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Hugh Dennis, David Watson, Carol Highton, Liz Trenow

Libby Purves meets actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, campaigner Carol Highton, author Liz Trenow, and David Watson, a chorister at the Queen's Coronation.

Libby Purves meets actor and comedian Hugh Dennis; David Watson, a chorister at the Queen's Coronation; campaigner Carol Highton and author Liz Trenow.

Former journalist Liz Trenow comes from a family of silk weavers. Her first novel, The Last Telegram, is set in a silk mill during World War II and draws on her own 300-year-old family history. The Last Telegram is published by Harper Collins.

Hugh Dennis is an actor and comedian. He is best known for BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, satirical panel show Mock the Week and BBC sit-com Outnumbered. His book, Britty Britty Bang Bang, explores the changing image of Britain and Britishness. Britty Britty Bang Bang - One Man's Attempt to Understand His Country is published by Headline.

In 2005 Carol Highton's son Brian Shields took his own life as a result of spiralling debts to a loan shark. The loan shark was convicted and is currently serving a long prison sentence. Following her son's death, Carol set up The Brian Shields Trust to help others in a similar situation. As a result of her campaigning work Carol was awarded an MBE which she received from Buckingham Palace this week.

David Watson was one of three solo choristers who sang at the Queen's Coronation in 1953. His singing talent was recognised early on and at eight he was accepted into the Westminster Abbey choir. He went on to become a Hollywood actor, appearing in Rawhide and Planet of the Apes, and is now a theatrical agent. He features in the documentary Choristers of the Coronation on BBC Radio 4.

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David Watson, Liz Trenow, Hugh Dennis and Carol Highton

David Watson, Liz Trenow, Hugh Dennis and Carol Highton

 

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Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Hugh Dennis
Interviewed Guest David Watson
Interviewed Guest Carol Highton
Interviewed Guest Liz Trenow
Producer Paula McGinley

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