Diverse conversation with Libby Purves and her four guests. The focus of Midweek is personal…
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Libby Purves is joined by food writer Ruth Joseph, musical theatre star Maria Friedman, documentary maker Michael Cockerell and grandson of Agatha Christie, Mathew Prichard.
Ruth Joseph is a cook and food writer. Food has always been intrinsic to Jewish life and to her own - from the age of eleven Ruth cared for her late mother who had anorexia as a direct result of her experiences during the Holocaust. Ruth's new cook book, co-written by Simon Round, 'Warm Bagels & Apple Strudel' combines traditional and modern influences - for example explaining why chicken is synonymous with the Friday night Shabbat dinner and unleavened bread with the Passover feast. 'Warm Bagels & Apple Strudel' is published by Kyle Cathie.
Maria Friedman is one of Britain's leading musical stars. Three-time Olivier award-winner, she's appeared in many Sondheim musicals including Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Passion and Anyone Can Whistle as well as Chicago and The King and I. She is performing in a one-off concert Maria Friedman - Sondheim & Me, as part of Chickenshed's Talking Points programme, at The Rayne Theatre, in London.
Michael Cockerell is an award-winning documentary maker. His latest film features four controversial and colourful characters who regularly made headlines in the Seventies. Sir Jimmy Goldsmith, the billionaire financier; the Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Robert Mark who was on a mission to root out corruption from Scotland Yard; campaigning Labour peer Lord Longford and General Sir Walter Walker who sought to set up his own private army to save the country from a takeover by the Marxists. 'The Lost World of the Seventies' forms part of BBC Two's current Seventies season.
Mathew Prichard is Agatha Christie's grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Limited. He has edited the book 'The Grand Tour' about Agatha's trip around the British Empire in 1922. The book is a collection of Agatha's letters and photographs which she sent mainly to her mother from her year-long round-the-world trip.
'The Grand Tour - Letters and photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 is published by HarperCollins.
Producer: Paula McGinley.
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