Libby Purves meets singer Natalie Cole; actor Joan Shepard; columnist Liz Jones and comedian Tom Wrigglesworth.
Natalie Cole is the multi Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and daughter of Nat King Cole. Her new album, Natalie Cole en Español, is recorded entirely in Spanish and features duets with her father and siblings. The album is a tribute to her late father, who recorded three albums in Spanish, and her own love of the region's music and culture. Natalie Cole en Español is released on Decca Records
Veteran actor Joan Shepard is celebrating 73 years in show business this year. She was born in London and brought up in New York. She made her debut on Broadway at the age of seven, having been spotted in the crowd by Sir Laurence Olivier. She went on to work with Tallulah Bankhead, Quentin Crisp and Lenny Bruce. Confessions of an Old Lady #2 is at St James Theatre, London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Fingers Piano Bar.
Liz Jones is fashion editor and columnist for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Columnist of the Year in 2012, her copy features intimate details of her personal life and the lives of her friends and family. Her sharp observations about women in particular have caused rifts with several celebrities. Her autobiography Girl Least Likely to - 30 years of Fashion, Fasting and Fleet Street reveals details of her anorexia, sexual encounters and experiences of cosmetic surgery. Girl Least Likely to - 30 years of Fashion, Fasting and Fleet Street is published by Simon and Schuster
Tom Wrigglesworth is a comedian and a regular performer and presenter on BBC Radio 4. He won a Sony Radio award in 2011. His show Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds with the Universe is partly a celebration of his grandfather and partly his take on our throwaway society. Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds with the Universe is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Pleasance Courtyard.