The Jason Solomons Show

Lovely to be back with you for another weekly radio session – and it’s the first in July, oh my…how did we get here already?

It’s been eventful – I’ve been swimming in the sea in the UK for the first time in many, many years, possibly about 15 years, since I ran into the Atlantic in Dingle for my mate Hayesy’s stag-do… this time it was a little seaside jaunt to Whitstable, all very lovely and two dips in the briny, browny waters, making me feel very proud of myself – and my whole family who all went in too…

Caught up with some friends, down there, first time seeing them for exactly 100 days, as Ralph reminded me. He even had photographic evidence of our last drink before lockdown, the last time I’d seen him, way too long ago – I think we snagged the last bar snacks in London that night….

I also went round to one of my oldest mate’s and watched some football with a drink on the sofa… I think that was officially allowed? Who even knows anymore – but it was certainly lovely – again first time I’d seen him for four months or so, which, we worked out, was the longest we haven’t seen each other in nearly 40 years…

So I hope you’re enjoying a slightly new normal? As usual I’ve got some terrific guests joining me on the radio show this – it’s bit of a female film maker’s special, though I don’t like to tout things as such. They’re good things, don’t get me wrong, but for me they’re just film makers, although both definitely have a female slant on things in their movies – in the way that male film makers often have, you know, a male view of things…

 I’ve got Australian actress turned director Rachel Griffiths… you’ll know her from Muriel’s Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Hilary and Jackie and award-winning long-running parts on Six Feet Under and Brothers and Sisters, now directing true-life horse racing drama Ride Like a Girl, about the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup.

 And Kelly O’Sullivan is my second guest, she’s writer and star of new US indie comedy Saint Frances, about a hopeless Chicago nanny finding new beginnings in the company of a precocious 6 year old.

Of course we’ll find out if Kelly and Rachel have Seen Anything Good Lately? asking for their recommendations of what they’ve been watching and listening to…

We’ll have the usual musical peregrinations – Around the World in 80 Tunes will be in Trinidad – I forgot this item last week, so normal service resumed and Trinidad shall have its day and and its tune… I’ll have a Fantastic First for you and my Movie Tune of the Week, as well as delicious music from Al Green, Disclosure, some new Jessie Ware, we’ll hear some London jazz from Ashley Henry, too…