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Hugh Grant, Catherine Tate, Janis Ian, David Sedaris and many more

Clive Anderson and Nikki Bedi pick their Loose Ends highlights from 2018. Conversation, comedy and music comes courtesy of an eclectic line up: Hugh Grant, Catherine Tate, Janis Ian, David Sedaris and many more.

Producer: Sukey Firth

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42 minutes

David Sedaris

David Sedaris
David Sedaris is a master storyteller, but are his stories really true? Did he really feed his tumour to a turtle? Emma Freud managed to find out.

Gloria Obianyo

Gloria Obianyo
Acting alongside Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo is intimidating enough, but when Gloria Obianyo played Charmian in Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre she also had three live snakes to wrangle every night. She introduces her milk snake co-stars Larry, Hondo and Pork Pie.

Sindhu Vee

Sindhu Vee
Sindhu Vee told Clive why she quit investment banking to become a stand up comedian, and what her mother thinks of appearing prominently in her sets.

Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate
An eventful visit to an old people's home gave Catherine Tate the inspiration for her iconic foul-mouthed Nan...

Craig Cash

Craig Cash
Along with the late and very great Caroline Aherne, Craig Cash wrote The Royle Family, one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time. But at first the BBC didn't quite see the point of a comedy in which 'nowt happened', as he explained to Clive.

Rupert Graves

Rupert Graves
What's in a name? Well, West Country boy Rupert Graves says he owes his career to his 'posh sounding' name - from classy Merchant Ivory adaptations of EM Forster novels, to Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock, via Tomato the Clown.

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant
Fresh from his purple patch starring in Jeremy Thorpe drama A Very English Scandal and Paddington 2, Hugh Grant talked to Clive about how it's nice not to have to play the nice guy all the time.

The Last Poets

The Last Poets
50 years ago a collective of poets came together and changed the face of music, inspiring countless musicians and helping to invent hip hop as a musical genre. That collective was The Last Poets who told Clive how, five decades later, they are still 'soldiers for humanity'. 

Janis Ian

Janis Ian
The wonderfully eloquent and insightful Janis Ian talked to Nikki Bedi about everything from bankruptcy to drugs to beating the First Lady to an Emmy. She also gave a haunting performance of her classic song At Seventeen.

Willard White

Willard White
The Loose Ends studio was still ringing with the booming bass-baritone voice of opera star Sir Willard White long after he left the building. He told Clive about racism in opera, and how he almost became the scariest dentist in the world.

Juno Dawson

Juno Dawson
Bestselling young adult author Juno Dawson opened up about being a trans role model, but remained tight-lipped about a certain footballer she dated.

Sylvia Syms

Sylvia Syms
Film fans fell in love with Sylvia Syms in 1958 when she starred in Ice Cold In Alex, and she's been delighting audiences ever since. But Clive reminded Sylvia of one priceless movie-making moment she'd managed to forget.

Salena Godden

Salena Godden
Acclaimed poet Salena Godden came in to the studio to talk protests with Peter Hain, and to read one of her brilliant poems, 'It Isn't Punk To Seek Permission'.

Kimberley Chambers

Kimberley Chambers
It's not just in her bestselling books that Kimberley Chambers proves herself to be a consummate storyteller. She had Clive - and everyone else in the studio - in complete stitches as she talked about her early life on Roman Road Market, her tryst with Bangkok Barry, and finding fame as an author. 

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