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Saturday Live Archive - May 2007 - March 2009

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Guerilla reporter Brad Moss demonstrates parkourRichard Coles hears from a woman who sleeps with an ice crusher under her pillow thanks to a former lover who has been stalking her for fifteen years.

There's a guerrilla report from Brad Moss (pictured) - a practitioner of parkour or street running.

Plus Marc Koska whose simple invention – a non-re-usable syringe – has saved millions of lives, the Inheritance Tracks of post-punk hero Jah Wobble, poetry from Elvis McGonagall and a returning studio guest - restaurateur, much respected foodie and novelist Prue Leith.
Martin ParrClare Balding talks to Wendy Salisbury who could be one of the most sexually active 63-year-old women in the country.

We also have a powerful and moving interview with the son of the man convicted of the murder of schoolgirl Lesley Molseed.

Plus photographer Martin Parr (pictured above) shows us his collection of ephemera and memorabilia. Poetry comes from Murray Lachlan Young, our studio guest is novelist and former model Sandra Howard and Lorna Luft shares her Inheritance Tracks.
George McGrathAs Northern Ireland deals with a revival of sectarian violence, Richard Coles talks to a man who helped start a non-sectarian school in that most divided place.

Autophobic Paul Craney describes how he overcame his fear of himself.

Plus the Saturday Life of Newmarket stable lad George McGrath (pictured above), the Inheritance Tracks of chef Heston Blumenthal, poetry from Luke Wright and Richard's studio guest is Sarah Stockbridge - who was Vivienne Westwood's muse before becoming an actress and now novelist.
Lindy hop shoesIn the week that the Sri Lankan cricket team were targeted, we talk to Shaul Ladany, one of the few Israeli athletes who survived the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Olympics.

Plus the Inheritance Tracks of Richard Curtis - the creator of Comic Relief, a Guerilla Report from a jive and west coast swing enthusiast and My Space visits the Old Vicarage Residential Home.

Clare's studio guest is Colonel Bob Stewart, former commander of the British UN force in Bosnia and poetry comes from Kate Fox.
Cryonic cooling chamberChrissie De Rivaz hopes to cheat death by deep freezing herself in anticipation of a medical resurrection.

Perico Rodriguez was tortured by Argentinean government forces in the 1970s, and returned last year to give evidence in the trial of his torturers.

Plus Peter White's Day Trip to see The Saints at home to Forest, poetry from Matt Harvey, the inheritance tracks of B-movie icon Bruce Campbell and guerilla gallerist Libby Sellers as our studio guest.
Headless LadyPat Gresham spent her working life never knowing whether she was going to be legless in Southend or headless in Margate.

Plus David Morrison who became a father aged 15, an I Was There moment from a man who heard the shot fired by Ruth Ellis, the Inheritance Tracks of The Zombies' Rod Argent, poetry from Elvis McGonagall and studio guest Whispering Bob Harris.
Court artist Julia Quenzler's drawing of Maxine CarrCourt artist Julia Quenzler has sketched some of the most notorious villains in recent legal history.

JP Devlin uncovers the Secret Life of CBBC's Kirsten O’Brien, whose blossoming relationship with Otis the Aardvark kept a nation enthralled.

Plus GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun, the Inheritance Tracks of The Fast Show's John Thomson, poetry from Susan Richardson and studio guest Dennis Lehane whose writing credits include Mystic River and The Wire.
Deano Dunbar setting the world record for the time taken to travel around the Isle of Wight in a Thundercat power boat.Extreme sports fan Deano Dunbar has bungee jumped from a helicopter, set a time record around the Isle of Wight in a Thundercat power boat and been thrown by a Human Catapult. He's also registered blind.

Also this week, we find out what happened in 1952 when the great smog brought London to a standstill, venture into a mobile library and hear the Inheritance Tracks of Gloria Hunniford.

Our studio guest is former professional cricketer Ed Smith and poetry comes from Murray Lachlan Young.
House spiderHarriet is a scorpion.
Jose is a tarantula.

One of their closest friends is Jan Beccaloni, Curator of Arachnids at the Natural History Museum.

Plus a guerrilla report in praise of urban living, the inheritance tracks of crooner and songwriter Paul Anka, poetry from Kate Fox and award-winning novelist Louis De Bernieres as Clare's studio guest.
The Beatles' Apple Rooftop Concert40 years on from the Beatles' iconic live performance on the roof of the Apple Building, we hear from three people who can genuinely say “I was there”.

Plus architect Michael Pearson, who turned up in Syria to build a hospital and found himself in the midst of a war, fashionista Tony Glenville and the Inheritance Tracks of original Sexy Thing Errol Brown.

Our studio guest is abstract artist Anthony Frost, and this week's poet is Matt Harvey.
George and Dorothy LeighThis week we meet George and Dorothy Leigh - the first mixed-race couple in Long Eaton.

Plus what New Order's drummer Stephen Morris keeps in his shed and what it's like to spend six months of the year living inside a steel tube.
This week we hear about growing up with an alcoholic parent and what it's like not to have slept in 37 years.

Plus, why you should start writing to a pen pal and Inheritance Tracks from Ruth Jones.
Kathryn SzrodeckiKathryn Szrodecki (pictured) is a full-figured woman firm in her belief that to be big is not to be bad.
Will Calder on the ramifications of being a sperm donor; sculptor Emily Young is our studio guest; Ann Widdecombe takes us on a ramble; our poet is Murray Lachlan Young & George Pelecanos shares his Inheritance Track choices
Sybil Le Fleur and her sister Blanche were reunited after 65 years.

Jude Redmond failed in his suicide bid.
Plus, Inheritance Tracks from Brian Eno.
Rocket scientist Daniel Jubb tells us about how he became an expert in his field.

Barbara Weed describes how she lost her son to an online community.

Plus Ian and Phil are full of praise for the Ukelele
Doug and Chris YoungChris & Doug Young (pictured) on surviving infidelity, Kirsty Strain discusses growing up with M.E., Gordon Evans on the memories in his family orchard. Plus BRAND NEW Saturday Live poet Susan Richardson, gorgeous studio guest - author Rose Tremain AND Jerry Springer's Inheritance Tracks
Helen McKendry's mother became one of Northern Ireland's 'disappeared'.

Nigel Rossiter laments the closure of his 150 year old family business.

Gregg Wallace tells us about his secret life and Julie Walters reveals her inheritance tracks.
Pam AyresPam Ayres (pictured) is this week's studio guest star. Pam is joined by poet Matt Harvey, we hear from prolific stuntman Vic Armstrong Mike Thexton - who survived a hijacking. Meryl O' Rourke on an alternative to cemetaries plus writer Jeffery Deaver's Inheritance Tracks
Saturday means following Hull City for Alan Plater and Roy North.

We hear about bullying in the workplace and the effects of computer gaming on relationships.
Plus, inheritance tracks from Pam Ayres.
Susi Linton recalls Kristallnacht.

Hannah Pudsey had a heart transplant aged 13.
Plus, a day out with Esther Rantzen and Inheritance Tracks from Andy Taylor.
Paul HamiltonPaul Hamilton (pictured) on the joys of aerobatics, studio guest star Brough Scott, the Inheritance Tracks of Raymond Blanc, a mother on managing her son's heroin addiction, poetry from Murray Lachlan Young and Scott - who collects money or goods on behalf of creditors
Caravan at Menwith Women's Peace CampFinn Mackay was just 17 when she headed off to Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp; Quentin Hutchinson is an archeologist who thought he'd struck gold; why Loch Lomond is so special to Arif Latif. Plus Sir Roger Moore's Inheritance Tracks, Anna Ford in the studio and poetry by Luke Wright
Sean RaffertyIn the studio with Richard Coles is Elaine Higgins - her husband's web of lies began to unfold after his death. We also hear from crypto-zoologist Richard Freeman, who studies undiscovered animals.
Our Guerrilla Reporter is mycologist Andy Taylor, we have Inheritance Tracks from composer Philip Glass and our studio guest star Sean Rafferty (pictured above). Bringing his poetry this week is Elvis McGonagall.
David Trimble with JP DevlinDavid Trimble (pictured left with JP Devlin) shares his Secret Life; we hear about sex travel from Jeannette Belliveau; Harry Ferguson describes life as an MI6 officer; there's poetry from Matt Harvey plus Thomas Keneally's Inheritance Tracks
Beach sceneJames Brett tasted pomegranate juice at a street market in Pakistan, and it gave him an idea...

Nick Pearce recalls a family holiday to the USA. It was 1968 and he was 9 years old.

Peter Curran is joined by Nick Baker and Kate Fox.
National LotteryMark Gardiner won the lottery but lost his friends.

Fr Patrick Keegans was a priest in Lockerbie on 21st December 1988.

Peter Curran is joined by Sheila Hancock and Murray Lachlan Young.
Matthew Ahmet tells us how he brings his experience of Shaolin life to young people in the UK.
Diane Mundy recalls attitudes to abortion in early 1960s Britain. 
the Wilkins family in 1974Marian Hodder (pictured far right) was one of the original stars of reality TV.

Bill Oddie and poet Kate Fox join guest presenter Katie Derham in the studio. Listener Pam Hunt on the joy of slow cruising in her vintage motor and David Simon, creator of The Wire, shares his Inheritance Tracks
Yvonne Craig Inskip tells us about growing up in the 1940s with two mothers.

Sheila Clark explains how and why she's trying to the protect the future of her grandchildren.
One of Mike Read's confectionary art creationsDJ Mike Read shows us his etchings...made from sweets (see pic)
Anne Hobbs recalls Prague in 1968; Shiya Ribowsky on the aftermath of 9/11. Inheritance Tracks from actress Anna Wing, poetry from Murray Lachlan Young and Rachel Johnson (Boris' sis) in the studio
Ian Manners tells us about one of the guests at his wedding. Roman Halter shows us the correspondence he had with Albert Speer.
Inheritance Tracks from Carl Honore and Martin Gould tells us about the joys of pipe smoking.
Dame Kelly HolmesDame Kelly Holmes (pictured) chooses her Inheritance Tracks 

Richard Coles is joined in the studio by GMTV's Penny Smith; Nobuko Pollack survived Nagasaki to move to Belfast; Ronnie Howard worked as an undercover policeman to snare paedophiles; we meet Brian Smith the last weaver in Accrington & Elvis McGonagall provides poetry  
Suzi Quatro joins Richard Coles in the studio along with poet Matt Harvey.
Peter Shaw recalls being taken hostage in Georgia. Kerry Cohen describes how she became a sex addict.

We take a day trip with Rageh Omar and listener Madeleine Brierley reveals her inheritance tracks.

Olympian Tommy GodwinTommy Godwin (pictured) is a double Olympic medal winner & one of the few remaining survivors of the 1948 London Olympics.

Revd Richard Coles is joined by author Sadie Jones & poet Elvis McGonagall. John tells of being in a relationship with a violent woman, soul diva Chaka Khan chooses her Inheritance Tracks & we meet 4 year old Clarke & his imaginary friends
Revd Richard Coles is joined by Prue Leith and poet Murray Lachlan Young.

Robert Watson trains modern day butlers while Robert Schifreen protects clients from computer hackers.

Plus, Renee Botham takes us to her special space and Jackie Carpenter selects her Inheritance Tracks.
Siân LloydJulian Worriker is in the driving seat this week.

We hear from Kemal Pervanic, who ended up in a concentration camp in the former Yugoslavia. Rachel tells us how difficult it was to leave her life as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Summer has finally arrived, and Siân Lloyd takes us on a day trip to Portmeirion. This week’s Inheritance Tracks are chosen by Louis de Bernières, our Studio Guest is Dr Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and our poetry comes from Luke Wright

Charles Collingwood joins Fi for her last show before heading off on maternity leave. 

Terry Wogan selects his Inheritance Tracks.

And, the podcast is finally here! Download a podcast of this show.

Wayne Anthony recalls the second summer of love in 1988.

Were you there? What are your memories?

Let us know here.
Miss World 1970Sally Alexander protested at the 1970 Miss World Contest (pictured).  

Fi's guest is author Simon Singh, we hear from Colin Parry, whose son Tim was killed in an IRA bomb blast, Peter Duncan shares his Secret Life & listener Sue Charman tells us her Inheritance Tracks

Plus, poetry from Matt Harvey - read today's poems
Eddy GrantFi Glover is joined in the studio by theatrical agent Michael Whitehall.

We hear from the neurosurgeon who tried to save JFK's life Dr Robert G Grossman - it's his first ever radio interview. Our Guerrilla Reporter this week is graffiti artist Graham Dews, we hear the Myspace of Lorna Gunn who ran a Post Office for 40 years and the Inheritance Tracks of reggae musician Eddy Grant (pictured).

Plus, poetry from Elvis McGonagall.
Dame Joan BakewellFi is back at the helm this week. She's joined in the studio by Dame Joan Bakewell (pictured)

We hear about the career of escaplogist Danny Hunt, Bjorn Lengfelder reflects on life as a Lebensborn, Lola Lamour talks about her kitchen in this week's Myspace, and listener Brenda Coyle shares her InheritanceTracks.

Plus, poetry from Murray Lachlan Young.
Revd Richard Coles sits in for Fi this week.
We hear memories of the 1968 Grosvenor Square riots, a father tells us why he hasn't seen his daughter in 2 years and how Belfast is enjoying the sound of Gregorian Chant.

Plus, Inheritance Tracks from the supreme Mary Wilson.
Liz Paterson with her favourite treeRick Buckler (pictured) was the drummer with The Jam and he shares his Secret Life with us.
We meet Kathryn Nutbeem – her father died on the Sir Galahad in the Falklands War, she was only five at the time. We also hear from Fraser Doherty, a teen tycoon and CEO of a jam making company which sells its wares to the very best of the high street supermarkets. Kate Fox is our poet, and Peter James is our studio guest star – a hugely successful crime writer and film producer.
Liz Paterson with her favourite treeListener Liz Paterson (pictured) takes us to her special tree.
Kevin Firth discovered he lived in a 'murder house', we meet Frank 'El Ingles' Evans veteran matador from Salford, Matt Harvey is our poet, Johnnie Walker is our guest & Courtney Pine chooses his Inheritance Tracks
Richard Hamblyn has his head in the clouds. Natalia Aggiano talks about forgiveness. Join our studio guest Kate Mosse for all this plus poems, music, bottles and a bobbit worm.
us lot at the Sony AwardsWE WON!
Saturday Live
won UK Speech Programme 2008 at the Sony Awards on Monday. If you fancy a laugh go to the Sony Awards website & - take a look at us stumbling up onto the podium!
Duwayne Brooks was a friend of Stephen Lawrence and was with him the night he died.
We hear about Tai Chi for cows and why hardback books are better than paperbacks.
Inheritance Tracks from Jo Brand plus studio banter from Howard Jacobson and poetry from Kate Fox.
Sheila McClennon sits in for Fi this week. Keeping her company is lead singer of Eighties pop group ABC. Martin Fry and poet Luke Wright.

Marion Dante recalls her life as a nun while Jack Lewis tells us about life as a F1 driver in the 1950s/60s.
Holding HandsNick Cameron & Danielle Heaney talk about being half brother and sister, and finding love with each other. Nick Peake talks about his persistent cough - he's had it for 15 years. This week's Guerilla Reporter, Dave Griffiths, shares his love of ready meals. Elvis McGonagall is our poet this week.
Kathleen TurnerKathleen Turner (pictured) shares her Inheritance Tracks. Murat Kurnaz talks about his imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay and  Margaret Sandra tells us why she doesn't have a surname anymore. We go bell ringing with Ian McMillan and Lemn Sissay is our poet - read his poems.
Mary Kellet shows her Georgian privy - see the photos.

Tommy Cloherty describes what happened when he couldn't keep up with his mortgage repayments.

Sisters Alex, Charlotte and Helen tell us how they joined forces to help Alex have a baby.

Les Dennis selects this week's Inheritance Tracks.
Nick Hornby
Writer Nick Hornby (pictured) is our studio guest this week.

We talk numbers with Prof. of Applied Mathematics, Darren Crowdy;  Sandra Levi discusses her Rabbi father's eye for the ladies; Matt Harvey is our poet & listener Jenny Wood shares her Inheritance Tracks
Buckingham Palace, state roomIn March 1958, when Fiona MacCarthy was 18, she was among the last 1400 debutantes to be presented to the Queen.

Author of the BBC's Monarchy series and Daily Mail columnist, Robert Hardman is our studio guest. Lesley Close talks about helping her terminally ill brother John take his own life, Kate Fox is our poet, listener Diana Randle takes us round her favourite room & comedian Dave Spikey shares his Inheritance Tracks
Richard Stilgoe and his digger.Richard Stilgoe shares his Secret Life and love of diggers (pictured).

Author Stella Duffy is our studio guest & Jean MacRae shares her tales of being caught up in the Paris riots of 1968. Jonathan Naess is also in to talk about his career as a corporate finance lawyer and the toll it took on his mental health.

Marie Millington, a listener who contacted us, shares her Inheritance Tracks & Elvis McGonagall is our poet.
Colin & Josephine Arnold's home - which is being destryed by coastal erosionWe hear from Colin & Josephine Arnold, whose home is slipping into the sea (pictured). See the photo gallery.

Gervase Phinn is our studio guest & Anna Kennedy talks about raising sons with autism. Novelist & poet Helen Dunmore delivers her Inheritance Tracks.

Charlotte Brooks, aged 10, contacted us to share her love of allotments & Murray Lachlan Young is our poet.
Rainbow FlagWe hear the coming out stories of two women called Judith, Sunand Prasad, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects is our studio guest and Wibke Bruhns shares stories of growing up in the shadow of her father's Nazi legacy.

Also, the Inheritance Tracks of Arthur Smith and poems from Lemn Sissay.
The God of Hellfire Arthur Brown tells us about his secret life.

Plus, a cautionary tale about stage diving and how to go camping ultra-lite style.
pirate flagMichael Briant recalls how he found himself staring down the barrel of an AK47 in deep Somalian waters whenpirates began attacking his boat.

Also: We. Hate. Homework. Muriel Gray in the studio; a paramedic's story; Kate Fox provides poetry; Sylvia Kristel's Inheritance Tracks.
Rudolf Beran thought he'd never see the stolen portrait of his mother again.
Alison Davies tells us why she's now glad she didn't take her own life.

Richard Martinez describes his 'honeytrap' service.
Plus, James Whale draws back and takes aim...
Bob BellBob Bell (pictured) shares his love of the leek. Zeeshan Hashmi is a Muslim serving in the British Army; we hear k.d. lang's Inheritance Tracks; & Mark Reynier, who liked a whisky so much he bought the company. Plus, Fi is joined in the studio by Adam Hart-Davis & poet Matt Harvey
Alanna Maltby tells us what it's like to suffer from face blindness. Jason talks about being addicted to internet pornography.

Plus, chat from Joan Bakewell and poetry from Kate Fox.
La ChouetteWe meet the man who buried a bejewelled owl (pictured) worth over £100K somewhere in France.

Plus, Michael Meadowcroft on defending democracy, Ben Miller's fascination for quantum physics and listener Annie Rimmer's Inheritance Tracks. Musician Nitin Sawhney is our studio guest and Matt Harvey provides the rhymes.
Nick Yarris spent 22 years on death row until his conviction was overturned following new DNA testing.

Plus, Vanessa Whelan takes football back to it's grass roots. Charlie Brooker reveals his Inhertance Tracks. Barry Norman is our studio guest and Elvis McGonagall provides the rhymes.
Nile RodgersNile Rodgers (pictured) shares his Inheritance Tracks. Fi is joined in the studio by Hardeep Singh Kohli & poet Murray Lachlan Young.

Plus Andrew Stairs - who survived an ice storm, Keith Flett on why we should write letters & the grandmother denied contact with her grandchildren
Jon SnowFi takes a look back over the highlights of the year on Saturday Live with a little help from Jon Snow and poet Kate Fox.
car stuck in snowMick Jackson - who survived 24 hours stuck on the M11 in snow.

Plus: we meet Dr Stewart Adams - the man who invented Ibuprofen; Michael Simkins reveals his secret life; and listener Hannah Magrett shares her inheritance tracks.

Join Fi along with our guest John Gordon Sinclair and poet Matt Harvey.
dogTerry Spamer reveals his covert efforts to uncover the dangerous world of organised animal cruelty.

Eddie Batha talks about life with narcolepsy.

Plus, Frank McCourt reveals his inheritance tracks and our Guerilla Report comes from Andy Park, a man who has celebrated Christmas every day since July 14, 1993.

Join Fi along with our guest Stella Duffy and poet Elvis McGonagall.
Read your ghost stories from last week here.
Rev Tom Willis describes how he performs exorcisms.

Bob tells us how his wife disappeared for 27 years.

Plus, Pam Ayres reveals her secret life and listener Matthew Quinlan plays his inheritance tracks.

Join Fi along with our guest Anthony Horowitz and poet Murray Lachlan Young.
Your ghost stories.
Fi is watching her steps this week as dance judge Len Goodman joins her in the studio alongside poet Matt Harvey.

Svetlana Lloyd was a model for Christian Dior (see pictures).  
Alex Wheatle got caught up in the Brixton riots. Inheritance Tracks from Lauren Child. Plus we join Kipperman Mike Smylie inside his very own smokehouse.
Stuart HallFi is joined in the studio this week by wildlife man Simon King and poet Lemn Sissay

Stuart Hall (pictured) reveals his secret obsession; Jody Doe on being married to a man who wasn't who he said he was; Sami Berik about the world of cage fighting; and Listener Anna Briggs' Inheritance Tracks.
Muriel Gray sits in for Fi this week and is joined by special guest Bettany Hughes and poet Matt Harvey.

Ben Pridmore impresses us with his memory. Les Hewitt recalls a dangerous caving expedition. Anne and Ina recommend home sharing and Marianne Faithfull reveals her Inheritance Tracks.
Sir John MortimerFi's studio guest star this week is Sir John Mortimer (pictured)

Colin Anson tells us how he fought against his native Germany in WWII; Michael Dick & an odd case of photgraphic coincidence; Sue Townsend shares her secret love - of handbags.  

Plus: Listener Julie Hartle's Inheritance Tracks & poetry from Elvis McGonagall
Sandra Brown tells us how she's been trying to prove her father's guilt. Gary Frank made his money out of muffins and Rev Ron Lancaster is a fireworks fanatic.

Daisy Goodwin is our studio guest plus music from Alan Titchmarsh and poetry from Murray Lachlan Young.
Fi with Gordon RamsayJoan Bakewell is Fi's special studio guest star.

Plus: Inheritance Tracks from Gordon Ramsay (see photo proof); Alex Kurzem, who was a mascot for the SS; Clare Allan welcomes winter; young Danny & his love of a good bedtime tale & poetry from Elvis McGonagall
Alison Steadman as Beverly and Janine Duvitski as Angela in Mike Leigh's Abigail's PartyAlison Steadman is Fi's special studio guest star.

Plus: a private security guard just back from Iraq tells his story; Susan bangs the drum for traditional puddings; Liz talks about her alcoholism; Inheritance Tracks from Youssou N'Dour & poems from Matt Harvey
Jack Ludlam's photo of Nicole Kidman and Tom CruiseJack Ludlam talks about life as a paparazzi photographer (see his pic of Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise, left)

Plus: Special guest star Beverley Knight; a tale of love, separation & reunion from Irene and Alan Brogan; Inheritance Tracks from Barbara Taylor Bradford,& poems from Lemn Sissay
Audrey SmithFelicie Oakes had a very extravagant mother. Patrick Bossert wrote a best-selling book aged just 12 and Howard Marks tells us about a game with a murky past.

Plus; Inheritance Tracks from Elsa Corbluth, comments from Jeanette Winterson and poems from Murray Lachlan Young.
people marching against the war in the UK in the late 1930sFi  was joined in the studio by Albert Beale, who describes himself as a 'militant pacifist'.

Plus forensic artist Lois Gibson, Inheritance Tracks from a teenage dad, poetry from Kate Fox, comments from Dr. Andrew Roberts and impassioned plea for ugly dogs

Read Kate's poems for this week
We hear from someone who almost became the victim of an honour killing. A former muse of artist Lucian Freud decribes their relationship.
Plus, Inheritance Tracks from Rhea Perlman, poetry from Matt Harvey and comments from Mark Thomas.
Read Matt's poems for this week
Inheritance Tracks from Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein (pictured)

Fi is joined in the studio by broadcasting legend, Tony Blackburn.

The man who saved the Leaning Tower of Pisa; a mother's roadside shrine in memory of her young son; & a woman's dramatic tale of forest fire in Dorset;

Plus; poet Lemn Sissay weaves his magic
Twin TowersFi is joined in the studio by author Joanne Harris.

We speak to 9/11 widow Claudia Gerbasi. Inheritance Tracks from Trevor Horn; record producer & composer. We hear from the frontline of fonts& a man who found himself in a situation that can only be described as pants

Plus; poetry personified in Murray Lachlan Young
BlurFi's back (hurray!) from her hols and is joined in the studio by guest Dr Anthony Seldon

We speak to a mother whose daughter was jailed for drug smuggling; the Inheritance Tracks of author Rose Tremain; a family extolling the virtues of home education& a galling case of schoolboy rivalry

Plus; the glorious return of our residents poets. This week it's Mr Elvis McGonigall - read his poems for this week
Author Marina Lewycka joins Muriel Gray in the studio.

This week we hear about coming to terms with a road death and life as a lone twin.

Plus; an accident with a nail gun, finding romance while on holiday, day-tripping in the Scottish borders and Inheritance Tracks from a burlesque performer.
NessieMuriel Gray is joined by studio guest Charles Collingwood.

We meet a Loch Ness specialist (see pic right of monster); the woman who discovered she was one of the 'stolen generations' of Aboriginal children; ..and the joys of airports.

Plus. A day trip with John Waite and the Inheritance Tracks of Siouxsie Sioux
Hardeep Singh Kohli is joined by studio guest Stella Duffy.

What happens when your top flight football career ends?... Life as a eunuch... and flouting the hosepipe ban.

Plus...a day trip with Limahl... and getting lost in your own maze.
Shark's teethShark attack survivor Colin Shadforth recalls the moment the beast took hold; Roy Hudd takes us to Clacton; Julia speaks about uncovering her husband's bigamy; Inheritance Tracks from former child soldier Ishmael Beah & we hear about giving birth on the go.
Elkie BrooksElkie Brooks takes us for a ride to Alton Towers.
Ronnie CorbettNational Treasure Ronnie Corbett shares his Inheritance Tracks
PLUS. An IRA Supergrass; a genuine Java-go hero; a lovely family called Johnstone & a sorry tale involving the boy Harry Potter
Philip McCabeWhat you ought to know about bees, the joy of 4 x 4s and Inheritance Tracks from the Spinal Tap bass player.   
Keith AllenFind out what happened when Julia Boggio and James Derbyshire put a film of themselves re-enacting the grand finale from Dirty Dancing on the internet. Plus: Inheritance Tracks from Keith Allen, poetry from Murray Lachlan Young and the extraordinary story of a former Abu Ghraib interrogator.
On this week's show: trying to get off anti-depressants, what it's like being a child prodigy, regrets about not joining a winning pools syndicate and playing with toy soldiers.

Plus, Inheritance Tracks from Earl Spencer, poetry from Elvis McGonagall and comments from Barry Norman.
Simon WestonIf Only St Etienne's Bob Stanley had known never to set foot in Glastonbury. Our guest is historian Andrew Roberts, Lemn Sissay provides poetic interludes and Doris Watkins shares her personal story of the East Coast floods. Jonathan Challinor inherited a school from his dad. Jenna Murray is marrying her Mexican lover and she wants to testify to the power of love and taking chances when they present themselves. Plus Simon Weston chooses his Inheritance Tracks.
Sven-Goran ErikssonThis week's If Only... stars the one, the only (well, not quite) Sven-Goran Eriksson. The Joan Bakewell is in the studio, we hear from a young man diagnosed with TB, hear the inheritance tracks of a young carer, learn from a man who hunts for new species of plants and get to glimpse Shobna Gulati's secret life.
Shilpa ShettySam Sky Wild tells us about his unusual upbringing. Robert describes how he got to Britain and what he needs to do to remain here. Major Mike Whatley loves his collection of tanks. And Shilpa Shetty reveals her Inheritance Tracks. Lynnne Truss is our studio guest while Elvis McGonagall supplies the poetry.
Nicholas OwenFi is joined in the studio by the director of the National Youth Theatre, Paul Roseby and Poet Murray Lachlan Young. Wendy Watson talks about having a double mastectomy rather than facing the possibility of breast cancer, we hear about the secret life of newsman Nicholas Owen, Laurence McKeown tells us of his decision to go on a hunger strike and listener Lydia Strachan chooses her Inheritance Tracks.
Felix DennisFi was joined in the studio by Felix Dennis and Poet Alison Brumfitt. We heard a Guerilla report is in praise of Morris Dancing, author Joanne Harris chose her Inheritance Tracks and we spoke to a couple whose son went missing almost 20 years ago.

19 May 2007

FA CupThis week our studio guest was novelist Maggie O' Farrell and Lemn Sissay provided our poetic interludes. We heard from an over-enthusiatic FA Cup engraver and discovered the secret life of a former Dr. Who.Lauren St John described what it was like growing up in war-torn Rhodesia in the 1970s and Michelle gave us a glimpse into the heartache of having a husband serving in the forces in a war zone. All this, plus listener Jenny Froude's Inheritance Tracks.

12 May 2007

HardeepOur studio guest was Hardeep Singh Kohli and our poet was Elvis McGonagall. Mandy Allison told us how her life has been dominated by her anorexia. Monica Fuller described how her house was trashed during her daughter's 15th birthday party.

Adele told us what she wished she had known after finding £26,000 in her bank account. Graham Green spoke up for second home owners and Katrina Leskanich revealed her Inheritance Tracks.

5 May 2007

Paul GambacciniThis week Fi was joined in the studio by novelist Justin Cartwright, we heard about Paul Gambaccini's passion for comics, Ray Kluun told us of his wife’s terminal cancer and his own infidelity.
Emma Lawson chose her inheritance tracks, how you can't reclaim your childhood home and...crop circles.
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