Category Archives: The Entertainment Show

Evening All and Merry Christmas!!

Thank you to those who contributed to the phone in on the ‘best ever Christmas song’. I can reveal that audience responses indicate popularity in ascending order:

3 Pogues feat. Kirsty Maccoll (Fairytale of New York)

2 (last surge) Brenda Lee, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

1 Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas is you (maybe it’s my listeners?? :))

Don’t forget to eat lots, be merry, and watch my TV and DVD rcommendations! Top five things to stay in for are:

1 Christmas Dinner (obviously)

2 Bad TV (except there are some excellent bits! e.g. ‘Ab Fab’ back 10pm Xmas Day BBC1)

3 ‘Bored’ games (deliberate incorrect spelling- see what I did there? ) Actually, there is a considerable amount of fun that can come from simple games- have you played ‘Uno’?

4 Snoring relatives (possibly less annoying while asleep)

5 Unnecessary cold meat and pickles (… though no one is hungry?)

Well… I hope you all get the presents that you’re hoping for or, at the very least, some consideration in the form of receipts!

Take care


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Entertaining in the Cold (Pip Edward’s Entertainment Show)

Thank you to all who shared their winter-warming stories on this evening’s Entertainment Show.

Based on a local survey, carried out with little statistical credibility by my good self!, it turns out that the top five Christmas presents to receive are:

1. Experiences- dance and cookery classes and fun days out

2. Concert tickets- Ed Sheeran is touring next year!

3. Photos on canvas :)

4. Things you’ve lost and want to find, like your childhood toy or book… ahhh!

5. Books- of all varieties!…. A mega, destructive blow to the Kindle!

In the ‘not so favourite section’ we had, ‘soap on a rope’ (serious?); socks (obviously not getting festive enough socks); recycled gifts! (watch out for the people that give you give back the gift that you gave them the year before!!; Nan-like smellies mainly giving off a lavendar scent; pots, pans and household goods were also a no no! … does that mean that buying men tools is boring too? Hmmm guess it is!

Tune in next Friday at 6pm for more pre-Christmas entertainment and gossip!

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The Entertainment Show– keeping you warm and happy this Thursday 20th October

Kicking off the show was our phone in, ‘ways to keep warm this winter’. Top five tips were:

1. Soup and a roll- a restaurant starter that may often feel like the ‘there was nothing else I liked’ compromise, soup in a flask is the way forward this winter! It’s trendy and tasty!

2. Hot water bottles in your coat? Sounds whacky but one listener thought it good practice to admit that she has been known to tuck a small hot water bottle in her coat on those cold mornings!

3. Distraction tactics- turn that ipod (or other MP3 device) up and forget that it’s cold!

4. SNOW- We are all sick of it by day two, but the pretty, fluffy white stuff does tend to bring a smile to our faces

5. Moon boots and mittens- cold weather is the perfect excuse for ‘bad fashion’ that ends up ‘working’ :) Spot me wearing my monster CJ (Christmas Jumper) in December!

The regular competition caused some excitement this year, with some people finding it hard to chose between one of two years… Can you guess the year?

1. Aqua- Barbie Girl

2. Backstreet Boys- I want it that way

3. Spice Girls- 2 become 1

I’ll be away for the next two weeks, but you can look forward to a re-vamped Entertainment Show, launching Thursday 10th November .

Take Care

Pip :)

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The Entertainment Show

Good Evening All

The Entertainment Show was jam-packed with celebrity and TV gossip, as well as the usual discussions and ‘guess the year’ quiz! Our listeners struggled to get to the 1979 answer, but a primeminister related clue may have given it away!

I would strongly recommend the following weekend TV shows:
1. England v Scotland rugby and highlights 4.30pm ITV
2. X-Factor 7.30pm ITV- Find out who will make it to the live shows!
3. Jonathan Ross, 9.30pm ITV, features X-Factor judges Gary and Tulisa; Alan partridge, Ewan McGregor and Cee Loo Green!

I’d also recommend the Great British Bake Off on the player- superb!!!

Don’t forget to check out our featured local events. Best of luck to all runners in the southend 10K this weekend.. may the gorgeous weather last!

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Entertaining you 25th August 2011

Ok listeners, I caved… to a Big Brother special!! So interesting to watch human behaviour within the ‘goldfish bowl’ that is Big Brother. If it’s sheer voyarism or an interest in celebrity… Big Brother will fill you with ‘marmite’ style polarised views from those possessed by your nearest and dearest! For instance, I simply don’t like Jedward, for their coleslaw spillages and general strange behaviour, though I can admit that I do find them interesting to watch!… more so when they’re being mildly shocked!

Watching Big Brother this week has given me an appetite for red meat cooked in caesar dressing, a desire to try to spot more whacky and pointless plastic surgery than Darren’s ‘six pack’, and a compulsion to write to Big Brother producers and advocate the use of subtitles when Paddy is talking; though I have really warmed to the lovable Irishman.

Amy Childs is flying the Essex flag, taking vanity, fake tan and her own ‘Amyisms’ into the manufactured house! From now on I shall call all irritants and irritating people ‘bugs’- it’s genious because it’s so inoffensive but at the same time it’s very funny! I’m not sure if I’ll vow to share her love of BO as advertised on a t-shirt featured on yesterday’s show!

If I were to recommend some TV to cosy up to over the next few days it would have to be:

1) BBC1 9pm tonight- The Duchess (Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes play out this Princess Diana like story of stoic love and obligation- 4****)

2) C5 Big Brother tonight 10pm/ 9pm Eviction Show on Friday- will it be Sallie, Bobby or Kerry who is given the boot?

3) 8pm Saturday  ITV X-Factor- for the latest in unique singing talent catch the second audition show.

Don’t forget to check out ‘local events’ on our website, or treat yourself to the cinema. The Inbetweeners in hilarious (if you’re of the correct age); Super 8 is amazing and takes you back to childhood; and Final Destination 5 is released this week for all horror fans! Also released this week is the re-make of Conan the Barbarian and the Spanish hit The Skin I live in, as well as the much awaited One Day.

If you want to share your thoughts on any of the aforementioned, tune in next Thursday from 6pm.

Let’s all go pray for sunshine!

Pip :)

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Entertainment Show featuring Sarah Toomey

Thank you to the talented and charming Sarah Toomey, who wowed Phoenix listeners with her acoustic set, featuring three cover songs and a song that she had written herself. If you missed the show, click on to the links below to listen, as you simply cannot miss her cover of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’, renaming it ‘Love on Fire’. Also listen to her version of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ and Caro Emerald’s ‘That Man’. My favourite of the evening was her own song ‘Down to Me’, such a beautiful song, delivered with such passion and created with heart felt lyrics.

Sarah also joined in with the Entertainment Show chit chat and gossip, as we discussed possible line ups for the new Big Brother, our thoughts on BB and other celebrity stories; especially the rumour that Kim Kardashian has three dresses lined up for her wedding on Saturday! Sarah also put in a strong movie recommendation for:

1) Bridesmaids- very funny film!

2) Super 8- a bit like a modern ET, with plenty of jumpy bits in, so a perfect dating movie 😉

3) Horrible bosses- also very funny and well worth a watch!

Listen in to the show! You won’t be disappointed!


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Entertainment Show 11th August 2011

Thank you to all participants, particularly those from the US, who tuned in to the show and got involved!

The celebrity world has simultaneously been affected by the disturbing events which have taken place in out nation’s cities, and their take on events was included in out usual celebrity catch up. We also talked about the successes and substantial yields of the likes of Jay Z and Kayne West, who feature first and third in the Forbes rich list; which must make Kayne feel better after falling on his derriere during a performance in Norway.

TV promises to suit all tastes over the next few days, with the return of MOTD on Saturday night, and the continuation of the final PGA event and the third test at Edgbaston; which at present seems to promise England the much coveted and elusive ‘first place’ status in the world rankings. New series The Borgias is purported to be a cracker, and that starts this Saturday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

If you fancy a trip to the cinema, please keep in mind the following:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (4*)- out on 11th August! This blockbuster stars James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freido Pinto, and shows that man’s greatest discovery could also turn out to be its greatest threat. A true visual spectacle for all those that loved the originals, and for anyone who is new to the idea of walking, talking apes!

Harry Potter (3*) The final part in the Potter series, this is the film that should piece together all the outstanding pieces of the jigsaw, from Horcruxes to the long running intentions of Snape. If one was to criticise, it could be said that this film felt like it was being dragged out with a little less material than its predecessor movies.

The Inbetweeners (out 17th August) 4* Be warned that this is not for kids, and in the same manner of the TV show, this follows Jay, Will, Neil and Simon through some rather cringe-worthy and embarrassing moments whilst on holiday in Malia. This is very much a ‘boy humour’ giggle fest, but Neil’s dance moves may well be the very thing that transcends this to a female audience.

Well done to those of you who guessed the year as 1983! I truly was spoilt for choice on which hits to select, but went with the Spandau classic ‘True’, ‘Uptown Girl’ the original and still the best and Phil Collins’ ‘You can’t hurry love’.  I did feel somewhat that I had betrayed this particular year by not selecting ‘Karma Chameleon’…. so maybe next time!

Don’t forget, Sarah Toomey joins us next Thursday to do an acoustic cover set, and you’ll also be treated to the usual package of gossip, news, TV recommendations, local events and cinema suggestions!

Take care


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Entertainment Show 28th July 2011

Morning All, and thank you to those who tuned in last night!

From Beckham’s latest underwear deal, to some edgey discussion on the rights and wrongs of air-brushing celebrity photos; we kept you up to date with the latest and most topical in the world of celebrity!

DVD’s of the week are as follows:

1 Oranges and Sunshine- the gritty directorial debut from Jim Loach, which deals with the uncomfortable issue of child deportation in an interesting an gripping fashion (3 stars)

2 Middle Men: comedy starring James Caan and kelsey Grammar. A ‘not for kids’ movie about a group of men who take their business ventures into the world of pornography and realise that it’s more difficult than first suspected (3 stars)

3 Justin Bieber- Never say never: biographical film that gives you more insight into and more respect for this teen star (4 stars of family fun)

Also catch at the cinema from next week:

1 Captain America- the ultimate in superhero meets US values and ideas.

2 Zookeeper- it’s ‘Hitch’ meets ‘Dr Doolittle’ and stars the funny Kevin James!

3 Mr Popper’s Penguins- Jim Carey at his comical best, in this family film about some resident penguins.

Well done to those who guessed the year as 2007, with releases from Girls Aloud; Amy Winehouse; Robyn and Rihanna.

I’ll be back in two weeks time.

Until then- let Phoenix keep you entertained :)


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The Entertainment Show 7th July 2011

Thank you for those of you who shared your ‘Thursday bragging rights’. Feel free let me know your claim to fame on the Entertainment Show, and I’ll share it with the audience! Top ‘claim to fame’ rights go to the lady who touched Robbie’s hand- you know who you are!

We discussed the National Reality TV Awards, and our Essex based congratulations went to the thrice award winning TOWIE! Congratulations to The Apprentice, which also swept up three awards, with an additional fourth going to Karen Brady as ‘best TV judge’; though I think there was a consensus that Nick was robbed!

I hope that all enjoyed our 80s meltdown- in the next show you’ll be expected to guess the year, so tune in to claim your ‘music maestro’ bragging rights!

I’d recommend that every cinema visitor watches:

1. Tree of Life- Brad Pitt at his down to earth best in 1950s America, where a boy loses his innocence, changing him forever.

2. The Guard- Irish comedy about a policeman who teams up with the FBI to uncover a drug-smuggling scandal!

3. Bridesmaids- more than just a chick flick, it’s a story of love and human endeavour and resourcefulness… it’s also very funny!

Join me this Thursday 6pm-8pm for the latest and greatest in celebrity news, gossip, and ideas on what to do in the local area and beyond! We’ll also be discussing celebrity baby names, as the family Beckham celebrate the birth of Harper Seven.

Congratulations Beckhams!

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Entertainment Show Thursday 23rd June

Good Evening Phoenix listeners!

Thank you to all contributors who added their thoughts to my ‘silliest questions ever’ phone-in which was inspired by last night’s Apprentice where Suzie asked “do people in France drive?” amongst other unintelligent inquisitions. Top phone in question was asked by a child, enquiring “Is Elizabeth Tudor our Queen’s Mum, because they’re both called Elizabeth?” and, in a close second place “Will Murray win Wimbledon?”- which we all hope turns out to be a rather prophetic rather than irritating question!

Top recommendations for films to see on DVD are:

1)The Lincoln Lawyer- great thiller about a lawyer involved in a high profile murder case- 4 stars

2) Source Code- Government experiment to send people back in time to stop acts of terrorism… a great idea, but can Gyllenhaal do it?- 4 stars

3) West is West- not as funny as it’s predecessor but an amusing tale of a young boy sent to the Punjab to learn some values and life lessons- 3 stars

Top cinema ‘must-sees’-

1)Bridesmaids (released today)- funny film about Maid of Honour Annie and her inventive way of playing the role for best friend Lilian- 4.5 stars

2)Harry Potter (pre-book as released 15th July)- the 3D finale with a few surprises for those who haven’t read the books!- 4 stars

3) Senna- docu-drama about the life of racing driver Senna, which tracks his brilliance and his contemporaries views on him; very moving and interesting to watch!-3 stars

For all of you celebrity gossip vultures- check out Pink’s baby pictures on her website and learn a lesson from the Saturday’s Una Healey, and pack a cardi! It’s meant to be hot by Sunday but the next two days suggest the possibility of rain!

For all TV buff’s, check out the brilliant detective series Luther 9pm BBC1 Tuesdays (catch ups can be accessed on the bbc iplayer); Wimbledon footage for dramatic twists and turns and unexpected Gaga impressionists; and the Apprentice 8pm Wednesdays BBC1.

Until next time…. 6pm-8pm Thursday 30th Jun, … Keep asking great Apprentice style questions and share them with us (as well as other peoples reaction to them) next week!

Pip :)

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The Entertainment Show

Thank you to those who contributed to the discussion point of the week. It turns out that our listeners’ Wimbledon loves and loathes are as follows:


1) Strawberries and cream (but in truth, you could have them anytime)

2) Pimms and champagne (though the mix could be lethal)

3) Robinsons and bananas (you can tell this show goes out during tea time!)

Loathing (In London, not Vegas)

1) Replays!!!! Argh! (It wasn’t that good first time around, and to see Michael Chang play Michael Stich in 1988 is never going to create a seat-glue situation)

2) Cliff’s musical interludes (thank godness for the new roof)

3) Machine-like players (though I think Nadal smiled once?? Didn’t he?)

Top cinema releases this week are:

1) Bad Teacher (It’s Miss Diaz at her quirky, funny best!- 3 big stars!)

2) Green Lantern 3D (Comic book spectacular- 4 stars)

3) The Beaver (Sentimental but a bit odd- an acquired taste! 2 stars)

Don’t forget to catch my top TV tips, Luther on BBC1 9pm Tuesdays; The Apprentice BBC1 9pm Wednesdays; Meet the Flynns BBC1 8.30pm Wednesdays. Tonight’s recommendations are ‘The Choir that rocks’ ‘ on ITV at 9pm and ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories feat. Dannii Minogue’ 10.35pm ITV. I would also recommend a must see episode of our much loved ‘Come Dine with Me’ tomorrow at 8pm on C4, as it is set to feature a hairy back, coated insects and roadkill (hopefully these three do not comprise someone’s three course meal!).

Also try to watch the following DVD releases, as they all make good viewing!

1) Paul- alien comedy starring Pegg and Frost, an entertaining family watch!

2) No String’s attached- Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman star in a story of friendship turned romance, and the complications that presents! A solid rom-com!

3) Miracle at St Anna- follows the 92nd division’s exploits in North Africa during WW2- A must see for war film fans!

Tune in next Thursday at 6pm-8pm


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The Entertainment Show feat. Sarah Toomey

The Entertainment Show followed the usual path of keeping Phoenix listeners up to date with the latest in celebrity news, TV gossip and recommendations, as well as DVD releases and attractions. Three main films discussed and rated this week were:

1. Adjustment Bureau (4 stars- Great twists and turns, with something for the sci fi fans- catch Di Caprio and Blunt in this unusual love story)

2. Dilemma ( 2 stars- Vaughan and James are too far in the format and role we’ve come to expect, and it’s more of a drama than a comedy) 

3. Gnomeo and Juliet (3 stars- Interesting take on Romeo and Juliet, with some clever adaptations for adults, and pleasant comedy and fun for the children)

The Entertainment Show was delighted to welcome the fantastic vocal talents of local girl Sarah Toomey, who came into the studio to talk through her new single ‘Summer Love Sensation’ and her hopes for the future- she is definitely one to watch!

Click below to listen to the interview again:

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Pip Edward’s Entertainment Show Thursday 2nd June

Thursday’s Entertainment Show was centred around Britain’s Got Talent and the X-Factor controversies, as well as giving the lastest in celebrity news and gossip, and our usual TV and soap catch up.

The phone in asked Phoenix listeners who they thought would be a good choice for the role of X-Factor judge, and you offered some sensible and some more self indulgent responses, the most popular of which can be found below.

My cinema top recommendations for the week are

1. X-Men first class: gets a fantastic 4.5 stars. Briliant performance by James McAvoy and cast, with real world history and sci-fi nicely juxtaposed!

2. The Hangover: Similar to the first but humour filled to the last! Worthy of 4 stars

3. Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides: Good but similar to the other three films, worthy of a Phoenix FM 3 stars

I also recommended the DVDS- ‘The Next Three Days’, ‘Long Way Back’ and ‘Sanctum’. Get in touch on next week’s Entertainment Show 9th June 6pm-8pm to add your views on these films or any others!

Sarah Toomey will be joining us on the 9th to talk about the release of her first single with Bauldy, titled Summer Love Sensation, available for download on itunes and Amazon. It’s a cracking summer hit so take a listen and enjoy!


Phoenix listeners X-Factor panel top four:

1 Leigh Francis- more humour than a credible choice?

2 Russell Brand- well, his wife knows a bit about music!

3 Dawn French- she is warm and honest, so a good choice! But does anyone recall her Comic Relief musical exploits??

4 Dumbledore- the hat could decide instead!

David Beckham and Megan Fox also run this comedy quartet close!

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The Shame play live on the Entertainment Show

Talk of the community, and the nation, surrounded the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Catherine wowed crowds in her Sarah Burton dress with lace applique, bodice and skirt, completed with a 1936 Cartier tiara. The lace was cleverly crafted, with lace flowers of roses; thistles; daffodils and shamrocks, picking national flowers from all over the UK and Scottish territories. William wore his uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards with his RAF wings, looking dashing in red and black. We were also reminded of William’s mother as Catherine’s mother wore a sky blue dress by Catherine Walker; a favourite of the late Princess Diana. In fact, many thought that Mrs Middleton and Maid of Honour Philippa, stole the show. Catherine’s sister wore a striking white full length fitted dress, also designed by Sarah Burton.

Our ‘Wedding Special’ saw listeners vote their top three wedding moments as

1. Catherine’s “wow” as she saw the crowds from the balcony

2. The kiss (kisses)- we’re all secret romantics

3. William’s “you look beautiful”, whispered to Catherine at the altar

From 7pm we were joined in the studio by James and David from The Shame, who release their single on the 9th of May, entitled ‘When the ink runs out’. You can listen to this single, and three other singles played live in the Phoenix studios.

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Don’t miss The Commentary Box from 8pm next Friday, as Steve Robertson will be giving away two tickets to The Shame’s gig at the O2 on the 10th of May. All you have to do is be the first to text, upon Steve’s anouncement, stating the name of The Shame’s new single.

The Entertainment Show wil take up a Thursday slot from the 19th of May at 6pm, so don’t forget to tune in!

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The Entertainment Show 22nd April

The Entertainment Show saw contributions from the listening public, asserting a mix of interest and disinterest in the much publicised Royal Wedding. One thing is for sure, and that is that we all love the idea of another Bank Holiday, whether that involves tea and scones or not!

Join The Entertainment Show next week as The Shame play live on air!

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Entertainment Show 8th April

Thank you to those who text and voted for their favourite summer pursuits, and the top of the list was the BBQ! The summer themed show featured information on the latest celebrity gossip, some local event information on ‘keeping it local’ and the reviews on latest and greatest cinema and DVD releases this week.

Next week’s show on Friday 15th at 6pm, promises to be a cracker, as we welcome Vicki Stavrinos from Bam Bam Boogies, featured on Sky One’s Got to Dance.

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Pip Edwards’ Entertainment Show

The Entertainment Show has moved. From now you can catch me every Friday from 6pm until 8pm, so tune in to listen to the latest in tv and celebrity gossip, listen to film and book reviews to inform your weekend activities and catch up on what to do in the local area on my ‘keeping it local’ feature, soon to be complimented with guests and reviews on attractions. You’re also bound to enjoy the latest music, and hits from the 1960s until present.

So tune in and relax, whether you’re driving home, or getting ready for an evening in or out!


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