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The Foundations, Jim Christina, Nepalese Fashion, Love Machine, Women of the One World, Mike Dooley and more

Catherine Dove makes her midweek drive debut with Emily Boston, Jessica Burtis & Keera Allsebrook and connects with lead singer of the Foundations Alan Warner, writer and host of Writers Block on LA Talk Radio Jim Christina as well as William Coles on his recent Himalayan adventure.. Tessa Snart inserts another tuneful addition before Jeannette […]

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The Los Angeles Breakfast Club, North Carolina, Anna Ryan, Vets on call and Picard

Annette Andre, Elouise Sheehan and Alex Lewczuk welcome Jessica Burtis to her first midweek drive, and discuss the Los Angeles Breakfast Club before Anna Ryan makes her debut from Boston with the focus on her awesome novel `Trust Me`. The team move onto Tessa Snart`s tune of the week from Cadillac 3 before heading to […]

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Arthur Weingarten, Marc Watson, Angela Lewis Brown and Strictly

Elouise Sheehan. Eva Macdonald. Anna Lewis , Tessa Snart and Alex Lewczuk move from London to San Diego and Calgary with Marc Watson, focus on the music of Katee Kross and Angela Lewis Browne, discover a new part of Northamptonshire with Zoe Jameson, discuss dance with Strictly`s very own Kristina and welcome Phil Leirness, David […]

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Emma Tinson, Charlie Capper, Laura Moncrief, The London Marathon, Kaldor City and Robin Pierce

Entertainment news, `Street Lights` , `How to Travel the World with only a Carry-On`, Jodie Whittaker`s Doctor Who ` and the weekly Most Valuable Contributor Award all form part of the menu with Alex Lewczuk , Zoe Jameson and Eva Macdonald`s latest Midweek Drive.

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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