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Greg James introduces the Great British Screamalong to Radio 1 and it’s pretty cathartic


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It’s only a week into 2021, and there’s already too much news to cope with – from the full UK lockdown due to the pandemic, to the riots in Washington DC, to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West possibly divorcing.

And Greg James has the perfect antidote.

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show host summed up the mood of the nation as he introduced a new segment to the show – the Great British Screamalong.

Greg was inspired by fellow Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, who had shared on air yesterday that her seven-year-old son Oisin had been given some unique coping advice by his grandma.

Annie told Nick Grimshaw, as their shows overlapped: ‘My kid today was so angry about lockdown and I got him to FaceTime his grandmother who is also very angry about lockdown… and you know what she told him to do?

‘She made him go into a room and scream.’

Greg, 35, said: ‘I think this is a great idea. Thank you Annie, thank you Nick. How about we do it together as a nation? 

‘Don’t cause a scene, don’t do it so bloodcurdling that the neighbours call the police.’

It’s what we needed (Picture: David Fisher/REX)

The star suggested that listeners go and scream in their car if they had a minute.

Greg himself then backed away from the microphone in the studio and let out quite the impressive scream, before returning and saying: ‘Felt good, dunno about you, felt good, that.’

He later tweeted the audio and said: ‘Shall we make this a new weekly thing? 

‘Felt good. And much needed.’

The segment was very relatable, as one person tweeted: ‘When I say I feel this in my soul. As always thank you @gregjames, this should be a weekly thing.’

Oisin’s grandmother was definitely on to something.

While on air for the breakfast show, Greg has been summing up the feelings of the nation throughout lockdown, and recently reacted with jubilation when a Covid-19 vaccine was approved.

The host cheered following a news bulletin before playing Alphabeat’s Fascination, but with the word ‘vaccination’ subbed in. 


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