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Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

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Radio 4's Saturday morning show brings you extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

    Mica Paris

    Mica Paris

    Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by Mica Paris. Hauled up onstage by Prince, fish 'n' chips with Stevie Wonder and footsie with Whitney Houston, and now EastEnders and a Gospel album.
    John 'Chickie' Donohue joins us from New York - he travelled more than 8,000 miles into the middle of the Vietnam War, to take his buddies some beers.
    Listener Liza Frank has been looking into folklore of the British Isles and sometimes beyond, and set her self the challenge of doing a ritual or tradition every day of the year and logging it in her blog.
    Karenjeet Kaur Bains is accountant by day, and a powerlifter the rest of the time - she is Britain’s first female Sikh powerlifter to represent Britain on the World and European stages.
    We have the inheritance tracks of writer John Lanchester who chooses JS Bach, Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 played by Dinu Lipatti and Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees; and a listener's thank you.
    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 1h 25 min
    Tom Kerridge

    Tom Kerridge

    Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi are joined by pub-loving celebrity chef Tom Kerridge who has been awarded two Michelin stars since opening The Hand and Flowers in Marlow. The pub celebrates its 15th anniversary with The Hand and Flowers Cookbook. Since opening the pub Tom has been a fixture of British cooking programmes and has famously lost 12st in weight. He has also turned his attention to the plight of British pubs in lockdown with his new BBC series Saving Britain’s Pubs.

    Comedian and television presenter Tom Allen is currently offering up an Extra Slice of Bake-Off on Channel 4 and has just published his memoir No Shame which describes the stigma of being ‘an outsider’ as a teenager in 90s suburbia.

    Naomi Riches was hit by a car while on a night out in London and spent months recovering from a head injury. Just four years later, Naomi would compete at the Beijing Paralympics, earning a Bronze medal for Great Britain. With a dogged determination to always do her best, she would eventually go on to net a Gold medal at London 2012.

    Julie McDowall went ‘viral’ on Twitter in January 2019 when she told her followers that she has synaesthesia and can ‘taste’ names. She is also an expert in nuclear war.

    And author Ken Follett shares his Inheritance Tracks.

    Producer: Laura Northedge
    Editor: Eleanor Garland

    • 1h 24 min
    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne joins Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi. The Award-winning actor made his acting debut as a shepherd in a Nativity play and since then has made over 80 films, won a Golden Globe for In Treatment and had a successful stage career. He talks about growing up in Ireland, wanting to be a priest, turning his life around and loving a simple life.

    Courtney Act talks about her life and career which includes winning Celebrity Big Brother 2018 (UK). The performer also talks about why she's giving a lesson in ‘Kindness’ as part of the Celebrity Supply Teacher series on CBBC.

    Guitarist Hank Marvin shares his Inheritance Tracks. He has chosen Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line and Allan Holdsworth - Joshua.

    Listener Matt Flukes was told he has an incurable cancer just ten minutes after his adoption of two children was made official by a judge. He will talk about how he was inspired to write fiction by his experiences of adoption.

    David Quantick is an Emmy-award winning comedy writer who has worked on Veep, Thick of It, Brass Eye and Spitting Image. But he explains everything might have been very different if he had carried on with his initial career choice in Law.

    Gabriel Byrne main image credit: Jerome De Perlinghi 1999.

    Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne is out now.
    Courtney’s Act’s lesson is on Thursday 19th November at 10 am on CBBC.
    Olly and Lilly, the search for a new race is out now
    Night Train by David Quantick is out now.

    Producer: Claire Bartleet
    Editor: Eleanor Garland

    • 1h 24 min
    Akram Khan

    Akram Khan

    Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by Akram Khan. Winning a disco dance competition as a child encouraged Akram to pursue what he saw as his one talent: dance. Today he is one of the UK’s leading choreographers, has an MBE for services to dance, and tells stories through dance on stages as varied as Sadlers Wells to the 2012 London Olympics stadium.
    Sarah Beeny has graced our TV screens for the past 20 years as one of the nation’s most loved property experts. She estimates that she’s now been in more than 1,000 homes offering advice on all things remodeling, interior design and extensions. Now, the cameras follow her and her family as they build a house from scratch in Somerset.
    When Dwayne Fields moved to London from Jamaica aged 6 he wondered where all the trees were. He escaped the city after discovering Epping forest and adventures in nature, becoming the first black Briton to reach the North Pole in 2010. The Scout ambassador and Countryfile contributor is now planning to take 20 disadvantaged youngsters to the Antarctic and has his sights on reaching the South Pole within the next two years.
    Saturday Live listener Bill Murray's father was the bodyguard and painting companion of Winston Churchill - he contacted us to talk about his memories.
    Writer Sophie Kinsella chooses her inheritance tracks, Five Hundred Miles by The Seekers and F. Couperin "Les Baricades Mysterieuses" played by Angela Hewitt on Hyperion Records and your "thank you".
    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 1h 23 min
    David Jason

    David Jason

    Sir David Jason turned 80 this year and spent lockdown writing his new book A Del of a Life: Lessons I’ve Learned which describes how, despite beginning his career as an electrician, he went on to play some of the UK's best-loved characters including Granville, Pa Larkin, Detective Inspector Jack Frost, Danger Mouse and, of course, Derek Trotter. He explains to Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi how he achieved the title of Britain’s 4th most hard working actor.

    Journalist and television presenter Steph McGovern is currently hosting Steph's Packed Lunch on Channel 4, but before that she worked for the BBC as the main business presenter for BBC Breakfast. She describes herself as a hustler, persuading the BBC to take her on after doing work experience and becoming Robert Peston’s producer before moving in front of the camera.

    Paul Stone (aka ‘My Dog Sighs’) gave up his teaching job to pursue his dream of being an artist. Rejected by every gallery he approached, he returned to his former career resigned to the fact that his dream would never become a reality. His desire to make art never left, and so inspired by graffiti artists (but not wanting to get in trouble with the law), he began secretly painting on discarded items of rubbish and leaving them for people to find.

    Wendy Mason-Smith was 19 years old when her father decided to sell his newsagent in Hayle, Cornwall and hand build a catamaran to sail his family to Australia. Despite having very little sailing experience and being known for his terrible DIY skills, Wendy, her two younger siblings and parents, set off in the summer of 1976.

    Producer: Laura Northedge
    Editor: Eleanor Garland

    • 1h 25 min
    Phillip Schofield

    Phillip Schofield

    Richard Coles and Shaun Keaveny are joined by Phillip Schofield who shares his highlights from spending nearly 40 years in television, and talks about coming out as gay- both publicly and privately. Wim Hof, also known as The Ice Man, holds multiple world records including climbing the highest mountains in the world while wearing only shorts. He reveals how the cold was his saviour in tough times and that a traumatic birth made him a man on a mission.

    When Skepta won his 2016 Mercury prize he thanked his mother. Now Ify Adenuga talks about her life: growing up in Nigeria and protecting her children from youth crime whilst they were growing up in London.

    Former Footballer and Pundit Jamie Redknapp shares his Inheritance Tracks: Easy by The Commodores and The Notorious B.I.G - Juicy.

    Sharon D. Clarke MBE is an Olivier Award-winning actor and singer. She talks about her eclectic career, from her first hit “I Wanna Give You Devotion” with Nomad in 1991, to TV roles on Holby City and Doctor Who, and an Olivier Award-winning performance in Caroline, or Change, which she was about to take to Broadway before lockdown happened.

    Life’s What You Make It by Phillip Schofield is out now.
    The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof is out now .
    Endless Fortune by Ify Adenuga is out now.
    Jumpers for Goalposts: The Making of a Footballer by Jamie Redknapp is out now.
    Sharon D. Clarke performs in the audio project Written on the Waves which comprises 9 world premières including Lem N Ginge: The Princess of Kakos - released on 5th October.

    Producer: Claire Bartleet
    Editor: Eleanor Garland

    • 1h 24 min

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