Wednesday

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

ALAN’S GRAND FINALE – CLICK HERE TO GET THE DETAILS.

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Recently see on The Alan Titchmarsh Show dance group ‘Swing Patrol’ demonstrated some great moves in a special contest for our celebrity guests:

Swing Patrol who  are hswing patrololding events all around the UK to teach as many people as possible to Charleston and swing. You don’t need a partner or to have ever danced before. Find the nearest event to you at swingpatrol.co.uk.

Look out for them on Wednesday November 12th Alan Titchmarsh Show 3pm ITV.

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 5th NOVEMBER           

Fiery actress Rula Lenska joins Alan and award-winning conductor Andre Rieu brings his orchestra along for a performance. There’s also a fascinating guide to historical medical treatments.

 

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OCTOBER 29TH

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ANNE REID

The BAFTA Award-nominated actress, Anne Reid (79) found fame nearly sixty years
ago as Ken Barlow’s wife Valerie in Coronation Street. She has since become a regular TV
and film star, and was awarded an MBE for her services to drama in 2010. Today, Anne
joins us to discuss her latest role in the BBC drama Our Zoo and its subsequent release on
DVD.

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SUGAR SCULPTURE

With over 30 years experience in creating wonderful masterpieces for some of the most
prestigious clients in the world, Colin Martin has made a name for himself as one of the UK’s
leading professionals in the art of sugar sculpting. He joins us today to show us how he creates
the sugary masterpieces and with a helping hand from Alan, will demonstrate making a swan.

http://www.schoolofsugar.co.uk/

 

zoe_lucker-368678ZOE LUCKER

Having made her name playing super bitch Tanya Turner in Footballers’ Wives, Zoe
Lucker (40) has carved out a career playing “bad girls”. She is currently on our screens as
fierce family matriarch and school dinner lady, Carol Barry, in Waterloo Road. She joins us
today to discuss the final series of the show.

 

 

ARE YOU SLEEPING WELL?

Are you still struggling to catch up and get your body clock in check after gaining that
extra hour this weekend? Well, fear not, as Dr Phil is here to share all of the tricks to
getting the perfect night’s sleep.

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22nd OCTOBER

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DANIEL O’DONNELL

Irish country and folk singer Daniel O’Donnell is a household name in Ireland, the UK and across the pond. He is a prolific writer and performer, having released an album and toured every year between 1984 to 2013. Daniel is now releasing a live CD and DVD box set ‘Stand Beside Me’ covering a two and a half hour concert for his fans.

During this past year Daniel’s career and personal life has undergone some major changes. He recently announced to his devoted fans that he’s taking an extended two year break from touring to spend more time with his family (starting in February).

http://danielodonnell.org/

 

TAXIDERMY

Taxidermy classes are back with a vengeance. This important British craft of the 19th century, loved by the Victorians with their obsession for death and parlour decorations, fell out of favour in the 20th century. Now it’s back in fashion again – taxidermist Margot Magpie is here to tell us all about it.

www.afieldguide.org

http://ofcorpsetaxidermy.wordpress.com/about/

 

ITV Drama Scott & BaileyAMELIA BULLMORE from SCOTT & BAILEY

Amelia joins us to talk about successful ITV police drama Scott & Bailey, now in its fourth series, in which she not only stars but has written four episodes, one of which airs tonight.

She’s also here to talk briefly about the stage comedy which she wrote looking at female friendship, Di and Viv and Rose. Ittransfers from the Hampstead Theatre to the West End and will be at the Vaudeville Theatre from 22nd January.

 

 

HEALTH – WHY YOUR SOFA COULD BE SHORTENING YOUR LIFE SPAN

Studies have claimed there are major health benefits should we choose to stand instead of sit.  Dr Phil Hammond is here to tell us whether or not we should we be scared of our sofa! Also joining us is Louise Atkinson who dropped two dress sizes just by standing for a month.

http://drphilhammond.com/

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15th OCTOBER

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JOHN HANNAH

Film, theatre and television star John Hannah is returning to the stage after a six year absence. Known for his roles in Hollywood films Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Mummy and Sliding Doors, John is now starring as Vanya in a new production of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya at the St. James Theatre.

UNCLE VANYA: ST JAMES THEATRE UNTIL 8TH NOVEMBER

 

 

whisky fallsBURLESQUE

The retro-glamour of burlesque has swept the nation over the last few years, with a surge of twenties-style cabaret venues and burlesque venues opening up across the country. The art form has been popularised by artists such as Dita Von Teese.

Whisky & The Roseates”(comprising of performers Whisky Falls are here to perform a burlesque routine and to chat about the UK’s love for bawdy comedy, entertainment and feather fans.

****THE WORLD BURLESQUE GAMES 2014, 24-25th OCTOBER, THE GRAND HALL KING’S CROSS****

https://www.facebook.com/WhiskyandtheRoseates

 

TODAY’S DEBATE: DO WOMEN EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THEIR MATES?

Rosamund Pike, who plays unhappily married Amy Dunne in the UK’s No1 movie, thriller Gone Girl, has recently said in an interview that she thinks most marriages don’t work because of women’s unrealistic expectations of men. So we’re asking – Do women want for too much when it comes to a mate?

 

blueBLUE

Blue are: Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe, Antony Costa and Duncan James. The four members of the boy band join us to talk about going back on the road as part of the second Big Reunion Tour which plays 13 dates around Britain starting on Friday 17th Oct in Sheffield.

The Big Reunion Tour starts in Sheffield on Friday (17th) and tours 13 venues around Britain finishing in Newcastle on 30th October.

http://wp.officialblue.com/

 

dale pSUPERFOODS

Superfoods – just how super are they? Nutritionist, health guru and cook Dale Pinnock is on the show to tell us about the superfoods trending, and to separate food fact from food fiction. He’ll be putting acai berries, wheat grass and chia seeds to the test in our celebrity superfood study.

Dale Pinnock, aka ‘The Medical Chef’, is a nutritionist, chef and health expert who advocates “eating your way to better health”. Dale claims that the chemicals in certain foods can improve your health and reduce pain.

Dale has authored 5 new books (available now) on various nutritional subjects including ‘Superfoods Explained’, ‘20 Recipes to Lower Cholesterol’ and ‘Diabetes: Eat Your Way to Better Health’. He also has a best-selling book, ‘The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Everyday’.

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8th OCTOBER

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KEVIN McCLOUD & GRAND DESIGNS

Presenter, journalist and designer Kevin McCloud joins us to talk about the new series of Grand Designs (Channel 4). With 15 years and more than 140 episodes under his belt as presenter, Kevin is a staple of British television. Series 14 follows more of Britain’s most extraordinary self-builders and home designers.

Grand Designs, Wednesday’s 9pm on Channel 4

Grand Designs Live, NEC Birmingham, 9 – 12 October 2014

http://www.granddesignslive.com/

 

ufo_2387810bIS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

Scarborough was recently named the UFO capital of Britain, with many UFO spotters visiting the area in the hope of an encounter with an alien. This week UFOs have also been spotted over the south coast near Portsmouth and caught on tape above protests in Hong Kong. What are UFOs and should we take them seriously? Joining us today are alien investigator John Wickham, and Hilary Porter an alien abductee

http://www.beamsinvestigations.org/

_434470_holly_johnHOLLY JOHNSON

Following a 14 year break, former Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman, Holly Johnson, is back with a new solo album and UK tour. He joins us to talk about getting back on stage and finding an alternative creative outlet through painting.

Holly Johnson’s new single, In & Out of Love and new album Europa are both out now. He is touring throughout the UK in October starting in Bristol on the 18th.

 

 

phil_1907041cHOW HEALTHY IS YOUR GUT?

Digestive health is crucial to our well being. Heartburn, bloating and constipation are all common complaints. Dr Phil Hammond will be explaining why we get our common stomach complaints, what they mean, and how can we cure them

Gut health

Most gastrointestinal problems can be prevented or resolved by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. IBS is a common complaint from people – and can usually be linked to stress or a change in your diet –symptoms can be constipation, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and bloating, flatulence and indigestion.

Factors which can affect your digestive system are:

  • Certain medicines that your doctor may have prescribed for you for other health conditions.
  • Smoking can weaken the muscle that controls the lower end of the oesophagus and allow acid from the stomach to travel in the wrong direction back up the oesophagus, a process known as reflux.
  • If you’re overweight, fat puts pressure on your stomach and can cause heartburn.
  • Binge drinking increases acid production in your stomach and can cause heartburn and aggravate other digestive disorders.

 

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1st OCTOBER

 

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GYLES BRANDRETH

With one of the most distinctive voices in British broadcasting, he is a man of many talents. Gyles will be talking Novelty Knits, his new book co-authored with his daughter Saethryd, as well as bringing us up to date on his newly reissued diaries, Breaking the Code.

http://www.gylesbrandreth.net/index.html

We’re also launching our search for Britain’s Most Inventive Knitter. For details follow this link: https://alantitchmarsh.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/are-you-an-inventive-knitter/

 

cakeALAN’S BIG BAKE SHOWDOWN

Baking is big business! Our resident baker Edd Kimber – winner of the first ever GBBO in 2010 – will be competing against completely amateur bakers – to see which cake the viewers thinks looks best! Edd lost to Nikki from Essex last week – how will he fare this week? You vote for the winner in our voting poll.

 

llauren selfieHAVE WE GONE ‘SELFIE’ MAD?

2014 has truly been the year of the selfie. From host Ellen de Generes’s billion dollar snap at the Oscars to David Cameron and Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, this is a bandwagon that keeps on rolling. But has our selfie obsession gone too far? Even David Cameron has jumped on the selfie bandwagon!

 

hatMARVELLOUS MILLINERY

Hats, Hats, Hats! From the glitz and glamour of high fashion, to the humble flatcap, it seems you can’t go anywhere this season without seeing some serious headwear. But are the more high end items the preserve of mad hatters or could they really be making their way onto the high street?

Top milliner Laura Cathcart is here to talk through all the latest and greatest in hat design.

http://www.lauracathcart.com/

 

iconsquareSuzanneShawBlockbusterSUZANNE SHAW

She skated to glory in Dancing on Ice but her next challenge will see her firmly back on stage with a brand new show, BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, a time-travelling stage spectacular which showcases some of the biggest chart hits of the 1970s and 80s.

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/news/blockbuster-the-musical-s-3562

 

BAD BACKS

bad back90% of the UK population get back pain at some point. Surgery..Painkillers…what are our options? We meet Osteopath Darren Chandler, who will show us WHY most of us suffer, and some simple tips to help relieve the pain, and support your back for the future.

Darren Chandler B.Ost.Med, (Hons) D.O is a director and co founder of Spine Plus Clinics, and the Harley Street Spine Clinic. He is a full member of the British Osteopathic Association (BOA), British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and is a state-registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council. “As part of my work I try to unravel the mystery and complexities surrounding back pain. I use clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice, but also intuition gained from years of practice and research. It’s important to remember no two patients (or practitioners) are alike.”

If you are interested in any of the back gadgets featured on the show you can find them in the following links:

www.backinaction.co.uk

 

 

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24th SEPTEMBER

Bushcraft expert Ray Mears joins us to talk about his new series Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears in which he explores the Great British wilderness on our doorstep.

WILDERNESS WALKS WITH RAY MEARS, ITV TUESDAY 7.30pm

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HEALTH

Is sugar is the enemy! Tooth decay, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and ageing can all be linked to too much sugar. It has crept into most elements of our daily diet, from pre packaged bread to ready meals – so how can we escape from it? Dr Phil talks us through the effect sugar has on our bodies, and how we can try to avoid it.

  • The World Health Organisation’s new target is that added sugars – as well as some natural ones – should account for no more than 5% (25grams/5 sugar cubes) of our daily energy intake – down from the currently recommended 10%. Some nutrition scientists say that isn’t far enough and think we should have less than 3%.
  • The new move would see the daily recommended added sugar intake slashed to just 14g a day – the equivalent of three sugar cubes.
  • It comes amid calls to ban sugary foods from schools and leading academics have said vending machines selling sweets and fizzy drinks should also be removed from public places. They have also called for a ‘sugar tax’ to increase the retail price of sugary drinks and sugar-rich foods by at least 20 per cent.

 

Agatha ChristieDICK FRANCIS & AGATHA CHRISTIE LIVE ON!

Two of the biggest names in British fiction have just published new novels, yet Agatha Christie and Dick Francis are no longer with us. We meet the writers who are carrying the mantle of literary legends, Sophie Hannah and Felix Francis.

New Agatha Christie novel by Sophie Hannah

A best-selling author of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries.

Her 2013 novel,The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.

Two of her crime novels,The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012.

The Monogram Murders is the first Agatha Christie novel to be written in 39 years, and the first that has been endorsed by the Christie estate.

It features Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.

New Dick Francis novel by Felix Francis 

Along with his father, Felix co-wrote Dead Heat (2007) Silks (2008) and Even Money (2009) although Felix in reality did most of the writing. Crossfire (2010) was the novel Dick and Felix Francis were working on when Dick died in 2010, marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in the Dick Francis brand.

Gamble (2011), was Felix’s first solo Dick Francis novel, followed by Bloodline (2012) and Refusal (2013).

Damage is his latest book and the 50th Dick/Felix Francis book. It continues the equestrian theme of the previous Francis books.

 

Tim-WonnacottTIM WONNACOTT

Tim joins us to talk about swapping his auctioneer’s hammer for some sparkly dancing shoes as he quick steps across our screens in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing which starts on Friday 26th September on BBC One, 9pm.

 

 

 

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17th SEPTEMBER

 

Simon CallowSIMON CALLOW

Star of the stage and screen, Simon Callow CBE is on the show to talk about his UK tour of the one-man show, The Man Jesus.

The Man Jesus, a play by Matthew Hurt is touring the length of the UK with over 40 shows.

The Man Jesus, 10th September – 4th November 2014 UK tour, including the Lyric Theatre, London on Monday 6th October. www.themanjesus.co.uk for full list of UK dates.

 

SOL3MIO

Sol3 Mio is a combination of three operatic voices; tenor brothers Pene and Amitai and their cousin Moses. They’re on the show to give a live performance of ‘O Sole Mio’, the first track from their self-titled debut album ‘Sol3 Mio’.

  • They are performing at the Royal Albert hall on September 23rd.
  • They will be touring the UK supporting Alfie Boe on his arena tourin November and December.
  • Their headline UK tour is in spring 2015.

 

HEALTH with Dr Phil Hammond

British men are paying the price for neglecting their health: more than 100,000 men a year die prematurely.

On average, men go to their GP half as often as women. It’s important to be aware of changes to your health, and to see your GP immediately if you notice something that’s not right. Below are five important health issues for men and the symptoms you should never ignore:

  • A lump on your testicle
  • Moles
  • Feeling depressed
  • Trouble urinating
  • Impotence

 

SHIRLEY EATON AND THE BOND FILMS

Goldfinger_1618357cShirley was a Bond Girl and Goldfinger’s aide-de-camp, whom Bond catches helping the villain cheat at a game of cards. He seduces her, and like many of the Bond girls before and since, her character dearly paid for her furtive romantic clinches with Sean Connery’s magnetic “James Bond”. Shirley’s 24-karat gold death scene (she was found by Bond, painted head to toe in gold paint, and had “died of skin suffocation”), became the eye-catching draw for the movie.

 Goldfinger 50th Anniversary Auction

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, Christies Auction House have an exclusive online charity auction featuring iconic James Bond memorabilia sold to benefit the NSPCC. Highlights include a one-third scale model with 24k gold-plated detail of James Bond’s classic Aston Martin DB5 and a Goldfinger Seamaster ‘Aqua Terra’ wristwatch especially created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film. Bidding will close on Wednesday 17th Sept. Shirley will be the honorary guest tonight at the auction dinner. (It is an online auction)

For more information:  http://www.christies.com/sales/goldfinger-the-50th-anniversary-september-2014/

 

James Bond Collection:

Nick Bennett, 57, from Warrington has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest James Bond collection

Nick will feature in the 60th edition of the Guinness World records.

 

warwick WARWICK DAVIES

 Actor Warwick Davis, best known for his roles in mega movies Harry Potter and Star Wars, has effortlessly transitioned to his latest role as TV presenter. He joins us to talk about his new series, a revival of the classic game show Celebrity Squares (Wednesdays ITV, 8pm). Tonight’s episode will be the second in the series.

 

 

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ON THE SHOW TODAY….

Matthew KellyActor and TV presenter Matthew Kelly is on the show to talk about his current role in Richard Bean’s new revival of the 1999 stage production of “Toast”, playing at the Park Theatre, London.

 “Toast”

Now on and runs until 21st September 2014, Park Theatre, London

Full Cast: Steve Nicolson as “Blakey”, Will Barton as “Colin”, Matt Sutton as “Peter”, Simon Greenall as “Cecil”, Matthew Kelly as “Nellie” Finlay Robertson as “Dezzie”, and John Wark as “Lance”.

“Toast” is Richard Bean’s first play telling the story of a struggling rundown bread factory based in Hull in 1975. The play is autobiographical, inspired by Bean’s experiences working in a bakery at the age of 18.

The play focuses on the relationships between an all male cast of over worked factory workers. The audience meet these workers as they chat and joke during their canteen breaks.

The crux of the plot follows a crisis in the bread factory, potentially ruining a commission for several thousand loafs, consequently threatening the survival of the factory. The workers band together in an incredible act of camaraderie to save the factory doors from closing. 

Cinderella

Later this year Matthew is set to appear in the pantomime, Cinderella, playing one of the ugly sisters. His son Matthew Rixon will also appear in the show as well as stand up comedian Tim Vine (Not Going Out, Don’t Blow The Inheritance). It promises to be a lot of fun, theatrics and magic.

Cinderella starts at The New Wimbledon Theatre 5th of December 2014.

 

 

fancy-nancy-birthday-cake-21339805ALAN’S BIG BAKE SHOWDOWN

 Baking is big business! Our new baker Edd Kimber – winner of the first ever GBBO in 2010 – will be competing against completely amateur bakers – to see which cake the viewers think looks best!      

Edd Kimber is the 29 year old Bradford-born baker who won the inaugural series of the cake making show back in 2010 and has since gone on to write two cookbooks, work in Raymond Blanc’s restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quart’Saisons and is a permanent feature at food shows up and down the country. But before he applied for the BBC show, he was a debt collector for Yorkshire Bank

His challenger this week is:

Jackie Heaton is a 51 year old stay at home Nana from Manchester. She started baking when her children were little – they’re now 26 and 22 – but when they grew up she stopped. But along with her 6 year old grand-daughter Maggie, she started baking again about 2 years ago.

If you’re a creative cake maker an decorator and would ike to take up the challenge then please email us at alan@itv.com.

 

BIG DEBATE

Should we mess with Mother Nature? If you could permanently remove all painful memories from your past, would you take that radical step? If we could enhance and upgrade our bodies using science should we? Or is this science going a step too far?

It’s a suitably big question for our Problem Solving/Big Debate Panel.

This week’s panel are:

  • Anne Atkins (Broadcaster, novelist and journalist),
  • Peter Cave (Humanist, Philosopher and Author)
  • Dr Jack Lewis (Neuroscientist and psychologist).

 

OYSTERS

The Tabasco British Oyster Opening Championship traditionally marks the beginning of the native oyster season, a date eagerly awaited by lovers of these subtly flavoured molluscs.

Now in its 22nd year-as usual the contestants will each open 30 native oysters – the record time is approx 2 mins 40 seconds – they have to open them and present them perfectly – ready for consumption.

The winner of this year’s Championship will go on to compete in the World Oyster Opening Championship in Galway, Ireland, at the end of the month.

Our guest is Hugo De La Rossa from Wright Brothers Oyster Farmer in London

He won the British competition and shucked 30 native oysters in 3.24 minutes

 

HEALTH

phil_1907041cDr Phil Hammond is a doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. He qualified as a GP in 1991 and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Phil is also a presenter on BBC Radio Bristol, has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992 and has presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2.  He’s developed CLANGERS as a way to illustrate top tips for living longer.

Dr Phil’s CLANGERS are:

Connect….With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, strangers, pets, plants and place. Scientific research consistently points to strong relationships as a key to longer life.

Learn – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Exercising your brain as important as exercising your body.

(Be) Active – Discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Moderate activity – don’t overdo it without guidance from your doctor.

Notice  -Filling up your brain with your senses leaves less space for anxiety and depression. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you      

Give back -Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. Again, research has proved this point – helping others leads to stronger mental health and mood.

Eat Well – connect with local food producers, learn how to grow, prepare and cook food, notice the different sights, smells, textures and tastes of the ingredients and give back a meal to your friends and family.

Relax – To sleep well, you may need to housekeep your brain, write down any task for the follow day so you don’t forget them and then just rest and reflect on the day you’ve had, reliving and re-savouring the good memories and feeling grateful.

Sleep – essential for mental and physical health. The brain is very active during the sleep, clearing out all the clutter form the previous day.

 

 

BONNIE LANGFORD

 West End musical legend Bonnie Langford is joining the cast of the hit musical reworking of the classic movie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With her run beginning on 16th September, Bonnie joins us to chat about taking over the role of Muriel Eubanks from Samantha Bond.

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ABOUT DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS:         

Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is one of the biggest and best new musicals of the year. It has been running since February this year and continues at the Savoy Theatre with two new principal cast members coming on board. This critically acclaimed production, adapted for the UK stage from the Broadway version, has been seen by 200,000 audience members so far.

Guests include ex TV presenter and award-winning actor Matthew Kelly, Gary Wilmot and Bonny Langford and we’re also delving into the secrets of living longer  in our health slot and taking on the National Oyster Shucking challenge!

 

 

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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

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Lorraine Kelly

Scottish broadcaster, journalist and author Lorraine Kelly OBE is on to promote her new book “Lorraine Kelly’s Scotland”.

Lorraine was born into a working class home in the Gorbals, Glasgow in 1959. She was brought up in nearby East Kilbride by her dad John (a TV repairman) and her mother, who were only 18 at the time.

Lorraine has been married to cameraman Steve Smith since 1992 and they have a daughter called Rosie who was born in 1994. The couple live in Broughty Ferry (near Dundee), and Lorraine commutes to London during the week. Lorraine is a huge football fan and massive supporter of Dundee Utd. She even has a season ticket, and spends her weekends (as much as she can) at the home games where she likes to indulge in a traditional pie.

To purchase Lorraine’s book, click here

Simon Lycett

Simon is coming on the show to create lovely flower pieces that the audience at home can recreate for their own Mothers on Mothering Sunday.

Design One 

A gloriously scented decoration of flowers created within a lovely rustic galvanised bucket upon the side of which using blackboard paint, a heart will have been painted and the word “Mum” written in chalk.

Assorted stems of green hellebores and widow iris, viburnum, white lilac, ranuncus, hydrangeas and narcissi and tulips will all combine with stems of foliage and be arranged within a network of chicken-wire and water.

Design Two

Fill a bright red of pink tea pot with a lovely hand-tied posy. Use an assortment of spring flowers will be used, in gentle shades of pink and cream.

Design Three 

Place a smaller glass bowl inside a shallow clear glass bowl. Fill the gap between the bowls with blue shaded bath salts and crystals. Within the inner bowl arrange a decoration of assorted blue shaded spring flowers including hyacinths and grape hyacinths and forget-me-nots.

For more information visit Simon’s website

Keith Duffy

Keith is on the show to talk about Boyzones new single ‘Who Are We’ to be released on the 14th April 2014. The single follows on from their comeback in 2013 which was celebrated with a 20th anniversary tour ‘BZ20’. Keith also appears in new ITV comedy “Job Lot” and a new play ‘A Hand Full of Stars’ to be performed in April 2014.

For more information and ticket info, please click here 

Foot Health

Your feet carry you everywhere, so it makes sense to look after them. The average person takes 10 000 steps per day making it a vital part to play in everyday lives. GP Anita and dietitian Lucy are joined by podiatrist Peter Allton to discuss why having healthy feet is so important.

COMMON FOOT PAIN:  

1.    SPRAINS AND STRAINS affect muscles and ligaments. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue around joints that connect one bone to another. The tissues in your foot can become stretched or twisted, but this will not cause permanent damaged.

2.    PLANTAR FASCIITIS is damage to the tough band of tissue (fascia) that runs under the sole of the foot, which causes pain in the heel. It’s often brought on by an activity such as running, or sometimes happens after a gradual wearing down of the foot tissues.

3.    GOUT is a type of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid (a waste product) in the body. Crystals of uric acid can form in the joint of your big toe, causing severe pain and inflammation even when you’re resting.

4.    BUNION: A bunion is a bony swelling at the base of the big toe that can be painful and difficult to walk on. The big toe points towards the other toes and the big toe joint sticks out, forming a bony lump.

FOOTWEAR: For comfort and foot health, it’s essential that your shoes fit your feet correctly. Comfortable shoes will allow your feet to work normally, and will not restrict their movement in any way. Insoles, padding and arch supports can you be used to relieve arch or heel pain. Anita will give us advice on the following footwear (props):

  • High heels – Wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the activity you are doing.
  • Flip flops – don’t provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain.
  • Ballet pumps – offers little support they put pressure on the knees, hip and back.
  • Trainers – it is important to wear good footwear when doing exercise.

Wednesday 19th March 2014

The Alan Titchmarsh ShowGyles Brandreth

English writer, broadcaster, actor, and former Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth is on the show to promote his book “The 7 Secrets of Happiness”.

The book accompanies his latest show “Looking for Happiness” which sold-out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Following the success of the show, and the book, Gyles is taking it on tour across the UK.

Gyles calls his one man show “stand-up with a difference” as he hopes that people will regard it as “a worthwhile investment” as well as finding it humorous. In contrast to the book which Gyles says is more serious, he describes his stage show as “both larky and serious” with the aim to entertain as well as inform.

The UK tour began in February and has six remaining shows at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. For ticket information, click here. 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Marion:
Dress, Dorothy Perkins £22
Shoes, Primark £10

Makeover

 

Wednesday 12th March 2014

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Georgia Taylor

Georgia Taylor

Georgia Taylor is on the show to talk about series 8 of Law and Order. The show will return to our screens tonight (12th March) at 9pm.

Law and Order is back on our screens tonight (12th March) with its new series (8), showing us two sides of the criminal justice system, police investigating the crime and Crown Prosecutors, prosecuting  the offenders.

‘Law and Order is brilliant because you witness the police investigating a crime, and then get to follow it all the way to the court room. With other crime series you never get a complete sense of a story from start to finish.’  However the show is not all serious as Georgia confesses she is notorious for getting the giggles, and once she starts, she can’t stop. 

Catch Law and Order Wednesday nights from 12th March on ITV 9pm.

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Linda Robson supporting Breast Cancer Care

Linda Robson

Linda is supporting Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal this March. The appeal encourages everyone to make a donation and wear a daffodil pin.

All the funds raised from the appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s hospices.

To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visitwww.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107

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New novel from Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Walk, one of the UK’s most respected and well-known journalists and broadcasters, has written her debut novel ‘The legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’

‘The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle’ is Kirsty’s first novel. She describes it as “a multi-generational story of love and belonging” that revolves around a young woman named Martha who by chance, inherits a house and slowly begins to unlock its mysteries and heartbreaking secrets.

The book does not have numbered chapters, but is structured through alternating sections from Martha and Elizabeth’s viewpoints, that takes the reader back and forth through time.

To order your copy or for more information, please click here 

Skin Health

The ladies from the wonderful charity Changing Faces were on the show today talking about camouflage make-up – for more information, please check out the Changing Faces website. 

SKIN STATISTICS:

  • 8 million people in the UK currently living with a skin disease and it’s the biggest reason why we visit our GP.
  • Skin is the body’s largest organ, and if you were to stretch out the skin of the average adult, it would cover 22 square feet.
  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. At least 100,000 new cases are now diagnosed each year

HOW THE SKIN WORKS: The skin has a protective covering that shields your body from germs. It’s filled with white blood cells that are rigged to attack any invading harmful bacteria. As well as protecting the body, skin helps keep our bodies at just the right temperature and allows us to have the sense of touch.

MOLES are small patches on the skin that form due to collections of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour (pigment) in your skin. Moles are often a brownish colour, although some may be darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or rough, and some have hair growing from them. Moles are usually circular or oval with a smooth edge. Moles can change in number and appearance. Some fade away over time, often without you realising. It is important to keep an eye on any moles or freckles you have. If they change at all (for example, if they get bigger or bleed), see your GP as this can be an early sign of cancer. The earlier skin cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Anita will show the various stills of moles on the plasma.

HOW SUN DAMAGES SKIN: UV rays penetrate deep into the skin and damage cells. These cells are then at risk of becoming cancerous. Getting sunburnt causes the top layers of skin to release chemicals that make blood vessels swell and leak fluids. Skin turns red and feels hot and painful, and severe sunburn can lead to swelling and blisters. After you’ve been sunburnt, the skin peels to get rid of damaged cells. Eventually, it will heal and look healthy, but permanent damage may have been done.

SKIN CANCER is one of the most common cancers in the world. Non-melanoma skin cancer refers to a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin. Melanoma is a rare and serious type of cancer that begins in the skin and can spread to other organs in the body. GP’s examine skin for signs of skin cancer. They may refer patients to a skin specialist (dermatologist) or a specialist plastic surgeon. The specialist examines skin and performs a biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of skin cancer.

DIET ADVICE TO AVOID SKIN CANCER:

  • Green tea – contains antioxidants which repairs environmental damage on our skin. Include a few cups of green tea every day.
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Oily fish

Avoid:

  • Too much fat, processed meats and red meat
  • Alcohol – increases the risk of burning in the sun

PSORIASIS is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but can appear anywhere on your body. Most people are only affected in small patches. In some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore. Psoriasis affects around 2% of people in the UK. It can start at any age, but most often develops in adults under 35 years old.

PSORIASIS TREATMENT: There is no cure for psoriasis, but treatment will usually help keep the condition under control. Treatments are determined by the type and severity of your psoriasis and the area of skin affected. A wide range of treatments are available for psoriasis, but identifying which treatment is most effective can be difficult. Treatments fall into three categories, often different types of treatment are used in combination:

  • Topical – creams and ointments that are applied to your skin
  • Phototherapy – your skin is exposed to certain types of ultraviolet light
  • Systemic – oral and injected medications that work throughout the entire body

DIET PSORIASIS: Lucy recommends an anti inflammatory diet which decreases omega 6 fats and increases omega 3 fats. Ideal foods are:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Oily fish
  • Olive oil, rapeseed oil and vegetable oil
  • Fruits and vegetables

The diet addresses the balance of food in your diet, so avoid:

  • Meat
  • Full fat diary – cheese and cream
  • Cake and biscuits
  • Deep fried foods

ROSACEA is a common but poorly understood long-term skin condition that mainly affects the face. Symptoms begin with episodes of flushing.

BIRTHMARKS are coloured marks that are visible on the skin. They are often present at birth or develop soon afterwards. The two main types of birthmark – vascular birthmarks, often red, pink or purple, caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin (e.g. Salmon patch or Port wine stain) or pigmented birthmarks, usually brown, caused by clusters of pigment cells (e.g. Café-au-lait spots or Mongolian spots).

ROSACEA TREATMENTS: There is no cure for rosacea, but treatments are available to control symptoms.

  • Lifestyle – avoid known triggers.
  • Medicines – A range of topical (skin-based) and oral (taken by swallowing) treatments have been used for rosacea. They are effective mainly for treating inflammatory types of rosacea (papules and pustules).
  • Antibiotics – For more serious symptoms of spots and pimples, oral antibiotics may be recommended. In this case, antibiotics are used for their ability to reduce inflammation of the skin rather than their ability to kill bacteria.
  • Laser / IPL – The symptoms of redness and visible blood vessels can be successfully improved with vascular laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment. Laser and IPL machines produce narrow beams of light that are aimed at the visible blood vessels in the skin. The heat from the lasers damages the dilated (widened) red veins and causes them to shrink so they are no longer visible, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue or scarring.

MAKE-UP FOR ROSACEA AND BIRTHMARKS: It may be possible to disguise patches of persistent red skin using specially designed ‘camouflage’ make-up.

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Musician Dennis Locorriere from Dr Hook is on the show to talk about his Greatest Hits album, Timeless, which will be released on Monday 10th March 2014. American rock band Dr Hook were one of the great bands of the 1970s whose hits included “Sylvia’s Mother” and “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”.

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Dennis Locorriere

Timeless is a brand new double compilation album from rock band Dr. Hook, released on Monday 10th March. The album is a 40-track collection of chart hits, love songs and lesser known tunes from the band’s back catalogue, hand-picked by Dennis.

The album is released to coincide with Mother’s Day and includes the 1972 No. 2 hit, ‘Sylvia’s Mother’. Other hits include the No. 1 song ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’, plus ‘Sexy Eyes’, ‘Better Love Next Time’, ‘Sharing The Night Together’ and ‘If Not You’, as well as classics such as ‘Cover Of Rolling Stone’ and ‘The Millionaire’.
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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet are on the show after starting their new ballet, The Prince of the Pagodas. They will be performing at the end of the show.

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is one of the three major ballet companies of the United Kingdom, alongside The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet.

Founded in 1947 as the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, the company was established under the direction of John Field. Birmingham Royal Ballet was formed in 1990, when Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved to Birmingham. Since 1995 David Bintley has been the company director, who is one of the most consistent and significant forces in British ballet.

For full ticket info, click here

Bird Houses

Out of Our Tree : Dennis Humphrey (a builder from Essex) and Eric Simmons (works in security in Suffolk) recently stared a business together after a few years of making their big oak birdhouses for family and friends. For more info on Dennis and Eric’s work, visit www.outofourtree.co.uk

Lindleywood :  Together, Helen Lindley and her husband Simon Lindley make Lindleywood. The couple started their birdhouse business together from their home in Lincolnshire in 2008.  Everything is designed, handmade, hand-painted and personalised at their workshop in Grantham. Simon builds the houses, and Helen paints them. For more information, visit www.lindleywood.co.uk

Buttercup Farm:  This Surrey-based company started 5 years ago. Toni Arciero from Buttercup farm is going to come with 5 of their most unusual bird boxes. Toni will talk about the increase in sales of bird boxes and how the Americans like elaborate designs (mostly based on their own homes).  www.buttercupfarm.co.uk

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Mr Bobby Qureshi : leading Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery.

Health

EYE STATISTICS:

  • Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. That’s approximately one person in 30.
  • There are around 360,000 people registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK.
  • Cataracts affects more than half of Britons over 65.
  • More than 3 million people in the UK wear contact lenses.
  • Almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we’re 65.

RED EYES: The most common things GPs see are red eyes as the symptoms that cause patients alarm. A red eye can be alarming but is commonly just a sign of conjunctivitis or another minor eye condition. If it is painful, there may be a more serious problem. In any case, you should see your GP for advice. See your GP as soon as possible if you have a painful red eye or if you have other symptoms including reduced vision, sensitivity to light, a severe headache and feeling sick (nausea). The most likely cause of a painless red eye is conjunctivitis or a burst blood vessel.

CONJUNCTIVITIS is inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the conjunctiva, the thin layer of tissue covering the eyeball and inner surfaces of the eyelids. This causes the blood vessels on the eye to swell, making the eye look bloodshot and feel gritty. Conjunctivitis can be caused by an irritant, such as chlorine or dust, an allergy (for example, to pollen), or an infection.

Allergic conjunctivitis will usually affect both eyes and is intensely itchy, while viral conjunctivitis tends to affect one eye first (which becomes watery), with redness developing in the second eye a few days later. Most cases of viral conjunctivitis occur along with a common cold. Bacterial conjunctivitis will usually cause a sticky discharge from the eye and crusting around the eyelids.

Treatment will depend on which type of conjunctivitis you have. In some cases, the condition may not require any treatment, but you may be prescribed some eyedrops. You can ease your symptoms at home by following some simple advice:

  • avoid touching the eye and spreading any infection to the other eye
  • hold a clean, cold damp face flannel to the eye to soothe and cleanse it
  • do not wear make-up or contact lenses until the conjunctivitis has cleared
  • do not share towels, flannels and pillow cases with others in the home while you have conjunctivitis

BURST BLOOD VESSEL IN THE EYE: Straining or coughing can sometimes cause a blood vessel to burst on the eye surface, causing a bright red blotch. This is called subconjunctival haemorrhage. It can look alarming, especially if you are taking medication such as aspirin or warfarin (these reduce the blood’s ability to clot, which can exaggerate the redness), but should clear up on its own within a few weeks.

MACULAR DEGENERATION can affect people of all ages, but it is the leading cause of sight loss in people over 60. Macular Degeneration causes problems with the central vision, which can become distorted or blurry. This means that someone with this condition might look at you sideways and may be unable to see fine detail.

Over time, it can lead to a completely blank patch in the central vision although people tend to retain some peripheral (side) vision. The development of this condition is significantly affected by diet and smoking. AMD affects more than 600,000 Britons and last year research was published suggesting it could rise to 750,000.

GLAUCOMA is a hereditary condition which can cause blindness if it is not managed with daily drops. It causes optic nerve damage due to changes in the pressure in the eye and can lead to loss of peripheral (side) vision which means that people with this condition may not see things or people that are approaching from the side.

People who are developing glaucoma are often unaware that there is anything wrong but it can be detected by special tests that are used every time we have an eye examination at the opticians. People over 40 who have a close family member with glaucoma are entitled to a free eye test on an annual basis to ensure that any glaucoma is identified as quickly as possible.

LIFESTYLE: Lucy recommends a number of lifestyle factors which can improve eye health:

  • Sunglasses – Protecting your eyes from the sun is very important and should not be underestimated. Under no circumstances should you ever look at the sun directly. Your sunglasses should have the CE mark on them which ensures that they are giving you the right level of ultraviolet protection
  • Eye tests – Having an eye test won’t only tell you if you need new glasses or a change of prescription, it’s also an  important eye health check. It can spot many general health problems and early signs of eye conditions before you’re aware of any symptoms
  • Smoking – After ageing, smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing macular degeneration. Smoking also increases your risk of developing cataract
  • Alcohol – Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health conditions which can have a detrimental effect on your eye health.
  • Exercise – Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions, particularly amongst people aged 60 and over. Exercise may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes.

DIET: Vitamins and minerals are crucial to eye health. Eyes love colours in terms of foods you eat, the more colourful the better – no beige foods. We will a rainbow of fruit and vegetables in the studio as props. Lucy recommends the following:

  • Lutein – A good dietary intake of lutein is the mainstay of prevention of eye problems, as it cannot be made in your body. This can be found in kale, spinach, corn, broccoli and eggs.
  • Zeaxanthin – found in kiwi fruits, orange juice, courgettes and butternut squash.
  • Beta-Carotene– the old saying carrots help you see in the dark has some truth, beta-Carotene helps the pigment in the eyes. This is found is orange foods – carrots, sweet potato, oranges and orange peppers.

Oily Fish – keeping your eyes moist, like oiling the car is vital

For more information or to contact Dr. Qureshi, please visit www.londoneyehospital.com

Wednesday 26th February 2014
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Comedian Ed Byrne

Ed Byrne

Irish stand-up comedian, actor, and self-confessed “miserable old git” Ed Byrne is on the show to talk about his on-going live tour “The Roaring Forties”.

Ed was born in Dublin and is one of four children. When he was younger believed that it was his older brother Stephen that was the funniest member of the family. He has been in comedy for over 20 years and began whilst at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

As student welfare officer he was often called on to compare events in the university which led to him being invited to perform at other institutions across Scotland. Ed decided to quit his studies soon after, and started up a small comedy club in Glasgow. As a result, Glasgow still holds a place in Ed’s heart and he describes it as being his favourite place to do a gig particularly because the audience are always so brilliant.

Ed is very busy juggling family, touring and telly so doesn’t have much time for anything else. However, he does enjoy hiking and skiing and talks about his love of these in his stand-up. Although, his lack of sporting ability has long been a topic for his comedy

Ed’s returning for the second leg of his tour ‘The Roaring Forties’ which continues at various venues across the UK until May. For full tour details, click here

Simon Mayo

One of Britain’s best-loved and well-known radio presenters Simon Mayo is on to promote the release of his new ‘Drivetime’ compilation CD. The paperback edition of his second novel for young adults ‘Itch Rocks’ is also out this week. Finally, with the Oscars coming up, Simon shares his film expertise with us and is going to reveal some of his favourite performances from this year’s nominees.

Simon Mayo’s ‘Drivetime’ compilation was released on Monday.  His Drivetime show continues on BBC Radio 2 at 5pm every weekday, and his book for young adults ‘Itch Rocks’ is released tomorrow (Thursday). For details on Itch Rocks, click here

Health CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped. Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body. If someone is not breathing normally and is not moving or responding to you after an accident, call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Then, if you can, start CPR straight away. CPR with rescue breaths If you’ve been trained in CPR, including rescue breaths, and feel confident using your skills, you should give chest compressions with rescue breaths. Adults:

  • Place the heel of your hand on the centre of the person’s chest, then place the other hand on top and press down by 5–6cm at a steady rate, at approximately 100 compressions per minute.
  • After every 30 chest compressions, give two breaths.
  • Tilt the casualty’s head gently and lift the chin up with two fingers. Pinch the person’s nose. Seal your mouth over their mouth and blow steadily and firmly into their mouth. Check that their chest rises. Give two rescue breaths.
  • Continue with cycles of 30 chest compressions and two rescue breaths until they begin to recover or emergency help arrives.

 

Everyday Heroes Awards.

The ‘Everyday Heroes’ Awards are on 26th March and we have three of the finalists joining us today.

The St John Ambulance First Aid Awards, ‘Everyday Heroes’ is a special awards programme celebrating the incredible heart-warming stories of ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life and the individuals and businesses that have championed the cause, helping to create more first aiders in our communities. By sharing triumphant stories, St John Ambulance can make as many people as possible aware of the importance of basic first aid. The awards ceremony is on 26 March 2014 at the Lancaster London Hotel.

For more information on the awards, visit www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes

Wednesday 19th February 2014

Denise Van Outen

From her debut pop career with Those 2 Girls to new musical “Some Girl I Used To Know” Denise Van Outen has had more than her fair share of adventures. She joins Alan to talk about them today, and discuss the play which she co-wrote with Terry Ronald.

In the play she plays the role of Stephanie Canworth, a media darling who has everything until she receives a blast from the past. The play opened on 10th February at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and runs till the 19th March. For full ticket and tour information visit the website on www.somegirliusedtoknow.com

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Denise Van Outen “Some Girl I Used To Know”

Michael PraedMichael Praed

Actor Michael Praed joins Alan to talk about his role in ‘The White Carnation’. Michael is best known for his role as Robin of Loxley (Robin Hood) in the TV series Robin of Sherwood and for playing Prince Michael of Moldavia on the American soap Dynasty.

‘The White Carnation’ runs until 22nd February at the Jermyn Street Theatre and ‘Two Into One’ starts on 8th March till 26th April at Menier Chocolate Factory.

For full details of Two Into One, please click here.

Health – Teeth

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Dr Uchenna Okoye

Dr Uchenna Okoye from London Smiling (www.londonsmiling.com) joins Alan to talk about dental health.

Oral health can offer clues about your overall health, or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. Like many areas of the body, your mouth is full of bacteria, most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defences and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. Your oral health might affect conditions including:

  • Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart. Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
  • Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes.
  • HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.
  • Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Tooth loss before age 35 might be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

TEETH AND DIET: What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth.

Nail Art

Thanks to the following contributors for their beautiful nail art..

www.zoltannails.com

www.kirstymeakin.com

Wednesday 12th February 2014

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Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton 

Actor Steve Pemberton joins Alan today to talk about new TV programme Inside No.9 which he has newly created alongside Reece Shearsmith. The programme adopts an anthology series format for six stories about the secrets that lie behind our front doors.

Steve is also well known for his role in the award winning, ‘The League of Gentlemen’ and TV series ‘Benidorm’. Steve has also performed, produced and directed various stage productions and is a founder member of The 606 Theatre.

Catch Inside No. 9 Episode 2: ‘A quiet night in’ on BBC2 tonight at 10PM

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Jane Asher appearing in Moon Tiger

Jane Asher

Leaving the cake baking at home today, actress, writer and business woman Jane Asher is on the show to talk about her new play.

Jane stars in the world premier stage adaptation of ‘Moon Tiger’ which is currently on tour across the UK.

‘Moon Tiger’ is currently on at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and will be travelling to Salford, Kingston and Aberdeen in the coming weeks.

A big thanks to the wonderful Sara Callow – www.saracallow.com for her beautiful photos of cake smashing! The following photographs are all copyright Sara Callow Photography.

Valentines Flowers

Royal florist Simon Lycett is back on the show today to talk about the fascination with flowers and Valentine’s Day. Along with Jane and Alan, Simon will be recreating some alternatives to the ubiquitous dozen red roses. For more information on Simon’s work, visit his website.

  1. WIRE HEART OF RED FLOWERS Within a shallow bowl wrapped with trails of ivy, a selection of red flowers will be used to create a lovely and rich dome of massed flower head.Stems of carnations and chrysanthemum, tulips and anemones will form a decadent decoration. A heart wrought from coat hanger wire and wrapped in moss and entwined with ivy will be added as a fabulous flourish.
  2. HEART SHAPED SPRING FLOWERS  A romantic heart-shaped cushion of flowers. Formed upon a moss base which you make yourself using some chicken-wire and sphagnum moss (available as hanging-basket-liner at garden centres) it is a much more environmentally friendly base than using flower foam (which would also work).The base is lightly wrapped with trails of ivy and then an assortment of flower heads in mixed yellow and cream shades will be wired and secured within the base to form an elegant and pretty fragrant and floral cushion of flowers. The display will use daffodils, narcissi and other spring flowers.
  3. TIED BOUQUET OF MIXED FLOWERS A bouquet of blues, pinks, and  creams that include stems of mixed narcissi and freesia, stems of catkins and hyacinths, tulips, anemones and hellebores will be used to create a romantic and seasonal posy of fragrant flowers, finished with a tie of ivy.

Health

Today we’re getting to the heart of the matter with our resident health team, and consultant cardiologist, Dr. Ross Hunter.

DIET TIPS

A healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease and stop you gaining weight – reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of some cancers. Even if you already have a heart condition, a healthy diet can benefit your heart.

The best foods to eat to lower cholesterol are soluble fibre such a porridge oats and beans, soya protein, tree nuts e.g. almonds. Lucy also recommends products which lower cholesterol such as Benecol and Flora pro.activ.

To reduce blood pressure Lucy suggests increasing consumption of magnesium, potassium and calcium, and reducing consumption of sodium (salt) and saturated fat. Lucy will have two meals to which will be ideal to lower cholesterol and blood pressure:

  • ·         Cholesterol meal – Vegetarian Chilli
  • Blood pressure meal – Indian Lentils and Pasta

Be careful about salt intake –  there are also hidden salts in many foods we buy which can increase blood pressure.

Alcohol of any kind can be good for your heart in the right proportions. Lucy recommends have 1-2 units a day and will have props which demonstrate one unit of wine, beer and spirits.

Wednesday 5th February 2014

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English Tenor Alfie Boe

Alfie Boe

English Tenor Alfie Boe joins Alan today to talk about appearing in an episode of the ITV show ‘Mr. Selfridge’. He is also promoting his album ‘Trust’ which was released in November last year, and the accompanying tour which begins later this year. Alfie will be performing ‘God Give Me Strength’ on the show.

Alfie will appear in the 6th episode of Mr. Selfridge on Sunday 23rd February on ITV at 9pm. 

For full info on Alfie’s tour dates, click here

Health

Our naturopath was Kara Mia Vernon, for more  information please visit www.embracinghealth.co.uk

Wednesday 29th January 2014

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Zoe Lucker in Waterloo Road

Zoe Lucker

Zoe Lucker joins Alan today to talk about filming on the hit drama series, Waterloo Road. Zoe plays the character of Carol Barry, a glam single mum struggling to raise her three unruly kids whilst her husband serves time in prison for armed robbery. However, fiercely loyal and protective of all her kids, she is known as queen of the one-liners

Zoe admits her biggest concern while playing mother-of-three Carol Barry in Waterloo Road is travelling up to Greenock in Scotland, where the show is filmed and chats to Alan about what viewers can expect in the rest of the series.

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Neil Dudgeon from ITV’s Midsomer Murders

Neil Dudgeon

There can’t be many places in the UK as dangerous as the county of Midsomer.  Actor Neil Dudgeon joins Alan to discuss the hit ITV series, which is now in it’s 16th series, and set to air it’s 100th episode at the end of February.

Neil plays lead character DCI John Barnaby who lives with his teacher wife Sarah in the fictional county town of Causton. His character is the younger cousin of former lead DCI Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles. Although he had been in the show in series 4, Neil reappeared as Tom Barnaby’s cousin John in series 13 before John Nettles left the show at the end of that series.

Since then Neil’s character John has dealt with numerous murders including: death by falling stone gargoyle, impaled by ornate wheel light, and death by antique silver sword.

Health – Migraines

A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or on one side of the head. Some people also have other symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light. Hormones may be the reason why migraines affect more women than men.

For example, some women find that migraine attacks are more frequent around the time of their period. Migraines usually begin in young adults. Everyone will experience migraines differently. Some people have attacks frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. Migraines can severely affect your quality of life. During and after a migraine, some people need to stay in bed for days at a time.

CURES: There are no cures for migraine, but it is often possible to manage the condition by using measures to prevent migraine attacks, as well as treatments.

  • Avoiding triggers – Keeping a migraine diary is helpful. You may find you tend to have a migraine after eating certain foods or when you are stressed.
  • Recognising the signs – Some people who experience migraines begin to feel unwell up to a day or so before a migraine attack. These include: a change in mood, tiredness, hyperactivity, food cravings.
  • Medication is available to prevent a migraine attack. These medicines are usually used if you have tried other preventative measures and you are still experiencing migraines. These include beta-blockers and anti-depressants.

Acupuncturist Kate Winstanley has acupuncture clinics in Chelsea and Harley St and can be contacted through her website at www.katewinstanley.com or on Facebook: Kate Winstanley Acupuncture Twitter: @KW_Acupuncture

For more information on migraines and help if you suffer, please visit the National Migraine Centre website or the Migraine Trust.

The Merchants of Bollywood

After more than 1000 performances seen by over two million people worldwide, and a sell-out critically acclaimed international tour, the glamour and glitter of Bollywood is back! A theatrical dance extravaganza, The Merchants of Bollywood tells the enchanting history of the world’s largest film industry whilst hosting a truly extraordinary evening of music and dance. The shows opening will be at the Peacock Theatre from the 28th January till the 15th February 2014 and tickets range from £18 – £45

For full ticket info, click here

Wednesday 2nd January 2014

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Mike and the Mechanics 25th Anniversary tour

Mike Rutherford

Ex-Genesis guitarist and lead singer from Mike and the Mechanics, Mike Rutherford joins Alan today to talk about his memoir The Living Years.

The book marks the 25th anniversary of the seminal Mike and the Mechanics album of the same name which was a number 1 hit worldwide.  To mark the anniversary, there will be a re-issue of both the album and single and a nationwide tour.

For full details on the tour, please click here

Meera Syal

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Meera Syal back in a new series of The Kumars

Actress and comedian Meera Syal also joins Alan today to talk about The Kumars, which returns to screens for a 6 part series on January 15th following a seven year break. The series moves to a new home at Sky 1 HD and includes guests Daniel Radcliffe, Chevy Chase and Olivia Colman.

Meera’s Mango lhassa cocktail was prepared by Neil Mitchell, Mixology Events.

Health Item

Dr. Anita Sturnham and dietician Lucy Jones are on hand today to discuss the expanding issue of sugar in our diets.  Some sugar facts :

SUGAR STATISTICS: The average Briton consumes 150lb of sugar every year. That’s equivalent to about 34 teaspoons a day and is thought to be 20 times more than in the 1700s. Health problems associated with sugar consumption include increased risk of obesity. In the UK nearly two-thirds of men and more than half of women are either overweight or obese. On 9th January Dr Aseem Malhotra, director of campaign group Action on Sugar stated that Sugar is worse than tobacco and should be regulated. Last year a study by Oxford University suggested that a 12p tax on fizzy drinks would cut consumption by 15 per cent and mean 180,000 fewer obese adults.

SUGAR AND HEALTH: Sugar acts as a stimulant as it gives your body a sudden surge, raising stress hormone levels and blood pressure. However, sugar is quickly broken down in the body as the high is not long lasting, which gives you a massive crash. This results in tiredness, headaches and cravings for more sugar. From a medical point of view the dangers of too much sugar include heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, ageing of the skin, hormonal imbalances, dental decay and gum disease, candida and skin infections, weakened immune systems, depression and anxiety.

SUGAR IN FOOD: It is obvious sugar is in biscuits, cakes and sweets but lots of savoury products such as ready meals and curries contain sugar. So-called hidden sugars are added to many savoury products to balance out added salt or make them taste better.

  • ·         A Pot Noodle has two teaspoons of sugar.
  • ·         A portion of Sainsbury’s Beef Lasagne contains nearly 30g of sugar, which is 6-7 teaspoons.

Coleslaw contains a lot of sugar due to the mayonnaise. One tablespoon of coleslaw can contain up to 4g (0.14oz) of sugar.

Dr. Anita and Lucy talk with Alan and meet Maria, who is worried about the amount of sugar in her diet.

Top tips : Keep a Food Diary

Being more aware of exactly what you’re eating and how much is a very good starting point for changing eating behaviours. Writing down what you eat helps paint a clearer picture for you to plan changes. People often say they’re surprised to see in ‘black and white’ what they really have eaten in a day. Buy a small notebook and jot it down as you go.

IDENTIFYING YOUR TRIGGERS AND DEVELOPING COPING STRATEGIES.

Try to think through what your triggers are for inappropriate snacking or eating sugar rich foods. Examples include leaving too long gaps between eating and particular times of day

DRINK

Aim to drink plenty of fluid each day – drink a large glass with each meal/snack, ideally water instead of caffeinated drinks, fizzy drinks or fruit juice.

COOKING 

Don’t discount recipes because they contain something you don’t like or cannot tolerate. Simply replace the ingredient with something else from the same food group. Eg. Swap parmesan for soya cheese

MEALS 

Always have breakfast, lunch and dinner – try to have a variety of foods/meals every day to ensure all nutrients are covered.

BREAKFAST 

Power Porridge, per person

30g whole rolled oats dry weight
skimmed milk
25g raw almonds with skin (crushed),
20g pumpkin/sunflower seeds/sesame
1⁄2 banana or 1⁄2 a pear chopped
Any fresh berries or other fruit to top such as 4/5 strawberries (80g), 10 grapes (70g),1 peach
Add milk and oats to saucepan and stir over gentle heat until oats are soft and fluffy. (Can cook each bowl 3 min on medium heat in microwave for speed and ease) When cooked serve into bowls and chop in banana or pear while hot. Top with nuts, seeds and fresh fruit as above. Use any of the fresh fruits you wish

LUNCH 

Baked Sweet Potato with toppings:

1 small 120g sweet potato baked in the oven at 200 deg until soft, topped with:
• 2 tablespoons (100g) of cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons (50g) tinned kidney beans, chopped chives and 1⁄2 apple chopped, ground black pepper. Serve on top of a handful of fresh salad leaves with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
• 1⁄2 tin tuna mixed with 1⁄2 sweet pepper finely chopped, 1⁄4 cucumber, chopped spring onion, fresh lemon juice, black pepper
• 1/3 a block of tofu about 85g, tossed in a non stick pan with a drop of sesame oil, a little red chilli finely chopped, a spring onion finely chopped, 1⁄2 sweet pepper chopped. Toss for a couple of minutes, sprinkle on some teriyaki sauce and a tablespoon of sesame seeds.
• top with 60g of cottage cheese, chopped parsley and 20g of walnuts, serve with green salad dressed with balsamic vinegar
• Carrot and pine nut salad and a tablespoon of humus
• Aubergine chick pea salad or other recipes from stews and salad section below
• 35g half fat grated cheese topped with spicy salsa

DINNER

Quinoa and Green Veg Side Dish

Serves 4

70g quinoa
100g frozen soya beans
100g frozen peas
100g French beans
100g mangetout or sugarsnap peas
4 spring onions, finely sliced
1small avocado, peeled and diced
20g chopped mint
20g flat leaf parsley, chopped
1⁄4 cucumber diced
Dressing – juice of one lemon, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, ground black pepper

Cook the quinoa according to instructions. In boiling water, add soya beans, peas, French beans and mangetout and cook for 4 mins. Drain and refresh in cold water. Pat dry with kitchen towel. Tip into large salad bowl along with the quinoa. Add remaining salad ingredients. Whisk together the dressing ingredients, pour over salad and use your hands to mix well.

Serve with cumin salmon from dinner recipes.

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