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 fiancĂ©, 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.