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Curtis Stigers, Jonathan Goodwin, Simone Sandelson, Christine Walkden

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 March 2013

Libby Purves meets escapologist Jonathan Goodwin; artist Simone Sandelson; jazz singer Curtis Stigers and gardener Christine Walkden.

Jonathan Goodwin is an escapologist whose feats are inspired by vaudeville showmen and escape artists such as Harry Houdini and Charles Blondin, the high-wire walker. In his new TV series, 'The Incredible Mr Goodwin', Jonathan attempts a series of stunts from beating a bear trap to climbing one of London's tallest buildings - unaided. The Incredible Mr Goodwin is on Watch at 9pm.

Simone Sandelson is an artist who fought for a reprieve for Jack Alderman, the longest serving prisoner on death row until his execution in 2008. Her new exhibition, 'Behind the Picture', stems directly from her campaigning work and personal experiences. The show features paintings inspired by objects including her correspondence with Jack Alderman and provisions abandoned at the Antarctica British Survey Base camp over 50 years ago. Behind the Picture is at the Crane Kalman Gallery in London.

Curtis Stigers is a jazz vocalist, saxophonist, guitarist and songwriter. After a major pop career with hits including 'I Wonder Why' and 'You're All That Matters To Me', he reinvented himself as a jazz singer. His new album is called 'Let's Go Out Tonight' and his 'Up Close & Personal' acoustic tour celebrates both his jazz and pop career. Let's Go Out Tonight is on the Concord label.

Christine Walkden is a gardener, author and broadcaster. She has been a horticulturist since the age of ten when she obtained her first allotment. She travels widely to track down new plant species including Iran, Kashmir, China, Mexico, Chile and South Africa. Her new book 'Christine Walkden's No-Nonsense Container Gardening'is published by Simon & Schuster.

Producer: Paula McGinley.


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