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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 24 May 2010

One of our most esteemed actors, Simon Callow is our special guest after 6 today. He'll talking about his new project "Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford"

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Music Played

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  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Sowing The Seeds Of Love

    The Best Of Drive Time (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 7

  • Image for Eli

    Eli "Paperboy" Reed Come And Get It

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and The Attractions I Don't Wanna Go To Chelsea

    Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records

  • Image for Daryl Hall

    Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater

    Looking Back - The Best Of Hall & Oat, BMG

  • Image for A. R. Rahman

    A. R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Hearts Don't Lie

    (CD Single), Universal Island, 1

  • Image for Scott McKenzie

    Scott McKenzie San Francisco

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy The Pop Singer's Fear Of The Pollen Count

    (CD Single), Setanta

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Side

  • Image for Keane and K'Naan

    Keane and K'Naan Stop For A Minute

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Flowerpot Men

    The Flowerpot Men Let's Go To San Francisco

    Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons Roll Away Your Stone

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Spencer Davis Group

    The Spencer Davis Group Gimme Some Lovin'

    Fontana: Chapter 1. The Birth (60's), Fontana, 3

  • Student Essentials - Revision Support

    Student Essentials - Revision Support

    We'll be going through the pain of revision and exams together on Drivetime with expert advice and the chance to share tips on our Radio 2 message board. To help start easing the way, here's some websites with practical and emotional support for students and parents.

  • BBC Schools Bitesize - Top Tips For All Stages Of Study

    BBC Schools Bitesize
  • BBC Parents - Help Your Child Organise Study

    BBC Parents - Revision Help
  • Lifetracks - Student-Friendly Site For Study And Work

    Lifetracks - learning, training and work
  • UCAS - Parents' Guide To Applications

    UCAS - The Gateway to Higher Education
  • ChildLine - Stress-Busting Exam Guide

    ChildLine - Anonymous And Confidential Support
  • Young Minds - Confidential Parents Helpline

    Young Minds - Young People's Mental Health and Well-Being
  • It's Such a Perfect Gig...

    It's Such a Perfect Gig...

    Simon was left a little weary after a lovely - but very long Natalie Merchant gig this weekend. Which left us wondering, just what is the perfect gig? Music writer and broadcaster, David Hepworth was only happy to tell us when, where, how long and who we should be going to see for a matchless musical interlude..

    David Hepworth
  • Simon Callow

    Simon Callow

    One of our most esteemed actors Simon Callow, was Simon's guest after 6 today. He told us all about his new project Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford.

    In a magical tour-de-force, Simon tracks down the real Shakespeare, bringing to life both the man and the unforgettable characters - lovers, kings, soldiers and clowns - who have since conquered the world's stages.

    The Man From Stratford
  • Confession: A Straight Flush!

    Dear Simon and the kindly collective,

    Some 17 years ago I was still in secondary school. I was a very good
    student, I almost feel able to use the word "model" in fact, and was always polite to both my fellow students and the staff.

    I was well known as a bit of a boffin, but had friends in all walks of school life and would always help the others out when asked. However as I approached
    15, some of the things that we did in Science lessons enthralled me and some appalled me.

    I began having to miss certain sections of Biology lesson (with the teachers' permission of course). For example if a dissection was coming up I'd be excused for the 20 minutes it took and I'd loiter in the corridor or take a walk down to the cloakroom.

    However on the other side of science some of the chemicals we were using in Chemistry irritated a few of us and so on medical grounds there became a small group of us that were in the same situation when those chemicals were used in class as well.

    In one of our lessons we were being given a demonstration of how a particular chemical we were using exploded when in contact with water (obviously demonstrated on a large scale by our teacher under controlled conditions).

    My friend and I decided we wanted to try it a little more than allowed in class.
    As we were all given a miniscule amount to try in a petri dish, and being the trusted well behaved boffins that we were, we weren't being watched as closely as the slightly more energetic students when it came to the distribution of said chemical. Consequently we pocketed between us a
    rather large amount! We then excused ourselves (4 or 5 in total) from the lesson and headed for the toilets.

    Once there we had second thoughts of the damage that might occur
    and a decision was made to return the chemical.

    I on the other hand retained a piece, just out of curiosity you understand, but still this was quite a large piece.

    Later on that day I decided to test the theory out, and slipped away from my peers during break time to drop it into a toilet and flush and run!

    The results of this as you can imagine were quite spectacular, even before I had time to vacate the WC area, The Chemical immediately reacted with the water and exploded back up through the toilet bowling the seat open and producing a large fountain of water!

    What I hadn't appreciated was that the same pipe connected the whole row of cubicles, and my act of flushing had driven the chemical into the main pipe before the reaction took place and so it was that I witnessed an almost identical blow back sequence in not just one or two cubicles but the whole block of toilets… immediately flooding the girls’ toilet block and making quite a lot of mess.

    Unfortunately at the same time I was doing this one of my class mates
    who was well known for truanting was doing just that. She'd been in
    science with us earlier in the day however and therefore became the most likely suspect for this evil event.

    I couldn't bear to let my parents down and tarnish my lovely record so
    when questioned, denied all knowledge of having seen anything. The other student (Jane) was therefore the prime suspect and having been in lots of trouble before was not believed when she denied any involvement.

    This whole sorry saga ended in poor Jane being suspended from school for 3 months.

    I wish now, through you, to apologise to both Jane for what was an
    unfair suspension, the headmaster who got so very cross about the whole
    thing, the teacher, Mr James, who got into trouble for allowing any chemicals to get out of the lab, and even to the janitors who had to come and clean it all up.

    Please all I hope you can see your way to forgive.



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