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

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

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