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Chris is joined by actor David Suchet to talk about starring in Arthur Miller's The Price. Plus, we speak to shark conservationist Graham Buckingham.

Chris is joined by David Suchet, to talk about starring in the 50th Anniversary production of Arthur Miller's The Price at Theatre Royal Bath in August. Plus, campaign director of shark conversation charity Bite Back, Graham Buckingham tells us how we can prevent the species dying out.
After taking inspiration from David Suchet and Robert Redford, we ask for your desperate claims to Arthur Miller in today's Top Tenuous. Vassos is joined in the Sports Locker by ex-Olympic athlete Steve Cram and we Pause For Thought with Vicar Dave Tomlinson.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Pet Shop Boys

    Always On My Mind

    • Pet Shop Boys - Discography.
    • Parlophone.
  • Tom Odell

    If You Wanna Love Somebody

    • Jubilee Road.
    • Columbia.
  • Elbow

    One Day Like This

    • (CD Single).
    • Fiction.
    • 1.
  • Bruno Mars

    Treasure

    • Unorthodox Jukebox.
    • Atlantic.
    • 1.
  • Ed Sheeran

    Castle On The Hill

    • ÷ Divide.
    • Atlantic.
  • 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.
  • Beyoncé

    Crazy in Love (feat. JAY-Z)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 3.
  • The Chainsmokers

    Side Effects (feat. Emily Warren)

    • (CD Single).
    • Disruptor Records.
  • The Boo Radleys

    Wake Up Boo!

    • Various Artists - Untitled.
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Clout

    Substitute

    • Hard 2 Get Hits - Various Artists.
    • Disky.
  • The Who

    Substitute

    • The Who Hits 50! (Deluxe Edition).
    • Polydor.
    • 005.
  • The Shires

    Echo

    • Accidentally On Purpose.
    • Decca.
  • The Weeknd

    I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)

    • (CD Single).
    • Universal Republic Records.
  • Coldplay

    A Sky Full Of Stars

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • The Coral

    Eyes Like Pearls

    • (CD Single).
    • Ignition Records Ltd.
    • 1.
  • Wet Wet Wet

    Sweet Little Mystery

    • Wet Wet Wet - Greatest Hits & More.
    • Precious Organisation.
  • DeBarge

    Rhythm Of The Night

    • Dancing In The Street (Various Artis.
    • Universal Music Tv.
  • Dire Straits

    Walk Of Life

    • Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition.
    • Vertigo.
  • Chris Rea

    On The Beach

    • The Best Of Chris Rea.
    • East West Records.
  • Miles Kane

    Cry On My Guitar

    • (CD Single).
    • EMI.
  • Tori Amos

    Cornflake Girl

    • (CD Single).
    • East West Records.
  • Lissie

    Best Days

    • Castles.
    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Tony Hadley

    Take Back Everything

    • Talking To The Moon.
    • Moonstone Music.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

    • Memories ... Are Made Of This.
    • Dino.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    I Wanna Be Loved By You

    • Sentimental Journey (Various Artists).
    • Dino.
    • 39.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Bye Bye Baby

    • Raging Bull O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Virgin.
    • 1.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Dave Tomlinson, writer and Vicar of St Luke’s Holloway in London:

 

Wherever possible I believe we should avoid feeling the victim of unwanted circumstances and look instead for the next adventure to begin. This is where I find myself at present. I have (of necessity rather than choice) just given up the job I loved. But I am already excited by the prospect of what comes next.

 

Before being the vicar of St Luke’s Church, my wife and I led a kind of church in a pub (facetiously called Holy Joes) designed to offer the religiously disinclined an opportunity to chew over, argue and debate about stuff they felt really mattered. For ten years, every Tuesday, over a glass or three we discussed religion, politics, philosophy – and goodness knows what else. Hundreds of people joined the conversation over the years.

 

And in many ways, this is where I’m most at home: with the hordes of people who will likely never enter a church but who pursue their own spiritual instincts: who try to live meaningfully, to make the world a better place.

 

For eighteen years, I have been the vicar of a fabulous, fun-loving, attractive spiritual community. Yet the reality is, for the most part, institutional religion has lost its appeal. People with spiritual aspirations don’t tend to think ‘Oh let’s go to church on Sunday!’ Yet this isn’t any indication of the nation’s spiritual wellbeing.

 

In my view, faith isn’t about what we do on Sunday. It isn’t to do with the doctrines we believe or don’t believe….or whether we believe at all. In essence, faith is what the poet Rilke called ‘a direction of the heart.’

 

In the gospels, Jesus points us not to a religious system but to just this: a direction of the heart that determines how we behave, how we treat people, what we do with our money, how we conduct our business. He called it the kingdom of God – a vision of how the world could be when we follow the right direction.

 

In today’s world, the direction is not as straightforward as it sounds. Which is why I think we need more rich conversations and debates – in pubs, cafes, on the radio or wherever. Which is where I hope my new adventure will lead, now I am a ‘vicar at large’!

 

 

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