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  • May 14, 2018

    58: John Powell – The Musical Force Behind Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Show 58 – John Powell The Musical Force Behind Solo: A Star Wars Story John Powell has just finished the score for Solo: A Star Wars Story but has also composed the scores to over 70 feature films. If film composers were movie stars our guest today would be Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. They don’t get much bigger than John Powell. He is particularly known for his scores on animated films including: Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, Happy Feet, Ice Age and How to Train Your Dragon – for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. But he has also scored many live-action films including the Bourne films, United 93, Green Zone and X-Men: The Last Stand.

  • April 30, 2018

    57: Trish Kinane – The Big TV Boss

    American Idol spawned the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood – and made a huge star of Ryan Seacrest… as well as seating J-Lo, Katy Perry – and of course, Simon Cowell, on the judging panel of the music talent show. At the helm of the television juggernaut is Trish Kinane – the executive producer of Idol as well as America’s Got Talent.
    She joined Caroline and Claire to discuss hiring Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, the move from Fox to ABC and why Seth Rogan nearly got her Hollywood Hills home bombed by North Korea…

  • April 16, 2018

    56: Kathleen Rose Perkins – The Episode with Carol from Episodes!

    She’s everyone’s favourite flawed TV executive on Showtime / BBC2’s brilliant TV series Episodes starring alongside Matt LeBlanc. The show is about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series. Matt LeBlanc portrays a satirical version of himself after the success of Friends and Kathleen plays the super ambitious show executive who is second-in-command at the network.

    She also appeared in David Fincher’s huge box office hit Gone Girl and the Duplass Brothers film The Skeleton Twins. Plus, she’s had starring roles on a number of TV shows including Law & Order, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip / Tuck and American Horror Story.

    Kathleen joins Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant in the Brits in the Wood studio to talk about the less glamourous side of LA life, her black belt in Taekwondo, being a mad bird lady and how she always wants to go further when filming sex scenes.

  • April 2, 2018

    55: Russ Kane – Flying High with Kaned Laughter

    Who can forget Russ Kane and his little blue plane waking up London? ‘Russ-Boy’ as Chris Tarrant affectionately called him, was the morning voice of Capital FM’s ‘Flying Eye’ traffic-spotter plane for 20 years, as part of the behemoth Chris Tarrant Breakfast show.  It was the most listened-to commercial radio show in the world, with an audience in excess of 4 million. 

    However, life was not without tragedy for the on-air joker – whose wife died from cancer when their twins were just 5-years-old – making him rethink his life.  

    Russ has kept his hand in on air – joining BBC Radio London where his weekly, news reviews have earned a loyal following and on TalkRadio, where his Midweek Music Review is a much-anticipated highlight of Paul Ross’ Breakfast Show.

    He’s also had a great career in advertising, owned a music management company, has just written a novel and has been performing his hit comedy show: ‘Kaned Laughter’ on both sides of the Atlantic. 

    In this episode, Russ chats to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant about dicing with death as the Flying Eye, saving the NHS £600 million a year and his sexy business cards…

  • March 19, 2018

    54: Brown & Gray – The Country Music Superstars

    In the words of Storme Warren himself, Brown & Gray – the collaboration between Kaci Brown and Sam Gray, serves as a bridge between the soul of country music in the US to the new boom of country in the United Kingdom. Building a link between the US and the exploding country music scene in the UK, this exciting project is just the beginning of a creative journey through the best both worlds have to offer, with the new single “Top Down” leading the way.

    Sam Gray is a highly acclaimed songwriter, singer & producer from Hull, England, with millions of streams on Spotify across a variety of current singles, with artists including Hardwell, Julian Perretta, DJ Katch and Manovski. An exceptional multi-instrumentalist, Sam is also a grade 8 classically trained violin player with a unique talent for melodies and lyrics. He’s performed his own music in some of the UK’s biggest venues, and has also written and produced top 10 singles and albums for artists all over the world.

    Texas-born and Nashville-raised Kaci Brown signed her first publishing deal at age 11, when she moved to Nashville and signed with Barbara Orbison’s Still Working Music. She became the youngest writer ever with ASCAP, and by the age of 17 she released a debut pop album “Instigator” via Interscope Records. Brown then toured the country with the Backstreet Boys, playing sold-out shows at venues such as Radio City Music Hall. Brown has shared the stage with acts such as Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gavin DeGraw, and more.

    In the latest Brits In The Wood episode Brown & Gray chat exclusively to Caroline Feraday and Claire Bullivant… Yee-haw!