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Lyricist Don Black and Sir Cliff Richard's Inheritance Tracks

1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 December 2013

Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet Britain's leading lyricist Don Black who has worked with most of the top songwriters and composers including John Barry and Andrew Lloyd Webber and put words in the mouths of everyone from Matt Monro to Michael Jackson. 'Lost' actor Jeff Fahey tells about his work with refugees in Syria, the woman who invented the phrase explains why a dog is for life not just for Christmas, and we hear how the world's wackiest records are checked out in South America. Plus your Thanks and Sir Cliff Richard's Inheritance Tracks.

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  • Guest: Lyricist Don Black

    Don Black
    Don is the country’s leading lyricist having written the words to hits for half a century including Born Free, Diamonds are Forever, To Sir With Love, and a host of musicals including, Stephen Ward, the latest from Andrew Lloyd Webber.  He hosts his own Radio 2 show and has a tribute concert to him on Jan 3rd.

  • Guest: Actor and Humanitarian Jeff Fahey

    Jeff Fahey
    Actor Jeff Fahey is most famously known for his role in the TV Series Lost and is currently treading the boards in the West End as Juror 3 in 12 Angry Men. Jeff is also the global ambassador for USCRI who campaign against the stonewalling of refugee rights in areas such as Syria and Afghanistan. 
  • Crowdscape: The Norman Power Centre Care Home in Birmingham

    Norman Power Centre Care Home

    JP Devlin travels to Birmingham for the Christmas Party at The Norman Power Care Home, where he talks to the residents and guests.

  • Travel: John McCarthy on DH Lawrence in Eastwood

    John McCarthy in Nottingham
    John McCarthy goes to Eastwood near Nottingham birth place of DH Lawrence and meets Carolyn Melbourne at the D. H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum and Dr David Amos at the Bestwood Colliery Winding Engine house.
  • Guest: Ralph Hannah on Guinness World Records

    Ralph Hannah

    Ralph Hannah lives in Paraguay from where he tours South America verifying claims for entry into the Guinness Book of  World Records, which have included the world’s longest line of Hot Dogs in Chile, and world’s most body modified couple in Argentina.

  • Inheritance Tracks: Sir Cliff Richard

    Sir Cliff Richard

    Sir Cliff Richard’s musical career began in 1958 as the lead singer of The Shadows. To date he still records and tours, and has just released his 100th album, The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook. Cliff chooses Chewing on a Piece of Straw by Jack Payne and his Orchestra and We Don’t Talk Any More his own greatest hit.

  • Guest: Clarissa Baldwin OBE

    Clarissa Baldwin.jpg

    Clarissa Baldwin OBE has been the Chief Executive Officer of Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, since 1986. This year she celebrates the 35th anniversary of coining the slogan ‘A Dog Is For Life Not Just For Christmas’. She talks about her life and work.

  • Studio photo, from left: Jeff Fahey, Don Black, Anita Anand, Clarissa Baldwin, Richard Coles, Ralph Hannah

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Richard Coles
Anita Anand
Interviewed Guest
Don Black
Interviewed Guest
Cliff Richard
Interviewed Guest
Jeff Fahey
Harry Parker


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    Inheritance Tracks

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

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    Inheritance Tracks 2008-2011

    Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.

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    Saturday Live

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