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Alexei Sayle, Barry Norman, Jacqui Dankworth, Don Bachardy

Lively and diverse conversation as Libby Purves meets singer Jacqui Dankworth, artist Don Bachardy, film critic Barry Norman and comedian Alexei Sayle.

Jacqui Dankworth is a singer and actor. The daughter of Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui recently played a jazz singer in American Lulu, a reworking of Alban Berg's opera. Her new album, Live To Love, features jazz, soul and blues-infused original compositions alongside covers of songs by Wayne Shorter, Johnny Mercer and Donny Hathaway. She is also touring the UK. Live To Love is released on Proper Records.

Don Bachardy is a portrait artist and former partner of the writer Christopher Isherwood. They met in California in 1952 and, defying convention, began living as an openly gay couple in an otherwise closeted Hollywood. The Animals is a collection of letters they wrote to each other in their animal guises â€" Dobbin the workhorse (Christopher) and Kitty the white cat (Don). The Animals - Love Letters between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy is published by Chatto & Windus.

Barry Norman is a film critic, writer and broadcaster who presented the BBC's Film Programme from 1972 until 1998. He started out as a gossip columnist for the Daily Sketch and was scriptwriter for the cartoon strip, Flook. In his memoir, See You in the Morning, he writes about his early life and marriage to his late wife Diana. See You in the Morning is published by Doubleday.

Alexei Sayle is a comic, novelist and actor who was a central part of the alternative comedy circuit and a star of shows such as The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents. He embarks on his first full-length stand-up tour in 17 years.

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43 minutes

In the studio

In the studio
L-R: Don Bachardy, Alexei Sayle, Barry Norman, Jacqui Dankworth

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Barry Norman
Interviewed Guest Jacqui Dankworth
Interviewed Guest Don Bachardy
Interviewed Guest Alexei Sayle
Producer Paula McGinley

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