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With Nicholas Sparks and Sir Antony Sher

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 April 2012

This week, Graham's first guest of the day was American author Nicholas Sparks. He's sold almost 90 million copies of his 16 novels, and 'The Lucky One' starring Zac Efron is the seventh to have been made into a film. Nicholas used to sell pharmaceuticals before he became a full-time writer, and he explained how he has a strong interest in keeping fit, what it's like to work with Swedish film director Lasse Hallström and how when he's writing he always has one eye on how it might work as a film.

After 12, Sir Antony Sher popped into Studio 6C to chat about his latest stage role as Jacob Bindel in 'Travelling Light' at the National Theatre. He also spoke about his love of painting - which includes a self-portrait of all his stage roles, working with Billy Connolly on the film 'Mrs Brown', and his admiration for Paul Simon's album 'Graceland'.

In 'Grill Graham', "let's call him John" is having an affair with a married woman which has been going on for nearly 4 years. Apparently he's given her an ultimatum to leave her husband, or he'll walk away forever. The general consensus was that "John" should find the door. Then there was Sian in Leicester who was frustrated with her housemates and their quirks and horrible personal habits. Again, many thought she should also find the door!

This week's 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' was the 1988 No. 1 "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" by Glenn "bad 80's hairdo" Medeiros, who apparently named his children Chord and Lyric. And golf fan, Alan Bradford from Hornchurch in Essex, impressed us with his story of getting a hole in one, before talking us through the rather sad story contained within The Carpenters' haunting 1971 Top. 20 hit 'Superstar'.

Music Played

22 items
  • Image for Cheryl

    Cheryl Cheryl Cole - Call My Name

    A Million Lights, Polydor

  • Image for Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

    Midnight Soul (Various Artists), Music Club

  • 'I Can't Believe It's Not Better' as chosen by Gillian Caswell in Sheldon

  • Image for The Musgraves

    The Musgraves Comfortable Shoes

    Album Sampler, Redhouse Records

  • Image for Radiohead

    Radiohead No Surprises

    The 1999 Brit Awards (Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for Fun Feat Janelle Monae

    Fun Feat Janelle Monae We Are Young

    Warner Music

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls This Ain't A Love Song

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Sara Bareilles

    Sara Bareilles Love Song

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Rumer

    Rumer P.F. Sloan

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Dan Hartman

    Dan Hartman This Is It

    The 70's: 1979 (Various Artists), Time Life

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Love Will Set You Free

    (CD Single), Conehead, 1

  • Image for Sparks

    Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • The choice of Nicholas Sparks

  • Image for Morten Harket

    Morten Harket Scared Of Heights

    (CD Single), Wrasse Records, 3

  • Image for Toploader

    Toploader Dancing In The Moonlight

    Onka's Big Moka - Toploader, Sony Soho Square

  • Image for Coldplay & Rihanna

    Coldplay & Rihanna Princess of China

    Mylo Xyloto

  • The 'Tune With A Tale' choice of Alan Bradford

    • Image for Carpenters

      Carpenters Superstar

      The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More, A&M

  • Image for Jamie Hartman

    Jamie Hartman Before I Close My Eyes

    Promo single, Flat Cap Records, 1

  • Image for Cher

    Cher Strong Enough

    New Hits 99 (Various Artists), Sony Music TV

  • As chosen by Sir Antony Sher

    • Image for Paul Simon

      Paul Simon Graceland

      The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Dance Again

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel Uptown Girl

    An Innocent Man, CBS



    Author of 'The Notebook', 'The Lucky One' and many more...



    Acclaimed star of stage and screen.



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