18 episodes

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

The Leisure Society with Gemma Cairney BBC

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 43 Ratings

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

    Kathy Burke

    Kathy Burke

    Gemma joins Kathy Burke round at her house to talk about her love of television.

    • 41 min
    Bonnie Greer at the British Museum

    Bonnie Greer at the British Museum

    Gemma Cairney joins Bonnie Greer at one of her favourite places, the British Museum.

    • 38 min
    Ben Watt birdwatching

    Ben Watt birdwatching

    Gemma joins musician Ben Watt for a spot of birdwatching

    • 36 min
    Zawe Ashton on shopping

    Zawe Ashton on shopping

    Actress Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney to the talk about how she spends her leisure time shopping in retail parks and how these seemingly menial non-artistic places calms her. Born in Hackney in London, Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades.

    • 39 min
    Damon Albarn

    Damon Albarn

    Gemma Cairney joins Damon Albarn for a chat about travel and adventure at his studios.

    • 32 min
    Kristin Hersh on snakes

    Kristin Hersh on snakes

    Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh joins Gemma Cairney at the reptile house.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

🌈☀️☔️☔️☀️🌈 ,

❤️TLS.. Am always transported within minutes

Gemma C has the loveliest voice. I listen in regularly and am always transported within minutes to places like Margate beach, Hampstead Heath, the British Museum.. to hang out with fabulous humans. Love it. My favourite episode so far was the Bonnie Greer: wonderful stuff😍.

Stars Above My Head ,

Love this show

Gemma C has such passion and I love her cool, relaxing voice and friendly attitude. The Tracey Emin epsiode in particular is my favourite one so far. Keep up the great shows. Excited to hear your next guests!

todaysatan ,

Lovvveee

Just binged all of these and tbh it was the best time. Really wanna be Gemma’s mate after hearing these, she’s so warm and funny and asks brill questions. Great guests and interesting chat. Gimme more (΄◉◞౪◟◉`)

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