth Criminal" originally by Michael Jackson.  

You can find their Facebook page here:
If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Snakes on a Plane

Animals are still the theme of this week's Film Club, and so today Charlotte chooses to talk about a cult classic from 2006 "Snakes on a Plane".

The Film title does a good job of summarising the story, as thousands of snakes are released onto a plane in order to kill a key witness to a crime, and FBI agent Nelville Flynn, played by Samuel L Jackson, has to protect everyone on board.

Health Matters - Patient Records, Patient Awards, Urgent Care, 1000 Miles

Four Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

·         Patient Records – an Update
·         The One Show – NHS Patients Awards
·         St Albans Minor Injuries upgrade to Urgent Care?
·         NHS at 70

1. Patient Records – an Update
Do you remember the last time you went to see your GP – they would have had a computer in front of them, referred to it while they were seeing you, and probably typed something in during your appointment – they were referring to and updating your patient record. Now for years that record has been completely confidential between you and your doctor. But that’s no longer the case.

Some 4 years ago, there was an NHS program called Care.Data and that meant that our records were to be uploaded to NHS England and used for both our benefit but also for research purposes. Where it’s not for our direct benefit, that is referred to as “secondary use”. At the time, the NHS reluctantly gave us an opt out and around 2% of the population exercised it. But until recently the NHS has completely ignored those opt-outs.

Now we have something called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations); this comes into effect on May 25. There are a lot of detailed provisions here but the main one relates to opt in versus opt out. In the past, organisations could assume that you were happy for them to store anything on you unless you told them you wanted to opt out. Under GDPR, an organisation holding information on you must get your agreement by an opt in! So “implicit consent” will become “explicit consent” from May 25!

This creates a mass of confusion for the Health Service, and the Government doesn’t want to raise any issues around it until after the May Elections – so they’re going to be very tight for time! In summary, though, the opt-outs from 4 years ago will finally be respected! And everyone who opted out will be written to after the May Elections. So, if you would like to be added to that list of people who have opted out there’s still time – for all the details just go to

 2. The One Show – NHS Patients Awards
The One Show on BBC1, together with the Patients Association have just announced a new Awards Programme as part of the NHS at 70 Celebration; it’s an opportunity for us, as patients, to nominate someone in the NHS who’s done something special for us. The process is simple and the deadline is APR 5th – so there’s plenty of time, so who will you nominate?

There are five award categories
·         Children and Young People Award – you could nominate a healthcare professional who has provided exceptional care to a young person (defined as anyone below the age of 18)
·         Nursing Award – do you know a nurse who has provided exceptional care – this award is for them!
·         Healthcare Award – here you would name a healthcare professional other than a Nurse
·         Lifetime Achievement Award – this would be for someone who has dedicated much of their working life to the NHS; and finally
·         Unsung Hero Award – for people who don’t usually get noticed – porter, drivers, receptionists, volunteers etc etc! This one will be decided live on the One Show

3. Minor Injuries to Urgent Care?
Services offered at the St Albans Minor Injuries Unit are limited; an urgent care facility would have far more. I launched our local Patient Group Survey on Health Matters last month. So far we have almost 500 responses and over three quarters needed urgent care in the last 12 months.  Please go to
to have your say.

4. NHS at 70For details check out this great little video on Facebook

And an update on my NHS 1,000 mile challenge. After a few days on the Isle of Wight and lots of walking I’m just over 4 miles ahead of my current goal! Details at

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

Monday, 12 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jaws

Things are going wild at the Film Club as Charlotte is setting our theme of the week as 'Animals'!
Up first is Steven Spielberg's 1975 Shark classic "Jaws".

This novel adaptation sees a town befaced by terror when a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping. The Police Chief of Amity Island, New England, finds himself coming to blows with the Mayor about the attack, as his demands to close the beach are rejected for tourist revenue, and must team up with an Ichthyologist and grizzled ship captain Quint to capture the killer beast.

Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw star.

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 9th March 2018

Here is Simon's choice of films on free-to-air tv for the forthcoming week:

We’re the Millers
9.00pm – 11.15pm

45 Years
9.00pm – 10.50pm
Channel 4

7.10pm – 9.00pm

The Guest
11.25pm – 1.25am

10.00pm – 12.30am

The Artist
11.45pm – 1.20am

9.00pm – 11.15pm

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Post

To conclude this week's Film Club, Charlotte and Danny look at recent release Steven Spielberg's "The Post".

This Drama tells the historic tale of  The Washington Post's in-depth coverage of leaked secrets of the Vietnam War. Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and works with her editor Ben Bradlee to expose the three decades of Government cover-ups, despite risk to their careers, and even their freedom.

Meryl Steep and Tom Hanks star as Graham and Bradlee respectively, in addition to Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood and many others.


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Darkest Hour

Charlotte continues to discuss her most recent watches today with the recently released Winston Churchill Biopic "Darkest Hour".

Gary Oldman stars as the Prime Minister during the heat of the Second World War, when he finds his country faced by the unstoppable Nazi forces rolling across Western Europe, with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him. Faced by insurmountable odds, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Oldman won an Oscar for his portrayal of Churchill at this years awards show!

The Drivetime Sessions with @tomcraven sponsored by @FightingcocksSA

On this week's Drivetime Sessions we were joined by the local artist Tom Craven.  Whilst on air he played three songs: two of his own singles and a cover.  The two singles were named "Dreams of Sixsmith" and "The Remedy."  He also performed a cover of "Down by the Water" by the band the "Decemberists".  

If you would like to listen to the Drivetime Sessions again, follow this link, and navigate to Wednesday at 5:30. Tom's other tracks can be found on his Soundcloud page.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Local Literary Feature with @ccaikman

Today we talked to Chris Aikman, our very own literary correspondent, about what's new on the St Albans literary scene!

Philip Pullman has called for authors to be given a greater share of the profits that publishers receive. He said
“To allow corporate profits to be so high at a time when author earnings are markedly falling is, apart from anything else, shockingly bad husbandry. It’s perfectly possible to make a good profit and pay a fair return to all of those on whose work, after all, everything else depends. But that’s not happening at the moment, I like every individual editor, designer, marketing and publicity person I deal with; but I don’t like what publishers, corporately, are doing to the ecology of the book world. It’s damaging, and it should change.”

According to a 2016 report the average earnings for a published author were just £12,500 and it’s falling each year, while the profits for publishers are steadily rising.



Force of Nature by Jane Harper

5 women go out into the wilderness, only 4 come back…

Detective Aaron Falk is very interested in the case of the missing woman, because she was the whistleblower in his latest case, and she knew things.

The sequel to the hit thriller The Dry.


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Michelle McNamara was a true crime writer who tragically died before finishing this, her debut book about her efforts to unmask the infamous ‘Golden State Killer’, a vicious man who committed 12 murders and 45 rapes in California in the 70s and 80s, and was never caught.


So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is the hit stage show starring dinosaur aficionado Dr Ben Garrod. Get ready to go on an exciting pre-historic adventure as Ben talks you through the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet. Yes dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Allosaurus and Spinosaurus would have walked or swam right where you are now!
Pitting the knowledge of unwitting parents against their all-knowing kids, Dr Ben presents an interactive, educational and highly entertaining show using film footage from the BBC's 'Planet Dinosaur’. So come and test your knowledge against Dr Ben in this hit live interactive show which is bigger and better than ever.

Radlett Centre Wednesday 21st March, 6pm - 7.15pm

Charlotte's Film Club: Black Panther

Continuing this week's Film Club theme of features Charlotte has seen most recently, today our focus is on the latest Marvel Cinematic release "Black Panther".

After the events of "Captain America: Civil War", Prince T'Challa returns to take his rightful place as king of Wakanda, a hidden away Utopia of technology. However, following attacks from the dual-threat of Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, his capability as King and right to be the 'Black Panther' comes into question, and T'Challa must prove himself worthy of his people.

The Star-Studded cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forrest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman. 


Monday, 5 March 2018

Local author James Carol

Tonight local author James Carol joined us on Drivetime, talking about his latest book 

One of the (many) weird things about being a writer is how you can be working on one book one minute and talking about another that you wrote a year ago the next. Kiss Me Kill Me came out a couple of weeks ago, so it’s safe to say that that one is very much on my radar. However, while all that hoo-ha has been going on, I’ve been quietly working away on the next standalone. And I’m happy to report that it is now finished.

Actually, when I say finished, it’s not actually finished finished. What I mean is that I’ve come to the end of the first draft. Because the truth of the matter is that it will never be finished. Even when it finally gets published there will inevitably be things that I would like to change … that’s the curse of being a writer I guess.
more details can be found at the web site

Charlotte's Film Club: Veronica

It's a Monday, which can only mean it's time to start another week of Charlotte's Film Club! This week, Charlotte is looking at a selection of Films that she has personally just seen.

The first Film pick of this week is "Veronica", a Spanish Horror released in 2017. Based upon real-life reports, the Film tells the story of a teenage girl whose family is terrorized after a failed Ouija board test is conducted during a solar eclipse.

The Film itself has even been named "the scariest horror film ever" by some critics.


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Alien

Concluding a week of 'Extraterrestrial' films, Charlotte looks at another classic with Ridley Scott's 1979 'Alien'.

In deep space, the crew of the starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship, and an organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew.

Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Helen Horton, and Bolaji Badejo all star.