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Jack and Michael Whitehall, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Andrea Coleman, Sandra Noel

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 October 2013

Libby Purves meets Sandra Noel, daughter of the filmmaker Captain John Noel who made The Epic of Everest in 1924; director of the National Theatre, Sir Nicholas Hytner; comedian Jack Whitehall and his father Michael, a theatrical agent and Andrea Coleman, co-founder of Riders for Health.

Sandra Noel is the daughter of Captain John Noel, the filmmaker behind the newly restored film of the third attempt to climb Mount Everest. The 1924 expedition culminated in the deaths of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, sparking an on-going debate as to whether or not they actually reached the summit. Filming in harsh conditions with a specially adapted camera, Captain Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The Epic of Everest is released in cinemas nationwide to coincide with its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

Sir Nicholas Hytner is director of the National Theatre which celebrates its 50th birthday in October. The theatre opened its doors in 1963 at the Old Vic under Laurence Olivier. Early in his career Sir Nicholas, who steps down from the National next year, worked in repertory theatre including the Northcott Theatre Exeter, the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other London theatre work included Miss Saigon and The Importance of Being Earnest. The National Theatre is marking its birthday with a short season celebrating the people and plays which have contributed to its success over the last 50 years.

Jack Whitehall is a comedian and actor who was voted King of Comedy at the 2012 British Comedy Awards. His father, Michael, is a theatrical agent who has been involved in the careers of many actors including Colin Firth, Nigel Havers and Judi Dench. Published by Michael Joseph, their book Him And Me is a portrait of their unique relationship.

Former motorcycle racer Andrea Coleman is the co-founder of Riders for Health, a charity that provides motorcycles to deliver healthcare across Africa. After the death of her first husband in a motorcycle race, she started working with African communities to show how motorcycles can help save lives. She has just been awarded a Women of the Year Award.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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    In the studio
    L-R: Jack Whitehall, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Michael Whitehall, Andrea Coleman, Sandra Noel


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Jack Whitehall
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Michael Whitehall
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