Interviews : 2017

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7th August 2017  :  BBC Radio Cumbria  :  Harry King _ Part 2

4th August 2017  :  Celebrity Radio  :  Interview  :  Alex Belfield

31st July 2017  :  BBC Radio Cumbria  :  Harry King  _  Part 1

30th June 2017  :  Daily Mail  :  Why I’m A Driven Lunatic  :  Jenny Johnston

28th June 2017  :  100.7 FM WHUD  :  Mike Bennett

A brief but humorous interview recorded last week from which it seems clear they want Russell back again.  No arguments here as long as we can get to listen.  Thanks to Mike and Kacey for making the chat available.

25th June 2017  :  The Sussex Newspaper  :  Star Interview  :  Paul Lucas-Scott

Russell talks about the forthcoming concert at Tonbridge Castle and the drama of the fire that scuppered the recent date at Glasgow.

23rd June 2017  :  Channel 5  :  The Story Of Paul O’Grady –

Russell was amongst a large number of well-known names and faces contributing to Channel 5’s biography of Paul O’Grady that’s available to ‘watch again’ on the Channel 5 website, My5, until 23rd July.

27th May 2017  :  WUSA*9 TV  :  Michael Quander  –

Ahead of the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC Russell was interviewed on US TV news about the recent bombing in Manchester.

24th May 2017  :  Talk Radio Europe  :  Selina MacKenzie  –

Russell was on (English-language) Spanish radio station Talk Radio Europe earlier today and it’s already possible to “Listen Again” on their ‘On Demand’ player (from 30 minutes in).  This is a good, long chat and Russell is totally on form.  New dates to be announced soon for IRELAND in December and a new London concert around Christmas-time; plus a big UK Tour next year (2018).  Russell also paid tribute to the victims (and survivors) of Sunday night’s terrorist attack in Manchester.

19th April 2017  :  MUTV  :  Celebrity Reds  :  Andy Goldstein  –

Russell was on MUTV, Manchester United FC’s own subscription-based television channel, this evening as a “Celebrity Red”, telling Andy Goldstein about himself and his career, particularly the career highs and catastrophic health lows. No new perspectives that regular fans would not already know but all told with humour, a lot of vocal mimicry and a few moments close to tears.


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18th April 2017  :  BBC WM  :  Sunny and Shay Grewal  –
A really fun conversation, with a mention of the concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 3rd May, plus another air-play for the lovely  Now And Forever.
From 1 hour 12 minutes (01:12:22) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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29th March 2017  :  BBC Radio Jersey  :  Tony Gillham  –
Light-hearted chat, mainly about the release of  Now And Forever  as a single.
From 2 hrs 46 minutes (02:46:23) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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29th March 2017  :  BBC Radio Wales  :  Wynne Evans  –
Another, even more light-hearted, chat about the release of  Now And Forever  as a single with Russell competing in the “20 seconds to answer” quiz … and doing alright.
From  1 hr 11 mins (01:11:30) into the programmeom  into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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28th March 2017  :  best Magazine  :  Tony Cowell  –

In a two-page feature, Russell tells Tony Cowell about his early career, his illness and his new lease of life that has allowed him to produce the album, True Stories, and to look ahead to UK and US Tours.

Issue 13 for the week ending Tuesday 4th April 2017 in the shops now (from 28/3/17)
or by post from Newsstand.co.uk

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22nd March  :  Express.co.uk  :  Performing for Presidents  :  Kayleigh Giles  –

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21st March  :  BBC Radio Scotland  :  Janice Forsyth  –

A more sedate conversation than that on Radio Stoke with airplays of  Now And Forever and I’m Alive.
From 1 hour (01:01:10) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast
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21st March  :  BBC Radio Stoke  :  James Watt  –

A phone-in conversation that went predictably manic very  quickly, with Russell not being fazed at all by an impromptu song request from motorists stuck in traffic on the M6.
From 2 hours 33 minutes (02:33:10) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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21st March  :  ITV  :  This Morning  :  Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby  –

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15th March  :  Express.co.uk  :  “Why me?”  :  Kayleigh Giles

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15th February  :  Potters Resort  :  Preview Interview  :  Danielle

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14th February  :  ITV  :  Loose Women  –

Russell was a guest of ITV’s Loose Women on St. Valentine’s Day and serenaded them with a fabulous a cappella version of Torna A Surriento.  Watch on the  ITV Hub  (UK only for the next 7 days) as Russell delivers the ladies’ Valentine cards and returns after the first commercial break for a chat about his health, his latest album and an ever so brief mention of flying off to Washington this afternoon for  “a memorial” (no details) …

Russell looked particularly fit, prompting compliments from the panel that he didn’t look his fifty years.  National press picked up on this with articles in The Daily Mail and The Sun being widely repeated.  The Sun’s piece includes a video clip of Torna A Surriento  that will possibly remain available after the programme expires from the ITV Hub catch-up.

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19th January  :  MUTV  :  Thursday Focus  :  David May & Helen Evans  –

MUTV is Manchester United FC’s own television channel, available only on subscription, and Russell was their guest on tonight’s Thursday Focus, joining David May and Helen Evans to discuss the team’s fortunes …

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17th January  :  ITV1  :  Good Morning Britain  :  Piers Morgan & Susanna Reid  –

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8th January  :  BBC Radio Merseyside  :  On The Beat  :  Spencer Leigh  –

Russell joins Spencer Leigh on what would have been Elvis Presley’s 82nd birthday for a special programme celebrating the music of ‘The King’ of rock ‘n roll.
From 38 minutes (00:38:22) into the programme
Available on BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days after broadcast

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