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3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 12 October 2009

Phil Williams in for Simon Mayo. Comedian Jo Brand talks candidly about her life and career before comedy, as set out in her new book Look Back in Hunger. Sir Terry Pratchett talks about one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year - The Unseen Academicals, which is the latest in his Discworld series.

On the day Gordon Brown announces plans to sell off a range of government assets to help balance the books, how much of a dent will this fire sale make on the nation's growing deficit?

Our TV reviewers look at The X Factor, Harry Hill's TV Burp and the new David Attenborough-narrated natural history series Life.


4 items
  • Going, going, gone!

    There will be a sale of national assets worth £16 billion. To debate the move: The Treasury's Liam Byrne, Vince Cable MP, Paul Dixon of the Racehorse Owners Association and the LSE's Tony Travers.

  • Jo Brand: "There are some girls who fly by the seats of their pants"

    The comedienne on supporting Crystal Palace, going to a girls grammar school and her time as a psychiatric nurse, as she discusses her autobiography Look Back in Hunger.

  • Terry Pratchett on the 37th Discworld novel

    Sir Terence, the father figure of fantasy, discusses his new work The Unseen Academicals, as well as the difficulties of writing and battling Alzheimer's at the same time.

  • Life, reviewed

    The latest Attenborough nature series begins tonight on BBC1 at 9pm. The TV review panel are joined by the series producer Martha Holmes to look at the first episode.

  • Sir Terry Pratchett in the studio

    Sir Terry Pratchett in the studio

  • Jo Brand in the studio

    Jo Brand in the studio



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