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Hilary Devey on Gracie Fields

4 Extra Debut. Dragons’ Den Hilary Devey on singing star Gracie Fields. Sebastian Lassandro is expert witness. With Matthew Parris from 2016.

A singer, comedian, music hall and film star from Rochdale, Gracie Fields was the nation’s darling. But in the midst of World War II, and at the phenomenal peak of her career, our great life fell in love and married an Italian and had to flee to America. She was disowned by the British public who called her a deserter and she was slated in every newspaper.

Championing this week’s Great Life is businesswoman and TV personality Hilary Devey known to viewers of BBC 2's Dragons' Den and Channel 4's The Intern. Helping her to unravel the life of Gracie Fields is Sebastian Lassandro, President of the Dame Gracie Fields Appreciation Society.

Presenter Matthew Parris

Producer Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2016.

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30 minutes

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Sun 28 Mar 2021 05:30

Matthew Parris with Hilary Devey and Sebastian Lassandro.

Matthew Parris with Hilary Devey and Sebastian Lassandro.

Gracie Fields memorabilia.

Gracie Fields memorabilia.


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Presenter Matthew Parris


  • Tue 2 Aug 2016 16:30
  • Fri 5 Aug 2016 23:00
  • Thu 25 Mar 2021 18:30
  • Fri 26 Mar 2021 00:30
  • Sat 27 Mar 2021 07:30
  • Sat 27 Mar 2021 17:30
  • Sun 28 Mar 2021 05:30

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