Russell Brand is to present a new series of radio programmes on the subject of ‘recovery’ on London digital station Zone 1 Radio.
The first show in the weekly series will air this Tuesday July 4th, and will also be available as a podcast to download afterwards.
These programmes will see Russell talk openly, and candidly, with guests (Mark Dempster – Addiction Therapist and Trevor Morley) about the nature of addiction and recovery and common solutions.
Russell Brand will be discussing stories of addiction, dependency and recovery with former addicts. Topics raised include psychological preconditions, a feeling of sensitivity, inadequacy, loneliness, loss and detachment and how addiction is now scientifically considered to be a brain disease. It also highlights how people deal with becoming ‘clean’ and preventing relapses back into addiction.
Matthew Layton, Managing Director of Zone 1 Radio, told RadioToday, “I’m really grateful to Russell for bringing this brilliant radio show to Zone 1 Radio and I am very proud to welcome him to the community radio sector. Having said that, there probably isn’t a place for a show with this kind of ambitious scope and subject matter on the BBC or commercial radio. Community radio is probably the only place in the UK with the freedom to undertake a project like this.
“Strangely, as someone who manages a station with Russell as a presenter, I’d be quite happy if he brought his mate Jonathan Ross in. I’m sure they would have some interesting stories and insights to share on the subject matter.”
The programme’s format will see Russell present the first hour with the second being hosted by therapist Mark Dempster and Tosca Jackson discussing the effects of substance abuse, routes to recovery and personal life experiences of programme contributors as well as giving listeners the opportunity to phone-in and join the debate.