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Friday - Hugh Laurie Day!

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 06 May 2011

Chris was joined for Breakfast by actor, comedian, writer, director and musician Hugh Laurie, ahead of the release of his new blues album "Let Them Talk".

Hugh Laurie first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry. They also joined forces in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 until 1999.

More recently, Hugh has played the lead of Dr Gregory House, in the US drama series "House", for which he received two Golden Globe awards and several Emmy nominations.

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley The Wonder Of You

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Train

    Train Marry Me

    Save Me, San Francisco, Columbia, 1

  • Big Screen Belter

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Auberge

    Auberge EP, East West Records

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue I Believe In You

    I Believe In You, Parlophone

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Haven't Met You Yet

    Crazy Love, Reprise, 1

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale Tonight's The Kind Of Night

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI, 11

  • Image for Deacon Blue

    Deacon Blue Twist & Shout

    Deacon Blue- Our Town (Greatest Hits), Columbia

  • Golden Oldie

  • Image for Clare Maguire

    Clare Maguire The Shield And The Sword

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for James

    James She's A Star

    James - Whiplash, Mercury, 9

  • Gobsmacker

  • Image for Climax Blues Band

    Climax Blues Band Couldn't Get It Right

    Top Gear 3 - Various Artists, Sony

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum I'm All Over It

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Aloe Blacc

    Aloe Blacc I Need A Dollar

    Good Things, Stones Throw Records, 1

  • Image for Hugh Laurie

    Hugh Laurie You Don't Know My Mind (Live)

  • Image for B.B. King

    B.B. King Better Not Look Down

    BB King: His Definitive Greatest Hits, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Rock 'n' Roll Is King

    ELO's Greatest Hits Vol.2, Epic

  • Gobsmacker

    • Image for Dr. John

      Dr. John Such A Night

      Dr. John - In The Right Place, Atco

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Happy Now

    Progress, Polydor, 1

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Mayhem

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    From Steve Chalke, founder of an international charity and a Baptist Minister:

    "Yesterday, we all had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to vote on whether we should change our democratic system from ‘first-past-the-post’ to ‘AV’.

    In the build up to all this, a number of our leading politicians have got themselves rather steamed up over the whole thing. But, though the votes won’t be counted till later today, and the exact turn out won’t be known till then - whatever the outcome, it seems that in spite of the exaggerated claims on both sides, it’s proved impossible to generate much public enthusiasm around the merits of competing voting systems.

    "If you can't convince them, confuse them" said Harry Truman, the 33rd American President.

    Over the years, as the charity I founded has developed its work around the world, I’ve learned, from experience, that whatever electoral system you have, it will not – on its own – solve vandalism on housing estates, raise standards in struggling schools, provide care for the elderly at risk or create a strong sense of community and togetherness.

    I’m convinced that any healthy democracy has to hold together two vital principles – ‘representation’ and ‘participation’, or to say it differently ‘voting’ and ‘volunteering’. Whoever you have in Whitehall or the town hall, it takes more than that to build a strong society. Only through the, all important, every-day participation of ordinary people can lasting change come.

    I love the story of Agnes Bojaxhiu, a 12 year-old girl, who in 1922, made a simple decision to live her life to serve God by creating community. She pursued her vision with such fierce determination that, by the time of her death, she’d created a legacy of 517 hospitals, orphanages, schools and care homes in 100 countries.

    Mother Teresa – as Agnes was better known – said that because “God loves us, we have an opportunity to love others in the same way, not in big things, but in small things.” I think that what she meant was ‘get involved in the task of building the community you want to live in everyday of your life – vote for it today by rolling up those sleeves and working for it’."

  • Good Morning And Wlecome To Another Weekend On The Costa Del Britain!

    Today's show is dedicated to all Hugh's and Laurie's and huge lorries!!!

  • Today's show starred:

    Rob Cooper from Durham who chose the Big Screen Belter

    Lynn Hodgson from Wellinborough who is off to Plymouth today

    Ian Carlton from Cleethorpes who is setting up for his model railway show this weekend

    Malcolm Petrie from Berkshire is knocking off for good and moving to Sydney to work for Ferrari

    Anne Rigg from Friday Night Is Music Night told us what happened on this day in history

    Roy Thompson from Woking who chose the Golden Oldie

    Actor, comedian, director and musician Hugh Laurie

    Steve Chalke gave us reason to Pause for Thought


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