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George Ezra, Jessie Ware, Tom Kerridge and Kirstie Allsopp

Chris has a joy-filled Friday show with the first play of George Ezra's new single, chef Tom Kerridge and Kirstie Allsopp. Plus Jessie Ware performs live in the studio!

Chris is joined by super soulful singer George Ezra who pops in to give us the first play of his brand new single Paradise. Plus Chris tries to persuade George to play a sneak preview of his second album Staying At Tamara's. Culinary king Tom Kerridge tells us how to shed the pounds with his number 1 best-selling cook book Lose Weight For Good. Craft queen Kirstie Allsopp shares the behind-the-scenes gossip on Channel 4's Kirstie and Phil's Love it or List it. Plus the uber-talented Jessie Ware serenades us live in the studio with music from her new album Glasshouse. Jessie performs Alone and her new single Your Domino as well as covers of Sam Cooke's You Send Me and Womack & Womack's Teardrops. Vassos has the latest sport and Writer Abdul-Rehman Malik provides the daily Pause For Thought.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • The KLF

    Justified & Ancient (Stand by The JAMs) (feat. Tammy Wynette)

    • (CD Single).
    • K.L.F. Communications.
  • Naughty Boy & Joe Jonas

    One Chance To Dance

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin Records.
  • Aerosmith

    Dude (Looks Like A Lady)

    • Aerosmith - Big Ones.
    • Geffen.
  • ABC

    Poison Arrow

    • Abc - The Lexicon Of Love.
    • Mercury.
  • Elvis Presley

    Way Down

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Radio Radio

    • The Very Best Of Elvis Costello.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • Sigrid

    Strangers

    • (CD Single).
    • Island.
  • The Monkees

    I'm A Believer

    • Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel.
    • Old Gold.
    • 7.
  • Don McLean

    American Pie

    • 20 Number 2's Of The 70's (Various).
    • MFP.
  • Queen

    We Will Rock You

    • News Of The World.
    • Island.
    • 1.
  • Led Zeppelin

    Rock And Roll

    • Led Zeppelin - Early Days.
    • Atlantic.
  • AC/DC

    You Shook Me All Night Long

    • AC/DC - Back In Black.
    • EMI.
  • Suzi Quatro

    Devil Gate Drive

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Blondie

    Hanging On The Telephone

    • Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Pharrell Williams

    Happy

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Pratt & McClain

    Happy Days

    • Television's Greatest Hits Volume 3 70s & 80s.
    • Silva Screen Records Ltd.
  • Jessie Ware

    You Send Me (Radio 2 Session, 19 Jan 2018)

  • Portugal. The Man

    Feel It Still

    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Jessie Ware

    Alone (Radio 2 Session, 19 Jan 2018)

  • SZA & Calvin Harris

    The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)

    • (CD Single).
    • Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records.
    • 1.
  • Jessie Ware

    Your Domino (Radio 2 Session, 19 Jan 2018)

  • Jessie Ware

    Teardrops (Radio 2 Session, 19 Jan 2018)

Pause for Thought

Abdul-Rehman Malik, journalist and broadcaster:

Chris, I have to admit, I have been feeling a bit discombobulated this past week. I’ve been waking up at night and finding that, for a few moments, I am not exactly sure where I am.

I think my travels over the past few months have taken their toll. I ask myself if I’m in my mother and father’s place in Toronto sleeping in my old bed surrounded by stacks of dusty CDs and old novels? Or maybe I’m back in New Haven, Connecticut feeling nervous that I haven’t finished the readings for my class the next day?

I am amazed at Kirstie’s skill in helping even the quirkiest people navigate all the difficult questions of what makes a place home-worthy. London has been my home for almost 15 years but I know there are many places I feel “at home” – places where I have left a piece of myself, where memories of friends or a life-changing experience perhaps, bring me back. Returning to those places makes me feel whole again.

In some ways we should be able to feel at home anywhere, since so much of what makes a home has to do with us – how confident we feel about ourselves and how comfortable we are in our skin. I believe as we become better versions of ourselves, we are better able to navigate the challenges life throws at us. Tom’s example in getting his body back to health is inspirational. He shows us, especially big guys like myself who’ve struggled with weight all their lives that there’s a roadmap for making big personal change happen. But it does take a bit of courage.   

“Don’t watch the roses from away, fearful of the thorns,” mused the Punjabi sufi poet Mian Muhammad Baksh. “Unless you’re able to endure being pricked, you won’t be able to fill your basket with the most fragrant flowers.”

I shared my dislocation quandary with my son the other day. He gave me a hug and said, “Abba, wherever you and Mama are is my home.” I reckon becoming a better version of our self means keeping close to the people we love most. After all, a home is always better when it’s filled with the fragrance of love. 

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