COMING UP NEXT WEEK
Tuesday November 4th
Singer and actor Alfie Boe joins Alan, along with war correspondent Kate Adie and DJ Mike Reid. There’s a science demonstration from Dr Emily Grossman and psychologist Linda Papadopoulos explains ways in which the sexes can learn to communicate more effectively with each other.
One of the nations’ favourite funny men is about to hit the road again. Joe Pasquale, 53, is preparing to play King Arthur in the UK tour of Spamalot from January, and before that, there’s the little matter of him appearing in panto in Northampton! Human hurricane Joe will be dropping by to tell us all about it!
Katie Piper, 31, saw her life ripped apart when she was victim of a vicious acid attack in 2008 which left her blind in one eye and severely disfigured. Since then, she has inspired many with her courageous drive to turn her life around. Katie is here to tell us about her new book ‘Beautiful Ever After’
Best known for her hit singles “Greatest Day”, “Get Up!”, “Shoulda Woulda Coulda” and “Come as You Are.” Beverley Knight MBE has come full circle from her early years in musical theatre! She has put her award winning career as singer, songwriter, and record producer, on hold as she now adds West End star to her long list of credits!
The Women’s Land Army and Timber Corp played a fundamental role during World War II. Now, almost 65 years after they were disbanded, the ‘Land Girls’ have been eternally memorialised in a 8ft high bronze statue, unveiled last week at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Original Land Girls, Iris and Dorothy are here to share their fascinating stories.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
It’s the final round for Dr Linda and Alan to determine who is the better sex, once and for all. As it stands, the women are vastly outperforming the men (to no one’s surprise!) so we have invited G4 on to the show to give Joe a helping hand in the final week. Will it help or is it too late for the men to claw back a win?
The fabulous vocal group G4 join Joe Pasquale and Alan in a bitter Battle of the Sexes!
“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming public demand we have received for our upcoming Barbican show on November 17th. As a result, we’re delighted to announce that the G4 Reunion Tour will be extended throughout the UK across April and September 2015! Tickets go on sale on November 21st www.g4official.com. Looking forward to coming soon to avenue near you…”
HIGH-TECH HOME SECURITY GADGETS:
- DIY CCTV (RRP £395, available from Hadrian Security): Home security made easy! Hadrian technology have launched a new affordable DIY CCTV which means you can keep an eye on your home by viewing footage can be accessed on tablets and smart phones, giving peace of mind to small business and home owners
- Response FakeTV (RRP £24.99, available from Maplin): A visual deterrent to intruders/burglars: giving the appearance that someone is at home watching TV. The product gives a realistic TV programme simulation completely unpredictable, no light or colour pattern repeats
- Pure DAB Radio Wi-Fi Camera (RRP: £390, available from spycatcheronline.co.uk) the radio means you can always view inside your home through this secret camera! The footage can be viewed on your smart phone and can even set alerts when someone walks into the room!
- Wi-Fi plug (RRP, available from wifiplug.co.uk): A good way of looking like you’re at home when you’re not is with the Wi-Fi plug. Plug any lamps into this plug which is linked to your smart phone so that you can control turning it on or off!
- Matt on Guard (RRP from £62.60, available from grandoffers.co.uk): This is a wireless version of a popular Pressure Pads. This Pressure Mat (Pad) comes with a small state-of-the-art transmitter which when triggered sends a signal to the Chime unit(s).
- Imitation Dome Camera (RRP XXX, available from selected retailers): Looks real with red flashing light, deter thieves & protect property with visible deterrent. Quick & easy to install with no cable mess, Swann Imitation Dome Camera is an affordable way to fight back against crime. Increase security by mixing imitation & real cameras with 4 window deterrent stickers.
LOW-TECH HOME SECURITY TIPS:
Boundaries and access: The first line of defense against theft is to make sure property boundaries are secure, including the back of your property where people are often less watchful. Keep in mind that any measures taken have to be reasonable in law; avoid using barbed wire or other materials that could seriously injure an intruder, as they may then take legal action against the homeowner.
Keep gates shut and locked whenever possible, especially those allowing access to the rear of the property. A good policy is to fit two locks to a gate, top and bottom, and ensure hinges are securely fixed to gate posts so that the gate cannot be lifted off its hinges.
Fences: Fix 30-45cm trellis to the top of a 6ft fence to deter prospective burglars. The trellis will not support the weight of a human and the noise of it breaking is a deterrent
Growing thorny climbers like roses on fences to deter would-be thieves
In a front garden it is better to have low walls and fences, no more than 1m high, which will not screen intruders from view
Keep the view into your front garden clear by pruning back overhanging branches and clipping foliage back from around windows and doors
Hedges can be a great barrier. Most conifers will form a thick hedge that is difficult to get through; thorny shrubs are most effective. Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), Ilex aquifolium (holly), Pyracantha (firethorn), Rosa rugosa and Prunus spinosa (blackthorn) all make great ledges of 3 – 6 ft to deter intrsuders.
Low-growing, thorny shrubs can be planted at the base of fences and below windows and drainpipes.
Sheds and outbuildings: Don’t make a burglar’s job easier by leaving gardening tools lying around – these are often used to force entry into houses
The value of garden tools and equipment kept in sheds and outbuildings are often considerable so always mark your property with your postcode and house number. In most cases engraving will be the most suitable method.
Make sure you have heavy duty locks on doors and secure the windows with appropriate locks
Drives and pathways: Gravel drives and paths make it impossible for an intruder to approach a property quietly.
Lighting: Install outside security lighting that comes on automatically. But position lighting so not to be a nuisance to neighbours or a distraction for road users.
THE ALTERNATIVE MISS WORLD
Since its creation in 1951, Miss World is one of the longest standing and well publicised beauty pageants in the world. But in 1972, Andrew Logan turned the concept on its head in a fascinating and dynamic show The Alternative Miss World. It’s not about beauty, but transformation from the ordinary, to the extraordinary! And Andrew is here with some of the fabulous contestants from Saturday’s pageant to tell Alan what it’s all about…
He’s been head judge on Strictly Come Dancing since it started in 2004, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down! Len Goodman, 70, is here to talk about this year’s run of the talent show behemoth, as well as his new book AND upcoming BBC Four documentary on the history of dance. If we are lucky, he might show us some moves himself!
LEN’S UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY ‘DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK; AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF DANCE’ – IT WILL BROADCAST MID-NOVEMBER ON BBC FOUR
SCIENCE OF CLEANING
Dr Emily Grossman talks us through the chemical ingredients in commercial cleaning products and what effect they may have when overused. Dirt-buster, Kim Woodburn reveals her chemical-free top tips she has learnt on the job from her fifty years of cleaning!
BANISH LIME SCALE
KIM: The best tip to get lime scale off your taps is to soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap around the tap. Depending on how heavy the lime scale is, Kim suggests leaving around the tap for 10 minutes and then wiping away!
EMILY: White vinegar is a great cleaning substance as it contains acetic acid, a natural and safe acid. This acid can be used to react with and dissolve alkaline dirt and lime scale to neutralise and thus dissolve it.
FRESHEN UP YOUR CARPET
KIM: “My way to freshen up my carpet is to sprinkle bicarbonate soda and leave for half an hour. Vacuum up the soda and put some crushed potpourri down; leave this for an hour and vacuum this up too”
EMILY: Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is alkaline, so it reacts with the acids in fats and grease to dissolve them.
CLEANING DECANTERS AND VASES
KIM: To get rid of stubborn stains on a decanter or a vase, Kim’s tip is to use rice and vinegar. Pour rice into the decanter, and follow with enough vinegar to cover the rice. Cover the top and swirl the mixture around, do this for about two minutes and get rid of the rice carefully as it will smell of vinegar. Rinse the decanter now in water until smell has gone.
EMILY: Again here the acidic vinegar is reacting with the alkaline stains on the decanter, dissolving the grease – the rice helps because the grains act like lots of tiny scrubbing brushes, lifting off the dirt.
KIM: “I go back to the war time technique for cleaning windows.” Use some cheap vinegar and some warm water, wipe the windows down and buff with newspaper. My key tip of the wash down both sides, buff horizontally one side of the window, and vertically the other. This means if there is a streak you’ll know where it is and can get it out. “It will save you hours!”
EMILY: The acid here reacts with the alkaline grime to get rid of it, especially useful on hard water marks which are also alkaline. Newspapers are excellent for cleaning windows as they leave no residue on the glass, whilst paper towels and some cloths leave a trail of lint. Do wear gloves though as the ink can get everywhere!
She’s come a long way since the Glen! Actress Dawn Steele, 38, is dropping by to tell us all about her latest role in the stage adaptation of The Perfect Murder.
THE PERFECT MURDER: Dawn stars alongside Robert Daws (star of Roger, Roger, The Royal and New Tricks) and former Corrie and Casualty star Gray O’Brien. It is the first ever stage adaptation of crime novelist Peter James’ novel and has already toured across the country earlier this year. It was such a huge success that an autumn run was planned, this started at the beginning of September in Canterbury, since then the play has passed through Southend, Shrewsbury, Buxton and York. Last week, it was in Eastbourne and since last night, the play has been at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. It runs there until Friday, before moving to Cardiff and finishing in Birmingham on 10th-15th November.
It’s been one of the biggest West End shows for years and today we are joined by some of the cast of West End phenomenon Matilda. Matilda, Miss Trunchbull and some of the other children in the production join us to perform two tracks – ‘Naughty’ followed by all and ‘Revolting
Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp joins us to talk about his new TV series on famous murderers
Joining us for a performance in the studio today are six dancers from Ballet Revolución; currently performing at Sadler Well’s Peacock Theatre, London
BALLET REVOLUCION – PEACOCK THEATRE, LONDON UNTIL OCTOBER 25th
Helen joins Alan in the studio to talk about her route from Cold Feet and Freinds to her new play ‘The Distance’.
Also on the show Science with Dr Emily Grossman and Battle of the Sexes with Dr Linda Papadopoulos.
With thank to:
Capital Repairs for their assistance with our science feature
FUNERALS & COFFINS
National treasure and much loved actress, activist and author, Joanna Lumley, has been in the news recently for discussing preparations for her own funeral. In her wonderful no-nonsense way, she explains “If you haven’t understood that you are born you die, you scarcely deserve to be able to be alive.”
Joining us to talk through the surprising and fascinating options available for when the time comes is Sheffield-based funeral director Adam Heath from the 130 year old family business John Heath and Sons, a spokesperson for the National Association of Funeral Directors.
Coronation Street character Hayley Cropper was buried in a cardboard coffin as well as being the coffin of choice for Joanne Lumley
Cheaper and more environmentally friendly, cardboard coffins are losing their taboo status of being a disrespectful alternative to their wooden alternatives. They can even be highly decorated with paint and embellishments to make them personalised.
If you want a send-off in style, a Nottingham based company can do just that. By creating completely personalise coffins which are nothing short of works of art, the team of carpenters say there is nothing they cannot do and they are limited only by their customers’ imaginations. They can take up to two weeks to build and cost around five thousand pounds which does tend to put customers off. However, they usually receive requests from people who are still fit and active but who want to make sure they get the send-off they want.
Wiltshire farmer, Tim Daw, has spent nine months and £200,000 to complete a Neolithic ‘Long barrow’ burial mound on his farm, something that hasn’t been done for 5000 years. It is built by traditional methods and uses local sarsen stones, which can weigh up to a tonne, each laid by hand.
Inspired by his realisation that many non-religious people do not know what to do with remains after the ceremony and as an atheist himself, he wanted to give people somewhere to bring their loved-ones to enjoy beautiful and restful surroundings.
Neolithic Burial Chambers
West Kennet Long Barrow is one of the largest and best preserved. It is also only six miles from Mr Daw’s barrow and appears to have been completed 400 years before work on Stonehenge had even begun. But the most famous barrow is Sutton Hoo in Suffolk which is the most extensive burial sites to be discovered in Britain. They were reserved only for royalty and the social elite.
‘MORECOMBE & WISE’ as performed by ERIC & LITTLE ERN
Best friends Ian and Jonty are ‘Eric and Little Ern!’ An acclaimed, affectionate, moving and fantastically funny stage homage to Morecambe & Wise, coming back to London West End for the Christmas season.
Presenter… Maths Wizard… TV Icon… Solo pilot? Former Loose Woman Carol Vorderman is here to talk about presenting this year’s Pride Of Britain Awards, which transmit tonight (Tuesday) on ITV. She will also be telling us why she’s putting the small screen career on hold to complete her ambition to embark on a solo flight across the globe.
Cissy (short for Cecelia) Adamou, 15, has survived a heart transplant, kidney transplant and tumours on her spine and brain. She has been moments from death and her parents have even been told there was no hope for her, but through it all Cissy as continued to live life to the fullest while also raising thousands for charity. She joins us with her mum Jo, 56, to talk about receiving a Pride of Britain Award last night.
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Part five of our Battle of the Sexes and this time Dr Linda and Alan will be investigating if the eternal jokes that women can’t park have any scientific basis and what might be the reasons if it does? We’ll also be putting it to the test in true Titchmarsh style…
Simply put; spatial awareness is our ability to be aware of ourselves in space. Both genders use this ability every day, going up and down stairs, walking through doors, even writing and typing at our desks.
Without the ability to judge where an object is in space and more specifically, where it is in relation to our own body, we would not be able to judge the distance from one step to another, how far out to put our hands when pushing a door open or navigate through a busy street without walking into crowds of people.
OUR THANKS TO TOYLANDER FOR SUPPLYING THE MINIATURE CARS:
Sarah Hadland, also known as Stevie Sutton from Miranda, is now starring in the second series of the Job Lot. Sarah teaches Alan some top tips of comedy improvisation.
The Midlands Job Centre opens its doors once again for a second series of The Job Lot on ITV2. The series starring Sarah Hadland, Russell Tovey and Laura Aikman also boasts a range of star guests getting involved including Meera Syal, Dylan Edwards and Keith Duffy.
Wednesday 10pm ITV 2
Scientist Dr Emily Grossman will explain the latest science headlines and how an everyday kettle works. Emily will also be answering more viewers’ questions
PERFECT CUP OF TEA
Britain drinks 165 million cups of tea a year but there’s little agreement on how exactly a proper cuppa should be made. In a bid to settle this centuries old argument, Scientists at University College London and University of Northumbria have come up with how to make the perfect cup of tea by following the following equation:
TB + (H20 at 100C) + 3 mins BT + M (10ml) + 6mins BT = PC (at OT 60C)
TB = tea bag, BT = brewing time, M = milk, PC = perfect cuppa, OT = optimal temperature
It was recently reported that the Royal Ballet School in Central London now has the same amount of boy and girl students for the first time, as more and more boys fall in love with ballet and dance. Some of the kids at the school are dropping by for a chat with us about why they’ve decided to take up ballet, ahead of the first ever World Ballet Day on Wednesday!
Geoffrey Boycott established himself as one of England’s most successful opening batsmen and since retiring as a player, he has found further success as a cricket commentator. He talks to Alan about his new book:
Battle of the Sexes with Dr Linda Papadopoulos
In this instalment of Linda and Alan’s investigations into the differences between men and women, they will be testing the theory that men are better than women at judging a person’s size, based on their voice alone!
THE LEGO ARTIST
Nathan Sawaya is the world acclaimed artist known for his eye-popping LEGO sculptures. Built from scratch in his New York or LA studios from a collection of over 2.5million bricks, Nathans exhibition ‘The Art of the Brick’ is on show at The Old Truman Brewery in East London from September 26th and finishes on January 4th.
One of our most distinguished stage and screen actors, Tim Pigott Smith, 68, is here to talk about his latest role, that as the future King Charles III in the new play of the same name. He will also look back on a life lived as one of the nation’s most recognisable actors.
Olly says “Smartphone’s are not really about making calls anymore: they’re the centre of the user’s existence – their portal to their friends via social networking, their information via news and travel apps; their entertainment centers’ via music and film downloads and streaming, and increasingly their wallet too, via payment systems using NFC.”
- Nokia 1110: released in 2005, this phone is the biggest-selling cell phone; by some distance (iPhones tend to sell around 60-70m, Nokia’s sold 250m 1110’s since release!)
- The CAT S50 Rugged Smartphone: designed for the outdoors, theoretically you can drop it in a plant bed overnight and it would survive! It is waterproof with wet-finger tracking, dustproof, shatter resistant, scratch resistant etc. (*not indestructible!)
- Bluetooth headphones: now free you up to do other stuff whilst you’re talking on the phone. The Plantronics Backbeat FIT headphones are ones that Olly recommends: they’re in-ear headphones designed specifically for sports, covered in a nano-coating to repel sweat and rain, and entirely wireless. Controls for calls are located on the earpieces.
iPhone 6: Released on Friday 19th September this is the eighth generation of iPhone. The latest phone hit the 4 million records of pre-orders on its first day. It now boasts an NFC chip which allows contactless payments using the new Apple Pay feature.
She’s the Northern Lass who cruised her way into our hearts! Singing diva Jane McDonald is dropping in to tell us about her hot new tour and sizzling special edition of her album.
THE ALBUM – DELUXE EDITION OF THE SINGER OF YOUR SONG – OUT NOW:
On 15th September to the delight of her legions of fans, Jane released her new album which contains 18 tracks, including four previously unreleased bonus tracks! The Singer Of Your Song was originally released as a special tour edition in March, available only online and at concert
Scientist Dr Emily Grossman explains how our fridge freezers work, signer Alfie Boe joins Alan in studio and and we continue our Battle of Sexes in a nattempt to find who is the better liar – men or women.
Best known for playing the formidable, scary and magnificent Madge in ITV comedy smash Benidorm, Sheila Reid, 76, is here to talk about an altogether more serious role. She’s starring in play Ghost From A Perfect Place and is dropping in to tell us about swapping topping up her tan in Benidorm for treading the boards!
THANK YOU! Our thanks to Kudos First Mobility for supplying the mobility scooter than Alan rode, with great aplomb, in the studio:
Kudos First Mobility http://kudosfirst.co.uk
The sensational tenor voice of Alfie Boe has secured the love and following of hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. From sold out tours, platinum selling albums and a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre, he’s here to talk to Alan about his performance on Night at the Palladium as well as his UK Tour at the end of the year…
The Wedgwood Collection has been in the headlines recently over fears that it could be broken up forever from its home in a museum in Stoke-On-Trent. Joining us is Alison Wedgwood, who married in to the pottery dynasty and whose family worked for the company, and who is now campaigning for its rescue. We’ll then be looking at four of the items as well as the significance of Wedgwood’s work with ceramics expert Eric Knowles
WHO WAS JOSIAH WEDGWOOD? Josiah Wedgwood was born in 1730 and died in 1795. He was the founder of Wedgwood pottery. He suffered from smallpox as a child and was unable to operate a potters’ wheel, so concentrated from an early age on designing said pottery. He was married to Sarah Wedgwood and they had eight children. Josiah was a savvy businessman and is credited as the inventor of modern marketing, specifically direct mail, money-back guarantees, travelling salesmen, self-service, free delivery, buy one get one free, and illustrated catalogues
WHAT IS THE WEDGWOOD COLLECTION? The Wedgwood Museum’s origins can be traced right back to the company’s founder, Josiah Wedgwood I. He raised the idea of the historical collection in a letter to his business partner, Thomas Bentley on the 3rd December 1774. The first museum was opened in 1906, and Wedgwood was amongst the first ceramic manufacturers to have it on a permanent site. The collection has 80,000 works of art, ceramics and pattern books, covering 250 years of history.
SPOTTING A WEDGWOOD: “Wedgwood always marked his work, so it’s always easy to spot one of his by the mark – but you must make sure it’s the correct spelling! It’s Wedgwood without an ‘e’, but it’s a very common name and there is an actual company out there called ‘Wedgewood’ which has nothing to do with it. Also Wedgwood always has a matte finish, so if the stamp is too glossy, it’s not genuine.”
To get more information about the campaign to save the Wedgwood collection please go HERE.
TUESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Guests include the lovely Jill Halfpenny, comedian Dave Gorman whop fancies a rant about the overload of information we suffer in this modern age, and legendary DJ Tony Blackburn. We’re also launching our Battle of the Sexes and a news series on the science of everyday household objects.
Actress Jill Halfpenny
Details of previous features on The Alan Titchmarsh Show from series 14:
Our beautiful set this series includes :
Gorgeous White Table and Chairs supplied by LondonFurnitureonline.co.uk
Kitchen equipment with thanks to Lakeland.co.uk
Faux flowers supplied by peony.co.uk
Tuesday 25th March 2014
Alan Davies is back on the road for his brand new tour ‘Little Victories.’ He joins us just before the tour kicks off to talk about his return to stand up as well as the recent return of Jonathan Creek to our screens, with its first full series in 10 years.
The name ‘Little Victories’ comes from a story in the show where Alan, aged 9, successfully tricks his father in to eating some blackcurrant jam after he had claimed he didn’t like it. He realized it’s these little victories that he enjoys most in life and especially as a parent life is just about the small things.
For full details of the tour click here
Sarah Beeny has made a name for herself as one of Britain’s most famous property developers.
As a self taught construction expert, she has now decided to share her knowledge with the world in her new DIY manual, which she will be talking about on the show.
Sarah Beeny has used her construction knowledge to create a DIY help book that will be released on the 10th April. ‘100 DIY Jobs’ covers every aspect of home repairs and popular subjects such as stripping wall paper and sanding floors.
For each job, a comprehensive tool list is given, followed by clear step-by-step instructions and precise technical illustrations for those jobs that need a little more clarification.
The ‘How to Nail It!’ advice on each project will teach you how to perfect each job and avoid common pitfalls.
For further details check out Sarah’s website at www.sarahbeeny.com
Bob Golding and Gary Morecambe
This year will be the 30th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s best loved comedians. As one half of Morecambe and Wise, Eric Morecambe, bought sunshine into people’s homes with record breaking television audiences and legendary sketches that are still loved today.
Joining us on the show are Bob Golding, who is back starring as Eric in the one man show ‘Morecambe’ and Gary Morecambe, Eric’s son, to talk about his life and work.
With special thanks to B & Q for the wallpaper supplied in our DIY item today.
Pet Feature :
Kid goats from Noteworthy Farm in Devon
Tortoise from Anita’s Tortoise Sanctuary
Slobber Gobber loaf, birthday Bone, and party hats from Daisy Dog Deli
Personalised birthday cake and doggie chocolates from Wilson Pet Bakery
Pup cakes and donuts from the Canine Cookie Company
Party cups and table cloth from Party Delights-
Tuesday 18th March 2014
The UK’s best selling classical artist Russell Watson has sold over 8million records worldwide, performed for royalty and held number ones in both the UK and the US.
This has earnt him the nickname of ‘The Voice’ amongst his fans and now the tenor joins us to talk about his upcoming tour and perform the single ‘Home Ground’ with 12 Welsh Guards and orchestra.
Russell has been chosen to become the voice of ‘Home Ground’, a series of charity concerts marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A charity single (The Home Ground Anthem) is out now and all proceeds go to three charities – The Haig Trusts “Coming Home” who help provide suitable homes for injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan in 2014, The Falklands Veterans Foundation, and also the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.
Russell is supported in concert by the full (currently serving) Welsh Guards choir and The National Symphony Orchestra for The Home Ground Anthem and by his own 32 piece orchestra. The Home Ground concerts will take place on the 17th May at The Edinburgh Playhouse and the 27th July at The London Palladium.
Tips and Tricks for using fake flowers… with http://www.simonlycett.com
- TEA STAIN
Simon uses tea to take the edge off of flowers and make them look more real. The tea dulls the colour slightly and makes them look less artificial than they are when you first get them.
- REAL FOLIAGE
By using real foliage along with fake flowers you can create a really good arrangement that has the added benefit of being able to be used again
- BE SEASONAL
Obviously having peonies in full flower during the month of March is a give-away, so by using flowers vaguely “in season” you gain a little extra lee-way in persuading yourself and your friends that the flowers they are looking at might be real!
Tuesday 11th March 2014
Jeffrey Archer joins to talk about his latest book, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For.’
As the fourth novel in The Clifton Chronicles series it is sure to follow in its predaceous footsteps and become a number 1 bestseller around the world.
‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ is the fourth instalment in ‘The Clifton Chronicles’ Jeffrey’s 7 part series about the lives of Harry and Emma Clifton.
When he is not writing bestsellers, Jeffrey enjoys being the auctioneer at charity auctions.
“I started doing them just by chance and now I have raised £41 million. I would like to raise £50 million by the end of my life. I love doing it. It is such fun stealing from rich people!”
It has been number 1 on the pre-sales chart for 10 weeks. Out on March 13th, to order/pre order please click here
From ‘At Home with the Braithwaite’s’ to ‘The Bletchley Circle’, Julie Graham has spent over 20 years on our TV screens. More recently she has headed back to her homeland to star in the new murder mystery series, ‘Shetland’ which starts tonight on BBC1.
Following on from series one which aired last year and attracted 12 million viewers, and based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, the second series of Shetland focuses on three stories – Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning – told as three two-part episodes.
Douglas Henshall returns as Detective Jimmy Perez alongside Steven Robertson as Sandy and Alison O’Donnell as Tosh. Joining the core cast as a new character is Julie who plays straight-talking Procurator Fiscal Rhona Kelly.
Actress Fay Ripley has put her chef hat back on as she launches her third cook book ‘Fay Makes it Easy’, teaching modern mothers how to become a cooking success.
She is on the show to talk about her new cook book and her hard hitting role in the new drama ‘Suspects’. She will also be cooking up one of her favourite meals.
Fay has incorporated the food that she loves, and her busy schedule as a working mum, to create her new cook book ‘Fay Makes it Easy’. This book contains meals that don’t involve hours of preparation, unnecessary stress, and still allow you to show-off and enjoy eating. The book includes shortcuts, prep and cook times, tips and pictures of each meal.
Fay Makes It Easy is published on March 13th. To order your copy, click here
One-pot Spiced Chicken with Apricot Rice & Mint Raita
This will fill your home with comforting exotic smells and will fill you with the sense of warmth and wellbeing that only a great one-pot dish can do.
Prep time… 10 mins
Cook time… 55 mins
All you need is…
2 tsp garam masala
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
80g ready-to-eat dried apricots, roughly chopped
250g brown basmati rice, rinsed
250g pack ready-to-eat Puy lentils
750ml hot chicken stock
100g toasted flaked almonds, to serve
All you do is…
1 In a bowl, rub the garam masala all over the chicken thighs and set aside.
2 In a heavy-based pan, soften the onion in the oil for 5–10 minutes. Then add the garlic for 1 minute. Now throw in the cumin, cinnamon and apricots for another minute or so. Stir in the rice, lentils and stock.
3 Bring to the boil and pop the chicken pieces on top. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 40 minutes till the chicken is cooked through and the rice just soft.
Serve with the mint raita and a bowl of toasted flaked almonds to scatter over.
All you need is…
300g low-fat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves
All you do is…
1 Deseed the cucumber by cutting it in half down the middle and running a teaspooon down the seeded centre. Finely chop the flesh and add to the yogurt and mint. Season.
Use scissors to snip in the dried apricots.
Tuesday 4th March 2014
Anne Reid joins us on the show to talk about her cabaret show ‘In a New Key’ which returns to the Crazy Coqs venue in London in March.
Anne Reid returns to Crazy Coqs in London for her show ‘In a New Key’ from March 25th -29th. It is the same show that Anne performed last year but she hopes new people will be able to come and watch after the last run sold out so quickly.
Anne performs 20 of her favourite songs, linked by stories from throughout her career. They cover everything from being taken “to the pictures” by her mum growing up in Newcastle and being flown to India by a very roundabout route. Also her career as a jobbing actress until the life-changing and shocking lead in ‘The Mother’ for which she was Bafta-nominated, to the day she “froze’ in front of the Queen after doing a scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Buckingham Palace.
For more ticket info, please visit www.brasseriezedel.com
Back with a new production of Tell Me On A Sunday Marti is here to reveal all on reprising her most famous role and will be performing the title track ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’ at the end of the show.
The original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic ‘Tell Me On a Sunday’, starring Marti Webb, is currently enjoying a three week run at the Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 18th February till Saturday 8th March. Last month, the show sold out at the St James Theatre, where it ran for 8 performances.
The musical tells the story of a North London girl who arrives in New York to find love and her purpose in life. ‘The Girl’ is the only character to appear on stage and her name is never revealed.
For ticket information etc, please click here.
Colin is a trained plumber but spends all of his spare time making crazy inventions in his garage. He is the Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Largest Bonfire, World’s Longest Motorbike, Fastest Mobility Scooter, and Fastest Stroller. He has a highly successful You-Tube channel showcasing his latest inventions.
Colin’s gadget crutches – Colin designed these when he broke his leg. Features include; a reverse beeping noise, a grabber, an ipod dock, water bottle holder and front lights. Colin’s Cake-o-matic– An easy way to quickly eat birthday cake without using your hands. You might want to wear a bib though!! For more information on Colin’s barking mad inventions visit www.colinfurze.com
The Umbrelloo – Mike is a website designer who decided to invent the Umbrelloo because his wife constantly needs the toilet when they are out on walks. He hopes to get this invention in the shops as he feels it would benefit festival goers and hikers. He is currently developing ideas for future inventions. For more information, visit the Umbrelloo website
The Trolley Bike – Jasper has been building petrol go carts since the age of 15 and is now studying ‘off road vehicle design’ at University. He is hoping to work further on his invention and break the world record for the fastest Trolley Bike. The current record is 44 miles an hour.
Sam Hunter Baxter
The Toothbrush Hat – After calculating that the average persons spends around 75 days of their life with a toothbrush in their hand, Sam decided to invent a hands free brushing device to save you time when you’re on the go.
Sam says that the invention combines his love of hats and fondness for brushing his teeth. Sam would like to get this item patented and into the shops and is currently designing a range of toothbrush hats for the emergency services.
Tuesday 25th February 2014
Lizzie Yarnold and Jenny Jones
On 14th February Lizzy Yarnold won the gold medal in Skeleton for Great Britain. Going into the final run Lizzy was a favourite performing well throughout and having set a course record for her penultimate run.
She won the event beating America’s Moelle Pikus-Pace by a substantial 0.97 seconds.
Skeleton is a fast winter sliding sport. The sport consists of a person lying on a small sledge and riding down a narrow track. The speed is made from a run up at the start of the race which then builds up as the competitor goes around the track.
Jenny took bronze in the inaugural women’s slopestyle competition after a second run score of 87.25 in Sochi.
Before the Olympics she suffered a setback in her preparations when she was concussed in a training crash in Austria before Christmas and was out of competitive action for four weeks.
However she managed to get back in action and completed an exceptional second run at the games managing to win the bronze medal.
They join Alan in the studio to talk about their momentous achievements during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Martine McCutcheon joins us to talk about her return to the stage in ‘The Don Black Songbook’ following her health and financial troubles of recent years which saw her having to put her career on hold.
The Don Black Songbook
Martine McCutcheon is staring in the upcoming concert series celebrating the life and work of British lyricist Don Black, marking her return to the world of entertainment. The UK tour follows last autumn’s Royal Festival Hall Show which was broadcast as a BBC4 special at Christmas.
Tour details :
March 25 – Wycombe Swan
March 28 – Malven Theatre
March 29 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
March 31 – Bournemouth Pavilion
April 2 – Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
April 3 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
April 4 – Leeds, Town Hall
April 6 – Liverpool. Philharmonic Hall
April 8 – Manchester, Opera House
Tuesday 18th February 2014
Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke and West end diva Summer Strallen have teamed up in the nationwide tour ‘Ballroom to Broadway’. They are on the show today to talk about their new exciting collaboration and their common love of musicals.
Anton usually tours around the country with fellow ‘Strictly’ star Erin Boag, who has been his partner for 14 years. However Erin is now pregnant and Summer was on the top of Anton’s partner list. “She was definitely on the top of my wish list, she’s just so remarkable” said Anton.
The Ballroom to Broadway tour has given Anton the chance to explore a different variety of musicals and to work with a west end star. Anton’s favourite performance in the tour is ‘Dancing in the Dark’ (today’s performance) but his close second is ‘If my friends could see me now’. For more information on Anton and Erin, visit their website www.antonanderin.com and for full tour details and ticket prices etc, click here.
John Michie joins us to talk about his latest roll in Holby City, where he plays neurosurgeon and CEO Guy Self. Having made a name for himself solving murders in Taggart, followed by a stint as the murderer Karl in Coronation Street, he now spends his time trying to run a hospital and patch things up with his daughter and colleague, Zosia, in Holby.
In real life, John’s mother was a nurse and she met his father whilst looking after him in India. John said “She always says if I had worked harder at school, I could have been a doctor rather than an actor. So I think she is quite delighted I am playing a doctor rather than Karl, who she didn’t like.”
His sister was also a nurse while his brother-in-law is a doctor and he has friends from his student days at Edinburgh University who are now consultants in England. They all offer advice and give feedback and were especially cruel when his first publicity photo was released for the show and the x-ray in the shot was upside down!
The History of Tweed :
Ladies coat from Oasis – £75 (modelled by Summer) – www.oasis-stores.com
· Men’s jacket from Topman- £85 (modelled by Anton) – www.topman.com
· Steamer Trunk from Mossman Trunks – £165 – www.mossman-trunks.co.uk
· Pure Wool Tweed Checked Laptop Case from M&S – £45 – www.marksandspencer.com
· Balmoral Check Tweed Donut Bed from Mutts and Hounds – £95 – www.muttsandhounds.co.uk
· Katherine Emtage Bags Various – £37.50 – £155 – katherineemtage.com
· Mandarina Shoes Various – £83 – £185 – mandarinashoes.co.uk
· Bowmore Tweed Chair from Tetrad – £935 – www.tetrad.co.uk
· Loch Leven armchair from DFS – £1,499 – www.dfs.co.uk
Pet carrier item:
Christiana Bikes www.christianiabikes.com
Love My Dog www.lovemydog.co.uk
Pet-A-Roo Front Pet Carrier – £22.99 www.petplanet.co.uk
Sleepypod- £170 www.petspyjamas.com
Liberty Slings- £29.95 www.libertyslings.co.uk
Popcorn from Billy and Margot www.billyandmargot.com
Tuesday 11th February 2014
From his comic role in ‘The Detectives’ to his six year stint on the wards of ‘Holby,’ Robert Powell has come a long way since portraying Christ in the Seventies TV film Jesus of Nazareth.
He has now taken to the stage as Agatha Christie’s most famous detective, Poirot, and he is on the show today to talk about his current iconic role and his colourful career.
Robert is currently starring as Hercule Poirot in a new production of Agatha Christie’s first ever stage play ‘Black Coffee’ – full tour dates are as follows :
Jan 7 – Jan 18: Theatre Royal, Windsor
Jan 20 – Jan 25: Arts Theatre, Cambridge
Jan 27 – Feb 1: Theatre Royal, Bath
Feb 3 – Feb 8: Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Feb 10 – Feb 15: Richmond Theatre, Richmond
Feb 17 – Feb 22: Regent Theatre, Stoke
March 4 – March 8: New Theatre, Cardiff
March 10 – March 15: Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
March 17 – March 22: Palace Theatre, Southend
March 24 – March 29: King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
March 31 – April 5: Grand Opera House, York
April 7 – April 12: Festival Theatre, Malvern
April 14 – April 19: Hall for Cornwall, Truro
April 22 – April 26: Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
April 28 – May 3: Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes
May 6 – May 10: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Former Army Officer turned award winning singer and musician and all-round good guy, James Blunt joins Alan in the studio today. With four number one singles, five grammy nominations, two BRITS and two Ivor Novellos, James would appear to be doing “rather well”.
About to embark on a world tour and performing his new single Heart to Heart from his album Moon Landing, don’t miss James on the show today.
Click the pic for tour dates, and to discover more about his personality, follow James on Twitter @jamesblunt where he answers the voice of dissent regularly with good humour.
Blue and Gold Macaw: £1,200
An outstandingly beautiful bird, it’s no wonder the Blue and Gold Macaw is the favourite of many.
As well as a wonderful colour combination, many of these birds have a very amiable temperament to match.
These birds can be easily trained which is why they are often used in zoo and educational displays.
Moluccan Cockatoo: from £2,000
Can grow up to 20 inches and have a life expectancy of around 65 years. The Moluccan cockatoo is the largest of the “white” cockatoos and hugely popular as a pet.
They do, however, carry a reputation for being rather noisy. Owners often do not understand how demanding the Moluccan cockatoo can be, making it one of the top cockatoos to be re-homed.
Without enough mental and physical stimulation, Moluccan cockatoos can resort to destructive behaviour such as feather picking.
Greenwinged Macaw: from £1,400
Native from Mexico, Central America, South America and can live up to 80 years.
Green-winged macaws require a higher fat content in their diet than other parrots, so provide a healthy diet consisting of pellets, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the occasional nut.
They are prolific chewers and can have overgrown beaks, so provide plenty of hard wood blocks and other hard toys to give their beaks a good work out.
Hyacinth Macaw: from £15,000 each
Native to South America. These glorious giants are quite captivating and have incredible strength in their beaks, which needs to be a consideration when housing them.
More sensitive than other macaws, they seem to display deeper emotions towards each other and can often be seen with a charmingly protective wing around a mate.
While hyacinth macaws are playful, loving and sweet pet birds, they can also be demanding and headstrong.
For more information on the parrots and exotic birds featured on today’s show, check out the website at Barrett Watson Parrots
Pet valentine’s day cards are available from TheDogsDoodahs.com
Tuesday 4th February 2014
Probably best known for her role in the Richard Curtis hit film, Four Weddings and A Funeral, Anna Chancellor joins Alan to talk about the forthcoming screening of Private Lives, recorded at London’s Gielgud Theatre.
Acknowledging the impact Four Weddings had on the public at large, Anna said recently, “I will always be Duckface. Always. It’ll be on my grave. Some people just call me Ducky. I don’t mind.”
The cinema screening follows a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre where it played a limited season from 22 June to 21 September 2013 before transferring to London. Watch out for it in your local cinema on Thursday 6th February 2014.
Zoologist and conservationist, Chris has travelled the world to explore some of the animal kingdoms most interesting species, from swimming with killer sharks, to working with elephants, Chris is here to talk about his new three part series Inside the Animal Mind.
This three-part series provides surprising and revelatory answers about the way an animal’s mind works, how they perceive and understand the world through their senses; how they reason and solve problems that challenge us humans; and how the cleverest animals communicate and co-operate with each other in sophisticated animal societies. Catch it on TV tonight (Tuesday 4th February).
Row 2 Recovery
Row2Recovery is a charity which supports Military Para-Rowing throughout the country. They sent a team of 4 to take part in the Atlantic rowing challenge. The team consisted of two amputee soldiers who rowed the gruelling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic alongside two able-bodied comrades, to raise money for Help For Heroes who work to improve the lives of injured service personnel and their families.
After 48 days, 9 hours, 13 minutes and 1,400,000 oar strokes, the crew completed their journey across the Atlantic arriving on the 21st January in Antigua.
The task was made all the more difficult for the Row2Recovery team, with two of the crew having to complete the competition without the use of their prosthetic limbs, which were left in England to avoid damage to the joints caused by the extreme conditions.
The team had to live on a diet of mostly dried food however their task was made more difficult when they capsized just before Christmas, losing most of their snacks in the ocean. They team even declined the offer of emergency supplies from a passing ship, so they didn’t break any competition rules.
For more information, visit the website at www.row2recovery.com
For more information on the Tap Factory boys, visit their website at www.tapfactory.com
Tuesday 28th January 2014
With thanks to Pets At Home for our rabbit feature.
For more information about Olaf and his friends Elsa and Anna Angora Rabbits: www.bluecross.org.uk / 0300 790 9903
For information about Coral & Clara the White Dwarf Lops and Stig & Lou the Dutch Cross’s please contact www.woodgreen.org.uk / 0844 248 8181.
GOURMET PET FOOD
SLOW COOKED LAMB HOTPOT – www.lilyskitchen.co.uk
DOGGIE SAUSAGES- www.theinnocenthound.co.uk
RAW GOURMET MEAT- www.naturesmenu.co.uk
HEALTHY VENISON TREATS www.billyandmargot.com
VEGAN PEA AND MINT BISCUITS- lovesniffys.com
Join actor Les Dennis as he talks to Alan about his role in The Perfect Murder.
The Perfect Murder was written by the international best selling crime thriller novelist Peter James, who is now having his work produced for the stage for the very first time.
The play opened at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford on Wednesday 8th January 2014 and is going to continue to tour the country. It has already taken £1 million at the box office.
The play is about Les’s character, Victor Smiley, and his wife Joan who have been married for a long time. Their marriage is an unhappy one and Victor starts looking for attention elsewhere. The two characters reach a crisis point and Victor decides he must get Joan out of his life forever but how far will he go??
The play is a dark comedy and has gripped audiences and critics with its thrilling plot. For full ticket and theatre details, click here.
Martin Shaw joins us to discuss his latest role in the critically acclaimed stage version of Twelve Angry Men which is currently wowing audiences in the West End. He stars alongside the legendary actor of both stage and screen, Robert Vaughn and his own son Luke Shaw. Martin also returns to our screens next month as the eponymous Inspector George Gently who we last saw just having been shot in Durham Cathedral!
Twelve Angry Men –At the Garrick Theatre (Until 1st March)
Twelve Angry Men is a drama written by Reginald Rose concerning the jury of a homicide trial. Originally broadcast as a television play it is most well known as the 1957 Academy award nominated film starring Henry Fonda. Since then it has been adapted and remade numerous times.
For full ticket and show details, click here
Quick Fix Tape:
- Art Harding’s Neck and Face Lift kit is available in the UK at £15.95 at Christel Products and comes in dark and light.
- The Reaction Double Chin Treatment is available at Jules Nabet’s Surgery in west London and costs £180 for one session or £900 for six.
- Rio 60 second neck toner costs £29.99
- CACI Microlift Facial Toning System costs £349.95
Tuesday 21st January 2014
Actor Stephen Tompkinson joins Alan on today’s show. Stephen will be talking about the release of the DVD “Detective Harrigan” in which he stars, and DCI Banks which is back on your screens at the end of January.
Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton joins Alan in the studio for a chat about her involvement in Sport Relief.
For more information about Hero the owl visit : www.owlaboutart.co.uk
Items featured in today’s show include :
Animal Friendly hot water bottles £13.99 – Hotwaterbottles.net
Thermal Dog Coat £62.99 Muddypaws.co.uk
Scarf £9.95 Chilli-dogs.com
Electric Blanket £35.99 Animaldirect.co.uk
Rabbit Eglu £449.99 Omlet.co.uk
RHS Photography competition
We meet the winners of The RHS Photography Competition is now in it’s 17th year and there have been over 6000 applicants from 40 countries.
There are six categories and the competition attracts global attention and has helped the careers of many aspiring photographers. The judges for this competition were Clive Nichols, one of the world’s finest flower and garden photographers; Chris Young, garden writer and Editor of The Garden and Carol Sheppard, RHS Images Manager.
Jacky Parker (First Prize in details)
Heather Buckley (First Prize in plants)
Brett Critchley (First Prize in Seasons Category)
Jonathan Casey (First Prize in Gardens Category)
For more details of the competition, visit RHS Photo competition