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A trio of delight, with kd lang, Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas

3 hours
First broadcast:
Saturday 04 June 2011

Graham's first guest this week was the Canadian singing sensation kd lang, who spoke about her latest album, 'Sing It Loud', and touring with her band, the Siss Boom Bang... and why she has a fascination with crows. And top tenor Alfie Boe, and top actor Matt Lucas popped in to tell Graham about starring together in the West End production of 'Les Miserables' as Jean Valjean and Thenardier respectively.

In this week's Grill Graham Jan from Ilfracombe wanted advice on how to deal with her boss who is rather smelly! And Ben wanted to know how to tell a holiday romance that he didn't want a relationship, and that it was simply a 'holiday romance' and nothing more... to him anyway.

John in County Armagh was responsible for this week's 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' song, which was 'Day Trip to Bangor' by Fiddler's Dram. He suggested it after hearing it on his MP3 player, which is a confession in itself. The song made it to Number 3 in the charts back in 1979...

And in 'Tune with a Tale', Sally Brown from Bristol explained the story behind Pink Martini's 'Hey Eugene!'. Sally also told Graham she has two cats. Graham wasn't interested... if they'd been dogs, it would have been another story... they'd still be talking!

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Holiday (Remix)

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Mother

    Panic Of Girls, Phasm 8, 1

  • Image for Spiral Starecase

    Spiral Starecase More Today Than Yesterday

    Another Slice Of Vintage Cheese (Various Artists), Universal, 5

  • Image for Heaven 17

    Heaven 17 Sunset Now

    Best Of The 80's - Heaven 17, Disky

  • Image for Hermione Hennessy

    Hermione Hennessy Don't Even Think About It

    (CD Single), Claddagh Records, 1

  • Image for Johnny Nash

    Johnny Nash There Are More Questions Than Answers

    The Best Of Johnny Nash, Columbia

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt I'll Be Your Man

    Some Kind Of Trouble, Atlantic, 1

  • 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' choice of John in County Armagh

  • Image for Des’ree

    Des’ree Life

    Big Hits '98 (Various Artists), Sony

  • Image for CocknBullKid

    CocknBullKid Hold On To Your Misery


  • Image for Rah Band

    Rah Band Clouds Across The Moon

    One Hit Wonder (Various Artists), Ganser & Hanke Media

  • Image for Danny & Freya

    Danny & Freya If Only You

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for k.d. lang

    k.d. lang The Water's Edge

    Sing It Loud

  • Image for Smoove & Turrell
  • As chosen by k.d. lang

  • Image for k.d. lang

    k.d. lang Miss Chatelaine

    (CD Single), Sire

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Mirror Man

    Rip It Up (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Delta Maid

    Delta Maid Spend A Little Time

    Outside Looking In

  • 'Tune With A Tale' as chosen by Sally Brown in Bristol

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Human

    Day & Age, Mercury, 1

  • Image for Alfie Boe

    Alfie Boe Bring Him Home

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall

    (CD Single), EMI, 5

  • Image for Alfie Boe Featuring Matt Lucas

    Alfie Boe Featuring Matt Lucas The Impossible Dream

  • K D LANG

    K D LANG

    Canadian singing sensation k d lang.



    Stars of the West End production of Les Miserables Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas.



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