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Lenny Henry, Paul Merton, Laurence Fox, Danny Wallace, Simon Garfield, Maia, Dog is Dead

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 September 2012

Prepare to be tickled. Because this week Clive is joined by not one, but TWO giants of British comedy. Strap yourself in as Clive braces himself to discover the bizarre workings of Paul Merton's brain. The 'Just A Minute' jester famed for his off-the-cuff wit who brings a surreal seam to 'Have I Got News For You', muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin in his show 'Out Of My Head' at the Vaudeville Theatre London.

Keeping the laughs coming is Dudley boy done good Lenny Henry. Once voted Britain's Top Non-Smoker, Lenny recently swapped stand-up for Shakespeare and got a gong for his Othello. But now he's passed his grade 4 piano exam, is playing piano in public for the first time and going back to his comedy roots touring his one-man show 'Pop Life'.

No stranger to showbiz, Laurence Fox has acting in his blood. His dad is actor James Fox and then there's Uncle Edward and cousin Emilia. Best known as the brainy DS Hathaway from 'Inspector Morse' spin-off, 'Lewis', Laurence now plays a squaddie in 'Our Boys'. The award-winning story of five young soldiers whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of an officer fresh from Sandhurst is at the Duchess Theatre, London

And in a nod to the fact that we're living through the biggest mapping revolution since the 15th century, our very own radio Sat Nav, Danny Wallace is guided by writer Simon Garfield through some fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue as he discusses his book 'On The Map'.

Music comes from Dog Is Dead - billed by NME as 'main stage stars-in-waiting'. They play their new single 'Talk Through The Night'. No animals were harmed in this recording.

And alt.folk pop outfit Maia perform their latest track 'The Grandfather Plan'.

Producer: Cathie Mahoney.

Music Played

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  • Image for Dog Is Dead

    Dog Is Dead Talk Through The Night

  • Image for Maia

    Maia The Grandfather Plan

  • Paul Merton

    Paul Merton

    ‘Out Of My Head’ is at the Vaudeville Theatre, London from 1st to 20th October 2012.

    Paul's official website
  • Laurence Fox

    Laurence Fox

    ‘Our Boys’ is at the Duchess Theatre from 3rd October.

    'Our Boys' - official website
  • Simon Garfield

    Simon Garfield

    ‘On The Map’ is published by Profile Books and is available from October 4th.

    'On The Map' is also BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week 0945 Monday to Friday beginning October 8th.

    Simon's official website
  • Lenny Henry

    Lenny Henry

    ‘Pop Life’- UK tour starts 8th October in Leeds and finishes in Scunthorpe on 28th November. Check the website for lots of further dates and venues.

    Lenny Henry stars in a new series of ‘Rudy’s Rare Records’ on Tuesday 9 October 1830 on BBC Radio 4.

    Details of 'Pop Life' on Chortle
  • Dog Is Dead

    Dog Is Dead

    ‘Talk Through The Night’ is available on 1st October and the debut album ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ is released on 8th October on Atlantic Records. Their headline UK tour starts on 8th October in Nottingham, 23rd Oct in Manchester and finishes in Leeds on 6th November. Check the website for further dates and venues.

    Dog Is Dead official website
  • Maia


    'The Grandfather Plan' is released on Vandal Records on 5th November from their album 'Pepper Stars' out on 26th November. Maia start their tour on 5th October at King’s Place, London and finish 23rd November at the Eden Project Café Cornwall. Check website for more venues and dates

    Maia official website

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