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Aged just 28,Lang Langhas played to President Obama at the White House and before a global audience of billions at the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games. Now the world famous classical pianist is preparing to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto cycle for the first time in London.
She is Canada's most highly acclaimed female blues artist, but this weekRita Chiarelliis making her UK debut. Last year the singer made a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Blues, Louisiana, where she visited the Maximum Security Penitentiary and made a documentary about what she found there.
Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoffis aiming to beat 12 world records in just 12 hours. During the day he'll try to break the world record for the highest reverse bungee jump, eating smarties with chopsticks and catching lemons blindfolded - all in aid of Sport Relief. Freddie popped in to try another record live in the Breakfast studio...
It was a challenge on a monumental scale. In the 1860s, the pioneering photographerFrancis Frithembarked on a mission to document every city, town and village in the UK, taking more than three hundred and fifty thousand photographs. Now in a new TV series -Britain's First Photo Album-John Sergeantis retracing Frith's steps.
Singer and songwriterMichael Boltonis one of the masters of the power ballad. During the eighties and nineties his songs not only won the hearts of fans all over the world but also two prestigious Grammy awards. Now, he's back with a new double disc album,Gems, which includes all his greatest hits as well as a brand new album featuring new collaborations with the likes ofEva CassidyandSeal.
Joan Collinshelped define the 80s, from her power shoulder pads to her killer heels, when she played the evil Alexis Carrington in the TV soapDynasty. But during her fifty year career, Joan hasn't just found success in acting, but also in writing and producing. Now she's about to take to the stage with a one woman show -One Night With Joan Collins- about her time in the limelight.
Sarah Millicanwas recently voted Britain's Queen of Comedy. So it's only right that she's about to put her regal status to use by starring in her brand new series,The Sarah Millican Television Programme. In it self-confessed telly addict Sarah introduces her audience to some of her favourite TV genre combinations.
White Heatis a new drama that starts this week which centres around seven room mates from the swinging sixties. Their friendship through the decades is shaped by political events such as the death of Churchill, the rise of Margaret Thatcher and end of the Cold War. Two of the stars of the programme -Sam ClaflinandClaire Foy- came into Breakfast to tell us more.
Katie Meluawas just nineteen when she released her first albumCall off the Search, which reached the top of the UK charts. In 2006 she was the best-selling female artist in Europe. Katie then took some time out from the constant travelling and pressures of success. But now she's back with her fifth album,Secret Symphony.
Silent movieThe Artisttriumphed at theAcademy Awards, winning five oscars including best picture, best director and best actor forJean Dujardin. Breakfast'sTim Muffettwas live on the red carpet at theVanity Fair Partyafter the ceremony to catch up with some of the nights stars.
You can find out more about this years Academy Awards Ceremonyon theBBC website.
Some of the biggest names in the music industry were at the funeral ofWhitney Houstonat the weekend andDavid Gestwas amongst the mourners. He joined us today to talk about meeting Whitney and the emotional farewell.
The film makerDanny Horanand the Chief Operating Officer of the London Underground -Howard Collinswere on the sofa. They told us how they were given unprecedented access to the world's oldest and busiest underground train network for this new series. The Tube starts tonight on BBC Two at 9.00pm
Presenter,Clive Hollandtold Breakfast about returning to our screens in a new series which helps families whose lives and properties have been left in a mess by cowboy builders.The Cowboy Trapis on every weekday at 11.30am on BBC One - starting today.
In the forthcomingOscars- six out of the nine contenders nominated for the Best Picture award are based on book adaptations. Many readers go to the cinema to see their favourite novel on the big screen, but does that mean that original screenplays aren't getting commissioned? Discussing this today were the author ofCaptain Corelli's Mandolin-Louis de Bernièresand screen writerStuart Hazeldine.
Fashion expertGok Wanworks in a world where the way you look is pretty much everything, so you might be surprised to hear that his latest project is about teaching people to care LESS about their appearance. Gok explores why people try so hard to reach unattainable standards of perfection in his new seriesGok's Teens: The Naked Truth.
Actor and comedianAlexander Armstrongis a busy man. He's hosting a new comedy panel show and is about to star in a romantic drama calledLove Life. If that wasn't enough, it's been announced his daytime quiz showPointlesswill run for two more series. He was on the sofa this morning to talk aboutAlexander Armstrong's Big Ask.
Travelling 290 miles - from Paris to London - in just five days by foot, bike and rowing boat. That's the challengeJohn Bishophas set himself for this year's Sport Relief. John knows it won't be easy as it's being labelled Bishop's Week of Hell!
Cover Driveare a group that have followed superstarRihannaout of Barbados and into the charts. The group of friends from the island secured their first UK number one with a style of music they call 'Cari-pop'. The group came into Breakfast to talk about recording their album and new single,Twilight.
The civil rights era film 'The Help' was one of the big winners at last night's Screen Actor's Guild Awards in the US. The drama's main starViola Daviswas named best actress and the cast won the award for the most outstanding performance by an ensemble. It was also a good night for modern-day silent film 'The Artist'. Film criticRay Bennettwas on the sofa to tell us more
WhenBoys II Menplayed the O2 Academy in Brixton on Saturday night, the screaming from the audience was so loud, the band had to ask the crowd to keep the noise down! They're back on tour playing a new album,Twenty, as well as their classics to celebrate more than two decades in the business.ShawnandNathanjoined Bill and Susanna to talk about the
Jodi Kantoris the author who's sparked controversy by dissecting one of the most famous marriages in America. The book,The Obamas, reveals details about the President of the United States and the First Lady's relationship and their time in the White House.
The youngChris Isaakgrew up in California listening to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison and those singers have influenced his work throughout the years. Now he's taken it one step further and recorded an album,Beyond the Sun, a tribute to the Sun Record label and its founder Sammy Phillips who discovered so many great American recording artists.
A couple who kept the sex of their baby a secret for years say they did it to avoid what they call "stupid stereotypes". The parents told only close family and friends that their child Sasha was a boy. Everyone else had to wait until the five year old went to school. Child development expertNick TuckerandYvonne Roberts, who's written about it for The Observer, came into Breakfast to tell us more.
It's commonplace these days for bands to reform years after they quit. ButThe Cranberriessay they've just been on hiatus for the last nine years! They are one of the biggest bands to emerge from Ireland and they're back with their first album in over a decade. Lead singerDolores O'ReardenandNoel Hoganjoined Sian and Bill on the sofa to talk about the new record,Roses.