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Ian McMillan; Victoria Tennant; Mike Vass; Linda Marlowe

Libby Purves meets poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, actors Linda Marlowe and Victoria Tennant and musician Mike Vass.

Libby Purves meets poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; actors Linda Marlowe and Victoria Tennant and musician Mike Vass.

Ian McMillan is a poet and broadcaster. He is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC and presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3. He has been commissioned to write a new poem based on the Christmas Truce International Tournament for young footballers to honour the football games that took place on the Western Front in 1914. His poem The Game: Christmas Day 1914 was inspired by the ideas and images that young players suggested after visiting the battlefields in Belgium.

Victoria Tennant is an actor. She has written a biography of her mother Irina Baronova, prima ballerina for the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 1940s. The book charts Irina's escape from Petrograd after the Russian Revolution and her recruitment to the Ballets Russes by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. She danced her first Swan Lake at 14 and performed the leads in all the company's classics. Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo is published by the University of Chicago Press.

Mike Vass is a Scottish musician and composer who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2013 and became seriously ill. During his recovery Mike read Off in a Boat by Scottish writer Neil Gunn about his sailing trip around the west coast of Scotland in 1937. Mike recreated Neil Gunn's journey in May 2014 and In the Wake of Neil Gunn, the album inspired by his voyage, is released on Unroofed Records.

Linda Marlowe is an actor and director who is starring in Miss Havisham's Expectations as the jilted bride from the Dickens novel. In the play Miss Havisham invites the audience to hear her side of the story with all its twists and turns. Linda worked with actor and director Steven Berkoff for over 25 years, appearing in many of his productions including Decadence, The Trial and Metamorphosis. Miss Havisham's Expectations is at Trafalgar Studios.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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43 minutes

In the Studio

In the Studio
Left to Right: Linda Marlowe, Ian McMillan, Mike Vaas, Victoria Tennant


Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Ian McMillan
Interviewed Guest Linda Marlowe
Interviewed Guest Victoria Tennant
Interviewed Guest Mike Vass
Producer Paula McGinley


  • Wed 10 Dec 2014 09:00
  • Wed 10 Dec 2014 21:30