Sir Michael Palin, Melanie C and Jack Savoretti
Wake up to a star-studded breakfast with Zoe Ball. She's joined by Sir Michael Palin and Spice Girl Melanie C, with live music in the studio from Jack Savoretti.
Wake up to a star-studded breakfast with Zoe Ball and a whole host of celebrity guests, including Sir Michael Palin and Mel C, with live music in the studio from Jack Savoretti. Sir Michael Palin shares stories from his North Korea Journal, from when the Monty Python star and traveller spent two weeks in the country. Sporty Spice Melanie C tells us about her new single High Heels and Jack Savoretti plays tracks from the special edition release of his number 1 album Singing To Strangers, as well as a perfectly picked cover!
Plus we also hear from our 12-year-old Strictly Come Dancing correspondent Kate, who previews Saturday's dance floor routines for Musical Week.
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 that you can shake a glitterball at!
There's also weather with Sarah Keith-Lucas and a Pause For Thought from comedian and writer Paul Kerensa as Zoe entertains the nation with fun for the family!
Pause For Thought
From comedian & writer Paul Kerensa:
As a comedy writer, I bow before Sir Michael of Python, the Knight who said Ni and many longer words I could recite. Yes, I was that guy at school, the comedy nerd who’d committed Python to memory. Still today, I recall the longest name from any Python sketch: That great German composer, whose name history has forgotten. “Why is it,” the sketch says, “the world never remembered the name of...” – from memory, now – “Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-nacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-wurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gersputten-mit-zweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-schönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittleraucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?”
History’s forgotten that name, but I haven’t.
I learned that when I was 12. But learn something similar now? I would struggle. What we hear as children embeds in our brains. And there’s no other time of year like this, with Advent starting this weekend, for harking back to our youth.
We dive in and out of shops, hear two bars of The Spice Girls singing Sleigh Ride, and our brains finish the rest. Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, and our memories are ring-ting-tingling too...
Traditionally, Advent’s a time of preparation, anticipation and focus. From today on, I’m in and out of churches and comedy clubs for the next month: reciting the same jokes, the same carols, telling the same story. Whatever our flavour of Christmas, we prepare, anticipate, relearn and pass on rituals from days gone by. From school nativities to shopping soundtracks, words we heard as children emerge from hibernation.
So I feel for those young sponge-like brains, who only hear harsher words. Where the soundtrack to the season isn’t as joyous, or festive – more themed on an Eastenders Christmas special.
Rob Parsons, founder of a family-focussed charity says: “We think our children don’t listen, while the truth is, they never miss a thing. Don’t worry they’re not listening to you – worry that they are.”
As Advent opens its doors, festive strains and fragile temperaments easily appear behind those doors. I hope we’ll shape the season as we want it to be repeated – that words taken to heart, to memory, will be encouraging ones. Or at least as forgettable as Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern...