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James Cracknell; Susannah Corbett; Nick Freeman - Mr Loophole; Gennaro Contaldo

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 25 April 2012

Libby Purves is joined by Olympian James Cracknell, actor and children's author Susannah Corbett, lawyer Nick Freeman aka Mr Loophole and chef Gennaro Contaldo.

James Cracknell is the two time Olympic gold medallist and six time World Champion rower. Now turned adventurer, he can be seen in the new series The World's Toughest Expeditions in which he takes on some of the most arduous expeditions in history. These endeavours range from tracing the steps of Colonel Fawcett's infamous 1925 expedition to the Amazonian jungle to David Livingstone's 1853 journey across Southern Africa in which James takes on the same Zambezi rapids. The World's Toughest Expeditions with James Cracknell is on Discovery Channel.

Actor and children's author Susannah Corbett is the daughter of the late actor Harry H Corbett, of Steptoe and Son fame. Susannah has written a biography of his life, 'The Front Legs of the Cow' which tells of how he rose from the slums of Manchester to become one of the best known television stars of his generation. 'The Front Legs of the Cow' is published by The History Press.

Nick Freeman is a criminal defence lawyer. Known as Mr Loophole, he uses legal technicalities to get his clients acquitted for driving offences - hence his moniker. His clients have included Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Katie Price and Jimmy Carr. His book, 'The Art of the Loophole Making The Law Work For You' is published by Hodder and Stoughton.

Gennaro Contaldo is a chef who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. He is currently appearing in the BBC2 series Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy alongside his friend Antonio Carluccio. In the series the two men explore Italy in search of people, produce and tradition. There is a book to accompany the series published by Quadrille Publishing. Two Greedy Italians is on BBC Two.

Producer: Paula McGinley.


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