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Jay Leno!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 May 2014

Chris chats to Dr. Alison Blackwell, who flies in with some top tips to help anyone who has been left mired by midges following this gorgeous summer weather we've been witnessing...

We head to Italy next to find out more about the infamous 'Mille Miglia' with our Mystery Guest, who is a car fanatic, and he's taken part in the classic road race - it's only US talk show titan - Jay Leno!!!

And keeping on the classics theme, we end up on the home straight with the Top Tenuous and your desperate claims to the fame of the classic TV show, TISWAS!

Today's show is dedicated to anyone whose hamstrings are worried about a forthcoming event...
And today's show is entitled: look not up to the skies to see what might fall, but to each other to see what we might build.

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Survivor

    Survivor Eye Of The Tiger

    The No.1 Movies Album (Various Artist, Polygram Tv

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Postcards

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 001

  • Image for Todd Rundgren

    Todd Rundgren I Saw The Light

    My Girl (Original 1992 Film S/Track), Epic

  • Image for Voice of the Beehive

    Voice of the Beehive Don't Call Me Baby

    Now 12 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for The Banana Splits

    The Banana Splits The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)

    Television's Greatest Hits Vol. 5: In Living Color (Various Artists), TVT Records

  • Image for Heart

    Heart All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You

    Absolute Gold (Various Artists), Capitol

  • Image for Kylie Minogue

    Kylie Minogue I Was Gonna Cancel

    (CD Single), Parlophone, 003

  • Image for Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'

    The Best Of Bob Dylan, Columbia

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Fill My Little World

    (CD Single), Universal Island

  • Image for Freda Payne

    Freda Payne Band Of Gold

    Heartbeat: Love Me Tender (Various), Global Television

  • Image for Sam Smith

    Sam Smith Stay With Me

    (CD Single), Capitol, 001

  • Image for John Oates

    John Oates and Daryl Hall Private Eyes

    Looking Back - The Best Of Hall & Oat, BMG

  • Image for Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

    Now 1993 - The Millennium Series, Castle

  • Image for Dean Martin

    Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?

    Cool Couples (Various Artists), Sanctuary

  • Image for Jon Allen

    Jon Allen Night And Day

    (CD Single), Monologue Records, 001

  • Image for Prince

    Prince When Doves Cry

    Prince - The Very Best Of, Warner Bros

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Suddenly I See

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for David Essex

    David Essex Gonna Make You A Star

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Sunday Girl

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold, 9

  • Image for Talk Talk

    Talk Talk Talk Talk

    The Very Best Of Talk Talk, Parlophone

  • Image for Miranda Lambert

    Miranda Lambert Automatic

    Platinum, Sony Music, 001

  • Image for Deee-Lite

    Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart

    Bez's Manchester Anthems (Various Artists), Warner Music TV

  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton 9 To 5

    Dolly Parton: The Ultimate Collection, BMG/RCA

  • Image for Wilko Johnson

    Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey Going Back Home

    Going Back Home, Universal Music, 001

  • Image for Maroon 5

    Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger

    (CD Single), A&M, 1

  • Image for Del Amitri

    Del Amitri Roll To Me

    Twisted, A&M, 007

  • Pause for Thought

    Abdul-Rehman Malik Pic.jpg

    From writer Abdul-Rehman Malik:


    It's an auspicious day for denim lovers everywhere. On this day, 141 years ago, businessman Levi Strauss and inventor Jacob Davis received a patent for their specially designed blue jeans with copper rivets. In the annals of fashion history, this was apparently a game changer. The fact that almost every person's wardrobe has had at one time or other had a pair of rivetted jeans is a testament to the enduring popularity of Strauss and Davis's invention.


    My mother tells me how she was at first equally fascinated and horrified by my father's bell bottom jeans. Fitted at the waist and ludicrously flared at the cuff, they were the epitomy of 70s cool. Looking back on old photographs of my father,  sporting an afro and beaming at the camera, all I can say is that he - and my mom for that matter - looked totally fly.


    Sometime in the 80s, denim disappeared from our family's wardrobes. I am sure it had something to do with jeans being seen as clothes of rebellion and wayward morals.


    As a teenager, I considered jeans the clothes for the herd. Sadly, unlike my parents, I was never at the cutting edge of fashion. In high school, I was even known for a while as the "corduroy kid". If I'd only waited a few years, I would have been a trendsetter. Cords inevitably  made a catwalk comeback.


    "God does not look at your bodies or at your forms," advised the Prophet Muhammad. "God looks at your hearts." I eventually reconciled with jeans and now I wear almost nothing but.


    Strauss originally made jeans for working men. Hard wearing clothes that withstood the toll of hard labour. I was probably not the kind of person he had in mind when he designed his iconic denimwear, which is now of course made by lots of other designers.


    Yet, when I pull on my jeans, I like to think that we're all engaged in some pretty hard work. Making our hearts worthy of divine grace involves polishing out the rough bits of ourselves - through service, generosity and love. And despite being sartorially challenged, I guess there's nothing wrong with looking good while doing it.


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