Giles Coren Has No Idea

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Each week Giles Coren finds himself with no idea what to write about in his weekly column. Having read all the papers and found nothing of interest whatsoever, he takes a break and does the school run. That’s where his wife and fellow journalist Esther...

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Stop Talking!

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Giles and Esther complete their weekly trawl through the papers to find ideas for Giles’ Column in The Times.  Today they find Radio 4 interviewers infuriating; talking dogs uninspiring and next doors builders unbearable.   Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Lucy Dichmont   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.  


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Scum as you are

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Giles and Esther have returned for another run at the papers; from petrol shortages and Netflix hit-list, to the Labour Party Conference and the Young V&A. Giles is on a hunt for some paper and Esther celebrates a new job. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Series 6 - COMING SOON...

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There may be shortages left right and centre, but Giles and Esther are back to overwhelm the husband and wife podcast ranks, with new ideas for his weekend column. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea  


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It's Coming Home!

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Giles and Esther pass through this week's papers to take a shot at another column idea; from lost Edward Lear poems and freeing elephants from zoos to Gareth Southgate's mansion and getting ready for 'Freedom Day 2'. Giles is excitedly looking ahead to the Euros and Esther falls foul of the oldest trick in the book. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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New Balls for Mr Coren

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Giles and Esther serve up the best news stories of the week; from the return of Wimbledon and Love Island to England beating Germany and...that kiss! Giles is desperate to write his annual "I hate tennis" column and Esther has another ailment to annoy him with. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell.  


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Should I Get a Foden?

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Giles and Esther look for another column idea from this week's papers; from school trips and Euro 2020, to statement haircuts and restaraunts post lockdown. Giles recalls a traumatic (hilariousl) moment from his childhood while Esther recovers from her second jab. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times with 50% off for 6 months. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Love in the Time of Corona

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Giles and Esther are back around the kitchen table with another the week's best stories in the of papers; from Noah's Ark and marriage restrictions, to Big Brother and lockdown mental health. Giles is concerned the cracks are starting to show after Freedom Day was cancelled and Esther has some ideas to help. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Grace Dent

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This week, Giles welcomes a freshly shipwrecked celebrity to Desert Island Crisps for a well earned half-term break. For those of you who haven't heard Giles's Times Radio show, this is the portion of the programme where a different celeb discusses the foods that shaped their lives. In this episode, the broadcaster and food critic Grace Dent joins Giles to discuss the class divide between their experiences of food, Masterchef and Giles makes Angel Delight. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Jamie Theakston

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This week, Giles welcomes a freshly shipwrecked celebrity to Desert Island Crisps for a well earned half-term break. For those of you who haven't heard Giles's Times Radio show, this is the portion of the programme where a different celeb discusses the foods that shaped their lives. In this episode, the broadcaster Jamie Theakston joins Giles to reminisce about 90's TV, starting out as Garth Crooks' assistant and insists that the perfect place for peanut butter is on a burger. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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It's a New Car, I Don't Understand!

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Giles and Esther scour the papers for inspiration. Today: PBC provides food for thought, Boris’ take on the Bard, and Noises Off irritate. Giles’ poker night is interrupted by a feline emergency. Get more of The Times and The Sunday Times for less than £1 a day. Visit thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea to start your free trial.   Producer: Not Ben Mitchell...AGAIN!!!    


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Harry Just Doesn't Get Therapy

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Giles and Esther dissect the papers again: from Harry's misunderstanding of how mental health works, Sir Kier's chance to become a Hollywood star and what links Bill Gates to Marilyn Monroe. Oh, and Esther cries.  Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Not Ben Mitchell  


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I Think We're Alone Now

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Giles and Esther make their way through this week's papers; from Tiffany's and snooker to covid statistics and fat police. Esther gives Giles a grammar lesson schooling him in one of her favourite of topics - diamonds. Oh...and Giles sings!!! Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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O Sister, Where Art Thou?

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Giles and Esther have returned to look through the week's papers; from Meghan's poetry and lost sounds, to vegan cooking and Line of Duty. Esther wants to show off her lyrical side to Giles, but he wants to only connect with our very special mystery guest. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Series 5 - COMING SOON...

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Seeing as though they still can't go away to their tropical retreat, Giles and Esther have returned sooner than ever before to their kitchen table to find new ideas for his weekend column. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea  


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Narcissists Anonymous

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Giles and Esther read the papers for the final time this series to find another column idea; from lockdown exercise and BBQ’s to narcissism and 'shop out to help out'. Giles is enjoying his new high-tech rowing machine and Esther outs his infamous family BBQ disaster. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Fancy a Deliveroodle Tonight?

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Giles and Esther paw through this week's news in the hope of digging up a column; from talking dogs and dog attacks, to dog trainers and dog obesity. Giles returns from the dog house, has a good stare in the garden and gets distracted by some birds and Esther barks the alphabet. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Fill me up with Oxford

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Giles and Esther tear through the papers to find a column idea; from the vaccine roll out and road closures, to cycle safety and lockdown induced twitches. Their back from last week's podcast cancelling row...but how long will the truce last? Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Sue Perkins

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This week, Giles welcomes a freshly shipwrecked celebrity to Desert Island Crisps. For those of you who haven't heard Giles's Times Radio show, this is the portion of the programme where a different celeb discusses the foods that shaped their lives.   In this episode, the comedian and broadcaster who has eaten more cake and travelled down more rivers than you can count...Sue Perkins joins Giles to reminisce about their TV show Supersizers and her mother's 'poor man's French toast'. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Amazing Hotels - Space

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Giles and Esther take a look at the news of the week; from Rishi's latest budget and hotels in space, to Carrie's Westminster make-over and the UK's top earner. Giles interrogates Esther on what caught her eye during the budget; the tax rises or the Chancellor himself. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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A Pint of Your Finest Horse

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Giles and Esther return to find a column idea; from Boris's roadmap to recovery and Barak Obama and Bruce Springsteen's podcast, to Charles Darwin's heirloom chest and Gwyneth Paltrow's covid cure. With just a couple of weeks until lockdown easing begins Giles is helping Esther come to terms with the children going back to school. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Alexander Armstrong

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Ben has dismissed Giles and Esther for their half term break, with reading assignments and a holiday diary to be completed before they return. But, as a treat we thought we'd bring you a very special edition of Desert Island Crisps. For those of you who listen to Giles's Times Radio show, this is the portion of the programme where a different celebrity has been shipwrecked on a desert island and reminisces about the foods that shaped their lives.   This week, the voice of Hey Duggee, Classic FM breakfast host andeveryone's favourite quizmaster...Alexander Armstrong joins Giles to reminisce about his love of sticky toffee pudding, pie day at school and a bizarre pudding called junket. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Capital of Fin-Land?

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Giles and Esther swim their way through the papers for a column idea; from Princess Anne's living room and cornish fisherman to capital cities and the secret of a good lie. Giles decides that the time has come in lockdown homeschooling to give Esther and Sam a geography test. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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It's Just Not Cricket

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Giles and Esther return to scour this week's papers for a column idea; from a patriotic Labour Party and drinking at home, to the rules of cricket and life after lockdown. Esther is blamed for yet another hangover on a Giles who is excited about the return of cricket to terrestrial tv and talkSPORT 2. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Warming the Dingleberries

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Giles and Esther take a deep dive through this week's papers; from Bonnie Tyler learning to swim and binging watching Netflix, to talking toilets and the French cultural renaissance. Giles has put the clock back on the wall but this week tests Esther on her knowledge of newspaper correspondents. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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What's the Time Mr Coren

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Giles and Esther discuss the news from this week's papers; from Matt Hancock playing rugby and a smart backpack to making lockdown leftovers and class. Giles has taken down all the clocks in the kitchen in the hope that Esther will focus on the task at hand. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Bananas for Batman

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Giles and Esther haul themselves through the first papers of the year to find a story for this week's column; from gorillas with covid and vintage comics, to Sex and the City and a royal Mills & Boon. Giles has one eye on the dinner while Esther has hers on the clock. Get The Times free for a month: thetimes.co.uk/gilescorenhasnoidea Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Series 4 - COMING SOON...

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Giles and Esther return...home I guess? Series 4 starts, socially distanced and covid-secure, from Friday 15th January 2021.  


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This is Ones Show

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Giles and Esther mine for stories from this week's papers for the last time this series; from electric cars and Prince Charles tv station to the school run and a second lockdown. Giles is waiting to see if his trip to Denmark is cancelled and Esther is keeping her fingers crossed and his bags packed.  


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Don't Forget the Beigels

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Giles and Esther flick through the papers for ideas for this week's column; from baking Royals and killer kittens to covid-face and the Swire diaries. Giles is being driven to madness by the building work next door and Esther hopes the podcast will end soon so she can get to brunch on time. You can read Giles in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/giles-coren And subscribe to The Times and Sunday Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Hair of the Dog

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Giles and Esther tentatively make their way through this week's papers; from the Festival of Brexit and spelling to England footballers and new lockdown rules. Giles is suffering from a particularly energy sapping hangover and Esther is happy to let him. You can read Giles in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/giles-coren And subscribe to The Times and Sunday Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Kentucky Fried Coren

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Giles and Esther return from their staycation full of ideas for this week's column; from KFC to champagne and online shopping to the Queen going on Airbnb. Giles is over the moon that his beloved cat Mo Tenzing has returned home and Esther has a delivery free recording. You can read Giles in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/giles-coren And subscribe to The Times and Sunday Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Judge Rinder

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Giles and Esther are still away. One having a well-earned rest...the other is topping up his tan. So, we thought we'd bring you another special edition of the podcast. Welcome back to Desert Island Crisps, a section of Giles's Times Radio show, where each week a different celebrity is set adrift onto a desert island and reminisce about the foods that shaped their lives.   This week, the jiving judge Rob Rinder, looks back at the foods that made him; from caviar and fresh grilled squid to his grandfather's painful relationship with food after being liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Desert Island Crisps: Claudia Winkleman

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Seeing as though Giles and Esther are on holiday, relaxing with a cocktail in one hand and a copy of The Times in the other, we thought we'd bring you a very special editon of the podcast. Welcome to Desert Island Crisps, a section of Giles's Times Radio show, where each week a different celebrity is set adrift onto a desert island and reminisce about the foods that shaped their lives.   This week, the foxtrotting fringe devote Claudia Winkleman, recalls her love of skips, Domino's pizza and teaches Giles how to properly spread Marmite on toast. Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Any Ideas Pooh Bear?

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Giles and Esther trawl through the week's papers to find an idea for his column; from Scotland's exam results and Old English language to cancelling poetry and Winnie-the-Pooh. Giles shows off his knowledge of German prose and Esther...well, manages to put up with it! You can read Giles in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/giles-coren And subscribe to The Times and Sunday Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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Happy Birthday Giles!

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Giles and Esther thumb their way through this week's news to find a story for his column; from the Government obesity plan to getting fit and silver-surfers to staycations. Giles celebrates his birthday by buying himself a bike and Esther reveals she's made a secret purchase. You can read Giles in The Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/profile/giles-coren And subscribe to The Times and Sunday Times here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/subscribe Producer: Ben Mitchell  


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