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Jon Richardson and Backstage Ball

Comedian Jon Richardson chats to Zoe about the return of Ultimate Worrier. Plus it’s Backstage Ball! Zoe goes behind the scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?

Jon Richardson wakes up and embraces the day with Zoe Ball! Jon chats about the second series of his comedy panel show Ultimate Worrier, his new sitcom Meet the Richardson's, his love of Ken Bruce, and his top tips for packing the perfect suitcase.

It’s Backstage Ball! Zoe goes behind the scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?, speaking to Genealogist Laura Berry. She reveals how they traced Danny Dyer's royal roots, researching Naomi Harris' Caribbean relatives and where to begin researching your own family tree.

Along with Tina Daheley on news, Richie Anderson on travel and Mike Williams on sport, she and the team have the best start to your morning. With celeb guests, headlines, tunes chosen by listeners, and more music that you can shake a glitterball at! Mike chats to boxing promoter Eddie Hearne about his podcast and the much anticipated Anthony Joshua boxing rematch.

There's also weather with Carol Kirkwood, and a daily Pause For Thought from Dr. Krish Kandiah, as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Philip Bailey & Phil Collins

    Easy Lover

    • Singles.
    • Rhino.
  • Emeli Sandé


    • Real Life.
    • Virgin.
  • Pretenders

    Back On The Chain Gang

    • The Pretenders - The Singles.
    • WEA.
  • Jax Jones & Martin Solveig

    All Day & Night (feat. Madison Beer)

    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Supergrass


    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • The Divine Comedy

    National Express

    • New Hits 99 (Various Artists).
    • Sony Music TV.
  • Beyoncé


    • The Lion King O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Walt Disney Records.
  • Years & Years


    • Now That's What I Call Music! 90 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • James Arthur & Anne‐Marie

    Rewrite The Stars

    • The Greatest Showman: Reimagined (Various Artists).
    • Atlantic.
  • Diana Ross

    My Old Piano

    • Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Keane

    The Way I Feel

    • Cause & Effect.
    • Island.
  • Bryan Adams

    Cloud Number Nine

    • Now 43 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Céline Dion

    Flying On My Own

    • CD Single.
    • Sony Music Entertainment.
  • The Primitives


    • Into The Eighties - Various Artists.
    • Global Television.
  • Kylie Minogue

    Can't Get You Out Of My Head

    • (CD Single).
    • Parlophone.
  • Taylor Swift

    You Need To Calm Down

    • Lover.
    • Universal Motown Records.
  • The Who

    Who Are You

    • CSI: O.S.T. (Various Artists).
    • Hip-O-Records.
    • 9.
  • Wham!

    Bad Boys

    • Wham! - Fantastic.
    • Epic.
  • Toto

    Hold The Line

    • Driving Rock (Various Artists).
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Louise

    Lead Me On

    • (CD Single).
    • Lil Lou Records.
  • Nu Shooz

    I Can't Wait

    • Club Classics From The 80's (Various).
    • Disky.
  • Rag’n’Bone Man


    • (CD Single).
    • Columbia.
    • 001.
  • The Contours

    Do You Love Me

    • The Wanderers (Original S/Track).
    • Sanctuary Records.
  • Bob & Earl

    The Harlem Shuffle

    • Shades Of Soul (Various Artists).
    • Global Television.
  • The Communards

    Don't Leave Me This Way (feat. Sarah Jane Morris)

    • Now 1986 (Various Artists).
    • Now.
  • Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch


    • (CD Single).
    • Polydor.
  • Alice Cooper

    School's Out

    • Single - Warner Brothers K 16188.

Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought
From Krish Kandiah, founding director of a national charity:
I love the sound of summer holidays. It always begins with Alice Cooper on repeat and my seven children joining in the chant: “schools out for summer!” Then I get ready to sit back to enjoy a couple of weeks listening to the buzz of chatter around a swimming pool, the dropping of ice cubes into fizzing lemonade, or the ripple of laughter of a family frisbee match as my birth and adopted children try to teach the latest fostered children how to throw and catch the flying disk. 
My favourite sound in all the world is the laughter of children. It is a precious gift. Many of the kids who have joined our family have experienced such serious neglect and abuse that they have had very little reason, let alone opportunity, to relax, smile and enjoy their childhood. But the summer holidays bring many opportunities to elicit from them the sounds of healing joy. There can be shared subtle smiles as we play cards by the river or raucous unrestrained laughter as we engage in water pistol warfare, or a quiet chuckle in the car as Cliff Richard’s classic take on the summer holidays suggests “No more worries for me and you – oo - oo” 
These summer soundtracks remind me of another song: ancient lyrics found in the Bible about the Almighty God who I believe rules transcendent over the sun and clouds, but also who also takes pleasure in caring for the lonely and needy: Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the cloud rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. 
God sets the lonely in families This song acknowledges the maladies of life – vulnerability, loneliness and loss and identifies family as a place where healing can happen. If God himself is not too important and powerful to have a particular interest in the well being of children in need, then I cannot excuse myself from this important task. For me, vulnerable children laughing as they experience the love and care of a family is the best sound of summer. It surely beats even Alice Cooper and Cliff Richard hands down!


  • Tue 23 Jul 2019 06:30