Comedian Jethro discusses his Cornish humour

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

9:00am Friday 1st August 2014

THE Cornish comedian, Jethro, is back on the road, but not for long. He doesn't like being away from his farm for too long, yet still enjoys making people, and himself, laugh on stage.

Su Pollard and Cannon and Ball on Robin Hood and Marian ahead of show Ha Ha Hood!

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

9:35am Thursday 31st July 2014

Su Pollard, best known for her roles in Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M’Lord?, and comedy duo Cannon and Ball talk to Freetime before they take to the stage in Ha Ha Hood! A hilarious, laugh out loud new romp of a show. Su, Bobby and Tommy tell us why they love this production.

Been around the world and I-I-I‘m back

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

8:50am Friday 18th July 2014

Considering the motto ‘The show must go on‘, there‘s something pleasingly refreshing about an artist backing away from it all to simply put their feet up.

Never a bum note with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Ahead of their slot at Walthamstow Garden Party, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Tiken Jah Fakoly discusses persecution and politics ahead of show at Walthamstow Garden Party

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

4:07pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

For centuries artists, writers and musicians have been persecuted and imprisoned for using their art to expose political corruption and vocalise injustice – from artist Paul Klee, who was exiled to Switzerland under the Nazi regime, to girl band Pussy Riot, who clashed with Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Paolo Nutini discusses travelling and growing up ahead of V Festival

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

5:22pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

In the five years since his last album, Paolo Nutini has travelled, lived and, by his own admission, grown up. Andy Welch finds out why the Scottish singer needed an adventure.

Dream home turns into financial nightmare

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dream home turns into financial nightmare

2:40pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

From the outside, Talliston appears to be nothing more than an ordinary three-bedroom ex-council house, situated in a pleasant street in Essex.

Damon Albarn's sister Jessica on giving creatures a new life through art

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jessica Albarn at work in her studio drawing intricate pictures of insects

5:04pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

It began with a dead rabbit buried at the bottom of the garden.

Inside Jamie’s kitchen

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Inside Jamie’s kitchen

1:10pm Sunday 15th June 2014

Jamie Oliver talks to Kate Whiting about his latest venture – Food Tube

Hilary Mantel, Jarvis Cocker, Mark Kermode and Michael Palin to mark Foyles' opening

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jarvis Cocker by Rankin

11:20am Friday 13th June 2014

Foyles, UK National Bookseller of the Year 2013 and 2012, has opened the doors to its much-anticipated new store in Charing Cross Road.

In full Flyte

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: In full Flyte

1:50pm Thursday 12th June 2014

Tipped as ones to watch, Flyte are set to support Neil Young as part of British Summertime Hyde Park festival. Amie Mulderrig speaks to lead singer Will Taylor about Evelyn Waugh, English despair and impersonating journalists.

Grayson Perry has designs on handbags

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Essex native Grayson Perry has turned his talents to bag design, as part of celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Foundling Museum.

2:43pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

He’s as infamous for his outlandish sense of style as he is incredible art. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Essex native Grayson Perry has turned his talents to bag design, as part of celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Foundling Museum.

Michael Palin is ready for the Spanish Inquisition - again

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photo by John Swannell

3:15pm Wednesday 4th June 2014

Monty Python Live (mostly) will include all the classic sketches a well as clips of film and photographs, a band and dancers and some surprises

Showaddywaddy's Dave Bartram on Jimmy Savile, and performing with The Osmonds and David Essex

4:00pm Sunday 1st June 2014

For entertainers of the seventies, there will always be an indelible link to Top of the Pops and, inevitably, Jimmy Savile.

Crime pays for Tony Parsons

5:15pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

Throughout history, crime buffs have savoured the talents of great fictional detectives from Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, Maigret to Morse, Wexford to Wallander.

Dolly Parton does London

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dolly Parton is coming to the 02

12:52pm Friday 16th May 2014

Dolly Parton is less a singer, more a one-woman world-domination machine.

Actress Michelle Collins on EastEnders, Coronation Street, press intrusion and overcoming an eating disorder

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Michelle Collins

5:00pm Monday 12th May 2014

As a seasoned soap star, Michelle Collins is no stranger to emotional roller coasters - and the same goes for her life off-screen. She tells Freetime about overcoming an eating disorder, dealing with the press and why she's finally stopped apologising for who she is.

Barry Manilow on Gary Barlow, Frank Sinatra and his love affair with the British public

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Barry Manilow is coming to the Wembley Arena

2:50pm Friday 9th May 2014

Barry Manilow talks to Freetime about Frank Sinatra, Gary Barlow, Judy Garland and his love affair with the British public ahead of his performance at The 02.

Mark Wright's plans for TOWIE return

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Mark Wright

2:00pm Thursday 8th May 2014

Mark Wright won the hearts of female fans on The Only Way is Essex, but he says he won’t return to the show.

Freetime: Madness front man Suggs recounts life story

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Madness frontman Suggs shares his life story, in words and music, at the Sub Rooms (5353267)

1:05pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

Best known as the legendary frontman of feelgood band Madness, Suggs was lying in the bath on his birthday, nursing an epic hangover from the celebrations the night before, when there was the most almighty crash.

Kat Moon heads back to the East End

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jessie Wallace in rehearsal for Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (photo: Robert Day)

9:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

In the memorable phrase coined by Joan Littlewood, its original director, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be is "Like Guys & Dolls, but with its flies undone", referring to Frank Loesser’s masterpiece of a musical based on Damon Runyon’s stories of old Broadway.

Desperately seeking Damon Albarn

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Damon Albarn by Linda Brownlee

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Years of tirelessly arguing why Blur is far superior to Oasis had to pay off. Here's what happened when Amie Mulderrig went in pursuit of Damon Albarn.

Cycling Shouldn't Hurt - Grisly images prove different

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Will Linton © 2014 by Fiona Garden/Grayshon Editions

3:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Battered, bruised bodies, mangled limbs and shredded skin are set to feature in a new book aimed at showing the human side of cycling accidents.

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The unremarkable death of Marilyn Monroe

3:30pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Alone in her bedroom, in her dressing gown and slippers, no make-up on – and overdosed on pills, just an hour and a half away from the end of her life.

Stand-up comedienne Shappi Khorsandi on Celebrity Masterchef, Brad Pitt and Fozzie Bear

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Stand-up comedienne Shappi Khorsandi brings her comedy to Red Imp Comedy Club at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on Wednesday, April 30.

10:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Iranian-born British comedienne Shappi Khorsandi talks Brad Pitt, performing in swimming pools and Celebrity Masterchef ahead of her appearance at Red Imp Comedy Club in Walthamstow.

Sir Andrew Motion talks about poetic inspiration as part of London Eye 15th anniversary

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sir Andrew Motion grew up in Essex and lives in Kentish Town

4:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The former poet laureate will be giving a talk on John Keats on May 1

Riding the Midnight Express

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Billy Hayes

10:45am Thursday 10th April 2014

Billy Hayes, author of best-selling book Midnight Express, talks about his experiences of the Turkish jail that inspired his novel, ahead of his show at Soho Theatre.

Actor Bob Golding talks about becoming Eric Morecambe

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Actor Bob Golding is...Eric Morecambe

3:29pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

SO one night a wife comes home and finds her husband in bed with a dummy. Sounds like the start of a classic Eric Morecambe gag doesn’t it? But it’s actually the pun-filled position actor Bob Golding found himself in when he was preparing to play the beloved comedian in Morecambe, a whistle-stop tour of the funnyman’s life.

The Voice winner Jermain Jackman on wanting to be the first black Prime Minister

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Voice winner Jermain Jackman

The graduate of Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow was backed by Cheryl Cole and Ed Miliband and was crowned The Voice winner on Saturday

Rich Hall: ‘I’m incensed we are button-pushing squirrels’

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Rich Hall is coming to the Harrow Arts Centre

10:42am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Step away from the mobile phone. Put away the tablet. The wonderfully acerbic comedian Rich Hall is about to come on stage in the West End, and he would like your undivided attention.

Profile of...Jacqueline Wilson

2:30pm Monday 31st March 2014

Best known for her Tracy Beaker series, writer Dame Jacqueline Wilson has acted as the voice of girls growing up, tackling challenging themes such as adoption, divorce and mental illness. Ahead of a new exhibition at the Museum of Childhood, Daydreams and Diaries: The Story of Jacqueline Wilson, Amie Mulderrig explains all you need to know about the popular author.

Naughty but nice

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Amber Topaz appears in An Evening of Burlesque at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

10:23am Monday 31st March 2014

Headlining hit touring stage show An Evening of Burlesque, Amber Topaz was born to perform.

Toby Stephens talks about his new movie The Machine

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Toby Stephens stars in new movie Time Machine

10:17am Monday 31st March 2014

Former Bond villain Toby Stephens is the youngest son of Dame Maggie Smith and actor Sir Robert Stephens. The East London resident is starring in a new British sci-fi movie, The Machine, about the development of a conscious fighting machine. He talks about making the movie, being a pirate with a difference in new US show Black Sails and growing up in an acting dynasty.

Kevin’s passion for grand designs

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Ahead of Grand Designs Live Kevin McCloud talks to Amie Mulderrig about fame, his TV show and love of buildings

12:46pm Thursday 27th March 2014

From hobbit homes to hexagonal houses and high-tech habitats – for the past 15 years, Kevin McCloud has taken viewers on an architectural journey with television show Grand Designs.

Dave Davies: 'The Kinks? We're going to do something'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dave Davies by Ian Heath

12:33pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

It wasn’t too long ago that Dave Davies rubbished any idea of The Kinks reforming – particularly given what happened on his 50th birthday.

Goldie treads the boards in Kingston 14

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Goldie by Robert Day

2:10pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Goldie answers the phone sounding like a bizarre mix between Brian Blessed and Richard Burton.

Strictly Pasha

9:00am Friday 14th March 2014

After more than 25 years doing the same job, a person would be forgiven for admitting it was becoming a little bit routine. But if it’s a dance routine you’re talking about and you’re Pasha Kovalev from BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, then you still get that buzz every time you put on that slashed-to-the-waist sequinned shirt and tight, tight trousers and go out on stage.

Joe thanks X Factor

3:10pm Thursday 13th March 2014

HE only reached public consciousness four years ago, but Joe McElderry (below) has already had a winding career.

Dixie's got The Taste to carry on cooking

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dixie by her market stall Phat Bread at Maltby Street Market

12:40pm Thursday 13th March 2014

We saw her teary-eyed on Tuesday evening, when victory was snatched from her grasp on television cookery competition The Taste.

Chinelo cuts a dash on the Sewing Bee

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chinelo Bally, 26, is competing in the Great British Sewing Bee

12:50pm Thursday 6th March 2014

In a converted depot overlooking the Thames, amidst the whirr of sewing machines, two women are having an intense conversation. Twenty-six-year-old Chinelo Bally is carefully cutting through folds of velvet, explaining why she has chosen to use the fabric for a wrap dress.

Gary Poole prepares to do battle in The Voice

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Could Gary Poole win The Voice?

6:10pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Gary Poole proved a hit on Saturday night's The Voice. But has the Essex resident got what it takes to win? Ahead of the team battles, Amie Mulderrig goes head-to-head with Gary.

Has Lucie Marie Closier got what it takes to win The Voice?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Has Lucie Marie Closier got what it takes to win The Voice?

5:10pm Thursday 27th February 2014

She impressed judges on Saturday night's The Voice. As Lucie Marie Closier prepares to go head-to-head in the battles stage, she speaks with Amie Mulderrig

Has Jamie Lovatt got The Voice to win?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jamie Lovatt wowed judges on The Voice

4:10pm Thursday 27th February 2014

He wowed judges when he appeared on The Voice on Saturday evening. Amie Mulderrig speaks to Jamie Lovatt to find out just what makes him tick.

Marc Almond: 'What's it like to be me? Frustrating, often fulfilling, always exhausting'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Marc Almond chats to Amie Mulderrig about his latest project The Tyburn Tree

1:05pm Monday 24th February 2014

Marc Almond chats to Amie Mulderrig about his latest project The Tyburn Tree, Jack the Ripper and the darker side of London.

Not just a Naughty Boy

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: It's the BRIT awards tonight and Watford's very own Naughty Boy aka Shahid Khan is up for not one, but two statues.

4:09pm Thursday 20th February 2014

He’s received tons of accolades and worked with some of the hottest names in music. Naughty Boy talks to Amie Mulderrig about his past, present and future.

Strictly goes on tour

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Dancers strut their stuff during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

3:08pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Freetime catches up with the stars of the show and discovers they can’t wait to slip back into their sequinned costumes and show off their steps

Q&A: Lydia Rose Bright

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Towie star Lydia Bright. SP

12:09pm Monday 20th January 2014

She may only be 22, but former TOWIE star Lydia Bright is riding high. Having left the reality show behind her, she’s focusing on her main passion – fashion. Amie Mulderrig speaks to her during the launch of her spring/summer collection for Lydia Rose Bright at the Savile Club in London.

Art with a political comment

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Jeremy Deller is coming to the William Morris Gallery with his exhibition English Magic

4:06pm Friday 17th January 2014

When I speak with Jeremy Deller, he is busy. Very busy.

Wilko Johnson talks to Freetime

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Guitarist Wilko Johnson

8:40am Friday 13th December 2013

Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer, instead of having treatment he decided to spend his last days doing what he loves best – playing music.

Rylan Clark talks to Freetime

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Rylan Clark

10:26am Friday 6th December 2013

Essex celebrity Rylan Clark talks to Freetime



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