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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 May 2009

An eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.

Peter Curran is joined by Helen Baxendale, Suggs and Nitin Ganatra.

Jo Bunting finds out about the often perplexing and somewhat hilarious government films used to promote Britain from the 1960s to the 1980s with documentary maker Jeff Simpson.

With comedy from political satirist Andy Zaltzman and music from Madness and Rokia Traore.

  • Madness


    Madness descends on this week’s Loose Ends as Suggs and Mike Barson of Madness talk to Peter Curran about their critically acclaimed album ‘The Liberty of Norton Folgate’ and perform live in the studio. The band are currently on tour and can be seen at their very own music festival, Madstock, in Victoria Park, London on Friday 17 July.

  • Helen Baxendale

    Helen Baxendale

    Actress Helen Baxendale stars in April de Angelis' darkly comic satire ‘Amongst Friends’, running at The Hampstead Theatre, London until Saturday June 13th.

  • Nitin Ganatra

    Nitin Ganatra

    The perils of filming your sitcom at the same time as a multi-Oscar winning box office smash… Actor Nitin Ganatra talks about ‘Mumbai Calling’, filmed in the same city, at the same time as Slumdog Millionaire. Co-written and co-starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, it’s broadcast on Saturday 30 May at 22.00pm on ITV 1 and 21.30 on Saturdays thereafter.

    Mumbai Calling
  • Jeff Simpson

    A series of government films made in the Sixties, Seventies and 1980s attempted to show what was great about Britain to our ex-colonies and other foreign audiences… with often perplexing and hilarious consequences. Jo Bunting talks to Jeff Simpson, producer of a revealing documentary showcasing these films to a British audience for the first time. ‘Meet the British’ is broadcast on Tuesday 2 June 21.00 pm on BBC Four.

    Meet the British
  • Andy Zaltzman

    Comedy comes from political satirist Andy Zaltzman, who ‘Answers the five or six most important questions in the world’ at the Soho Theatre on Saturday 30 May and is the Political Animal at The Udderbelly on London's Southbank June 4th and 9th July at 9pm.

    Andy Zaltzman
  • Rokia Traoré

    Rokia Traoré

    Plus more music from incredible Malian singer Rokia Traoré performing ‘Tounka’ from her album ‘Tchamantché’. She performs at festivals throughout the summer.

    Rokia Traoré - Myspace


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