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Zoe Ball sits in and she is joined by Sir Ben Kingsley!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 12 April 2013

We rarely have a knight sat at our round brekkie table, but this morning we're joined by actor Sir Ben Kingsley!

Most famous for his role in the iconic film Gandhi, Ben's got awards aplenty to his name, including a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, an Oscar for Best Actor, and a couple of Screen Actors' Guild Awards to boot, marking him out as one of Britain's finest actors.

Sir Ben now lives in Oxfordshire with his wife but will be passing through to tell us about the brand new film he's in, Iron Man 3!

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for Jane Wiedlin

    Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour

    Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label

  • Image for Hurts

    Hurts Blind

    Exile, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for Queen

    Queen Another One Bites The Dust

    The Game, Island, 3

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Fastlove

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for Talking Heads

    Talking Heads Road To Nowhere

    Now 1985 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for The Bellamy Brothers

    The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow

    Country Moods (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for P!nk

    P!nk Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)

    Featured Artist: Nate Ruess.

    The Truth About Love, Sony Music, 1

  • Image for The Spinners

    The Spinners Working My Way Back To You

    Heart Full Of Soul 2 (Various Artist, Global Television

  • Image for Procol Harum

    Procol Harum A Whiter Shade Of Pale

    Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé It's A Beautiful Day

    (CD Single), Reprise, 1

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Strong

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Greatest Hits, Tamla Motown

  • Image for Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly Peggy Sue

    Rediscover The 50's-Rock With The Cav, Old Gold

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Tunde Baiyewu

    Tunde Baiyewu Diamond In A Rock

    (CD Single), Waking Dreams, 1

  • Image for Annie Lennox

    Annie Lennox Walking On Broken Glass

    Now 1992 (Various Artists), Now, 2

  • Image for Derek and the Dominos

    Derek and the Dominos Layla

    The Cream Of Eric Clapton, Polydor

  • Image for Justin Timberlake

    Justin Timberlake Mirrors

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins In The Air Tonight

    Phil Collins - Face Value, Virgin

  • Image for Joan Baez

    Joan Baez A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

    Best Of

  • Image for Judy Collins

    Judy Collins Both Sides Now

    Rediscover The 60's & 70's, Old Gold

  • Image for Alt-J

    Alt-J Tessellate


  • Image for Andy Burrows

    Andy Burrows If I Had A Heart

    (CD Single), Play It Again Sam UK, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond.

    Yesterday, G8 foreign ministers meeting in London urged North Korea to refrain from any more ‘provocative acts’. Over the last few weeks there’s been increasing concern about what is seen as ‘aggressive rhetoric’ coming from the leadership in Pyongyang, and the escalating tension this provokes.
    Whenever challenging circumstances arise, whether that’s internationally or in our own lives, it’s easy to get sucked into the emotional energy of the situation.
    24 hour news and modern communication technology aren’t always helpful. One downside of the internet and some social media is that people can respond immediately to whatever they experience or see others experiencing. Some give blow by blow updates of their personal tragedies even as they unfold. You can say what you like because who’ll go to the trouble of checking out your version of events. Without taking time for careful reflection a whirlwind of destructive words is stirred up. Like a tornado ripping up the countryside, it can wreak havoc on the landscape of our collective humanity. There’s a gospel story about a seriously sick man whose sisters, Martha and Mary, send frantic messages to Jesus urging him to hurry to their brother’s bedside. Contrary to expectation Jesus doesn’t get caught up in the crisis and immediately leap into action. He stands back and takes stock. Holding steady when everyone else is running around like headless chickens demands a great deal of self-control. It’s particularly essential when individuals or communities are on course for conflict. In times of tension it’s worth asking ourselves whether what we intend to say or do will ease the situation or add to the stress. After all, Zoe, when you’re standing on the edge of a precipice, a step back is a sign of wisdom not weakness.


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