iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Bamber Gascoigne; Angel of Mostar; real-life Billy Elliot; John McCarthy in Beirut; Sugar Ray Leonard's Inheritance Tracks

Listen now 88 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Bamber Gascoigne; Angel of Mostar; real-life Billy Elliot; John McCarthy in Beirut; Sugar Ray Leonard's Inheritance Tracks

Duration:
1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 26 May 2012

Sian Williams and Richard Coles with writer and broadcaster Bamber Gascoigne, a woman dubbed 'The Angel of Mostar' who was reunited via Facebook with the baby she saved 20 years before, the funeral director decorated for his service to fallen soldiers, a real life Billy Elliot from Warrington who's off to the Bolshoi ballet school, John McCarthy returns to Beirut, a Thing About Me feature about a chopper bike, and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard's Inheritance Tracks.

Producer: Lisa Jenkinson.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: BAMBER GASCOIGNE

    STUDIO GUEST :: BAMBER GASCOIGNE

    The broadcaster, historian and author joins Sian and Richard about rowing in the Diamond Jubilee flotilla and the people who have marked our Queen’s reign, the New Elizabethans.

    BBC Radio 4’s The New Elizabethans
  • FUNERAL DIRECTOR :: BARRY ALBIN DYER

    FUNERAL DIRECTOR :: BARRY ALBIN DYER

    Born to a family of funeral directors going back 200 years, Barry’s firm have carried out the funerals of Damilola Taylor, Jade Goody and soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Albins
  • LEBANON :: REVISITED

    LEBANON :: REVISITED

    John McCarthy returns to Beirut, where he was taken hostage in 1986.

  • ANGEL OF MOSTAR :: SALLY BECKER

    ANGEL OF MOSTAR :: SALLY BECKER

    In 1993, Sally Becker went to Bosnia and evacuated wounded children from the besieged city of Mostar. Last year, one of the children she had saved as a baby got in contact. Her book ‘Sunflowers and Snipers' will be published by The History Press.

    Sally Becker
  • THING ABOUT ME :: CHOPPER

    THING ABOUT ME ::  CHOPPER

    Listener Antony Martin waxes lyrical about the Raleigh chopper bicycle he finally got aged 50.

    Suggest your own ‘thing about me’
  • BALLET BOY :: ALEX CAGGEGI

    BALLET BOY :: ALEX CAGGEGI

    16-year-old Alex Caggegi from Warrington has won a place at the prestigious Bolshoi ballet school in Moscow. Alex and his mum Louise Mercer talk about how he became a real-life Billy Elliot.

    Alex’s fundraising page
  • LOST LOVES :: SUE BOND

    LOST LOVES  :: SUE BOND

    In last week’s Inheritance Tracks, Paddington creator Michael Bond talked about his lost love. Michael’s wife, Sue, responds.

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: SUGAR RAY LEONARD

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: SUGAR RAY LEONARD

    The American ex-boxer chooses ‘Smoke Gets in your Eyes’ by The Platters and ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers.

  • 26 May 2012

    26 May 2012

    Bamber Gascoigne, Sally Becker, Richard, Barry Albin Dyer, Sian.

  • Beirut revisited

    Beirut revisited

    John McCarthy at the start of the walk

  • Beirut revisited

    Beirut revisited

    Ronnie Chatah, tour leader with Walk Beirut

    Find out more about Walk Beirut
  • Beirut revisited

    Beirut revisited

    The damaged and now gutted Holiday Inn, a building fought over during the civil war

    Find out more about the Battle of the Hotels
  • Beirut revisited

    Beirut revisited

    Group walking past the Holiday Inn

Broadcasts

Free downloads

  1. Image for Inheritance Tracks

    Inheritance Tracks

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

  2. Image for Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011

    Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

  3. Image for Saturday Live

    Saturday Live

    Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show is full of the stuff that matters,…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.