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Comic Castaways 2 Jo Brand
From Kate Bush to Talking Heads. Comedian Jo Brand makes her castaway choices.
From Kate Bush to Talking Heads. Comedian Jo Brand shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young. From March 2007.
From Kate Bush to Talking Heads.
Stand-up comedian Jo Brand shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.
From the word go, Jo always anticipated she’d be heckled about her weight and appearance. While most people would run a mile at the thought of standing in front of a rowdy, aggressive and largely drunk audience, she says that the worst that can happen is humiliation - and Jo adds that as a woman, she was already equipped to deal with this, because people felt free to comment disparagingly on her appearance in everyday life.
Jo’s first career was as a psychiatric nurse - and for several years she would spend the day working in a psychiatric unit before appearing at a comedy club in the evening. Both careers demand an ability to be calm in extreme situations and to display a confidence that is often not felt.
Her extreme act meant that for many years, Jo was labelled a man-hating feminist - but she confounded critics by getting married and having two children.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2007.
Beti George yn sgwrsio gyda maswr Cymru a'r Scarlets, Rhys Patchell.
Beti George yn sgwrsio gyda maswr Cymru a'r Scarlets, Rhys Patchell. Beti George chats with Wales and Scarlets' outside half, Rhys Patchell.
Beti George yn sgwrsio gyda'r chwaraewr rygbi rhyngwladol Rhys Patchell, sy'n trafod ei ddylanwadau cynnar, a'i ddyfalbarhad a'i alluogodd i wireddu ei freuddwyd o gynrychioli ei wlad ar y maes rygbi.
Adrian Chiles gets you set for the weekend, with news, sport and entertainment.
Adrian Chiles gets you set for the weekend with a good-humoured look at the latest news, sport and entertainment. Text 85058 (charged at your standard message rate).
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Bringing people together from our different cultures and communities in Suffolk.
This week, we hear from Phanuel Mutumburi, of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, think back over this last year and how organisations have reacted for the need to have change and increase representation, diversity and inclusion, in light of the global Black Lives Matter Movement and the death of George Floyd.
Bo from Suffolk Swerve Crew, a bike project run to give young people better give us an insight into local bike life for young people. Also, The show reflects on the 50th International Roma Nations Day.
BBC Belongings also airs a brand new podcast from Denkyem Youth, a youth social action group which is part of the Suffolk Black Community Forum.
The music promoter Bill Graham is remembered by Bob Geldof, Ronnie Wood and others.
Harvey Goldsmith, Bob Geldof, Ronnie Wood and others remember controversial rock'n'roll music promoter Bill Graham. From 2007.
From San Francisco in the 1960s to Live Aid in America, the controversial music promoter Bill Graham was a tough businessman who also staged dozens of benefit concerts, with some of the biggest names in rock.
John Wilson looks back at a career of back-stage battles and the odd on-stage punch-up, including the memories of British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and Bill Graham's friends and colleagues.
Producer John Goudie
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2007.
Diane Morgan celebrates the life and work of Ken Campbell
Diane Morgan celebrates the life and work of Ken Campbell with Nina Conti, Terry Johnson, Neil Edmond, Maureen Vincent, Nicki Stoddart and Daisy Campbell.
“I’m not mad, I’ve just read different books.” - Ken Campbell , the writer, director and actor who was renowned for many an epic production and theatrical caper.
He devoured books and information, and was a seeker of new knowledge and experiences. His career flitted expertly between writing, acting, ventriloquism and gastromancy, improvisation, epic theatre productions, and one-man touring shows. Ken Campbell died on August 31st 2008 aged 66.
Ken was also responsible for the world’s longest play, The Warp, a 24-hour odyssey. It was originally performed in 1979 with a cast including Jim Broadbent, Terry Johnson, and Bill Nighy. When the play was revived in the late 1990s it was directed by Ken and his daughter, Daisy Campbell, and boasted a cast including Neil Edmond, Nina Conti and Diane Morgan – in fact it was Diane’s first acting job.
In this three hour special Diane celebrates the mad, creative, eclectic and innovative work of Ken Campbell.
Featuring interviews with Ken from the BBC archive, performances of drama, poetry, and comedy from throughout his career, and a look back at his wide-ranging influence and influences.
Diane is joined by Ken’s friends, family and colleagues including the playwright Terry Johnson, the ventriloquist and comedian Nina Conti, the actor and comedian Neil Edmond, Ken's agent Maureen Vincent and his literary agent Nicki Stoddart and Ken’s daughter, the actor, writer and director Daisy Campbell who all speak of the chaotic, important and life-changing role Ken played in all their lives.
Producer: Laura Grimshaw
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in August 2018.
The dramatic, tragic and inspirational story of the two sets of Dunlop brothers.
The dramatic, tragic and inspirational story of the two sets of Dunlop brothers - Joey and Robert, William and Michael. Brothers united by success, and united by loss.
For two generations the Dunlop family from Northern Ireland has dominated motorcycle road racing. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this documentary is the dramatic, tragic and inspirational story of two sets of Dunlop brothers - Joey and Robert, William and Michael. Brothers united by success, and united by loss.
Profile of the British-born actress who became one of Hollywood's most enduring stars.
Profile of the British-born actress who went on to become one of Hollywood's most enduring stars and whose love affair with Richard Burton captured the public's imagination.
Profile drawn from Elizabeth Taylor's visit to Britain in 2000, during which she received her damehood from the Queen. Hollywood's last great star talks for the first time in years about her career, her life and the challenges of the future.
From her early days as a child star in Lassie Come Home and National Velvet to becoming the century's biggest star of all - in Cleopatra - her life, her loves and her work have all been lived to an intensity no other star can match.
Joined by Shirley MacLaine, Rod Steiger and Angela Lansbury, Taylor remembers the glory days of working with Richard Burton, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson, James Dean and Paul Newman, how filming never stopped regardless of what life threw at her, the pain and pleasure of two Oscars - one for a film she can hardly bear to remember - and, not least, the feelings she has for Britain, where she was born and how it was her English accent that launched her on the way to stardom at the very beginning.
Series 1 Compilations Episode 1: Part 1
The first episode goes from Sinatra's birth to his early years as a roadhouse performer.
An examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. The opening episode takes us from Sinatra's birth to his early years as a roadhouse performer.
An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. In 1971, Frank Sinatra sang his legendary 'retirement concert' in Los Angeles, featuring music which was said to reflect his own life. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, this definitive series weaves the legendary songs he chose with comments from friends and family, as well as never-before-seen footage from home movies and concert performances.
An unprecedented tribute to the beloved showman, with the full participation of the Frank Sinatra Estate, the opening episode takes us from Sinatra's birth to his early years as a roadhouse performer, revealing the influences behind his meteoric rise.
Young Foster Parents and a Modern Day Viking
Fostering babies when you've just had your own, Viking weddings and leading the Jarl Squad
Fostering babies when you've just had your own, Viking weddings and leading the Jarl Squad.
Michelle meets Amanda and Darren Cleary. After having their own two wee ones Ben and Olivia., 22 year old Amanda couldn't wait to start fostering, but Michelle fins out how this went down with Darren and the kids. Dwayne Davies might sound Welsh, but he's a Shetlander with Viking ancestry who did the ultimate themed wedding in full Norse regalia. Michelle discovers he's the longest Jarl in waiting, or leader of the Viking squad for the uninitiated, his moment in the spotlight at the Up Helly Aa festival postponed due to Covid.
Welsh bare knuckle boxer, Sean George, prepares for the fight of his life.
After losing the world featherweight title, Welsh bare knuckle boxer, Sean George, prepares for the fight of his life in the hope of leaving the sport on a final win.
Bare knuckle boxing.
A sport that involves two individuals fighting without gloves or padding.
Its roots can be traced back hundreds of years - perhaps even as far as the 1600s - but its brutal brawls have kept the sport illegal for centuries.
But in 2015, a UK company called BKB started to recruit fighters.
Fighters like Sean George.
In this programme for BBC Radio Wales, we join Sean as he recoils from losing the world featherweight title.
With a fiancé, two children and a mortgage to pay, he’s looking for an exit from the vicious sport before it gets the better of him. However, he refuses to end on a loss.
We join Sean as he prepares for his next and hopefully last fight in the world of bare knuckle boxing. It will be his toughest bout yet as the tournament in London requires him to win not one, but two matches to bag the belt and the prize fund.
Throughout, we’ll speak to those who know him best and hear about the opportunities fighting gave a younger Sean George who, growing up in the small town of Abertillery, was forever getting into trouble.
But will all the effort be worth it? Will Sean win this final fight and, perhaps more importantly, will he escape uninjured?
Writer Stella Duffy chooses David Bowie and Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq.
Writer Stella Duffy chooses Life on Mars by David Bowie and You Got To Run by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq.
Writer Stella Duffy chooses 'Life on Mars by David Bowie and You Got To Run by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq.
Series 3 Episode 4
Dairy farmers the McLean family are introduced.
Dairy farmers the McLean family are introduced. Raymond goes the extra mile to save his lambs. Stevie faces buffalo number 666, and Kirsty and Aimee take their calves to market.
A new family, dairy farmers the McLeans, are introduced. Raymond goes the extra mile to save his lambs. Stevie faces buffalo cow number 666, and Kirsty and Aimee take last year’s calves to market.
Series 1 A Queen Betrayed
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against the charismatic Mary Stewart
Neil Oliver tells the story of Scotland's ancient clans. He reveals how the clans plotted against the charismatic Mary Stewart, leading, ultimately, to her death
Neil Oliver reveals how the clans plotted against Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, ultimately leading to the beheading of the most charismatic queen in Scottish history. The tale turns on a brother's plot to overthrow his sister in a ruthless bid for power. James Stewart, Earl of Moray, uses clan power to first control and then rid Scotland of his sister Mary. As she battles conspiracies, plots and counterplots, Mary is trapped in the cruel and tumultuous world of clan blood feuds. After they murder her husband Lord Darnley and Mary flees into the arms of the Earl of Bothwell, the most ruthless of Scotland's clan chiefs, civil war breaks out. Mary escapes to England, never to return again.
Series 4 Sink or Skim
Two obsessed stone skimmers show us what it takes to be the world's best.
The World Stone Skimming Championship is held on the tiny Scottish island of Easdale every year. Two obsessed skimmers show us what it takes to become the world's best.
The World Stone Skimming Championship is held on the tiny west coast island of Easdale, an island blessed with millions of perfect skimming stones after its slate mining industrial past was brought to an abrupt end by a huge storm. Water filled the immense quarries and created the world’s first stone skimming arena. The competition has always been, and is to this day, a community fundraising event, but tensions are now mounting between the small island community and the skimmers whose abilities have far outgrown the limitations of the 63m quarry.
As with any sport, it takes dedication, hard work and a lot of practice to be the best. Stone skimming is an activity with competitive nature at its core, but little is known of the esoteric world of competition skimming and its devoted participants. With the coveted title of world champion and the first ever Guinness world record up for grabs, Sink or Skim delves deep into what it takes to be 'Top Tosser' in the biggest year in the history of the sport.