Is the UK a divided place? What are the things that divide us? What are the bonds that unite us? Those are the questions that we were asking our Afternoon Edition audience on BBC Radio 5 live all last week. Deep diving into the lives and experiences of communities living in the UK offered everything from views on immigration to concerns about the NHS, social mobility and where people say they're from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!