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2. Midweek: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Dunwoody

Midweek: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Richard Dunwoody

Libby Purves meets Dr Amy Lehman, founder of The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic; legendary soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; writer Alex Shearer and champion jockey turned photographer Richard Dunwoody MBE. Published on March 5, 2014.

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3. Jack Lowden, Bernard Lynch, Bobby Teale, Sophie Dickens

Jack Lowden, Bernard Lynch, Bobby Teale, Sophie Dickens

Libby Purves meets actor Jack Lowden; Bobby Teale, a former associate of The Kray twins; Bernard Lynch, an openly gay Roman Catholic priest and sculptor Sophie Dickens. Actor Jack Lowden plays athlete and devout Scottish Christian Eric Liddell in the new stage production of the film 'Chariots of Fire' directed by Edward Hall. The play tells the stories of Liddell and Harold Abrahams who both won gold medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. 'Chariots of Fire' is at the Hampstead Theatre in London. Bernard Lynch is an openly gay Roman Catholic priest. Ordained in 1971, he spent two years as a missionary in Zambia before being sent to New York for postgraduate studies. For 15 years he was Theological Consultant to the Board of Directors of Dignity New York -- an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual Catholics and their friends. He founded the AIDS/HIV Ministry of Dignity New York in 1982, which continues its work to the present day. In 1998 he married, in the presence of a Catholic priest, his life partner. They had their Civil Partnership in 2007. Last year he was suspended by his order the Society of African Missions because of his comments at the Protest the Pope march in 2010. His book 'If It Wasn't Love, Sex, Death and God' is published by Circle Books. His previous book, 'A Priest On Trial' was published by Bloomsbury. Bobby Teale and his brothers, David and Alfie were part of notorious Kray twins' circle - they were part of the Firm. Bobby was initially drawn to the twins' glamorous world but after he witnessed Ronnie and Reggie becoming more violent, he turned his back on the brothers and became a police informant. Bobby's evidence helped the police convict the Krays. He then fled the country and it wasn't until forty years later that he was reunited with his brothers who'd thought he was dead. Their story is told in 'Bringing Down The Krays', published by Ebury Press. Sophie Dickens is a sculptor who uses muscular movement, the power beneath the skin, to characterise her work. To celebrate athleticism in this Olympic year, she was commissioned to make a judo sculpture by the British Judo Association. She then created a bronze sporting series that includes sequences of athletes in sports such as fencing, weightlifting, wrestling and gymnastics. These make up her solo show at the Sladmore Contemporary Gallery in London. Producer: Paula McGinley. Published on May 30, 2012.

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4. 20/07/2011


This week Anita Anand is joined by Jane Wernick, Douglas Edwards, Prof Gordon Turnbull and Anne Hunter. Jane Wernick is a structural engineer whose work has included the London Eye, the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens and the Young Vic Theatre. She is currently involved in 'Living Architecture', a not-for-profit organisation which designs and builds houses of outstanding architectural merit around Britain that can be rented for holidays, retreats or musical rehearsals. Douglas Edwards became Google's first director of consumer marketing and brand management and was responsible for setting the tone and direction of the company's communication with their users. In his book, 'I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59', he takes us inside the hyper-energized world of the 'Googleplex'. 'I'm Feeling Lucky' is published by Allen Lane. Professor Gordon Turnbull is recognised as one of the UK's leading practitioners in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now Lead consultant in PTSD at the Capio Nightingale Hospital in London, he has spent his career fighting for the disorder's official recognition. His work has included conducting unprecedented debriefings of British prisoners of war and British hostages released from Lebanon including John McCarthy, Jackie Mann and Terry Waite. His book 'Trauma' is published by Bantam Press. Anne Hunter grew up in care and had a long career as a social worker. She responded to an appeal through the Leeds Metropolitan University for people who had spent part of their lives in foster/institutional care and who wanted to explore their lost heritage as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition. This exhibition accompanies a new play, 'Where's Your Mama Gone?', by Brian Daniels. Anne will be involved in hosting some of the the post-show discussions. 'Where's Your Mama Gone?' is at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. Producer: Chris Paling. Published on July 20, 2011.

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5. Don McCullin, Father Ray Kelly, Fiona Ford, Robert Portal

Don McCullin, Father Ray Kelly, Fiona Ford, Robert Portal

Libby Purves meets photographer Don McCullin; Roman Catholic priest Father Ray Kelly; triathlete and coach Fiona Ford and actor Robert Portal. Fiona Ford is a triathlete and coach. In the same week in 2006 she won both World Championship titles at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and Aquathlon events. Three years ago, while cycling along the London 2012 Olympic bike route, she was hit by a car and badly injured. Doctors told her she would never run again. But thanks to her grit and determination, she is back on her bike, competing in a triathlon. Back on Track by Fiona Ford is published by Meyer and Meyer Sport. Photographer Don McCullin's early association with a North London gang, The Guv'nors, led to the first publication of his pictures. He went on to cover many of the world's worst wars and humanitarian crises of his time from the civil war in the Congo to the Tet offensive at Hue during the Vietnam War. His photographs document the building of the Berlin Wall and the famine that ravaged Biafra in the 1960s. Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography by Don McCullin with Lewis Chester is published by Jonathan Cape. Don McCullin Conflict - People - Landscape is at Hauser And Wirth, Somerset. Father Ray Kelly worked as a civil servant before becoming a Catholic priest 35 years ago. He'd always loved singing but it wasn't until 2014 when he sang Hallelujah while officiating at a wedding that he became an internet sensation. Since then he has signed a record deal and performed on TV shows around the world from the US to Germany and Australia. His second album, An Irish Christmas Blessing, is on Wrasse Records. Robert Portal is an actor who is playing Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at St James Theatre. He is also an adventurer himself, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic and taking part in the Marathon des Sables - a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon. His theatre and film work includes Communicating Doors, Henry IV, Mr Turner and The King's Speech. Around the world in 80 Days is at the St James Theatre, London. Producer: Paula McGinley. Published on December 9, 2015.

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7. Midweek: Scottee and Patrick Hughes

Midweek: Scottee and Patrick Hughes

Libby Purves meets surrealist painter Patrick Hughes, Pam Dix of Disaster Action, artist and performer Scottee and Dr Bryn Dentinger, mycologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on November 19, 2014.

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8. Midweek: Ben and David Crystal and Lucy Cooke

Midweek: Ben and David Crystal and Lucy Cooke

Libby Purves meets musician Keith Ball; wildlife expert Lucy Cooke; writers David and Ben Crystal and Angie Marchese, director of archives at Graceland. Published on December 3, 2014.

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9. Julia Donaldson, Iain Sinclair, Gary Bell, Michael Booth

Julia Donaldson, Iain Sinclair, Gary Bell, Michael Booth

Libby Purves meets children's writer Julia Donaldson; author Iain Sinclair; QC Gary Bell and journalist and food writer Michael Booth. Michael Booth is a travel and food writer who became something of a a cultural phenomenon in Japan after his book Sushi and Beyond became a bestseller. The book, which traces his culinary journey across Japan, was transformed into a cartoon series on Japanese television featuring Michael and his family as characters. Michael is attending this year's Hyper Japan Festival to talk about starring in his own animated series. The Hyper Japan Festival is at various locations at the O2 Arena, London. Gary Bell QC is a defence barrister who specialises in fraud cases and is known as BBC's The Legalizer. He grew up in poverty on a Nottingham council estate and his career history includes stints as a lawnmower mechanic, fireman and forklift truck driver. He was also a self-confessed football hooligan who was convicted of fraud before turning his life around and becoming a Queen's Council. His autobiography, Animal QC - My Preposterous Life, is published by Monday Books. Julia Donaldson MBE is former Children's Laureate and the author of over 120 books and plays. Her breakthrough book was the Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which has sold over 13m copies, won several prizes for children's literature and played in the West End and on Broadway. The shows Gruffalos, Ladybirds and Other Beasts - with Julia Donaldson and the Scarecrow's Wedding - both based on her books - are showing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh. Iain Sinclair is a writer, poet and filmmaker, long associated with psychogeography - the study of the effects of the geographical environment on people's emotions and behaviour. In his new book, Black Apples of Gower, he takes a rare excursion out of London to walk along the cliff-top paths of his childhood in South Wales and rediscovers the Gower Peninsula, a place he first explored in his youth. Black Apples of Gower is published by Little Toller Books. Producer: Paula McGinley. Published on July 8, 2015.

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11. Midweek: Jamie Cullum and Greg Davies

Midweek: Jamie Cullum and Greg Davies

Libby Purves meets jazz singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum, Sophie Andrews and Pam Blackwood from Samaritans, scientist Richard Dawkins and comedian and actor Greg Davies. Published on December 11, 2013.

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12. Midweek: Gruff Rhys and Brigid Keenan

Midweek: Gruff Rhys and Brigid Keenan

Libby Purves meets writer and journalist Bridget Keenan; singer and songwriter Gruff Rhys; dancer and choreographer Corey Baker and nature writer Richard Kerridge. Published on May 7, 2014.

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13. 15/12/2010


This week Libby Purves is joined by Professor Chris Rapley, Boyd Clack, Elisabeth Parry and Jamelia. Professor Chris Rapley MBE is the Director of the Science Museum in London. Before that he was Director of the British Antarctic Survey. The new high tech, interactive 'Atmosphere' gallery opened last week and aims to outline the basics of climate science and explain about human activity and our impact on weather patterns. The Science Museum will be the first and only museum in the UK to display an Antarctic ice core, an object many scientists consider to be pivotal in the study of climate science. The 'Atmosphere' gallery is at the Science Museum, London SW7. Boyd Clack is a Welsh actor, writer and musician. In his memoir 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' he tells of how an ordinary lad from Tonyrefail via Vancouver learns to cope with the early loss of his father and abandonment by his widowed mother. After leaving the Welsh valleys to seek fame and fortune in Australia and Canada, it was a chance audition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff that ultimately changed his life and set him on a course to become a cult actor. 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine' is published by Parthian Books. Elisabeth Parry sang with the Staff Band of the Royal Army Medical Corps as a soprano soloist during the Second World War and toured with them in Britain and the Middle East. She was voted Forces sweetheart for Paiforce (Pacific and Iraq Force). She went on to launch the Wigmore Hall Lunch Hour Concerts for young musicians, sang for a Glyndebourne First Night and set up and ran her own opera touring company for fifty-six years. Her memoir Thirty Men & A Girl - A Singer's Memoirs of War, Mountains, Travel, and always Music is published by Allegra. Jamelia is the MOBO award-winning R&B singer songwriter. She features in a new Channel Four series 'The House That Made Me' in which celebrities examine how the past has shaped the person they are today. They visit their former homes, which have been transformed to look as they did when they were teenagers and are reunited with family and old friends and acquaintances, some of whom they haven't seen since they left home. 'The House That Made Me' is on Channel Four. Published on December 15, 2010.

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14. Midweek: Angelique Kidjo and John Browne

Midweek: Angelique Kidjo and John Browne

Libby Purves meets St Andrews golf caddie Oliver Horovitz; Lord John Browne of Madingley; artist and journalist Helen Kirwan-Taylor and singer and activist Angelique Kidjo. Published on June 4, 2014.

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15. Midweek: Mark Strong and Maggie Alphonsi

Midweek: Mark Strong and Maggie Alphonsi

Libby Purves meets actor Mark Strong; former rugby player Maggie Alphonsi; artist Daphne Todd and blues and jazz singer Carol Grimes. Published on February 18, 2015.

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16. Midweek: guests include Reece Shearsmith 22 Dec 10

Midweek: guests include Reece Shearsmith 22 Dec 10

This week Libby Purves is joined by Gordon Buchanan, Les Persaud, Reece Shearsmith and Vicki Amedume. Published on December 22, 2010.

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17. Midweek: Carl Davis and Caitlin Doughty

Midweek: Carl Davis and Caitlin Doughty

Libby Purves meets composer and conductor Carl Davis CBE, playwright Samantha Ellis, photographer Simon Annand and mortician Caitlin Doughty. Published on April 15, 2015.

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18. Ava Astaire, Michael 'Mini' Cooper, Franc Roddam, Doug Allan, Ewan Clayton

Ava Astaire, Michael 'Mini' Cooper, Franc Roddam, Doug Allan, Ewan Clayton

Libby Purves meets Fred Astaire's daughter, Ava; wildlife cameraman Doug Allan; writer Michael 'Mini' Cooper with filmmaker Franc Roddam and calligrapher Ewan Clayton. Doug Allan is a wildlife photographer and cameraman. Twice winner of the Polar Medal, he's worked on a range of BBC series including Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. David Attenborough has described him as 'the toughest in the business.' Doug is touring the UK with his personal recollections of filming in some of the most inhospitable places in the world. Michael 'Mini' Cooper is the author of Mini and Me, a book about his life in care and his relationship with filmmaker Franc Roddam. Mini was a troubled child. At nine he set fire to the family home and spent 38 years in and out of jails, secure mental health units and halfway houses. In 1975 Franc directed a BBC documentary featuring 11-year-old Mini which was the start of their enduring friendship. Mini and Me is published by Ziji Publishing. Former monk Ewan Clayton is a calligrapher and professor in design at the University of Sunderland. He is also co-director of the International Research Centre for Calligraphy. His book, The Golden Thread, tells the history of the written word from simple representative shapes to record goods and animals in ancient Egypt to drop-down menus on a macbook Pro. The Golden Thread is published by Atlantic Books. Ava Astaire McKenzie is the daughter of Hollywood legend Fred Astaire. She pays tribute to the musical Top Hat which is based on the RKO feature film. The most successful film of the nine RKO movies Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together, Top Hat premiered at the Radio City Musical Hall in 1935. The new stage musical includes Irving Berlin classics from the film such as Cheek to Cheek, Isn't It a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Top Hat is at London's Aldwych Theatre. Published on September 18, 2013.

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19. Janice Connolly, Thomas Pakenham, Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Hugh Warwick.

Janice Connolly, Thomas Pakenham, Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Hugh Warwick.

Libby Purves meets historian Thomas Pakenham; actor Janice Connolly; Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the great-nephew of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and ecologist Hugh Warwick. Janice Connolly is an actor and comic who stars in the BBC Radio 2 sit com Barbara Nice, part of the network's Comedy Showcase season. The show is based around her character Barbara, a housewife from Stockport, mother of five and occasional stage-diver. Janice played in a range of punk bands before moving into comedy. She was discovered by Peter Kay and starred as Holy Mary in both series of Phoenix Nights. Barbara Nice is broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Thomas Pakenham, the 8th Earl of Longford, is a writer, historian, photographer and champion of trees. In his latest book, The Company of Trees, he recounts his personal quest to establish an arboretum on the family estate, Tullynally, in Ireland. He writes about his often hazardous plant-hunting expeditions and his efforts to preserve old trees and historic woodland. He is chairman of the Irish Tree Society. The Company of Trees - A Year in a Lifetime's Quest is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate is a member of the Imperial House of Ethiopia. A political analyst, his book King of Kings tells the story of his great-uncle, Emperor Haile Selassie I. The book follows the emperor's story from his early life and coronation to exile and then return to his country where he fought alongside the Allies during World War Two. His downfall and death followed a military coup in Ethiopia in 1974. King of Kings - The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia is published by Haus Publishing. Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and writer who has studied hedgehogs for 25 years. He is the author of A Prickly Affair - My Life with Hedgehogs and is a spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. He is running The Day of the Hedgehog - a hedgehog summit in which experts will launch a ten year conservation strategy for the species. The Day of the Hedgehog is at The International Centre in Telford. Producer: Paula McGinley. Published on November 4, 2015.

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