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James Naughtie, Jenny Eclair, David Starkey and Simon Armitage

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 June 2012

Clive's Thought For Today is focused on broadcaster James Naughtie, who's currently presenting BBC Radio 4's landmark series 'The New Elizabethans'. He talks to Clive about the 60 individuals whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact and given the age its character. 'The New Elizabethans' broadcasts Monday to Friday at 12.45.

Clive has a sweet tooth for comedian, actress and author, Jenny Éclair. Grumpy Old Woman Jenny was the first female solo winner of the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award and is about to publish her third novel. 'Life, Death and Vanilla Slices' which she describes as a darkly funny family drama, based upon an unfortunate traffic accident and a box of cakes.

Arthur Smith takes a stroll with Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage, whose new book 'Walking Home' is a stride-by-stride account of his 256 mile journey across the Pennine Way. Making his extraordinary, yet ordinary journey as a 'modern troubadour' and without a penny in his pocket, Simon paid his way with poetry.

Clive battles the beaches with historian David Starkey, whose new Channel 4 series 'The Two Churchills' is a double biography of Winston Churchill and first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. David tells Clive about the two remarkable men who he thinks shaped the destiny of Europe. 'The Two Churchills' begins at 8pm on Sunday 22nd July.

Tune in to music from Senegalese singer and human-rights campaigner Baaba Maal who performs 'Tindo' from his album 'Television'. And Natalie Duncan performs 'Lonely Child' from her album 'Devil In Me'.

Producer Cathie Mahoney.

  • James Naughtie

    James Naughtie

    'The New Elizabethans’ broadcasts Monday to Friday at 12.45 on BBC Radio 4 until Friday 7th September.

    You can hear previous editions by following the link.

    The New Elizabethans
  • Jenny Eclair

    Jenny Eclair

    ‘Life, Death and Vanilla Slices’ is published by Sphere on 5th July.

    Jenny Eclair
  • Simon Armitage

    Simon Armitage

    ‘Walking Home’ is published by Faber and Faber Limited on 5th July.

    Simon Armitage
  • David Starkey

    David Starkey

    ‘The Two Churchills’ begins at 20.00 on Sunday 22nd July on Channel 4 and runs for three weeks.

  • Natalie Duncan

    Natalie Duncan

    Natalie is playing at various London venues starting at Shepherds Bush Empire on 12th July, Cargo, London on 7th August and Notting Hill Arts Club on 25th September.

    'Devil In Me' is available on Verve Records in July.

    Natalie Duncan
  • Baaba Maal

    Baaba Maal

    Baaba Maal is curating ‘Africa Utopia’; a month-long festival from 3rd to 24th July at London’s Southbank Centre. He will be performing there on Tuesday 3rd July.

    Baaba is also playing BT River of Music’s Africa stage at London Pleasure Gardens, Docklands on Saturday 21st July.

    Baaba Maal

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