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Mark Searby Movie Review 12th Jan 2018

Friday’s at 3:30pm is movie time and our regular film guru Mark Searby was in to review Darkest Hour, a biopic on Sir Winston Churchill starring (an almost unrecognisable) Gary Oldman.  Also out this week is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a real emotional roller-coaster and billed as a “black comedy” despite the serious subject matter of the unsolved murder of a young girl.  This stars Fraces McDormand and Woody Harrelson.

For home-based viewing, there’s Detroit from Kathryn Bigelow about The Algiers Motel incident during the race riots of 1967.  John Boyega (Finn, from the recent Star Wars films) stars in this.  Finally, Good Time starring Robert Pattinson (off of vampires) as Constantine “Connie” Nikas who, along with his mentally challenged younger brother, decide to rob a bank in New York.

Factoid : Our movie man Mark is known for his dislike of popcorn and other such noisy sweets whilst at the cinema – as evidenced by the following clip and picture!

Mark Searby and the empty popcorn box!

You can follow Mark via his Twitter for more movie info and don’t forget our own PhoenixFMDrive Twitter which will keep you up-to-date with the goings-on with the show.

Mark Searby’s Best/Worst Movies of 2017

There’s somebody at the door, there’s somebody at the door!  Mark Searby was in on today’s Drive show to offer his views on the best (and worst) film offerings of this year.  It was a good year for comic-book films as well as the horror genre.

Keith Rogers was away (we know not where), so Charlie Davy was in the hot-seat (actually he was standing-up)…

Click the player above to hear Mark’s opinions on the best+worst films from 2017.

Charlie spent 3 minutes before the show looking at Wikipedia and offered the Top 10 grossing films of the year for Mark to offer a mini-review on…

Mark Searby’s Film and DVDs for 1st Dec 2017

On today’s Drive show, our resident movie guru, Mark Searby, popped in today to talk all things cinema and DVD/BluRay should an evening at the flicks tempt you or perhaps a cosy night in with something on the idiot lantern…

Of course, there was a festive film in the mix courtesy of The Man Who Invented Christmas which features Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge.  Of the DVD picks this week is My Feral Heart, filmed locally in Rochford and one of the cast is our regular “Drive” host, Keith Rogers!

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Mark is on Twitter @Mark_Searby and is back next Friday at 3:30…

Go green and save money!

Today’s guest was Tony Tiyou, who came in to speak about something that should make all businesses sit up and take notice – saving money!

Tony Tiyou

Tony is an expert in the field of Renewable Energy, having initially graduated in Mechanical Engineering and going on to obtain a triple Masters degree from Cranfield University (UK), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) and Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium).

He qualified as a Domestic Energy Assessor from ABBE in 2009 and later trained in the European Energy Centre where he qualified as a Renewable Energy Expert. Tony is also a member of the Energy Managers Association (EMA).

Tony talks to Keith Rogers about how he can help businesses save money and how he spreads his knowledge in the field. You can hear the interview again below:

Tony regularly blogs on the subject at his website and you can find out more about how he can help businesses to develop a clean and sustainable energy strategy to save money at

Sally Caitlin live in session

Click here to listen to the interview and session again:

Manchester singer/songwriter Sally Caitlin and her guitarist George paid us a visit on the way to her next London show!


Sally talked about her songwriting and performing and also played three songs for us live which you can see again below:

You can find out more about Sally on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud pages – and her official website.

If you’re quick you can catch her live tomorrow at the Old Queens Head in Islington (tickets here).

Mullis and Peake’s Mock Employment Tribunal


In recent years, anyone taking their employer to an Industrial Tribunal could have ended up paying a large fee. In July this year, these fees were scrapped which could lead to many more firms being dragged into lengthy and costly litigation. 

To help employers try to prevent these cases occurring In the first place, the legal firm Mullis and Peake have arranged a mock Employment Tribunal at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch on November 16th.

Real barristers, not actors, will be used during the tribunal to create as authentic a situation as possible. Mullis and Peake’s Manzural Islam visited the Phoenix FM studios to tell us more about this very useful project.

You can hear the interview again here:

Mark Searby’s Movie and DVD Review

It was me, Charlie Davy in for Keith Rogers on Friday’s Drive and at 3:30 I was joined by Mark Searby for his regular movie releases and DVD picks of the week…

At the movies:

In part 1, Mark spoke about Thor Ragnarok, the latest release from the Marvel stable along with Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami – a biopic on singer, actress and all-round scary person, Grace Jones.


DVDVDVDs for this week included Gifted, a drama starring Chris Evans (no, not that one!), plus a scary movie for Halloween: Carnival of Souls, a “classic” horror film from 1962.

Mark Searby

Keith is back on Monday from 3pm and Mark returns next Friday at 3:30 with more movie and DVD reviews…

The Brentwood Business Showcase

Attention all Brentwood business people. Here’s something not to be missed- the Brentwood Business Showcase on November 1st. It’s an all-day event at Brentwood School and offers a number of different presentations from technology, marketing and business development  experts. We were visited today by Councillor Louise McKinlay who chatted about the attractions of this important event.