Podcast: Under The Flyover

Under The Flyover is our occasional podcast which complements our website reporting with interviews and recordings offered exclusively to our loyal supporters.

Under The Flyover’s first guest, Mark Butcher, being interviewed by Steven Downes, iC’s editor

Co-produced with Tim Longhurst, formerly of Croydon Radio and the brains behind the NowCroydon listings site, over the coming months we have interviews lined up with leading politicians, local historians, community workers, sports stars and a whole range of others who have something worth saying about Croydon, and that we think is worth listening to.

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Episode 3 of Under The Flyover features Jad Adams, the chair of Croydon Nightwatch, the homelessness charity, and is available now, but only if you are a signed up subscriber to Inside Croydon.

It was around 40 years ago that Ralph McTell wrote Streets Of London, his best-known song and a number which has resonated ever since over issues of homelessness in the capital.

Around the same time, Jad Adams was driving off to work wondering what more he could do to help homeless people in south London. Soon after, Adams started volunteering with Croydon charity Nightwatch, and has been working with them ever since, most recently – well, since 1992 – as the chair of the charity.

In the latest Under The Flyover podcast, Adams tells Inside Croydon how the situation for the homeless in our borough is now much worse than it has ever been.

In a wide-ranging interview, Adams talks about his work – including writing the biography of Tony Benn, as well as books on Gandhi and the Nehru political dynasty, and his latest, about votes for women, as well as appealling for donations to help Nightwatch’s valuable work.

You can get a taste of the podcast here:

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Episode 2 of Under The Flyover is now available.

It features an interview with community activist Emma Hope-Fitch, who together with friends and neighbours in SE25 have worked for more than four years to create the Love Lane community garden and play space.

But by the end of July 2019, with the long summer holidays beckoning, the Love Lane community garden was under threat from the land owners, Mayfair-based property developers.

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First to go Under The Flyover is Mark Butcher, former Test cricketer, TV sports pundit and mean guitar player, who has his second music album – Now Playing – out on July 5.

Butcher came into our Under The Flyover studio this week to talk cricket, naturally enugh  (England were playing a World Cup match at the time), but also to chat about music, the role it has played in his life, and about his new album, including some of the things that have inspired his music, as featured in his single, Country, taken from the album.

Our full first podcast is available here, free of charge.

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