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)

  • Let it go in Welsh 20 December 2014

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    14 yr old Rebekah West singing her own Welsh translation of 'Let it go' from the Disney animated film Frozen, live on the programme.

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  • Jon Snow 20 Dec 2014

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Journalist Jon Snow joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Also, Luke Simon talks about losing his brother Piers in the Boxing Day Tsunami 10 year ago. Rebekah West became a Youtube sensation after posting her own version of 'Let it go' from the Disney film 'Frozen' - in Welsh. Luke Cameron, vowed to do one good deed a day throughout 2014. We find out how he fared. We also hear from some of the cast of the RSC's production of 'The Christmas Truce', Miranda Hart's comedy Christmas Cracker and a taster of A Christmas Poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Alan Johnson MP shares his Inheritance Tracks. He chooses True Love by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly as well as And Your Bird Can Sing by The Beatles.

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  • Suzi Perry 13 Dec 14

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    The BBC's Formula 1 presenter, Suzi Perry, joins Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir. Ben Collins, ex-"The Stig" from the BBC's Top Gear, takes Richard on a circuit of Rockingham Racetrack. With more than 30 years' experience Mark Thompson shares his passion for "amateur astronomy". Hermen, an outreach worker for The Connection at St. Martin's, supported by the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal, recalls his time living on the street. Robin Ollington describes how his suggestion led to Buckingham Palace displaying a welcoming Christmas Tree. Katie Rogers shares her story of how, as a city executive, she followed her childhood passion to run away to become a circus ringmaster. And actress Wendi Peters chooses her Inheritance Tracks - I Won't Last A Day Without You by Carpenters, and Hello Dolly by Barbra Streisand.

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  • Sam Bailey and Matthew Bourne 06 Dec 14

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    85 mins

    The choreographer Matthew Bourne and X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey join Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. We meet the friends of Malala Yousafzai who were shot by the Taliban in Pakistan two years ago and are now studying in rural Wales. They will be reunited with Malala this week as she receives the Nobel Peace Prize. Tim Wootton was told he wouldn't live long enough to finish school because of a genetic disease. Now in his 40s he explains what impact that's had on his outlook on life, and what others can learn from him. Listener James Showers also shares lessons from his life, a life spent constantly re-inventing himself; head hunter, carpenter, rain forest resident, hermit, and now undertaker. Plus we have the Inheritance Tracks of Michael Morpurgo.

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  • 29 November 2014

    Sat, 29 Nov 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    In a special programme for Saturday Live's Listener Week, wildlife presenter Steve Backshall joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Simon Digby has written a series of stories about things he got up to when he was young that he never told his mother. David Heydecker usually spends his Saturday mornings listening to Saturday Live whilst elbow deep in bread dough. Su Chard is an independent celebrant who is passionate about encouraging fellow listeners to pass down family stories to get the send-off you want. Cat Williams is a military wife who became a counsellor and author after seeing the fall-out of the impact of army life on families. We visit the Pembrokeshire community of Llangwm who have come together to create and perform an opera to celebrate the centenary of WW1. Martin Greenough tells us about his local ParkRun meeting which is how he spends his Saturday mornings. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of listener Ailsa Harris.

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  • Carrie Grant; Jung Chang

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Vocal coach, singer and television presenter, Carrie Grant joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Rebecca Root explains how she helps transsexual and transgendered people, like herself, to discover their voice. The first photographer to capture on film the incomparable Kate Bush - we hear from her brother John Carder Bush on how he rescued the negatives from a skip to make a collection of photographs. JP Devlin visits a tattoo convention in Bournemouth. Jockie Reid reveals why he has taken up motor-cycling at the age of eighty one. The palaeobiologist, Dr. Victoria Herridge, on her passion for Ice Age mammals and the trip of a lifetime - to take part in an autopsy of a 40,000 year old woolly mammoth. And the writer, Jung Chang, chooses her Inheritance Tracks: God Bless the Child, by Billie Holliday and The Sweetest Embrace by Barry Adamson.

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  • 15 Nov 2014

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    Ade Adepitan, paralympian, actor and TV presenter, joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. As does magician Megan Knowles-Bacon, the first ever female secretary of the Magic Circle, and ghost-writer of resignation letters Matt Potter. BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney goes chess boxing. 12 year old William Heath tells us how he's doing his bit for Movember And Dexter Fletcher selects his Inheritance Tracks - 'Round Midnight' by Dexter Gordon and 'Sunshine on Leith' by The Proclaimers.

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  • Radio 4 BBC Children in Need Auction; Katherine Jenkins 08 Nov 14

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    Duration:
    85 mins

    Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins joins Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir. This morning's Saturday Live is hosting a special auction, offering listeners the chance to bid for some amazing prize packages to raise money for BBC Children in Need. LINES ARE NOW CLOSED - PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR TRY TO BID. Jonathan Agnew described the Test Match Special package; Felicity Finch aka Ruth Archer talked about the VIP Archers experience; Alan Smith described life behind the scenes at R4 presentation and Richard, Aasmah and JP Devlin talked about the Saturday Live experience. With Auctioneer, Will Farmer. LINES ARE NOW CLOSED - PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR TRY TO BID. John Craven shares his Inheritance Tracks - You Are My Sunshine by Gene Autry and The Children in Need single Wake Me Up. We also hear from Jack and Billie who have benefitted from projects supported by Children in Need and from children who say Thank You.

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  • Shappi Khorsandi

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    86 mins

    The comedian Shappi Khorsandi joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles to talk new shows, shyness and single motherhood. Emmanuel Jal shares his story and some of his music. At just six years old he was recruited to fight in Sudan's civil war and lost more than five years to the conflict. Now the self-described 'peace soldier' says his only weapon is music. Lutz Pfannenstiel is the only person to have played professional football on six continents. The goalkeeper tells us about his time at 25 different clubs in 13 countries, and how he once found a penguin in his gloves. We have the 'Inheritance Tracks' of Dermot O'Leary who , eventually, picks Nat King Cole's 'Nature Boy' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road'. And the director of research for the TV programme QI, John Mitchinson, reveals how they decide what's interesting and what's not.

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  • 25 October 2014

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

    Duration:
    85 mins

    Actor Tom Hollander joins Suzy Klein and Jay Rayner. Carole Stone has been described as Britain's most connected woman. He may have had to look up who 'Brad Pitt' was, but that didn't stop Peter 'Cosy' Comfort - British D-Day veteran - from accepting his invite to join him on the red carpet to celebrate the premier of the film Fury. At 89, Fred and Mary Collingwood are one of Britain's oldest newlywed couples. We also meet the 10-year-old entrepreneur Henry Patterson who has opened his own sweetshop. We visit one of Dylan Thomas's old London drinking haunts to talk to present day punters and also the Inheritance Tracks of children's author and Purple Ronnie creator Giles Andreae.

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