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Barbara Applin – Basingstoke’s Historian

Monday 28 December 1pm

A chance to hear again an interview recorded in 2005 with Barbara Applin, who sadly died earlier in 2015. 

 

Frequency Cast December Edition

Monday 28 December 1.15pm

Pete and Kelly return with HRB’s tech and media show for December covering the following stories… Tim Boldly Goes:  Major Tim Peake takes off for the ISS.  Vtech Hacked: Another month, another hack attack. Kids toy firm Vtech has been the latest victim with over 6 million children’s accounts and nearly 5 million parent accounts being hacked. BBC Red Button to go? Elsewhere in the show we discuss the imminent closure of BBC 3, but it's also been announced that the BBC plans to phase out the Red Button service, saving £16 million. Will it be missed? Let us know!.      Broadband Speed: Suffering from slow home broadband speeds? UK regulator Ofcom has released a smartphone app to identify whether your Wi-fi setup could be causing a slow-down. Up to 6 million people could see a speedup with this app. The app's had mixed reviews, but as it's free, it's worth a try. Ofcom reports that one possible cause of a slowdown could be your Christmas lights interfering with Wi-fi.

 

    Google Star Wars: Google's been busy celebrating the launch of Star Wars – Type www.google.com/starwars to have your Google experience flipped to the dark or light side of the Force. And finally… Dominos Pizza will be releasing a pizza button this month. Tucked inside a mini pizza box, will be a single button. Press this, it'll make a Bluetooth connection to your phone, and order your favourite pizza.

 

Also this month, the end of BBC Three, the Raspberry Pi Zero, Black Friday, TomTom’s new products and more.

 

Top 40 Most Requested of the year 2015

Monday 28 December 3pm

Neil Ogden presents the annual chart compiled from requests collected at Basingstoke and North Hants Hospital in 2014. 

 

Matt’s Kind of Music

Tuesday 29 December 4pm

A hospital radio special in which Matt’s daughter Michelle remembers the music of her father.

 

The New Year’s Eve Big Broadcast

New Year’s Eve 12pm live for 24 hours

Richard Smith is back for another live marathon broadcast.

 

He will be live on radio stations around the UK and Ireland for 24 hours featuring special guests, competitions and requests, plus some surprises and special features. 

 

Join Richard and his team for the only show that lasts for two years!

 

Turn it On Again – The Genesis Story

Tuesday 29 December 5pm

Wednesday 30 December 5pm

Genesis are one of the most successful rock acts of recent times, this remarkable two part documentary explores the characters and the pulsating music that came from this most English of groups. Featuring interviews with members Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks revealing life inside the ranks also features comments from Daryl Stuermer, Ray Wilson and Chester Thompson.

 

The programme explores the groups early years (1966 to 1975) hearing about their progressive rock triumphs pioneering stage theatrics and atmospheric music on the albums 'Foxtrot and 'Selling England By The Pound'. The programme hears lead singer Peter Gabriel explaining his departure after the release of the concept album 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. The programme culminates with band returning to the studio as a quartet and the release of their Trick of the Tail' a surprisingly up beat album which confounded critics and confirmed Genesis's long term future.

 

Later, we continue to hear how Genesis recorded their multi platinum selling albums, 'Duke', 'Abacab' and 'Invisible Touch' growing into one of the great stadium rock bands of the 90's. The band's comment about Phil Collins all conquering solo career and its impact inside the ranks. We hear about Collins departure and the recruitment of Stilskin front man Ray. Part two culminates with how Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed for their European and American tour of 2007.

 

In Conversation: Nicholas Parsons

Wednesday 30 December 4pm

Nicholas Parsons (OBE) began his theatrical career as a Carroll Levis Discovery doing impressions and working in small repertory theatres in Glasgow, whilst serving an engineering apprenticeship on Clydebank.

He became very successful in cabaret in the Fifties and was a resident comedian at The Windmill Theatre in 1952. He worked a lot in West End revues, was part of BBC Drama Repertory Company, and in 1956 teamed up with Arthur Haynes, forming a successful comedy partnership that ran for ten years on ITV and included a season at the London Palladium in 1963.

Nicholas appeared in many British comedy films in the Fifties and Sixties but returned to the West End stage in 1967 to star in Boeing-Boeing. He later starred in Say Who You Are and Uproar In The House.

More recently, he has appeared in the big West End musicals Charlie Girl, Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods and The Rocky Horror Show. He has presented three different one-man shows at the Edinburgh Festival and the latest, The Nicholas Parsons Happy Hour, played to great acclaim on the Fringe for two years. His successes on the small screen include regular appearances on The Benny Hill Show, hosting The All New Alphabet Game on LWT, Laughlines and, for a record 14 years, The Sale Of The Century on ITV.

Parsons has been the host of the BBC Radio 4 panel game Just A Minute since its first broadcast on the 22nd December 1967. His autobiography, The Straight Man – My Life In Comedy, was published in 1994.

In this interview, he talks about his time on Dr. Who, The Rocky Horror Show and some very witty and inspiring advice to anyone wishing to get into showbiz!

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