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3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 31 May 2011

Today's show was dedicated to anyone whose weekend was full to bursting, and now so are they!

The show was entitled: "When a friend of my wife said she was leaving her husband because of his obsession with The Monkees, he thought she was joking. And then he saw her face!"

George Chard from Buckinghamshire is going on the London Eye for the first time today, and he will return tomorrow to mark it out of ten.

Today's Mystery Guest was the Guitarist's Guitarist Jeff Beck!

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Toto

    Toto Hold The Line

    Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Jon Allen

    Jon Allen Joanna

    (CD Single), Monologue Records, 1

  • Big Screen Belter

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Gold

    The Gold Album (Various Artists), The Hit Label Ltd

  • Image for Deep Blue Something

    Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffany's

    This Year's Love (Various Artists) C, Global Television

  • Image for The Monkees

    The Monkees I'm A Believer

    Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold, 7

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Mother

    Panic Of Girls, Phasm 8, 1

  • Image for Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer

    Now 1986 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Chris Farlowe

    Chris Farlowe Out Of Time

    99p Guarantees You 73 Minutes 22 Seconds Of Great Music!!! (Various Artists), See For Miles, 2

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue All The Lovers

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Golden Oldie

    • Image for Cliff Richard

      Cliff Richard Living Doll

      Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale Tonight's The Kind Of Night

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Dave Edmunds

    Dave Edmunds Queen Of Hearts

    The Best Of Dave Edmunds, Swansong

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Autumn Almanac

    Something Else By The Kinks (Deluxe Edition), Sanctuary, 15

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John Xanadu

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Elbow

    Elbow One Day Like This

    (CD Single), Fiction, 1

  • Image for Status Quo

    Status Quo Rock 'n' Roll 'n' You

    (CD Single), Fourth Chord Records, 1

  • Image for Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart Ooh La La

    Rod Stewart - The Story So Far, Warner Bros

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and Elvis Costello & The Attractions Pump It Up

    Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records

  • Image for Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix Stone Free


  • Gobsmacker

    • Image for Elton John

      Elton John Rocket Man

      Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

    • Image for David Bowie

      David Bowie Starman

      David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for KISS

    KISS Crazy Crazy Nights

    Now 10, Part 1 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for New Order

    New Order Regret

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Queen

    Queen One Vision

    Queen - Greatest Hits II, Parlophone

  • Image for Patrick Wolf

    Patrick Wolf House

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Dedicated to anyone whose weekend was full to bursting!

    "When a friend of my wife said she was leaving her husband because of his obsession with The Monkees, he thought she was joking...then he saw her face!"

  • Today's show starred:

    Sarah Pickthall from Bristol who chose the Big Screen Belter

    Kath Wilson from Ramsbottom who is escorting Pony Club members on a charity ride

    Carol Crosbie from Singapore reaches the big 5-0 today

    Mr P from Bottesford Dental Surgery who retires today

    Robert Mulligan, one of Simon Mayo's Assistant Producers told us what happened on this day in history

    Evie Hirst from Beverly in East Yorkshire went to see Take That in Sunderland at the weekend

    George Chard from Buckinghamshire is going on the London Eye for the first time today

    Jemma Farley from Lecistershire who chose the Golden Oldie

    Guitarist Jeff Beck was today's Mystery Guest

    Craig from Telford chose the Gobsmackers

    Rabbi Pete Tobias gave us reason to Pause for Thought

  • Pause For Thought

    From Rabbi Pete Tobias, of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree:

    "I've been thinking about how much we like the idea of panels of judges, either giving scores or showing their disapproval by pressing a button that emits an unpleasant buzzing noise and lighting up a large red 'X'.

    This raises a number of questions about how human beings judge one another. What is the source of the authority of those who judge others? And what are the criteria on which their judgements are based? Who judges the judges?- a question that might be asked by many, not least Cheryl Cole...

    Liberal Judaism traces its roots to the prophets of ancient Israel and draws its inspiration from their judgements. They were a kind of biblical 'Ethics Committee': observing the behaviour of the rulers and other influential members of their society and passing judgment on them. And if you think some of the opinions expressed by judges of popular TV shows are a bit harsh, check out some of the words of Amos, for example. He called certain oppressive women of Samaria’s aristocracy 'cows' and told the priests that God didn't want to hear the noise of their musical instruments or their songs of prayer but that 'justice should roll down like waters, righteousness like an everflowing stream.'

    Amos lived 2500 years ago but our world is as much in need of justice as was his. We don't have prophets, we have panels of judges, ethics committees and international courts. Those guilty of bribery or war crimes can quite rightly be called to account, albeit by institutions far removed from the angry proclamations of prophets.

    But the criteria underpinning their judgements are the same as those that inspired Amos and his fellows. Human beings should treat one another with righteousness and justice.

    That's a religious message, telling us that an honest, ethical view of the world and of human behaviour should be the basis of the judgements we pass on others. And that view is embodied not so much in the panels of judges overseeing the popular talent shows, but perhaps in the title of another TV show: 'The Only Way is Ethics'."


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