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How Music Can Improve Your Health

Charlotte Long | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

We all know that music can affect your mood. The 'Eye of the Tiger' could have you fist pumping for joy one moment and Celine Dion has rendered you to tears the next (obviously the song choices are subject to musical taste...).

It's A Privilege To Play Rob And Show Domestic Abuse Can And Does Happen Anywhere

Timothy Watson | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Timothy Watson

I am frequently asked, what's Rob like to play? Well it sounds trite, but - it's a privilege. The old cliche that 'the villains are the most fun to play' is in part, true (although along with 'break a leg' and 'I'm not out of work, just resting', I've never once heard it said by an actor). But Rob Titchener is more than a 'villain'. He is arrogant, narcissistic and abusive psychopath. He is also - so he believes - charming, kind, loving and selfless. Very complex, in other words. And therein lies the challenge and the thrill to the actor.

The Pronunciation Conundrum

David Spencer | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK
David Spencer

Working in radio news means you become fixated with pronunciation. Words that seem so simple become overly complicated as you realise we say them in different ways. Is harassment - her-rass-ment or haris-ment for example? Then there's controversy or CON-TROV-ERR-SEE. A can of worms has been opened and it's very hard to close it again.

The Radio News Bulletin - Time To Change The Menu?

David Spencer | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
David Spencer

For more than 20 years I have been presenting and reading the news on U.K. Radio. During that time there have been dramatic changes to broadcasting and interaction with listeners. Whether this has been the internet's arrival, the expanded use of mobile phones or improved computers - technology and innovation has impacted radio and what we do in our job everyday.

What Made Terry Wogan A Radio Great?

David Lloyd | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
David Lloyd

"They'll probably have to drag me away from the microphone when they decide to elbow me. I shall cling to it. There'll be a lot of tears and screaming...

Celebs at Home: The Edge

Andy Bush | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Do you ever wonder if the kitchen's of the rich and famous are as messy and disorganised as ours? Does Elton John's grill perennially smoke up when he's got bacon on? Does Keith Richards curse when taking the bin out because Mick Jagger has gone and bought the cheap bin bags again? In this picture I explore the possibility of whether U2's The Edge has a messy 'odds and sods' drawer like most of us all do.

That Nervousness Is There - But I've Never Been More Excited About A New Job

Nihal Arthanayake | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nihal Arthanayake

I am so excited about my new job co-hosting Afternoon Edition alongside Sarah Brett on BBC Radio 5 live and so happy that the Controller of 5 live Jonathan Wall has given me an opportunity of a lifetime. This is mainstream broadcasting. The guests are household names, the issues go beyond the Asian community while being relevant to them too. The chance to have the conversations I used to have but on a bigger platform, and many new debates as well.

Helen Is Set To Face Rob In Family Courts - Here's How We're Campaigning For Real Helens With Child First

Polly Neate | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Polly Neate

Life imitates art again. As Helen faces Rob in the family courts in The Archers, our Child First campaign, which is calling for radical change to the family court system in order to protect survivors of domestic abuse and their children, is going to Parliament.

Helen's Trial In 'The Archers' Shows Juries Get It Right

Sandra Paul | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sandra Paul

For me, what is amazing about the programme's recent storyline is that it foreshadowed issues which resulted in new legislation in the UK at a time when the issue was not being discussed; the story line started in 2013 yet it was not until 2015 that the behaviour it depicted was criminalised in the England and Wales.

Celebs At Home #61: Richard Ashcroft

Andy Bush | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Imagine if the public figures we idolise because of how cool they are turned out to have secret hobbies that were dead nerdy or 'square'? I love the idea of Rock Gods walking off stage and heading to the nearest railway station to go train spotting, or glamorous sporting heroes finishing a vital game then racing off to play Dungeons and Dragons.

Eaters At Work Make Me Sick!

Dave Berry | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dave Berry

I'm not opposed to work pals sitting in the canteen or grabbing a sandwich to eat at their desk because people are pressed for time - but this is a totally different kettle of fish, a kettle of fish that's smells and has been devoured by Jim in accounts and its one that is causing a work place divide between two camps.

The US Air Force Wants To Plasma Bomb The Sky, Boosting Radio Signals

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

The US Air Force wants to detonate plasma bombs in the upper atmosphere in a novel attempt to improve radio communications. Normally, the Earth’s c...

My Edinburgh Festival Survival Guide

Matt Richardson | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Matt Richardson

I've been to Edinburgh many times. Some of it I know, some of it I don't. It's the most amazing and wonderful place during the festival. You'll see some of the best shows you've ever seen (and some of the worst - but that's all part of the fun!) please don't just take my advice below - you need to go and find out for yourself. So get your bum up here!

'Heartless Hotline' Radio Competition Was So Cruel You Won't Believe It's Real

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

A radio competition that encouraged callers to ‘steal’ money from people in desperate need has been called “disgusting” after a mother who nee...

A Game of Two Halves: Euro 2016 on Radio, BBC v Commercial

David Spencer | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Sport
David Spencer

I feel sure that 5 Live would shy away from such an idea - and even if it felt it was worth trying, the number of forms and paperwork involved in agreeing the decision would mean the programme might get the go ahead by the next World Cup at the earliest!

Why It's Time to Talk Openly About Miscarriage

Anna Foster | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Anna Foster

I always planned to make a programme about the dark times, but I don't think I realised it'd take me five years to feel strong enough to do it. Now, after so many supportive and heartfelt messages, I'm glad I did.

Celebs at Home: Johnny Depp

Andy Bush | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Time once again to peer behind the sanitised public veil of the modern celebrity, this time we ponder whether the rich and famous have home IT problems just like the rest of us.

Celebs at Home: 50 Cent

Andy Bush | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Time to delve once again behind the public veil of celebrity life. This time I pose the question - does rapper 50 Cent actually put together his own flat pack furniture? If so, does he get really confused and angry like the rest of us?

Celebs at Home: Tom Odell

Andy Bush | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Tom Odell has got a new song out called Magnetised, it's good and that but I wonder whether he's trying to send us a secret message about a superpower he has. Could this be a late bid for being in the X-Men?

'The Archers' Star Alan Devereux Dies, Aged 75

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

'The Archers' actor Alan Devereux has died at the age of 75. The veteran star of the BBC Radio 4 soap, who played Sid Perks for nearly 50 years, died...

Celebs at Holiday: Keane on Holiday

Andy Bush | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

Imagine seeing ZZ Top cycle past you at Center Parcs or the Stereophonics queuing behind you to see the lions at Cricket St. Thomas (near Chard)? With this in mind I have draw you a picture of how good it would be to see Keane on their band holiday. Enjoy.

Celebs at Home: Simon and Garfunkel

Andy Bush | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

I continue to look behind the veil of celebrity public life. I've always been fascinated by duos - they are all knowing looks and admiring glances on stage, but what are they like when they get home and kick their shoes off? Using Simon and Garfunkel as a test case I'm pretty sure that behind the scenes Art Garfunkel was a bit of a practical joker, I mean come on, look at the hair.

Women's Aid and 'The Archers': The Drama of Domestic Abuse

Polly Neate | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Polly Neate

When Women's Aid began working with The Archers on the depiction of coercive control - the gradual erosion of Helen's freedom, self-esteem and relationships by her controlling, abusive husband Rob - we hoped it would help increase public understanding of this sinister crime that is at the heart of domestic abuse. It has certainly done so.

'The Archers' Fans Raise Huge Sum For Domestic Violence Charity After Soap Plot

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Entertainment

Fans of 'The Archers' have raised over £80,000 for a domestic violence charity, following an abuse storyline on the BBC Radio 4 soap. Listeners have...

Make Your Dreams A Reality

Charlie Hedges | Posted 26.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Hedges

Some of you might know me as 'Charlie from Kiss', others as 'Charlie the DJ' - you're going to see a lot more of my blogs on here and before that I wanted to properly introduce myself to you all...