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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.

    Tom Daley

    Tom Daley

    Tom Daley joins Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi. Tom fulfilled his Olympic dream this year, becoming the most decorated British diver of all time. He talks about the challenges he’s faced, the lessons learnt, passion for knitting and his proudest achievement so far.

    Listener Alexis Roxburgh shares his paragliding stories.

    Anne-Marie is a West End child star turned multi-platinum-selling artist and The Voice coach, who also found time to be a karate World Champion. But despite success, the singer struggled until recently to find true happiness and confidence.

    Bobby Gillespie shares his Inheritance Tracks: The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by June Tabor, and Joe Hill by The Dubliners.

    Ann Shaw talks about spending over 4 years in the Craig-Y-Nos TB sanatorium in Wales as a child, and connecting with fellow survivors as an adult.

    Coming Up for Air by Tom Daley is out now.
    You Deserve Better  by Anne-Marie is out now.
    Tenement Kid by Bobby Gillespie is out now.
    The Children of Craig-Y-Nos by Ann Shaw is out now.

    Producer: Claire Bartleet
    Editor: Eleanor Garland

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Lenny Henry

    Lenny Henry

    Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by Sir Lenny Henry: comedian, actor, writer, fund raiser, he’s graced our stage and screen for almost 50 years and now he’s put his talents to writing for the next generation.

    Arthur Timothy is an architect turned artist whose work is inspired by photographs from the past and his own memories. He describes his paintings as love letters to his family. He joins us.

    We have Paula Sutton who worked in fashion magazines for years before she decided to showcase her own distinctive style online in her instagram account, Hill House Vintage, which soon became her full time job.

    And Simon Thomas, who had a successful career first as a Blue Peter presenter then fronting Sky Sport’s Premier League football coverage. Then, in 2017, his wife died suddenly from acute myeloid leukaemia. Simon retired to care for their son, and 4 years later is reflecting on the evolution of his grief and return to work.

    We also have Bernadine Evaristo's Inheritance Tracks, she chooses Mona Lisa by Nat King Cole & Bridge Over Troubled Water sung by Roberta Flack, and your Thank you.

    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Matt Baker and Josh Widdicombe

    Matt Baker and Josh Widdicombe

    Matt Baker joins Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi. Matt's career has taken him from Blue Peter to The One Show and Countryfile. He’s recently returned to live on his family farm and feels growing up with nature helped in all aspects of his life.

    Listener Jo Bradshaw is an office worked turned adventurer - who leads expeditions and was attempting to summit Everest during the earthquake of 2015.

    Khadijah Mellah became the first British Muslim woman to win a horse race in the UK. Age 18 she won the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood Festival. Khadijah has now launched a scholarship programme to bring more people from underrepresented communities into the sport.

    Robin Ince shares his Inheritance Tracks: Geoffrey Burgon's Theme from Brideshead Revisited and Batyar by The Ukrainians.

    Josh Widdicombe is a comedian, writer and co-presenter of the award winning Last Leg. As a child in rural Dartmoor it was watching television, rather than performing, which mattered most to him.

    A Year on Our Farm by Matt Baker is out now.
    The Importance of Being Interested: Adventures in Scientific Curiosity by Robin Ince is out on the 7th October.
    Watching Neighbours Twice a Day...How ’90s TV (Almost) Prepared Me For Life by Josh Widdicombe is out now.

    Producer: Claire Bartleet
    Editor: Richard Hooper

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Henry Holland

    Henry Holland

    Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi are joined by Henry Holland - who started his career in teen magazines but became a fashion hit in 2008
    after his slogan T shirts were worn by designers Giles Deacon and Gareth Pugh at London Fashion Week,
    his fashion business closed last year but he has since released a hugely successful ceramics collection and is now designing rugs.

    There is also Ramla Ali, the first Somali boxer in history to compete at the Olympic Games,

    Molly Schiller who completed a Masters studying the heart disease which took her little brother’s life when he was 10,

    and Felix White, formerly of the Maccabees, is a musician and broadcaster who, after his Mum's death when he was 17, forged family
    with the band and obsessed over cricket.

    We have the Inheritance Tracks of sailor Hannah Mills MBE, who chooses Creep by Radiohead and A thousand trees by the Stereophonics, and your thank you.

    Producer: Corinna Jones

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Paul Merson

    Paul Merson

    Paul Merson was one of English football’s brightest stars in the 1990s. He was capped for England 21 times and scored 99 goals for Arsenal before transferring to Middlesborough for the then highest fee ever paid by a first division team. But throughout his career, Paul waged a very public battle with addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, as depicted in his new memoir Hooked. He talks to Richard Coles and Nikki Bedi.

    Jamie Laing grew up in Oxfordshire and Knightsbridge, attending prestigious public schools and moving in exclusive social circles. Despite never having had a “proper job”, Jamie has found fame in Made in Chelsea, made it to the final of Strictly Come Dancing, launched a successful confectionary brand and describes his journey in his new memoir I Can Explain.

    Sue Tilley was once Lucian Freud’s favoured life model and his painting of her have broken auction house records - one sold for £35 million in 2015 and another belongs to Roman Abramovich after it was snapped up for a cool £17 million. But how did a long-time manager at a central London JobCentre light up the art world? And have the millions changed Sue’s perception of her own body and life?

    The chance return of a box of family artefacts led listener Corinna Edwards-Colledge to trace the extraordinary history of her father Paul and uncle Roy. They were both involved the Surrealist art scene of the 50s and 60s, with her uncle living in Farley House with Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. She reveals how recovering their paintings and poetry has changed her understanding of them.

    And we hear the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Tez Ilyas.

    Producer: Laura Northedge
    Editor: Richard Hooper

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Annie Nightingale

    Annie Nightingale

    Annie Nightingale joins Nikki Bedi and Suzy Klein to talk about her 50 years in broadcasting, including being the first female DJ on Radio 1 and how her love of new music has led to her being the station's longest-serving broadcaster. Annie also explains why she owes a debt to The Beatles.

    Ranger Jonathan Ford explains how his love of birds took him to live in Papa Westray, one of the smallest islands in Orkney.

    Chef Poppy O’Toole lost her job and was inspired by her siblings to make PoppyCooks TikTok videos. She swiftly got 1.8 million followers and will talk about her new career path.

    Neil Oliver shares his Inheritance Tracks: La Mer by Charles Trenet and Martha by Tom Waits.

    Adam Andrusier was once an obsessive collector of autographs and his drive to collect signatures inspired Zadie Smith to write a story based loosely on his life. Adam’s obsession eventually turned into a profession, with roots going back to his father’s collecting habits.

    Hey Hi Hello: Five Decades of Pop Culture from Britain's broadcasting DJ pioneer Annie Nightingale is out now in paperback.
    Poppy Cooks: The Food You Need by Poppy O'Toole is out on the 16th September.
    The Story of the World in 100 Moments by Neil Oliver is published on the 16th of September.
    Two Hitlers and a Marilyn by Adam Andrusier is out now.

    Producer: Claire Bartleet
    Editor: Richard Hooper

    • 1 hr 24 min

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