25/01/2012

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Libby Purves is joined by Graham Short, Peter Tatchell, Gary Mulgrew and Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.

Graham Short is known as "the world's smallest engraver" for his miniature masterpieces. He has spent almost fifty years honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce the highest quality engravings. His latest work, The Word of God, is the first chapter of the Qur'an engraved on the head of a pin, which follows on from his first pin on which he engraved the Lord's Prayer.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell turns sixty today. This year also marks 45 years since his first human rights campaign in 1967 which was against the death penalty in Australia. Also July is the 40th year of London LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) Pride Parade; he helped to organise the first one in 1972 and has attended every parade since.

Gary Mulgrew became known as one of the 'Natwest Three' when he was extradited to the US and served a prison sentence for banking fraud. His book, Gang of One, tells of his time serving in one of America's toughest prisons, Big Spring in Texas. Gang of One is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, bring their creation, Midnight Tango to London's West End. Set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, it brings to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of the tango. Midnight Tango is on at the Aldwych Theatre.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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Wed 25 Jan 2012 21:30

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