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Siren Sport Show – Special with Tom Hopper

https://media.blubrry.com/sirenfm/p/mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ark8p6/PODCAST_VERSION_SPORT_SHOW_02-04-21a3mc2.mp3In a special edition of the Siren Sport Show, Lincoln City FC striker Tom Hopper joins Aaron Mayhew, Kieran Curtis and Ben Robinson to chat about his career and football season so far. 00:00 – Hopper’s injury 07:49 – Hopper’s career pre-Lincoln 22:50 – Hopper’s Lincoln move 29:00 – Quickfire Questions 35:53 – 20/21 season […]

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The Reel Show with Corey and Murray- The Oscars

https://media.blubrry.com/sirenfm/p/mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/jgv262/35_THE_REEL_SHOW_-_The_Oscars-Corey_and_Murray-RFTX_AD6r39k.mp3Today on the Reel Show, Corey and Murray – the Reel Guys, go through the nominations for the 2021 Oscars! That’s right, it’s the biggest show of the film calendar year, and the Reel Guys are there to pick the winners and guide you through the nominees. With jokes and banter in store, it’s the […]

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#5 Spotlights with Matt Young and Professor Abigail Woods

https://media.blubrry.com/sirenfm/p/mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/ewakk8/Spotlights_05_Abigail_Woods_mixdownbdo0l.mp3This week we talk to Professor Abigail Woods, a historian of science, technology and medicine and the Head of the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. Abigail tells us about how she went from veterinary surgeon to researcher, and about her fascinating work on the FIELD project that addresses the past, present and […]

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Doddington Hall & Gardens at Easter 2021

https://media.blubrry.com/sirenfm/p/mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/g5un9g/DODDINGTON_HALL7dqxq.mp3One of the gems in the Lincolnshire countryside is Doddington Hall, not far from Lincoln itself. The great news is that the gardens and other facilities are going to be open this Easter Weekend! James Birch and his family are lucky enough to own the Hall and live there, and he’s been telling Siren Radio’s […]


SPOILER Episode 47: I, Daniel Blake (2016, Dir: Ken Loach, Dave Johns, Hayley Squires)

Written by on 26th October 2018

“Wasting my time, employers’ time, your time. And all it does is humiliate me, grind me down. Or is that the point?”

This week, in a very special bumper episode of Spoiler, we’re watching Ken Loach’s 2016 drama ‘I, Daniel Blake’ and the team are all in agreement that it is one of the most important films of its era. With strong opinions coming from all sides, emotions run high as we discuss the benefits system, food banks, homelessness and dignity. Paul asks whether the depiction of job centre employees in ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is fair and Andy, who has been through several periods of unemployment, shares some of his own experiences of the system. Rachael celebrates the film’s refusal to pander to stereotypical expectations regarding the unemployed and everyone doffs their caps to the performances of Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, who make a film that could have seemed relentlessly bleak into something genuinely entertaining. Paul shares some of his much loved IMDB trivia about job centre water-coolers and the whole team share the specific moments in the film where they shed tears, including the already-famous food bank scene.

Elsewhere, Andy takes a look at some other screen depictions of unemployment including ‘Bicycle Thieves’, ‘Drifting Clouds’ and ‘Boys from the Blackstuff’.

This week’s scale: Why Aye, Daniel Blake or Nay Chance, Daniel Blake