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Jo Cox MP, Dave Swarbrick, Viktor Korchnoi, Wendy Leigh

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Reeta Chakrabarti on an MP, a musician, a chess player and a writer.

Obituary series. Reeta Chakrabarti on the MP Jo Cox, the musician Dave Swarbrick, the chess player Viktor Korchnoi and the writer Wendy Leigh.

Reeta Chakrabarti on:

The MP Jo Cox , who was brutally killed in the street, after meeting local people in the West Yorkshire constituency she represented

The musician Dave Swarbrick, who found fame with the folk group Fairport Convention - and who celebrated the premature publication of his obituary by a newspaper, 17 years before his death.

The chess player Viktor Korchnoi, a grandmaster of the international circuit, who defected from the Soviet Union and whose career became enmeshed in Cold War politics.

And the showbiz writer Wendy Leigh, who produced racy celebrity biographies and steamy novels, and who had a long affair with the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.

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Presenter
Reeta Chakrabarti
Interviewed Guest
Kate Proctor
Interviewed Guest
Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest
Martin Carthy
Interviewed Guest
Nigel Short
Interviewed Guest
Roy Greenslade
Interviewed Guest
Lesley-Ann Jones
Producer
Neil George

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Last Word

Front Row

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.

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

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Midweek

Patricia Cornwell, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Benedict Allen, Simon Nicol

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Libby Purves meets crime writer Patricia Cornwell and astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Libby Purves meets crime writer Patricia Cornwell, astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, musician Simon Nicol and adventurer Benedict Allen.

Libby Purves meets crime writer Patricia Cornwell; astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell; musician Simon Nicol and adventurer Benedict Allen.

Patricia Cornwell is a writer. Her new novel Depraved Heart features medical examiner Kay Scarpetta who is working on a suspicious death scene when a story involving her niece Lucy demands her investigative skills. Patricia Cornwell has sold over 100 million books. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Depraved Heart is published by Harper Collins.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist and is visiting Professor of Astrophysics at Mansfield College, Oxford. This year she won the Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. She is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century. At the time she was a PhD student in radio astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Her supervisor Antony Hewish went on to win the 1974 Nobel Prize for Physics, sharing it with the head of the group, Martin Ryle.

Benedict Allen is an adventurer known for travelling to extremes without backup. He is the only person known to have crossed the Amazon Basin at its widest and completed the first documented journey of the length of the Namib Desert. He will be appearing at The Adventure Travel Show talking about his 3000 mile journey by horse and camel through Mongolia in the 1990s. The Adventure Travel Show is at London's Olympia.

Simon Nicol is a founding member of Fairport Convention, joining the band at its inception in 1967. After vocalists Sandy Denny and Iain Matthews left the band, Simon found himself taking a more prominent role on stage. During the 1970s, Simon took a four-year break from Fairport, rejoining in 1976. He has been the band's main guitarist and lead singer ever since. Fairport Convention is on tour from January.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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Presenter
Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest
Patricia Cornwell
Interviewed Guest
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Interviewed Guest
Benedict Allen
Interviewed Guest
Simon Nicol
Producer
Paula McGinley

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