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Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton & Lalla Ward guest

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 March 2012

Graham's first guests were the stars of Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd', Imelda Staunton and Radio 2's very own Michael Ball. They talked about bringing the hit production to the West End after a successful run in Chichester. Michael also spoke about meeting Doris Day and Imelda said it was doubtful there would be any more 'Cranford', much to the disappointment of many...

After 12:30, actress Lalla Ward, who played Romana opposite Tom Baker's Doctor Who popped in to Studio 6C to talk about the Holy Grail for fans of the Time Lord: the long-lost Doctor Who story 'Shada' which has just been released as an audio book. She also spoke about starring in 'The Duchess of Duke Street' and how her favourite Doctor is Patrick Troughton.

In this week's 'Grill Graham', Rachel in Lancashire was worried that her next door neighbour was depressed and wasn't sure whether to get involved or not. And Paula in Brighton was getting increasingly irritated by her clingy boyfriend; the general consensus being that she should dump him now!

'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' was chosen by Andrew Gibson in Peterborough. It was 'O Superman' by Laurie Anderson which unbelievably made No. 2 in the UK charts in 1981. The song is 8:31 long, but in order not to lose too many listeners Graham only played 3:40.

Phew! And in the latest 'Tune With A Tale', Elaine Rayfield chose Trisha Yearwood's 'She's In Love With The Boy', about a father who wasn't keen on his daughter's boyfriend.

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for Mull Historical Society

    Mull Historical Society Must You Get Low


  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys All Summer Long

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI

  • 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' as chosen by Andrew Gibson in Peterborough

    • Image for Laurie Anderson

      Laurie Anderson O Superman

      John Peel - Right Time, Wrong Speed 1977-1987 (Various Artists), Warner Music TV

  • Image for Lotte Mullan

    Lotte Mullan Think They Call It Love

    Promo single, Raindog Records, 1

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams No Regrets

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Silenced by the night

    CD Single, Island Record Group, 1

  • Image for Five

    Five Keep On Moving

    Hits 2000 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV

  • Image for Room 5

    Room 5 and Oliver Cheatham Make Luv

    New Woman 2003 (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Image for Train

    Train Drive By

    (CD Single), Columbia, 12

  • Image for Chaka Khan

    Chaka Khan I'm Every Woman

    The Best Of Chaka Khan, Warner E.S.P.

  • Image for Marlon Roudette

    Marlon Roudette New Age

    (CD Single), Universal, 1

  • Image for John Travolta

    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John We Go Together

    Grease (Original Movie Soundtrack), Polydor

  • Image for Michael Ball & Imelda Staunton

    Michael Ball & Imelda Staunton A Little Priest

  • Image for David Guetta

    David Guetta and Sia Titanium

    (CD Single), Positiva

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt 1973

    (CD Single), Atlantic

  • Image for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings New Shoes

    Promo single, DAPTONE RECORDS, 1

  • The 'Tune With A Tale' choice of Elaine Rayfield in Oxfordshire

    • Image for Trisha Yearwood

      Trisha Yearwood She's In Love With The Boy

      Trisha Yearwood Songbook, MCA

  • Image for Ren Harvieu

    Ren Harvieu Open Up Your Arms

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Anita Ward

    Anita Ward Ring My Bell

    Songs Of Love, Big Break Records, 9

  • Image for Norah Jones

    Norah Jones Happy Pills

    (CD Single), Blue Note, 1

  • As chosen by Lalla Ward

    • Image for Eric Clapton

      Eric Clapton I've Got A Rock And Roll Heart

      The Cream Of Eric Clapton, Polydor



    The actress who played Romana opposite Tom Baker's Doctor Who



    The stars of 'Sweeney Todd'


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