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14/03/2012

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43 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 14 March 2012

Libby Purves is joined by former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard; singer and songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan; actor and dancer Adam Cooper and scenographer Pamela Howard.

Gilbert O'Sullivan is a three time Ivor Novello-winning singer and songwriter responsible for the hits 'Alone Again (Naturally)' and the UK No.1s 'Clair' and 'Get Down'. This year he is celebrating 45 years in the music industry by releasing his greatest hits album, 'A Singer and His Songs - The Very Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan' and embarking on a UK tour.

Former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard was known as an artist and a showman in the ring, having gruelling encounters with Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. His autobiography, 'The Big Fight' tells of his humble beginnings through to an Olympic gold medal, championship titles, retirements and comebacks as well as drug and alcohol abuse. The Big Fight is published by Ebury Press.

Adam Cooper is a former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has now turned to acting and choreography. He is currently playing Don Lockwood in the musical, Singin' In The Rain at London's Palace Theatre.

Pamela Howard OBE is a scenographer and theatre director. She is curating an exhibition, The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre: A Celebration, to mark the 50th anniversary of Chichester Festival Theatre. The exhibition celebrates the ways in which visual theatre artists responded to the challenge of designing for the first purpose-built thrust stage in the UK. The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre: A Celebration is at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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