Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by agony aunt Irma Kurtz. 10 year old blogger Harry Hamer talks about missing his grandparents when they moved abroad, Jean Singfield describes why a set of rosary beads are the Thing About Her, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark reveals her secret love of tapestry, author Stephen Armstrong celebrates Ibiza, comedian Jack Whitehall shares his Inheritance Tracks, and veteran servicemen Darren 'Swifty' Swift discusses his reinvention as an actor, and listeners Sally, Liz and Jacqui, say 'thank you' for a past kindness large or small.
Irma Kurtz reflects on 40 years of dispensing advice, why being a grandmother is so great, why she's ended up without that special soulmate and her new book 'My Life In Agony'.
Journalist Kirsty Wark tells JP Devlin how she inherited a love of tapestry from her mother. Kirsty's new novel is 'The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle'.
Stephen Armstrong explains why Ibiza has always been the place to party. He's currently updating his book about Ibiza 'The White Island'.
For his Inheritance Tracks Jack Whitehall chooses plainchant from the Monks of Ampleforth Abbey and Rollin' by Limp Bizkit. He and his father Michael have written a book called 'Him and Me'.
Former servicemen Darren 'Swifty' Swift charts his journey from military service to the stage. He's currently appearing in Owen Sheers' play 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' which is touring the UK.
Producer: Maire Devine.
MAIN GUEST :: IRMA KURTZ
Irma Kurtz has been the agony aunt at Cosmopolitan since 1975. She shares her stories of good and bad advice alongside tales of her Jewish New Jersey childhood, post-war adolescence and life as a single mother in the 1970s.
EXTRAORDINARY STORY :: DARREN SWIFT
In 1991 Lance Corporal Swift of the Royal Green Jackets was on his third tour in Northern Ireland when he was involved in an IRA terrorist attack. He lost both his legs aged just 26. Not one to let this hold him back, ‘Swifty’ took up extreme sports, went on to win gold at the British Sky diving Championships, and is currently starring in the Owen Sheers' play 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F'.
Photograph © Rankin
FAMILY STORY :: HARRY AND HIS GRANDPARENTS
Richard Coles, Stephen Armstrong, Irma Kurtz and Aasmah Mir.
|Interviewed Guest||Irma Kurtz|
|Interviewed Guest||Harry Hamer|
|Interviewed Guest||Jean Singfield|
|Interviewed Guest||JP Devlin|
|Interviewed Guest||Kirsty Wark|
|Interviewed Guest||Stephen Armstrong|
|Interviewed Guest||Jack Whitehall|
|Interviewed Guest||Darren Swift|