Andrew Sachs; Martin Carthy; Awards speeches

With John Wilson

Andrew Sachs' new autobiography describes his journey from arriving in Britain as a young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany to playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers. He discusses the physical hazards of being Manuel and his reaction to the infamous prank phone-calls from Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.

Tonight musician Martin Carthy is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Carthy discusses his love of playing live, starting out in the early 60s, getting over his annoyance about Paul Simon's success with Scarborough Fair, and making his first album with daughter Eliza.

John visits The Courtauld Gallery in London to discover the story behind one of the most beautiful and enigmatic objects in their collection; a seven hundred year old bag made in Northern Iraq.

And with the film awards season in full swing, Stephen Armstrong looks at the art of the awards speech, from the inspiring, to the cringe-worthy and the downright bizarre.

Producer: Gabriella Meade.

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Andrew Sachs

I Know Nothing: The Autobiography by Andrew Sachs, with a foreward by John Cleese, is out now in hardback published by The Robson Press.

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards tonight and Martin & Eliza Carthy’s album The Moral of the Elephant is out on 2 June 2014.

They are also touring this spring starting on 2 May at Haverhill Arts Centre in Suffolk then going to venues including Birmingham, Somerset, London and concluding in Sidmouth on 5 August 2014.

13th century Iraq handbag

You can see the 13th century hand bag - made for a lady in the courtly circles of the Mongol Ilkhanid dynasty, established in west Asia by Genghis Khan’s grandson, Hulagu - at the Courtauld Gallery's Court and Craft A Masterpeice From Northern Iraq exhibition from tomorrow Thursday 20 February until 18 May 2014.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestAndrew Sachs
Interviewed GuestMartin Carthy
Interviewed GuestStephen Armstrong
ProducerGabriella Meade

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