Category Archives: Front Row

Front Row with Owen and Paul: Going out on a High-atus

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No, your podcast player of choice has not gone insane. You are receiving two entirely different episodes of Front Row with Owen and Paul within the space of three days. To make up for the very late publishing of the previous episode, we’re putting this one out early.

It’s also the final episode of Front Row for the foreseeable future. Series three has been a blast to record and produce. Both co-hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland are hugely appreciative of all the input we’ve received from listeners during the live Bucks101 Radio broadcasts over the past seven weeks. It’s meant a lot to us, but like most good things, it has to come to an end.

At least temporarily. Owen and Paul explain the reason for the hiatus on this week’s podcast edition of Monday’s live show during the final roll-the-dice section. Elsewhere, Owen reviews adult-animated comedy Sausage Party, whilst Paul has a fully prepared sports round-up leading to a conversation about Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the England football team.

Thanks again for all your support over the past three series. Who knows, we may see the show reincarnated in some form or other. In the meantime, why not listen to the Failed Critics Podcast for more of Owen’s film reviews, or read Paul’s blog to keep up to date with his antics.

All previous episodes of Front Row can of course be accessed right here!

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: And You!

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Quite possibly the longest we’ve ever left it between the live Bucks101 Radio broadcast of Front Row with Owen and Paul, and the eventual podcast edit of the show. In fact, in the meantime, we’ve even broadcast an entire other show. Sorry about that.

But this was a good one, we promise. Mainly, I suppose, because most of the content was decided by you, the listener, and not us! To tie into the fact that one or the other of Owen and Paul have been missing at least once this series, we thought the best thing to do would be to let you choose the music – and we had some crackers! Idgy Dean, I Start Counting, erm… AC/DC…

It wasn’t just music last week. We also talked a little about The Purge: Election Year, the (then) latest football results amongst the sports round-up and even managed to fit in enough time to roll the dice and rant about E4’s new barrel-scraping bottom-feeder of a show, Celebs Go Dating. Urgh.

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Front Row[en]

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Front Row with Owen and Paul– wait, let me start that sentence again.

Welcome to this week’s episode of Front Row with Owen.

That’s better. Unfortunately, Front Row co-host Paul Rutland couldn’t make this week’s broadcast of their Bucks101 Radio show (Monday, 2pm) and Owen Hughes left it too late to find a replacement so ended up running an entire episode on his own. Oops. Nevertheless, short though the runtime for this week’s podcast may be, we still squeeze in a recap of Ricky Gervais’ career thus far as well as a round-up of the previous week in sport – including the Olympics closing ceremony that nobody watched and one mind-boggling football statistic.

Rather unusually, the entire broadcast of this week’s episode of Front Row including the music is available to listen back to via Owen’s YouTube page until it is deemed to contravene some copyright law or other. You can watch on the embedded video below, or download the show as an mp3 from the link as per usual.


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Front Row with Owen and Paul: BadmintohmyGod

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Just like that time they tried to watch a football match at the same time as recording their Bucks101 Radio show (Monday’s at 2pm!), Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland are at it again this week as they outro the podcast with a bit of live Olympics coverage. Specifically the mens badminton quarter-finals, which Paul gets a tad over-excited about!

Also on this week’s episode of Front Row, there’s a little bit of music, a round-up of Team GB’s impressive haul out in Rio and a movie review of shark-vs-woman thriller, The Shallows. Also, to be a good friend, Paul put himself through Suicide Squad, which turned out exactly as you expected it might’ve.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Evil ‘kin Evil

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Better late than never? And only a day before the live broadcast of the next episode on Bucks101 Radio (1pm, tune in here), it’s the Front Row podcast!

This week hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland discuss Olympics medalists and the start of the football season (which leads to another rant from Paul in roll the dice), whilst Owen reviews the latest comic-book action blockbuster, Suicide Squad, much to Paul’s delight. All of this while being soundtracked by the sound of passing motorcyclists. The joy’s of recording live radio in a tiny study with a window onto a busy road!

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Return to Owz

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Welcome to the second episode of our third stab at this Front Row malarkey. Dan Morris has clicked his heels and returned to Kansas, or Wales, or Stoke, or wherever it was he was from, and it’s led to a poorly received, slightly odder follow-up, as we Return to Owz. Owz… like, Oz, but with ‘Owen’, because he’s back this week alongside co-host Paul Rutland.

Owen+z. Owenz… Owz… You know what? Never mind.

On last week’s Bucks101 Radio show (broadcast Monday’s at 2pm) both Owen and Paul delved into just why exactly it was that one of them walked out on a screening of Star Trek Beyond – an issue raised on the first episode of this series. We also have our regular sports round-up, replete with a preview of the Olympics in Rio – something you can watch Paul do again in a slightly more organised fashion for Buckingham News. We also roll the dice and end up extolling the virtues of more Netflix shows as Owen gushes over both Stranger Things and the third season of BoJack Horseman.

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Front Row with[out Owen, just] Paul and … Dan?

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A new University term begins (yes, that’s right, we don’t get a summer break!) and it’s also a new hour-long time-slot on Bucks101 Radio for the third series of Front Row with Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland, every Monday from 2pm. With it comes our weekly bitesize podcast edition of the show as the duo chat about films, sports and whatever else their topical dice lands on.

Although the series kicks off in a slightly unconventional fashion as co-host Owen was unable to make the opening episode, so Dan Morris ably steps in to cover. With no specific movie review to speak of, Dan instead leads a conversation about the latest batch of trailers straight from San Diego Comic-Con, which in turns causes Paul to drag up a favourite debate on Front Row about comic book films in general.

The sports round-up also takes a slightly different slant as Paul questions why Dan supports Wales in rugby and England in football – and why that’s quite possibly the most unfortunate way around at the moment. Paul also lauds the achievements of Chris Froome after his Tour de France triumph.

Unfortunately, Owen is still in possession of the only dice in the Bucks101 Radio studio, so instead our final section of the show allows Dan and Paul to chat about the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Freaky Front Row

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It’s finally happened. Front Row has gone all Freaky Friday. Owen Hughes put on his flip-flops and shorts despite the rain bucketing it down outside, whilst Paul Rutland stopped listening to Kate Bush songs for just long enough to record the final episode of their podcast for this series.

It wasn’t just their taste in music and attire that was switched in this Bizarro Front Row. Paul took over review duties to discuss BBC Storyville’s documentary The Lance Armstrong Story – Stop at Nothing. This left Owen to handle sports – and by “sports”, we mean “sport”. Specifically, coverage of the first round of matches at Euro 2016, including England’s draw with Russia, Payet’s opener and definitely not the hooligans.

Continuing the weird mix-up of roles, there’s no dice being rolled this week, just a double-headed coin being flipped instead. And, would you believe it, it lands on heads which means Owen and Paul get to discuss the Team Fire HOSE documentary that they’ve been working on for the past couple of months. You can view the full documentary below, or visit their YouTube page.

Thanks to everybody who has downloaded, listened, liked, shared or in any way interacted with us over the course of the second series of Front Row.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Nice Guys?

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It was a podcast that began just like any other podcast. Two guys, Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland, sat around a microphone, speaking into it. They opened the show with an intro. It recapped what was in the upcoming penultimate episode. Everything was there, as normal; a sports round-up, roll the dice, the latest film reviews. You name it. If you wanted it, they had it.

It was then that I began to get suspicious. Where was the music? What happened to last week’s roll-the-dice section? Why was I talking as if in the opening segment of a noir movie?

And then it hit me.

This was the week that Owen finally got to review the eagerly awaited Shane Black crime-noir comedy, The Nice Guys. And boy, did he love it!

Paul, on the other hand, had no idea who Shane Black was or why Owen was so excited about it, so instead led the sports round-up, including: A short tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali; Andy Murray’s French Open failure; as well as a brief introduction to Friday’s European Championship kick-off in France.

In other news, with Bucks101 Radio over for the term and still experiencing technical issues, this week’s podcast (and next week’s final episode in the series) was not originally broadcast on the radio. Therefore, there’s no playlist for this episode. Sorry.

However, Owen and Paul now have a new email address that you can contact them on at OwenAndPaulProductions@gmail.com – and in more exciting news, you can check out the latest trailer for their documentary on the YouTube clip below. You can look forward to seeing the full documentary when it’s released on Friday.

After you’ve listened to Front Row, of course…

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Cover Issue

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Welcome to this week’s episode of Front Row with Owen and Paul. Unfortunately, due to more technical issues, the live Bucks101 Radio show didn’t go out again this week. Not to worry, you can still catch all the best bits from the programme on this very podcast!

Well, all the best bits apart from the music. On the podcast, you still. Don’t. Get. The Music! Which this week saw Owen and Paul choosing cover versions of songs that you might not necessarily have known were covers. However, you can listen to all the tunes on our YouTube playlist below.

Before all of that, why not listen to Owen review the latest video game to be adapted into a feature film in Warcraft: The Beginning. Paul also brings his usual sports round-up including a look at those who made and didn’t make the England squad.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Good Chat, Bad Curry

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We’re bringing you this week’s episode of Front Row with hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland a little early. Think of it as an apology for the technical issues that last week prevented us from releasing a podcast at all.

What did you miss? In brief: Paul offended his own mother, Owen talked X-Men until Paul fell asleep and there was an excellent (but inaudible) quiz. Sorry about that.

This week’s not only makes up for this by coming out slightly earlier than normal, but also in terms of quality. Special guest and weird-band aficionado Tim Richards joined the duo in the studio to share his passion for music. Pere Ubu, Kate Bush and The Roches earned a spot on the playlist, leading to some exceptionally eloquent and fascinating conversations – on Tim’s part at least – that put both Owen and Paul to shame.

There’s no movie review this week (it was going to be X-Men: Apocalypse, which was… alright) but sports round-up remains, where we forgot to mention the FA Cup final. Oops. Culinary tips were shared in roll-the-dice towards the end of the show, including Paul’s (in)famous chicken-nugget curry recipe. Barf.

The full radio show for this episode hasn’t yet been broadcast live, but you can (usually) tune in to Bucks101 Radio at 5pm on Tuesday’s to hear Front Row. Tim’s show, Universal Vibration, can be heard on the same station at 6pm on Wednesday’s and is well worth a listen.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: No Pips Apocalypse

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Better late than never, it’s this week’s episode of Front Row, with hosts Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland. Running slightly overtime on Tuesday’s 5pm Bucks101 Radio broadcast, the podcast chunk of the show is also somewhat longer than usual – but still of the same quality.

Whether that quality is “good” or “bad” is for you to decide. If you’re leaning more towards the former than the latter, then we would really appreciate a quick vote in this years Best UK Podcast Award with New Media Europe over on Facebook! A quick click is all it takes to help us get closer to our first proper award nomination. Thanks!

On the show this week, Owen reviews the (soon-to-be-released but is-now-released) Green Room, whilst Paul runs through the week in sport including the top and the bottom of the Premier League, whether strikers should be judged on the goals they score or their performance, Andy Murray’s coach troubles and the Sri Lanka test match. The dice roll this week gave the pair a chance to chat about what’s been in news recently, specifically the London mayor election results.

The theme for the music on the live radio show saw the duo choosing a song for each letter of their name, so either click the link through to the YouTube playlist to listen to their selected tracks, or click each individual song below if you fancy just picking and choosing yourself!

Playlist:

  1. Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train (Owen)
  2. Weezer – The Good Life (Owen)
  3. Echo and the Bunnymen – Heads Will Roll (Owen)
  4. New Order – 1963 (Owen)
  5. Pentatonix – Evolution of Music (Paul)
  6. Alanis Morissette – Ironic (Paul)
  7. U2 – Beautiful Day (Paul)
  8. Lawson – Roads (Paul)

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: Plugs And Gone

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As chaotic as ever, Owen Hughes and Paul Rutland stumble through another podcast edition of their Bucks101 Radio show, Front Row, replete with all the usual bumf.

There’s a very slight twist on the movie review, with Owen taking a leaf out of Paul’s sports round-up (which this week focuses primarily on Leicester City’s Premier League triumph) to live-review Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War. Also, prepare yourself for a full-on rant from Paul as they ‘roll the dice’ in the final section of the show.

Thanks to Andy Alcock for his suggestion for the musical theme on this week’s show, as Owen and Paul tried to pick songs that mention famous people. The songs were as eclectic a mix as ever – but you still don’t get the music on the podcast! You’ll need to tune in to Bucks101 Radio every Tuesday at 5pm to hear their selections or alternatively, listen to all the tracks from the show on the YouTube playlist below.

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Front Row with Owen and Paul: The Scottish Radio Show

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The latest episode of Front Row with Owen and Paul is likely to cause offence – not due to swearing, at least, which we’ve found a new filter for. But like the two pretentious University students trying to sound intelligent by talking about Shakespeare that they are, only to sully themselves with cock jokes throughout, many people are sure to be rubbed up the wrong way (if you know what I mean).

With the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death/birth celebrated this past weekend, Owen revisits last October’s adaptation of Macbeth, starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender. In the sports round-up, Paul covers  the infamous “deflate-gate”, the poorly defined fines in sport, and the shock of the University of Buckingham FC’s cup final victory.

The tunes on this week’s live Bucks101 Radio show (Tuesday’s, 5pm!) were chosen to fit a theme: “build a body out of songs”, as suggested on Twitter by Brian Plank. Limited to four tracks each, Owen and Paul had to find a song title or band name that made reference to a head, a body, legs and arms. Needless to say, playing Frankenstein is not as easy as it sounds with some very tenuous links being made by the pair.

Finally in the show, the dice roll lands on TV for the first time this series. Just in time for Owen and Paul to discuss why they aren’t watching Game of Thrones, what illegal downloading means to them, all before veering way off course to chat about Kid Rock’s ticketing policy. Hmm.

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