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Rosebud with Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth / Plain Jaine Productions / Keep It Light Media

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Legendary British writer, broadcaster, ex-MP and TV star Gyles Brandreth hosts “Rosebud”, in which he talks to famous and fascinating people about their first memories and first experiences. Expect laughter, nostalgia, memorable stories, revelations and, of course, the odd name-drop from Gyles. We want to hear about your first memories - email us at hello@rosebudpodcast.com And you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @therosebudpod Artwork: Freya Betts. Music: Phil Lepherd. Producer: H ...
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Susie Dent and Gyles Brandreth invite you to enhance your vocabulary, uncover the hidden origins of language and share their love of words in this award-winning podcast. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us here: purple@somethinelse.com Want more Purple, people? Join the Purple Plus Club by clicking the banner in Apple podcasts or by heading to purpleplusclub.com to listen on other platforms for ad-f ...
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Commonwealth Poetry Podcast

Gyles Brandreth & Aphra Brandreth

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Poetry from around the world! A fortnightly celebration of Poetry and The Commonwealth - where award winning podcaster Gyles Brandreth and his daughter Aphra visit each of the 56 countries of the Commonwealth, meeting poets, performers and people who love poetry and discovering new poems each episode.
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Welcome to Tea With Twiggy! This podcast was started at a time where people around the world connected and became closer with friends and family even though they could not physically meet. The same is true of Dame Twiggy who reconnected with her friends for a cup of tea and a chat! "Tea with Twiggy" is an intimate weekly chat with Twiggy and special guests including Joanna Lumley, Lynda La Plante, Elaine Paige, Gyles Brandreth, Christopher Biggins, and David Threlfall, Robert Lindsay, Myleen ...
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Have You Eaten Grandma?

Gyles Brandreth and Penguin Books

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Language is power. Emojis, slang, the subjunctive mood . . . all colour our words with meaning. Interested? Then you’re in the right place. Welcome to the Have You Eaten Grandma? podcast.Join Gyles Brandreth, Natalie Haynes and a group of fellow word nerds as they journey through the intricacies and everyday pitfalls of the English languageDiscover more about the book behind the podcast at http://bit.ly/HYEGwts Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Now, Where Were We? is the show that Barry Cryer has been waiting 86 years to make! Alongside his son, actor and writer Bob Cryer, Barry's booked a room at a favourite London pub, called up a bunch of famous pals he's not seen since lockdown began, and he's invited them down for a pint and a proper catch-up. This is Barry at his storytelling best, in his natural habitat, doing what he’s done for decades: making us laugh. There is some very explicit language used in punchlines from time to ti ...
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Hello there! It's me, Harry Hill! With some exciting news - I've got a brand new podcast its called 'Are We There Yet? And is the world's first family friendly podcast designed to get you from A to B. Join me, my son Garry and Sarah the A.I Bot as we delve into the childhood memories of a motley crew of comedians, celebrities and cultural icons, and if that wasn't enough there's a fascinating theme in each episode where we speak to an expert on stuff like ants, blood, the moon and more...
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Gyles meets the writer, clergyman and former member of the Communards Reverend Richard Coles. Together they talk about Richard's childhood, growing up as the musically gifted youngest son in a family of shoe manufacturers in Kettering, about how he discovered his sexuality and became part of London's gay scene in the 1980s, and about how he found h…
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British institution Gyles Brandreth has been gracing our screens and airwaves for decades but how did Gyles break into showbiz? Well Harry and Sarah the AI bot will dig into his life and find out all about driving as a child, celebrity encounters and how he ended up as a European Monopoly Champion. You can listen to Gyles’ own podcast Rosebud on Sp…
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In no particular order, Gyles Brandreth was an MP in John Major’s government, is a writer of novels, biographies, autobiographies and stageplays, is a broadcaster, a podcaster, a television presenter and an accomplished speaker. He has set up a teddy bear museum, he started the UK Scrabble competition, he campaigns for public spaces. Veteran of Cal…
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Described once by The Guardian as “the bohemian bad boy of comedy” Seann Walsh joins Harry, Garry and Sarah the AI Bot to unpack his somewhat unconventional childhood. Sofas on fire, school sleepovers and showing sometimes qualifications aren’t always important. Aside from Silly Thing, your jokes and chatting Seann there is a new fun quiz! Our them…
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Join Susuie and Gyles this week as they unravel the linguistic roots behind murder. From the ancient origins of 'homicide' to the sinister evolution of 'assassination', we uncover the words we use to describe humanity's darkest deeds. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or yo…
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Martin Sixsmith is many things; he’s an academic, an investigative journalist, a documentarian and he spent years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC working in Russia, Washington and Poland. He’s an author of both fiction and non-fiction, a radio and television presenter and he was an adviser to the Labour Government. Of the 8 books he has writ…
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In this episode Gyles and Aphra Brandreth meet Tanzanian poet Neema Komba. Neema shares her poetry journey, from a terrible event that took place as a teenage girl in a hospital, to the point that she discovered poetry as a way to express herself, to becoming the co-founder of La Poetista, a platform for poets and other performing artists to showca…
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Gyles has fun talking to Katherine Ryan about her early memories and formative experiences, with added discussions about the rights and wrongs of plastic surgery, whether you should tell anecdotes during sex, and what, exactly, is phallic swagger. This is a frank, open, revealing and sometimes inspiring conversation that's possibly slightly more ad…
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This week, Susie and Gyles drift off far far away to the land of sleep... So tune in and embark on a journey through the nocturnal landscape of words. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us on our email address here: purplepeople@somethingrhymes.com Want even…
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This week, Gyles has John Cleese in the Rosebud hotseat. Gyles finds out about John's childhood, growing up in the Westcountry during the war, with a father whose surname was actually 'Cheese' and a mother who was suffering from post natal depression. John also shares stories about his school days, what it was like being the tallest boy in the form…
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A Cilla Black impersonating, somewhat lonely, diabolo wielding child Suzi Ruffell grew up to be a brilliant comic and tap dancing extraordinaire. She and Harry discuss what it was like to be working class, dancing on The One Show and it is our first play of The Intergenerational Quiz! Dr Adam Rutherford was our expert telling us all about DNA, you …
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This week, Susie and Gyles explore fragrances and scents. Join us as we inhale the sweet aromas of people and places... We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us on our email address here: purplepeople@somethingrhymes.com Want even more purple, people? Join the …
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Dermot O'Leary and Gyles know each other from the This Morning sofa, but here they get the chance to sit down for a proper in-depth conversation. Dermot tells Gyles about his childhood, growing up in a warm and loving Irish family, and about how important his heritage is to him. He talks about his first communion, his love of poetry and Gyles finds…
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In this fortnight’s episode, join Gyles and Aphra Brandreth as they discover more about Kenya and its poetry. We hear from Njeri Wangari, a Kenyan poet and author, who is living in Nairobi, and has performed her poetry globally. She is one of the key contributors to a recently published poetry anthology called Across Borders – An anthology of new p…
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In this episode Gyles talks to the Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer. This isn't a political interview, instead it's an in-depth and fascinating conversation about Keir's background and personal history. Keir reminisces about his childhood in a village in Surrey; he remembers cramped car journeys in a Ford Cortina with four kids and four…
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She’s the true star of Junior Bake Off, it’s Ravneet Gill! Harry quizzes Rav on how she started out in the world of baking…they discuss what food sends Harry into a deep sleep when filming…and she very kindly brings us our first sponsor message… We also learn all about the Battle of Hastings thanks to Matt Lewis, from History Hit- our expert this w…
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One of the nation’s most loveable comedians - Alan Carr tells Harry all about being the son of a football manager, using dinner ladies as human shields, and how he became a comedy legend! A big thanks to Dee from Hair Force Clinics for telling us all about the secret lives of nits! Get in touch with your jokes: harry@arewethereyetpod.co.uk Producer…
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*Cough cough*... This week Susie and Gyles explore the language of diseases. From Cholera to Mumps, and Malaria to Influenza, they have you covered. Also, we reveal the WINNERS of our 'To Dent' and 'To Brandreth' competition! We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can ema…
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Hello there! It's me, Harry Hill! With some exciting news - Ive got a brand new podcast its called 'Are We There Yet? And is the worlds first family friendly podcast thats designed to get you from A to B. Join me, my son Garry and Sarah the A.I Bot as we delve into the childhood memories of a motley crew of comedians, celebrities and cultural icons…
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21st April is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, and in celebration of this we're giving you an interview with Merlin Holland, who has an unusual claim to fame. His mother, Thelma Besant, was the late Queen's beauty advisor - her personal makeup artiste - who was present at the Coronation in 1953, as was our guest (then a young boy). Merlin is als…
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This week, Susie and Gyles unravel the intricate history of dictionaries, those indispensable guides that serve as gateways to language. From ancient lexicons to modern compendiums, we explore how dictionaries have shaped our understanding of words and the world around us. And Gyles lets us know how his weight lifting is going... We love hearing fr…
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In this fortnight’s episode, join Gyles and Aphra Brandreth as they find out more about Botswana and its rich poetic traditions. Speaking to Barolong Seboni, a distinguished retired academic and poet. Barolong shares his fun and insightful translations of Botswanan proverbs, offering a window into the culture and poetry of the country. Poems this e…
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Gyles's guest this week is Dame Twiggy Lawson, and this episode is recorded live at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, Surrey. Twiggy shot to fame as a 16 year-old, when her headshots - showcasing her newly cropped hair, boyish looks and signature dark eye makeup - were spotted in a London hair salon. Within weeks her face was on the front page of the E…
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This week Susie and Gyles get lost in the world of nonsensical language, and embrace the weird, wacky and wonderful ways the English language can be. Your favourite duo also pay homage to the masters of nonsensical language – Dr. Seuss, whose fantastical worlds and playful rhymes have enchanted generations of readers; Spike Milligan, the irreverent…
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This week Gyles hears the reminiscences of the presenter, writer and painter Anneka Rice. Rice grew up in Surrey, the daughter of a builder and a frustrated housewife who went back to college and left 11 year-old Anneka to look after her baby sister and do the household chores. Anneka distracted herself by playing games with Action Men and dinky tr…
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This week Susie and Gyles delve back into a favourite topic, shoes. Inspired by purple person Kevin, the origins of all manner of footwear are discussed such as Oxford's, Brogue's and Gibson's. We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram or you can email us on our email address here:…
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My guest today Ben Goldsmith has been dealt cards of both privilege and tragedy. In our conversation, Ben covers his upbringing, his time at Eton, his love of nature, the tragic loss of his daughter Iris and the organisation he has set up in her memory; ‘The Iris Project’. Ben is also a pioneer in the rewilding movement and has his own podcast ‘Rew…
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In this fortnight’s episode, Gyles and Aphra Brandreth meet Baroness Dambisa Moyo who shares her story growing up in Zambia. Dambisa is an economist and author who has written books, including four New York Times Bestsellers. Dambisa was named in the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Poems this episode include: Tiyen…
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The actor, director, and Game Of Thrones star Charles Dance tells Gyles about his childhood, adolescence and the early years of his career: which are possibly not what you'd expect. Dance was born to working class parents in the Midlands, lost his father when he was only 3, and then moved to Plymouth where he developed a stammer. He didn't train to…
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In this heartwarming episode, Twiggy Reunites with the multi-talented award-winning actor and brilliant cook, Peter Firth. From his sun-soaked escapades in Portugal to his early beginnings in Bradford's pub scene, join us as we delve into the life of a man who has gracefully navigated both stage and screen. Key Points Discussed: Favourite Tea: As t…
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Sathnam has written Empireland and more recently Empireworld, two bestselling books which have garnered him critical acclaim, a Channel 4 documentary and which - even more crucially - have changed the national discourse around our colonial past. Without necessarily meaning to, Sathnam has become a historian. But his success has not been uncomplicat…
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This week it's about the birthday boy, as we celebrate all things Gyles Brandreth. Not only does Gyles spoil us with a plethora of his famous anecdotes, but he becomes the linguistics quizmaster and places Susie in the hot seat to answer questions from his book 'Have You Eaten Grandma'. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GYLES! You are truly one of a kind. We love hea…
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Gyles takes Rupert Everett back to his childhood and teenage years, and be warned: not only is this episode hilarious, but it's also slightly more adult than our other shows. And it is genuinely one of the funniest Rosebuds yet. The son of an Army Major, Rupert didn't do any of things his parents expected. He was obsessed with Julie Andrews, loved …
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The Best of Tea with Twiggy: Theater Icons Welcome to this week's special edition of "Tea with Twiggy,” where we delve into the fascinating world of theater through the eyes of two legendary producers. Join us as we revisit some memorable moments from our conversations with Judy Craymer, renowned for her work on the global sensation "Mamma Mia!," a…
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From the latin word dicere meaning ‘to speak, to tell or to say’. This week Susie and Gyles are looking at the ultimate word bible, the dictionary! Gyles ponders the difference between a glossary and a dictionary. And Susie delves into prescriptivism vs descriptivism We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @Somet…
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In this fortnight’s episode, Gyles and Aphra Brandreth meet Marion Bethel, an esteemed Bahamian poet and attorney. Bethel, renowned for her award-winning poetry collections like "Guanahani, My Love" and "Bougainvillea Ringplay," shares insights into her life, inspirations, and the vibrant cultural landscape of the Bahamas. As she delves into her po…
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Val McDermid tells Gyles her remarkable story. An only child from Kirkcaldy in Fife, the daughter of a welder and a shop assistant, Val became obsessed with books after being read to by her mother as a young child and, when the family moved opposite the town's Central Library, she read every book on the shelves. It was her favourite books - The Cha…
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Welcome to today's episode where we're thrilled to have the legendary guitarist and songwriter, Mark Knopfler, join us for a delightful conversation over tea… or in his case, studio coffee. Known as a maestro of his craft and celebrated for his work with Dire Straits among other musical ventures, Mark brings stories from his illustrious career and …
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Guy Fletcher is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, engineer and producer. He has performed, recorded, toured and worked with artists including Dire Straits, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Roxy Music, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. His longest standing collaboration is with Mark Knopfler not only with Dire Straits, but also with Notting Hillbillies, …
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The 90s was a crazy decade, brimming with pop culture moments that defined Britain. Susie and Gyles discuss words that gained popularity in the post Cold War era, from Cool Britannia, to the Spice Girls, Dianamania to the World Wide Web... We love hearing from you, find us @SomethingRhymes on Twitter and Facebook, @SomethingRhymesWith on Instagram …
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