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David Walliams joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 16 August 2013

We welcome David Walliams to the Brekkie studio. This Renaissance man-about-town, tells us about his journey from LITTLE Britain, to BIG School, by way of the English Channel.

And we're all about the Friday Feeling today, in a show packed full of guests! First up, it's a Friday Fanfare for a future star of the tennis world! Watch out Andy Murray, Ed Searle is hot on your heels, and smashing it on the court.

We meet Simeon Wood, a professional flautist who makes music from a converted crutch, while the sweet-singing, inexplicably-unsigned, Emma Stevens drops by with her slightly more conventional ukulele.

Plus today's Pause for Thoughter, Canon Ann Easter, takes a George Bernard Shaw quote for the starting point of her celebration of play!

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Travis

    Travis Moving

    (CD Single), Red Telephone Box, 1

  • Image for Wet Wet Wet

    Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas and Santana Smooth

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale Tonight's The Kind Of Night

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for David Lee Roth

    David Lee Roth Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody

    The Best Of, Atlantic, 2

  • Image for Lissie

    Lissie Further Away (Romance Police)

    (CD Single), Columbia

  • Image for Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi

    Joni Mitchell, Reprise

  • Image for Emeli Sandé

    Emeli Sandé My Kind Of Love

    (CD Single), Virgin, 1

  • Image for The Lemon Pipers

    The Lemon Pipers Green Tambourine

    Million Sellers Vol.11 - The Sixties, Disky

  • Image for Kodaline

    Kodaline Brand New Day

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Borderline

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 14

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Like A Virgin

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 7

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Causing A Commotion

    (Single), Sire

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Cherish

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 17

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna True Blue

    Madonna - True Blue, Sire

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Material Girl

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 2

  • Image for T. Rex

    T. Rex Children Of The Revolution

    Tanx + Zinc Alloy, Edsel, 006

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Papa Don't Preach

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 4

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Absolute Beginners

    The Ultimate 80's Ballads (Various Artists), Polygram TV, 4

  • Image for George Harrison

    George Harrison Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

    Living In The Material World, Apple, 2

  • Image for Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

    Electric, x2, 1

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees You Win Again

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins Against All Odds

    Phil Collins ...Hits, Virgin

  • Image for Passengers, U2 & Luciano Pavarotti

    Passengers, U2 & Luciano Pavarotti Miss Sarajevo

    The Best Of U2: 1990-2000, Island

  • Image for Zac Brown Band

    Zac Brown Band Jump Right In

    (CD Single), Southern Ground, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Canon Ann Easter, Chief Executive of a Charity and Chaplain to the Queen.

    I found myself, on the way to work in the car the other morning, behind a bus which proclaimed the George Bernard Shaw quotation - ‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing’.

    And then I passed a park with lots of children on their school holidays, larking about in the paddling pool and on the swings. And I thought ’When did I last play?’ Not that I necessarily want to go on the swings or in a paddling pool but still. And I do play a bit, I suppose. I love to play the piano sometimes and I take a running jump into bed to frighten the life out of Christopher occasionally – though last time I did that I broke two toes, so maybe not such a good idea.

    I do agree that we need to play a bit though, no matter who or how old we are, and maybe this slightly slower holiday time over the summer is a good opportunity to try it. I think that it’s probably best to play as a communal activity if we can because then we benefit from the company of others too, and certainly the craft and cooking classes that we put on are very well attended by people who go to meet old friends and make new ones. But doing a crossword or a Sudoku, dancing along to the radio or laughing out loud at a great comedy programme by yourself, they’re all play too.

    And in this recreation, we’ll no doubt be re-creating ourselves. Forgetting the hurts for a little while, letting ourselves go a bit, stretching the muscles of our body and our mind, lifting our spirits and feeling more like the best version of ourselves.

    Even God took a day off, when the business of world building was done – and I’ll bet she and the angels really danced the night away then!


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