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Richard Curtis; Murray Lachlan Young; John McCarthy and Meredith Hooper; Ben Elton's Inheritance Tracks

Duration:
1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 February 2013

Sian Williams & Richard Coles live from the BBC Radio Theatre in London's Broadcasting House with screenwriter & director Richard Curtis, poet Murray Lachlan Young, Annie Hutchinson who arrived in the UK 10 years ago with just £62 to her name and is now turning neglected houses into comfortable homes for children and their families, and Edward Adoo whose love of London buses led him to a career as a DJ. John McCarthy talks to Antarctic explorer Meredith Hooper, Sylvia Hopwood describes the sound of Star Ferry bell in Hong Kong, comedian Ben Elton shares his Inheritance Tracks and JP Devlin mingles with the crowds.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: RICHARD CURTIS

    Richard Curtis in Ethiopia
    Screenwriter and director Richard Curtis joins Sian and Richard to talk about his latest projects and the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief.
  • POETRY :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

    Murray Lachlan Young

    Murray performs poetry specially written for today’s programme from the Radio Theatre.

    Murray Lachlan Young

  • SOUND SCULPTURE :: HONG KONG STAR FERRY BELL

    Hong Kong Ferry
    Listener Sylvia Hopwood describes the sound of the Star Ferry bell in Hong Kong.
  • TRANSFORMING HOMES AND LIVES :: ANNIE HUTCHINSON

    Annie Hutchinson
    Annie arrived in the UK 10 years ago with just £62 to her name and is now turning neglected houses into comfortable homes for children and their families.
    Kids Company
  • TRAVEL :: MEREDITH HOOPER

    Meredith Hooper
    John McCarthy is joined by Meredith Hooper to talk about The Antarctic and her drama about Captain Scott and his wife, Kathleen.  ‘Kathleen and Con’, is Radio 4’s Afternoon Play on Tuesday 5th February.
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: BEN ELTON

    Ben Elton
    Ben Elton chooses Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind? performed by Marlene Dietrich and We are the Champions by Queen.
  • DOUBLE DECKER :: EDWARD ADOO

    Edward Adoo
    Edward Adoo’s love of London buses led him to a career as a DJ.  He joins Sian and Richard to talk about his journey from buses to broadcasting.
  • POEM :: UNIVERSAL LAW FOR THE WEB

    Universal Law for the Web by Murray Lachlan Young

     

    I met a man who told me life was perfect

    In a lift upon the 37th floor

    By the time we were getting near the basement

    He’d expounded on a universal law

     

    Saying everything that happens has a reason

    Every meeting every greeting every call

    For the universe dispenses with perfection

    All the things that should be coming to us all

     

    He said everything is driven by vibration

    The attraction to the action of ones choice

    One receives the very thing that one is calling

    When vibrating with a special inner voice

     

    As I exited the lift I heard him choking

    I consoled him saying: it was meant to be

    And reminded him the universe was perfect

    And I’d had a dodgy curry for my tea

  • POEM :: COMETH THE SPRING

    Cometh the Spring by Murray Lachlan Young

    Deep chill still ride the winter breeze
    Long past the thought of Christmas box
    Long past the battle of the trees
    Twixed solstice night and equinox

    Upon the heels of old St bride
    In sight of winter aconite
    We mark the turning of the tide
    Come to the feast of candle light

    The hornbeam shifts in contemplation
    Reaching for the distant sound
    The oak remains in meditation
    Birch tree shifts in frozen ground

    Now all the days of marked cold
    make points that line the joyful way
    As names struck from the winter role
    That lead us to the month of May

    Yet what do wise Grandmothers say?
    That now is now and then was then
    And life must not be wished away
    For neither will be seen again

    See snowdrops pierce the woodland floor
    Now earth is turned in cosmic plan
    And see the turning push the door
    So prune your apples while you can

    And hear the gentle whisper sing
    As wildest bell begin to ring
    Throw open potting shedsonce more
    And greet the coming of the spring

  • STUDIO GUESTS :: ANNIE, ED, RICHARD, RICHARD, MURRAY, SIAN, MEREDITH AND JOHN

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