Libby Purves is joined by Paul Rose, Fred "Spider" Rowe, Jan Pienkowski and Lesley Garrett.
PAUL ROSE Paul Rose is head of the dive team and expedition leader for the new BBC 2 series Oceans. Paul has a long record of leading Greenland ice cap expeditions and for ten years was Base Commander of the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, in which he was awarded Her Majesty The Queen's Polar Medal. Oceans is currently on BBC2 for eight weeks. The book to accompany the series Oceans: exploring the hidden depths of the underwater world is published by BBC Books. Paul is also chairing the Royal Geographical Society's Explore conference from 21st to 23rd November.
FRED "SPIDER" ROWE
Fred “Spider” Rowe was the musician Ian Dury's minder, roadie and mentor. He was also the consultant on the new play Hit Me - The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury by Jeff Merryfield which was a hit at Edinburgh this year and now comes to London. Hit Me - The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury is at the Courtyard Theatre from 25th November until 14th December.
JAN PIENKOWSKI Jan Pienkowski is one of the world's most renowned illustrators. He is co-creator of the bestselling Meg and Mog series of children's books with Helen Nicoll and work from his new book The Nutcracker features in the Illustration Cupboard's Annual Winter Exhibition. Illustration Cupboard's 13th Annual Winter Exhibition is at The Illustration Gallery, London SW1 until 31st January 2009.The Nutcracker (with David Walser) is published by Puffin.
LESLEY GARRETT Lesley Garrett is the soprano, who is known for bringing classical music to a wider audience. Following her success as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, she stars in a major new production of Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel. Carousel opens in the West End on 2nd December (previews from 22 November) at the Savoy Theatre. Her new album Amazing Grace is out on 24th November on Universal.
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