iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for 18/08/2011

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio


3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 18 August 2011

A fully interactive show for all the family, featuring music, special guests and listeners on the phone.

Music Played

29 items
  • Image for Cornershop

    Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Remix)

    The 1999 Brit Awards (Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé Don't Get Around Much Anymore

    Duets II, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Sweet About Me

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for The Lotus Eaters

    The Lotus Eaters First Picture Of You

    New Frontiers (Various Artists), Temple Records

  • Image for Edison Lighthouse

    Edison Lighthouse Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold

  • Image for CocknBullKid

    CocknBullKid Yellow

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Careless Whisper

    George Michael - Ladies & Gentlemen, Epic

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Roxanne

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police, A&M

  • Image for Razorlight

    Razorlight Somewhere Else

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Eydie Gormé

    Eydie Gormé Yes My Darling Daughter

    The Best Of Steve And Eydie, CBS

  • Image for Melanie C

    Melanie C Think About It

    (CD Single), Red Girl Records, 1

  • Image for The Christians

    The Christians Ideal World

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for Estelle

    Estelle American Boy

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 3

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. The One I Love

    R.E.M., Irs

  • Image for Blur

    Blur Parklife

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Ghost On The Canvas

    (CD Single), Surfdog, 1

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

    Country Moods (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Eddie Rabbitt

    Eddie Rabbitt I Love A Rainy Night

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald A Night Like This

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Bill Withers

    Bill Withers Lean On Me

    Nightlife II (Various Artists), Solitaire Collection

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Matt Monro

    Matt Monro From Russia With Love

    The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversa, EMI

  • Image for Ken Bruce and Ask Elvis

    Ken Bruce and Ask Elvis Donald Where's Your Troosers

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini New Shoes

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Made In England

    (CD Single), Rocket

  • Image for The Proclaimers

    The Proclaimers Let's Get Married

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for OneRepublic

    OneRepublic Good Life

    Waking Up, Mosley Music/Interscope Records, 1

  • Image for Small Faces

    Small Faces Itchycoo Park

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

  • All Palavas Should Be Avoided At All Costs. All Pavlovas On The Other Hand...

    Today's show was dedicated to anyone who is experiencing positive growth, as opposed to this negative growth people are talking about!

  • Today's Show Starred:

    Sam Davies from Warrington who chose a belter from the big screen

    Derek Hicks from Taunton who knocked off for good

    Tom Marshall from London who was awaiting his A-Levels

    Wendy Park from Halifax who had her cataracts removed

    Christopher Penn from Bolton who gobsmacked us

    Ryan Tubridy from Dublin who told us what happened on this day in 1958

    June Maw from Leeds who took us back with a golden oldie

    Rabbi Pete Tobias of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree who made us Pause For Thought

  • Pause For Thought

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

    "For many anxious young people, today is A level result day. Futures are about to be decided, potential careers advanced or abandoned on the basis of whatever grades are revealed.

    The day my A level results came out coincided with my 18th birthday, so I called an impromptu party. I collected four schoolmates from the local tube station in my mum’s Morris Minor, and we compared results. Each announced their four A grades, before I rather diffidently I declared my 2 Bs and a D. ‘Oh that’s good!’ they all exclaimed, in a patronising tone that really meant ‘how pathetic’.

    How many of those getting their results today will feel as inadequate as I did at that moment? Had I known of him at the time, I might have quoted ben Azzai, an ancient Rabbi, who said ‘Do not reject anyone and do not discount anything. For there is no one who does not have their hour and no thing that does not have its place.’

    But exam results like those to be discovered today will brand our young people as successes or failures. Perhaps some of what lay behind the appalling events of a couple of weeks ago may have its roots in the sharp – and artificial – distinction we make between those whom we class as having ability and those we dismiss because they don’t make the grade.

    Chris, I can’t help thinking about our mate Johnny Saunders who, along with so many brave individuals, will step into classrooms next month to teach the next generation. I know from my teaching days the effort, the passion, the ambition and the potential contained in each and every child I had the privilege of teaching. But how much of that can be revealed in an exam paper, and how much of it gets lost because we have yet to find a proper way of measuring and valuing it? Another ancient rabbi asked: ‘Who is wise?’ ‘A person who learns from everyone,’ came the reply. We need to find ways of valuing and learning from all our children."


Free download

  1. Image for Chris Evans - The Best Bits

    Chris Evans - The Best Bits

    Catch up with the latest Breakfast fun with Chris Evans. Hear the best stories and the biggest…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss