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.