Highlights from 2008

As well as being able to catch up with the last 7 days' shows online, here's where we'll collect together some classic clips from the show, picture galleries and even video.

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Roy on YouTube
asked to join Roy behind the scenes at Radio Wales. Well, ask and you shall receive... head over to YouTube where you can watch Roy's personal tour of the office

Frank Reed
On 22 April, Mal Pope (sitting in while Roy was away) talked to Frank Reed, who talked about his grandfather James Reed. 100 years ago James helped rescue people after an earthquake in Italy. On 21 April the medals James recieved were returned to Cardiff - the city of James' birth, and a ceremony took place in his honour.

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Throwing open the doors to some hidden treasures
There's plenty of hidden heritage around Wales that until now has been behind doors. But - all that could be about to change. Jo Coles from the Civic Trust for Wales talked to Mal on 22 April about how buildings throughout Wales will be throwing open their doors to the public later this year. Jo would also like to hear from any owner of an interesting building which they'd like to show off - Mal found out more...

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Latest Clip: Brian Blessed (3 April 2008)
On 3 April Roy was joined by actor, adventurer and all-round legend Brian Blessed, who's appearing in a production of "Peter and the Wolf" in Cardiff. In a marathon nine-minute interview Brian covered his Everest expeditions, his training to go into space, his and Roy's shared mining heritage, helium found on the moon, Flash Gordon and whether or not acting is really very hard at all.

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Latest Clip: Geoffrey Munn (1st April 2008)
Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert Geoffery Munn talks to Roy about the discovery of a four thousand year old necklace found near Lake Titicaca in Peru.

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Gary Wilmot (25th March 2008)
Roy talks to entertainer Gary Wilmott about his new production Half a sixpence that has just opened at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

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Bevin Boy Dewi Bowen (27th March 2008)
Roy talks to one of the forgotten Conscripts, Bevin Boy Dewi Bowen about the 60th anniversary of the demobilisation of the Bevin Boys...

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Huw Edwards (26th March 2008)
This week, Huw Edwards was named as the Patron of the Swansea Festival of Music and Art. Roy Noble spoke to with Huw and asked what his initial reaction was when asked to fufil such an honor?

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Poet Roger McGough (20th march 2008)
Roger is one of Britain's most famous poetry voices and he talked about two days of writers, readers, actors, poets and players in Laugharne late in March 2008.

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Colin Charvis (6th March 2008)
Colin was talking to Roy about his participation in the Big Welsh Challenge including whether or not he will be continuing to learn Welsh. He also talked to Roy about this weekend's 6 nations match as Ireland prepare to take on Wales at Croke Park.

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Robert Hardmen on the Royals
Robert joined Roy on the show on Monday 25 February. Robert is the writer of the new BBC TV series 'Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work', in which a BBC camera crew follow the Royal Family for a year to get a unique insight into the working lives of the monarchy.

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John Owen Jones
West end and Broadway star John Owen Jones popped in to give us an update on what he's up to now that he's finished his run as Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables' on Broadway. He also found time to discuss Beards with Roy, who himself recently journey into the world of the clean-shaven...

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Katherine Jenkins 18 February 2008
Singing sensation Katherine Jenkins talked to Roy about her new autobiography "Time to Say Hello". Katherine talked about how she became involved in singing and shared her views on Wales' Grand Slam prospects this year...

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Rhod & Di's Big Welsh Challenge
BBC Wales' Big Welsh Challenge returned to our screens in February, with Welsh stars taking on a series challenges as they attempt to learn the language, expertly assisted by their celebrity mentors. Checking in with Roy to report on how they're getting on were Radio Wales presenter and top stand-up comic Rhod Gilbert, and actress Di Botcher. Di's challenge was tp play a part in S4C drama 'Rownd a Rownd', while Rhod had to perform a stand up routine in Welsh!

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Clare Teal - 13 February 2008
Britain's "first lady of Jazz" joined Roy in the studio to perform some tracks from her new album 'Get Happy' and talk about her career.
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"Baaaa!" - a short story
Enid Middleton sent Roy a this tale which he read on-air on Wednesday 12 February.
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Jonathan Ansell
Just a few years ago Jonathan was busking in London - and then fame came knocking as part of TV talent show finalists G4. Now a solo artist, Jonathan joined Roy on 8 February to talk about his career.
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Simon Weston
On 7 February Simon Weston came into the studio and talked to Roy about the new children's book he's just written...
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Blue Planet composer George Fenton
George, an award-winning composer, will be familiar to many as it was he who so memorably created the music for the landmark BBC natural history series "The Blue Planet". Ahead of a live performance of the Blue Planet suite in Cardiff, George came in to talk to Roy.
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Is Huw's House Haunted?
Community reporter Huw Jenkins recently opened the doors of his house to TV's Most Haunted show. So what did they discover in his house? Huw shares the tale with Roy...
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Travels in Tanzania
In celebration of National Storytelling Week, Daniel Morden talked to us on 30 January about the increasing popularity and importance of live entertainment. He even took the time to share a short story...
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I Was There...
In a series of special features on Radio Wales during the Six Nations 2008, Wales's most famous fans described their favourite Welsh rugby moments, the magic of the Six Nations and why they're proud to say I Was There.
On Tuesday 29 January, Max told us his story on the Roy Noble show.

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Max recalls singing ahead of the Wales v England game at Wembley, ahead of the stadium being completed at Cardiff. From confrontational England players to a duet with Tom Jones, it was an occasion for which Max feels proud to say 'I Was There'.
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    Travels in Tanzania
    It was a case of Roy and Roy sharing worldly stories on Monday 28 January, as we met Roy Gee. Over the past few years Roy has combined his love of travelling with volunteering work, which took him to a village in Tanzania. He talks about his travels and the great friendships he formed in the Tanzanian village.
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    Rugby League - 100 years since it kicked off in Aberdare
    Aberdare is celebrating a century of rugby tradition. On New Years Day 1908 the first-ever rugby league international anywhere in the world was held at Aberdare Athletic ground, with Wales beating New Zealand 9-8. On 24 January Philip Walters, president of Aberdare rugby club, talked to Roy about the momentous occasion.
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    It's Rhidian!
    Rhydian Roberts, infamous runner-up on the ITV's X-Factor, took time out of his globetrotting schedule to talk to Roy about his plans for the future.
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    A Song for Florida - 21 January 2008
    Jan Hilton used to live in Rhos-on-Sea, but now calls the sunshine state of Florida home. Jan recently won quite a prize - she came top in a competition to write the new official anthem for her State...
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    John Davies 18 January 2008
    Did you know that desert scenes in the film Lawrence of Arabia were shot in the sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr, near Bridgend? That's just one of the thousands of facts that can be found in the first ever single-volume encyclopaedia of Wales, to be published soon. Heading the editorial group of this huge project was historian John Davies.
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    Dan Mitchell's Funny Business - 16 January 2008
    Dan is a comedian originally from Cardiff and he came in to tell us more about his experience taking part in the BBC Two Wales series 'Funny Business'. Dan told us about his previous careers, as well as the type of comedy he enjoys.
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    Barry Cryer
    Legendary comedy writer and performer Barry Cryer, joined Roy on 18 December 2007 to talk about his new show 'Still Alive'.
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    Roy and Peter Hall at Powis Castle
    On Monday 17 December, Roy visited the Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool. While there chatted with Peter Hall, head gardener for Powis Castle. Peter told us more about how they've been working hard preparing the castle and grounds for Christmas.
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    International Baritone Jason Howard
    On 14 December 2007, international baritone Jason Howard joined Roy in the studio for a chat about his career as an opera singer. He also talked about his next project - presenting a programme of the BBC series 'Welsh Greats' early in 2008.
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    John Hopkins on Golf in Wales
    On Thursday 13 December, Roy talked to John Hopkins. John is the golf correspondent in The Times, talks about his new book where he recommends great places to tee off in Wales - and while you're at it, where to stay and grab a bite to eat too.
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    Latest clip: Timmy Mallett
    Kids TV legend Timmy Mallet popped by Roy's show on Tuesday 11 December, as he's appearing in the Christmas Pantomime in Porthcawl's Grand Pavillion. He chatted about how his family do something different every Christmas, and what they've got planned for this year.
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    Michelle Abadie
    Michelle talked about her new book 'Nothing to Write Home About', a collection of John Hinde postcards from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
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    Katherine Jenkins & Paul Potts
    Katherine JenkinsAlso in July, opera superstar Katherine Jenkins and rising star Paul Potts chatted on the show, ahead of Katherine's concert in Margam Park.


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