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with guests Bernie Nolan and Barry Norman

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 04 February 2012

"She was in the mood for chatting/just yakking"...Nolan sister, actor and all round good egg Bernie Nolan popped in to see Graham this week, and spoke about starring as 'Chicago's' Mama Norton, her family's fortunes and hanging out with Frank Sinatra.

After 12pm, a film critic who really knows his onions - pickled onions to be precise - came in for a catch up. Barry Norman discussed his 100 Greatest Films, revealed why he didn't have any friends in the film industry, and told us 'The Artist' is the only truly decent film in the running for an Oscar.

This week's Grill Graham saw Graham and Maria try to help out a listener whose birthday was always forgotten (is she perhaps a female version of Bruce Willis in 'The Sixth Sense'?) and a friend who no longer wants to eat at her friend's naff caff.

Russell in Cleethorpes was the man responsible for this week's aural atrocity in 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better'. Remember Kelly Marie's 1980 hit 'Feels Like I'm In Love'? Well, Russell didn't opt for that, but for the singer's 1981 follow-up, which was called 'Hot Love'. Tough love more like...

Julia Box in Brighton chose the latest 'Tune With A Tale', which is a real favourite song of Graham's as it happens - ABBA's 'The Day Before You Came'.

And with his proposed journey to Manchester in jeopardy because of the weather, Graham rallied his listeners for 'Snow-watch'. It was like watching rain fall, except on the radio. Actually, it was a lot better than we're painting it here.

Music Played

22 items
  • Image for Bananarama

    Bananarama Robert De Niro's Waiting

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for The Musgraves

    The Musgraves Last Of Me

    (CD Single), Redhouse, 1

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Tired Of Waiting For You

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collection, Polygram Tv, 6

  • 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' as chosen by Russell Martin in Cleethorpes

    • Image for Kelly Marie

      Kelly Marie Hot Love

      Time For Love (Various Artists), Truetrax

  • Image for Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum Dancin' Away With My Heart

    Own The Night, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Give Me All Your Luvin'


  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Never Be Lonely

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Message In A Bottle

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

  • Image for MC Hammer

    MC Hammer U Can't Touch This

    Fast Forward (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys I Didn't Get Where I Am Today

    Format, Parlophone, 8

  • Image for Billy Idol

    Billy Idol Eyes Without A Face

    Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various), Disky

  • Image for Erasure

    Erasure Fill Us With Fire (Radio Mix)

    CD Single, MUTE RECORDS, 1

  • Image for The Nolans

    The Nolans I'm In The Mood For Dancing

    Chegger's Choice (Various Artists), Global Television, 1

  • Image for Smoove & Turrell

    Smoove & Turrell Slow Down


  • Bernie Nolan's song choice

    • Image for Stephen Bishop

      Stephen Bishop It Might Be You (Theme From "Tootsie")

      Best Of Bish, Rhino, 8

  • Image for Robert Palmer

    Robert Palmer Every Kinda People

    The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, EMI

  • Image for Sinéad O’Connor

    Sinéad O’Connor The Wolf Is Getting Married

    CD Single, Indian, 1

  • Julia Box in Brighton's 'Tune With A Tale'

    • Image for ABBA

      ABBA The Day Before You Came

      Abba - Love Stories, Polydor

  • Image for Rebecca Ferguson

    Rebecca Ferguson Too Good To Lose

    Heaven, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for The Drifters

    The Drifters Saturday Night At The Movies

    Very Best Of Ben E.King & The Drifters, Global Television

  • Image for Tom Tyler

    Tom Tyler Shooting Star

    Promo Single, Constant Records, 1

  • Barry Norman's song choice

    • Image for The Beatles

      The Beatles When I'm Sixty-Four

      Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Apple, 9



    Chatting about singing, acting and hanging out with Frank Sinatra!

  • The album cover Bernie would rather forget!

    The album cover Bernie would rather forget!

    Thanks to listener Phil for sending this through



    The film critic recalls the time he clashed with John Wayne, almost duking with The Duke!



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