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Alan Davies and Backstage Ball

Alan Davies chats to Zoe about The Dog Rescuers on Channel 5. In Backstage Ball, Zoe goes behind the scenes of Rocketman with Taron Egerton's vocal coach Michael Dore.

Wake up and embrace the day with Zoe Ball! The longest serving QI resident Alan Davies chats to Zoe about the seventh series of his Channel 5 show The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies.

It’s Backstage Ball! Zoe goes behind the scenes of the new Elton John biopic Rocketman, and speaks to Taron Egerton’s vocal coach Michael Dore, who helped transform Taron into Elton. He also tells us about his involvement in BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night and his cameo on Adele's Skyfall.

Along with Clare Runacres 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 live from Richmond Park and a daily Pause For Thought from the Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines. Plus Mike chats to John Watson, former teammate and friend of Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda and we speak to listener Rachel who gives advice on completing Coach to 5K, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • John Parr

    St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)

    • Now 1985 - The Millennium Series.
    • EMI.
  • Tom Odell

    Summer Day

    • MoominsValley O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Columbia.
  • Rick Astley

    Together Forever

    • Rock F.M. (Various Artists).
    • Wisepack.
  • Mark Ronson

    Late Night Feelings (feat. Lykke Li)

    • Late Night Feelings.
    • Columbia.
  • Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

    Good Time

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
    • 1.
  • The Pretenders

    Back On The Chain Gang

    • The Pretenders - The Singles.
    • WEA.
  • Taylor Swift

    ME! (feat. Brendon Urie)

    • (CD Single).
    • Republic Records.
  • Little Mix

    Black Magic

    • (CD Single).
    • Syco Music.
  • Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man


    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
  • Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey

    Together In Electric Dreams

    • Our Friends Electric (Various Artists.
    • Telstar.
  • Jack Savoretti

    Love Is On The Line

    • Singing To Strangers.
    • BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd.
  • Detroit Emeralds

    Feel The Need In Me

    • Heart Full Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • David Guetta

    Stay (Don't Go Away) (feat. RAYE)

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • T. Rex

    Metal Guru

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Fleetwood Mac

    Go Your Own Way

    • 50 Years - Don't Stop.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 006.
  • Morrissey

    Wedding Bell Blues

    • California Son.
    • BMG Rights Management (UK).
  • Curtis Mayfield

    Move On Up

    • The Old Skool Reunion (Various Artis.
    • Global Television.
  • Lizzo


    • (CD Single).
    • Atlantic.
  • Chic

    Good Times

    • The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra.
    • Columbia.
  • Kygo & Rita Ora

    Carry On

    • (CD Single).
    • RCA.
  • Taron Egerton

    Rocket Man

    • Rocketman (Music From The Motion Picture).
    • Virgin EMI.
    • 16.
  • Vampire Weekend

    Harmony Hall

    • Father Of The Bride.
    • Columbia.
  • Wham!

    Club Tropicana

    • The Best Summer Ever (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Al Green

    Let's Stay Together

    • The All Time Greatest Movie Songs.
    • Columbia/Sony Tv.
  • Foo Fighters

    Times Like These

    • Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Keith Urban

    Drop Top (feat. Kassi Ashton)

    • Graffiti U.
    • Hit Red Records.
  • Lionel Richie

    All Night Long (All Night)

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

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds: 
I’ve got two sons - both of them well grown up now (that’s what I tell them, anyway) - and they’re both seriously colour blind. It’s great to play snooker against them. The thing about colour blindness is that you can’t tell from looking at them that they’ve no idea which is the red, the green or the brown. Well, I’ve just learned that tomorrow is Face Equality Day. Now, my first response was boredom that every day seems to be ‘something day’. But, because I didn’t understand the title, I looked it up. 
And it’s all about people whose face doesn’t conform to so-called normal expectations of beauty or normality. Perhaps because of medical or accident reasons, they suffer unwelcome attention or unkind responses from people in public. I’m trying to get the words right here, because those people working for change in this area use the term ‘visible difference’ to refer to this phenomenon. It’s a way of challenging the assumption that some people who look different are worth less. The evidence is that when you find your own face has changed, people treat you differently. Well, we all know how important our face is. 
According to Shakespeare, “There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face" - in other words, look past the appearance and you might detect the mind or soul of the person. I think he got this from his familiarity with the Bible which is full of stuff about faces. Try: Proverbs 27:19, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” But, it’s too easy to avoid the point here by saying simply that it’s what’s inside you that counts, not what you look like. 
Well, most people who say that sort of thing are probably OK with their own appearance. Perhaps I should try putting myself inside the skin - or looking through the eyes - of someone who gets stared at or, worse, avoided. How we appear to other people does matter - especially in a culture which constantly bombards us with images of normal beauty. But, how other people look at those who are visibly different matters enormously. Let’s face it, we can light up someone else’s face by loving who they are and the uniqueness of how they look.


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