Maxine Peake on Beryl Burton, Myleene Klass, Kate Rusby

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Celebrity power can sometimes be conferred by fame rather than hard graft. Cheryl Cole or Charlotte Church get more headlines than most women in politics. Does this mean they have more power or influence than politicians? How has social media increased celeb influence, and how seriously should celebrities take their status as role models?
Myleene Klass and showbiz journalist, Dan Wootton, discuss celebrity power.

Beryl Burton was an English racing cyclist and one of Britain's greatest ever athletes during the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. She dominated women's cycle racing in the UK, Best British all rounder for 25 successive years and twice world competition holder at 3000 metres. Now a docudrama has been written about her for Radio Four by the actress Maxine Peake, it is the first drama that Maxine has written and she also plays the character of Beryl. It is called "Beryl: A Love Story on two Wheels" and will be on Radio Four on Tuesday, 27th November at 2.15pm. Maxine is joined by Charlie Burton, Beryl's husband, and they talk about the life of this great cyclist and the new docudrama.

Kate Rusby grew up playing folk music in her parents ceilidh band. It's twenty years since her first public performance at the Holmfirth folk Festival and in celebration she has a new album '20' - featuring collaborations with some of the best Rock, Folk & Bluegrass artists. Kate talks about her two decades in music making and plays live for us.

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Maxine Peake on her new radio drama “Beryl: A Love Story on two Wheels”

Beryl Burton was an English racing cyclist and one of Britain's greatest ever athletes during the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. She dominated women’s cycle racing in the UK, she was best British all rounder for 25 successive years. She won two road world championship victories (1960 and 67), five track world championship gold medals and twelve victories in both the national road race championships and the national pursuit championships on the track. Now a docudrama has been written about her for Radio Four by the actress Maxine Peake, it is the first drama that Maxine has written and she also plays the character of Beryl. Jenni speaks to Maxine and also to Charlie Burton, Beryl’s husband.

 

 

“Beryl: A Love Story on two Wheels” will be broadcast on Radio Four on Tuesday, 27th November at 2.15pm.

 

Afternoon Drama: “Beryl: A Love Story on two Wheels”

 

 

Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby grew up playing folk music in her parents ceilidh band.  It’s twenty years since her first public performance at the Holmfirth folk Festival and in celebration she has a new album ‘20’ - featuring collaborations with some of the best  Rock, Folk  & Bluegrass artists.  Kate joins Jenni to talk about her two decades in music making, and to play live.

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