Midweek - Ben Garrod, Jack Charles, Clare Salaman, Colin Jones
Lively and diverse conversation as Libby Purves meets primatologist Ben Garrod, Australian Aboriginal actor Jack Charles, musician Clare Salaman and photographer Colin Jones.
Libby Purves meets primatologist Ben Garrod; Australian Aboriginal actor Jack Charles; musician Clare Salaman and photographer Colin Jones.
Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist, primatologist and skeleton builder. His new series Secrets of Bones, part of BBC Four's Life Inside Out season, explores the story of the skeleton and vertebrates of every size and shape. In the course of this six-part series Ben investigates how a single, universal body plan - the skeleton - has shaped the animal kingdom. Each skeleton differs in small but critical ways and those differences can be decoded to reveal an animal's complete life story - not only how it moves, where it lives and what it eats, but also its entire evolutionary journey. Secrets of Bones is broadcast on BBC Four.
Jack Charles is an Australian Aboriginal actor, musician and activist. One of Australia's Stolen Generation, he was taken from his mother at a young age and placed in a boys' home for Aboriginal children. His subsequent acting career was regularly interrupted by lengthy stints in jail and his long-term heroin addiction. Now drug free, his one man show, Jack Charles v The Crown, is inspired by his own story. Jack Charles v The Crown is at the Barbican.
Clare Salaman is a musician and composer who plays violin, baroque violin, hurd violin, hurdgurdy, nyckelharpa, medieval vielle, rebec, hardanger fiddle and accordion. Her group The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments is staging Nine Daies Wonder which is based on an Elizabethan journey from London to Norwich by Shakespearian actor Will Kemp. Nine Daies Wonder is touring the UK.
Colin Jones is a photographer whose exhibition Fifty Years of The Who captures a young British rock group on the verge of greatness. As a youngster Colin was a member of the Royal Ballet before joining the Observer as a photographer in 1962. His friendship with Pete Townshend gave him access to The Who offstage as well as on - capturing the band's talent and raw energy. Fifty Years of The Who is at Proud Camden, London.
Producer: Paula McGinley.