Friday, 29 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 29th June 2018

Simon and  Danny chit-chatted about movies - the top ten in the box office, new releases and of course, Simon's picks for films on free-to-air TV. Catch up on the Film Guide through your favourite podcasting app, search "West Herts".

The Full Monty (1997)
11.25pm – 12.50am

The Alamo (1960)
3.40pm – 6.55pm

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
9.00m – 11.10pm

True Lies (1994)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
11.15pm – 2.05am

Triangle (2009)
9.00pm – 11.00pm

This Sporting Life (1963)
9.00pm – 11.30pm
True Movies

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 22nd June 2018 with Simon and @SusW

This week Simon and Susie (Danny's co-star in The Breakaway Theatre's production of "Taming Of The Shrew?" 28th to 30th June and 5th to 7th July joined Danny for the usual Friday night discussion about film - Box Office Top 10, New Releases and Simon's pick of movies on free-to-air TV.

Wind Chill (2007)
9.00pm – 10.50pm

Creed (2015)
9.30pm – 12.05am

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
10.45pm – 12.30am

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
3.10pm – 5.00pm

Sicario (2015)
9.00pm – 11.20pm

Die Hard (1988)
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Lone Survivor
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Deadpool 2

Another recent release on the Film Club today, as Charlotte rounds off a focus on the years 2016 to 2018 with Deadpool 2!

Following the events of the previous film, wisecracking mercenary Deadpool finds himself in the way of Cable, a genetically enhanced soldier from the future, when he decides to protect an angsty teenage mutant named Russell. However Deadpool can't do this alone, and must team up with a vast range of new mutants such as Domino and Shatterstar to even the playingfields.

Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin return, joined by Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz and Julian Dennison. 

This is also the very last edition of Charlotte's Film Club! We hope you've enjoyed every episode as much as we've enjoyed making them, thank you for listening!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @Abbie_Gathard sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Today we were joined by the illustrous Abbie Gathard! As per usual we asked her to perform 2
original songs and a cover. Her original songs were 'Mr. Why' and 'Start Again' and she graced us with a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep'

You can find Abbie on:
Twitter (@Abbie_Gathard)
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You can find Abbie's music on:
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If you missed this week's Drivetime Session you can listen again! Wow, isn't the Internet just great

Charlotte's Film Club: Tomb Raider

Charlotte looks at a release from this year today on the Film Club, "Tomb Raider".

Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years ago. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to the last place he was ever seen, a mythical island off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.

Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Hannah John-Kamen also star.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Get Out

Today the Film club looks at "Get Out", the award-winning experimental horror from writer/director Jordan Peele, released in 2017.

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) decide they are at a point in which he can meet her parents. On the trip, Chris finds the open nature of the family unnerving, and as he investigates more discovers an even worse truth.

Get Out won an oscar for best original screenplay, and was nominated for more.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Deadpool

This week the Film Club continues moving to even more recent releases, as Charlotte focuses on the years 2016-2018. Up first is 'Deadpool' from 2016!

Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a mercenary who finds love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but has his world turned upside down when he discovers he has advanced cancer. With no other options, Wilson joins an experimental program that reveals his hidden mutant power: extreme regeneration, but leaves him horribly deformed. Putting on a red mask and naming himself Deadpool, he tracks down the people who experimented on him in a quest for revenge.

Local Theater News

Tonight on Drivetime Liz Widdowson joined us for an update on whats happening in our local theaters.
Maltings Art Theatre

Herts Jazz Club – Pete Long’s Sextet
19th June - 19.30

Pete Long – Clarinet, George Hogg – Trumpet, Callum Au – Trombone, Rob Barron – Piano, Joe Pettitt – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Space and Space Travel form the theme of this week’s selection by the Peter Long Sextet. Expect some of Ellington’s musings on the subject such as Blues In Orbit and Ballet of the Flying Saucers, some conveniently entitled standards – Star Eyes, Stardust, Pete’s jazz reworking of the entire Planets Suite by Gustav Holst and, of course, Star Trek to finish it all off. Great fun, fancy dress optional!

Tickets: £16/£15/£12

Breakaway Theatre Company are proud to be returning to The Inn On The Park for their annual outdoor Summer Shakespeare production, on 28th-30th June and 5th-7th July 2018.


Friday, 15 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 15th June 2018

Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies.

Men in Black (1997)
7.05pm – 9.00pm
Film 4

Romancing the Stone (1984)
6.50pm – 9.00pm

Field of Dreams (1989)
4.45pm – 6.50pm

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Mama Mia (2008)
8.00pm – 10.10pm

Marshland (2014)
12.55am – 3.05am

Momentum (2015)
9.00pm – 10.50pm

The Bodyguard (1992)
9.00pm – 11.40pm

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Jurassic World

The last instalment of Charlotte's "2012-2015" themed Film Club is all about sci-fi thriller "Jurassic World".

This 2015 entry to the famous 'Jurassic Park' series sees a park full of dinosaurs successfully opened as an extremely popular luxury resort. However, when a genetically engineered dino known as the Indominus Rex gets loose, a chain reaction is triggered that sees the entire park thrown into chaos. Only the park's operations manager and an ex-military animal expert can track down the engineered dinosaur, and ensure the safety of all the guests.

Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt star.


Health Matters - Opt Out, Care Records, Extended Access, New Hospital

Six Issues in tonight’s DriveTime

  •       National Data Opt Out
  •       My Care Record
  •       GP Extended Access
  •       Carers’ Week
  •       A New Hospital?
  •       NHS at 70

1. National Data Opt-Out
Imagine going to your doctor’s surgery; a receptionist will enter information into the PC in front of them, a nurse or a doctor will key in information when you see them; it is all patient data! But further – it’s your data! And yours to control. But where does it all go once it’s keyed in?

For years, only the surgery could see it; and therefore it was safe. But now it’s all uploaded to a central system managed by NHS Digital, and it can be used further. So how can it be used:
  •       For your direct care – for example at A&E or when you’re away from home.
  •       For response to critical emergencies – fir example a flu epidemic.
  •       For planning purposes – for example to answer questions like “how many people are diabetic in Hertfordshire?
  •       For research purposes – either within the NHS or by the pharmaceutical companies.
For the NHS web site that explains it all, go to 

But there are many more databases than just the one at your surgery; imagine going into Hospital, or A&E; they’ll have lots of data too; that’s called Hospital Episode Statistics and the NHS has been selling that (in anonymised form) for some time! Are you happy for your personal data to be used in this way? Well up to now, you didn’t have a choice; but GDPR and May 25th changed all that! In the main, most of us would say that, if our data helps others then that’s all fine. But is it safe?

For many years people have argued that if data is to be shared it should meet three criteria; it must be:
  •       Open
  •       Consensual
  •       Safe

And if you’d like to see how all of the data that the NHS holds on you matches up to those three criteria there’s a full list here  

From May 25 – “GDPR Day” – the NHS has given you a choice; it’s called the National Data Opt Out. For full details go to . You can opt out of your data being shared for anything apart from your direct care. And for what to do if you do decide to opt out, go to

For some time now people have been able to express an opt out to the NHS; so far their wishes have been ignored. People who have already opted out should receive a letter about the National Opt Out; I’m still waiting for mine! Have you received one yet?

There is a huge issue around anonymisation; there are two approaches to this, pseudonymisation – identifiable data is scrambled by a random formula; and anonymisation – identifiable data is removed. There is a view that under only fully anonymised data is acceptable; although that view is taken in Ireland and in many EU countries, it is still undecided in the UK.

2. My Care Record
Your records are being shared for your direct care; the process is known as “My Care Record”. If you’re taken to Watford A&E and a healthcare professional needs to access your record they will be able to do it provided you give your consent. They will only be able to see the record; they won’t be able to add to it or change it in any way.

3. GP Extended Access
We talked about Extended Access last month; that’s another example of where your records are being shared with others for your direct care.  So, if you’d prefer a doctors’ appointment in the evenings or at weekends, you should be able to book one through your Surgery. These appointments may be another surgery acting as a "hub"; here are the hours at which this service is currently available; the plan is to introduce early mornings soon.

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

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 Lodge Surgery Patients go to (it’s embedded on a page on privacy so you’ll need to page down!).

4. Carers’ Week
This week is carers’ week; time to celebrate the great job they do for people in our area. In a recent survey, 38% of carers locally stated that they had lost touch with friends and family as a consequence of their caring duties. There are a number of events for carers organised in Hertfordshire during Carers’ Week; just go to for a full list.

5. A New Hospital?
Should we have a new centrally locate hospital? There’s a new group with an inaugural meeting next week – June 20. For details, go to

6. NHS at 70To celebrate the NHS, turns 70 on July 5th make a pledge – go here for details go to

As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, I’m 2 miles ahead!

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

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @minniebirch sponsored by @FightingCocksSA

Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions was singer-songwriter; Minnie Birch. As always we asked the Minnie to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which she performed were "Cash Out",an old football song and "Wise Words" and her cover was of Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancing"

You can fin her Twitter her: @minniebirch
You can buy her music here:
her Facebook here:

if you missed Minnie's performances, listen again here!

Charlotte's Film Club: Whiplash

Another Oscar winner from between 2012 and 2015 on the Film Club today, as Charlotte tells us everything we need to know about "Whiplash" from 2014.

An ambitious young jazz drummer does everything he can to reach the top of his class in his elite music school. When a well renowned music director known for his brutal teaching method selects the young man to be part of his ensemble, the two will go down a path of obsession that drives the student to even question his own ability and sanity.

Miles Teller stars as Andrew Neiman, with JK Simmons starring as the ruthless Terence Fletcher, a role which won him an Oscar for best supporting actor.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Dallas Buyers Club

Charlotte and Danny are still looking at the best Films of the years 2012 to 2015, and today look at the award winning "Dallas Buyers Club", starring Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof, an electrician in the 80s stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Despite being told it is advanced, and he only has 30 days left to live, he takes it upon himself to get hold of any possible treatments or therapies that can work no matter how legal. Seeing how difficult it is for the people of America to get these treatments, he takes it upon himself to sell it to them.

Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner also star, and the film won 3 oscars in 2014.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Consumer Advice

Tonight Elizabeth Crampton joined us from St Albans Citizens Advice Bureau for our regular update on consumer issues.

Pay Day Loans
Payday loans are short-term loans for small amounts of money. They are available from high street shops and internet sites. Payday loans can be easy to get but interest rates are very high. There may be other ways for you to sort out your short-term money problem so think about the alternatives before you borrow from a payday lender.When you apply for a loan, before lending you any money, a lender should check whether you’ll be able to pay it back. This means that, for example, the lender should check you’ve got enough money coming in each month to be be able pay the loan back.If you have debts or are struggling to manage on your money, you may like to get help with budgeting or dealing with debts which is available from a number of sources including the CAB

Travel insurance can give you extra protection if your holiday doesn't go as planned. So you should make sure you have cover if you're planning a trip away.

It's particularly important to take out travel insurance if you are travelling independently because you may find yourself stranded with no way to get home and no-one to help sort out your holiday problem.

Top tips
travel insurance is essential, particularly if you are travelling independently
choose a policy that covers your needs
compare policies on the cover they offer as well as the cost
check if you have other insurance that will cover you away from home
check the policy if you are receiving any form of medical treatment to see what exclusions may apply.

more information can be found at the following web sites 

Charlotte's Film Club: The Impossible

It's a Monday, and thus the start of another new week of Charlotte's Film Club! Continuing the theme of the previous few weeks, Danny and Charlotte have been looking at the best releases between certain years, now on to 2012-2015!

Released in 2012, "The Impossible" tells the real-life story of the events of the Indian-Ocean Tsunami of 2004. A family find their Christmas Holiday in Thailand turned into a horrific nightmare by the previously mentioned Tsunami, which destroyed buildings and completely reshaped the landscape into a wasteland. Faced by the constant looming threat of the approaching sea, the family must do all they can to survive, and only courage and kindness can get them through.

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star.

Friday, 8 June 2018

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 8th June 2018

Welcome to Simon's picks for the week of free-to-air TV movies. Some great picks and Simon has a near full house on choices. I say near full house, because, as a horror (and good movie) fan I would not recommend the 2006 "The Hills Have Eyes". -Sam

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
9.00pm – 11.35pm
Film 4

Moneyball (2011)
9.00pm – 11.45pm

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
11.20pm – 1.15am

Starred Up (2013)
11,40pm – 1.50am

Trainspotting (1995)
11.00pm – 1.00am

The Departed (2006)
10.00pm – 1.00am

Source Code (2011)
10.00pm – 11.55pm

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
9.00pm – 11.05pm

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Adjustment Bureau

The last Film of our week based on the years 2008-2011 is "The Adjustment Bureau" from 2011.

This sci-fi thriller stars Matt Damon as a politician who meets a ballerina (Emily Blunt) he is instantly smitten with, yet finds himself always unable to meet with her. David learns that he is facing a group of men that work for fate itself, and must choose between the path destined for him, or the one in which he can be with the woman of his dreams.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Drivetime Sessions with @JamesCarolBooks sponsored @FightingCocksSA

Our guest on this week's edition of the Drivetime sessions were author and accomplished guitarist; James Carol. As always we asked the James to perform two original songs and one cover. The two original songs which he performed were "Face the Sun", and "I Wonder" and their cover was of U2's "Running to Stand Still". 

You can find his twitter here: @JamesCarolBooks
his website here:

You can also listen to his performances even if you missed them:
 visit, and then navigate to 5:30 on Wednesday.

Charlotte's Film Club: The Social Network

Charlotte continues her theme of films from the years 2008 to 2011 today, as she looks at David Fincher's "The Social Network".

The 2011 film tells the real life story of Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg as he creates the revolutionary platform of Facebook. Becoming one of the youngest billionaires ever, Zuckerberg finds his success leads to both personal and legal complications to face.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Zuckerberg, and Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield also feature in the Oscar award winning film.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: The Final Destination

Charlotte set the theme for the Film Club this week to 2008-2011 yesterday, and so today her feature is 'The Final Destination' from 2009.

This new entry in the gory horror series which sees teens punished for cheating death focuses on a group of friends who leave a race track early, just before an explosive car incident. At first they consider themselves lucky, until one by one they all meet grisly ends.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Charlotte's Film Club: Wanted

We're back! Charlotte's Film Club this week is all about the years 2008 through to 2011, and her first pick is 'Wanted'.

This 2008 action Film sees James McAvoy recruited into a secret society of assassins named 'the Fraternity', who train him to become the perfect assassin and leave his boring desk-job behind.

Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, and Terence Stamp also star!