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Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 January 2013

Clare Balding hosts the weekly faith show and talks to the actress Sheila Hancock, about her about her career, her inspirations and why being a Quaker is so important to her. Her faith guest is Rev'd Ruth Scott. Plus topical conversation and inspiring music.

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  • Sheila Hancock

    Sheila Hancock

    Clare Balding talks to actress Sheila Hancock about her Quaker Faith. Sheila is one of the UKs most successful and best loved actresses. For many years, she was married to the actor John Thaw and following his death back in 2002, wrote a very honest and moving account of their life together.

  • Rev Ruth Scott

    Rev Ruth Scott

    Ruth trained as a nurse and midwife, and worked as a counsellor before being ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994, one of the first women to do so. She has a first class honours degree in theology and a masters, but is also trained in mime and physical theatre. Over recent years she has become increasingly involved in interfaith dialogue, as well as regular broadcasting work with the BBC.
    She also brings our Moment of Reflection.

  • Dame Stephanie Shirley

    Clare Balding's inspirational guest this week is Dame Stephanie Shirley. Throughout her life, she’s given away more than £67 million to different projects. And what makes this even more extraordinary, is that her own life has been far from easy.

    She arrived in Britain just before the second world war as an unaccompanied child refugee. She came on the Kindertransport – a process which saw more than ten thousand children sent to Great Britain by train where they were placed in the care of British families. Many of them stayed in Britain after the war and Dame Stephanie was one of them. She’s also experienced the difficulty of caring for her autistic son who died following an epileptic fit at the age of 35.

    She’s written a book of her life called “Let it go” and in it, she’s written “I do it because of my personal history; I need to justify the fact that my life was saved.”


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