Suzy Klein and JP Devlin with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz who talks about his unpromising beginnings in the arts and a project to find the Art of the Nation. Appropriately they also hear the Inheritance Tracks of popular artist Jack Vettriano and why the mandolin is so widespread from musician Simon Mayor. Zoe Lemon tells what happened to a message in a bottle she threw into the sea twenty three years ago and Brian Conaghan explains how the late diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome affected his life. Princess Michael of Kent reveals a secret passion for singing and Jan Prebble reveals her secret passion - a married man whose his clandestine mistress she was for over forty years. And there are the unspoken thanks of listeners, spoken at last.
Producer: Harry Parker.
Will Gompertz is the BBC’s Arts Editor, a post he’s as surprised about as anybody- his first job was an assistant in a record shop. He left school without any A-Levels, and after a series of directionless jobs, he had a surprising revelation in an art museum that changed his life and set him on course to a career in the arts. He tells us about his fascination for modern art and his latest project: discovering the stories behind the art in peoples’ homes.
'Art of the Nation' will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July.
Secret Mistress for 42 years, Jan Prebble
Jan Prebble had a long and varied career but throughout, for 42 years in fact, she was the secret mistress of author John Prebble, who was married with children. They eventually married and, now in her eighties, she reflects on a lifetime of being the other woman.
Secret Life: HRH Princess Michael of Kent
Travel: Simon Mayor
Living With Tourettes: Brian Conaghan
Inheritance Tracks: Jack Vettriano
Message In a Bottle
"I am 10 years old and I like ballet, playing the flute and the piano. I have a hamster called Sparkle and fish called Speckle."
This was part of a message in a bottle which Zoe Averianov threw into the North Sea in 1990. 23 years later, she received a reply after it was discovered by a couple in the Netherlands.
|Interviewed Guest||Will Gompertz|
|Interviewed Guest||Jack Vettriano|
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Mayor|
|Interviewed Guest||Zoe Lemon|
|Interviewed Guest||Brian Conaghan|
|Interviewed Guest||Princess Michael of Kent|
|Interviewed Guest||Jan Prebble|