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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Ralph McTell. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Ralph McTell, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Ralph McTell. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Ralph McTell, often where they are interviewed.

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Tana French, Mary Wollstonecraft statue, Industry, Ralph McTell's The Unknown Warrior

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Tana French is the creator of the Dublin Murder Squad crime books, that inspired the 2019 BBC TV series. Her gritty urban mysteries have been translated into 37 languages and sold around 7m copies worldwide, gaining praise from the likes of Stephen King and Marian Keyes. Her latest novel, The Searcher, moves the action to rural Ireland for the first time. A retired Chicago police officer reluctantly takes on the search for a missing teenager in a small town that seems tranquil on the surface but in reality is anything but.

A new statue dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th-century advocate of women's rights, was unveiled this week at Newington Green in Islington, London, created by Maggi Hambling. It very quickly drew criticism from some because of its inclusion of a naked female figure. The art historian Jacky Klein gives her assessment.

Industry is a new BBC2 drama, directed by Lena Dunham, set in the financial district in London and focuses on a new intake of 20-somethings who must all compete for a limited set of positions at a top investment bank in London. Kohinoor Sahota reviews.

Today is Armistice Day, and the day that, 100 years ago, the body of an unidentified soldier killed in the First World War was drawn in a solemn procession through London to be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey. The story of The Unknown Warrior moved the English musician Ralph McTell to write a song chronicling it. In Front Row he talks about this, the powerful symbolism of the ceremony and how he recruited Billy Connolly, Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson from each of the other nations of the United Kingdom, to speak some of his words.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Jerome Weatherald

Main image: Tana French
Image credit: Jessica Ryan
Nov 11 2020 · 28mins
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Folk On Sunday-03-05-2020 - featuring The Dillards, Ralph McTell, The Auldeners and Shelley Posen

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Today we celebrate 24 years of Folk on Sunday, with The Dillards, Ralph McTell, The Auldeners and Shelley Posen
May 03 2020 · 51mins

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Ralph McTell's Media Choices

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Ralph's choices

Movies

Anything with Peter Sellers

Laurel and Hardy

Radio

The Goon Show

Music

Singer Songwriters: Randy Newman, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan

Guitarists

Rev Gary Davis, Blind Bob Fuller, Blind Willie McTell, Jango Reinhardt 

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Apr 15 2020 · 31mins
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Streets of London by Ralph McTell

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50 years after it was first recorded, Ralph McTell and others discuss a song that was written for a heroin addict, became an anthem against homelessness, and transcended the folk genre to become an enduring classic.

Ralph McTell says he’s thought constantly about the “blip in my graph” that is Streets of London. People say to him “50 years. One hit. You think you’d have given up by now”. But, Ralph says, that’s not why he writes songs. And, of course, he’s written many. Many that he considers far better than Streets of London. But this remains his best known, best loved, and most played track. It was first recorded 50 years ago, in 1969, for his album Spiral Staircase although it wasn’t released as a single until 1974.

Taking part in Soul Music, alongside Ralph, with their stories and memories connected to Streets of London, are:

Jerry Playle, a music producer. His first ever public performance as a teenage guitarist was of Streets of London. The guitar part went well, but when he opened his mouth to sing, he realised - to his horror - that he couldn't...

Gwen Ever, a DJ. He became homeless in the 1980s. It’s the unlikely punk version of Streets of London by the Anti Nowhere League that reminds him of this time.

Maria Bentley-Dingwall, the daughter of Iris Bentley. Iris was the sister of Derek Bentley who was hanged for a murder he did not commit. Iris spent her life campaigning for his conviction to be quashed. Ralph McTell grew up knowing this story, became a friend of the family, wrote a song about the case, and sang Streets of London at Iris Bentley’s funeral.

Producer: Karen Gregor
Jul 17 2019 · 27mins

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Ralph McTell, seinni þáttur

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Fjallað um enska tónlistarmanninn Ralph McTell sem hefur samið mörg hundruð lög á rúmlega hálfrar aldar ferli sínum sem söngvaskáld. Lögin sem hann flytur í þættinum eru: Girl On A Bicycle, Last Train To Rode, Standing Down In New Orleans, Zimmerman Blues, Blues In More Tha 12 Bars, Take It Easy, Weather The Storm, Love Grows, Got To Be With You, 1,2,3,4,5, The Girl From The North Country Fair og That'll Do Babe.
Apr 01 2019 ·
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Söngvaskáldið Ralph McTell

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Enska söngvaskáldið Ralph McTell flytur lögin Mrs. Adlam's Angels, Mr. Connaughton, Barges, The Fairground, From Clare To Here, Kindhearted Woman, Hesitation Blues, Nanna, Streets Of London, Michael In The Garden og I've Thought It Through.
Mar 25 2019 ·
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Ian Ogilvy, Ella Al-Shamahi, Chris Packham, Ralph McTell

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The poet Lemn Sissay meets naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham; singer and songwriter Ralph McTell; actor and director Ian Ogilvy and paleoanthropologist and stand-up comedian Ella Al-Shamahi.

Ian Ogilvy is an actor who is best known for playing Simon Templar in the 1970s TV series The Return of the Saint. He has also appeared in Upstairs Downstairs, I Claudius and films including No Sex Please, We're British. He has written a series of children's books about his hero, Measle Stubbs, which has been translated into over 20 languages. His autobiography, Once a Saint - An Actor's Memoir, is published by Constable.

Ella Al-Shamahi is a geneticist turned paleoanthropologist who also performs stand-up comedy. She is a Neanderthal expert who specialises in cave digs in hostile environments including the Yemen and Iraq. Her latest project is to set up her own cave excavation in the Yemen to test the theory that early humans left Africa not only via Egypt and then Israel but also via islands or land bridges in the Red Sea. She is a National Geographic 2015 Emerging Explorer.

Chris Packham is a naturalist, filmmaker, writer and photographer, best known as presenter of the children's nature series, The Really Wild Show during the 1980s. He has presented the BBC's Springwatch programme since 2009. His memoir, Fingers In The Sparkle Jar, reflects on being an awkward and unusual child with an intense fascination for wildlife who found solace in the natural world. Fingers In The Sparkle Jar is published by Ebury Press.

Ralph McTell is a singer and songwriter who made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames a Second. In 1974 the release of 'Streets of London' earned him an Ivor Novello Award. He is celebrating 50 years on the road with a special performance at the Royal Albert Hall in which all the songs will be chosen by his fans. Ralph McTell's Loyal Command Performance is at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Producer: Paula McGinley.
May 04 2016 · 41mins