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Barry and Bob Cryer, Florian Leonhard, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, Andrew Gant

Libby Purves meets Barry and Bob Cryer, violin maker Florian Leonhard, adventurer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and choirmaster Andrew Gant.

Libby Purves meets Barry and Bob Cryer; violin maker Florian Leonhard; adventurer Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and choirmaster Andrew Gant.

Father and son Barry and Bob Cryer have co-written a new show, Mrs Hudson's Christmas Corker. Set in the kitchen of 221b Baker Street, the Christmas special reveals what really happens below stairs at the home of Sherlock Holmes. Veteran comedy writer and performer, Barry is a regular on Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Bob is a writer and actor who has appeared in TV shows such as The Bill and Outnumbered. Mrs Hudson's Christmas Corker is at Wilton's Music Hall, East London.

Florian Leonhard is a violin maker, restorer and dealer. He matches soloists with violins, mentors young talent and advises artists such as Julian Lloyd Webber. He trained at the prestigious Mittenwald violin school in Germany and has been making and restoring fine violins since he was 18.

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent is a travel writer and adventurer. She is presenting a talk at the Adventure Travel Show about her two month motorcycle trip along the Ho Chi Minh trail. Her other exploits include riding from Thailand to Brighton in a pink tuk-tuk; organising the world's longest horse race in Mongolia and surviving an attempt to reach the Arctic Circle on an old Russian Ural motorcycle with sidecar. Antonia is at The Adventure Travel Show, Olympia.

Andrew Gant is a musician, writer, choirmaster and composer. His book, Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir, reveals the stories behind 22 Christmas carols. He lectures music at the University of Oxford and led Her Majesty's Chapel Royal choir at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir is published by Profile Books.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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In the Studio

In the Studio
L-R: Barry Cryer, Florian Leonhard, Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, Andrew Gant, Bob Cryer

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Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Barry Cryer
Interviewed Guest Bob Cryer
Interviewed Guest Florian Leonhard
Interviewed Guest Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Interviewed Guest Andrew Gant
Producer Paula McGinley

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