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Brian May and it's Backstage Ball on Earth From Space

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May joins Zoe. In Backstage Ball, Zoe goes behind the scenes of BBC One's Earth From Space with series producer Chloe Sarosh.

Wake up and embrace the day with Zoe Ball! Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May joins Zoe to discuss his new single, his 3D books and hedgehogs!

It’s Backstage Ball! Zoe goes behind the scenes of the nation’s much loved TV shows, movies and tours to meet the people behind the scenes who make the magic happen. Today we hear from producer Chloe Sarosh who's behind BBC One's spectacular new series Earth From Space.

Along with Tina Daheley on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Mike Williams on sport, Zoe and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, quizzes, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners and more music than you can shake a glitterball at!

There's also weather with Carol Kirkwood, John Virgo looks back on the World Snooker Championship final, a Pause For Thought from writer and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey and listeners on the line as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • The Police

    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

    • Ones On 1 (Radio 1 21st Birthday Albu.
    • BBC.
  • Taylor Swift

    ME! (feat. Brendon Urie)

    • (CD Single).
    • Republic Records.
  • Santana

    The Game Of Love (feat. Michelle Branch)

    • (CD Single).
    • Arista.
  • Silk City

    Electricity (feat. Dua Lipa)

    • (CD Single).
    • Sony Music.
  • The Kinks

    You Really Got Me

    • The Singles Collection.
    • Sanctuary.
    • 7.
  • Manic Street Preachers

    A Design For Life

    • Everything Must Go - 20th Anniversary Edition.
    • Columbia.
    • 16.
  • Jack Savoretti

    Love Is On The Line

    • Singing To Strangers.
    • BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
  • Take That

    Shine

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Sigala

    Lullaby (feat. Paloma Faith)

    • (CD Single).
    • Ministry Of Sound.
  • Daft Punk

    Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 1.
  • John Legend

    Preach

    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Coldplay

    Paradise

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
    • 1.
  • Don Diablo & Jessie J

    Brave

    • (CD Single).
    • Casablanca.
  • Blondie

    Call Me

    • Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie.
    • EMI.
  • Elton John

    I'm Still Standing

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Olly Murs

    Feel The Same

    • You Know I Know.
    • RCA.
  • Brian May

    New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix)

    • New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix).
    • Duck Productions Ltd.
    • 1.
  • New Order

    Regret

    • Glorious (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Hello Sunshine

    • Western Stars.
    • Columbia.
  • Sheila & B. Devotion

    Spacer

    • Best Disco Album In The World...Ever!.
    • Virgin.
  • Tom Walker

    Love At First Sight (Radio 2 Session, 03 May 2019)

  • Sylvester

    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

    • Sylvester - The Original Hits.
    • Fantasy.
  • Primal Scream

    Movin' On Up

    • The Best Album In The World Ever!(Va).
    • Virgin.
  • Toots & The Maytals

    54-46 Was My Number

    • Run Fatboy Run O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Universal.
  • Mark Ronson

    Late Night Feelings (feat. Lykke Li)

    • Late Night Feelings.
    • Columbia.
  • Odyssey

    Native New Yorker

    • Million Sellers Vol.17 - The Seventie.
    • Disky.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
From Sheridan Voysey, Writer and broadcaster: 
Call me a slow learner, but it’s only recently that I’ve come to realise what a miracle conception is. One sperm out of millions meets one egg out of thousands to produce us. And before that, our parents. And before that, their parents. One different sperm, one different egg in generations of ancestry, and you and I wouldn’t be here. I got reflecting on this after meeting a guy named Paul one morning, who proudly mentioned that his fourth child, a little girl, was due any day. I thought of that little girl and it struck me that even then, unborn, she was already a someone—a daughter, sister and grandchild because of the fabric of relationships she was woven into. 
It was only when I asked Paul how the pregnancy had been that his face sank a little. He said, “Actually, it’s been stressful. The signs are pointing to our little girl having Down syndrome. That’s been hard to face, but the real stress has come from medical staff who’ve treated us with disdain for keeping her, saying we should try again for a ‘normal’ child.” A ‘normal’ child? That little girl would soon be born, be given the name Phoebe, and bring joy, personality and talent into the world. She is made in God’s image, reflecting his nature, and is, according to scripture, ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ made, having been knit together by God’s own hands. Whatever her challenges, this says to me little Phoebe is sacred. 
I was sharing this story at a conference for childless couples last week—an audience of men and women wondering what to do with their lives now they may not become parents. A woman approached me afterwards in tears, saying, “I needed to hear about Phoebe. I’ve been so focussed on becoming a mother I’ve forgotten I’m already a daughter, sister and friend. I’ve felt worthless being childless; I needed to hear I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.” One sperm, one egg, one unrepeatable existence. I believe what’s true of Phoebe is true of all of us: Matchless, full of personality and talent, a son, daughter, brother, friend. Crafted by the hands of God, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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