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Mel Giedroyc

The Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by Mel Giedroyc, Chinese sailing Olympic gold medallist Lijia Xu, novelist Dinah Jefferies and session musician Richie Tattersall.

With the Rev. Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir

Mel Giedroyc is taking on her most serious acting role, playing an American mother dealing with the potentially troubling actions of her son, in the play Luce. Mel also discusses the importance of her name, her relationship with Sue Perkins and The Great British Bake Off.

Chinese sportswoman Lijia Xu left her parents to become a full time sailor aged ten and in 2012 became an Olympic Gold medallist. She talks about her path to success- and the obstacles she had to overcome.

Listener Richie Tattersall played the ukulele on Labi Siffre's It must be Love, chosen as one of David Troughton's Inheritance Tracks. Richie reveals that whilst he was an experienced session musician, he had never previously played the ukulele.

As part of the Sport Relief weekend, reporter JP Devlin has been to Jamie's farm, which encourages children at risk of social and academic exclusion to re-engage and thrive.

Singer Will Young shares his Inheritance Tracks: Taxman by The Beatles and Joan Armatrading- Love and Affection.

The financial crash in 2008 meant Dinah Jefferies was unable to complete her plan of retiring in Spain. To make money she turned to writing and is now a best-selling author.

Luce runs at the Southwark Playhouse in London until the 2nd April.
Golden Lily by Lijia Xu is out now.
Will Young's latest album 85% Proof is out now.
The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies is out now.

Producer: Claire Bartleet
Editor: Karen Dalziel.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

Presenters and studio guests 19th March 2016

Presenters and studio guests 19th March 2016

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Role Contributor
Presenter Richard Coles
Presenter Aasmah Mir
Interviewed Guest Mel Giedroyc
Interviewed Guest Lijia Xu
Interviewed Guest Richie Tattersall
Interviewed Guest JP Devlin
Interviewed Guest Will Young
Interviewed Guest Dinah Jefferies
Producer Claire Bartleet
Editor Karen Dalziel

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