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Denise Gough, Fairport Convention, Leonardo da Vinci

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Denise Gough on her TV role in Paula, and 50 years of Fairport Convention.

Denise Gough on the TV role of Paula, 50 years of the British band Fairport Convention, and Martin Kemp on the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci's mother.

Olivier Award-winning actress Denise Gough talks about taking on the title role in the TV drama Paula, and how she wants to help change the types of stories being told about women on the small screen.

On Saturday Fairport Convention will give a concert 50 years to the minute since their very first. Founding member Simon Nicol, and newcomer Dave Pegg - he joined in 1969 - talk about the early days of the band that launched the careers of Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings, and discuss their latest album 50:50@50.

The identity of Leonardo da Vinci's mother has remained a mystery - long after the identity of his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was finally discovered - until now. Previously there have been several theories and a possible first name of Caterina, but nearly six centuries on, Martin Kemp - one of the leading authorities on da Vinci - says he can now reveal who Leonardo's mother was, and argues that it is time to finally cut through the myths that still surround the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci himself.

Presenter John Wilson

Producer Jerome Weatherald.


John Wilson
Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest
Denise Gough
Interviewed Guest
Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest
Dave Pegg
Interviewed Guest
Martin Kemp


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