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Denise Gough, Fairport Convention, Leonardo da Vinci

Denise Gough on the TV role of Paula, 50 years of the British band Fairport Convention, and Martin Kemp on the mystery of Leonardo da Vinci's mother.

Olivier Award-winning actress Denise Gough talks about taking on the title role in the TV drama Paula, and how she wants to help change the types of stories being told about women on the small screen.

On Saturday Fairport Convention will give a concert 50 years to the minute since their very first. Founding member Simon Nicol, and newcomer Dave Pegg - he joined in 1969 - talk about the early days of the band that launched the careers of Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings, and discuss their latest album 50:50@50.

The identity of Leonardo da Vinci's mother has remained a mystery - long after the identity of his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was finally discovered - until now. Previously there have been several theories and a possible first name of Caterina, but nearly six centuries on, Martin Kemp - one of the leading authorities on da Vinci - says he can now reveal who Leonardo's mother was, and argues that it is time to finally cut through the myths that still surround the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci himself.

Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Denise Gough

    Duration: 09:37

  • Leonardo da Vinci

    Duration: 07:29

  • Fairport Convention

    Duration: 08:43

Denise Gough

Denise Gough

Paula, BBC 2's new  three-part series revenge drama starring  Denise Gough, starts at 9.00pm on 25 May 2017, and is on the BBC iPlayer.


Main image above: Denise Gough as Paula.

Image to the left: Denise Gough as Paula and Tom Hughes as James

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Folk band Fairport Convention  celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017.

Image: Fairport Convention at the BBC in 1969,

From Left: Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg, Richard Thompson, Dave Swarbrick, Simon Nicol.


Fariport Convention's 50th Anniversary Spring Tour starts on 22 May 2017 at Nettlebed, then visits Ivybridge, Redruth, Wimborne, Potters Bar, Chipping Norton, Sanwich, Wakefield, Barnoldswick, Scunthorpe, Stockton on Tees and finishes in Bury on 08 June 2017.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa The People and The Painting by Martin Kemp and Giuseppe Pallanti is published in hardback on 08 June 2017 by OUP.

Image: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa



Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Jerome Weatherald
Interviewed Guest Denise Gough
Interviewed Guest Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest Dave Pegg
Interviewed Guest Martin Kemp




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