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Barbara Winton, Lord Alf Dubs, Anne Reid, Dr John C Taylor, Lottie Muir

Lively and diverse conversation. Libby Purves meets Barbara Winton, Lord Alf Dubs, actor Anne Reid, inventor Dr John C Taylor and horticulturalist and mixologist Lottie Muir.

Libby Purves meets Barbara Winton, daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton who orchestrated the Kindertransport rescue mission; Lord Alf Dubs who was one of the rescued children; actor Anne Reid; inventor Dr John C Taylor and horticulturalist and mixologist Lottie Muir.

Dr John C Taylor OBE is an inventor, businessman and collector. He recently designed a new chronophage clock featuring a dragon that waves its tail and swallows a single pearl at the top of every hour. He holds 400 patents and an estimated two billion appliances use his designs including the cordless kettle. The Dragon Chronophage will be showcased at Design Shanghai.

Barbara Winton is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton who orchestrated the Kindertransport, a rescue mission in which 669 children were evacuated from Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939. Barbara's biography tells the story of her father's daring plan to transport mainly Jewish children to be placed with foster parents in the UK. One of the children was six-year-old Alf Dubs, now Lord Alf Dubs. Sir Winton has received several honours including a knighthood and the Czech Republic's highest civilian honour - the Order of the White Lion. If it's not Impossible - The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton is published by Matador.

Anne Reid MBE is a film, television and theatre actor. She stars in the BBC One series Last Tango In Halifax, a one-off production of A Little Night Music and will soon reprise her role in the cabaret show Just in Time. After graduating from RADA, she played Valerie Barlow in Coronation Street for over a decade. She received a BAFTA nomination for her role in the film The Mother opposite Daniel Craig. A Little Night Music is at the Palace Theatre, London and Just in Time is at Crazy Coqs, London.

Lottie Muir is a horticulturalist and mixologist who is known as the Cocktail Gardener. She runs workshops demonstrating how to make botanical cocktails from foraged ingredients. She created a community garden on the rooftop of the Brunel Museum where she now runs the Midnight Apothecary cocktail bar. The next Wild Drinks Workshop with the Cocktail Gardener is at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Terrace in Shoreditch, London.

Producer: Paula McGinley.

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43 minutes

In the studio

In the studio
L-R: Alf Dubs, Lottie Muir, Barbara Winton, Dr John C Taylor and Anne Reid.


Role Contributor
Presenter Libby Purves
Interviewed Guest Barbara Winton
Interviewed Guest Alfred Dubs
Interviewed Guest Anne Reid
Interviewed Guest John C Taylor
Interviewed Guest Lottie Muir
Producer Paula McGinley