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3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 23 September 2011

Award-winning stage and screen actor, Michael Sheen, joined Chris and the team for breakfast to talk about his new role as Hamlet and portrayal of Jesus in the very demanding performance of The Passion.

Michael is best-known for his portrayal of Brian Clough in the 2009 film "The Damned United", and for playing Tony Blair in the celebrated British film, "The Queen" in 2006.

Michael was the subject of the Top Tenuous, picked some great tunes and judged the Head2Headlines.

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean Love Really Hurts Without You

    The Greatest Hits Of 1976 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Run For Your Life

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire Top Hat White Tie And Tails

    The Golden Age Of Fred Astaire, MFP

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Locomotion

    Now 1984 - The Millennium Series, Now, 9

  • Image for Georgie Fame

    Georgie Fame and Blue Flames Yeh Yeh

    20 Beat Classics, Polydor

  • Image for John Parr

    John Parr St Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo Green Cry Baby

    The Lady Killer, WEA, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Don't Ask Me Why

    Eurythmics - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Lou Reed

    Lou Reed Satellite Of Love

    Lou Reed - NYC Man, BMG

  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard

    The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 1), Warner Bros, 3

  • Image for Jimmy Osmond

    Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool

    The Very Best Of The Osmonds, Polydor

  • Image for Julian Lennon

    Julian Lennon Lookin' 4 Luv

    (CD Single), Conehead, 1

  • Image for INXS

    INXS Need You Tonight

    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for The Kooks

    The Kooks Shine On

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • Image for The Coral

    The Coral Pass It On

    (CD Single), Deltasonic

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga You & I (Mark Taylor Remix)

    (CD Single), Streamline Records, 2

  • Image for Wings

    Wings and Paul McCartney Band On The Run

    (Single), Apple, 3

  • Image for Gerry Rafferty

    Gerry Rafferty Night Owl

    Gerry Rafferty - Right Down Line, EMI

  • Image for Gary Numan

    Gary Numan Cars

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Rush

    Rush The Spirit Of Radio

    (Single), Mercury, 3

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life

    Fresh Hits 96 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV, 16

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees Tragedy

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Madness

    Madness The Prince

    Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various), EMI

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald The Other Woman

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    From Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue:

    "I went to Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera, ‘The Passenger’, this week. Composed back in 1968, it was first performed last year in Austria, and now this year by English National Opera in London. The story is of two women meeting on a ship- so they can’t escape each other- one a former concentration camp guard at Auschwitz, the other a former inmate. It’s based on a novel by the Polish writer, Zofia Posmysz, present at the first night, who was herself in Auschwitz. The audience sees couples dancing on deck on the upper part of the set, whilst down below, in semi darkness, concentration camp inmates are brutally beaten. The former camp guard had never told her husband of her past, and stands to ruin his career. The woman survivor, walking around the deck heavily veiled, tells us never to forget. Yet who does not forget? The camp guard, who believes- bizarrely- she was kind to the inmates? The survivor, who cannot escape her memories? The composer, whose family perished as he fled into Russia, only to find his works ending up as ‘banned music’ under Stalin? Or Zofia Posmysz, who told the original story….?

    Some of us think we can escape our past, but it comes back to haunt us, good and bad. Tomorrow night many synagogues will have a selichot service, with haunting music, where we ask for God’s pardon, as we enter the season of penitence running up to Jewish New Year. We examine ourselves over the past year - but in the back of our minds are things from half a lifetime ago, things we are still ashamed of. ‘The Passenger’, with its compelling story and music, echoes those themes of sinning and remembering, asking forgiveness and trying to hide. We can never escape our past- but seeking to put right the wrongs we have done, at any stage of our lives, enables us to face it better, facing ourselves."


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