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Fascinating interviews with the stars of stage, screen, sport and literature

Join our knowledgeable hosts as they uncover more about the careers, lives and interests of our special guests.

    Ep 23: Gabby Logan

    Ep 23: Gabby Logan

    Talk about ups and downs… Top sports presenter Gabby began 2020 by receiving an MBE, before seeing all the highlights of her year fall away – including the Tokyo Olympics.

    Gabby’s MBE recognises her work in raising the status of women in sport. During the late nineties, she was one of the first to break into mainstream sports broadcasting. She’s fronted all the flagship programs like Match of the Day, BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Numerous light entertainment appearances have broadened Gabby’s appeal, ranging from 8 Out of 10 Cats and Strictly Come Dancing to Room 101. But her most nerve-wracking moment was stepping out as Sharleen Spiteri for Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes!

    The daughter of footballer Terry Yorath, Gabby competed at the 1990 Commonwealth Games as a young gymnast. She gained a Law degree but her passion for sport led to a job with Sky in 1996.

    From escaping the Bradford City stadium fire to maintaining objectivity during the thrilling 2012 London Olympics, this podcast is packed with fascinating revelations. And as a fellow sports broadcaster, Ian Stafford asks all the right questions.

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    Ep 22: Ed Byrne

    Ep 22: Ed Byrne

    Telling jokes to parked cars at a drive-in… hollow laughter echoing around half-empty theatres… just some of the surreal challenges facing today’s socially distanced comedians.

    Irish stand up star Ed Byrne tries to see the funny side in this revealing podcast.

    Dublin-born Ed has appeared on TV’s Mock the Week more than 60 times. He’s also starred in a series of wonderful travelogues with funny man friend Dara O’Briain. His immaculately crafted one-man shows, embracing everything from modern family life to the joys of trekking and camping, have been captured on three best-selling DVDs

    You’ll discover many different sides to Ed in this podcast, where once again Ian Stafford gets to the heart of the matter.

     

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    Ep 21: Baroness Floella Benjamin

    Ep 21: Baroness Floella Benjamin

    Actress, singer, author, businesswoman… Floella has come a long way since presenting Play School in 1976. And with a seat in the House of Lords, she’s made it in the political arena too.

    Floella came to England from Trinidad in 1960. She began her entertainment career in the West End hits Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, but it was as a presenter for TV’s Play School that most of us came to know her. She’s actually appeared in a multitude of programmes, ranging from Dr Who and Bergerac to Within These Walls and Dixon of Dock Green.

    Floella’s services to broadcasting garnered her an OBE in 2001, followed by a BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award. And to complement her title of Baroness in 2010, she became a Dame in 2020 in recognition of her charitable work.

    As you may know, Ian loves to find out what drives someone like Floella to succeed on so many levels. So this promises to be an especially fascinating podcast.

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    Ep 20: Jean-Christophe Novelli

    Ep 20: Jean-Christophe Novelli

    Jean-Christophe came to England in 1983, where one of his first successes was running Keith Floyd’s Maltster’s Arms in Devon. He set up his first London restaurant, Maison Novelli, in 1996.

    Three more followed, along with a gastropub in Hertfordshire. More recently, the Rapido, Bistro ’61 and Terrané brands have cemented Jean-Christophe’s reputation, which has garnered five AA rosettes and numerous Michelin stars.

    Jean-Christophe’s bestselling book, Simply Novelli, has made French cuisine accessible to a wider audience; while his world-famous Novelli Academy turns culinary enthusiasts into experts. In this podcast, you can find out more about the man dubbed ‘The nation’s favourite French chef’.

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    Ep 19: Tracy Edwards

    Ep 19: Tracy Edwards

    Tracy is one of Britain’s most successful sailors. In 1985 she completed her first Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race aboard Atlantic Privateer. Four years later aboard Maiden, Tracy skippered the first all-female crew to enter this epic race, coming second and winning two of the individual legs. She subsequently became the first female Yachtsman of the Year and was honoured with an MBE.

    But whether it’s the breaking of Maiden 2’s mast during her 1998 Jules Verne Trophy attempt, or the problems that followed the 2005 Oryx Quest, Tracy has had to navigate many stormy seas. Learn more about her incredible story in this podcast with Ian.

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    Ep 18: Tanni Grey-Thompson

    Ep 18: Tanni Grey-Thompson

    She’s won 16 Paralympic medals, over 30 world records and the London Marathon six times. Her charitable achievements are too numerous to detail. No wonder she’s been awarded an OBE, an MBE, a DBE and the title of Baroness with a seat in the House of Lords.

    The BBC has named Tanni Grey-Thompson one of the UK’s 100 powerful women and she’s also considered one of the Greatest People of the 20th Century. So here’s your chance to learn more about this sports superstar and cultural superwoman.

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    • 37 min

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