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Ed Balls

Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.

Former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, joins Richard and Aasmah to discuss his surprise success on Strictly Come Dancing, passion for football, how he coped in public life with interiorised stammering and his life post politics "Gangnam style".

27 year old magician Troy has performed both street magic and for high profile audiences from Harry Styles to HRH Prince Harry. He describes how he overcame a fear of heights to perform tricks on a highwire!

JP meets Dr. Evadne Hinge (George Logan) - the surviving member of Hinge & Bracket, the comedy partnership that entertained the public in the guise of two elderly eccentric spinsters.

Jane Asher is an 85 year old grandmother of 11, and the Queen of masters swimming. She recalls how she swam competitively in her twenties, but didn't pursue racing until later in life when she lost her husband, and has gone on to win in excess of 100 world records.

Comedian Josie Long explains why she likes performing stand-up in people's living rooms, enjoys cold water swimming and her passion for 1930s film noir voices and playing Boggle.

Tom Chaplin, singer/songwriter and lead singer with the band Keane, shares his Inheritance Tracks: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel and Charmed Life by The Divine Comedy.

Strictly Come Dancing Live is on tour around the country from 20 January.
Troy: The Highwire is available to watch on
Josie Long is on tour during February and March with her new show Something Better.
Tom Chaplin will be touring in May and his album The Wave is out now.

Producer: Louise Corley
Editor: Eleanor Garland.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

Last on

Sat 7 Jan 2017 09:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Aasmah Mir
Presenter Richard Coles
Interviewed Guest Ed Balls
Interviewed Guest Troy
Interviewed Guest George Logan
Interviewed Guest JP Devlin
Interviewed Guest Jane Asher
Interviewed Guest Josie Long
Interviewed Guest Tom Chaplin


  • Sat 7 Jan 2017 09:00

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