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Shereen's Sunday Interview with actor James Cosmo

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 11:20 UK time, Monday, 1 November 2010

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Much as I love doing this show, the early starts on a Sunday morning can put a bit of a dampener on your Saturday night. The show may be on air at nine am but I'm there from six thirty(ish) going through the scripts, reading the morning papers (homework, you understand), and chatting to the guests. Unless I'm in bed and asleep by ten thirty the night before, I'm totally incapable of stringing two coherent sentences together, as my producer, Della will testify. Not the best way to present an hour long discussion programme.

If I'm being honest the early nights aren't such a big sacrifice. My clubbing days are, sadly, long since over, something that was brought home to me when I was leaving for work just as the teenager in the house was coming home. These days my idea of a great Saturday night is a glass of wine with Strictly followed by Harry Hill and X Factor. Bliss! I know, I need to get out more.

This weekend was to be even more blissful. The clocks went back, so a whole extra hour! But I couldn't decide how to make the most of it. Go to bed an hour later, or go to bed at the same time and get an extra hour at the other end? Shift workers will know that you do end up fixating on optimum sleep patterns. In the end I opted to go for the extra hour in the morning. Big mistake. Couldn't get to sleep for two hours. When I did, I kept waking up in a panic. Did I set the alarm? Did I put the clock back or forward? Did I sleep through the alarm? I didn't, but somehow I didn't get the benefit of that extra hour.

Some full strength BBC coffee did the trick, and I was lucky to have a strong panel of studio guests in the form of David Pratt, Sarah Oates, and newcomer to the show, Margaret Gibson.

This week's big interview is was Scottish actor James Cosmo who tells a wonderful story about a childhood road trip with his Mum in a real gypsy caravan. You can listen to the extended interview below:

Listen to Shereen, Sunday 0900 on BBC Radio Scotland and available to listen again on iPlayer.


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