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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 January 2012

Clive Anderson and guests with an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy.

Our Hero and award-winning comedian, actor and writer, Ardal O'Hanlon has come a long way since playing Father Dougal in the much-loved 'Father Ted'. He's now onboard to tell Clive about starring in 'Port Authority', a play that weaves together a funny tale of loves lost and found in contemporary Dublin. 'Port Authority' is docking at the Southwark Playhouse, London from 24th January.

Clive talks to cultural historian, Dr Gus Casely-Hayford about the culture, artefacts and traditions of Africa's distant past. In the second series of 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa', Gus explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of complex and sophisticated civilisations. The series begins on BBC Four on Monday 30th January at 21.00.

Jon Holmes puts the needle on the record with America's Greatest Hit, Paul Gambaccini, who will have traditionalists spinning in their graves when he hits London's Southbank this month. Paul will be playing the nation's favourite funeral tunes with Desert Island Death Discs, part of the Southbank Centre's Festival For The Living from 27th January.

Political comedian Mark Thomas rambled the West Bank to see what life is like on both sides of the barrier and his one man show 'Extreme Rambling (Walking The Wall)' is at the Tricycle Theatre, London from 23rd January and runs for a week.

Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis, also known as 'Field Music' play '(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing' from their album 'Plumb'.

'Wailin' Jenny', Ruth Moody performs 'Within Without You' from her debut solo album 'The Garden'.

Producer: Cathie Mahoney.

  • Ardal O'Hanlon

    Ardal O'Hanlon

    Ardal stars in 'Port Authority' at Southwark Playhouse, London from 24th January to 18th February.

  • Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

    Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

    'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' begins on BBC Four on Monday 30th January at 21.00.

    The book to accompany the series 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa' is published by Bantam Press on 16th February.

  • Paul Gambaccini

    Paul Gambaccini

    Paul plays 'Desert Island Death Discs' as part of 'Death: Southbank Centre's Festival for the Living' - Four days of talks, music, performance and poetry that gently lifts the lid on the subject of death 27- 30 January
    at London's Southbank Centre.

    Paul Gambaccini
  • Mark Thomas

    Mark Thomas

    'Extreme Rambling (Walking The Wall)' is at the Tricycle Theatre, London from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th January.

    Mark Thomas
  • Field Music

    Field Music

    'Plumb' is available on 13th February on Memphis Industries. The band are touring the UK in February. Check their website for more details.

    Field Music
  • Ruth Moody

    Ruth Moody

    'The Garden' is out now on Red House Records.

    Ruth is touring the UK in January and February and will be playing at Tingewick Village Hall on 21st, The Cabbage Patch, Twickenham on 22nd and The Greystones, Sheffield on 26th January.

    Ruth Moody

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