Author Archives: Mike Jones

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones has been involved with Radio since 1977. A professional voice over artist and film maker . Loves Phoenix and now hosts Fridays One 2 Three. An award winning director and actor Mike relishes local politics and is also a crap football analyst. You can hear live Daggers reports from Mike on Chris Hoods shows as well on Saturday afternoons

The Story Of Bart

Bit of a Dickensian theme this week on Mike’s 123. Firstly Queens Theatre are presenting “Fagins Twist ” which gives a whole new meaning to the famous story and is told through dance spoken word and music

Dancer Jemima Brown called in to chate about her role as Oliver

You can hear the interview again here

Simon Hanning sat down one day and read a story about the legendary Lionel Bart. He was so moved that he wrote a musical about the man despite never having done it before. That musical is now all over the country and growing in strength

Simon popped into the studio to tell Mike how it was done

You can hear the interview again here


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A Little Bit Of Jethro Tull


It’s 50 years since Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull came to the forefront of popular music. They have since gone on to sell 60 million albums. Ian chatted to Mike about Then, Now and How “All Things Must Pass”.

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It’s also the 69th Brentwood Drama Festival next week and show director Nicola Stacey came into to chat with Mike about exactly what’s happening.


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Coastal Walks -Golf and a Solution for Junc 28

IMG_1438(1)John Rayment decided to take his redundancy money buy a good pair of shoes and set off around the coast of Britain. Mike Jones asked him how he did it

You can hear the interview again here

Philip Wilson is directing the latest play at the Queens and its a British premiere for A Fox on the Fairway. He spoke to Mike about this marvelous farce. You can hear it again here

Colin Barber is the chairman of Brentwood Chamber of Commerce and joined Mike to bring news of their latest showcase in November and chat about Crossrail and breaking news that planners have opted for Option 5F for the improvement of Junction 28
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Whistling Down The Wind-Nick Heyward

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The boy is back in town

Mike spoke to Nick about his upcoming new Album Woodland Echoes

You can hear the interview again here

A grant scheme has been launched in Brentwood to help improve mental health and wellbeing within the local community.

Brentwood’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme, opened on Friday 30 June and will run until Sunday 1 October 2017. It was set up to give communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living within the Borough.

There is £10,000 available as part of the fund and community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,200 for local causes and projects that will support and improve mental health and wellbeing for local people.

The initiatives must benefit Brentwood’s communities and they must be delivered in the Borough between 1 November 2017 – 1 November 2018.

The bids will be assessed and reported to the Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board in the Autumn, when a decision on the allocation of funding will be made.

Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Olivia Sanders said: “This is an opportunity to get funding to help with your project to support the mental health and wellbeing of others.

Criteria includes supporting those that tackle health inequalities in the community by engaging hard to reach, vulnerable, socially isolated or at-risk groups. Your project may also involve helping people to recover from a long-term illness or be raising awareness of and increasing access to mental health services in our community.”

For more information and to apply, please visit For advice, support or guidance in relation to applying please email or telephone 01277 312500.

You can hear Olivia chatting to Mike here


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Helping with the First Step

First Step is an organisation which helps children and families of children whose aim is To provide the best possible environment to support each family and to enable
their very young children with special needs and/or disabilities to maximise
their individual potential

CEO Mark Halls came into the studio to talk to Mike about the organisation and the difficulties with charity organising today

You can hear the interview again here


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Kevin Brewis comes home to the Queen’s

West End performer Kevin Brewis is set to return to his local theatre to pay tribute to a selection of Broadway’s finest musicals in Broadway & Beyond.


Kevin Brewis grew up in Hornchurch and his love of theatre started when he visited his first pantomime at the Queen’s Theatre. From a young age Kevin was actively involved in drama groups at Fairkytes Art Centre and performed in productions at the Queen’s Theatre. After training professionally in musical theatre, Kevin has toured all over the world and appeared in West End shows including Grease at the Victoria Palace and One & Only at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Mike Jones spoke to Kevin about coming back to the Queen’s and what to expect from the new production. You can hear the interview again below:

Kevin will be back at the Queen’s Theatre on 8 February to perform an entertaining mix of music and wit from the most popular musicals in Broadway & Beyond. The show comprises of songs from New York’s legendary theatre district, including hits from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate and Miss Saigon and Spamalot.

He says, “Nearly 20 years after leaving college, having worked all over the West End, the UK and abroad, I find myself back where it all began at the Queen’s Theatre.”

Audiences will be captivated with a stunning array of costumes, exhilarating dance routines and the versatility of five musicians that play over a dozen instruments between them. This is a must see for any musical fan!

Broadway and Beyond comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £16.50 – £23. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at

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