Saturday Live

Saturday Live

Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show is full of the stuff that matters, extraordinary stories, inheritance tracks, guerrilla reports, secret lives, poetry and more.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 19 Apr 14 Bruce Oldfield OBE

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Anita Anand and Andrea Catherwood are joined by British designer Bruce Oldfield OBE, best known for his couture and bridalwear designs. Tom Mackenzie recalls his experiences as the last child to be admitted to the Foundling Hospital, a charity run on strict Victorian values that brought up children born outside marriage. Lynne Moore is a war artist who was embedded with the British Forces in Helmund, Hannah Rochell writes the En Brogue blog describing the joys of wearing brogues. Plus JP Devlin has a hot encounter with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and author Helen Fielding shares her Inheritance Tracks. And two men from Birmingham, Jon Bounds and Danny Smith tell us about their mission to visit all 56 seaside piers in England and Wales in just two weeks.

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  • 12 April 2014

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by TV presenter and novelist Fern Britton. Tom Hart Dyke recalls his traumatic kidnap experience in the jungles of Colombia. Gary Enstone relishes his job as a conservator of Kipling's old home and Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent explains why she rode the Ho Chi Minh Trail alone on a pink motorbike. Jimmy Osmond chooses his inheritance tracks, JP meets an Abba super-fan and a bunch of city lawyers get down and dirty in their office roof-top allotment.

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  • 5 April 2014

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    85 mins

    Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by agony aunt Irma Kurtz. 10 year old blogger Harry Hamer talks about missing his grandparents when they moved abroad, Jean Singfield describes why a set of rosary beads are the Thing About Her, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark reveals her secret love of tapestry, author Stephen Armstrong celebrates Ibiza, comedian Jack Whitehall shares his Inheritance Tracks, and veteran servicemen Darren 'Swifty' Swift discusses his reinvention as an actor, and listeners Sally, Liz and Jacqui, say 'thank you' for a past kindness large or small.

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  • 29 March 2014

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    68 mins

    Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with comedian Paul Whitehouse, Lady Churchill's secretary Heather White-Smith, polar explorer Ben Saunders, pargetting plasterer Martin Ward and Francis Urquhart's Inheritance Tracks. Plus JP Devlin in the BBC Radio Theatre with audience members from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

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  • Photographer Don McCullin 22 Mar 14

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    John McCarthy and Suzy Klein meet veteran photographer Don McCullin to talk about wars zones, life in Somerset and how being born and raised in Finsbury Park shaped his life. John Wildey is a seventy seven year old grandfather who took over the controls to land a plane when the pilot took ill. Felicity Warner is a soul midwife who helps people have a peaceful death. There are tales of homelessness from the streets of London, Claudia Winkleman shares her Inheritance Tracks and we hear how the helmet belonging to a young soldier killed in Vietnam ended up for sale in Portobello Market. We take a trip on a train run by children in Budapest and find out if the Quiff, the hairstyle so beloved of the Teddy Boys is about to make a comeback.

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  • 15 March 2015

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Richard Coles and Suzy Klein are joined by tv presenter Kate Humble, Mark Boyle who lived without money for 3 years, and Philip Geddes who brought a stuffed penguin from Antarctica to Hampshire. Pop Idol judge Nicki Chapman shares her love of dressage, John McCarthy takes a dip in the baths of Budapest and Desmond Morris shares his Inheritance Tracks.

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  • 8 March 2014

    Sat, 8 Mar 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Richard Coles and Anita Anand with writer Lynne Truss, poet Luke Wright, actress Tina Malone who had two children 32 years apart, Guy Anderson whose paraglider crashed in the desert, Jill Goldston who is possibly Britain's most prolific film and TV extra, and Bill Smith who raised Donald Campbell's Bluebird from the depths of Coniston on this day 13 years ago. Harry Stone describes the sounds of golf, opera singer Danielle de Niese shares her Inheritance Tracks and JP Devlin interviews a dog called Frank.

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  • 1 March 2014

    Sat, 1 Mar 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet former Spice Girl, Mel C who talks about two decades in the spotlight, on being a Mum to five-year-old Scarlet and how she's finally learned to chill out. JP Devlin talks to TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham about collecting chairs, aviator Tracey Curtis Taylor on her historic flight from Capetown to Goodwood in an open topped plane, performer Patti Boulaye shares her Inheritance Tracks, Zhenia Klochko talks about the family she left behind in the Ukraine, Bill Spence, a grandfather from North Yorkshire writes romantic novels, under the pseudonym Jessica Blair. Now 90 years old, he's been shortlisted for the prestigious award - the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014, three listeners say 'thank you' for a past kindness large or small and Noel Gaughan on being a driving instructor to the stars.

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  • 22 Feb 2014

    Sat, 22 Feb 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Richard Coles and Andrea Catherwood meet chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi. JP Devlin meets a quilting group. Travel writer Rory MacLean celebrates the city of Berlin. The step sister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss, shares her Inheritance Tracks, Alison Maguire talks about the loss of her young daughter to Mitochondrial Disease. Anne Olivier Bell, a 'Monuments Woman', talks about her work in 1945 trying to save art stolen or under threat of destruction by the Nazis. And Jamie Hunter talks about realising his childhood dream: flying as a specialist aerial photographer.

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  • 15 Feb 2014

    Sat, 15 Feb 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Suzy Klein and Richard Coles with comedian, actor and musician Adrian Edmondson, professional basketball player Alex Owumi who played for Colonel Gaddafi, Caroline Brealey the world's number one matchmaker, Samuel Johnson who's living his childhood dream as a Lego designer, and Bob Davenport who found some old tapes of folk legend Pete Seeger. JP Devlin hits the slopes at the snow centre in Hemel Hempstead, we visit a hospice in Berkhamstead offering cookery courses to bereaved teenagers, and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell shares his Inheritance Tracks

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