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Richard Coles and Sian Williams with Pam Ayres and the Inheritance Tracks of Neil Sedaka

Duration:
1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 December 2012

Sian Williams and Richard Coles meet Pam Ayres, talk to artist Annie Morgan who can't stop painting, etching and sculpting- a compulsion that began after she tried to take her own life by jumping under a train, hear from former Flt Lt Alan Pollock who remembers his time in the RAF- he abruptly left in 1968 having decided to fly his Hunter fighter bomber under Tower Bridge on the river Thames, follow up on last week's discussion about squatting with former squatter Rosie Ellis, find out why on earth J.P. Devlin went to Hackney with Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers, swoon to Neil Sedaka's Inheritance Tracks and thrill to Benedict Allen musing on the pleasures of 'dangerous' travel.

Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: PAM AYRES

    Pam Ayres

    Pam joins Sian and Richard to talk about her childhood, early jobs in the Civil Service and WRAF and what led to her to comedy and the stage. Pam’s memoir The Necessary Aptitude is published by Ebury Press.

    Pam Ayres

  • I WAS THERE :: FLY THROUGH TOWER BRIDGE

    Hawker Hunter

    Former Flight Lt Alan Pollock flew his jet fighter under Tower Bridge in protest at the lack of a ‘fly past’ to celebrate 50 years of the RAF in 1968.

    Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

  • DEPRESSION LED ME TO AN OBSESSION WITH PAINTING :: ANNIE MORGAN

    The Sleep of Reason Begets Monsters (After Goya) by Annie Morgan

    After two failed suicide attempts Annie Morgan left hospital and just knew she needed to paint – and once she started she couldn’t stop.  Annie talks to Sian about her depression and what it feels like to show and sell her work

     

    Annie’s art can be seen at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester as part of the Outside:In exhibition until 3 February 2013.

     

    If you or anyone you know is affected by suicide or depression, you can get help through the following charities:

     

    Mind

     

    Samaritans

  • TRAVEL :: ON DANGER

    Benedict Allen
    Benedict Allen meets fellow travel writers Jason Elliot and Justin Marozzi  at the top of St Mary Magdalene Church tower in Taunton to discuss the role danger plays in travel. 
  • I WAS A SQUATTER :: ROSIE ELLIS

    Victorian Terraces
    Rosie tells Richard and Sian about her life as a squatter.
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: NEIL SEDAKA

    Neil Sedaka
    Neil chooses The World is waiting for the sunrise performed by Paul and Mary Ford and Manhattan Intermezzo by Neil Sedaka.
  • DAYTRIP :: LES MCKEOWN

    Les McKeown
    JP dons his tartans to meet Bay City Roller Les McKeown in the London Borough of Hackney.
  • Richard, Pam Ayres and Sian in the studio

    Richard, Pam Ayres and Sian

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