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Rupert Everett, Nick Mason, Trudie Styler and Manic Street Preachers

Rupert Everett on playing Oscar Wilde, Nick Mason on his classic box set and director Trudie Styler tells us about her latest movie. Plus Manic Street Preachers perform live.

Chris chats to actor Rupert Everett about playing Oscar Wilde in his new film The Happy Prince. Pink Floyd's drummer and founder Nick Mason tells Chris about reissuing his three solo albums in a new box set: Unattended Luggage and his autumn UK tour. Trudie Styler gives us the behind the scenes scoop on directing her new movie Freak Show. Plus Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers perform live in the studio.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • The Lightning Seeds

    Lucky You

    • Lightning Seeds - Jollification.
    • Epic.
  • Johnny Marr

    Hi Hello

    • Call The Comet.
    • Warner Bros.
  • The Stranglers

    Golden Brown

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Meghan Trainor

    No Excuses

    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
  • Niall Horan

    On The Loose

    • (CD Single).
    • Virgin EMI.
  • The Cure

    Friday I'm In Love

    • True Brit (Various Artists).
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Dusty Springfield


    • All Time Greatest Movie Songs Vol. II.
    • Columbia.
  • Pete Wingfield

    Eighteen With A Bullet

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • James Brown

    The Boss

    • Sampled 4 (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
  • Stretch

    Why Did You Do It

  • The Castaways

    Liar Liar

    • Rhino.
  • Ocean Colour Scene

    Hundred Mile High City

    • The Best Of Ocean Colour Scene.
    • Island.
  • Coldplay

    Viva La Vida

    • Viva La Vida Or Death & All His Friends.
    • Parlophone.
    • 1.
  • Petula Clark

    I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

    • Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits.
    • Old Gold.
  • David Bowie

    The Jean Genie

    • David Bowie - Best Of Bowie.
    • EMI.
  • The Kinks

    All Day And All Of The Night

    • The Kinks - The Definitive Collection.
    • Polygram Tv.
    • 23.
  • Bryan Adams

    Summer Of '69

    • Bryan Adams - The Best Of Me.
    • Mercury.
  • Years & Years

    If You're Over Me

    • Palo Santo.
    • Polydor.
  • Pratt & McClain

    Happy Days

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


    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • George Ezra


    • Staying At Tamara's.
    • Columbia.
  • Simple Minds


    • Walk Between Worlds.
    • BMG Rights Management.
  • Florence + the Machine


    • High As Hope.
    • Virgin EMI.
  • Mark Ronson

    Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony BMG.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Jim Harris, Art Historian:


Let’s start with the gross bit.  A little while ago I developed an unpleasant ear infection, my ears filled with wax and for the next three weeks I was unable to hear very much at all.
Now, to be honest, there are times when not being able to hear is a relief.  When a meeting is full of people talking across each other or when there’s an argument over who eats the last piece of pizza.

But this wasn't like that. Suddenly, I found myself isolated, excluded, unable to contribute.  Suddenly I wanted to hear everything and, instead of relief, I found myself trying to listen as hard as I could.  

And it forced me to think about listening as a conscious, deliberate choice, the act of paying attention to other people.

You all know how important that is.
It could be said that the best actor, Rupert, is the one who listens to the cast around them and reacts, adjusting their performance in response to others.

The best director, Trudie, listens to the voices of the cinematographer, the writer and the actors and weaves their contributions into a coherent, beautiful whole.
The best bands, Nick, Gentlemen of the Manics, listen to each other to make music where every note, every instrument, every voice adds to the shared complexity of harmony, counterpoint and rhythm.

Without listening, none of those things are possible.
Jesus was once asked why he told so many stories.  And he answered that he did it because the people he talked to ‘heard but did not listen’.  Stories got their attention.
It’s easy to hear and not to listen, to zone out when confronted by an uncomfortable truth. And that’s exactly why this is such an exciting room to be in today, because these voices, your voices, are the ones that tell us stories, in film, in theatre, in song.

Stories are amazing things, and the best stories are powerful not because they pound us with moral lessons and tell us what to do - but precisely because they don’t. But they do make us listen.  And when we listen carefully, we can join in, contribute, make a difference. And then we can start to think, and act, for ourselves.
And thankfully, to paraphrase Johnny Nash: I can hear clearly now, the wax has gone…


  • Fri 22 Jun 2018 06:30

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