The Art Of Artists

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06Julie Walters20140106

07Steven Berkoff20140113

This series sees Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews actor, director and playwright Steven Berkoff.

Steven began his career in the late 1950s and has gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim both on screen and on stage. Some of his most prolific credits include Shakespeare and Kafka, as well as Hollywood films "A Clockwork Orange" and "Octopussy". Berkoff has also made a name for himself as a director and playwright, including his most recent original works "Religion and Anarchy" and "Greek".

He shares his stories from the stage with Russell, with music inspired by his career.

08Dame Diana Rigg20140120

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Dame Diana Rigg.

Starting her career on the stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana went on to become a feminist icon of the 1960s when she played the role of Emma Peel in TV series "The Avengers". The same decade also saw her star on the silver screen as a Bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". She has had continued success throughout her career, winning a BAFTA, a Tony Award and an Emmy, and has most recently featured in hit shows "Doctor Who" and "Game of Thrones".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

09Marti Webb20140127

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musical theatre star Marti Webb.

Marti came to prominence on the West End stage when she became Elaine Paige's successor in the title role of "Evita". She went on to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Tell Me On A Sunday", which not only made her a household name but also gave her a No. 3 hit single in the UK chart with "Take That Look Off Your Face". Marti has since gone on to star in several theatre productions including "Blood Brothers", "Oklahoma!" and "42nd Street" and release numerous studio albums.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

10Lulu20140203

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Lulu.

Growing up in Glasgow, Lulu made a name for herself from an early age with the hit song "Shout" as well as starring in "To Sir, With Love" alongside Sidney Poitier. From winning Eurovision, to singing the Bond theme to "The Man With The Golden Gun" and working with David Bowie, Lulu has gone on to enjoy a career spanning over five decades.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

11Buddy Greco20140210

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Buddy Greco.

Buddy began playing piano at the age of four and went on to perform with acts including Cole Porter, The Beatles and Dusty Springfield. He had huge success with his own version of "The Lady Is A Tramp" in 1960 and throughout the decade regularly performed in Las Vegas with his 18-piece band. Also, becoming close friends with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr during his career, he became a member of the legendary Rat Pack.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

12Rick Wakeman20140217

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Rick Wakeman.

Rick began his career as a session musician, working alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, T.Rex and David Bowie to name a few. The seventies saw him sky rocket to stardom as he joined prog-rockers Yes, and launched a successful solo career. This year sees Rick continue to tour as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his iconic "Journey To the Centre of the Earth" album.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

13Dame Cleo Laine20140224

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine.

Laine began her music career by joining a band led by John Dankworth in the 1950s. She's performed in numerous stage productions including "A Little Night Music" and "Into The Woods" and has also enjoyed huge success in her recording and touring career. She became the first female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0106Julie Walters20140106
0106Julie Walters20140106

0107Steven Berkoff20140113

This series sees Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews actor, director and playwright Steven Berkoff.

Steven began his career in the late 1950s and has gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim both on screen and on stage. Some of his most prolific credits include Shakespeare and Kafka, as well as Hollywood films "A Clockwork Orange" and "Octopussy". Berkoff has also made a name for himself as a director and playwright, including his most recent original works "Religion and Anarchy" and "Greek".

He shares his stories from the stage with Russell, with music inspired by his career.

0107Steven Berkoff20140113

This series sees Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews actor, director and playwright Steven Berkoff.

Steven began his career in the late 1950s and has gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim both on screen and on stage. Some of his most prolific credits include Shakespeare and Kafka, as well as Hollywood films "A Clockwork Orange" and "Octopussy". Berkoff has also made a name for himself as a director and playwright, including his most recent original works "Religion and Anarchy" and "Greek".

He shares his stories from the stage with Russell, with music inspired by his career.

0108Dame Diana Rigg20140120

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Dame Diana Rigg.

Starting her career on the stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana went on to become a feminist icon of the 1960s when she played the role of Emma Peel in TV series "The Avengers". The same decade also saw her star on the silver screen as a Bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". She has had continued success throughout her career, winning a BAFTA, a Tony Award and an Emmy, and has most recently featured in hit shows "Doctor Who" and "Game of Thrones".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0108Dame Diana Rigg20140120

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Dame Diana Rigg.

Starting her career on the stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana went on to become a feminist icon of the 1960s when she played the role of Emma Peel in TV series "The Avengers". The same decade also saw her star on the silver screen as a Bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". She has had continued success throughout her career, winning a BAFTA, a Tony Award and an Emmy, and has most recently featured in hit shows "Doctor Who" and "Game of Thrones".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0109Marti Webb20140127

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musical theatre star Marti Webb.

Marti came to prominence on the West End stage when she became Elaine Paige's successor in the title role of "Evita". She went on to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Tell Me On A Sunday", which not only made her a household name but also gave her a No. 3 hit single in the UK chart with "Take That Look Off Your Face". Marti has since gone on to star in several theatre productions including "Blood Brothers", "Oklahoma!" and "42nd Street" and release numerous studio albums.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0109Marti Webb20140127

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musical theatre star Marti Webb.

Marti came to prominence on the West End stage when she became Elaine Paige's successor in the title role of "Evita". She went on to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Tell Me On A Sunday", which not only made her a household name but also gave her a No. 3 hit single in the UK chart with "Take That Look Off Your Face". Marti has since gone on to star in several theatre productions including "Blood Brothers", "Oklahoma!" and "42nd Street" and release numerous studio albums.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0110Lulu20140203

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Lulu.

Growing up in Glasgow, Lulu made a name for herself from an early age with the hit song "Shout" as well as starring in "To Sir, With Love" alongside Sidney Poitier. From winning Eurovision, to singing the Bond theme to "The Man With The Golden Gun" and working with David Bowie, Lulu has gone on to enjoy a career spanning over five decades.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0110Lulu20140203

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Lulu.

Growing up in Glasgow, Lulu made a name for herself from an early age with the hit song "Shout" as well as starring in "To Sir, With Love" alongside Sidney Poitier. From winning Eurovision, to singing the Bond theme to "The Man With The Golden Gun" and working with David Bowie, Lulu has gone on to enjoy a career spanning over five decades.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0111Buddy Greco20140210

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Buddy Greco.

Buddy began playing piano at the age of four and went on to perform with acts including Cole Porter, The Beatles and Dusty Springfield. He had huge success with his own version of "The Lady Is A Tramp" in 1960 and throughout the decade regularly performed in Las Vegas with his 18-piece band. Also, becoming close friends with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr during his career, he became a member of the legendary Rat Pack.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0111Buddy Greco20140210

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Buddy Greco.

Buddy began playing piano at the age of four and went on to perform with acts including Cole Porter, The Beatles and Dusty Springfield. He had huge success with his own version of "The Lady Is A Tramp" in 1960 and throughout the decade regularly performed in Las Vegas with his 18-piece band. Also, becoming close friends with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr during his career, he became a member of the legendary Rat Pack.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0112Rick Wakeman20140217

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Rick Wakeman.

Rick began his career as a session musician, working alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, T.Rex and David Bowie to name a few. The seventies saw him sky rocket to stardom as he joined prog-rockers Yes, and launched a successful solo career. This year sees Rick continue to tour as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his iconic "Journey To the Centre of the Earth" album.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0112Rick Wakeman20140217

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Rick Wakeman.

Rick began his career as a session musician, working alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, T.Rex and David Bowie to name a few. The seventies saw him sky rocket to stardom as he joined prog-rockers Yes, and launched a successful solo career. This year sees Rick continue to tour as he celebrates the 40th anniversary of his iconic "Journey To the Centre of the Earth" album.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0113Dame Cleo Laine20140224

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine.

Laine began her music career by joining a band led by John Dankworth in the 1950s. She's performed in numerous stage productions including "A Little Night Music" and "Into The Woods" and has also enjoyed huge success in her recording and touring career. She became the first female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0113Dame Cleo Laine20140224

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine.

Laine began her music career by joining a band led by John Dankworth in the 1950s. She's performed in numerous stage productions including "A Little Night Music" and "Into The Woods" and has also enjoyed huge success in her recording and touring career. She became the first female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0201Dame Vera Lynn20140602

0201Dame Vera Lynn20140602

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera Lynn began singing at the tender age of seven and most famously became known as "The Forces Sweetheart" during the Second World War when she performed for British troops with some of her most iconic songs, including "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". She has since enjoyed immeasurable success as she became the first British performer to top the US charts with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", had three entries in the first ever UK Singles Chart and became the oldest living artist to reach No. 1 in the UK Album Chart when she reached the top spot at the age of 92 in 2009.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0201Dame Vera Lynn20140602

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera Lynn began singing at the tender age of seven and most famously became known as "The Forces Sweetheart" during the Second World War when she performed for British troops with some of her most iconic songs, including "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". She has since enjoyed immeasurable success as she became the first British performer to top the US charts with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", had three entries in the first ever UK Singles Chart and became the oldest living artist to reach No. 1 in the UK Album Chart when she reached the top spot at the age of 92 in 2009.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0201Dame Vera Lynn20140602

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera Lynn began singing at the tender age of seven and most famously became known as "The Forces Sweetheart" during the Second World War when she performed for British troops with some of her most iconic songs, including "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". She has since enjoyed immeasurable success as she became the first British performer to top the US charts with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", had three entries in the first ever UK Singles Chart and became the oldest living artist to reach No. 1 in the UK Album Chart when she reached the top spot at the age of 92 in 2009.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0202Rufus Wainwright20140609

0202Rufus Wainwright20140609

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Rufus Wainwright.

Born in New York to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus began performing with his family from an early age. Since his debut album "Rufus Wainwright" gained widespread critical acclaim in 1998 he has gone on to release seven studio albums, receive a Grammy nomination, as well as tour the world with the likes of Tori Amos and Sting.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0202Rufus Wainwright20140609

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Rufus Wainwright.

Born in New York to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus began performing with his family from an early age. Since his debut album "Rufus Wainwright" gained widespread critical acclaim in 1998 he has gone on to release seven studio albums, receive a Grammy nomination, as well as tour the world with the likes of Tori Amos and Sting.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0202Rufus Wainwright20140609

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Rufus Wainwright.

Born in New York to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus began performing with his family from an early age. Since his debut album "Rufus Wainwright" gained widespread critical acclaim in 1998 he has gone on to release seven studio albums, receive a Grammy nomination, as well as tour the world with the likes of Tori Amos and Sting.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0203Engelbert Humperdinck20140616

0203Engelbert Humperdinck20140616

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert first had success in 1967 when he recorded "Release Me". The song went to No. 1 in the UK, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 and reportedly sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of it's popularity. Since then Humperdinck has gone on to have numerous Top 10 hits, perform in Las Vegas as well as represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0203Engelbert Humperdinck20140616

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert first had success in 1967 when he recorded "Release Me". The song went to No. 1 in the UK, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 and reportedly sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of it's popularity. Since then Humperdinck has gone on to have numerous Top 10 hits, perform in Las Vegas as well as represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0203Engelbert Humperdinck20140616

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert first had success in 1967 when he recorded "Release Me". The song went to No. 1 in the UK, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 and reportedly sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of it's popularity. Since then Humperdinck has gone on to have numerous Top 10 hits, perform in Las Vegas as well as represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0204Maureen Lipman20140623

0204Maureen Lipman20140623

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with writer and actress Maureen Lipman.

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Maureen made her acting debut in 1969's "The Knack". Since then her work has ranged from feature films such as "The Pianist", writing for The Guardian and Good Housekeeping, starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the musical "Oklahoma!", as well as appearing in a long series of commercials for BT. With a career spanning over 40 years, winning an Olivier Award for her role in "See How They Run" to receiving a CBE, Maureen Lipman has cemented herself as one of Britain's favourite performers on both stage and screen.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0204Maureen Lipman20140623

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with writer and actress Maureen Lipman.

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Maureen made her acting debut in 1969's "The Knack". Since then her work has ranged from feature films such as "The Pianist", writing for The Guardian and Good Housekeeping, starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the musical "Oklahoma!", as well as appearing in a long series of commercials for BT. With a career spanning over 40 years, winning an Olivier Award for her role in "See How They Run" to receiving a CBE, Maureen Lipman has cemented herself as one of Britain's favourite performers on both stage and screen.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0204Maureen Lipman20140623

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with writer and actress Maureen Lipman.

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Maureen made her acting debut in 1969's "The Knack". Since then her work has ranged from feature films such as "The Pianist", writing for The Guardian and Good Housekeeping, starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the musical "Oklahoma!", as well as appearing in a long series of commercials for BT. With a career spanning over 40 years, winning an Olivier Award for her role in "See How They Run" to receiving a CBE, Maureen Lipman has cemented herself as one of Britain's favourite performers on both stage and screen.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0205Sir James Galway20140630

0205Sir James Galway20140630

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with flute player Sir James Galway.

Nicknamed "The Man With The Golden Flute", Galway began his professional career as part of the wind band with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has toured extensively, performed on iconic film soundtracks such as "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0205Sir James Galway20140630

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with flute player Sir James Galway.

Nicknamed "The Man With The Golden Flute", Galway began his professional career as part of the wind band with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has toured extensively, performed on iconic film soundtracks such as "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0205Sir James Galway20140630

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with flute player Sir James Galway.

Nicknamed "The Man With The Golden Flute", Galway began his professional career as part of the wind band with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has toured extensively, performed on iconic film soundtracks such as "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0206Dominic West20140707

0206Dominic West20140707

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Dominic West.

Following an education at Eton College, Dominic made his acting debut in the 1991 short "3 Joes". His roles since then have been diverse; performing on stage at the Old Vic and on the big screen in the likes of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Chicago", as well as taking on the role of Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". He has most recently made a name for himself internationally as Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty in the popular TV drama "The Wire".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0206Dominic West20140707

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Dominic West.

Following an education at Eton College, Dominic made his acting debut in the 1991 short "3 Joes". His roles since then have been diverse; performing on stage at the Old Vic and on the big screen in the likes of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Chicago", as well as taking on the role of Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". He has most recently made a name for himself internationally as Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty in the popular TV drama "The Wire".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0206Dominic West20140707

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Dominic West.

Following an education at Eton College, Dominic made his acting debut in the 1991 short "3 Joes". His roles since then have been diverse; performing on stage at the Old Vic and on the big screen in the likes of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Chicago", as well as taking on the role of Professor Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". He has most recently made a name for himself internationally as Baltimore police detective Jimmy McNulty in the popular TV drama "The Wire".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0207Hank Marvin20140714

0207Hank Marvin20140714

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with guitarist Hank Marvin.

Hank is best known for his work with the musical group The Shadows, who started out as Cliff Richard's backing band in 1958 on the No. 2 hit single "Move It". Alongside huge success with The Shadows, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Hank Marvin also formed the group Marvin, Welch and Farrar and pursued a solo career over the last fifty years in the music business, inspiring the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Bowie along the way.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0207Hank Marvin20140714

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with guitarist Hank Marvin.

Hank is best known for his work with the musical group The Shadows, who started out as Cliff Richard's backing band in 1958 on the No. 2 hit single "Move It". Alongside huge success with The Shadows, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Hank Marvin also formed the group Marvin, Welch and Farrar and pursued a solo career over the last fifty years in the music business, inspiring the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Bowie along the way.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0207Hank Marvin20140714

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with guitarist Hank Marvin.

Hank is best known for his work with the musical group The Shadows, who started out as Cliff Richard's backing band in 1958 on the No. 2 hit single "Move It". Alongside huge success with The Shadows, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Hank Marvin also formed the group Marvin, Welch and Farrar and pursued a solo career over the last fifty years in the music business, inspiring the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Bowie along the way.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0208Tony Hatch20140721

0208Tony Hatch20140721

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with composer, pianist and producer Tony Hatch.

Beginning his musical career at the age of ten when his mother enrolled him in the London Choir School in Kent. He went on to work for Pye Records producing the likes David Bowie and The Searchers and was responsible for writing and producing music for Petula Clark, including her international hit "Downtown". Over the course of a career now spanning 50 years, Hatch has also composed scores for television as well as worked in musical theatre.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0208Tony Hatch20140721

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with composer, pianist and producer Tony Hatch.

Beginning his musical career at the age of ten when his mother enrolled him in the London Choir School in Kent. He went on to work for Pye Records producing the likes David Bowie and The Searchers and was responsible for writing and producing music for Petula Clark, including her international hit "Downtown". Over the course of a career now spanning 50 years, Hatch has also composed scores for television as well as worked in musical theatre.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0208Tony Hatch20140721

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with composer, pianist and producer Tony Hatch.

Beginning his musical career at the age of ten when his mother enrolled him in the London Choir School in Kent. He went on to work for Pye Records producing the likes David Bowie and The Searchers and was responsible for writing and producing music for Petula Clark, including her international hit "Downtown". Over the course of a career now spanning 50 years, Hatch has also composed scores for television as well as worked in musical theatre.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0209John Barrowman20140728

0209John Barrowman20140728

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer John Barrowman.

John's first break came starring as Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. Since then he has starred in countless West End productions including "Miss Saigon", "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard". As well as a successful solo recording career, Barrowman has also made a name for himself on the small screen, playing Captain Jack Harkness in "Doctor Who" as well as the internationally successful "Torchwood".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0209John Barrowman20140728

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer John Barrowman.

John's first break came starring as Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. Since then he has starred in countless West End productions including "Miss Saigon", "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard". As well as a successful solo recording career, Barrowman has also made a name for himself on the small screen, playing Captain Jack Harkness in "Doctor Who" as well as the internationally successful "Torchwood".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0209John Barrowman20140728

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer John Barrowman.

John's first break came starring as Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. Since then he has starred in countless West End productions including "Miss Saigon", "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard". As well as a successful solo recording career, Barrowman has also made a name for himself on the small screen, playing Captain Jack Harkness in "Doctor Who" as well as the internationally successful "Torchwood".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0210Julian Lloyd Webber20140804

0210Julian Lloyd Webber20140804

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

At the age of sixteen, Julian won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, and completed his studies with renowned cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva in 1973. Over the course of his career, he has won a BRIT award for his Elgar Cello Concerto, collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Elton John and Cleo Laine, and performed at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0210Julian Lloyd Webber20140804

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

At the age of sixteen, Julian won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, and completed his studies with renowned cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva in 1973. Over the course of his career, he has won a BRIT award for his Elgar Cello Concerto, collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Elton John and Cleo Laine, and performed at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

At the age of sixteen, Julian won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, and completed his studies with renowned cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva in 1973. Over the course of his career, he has won a BRIT award for his Elgar Cello Concerto, collaborated with a wide variety of musicians including Elton John and Cleo Laine, and performed at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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0211Sir Roger Moore20140811

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Sir Roger Moore.

Sir Roger Moore started work in the film industry in the 1950s when he signed a contract with MGM, working on movies alongside the likes of Glenn Ford, David Niven and Lana Turner. In 1962, he got his big breakthrough role as Simon Templar in the TV series "The Saint". He is of course most well known however, for his role as British secret agent James Bond, taking over from Sean Connery in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die". He continued to star in the James Bond franchise up until 1985, and has played the role more than any other actor.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0211Sir Roger Moore20140811

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Sir Roger Moore.

Sir Roger Moore started work in the film industry in the 1950s when he signed a contract with MGM, working on movies alongside the likes of Glenn Ford, David Niven and Lana Turner. In 1962, he got his big breakthrough role as Simon Templar in the TV series "The Saint". He is of course most well known however, for his role as British secret agent James Bond, taking over from Sean Connery in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die". He continued to star in the James Bond franchise up until 1985, and has played the role more than any other actor.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0211Sir Roger Moore20140811

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Sir Roger Moore.

Sir Roger Moore started work in the film industry in the 1950s when he signed a contract with MGM, working on movies alongside the likes of Glenn Ford, David Niven and Lana Turner. In 1962, he got his big breakthrough role as Simon Templar in the TV series "The Saint". He is of course most well known however, for his role as British secret agent James Bond, taking over from Sean Connery in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die". He continued to star in the James Bond franchise up until 1985, and has played the role more than any other actor.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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0212Marianne Faithfull20140818

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull.

Faithfull began her music career in 1964 performing folk music at local coffee houses. Her career soon escalated after releasing "As Tears Go By", taking on acting roles, as well as working with The Rolling Stones, but her personal life became fraught with addiction. It wasn't until 1979 that she released her most critically acclaimed album to date, "Broken English". She has since gone on to release numerous albums over the course of her fifty-year career.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0212Marianne Faithfull20140818

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull.

Faithfull began her music career in 1964 performing folk music at local coffee houses. Her career soon escalated after releasing "As Tears Go By", taking on acting roles, as well as working with The Rolling Stones, but her personal life became fraught with addiction. It wasn't until 1979 that she released her most critically acclaimed album to date, "Broken English". She has since gone on to release numerous albums over the course of her fifty-year career.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0212Marianne Faithfull20140818

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull.

Faithfull began her music career in 1964 performing folk music at local coffee houses. Her career soon escalated after releasing "As Tears Go By", taking on acting roles, as well as working with The Rolling Stones, but her personal life became fraught with addiction. It wasn't until 1979 that she released her most critically acclaimed album to date, "Broken English". She has since gone on to release numerous albums over the course of her fifty-year career.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0213 LASTChrissie Hynde20140825

0213 LASTChrissie Hynde20140825

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Chrissie Hynde.

Chrissie is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Pretenders. They gained critical acclaim with their debut single "Stop Your Sobbing" and went on to have chart success with "Brass In Pocket". From starting her music career writing for the NME, hanging out with members of the Sex Pistols in her spare time, to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is one of rock's finest front women.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Chrissie Hynde.

Chrissie is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Pretenders. They gained critical acclaim with their debut single "Stop Your Sobbing" and went on to have chart success with "Brass In Pocket". From starting her music career writing for the NME, hanging out with members of the Sex Pistols in her spare time, to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is one of rock's finest front women.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0213 LASTChrissie Hynde20140825

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician Chrissie Hynde.

Chrissie is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Pretenders. They gained critical acclaim with their debut single "Stop Your Sobbing" and went on to have chart success with "Brass In Pocket". From starting her music career writing for the NME, hanging out with members of the Sex Pistols in her spare time, to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is one of rock's finest front women.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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0301Sandie Shaw20141201

Russell Davies returns with a new series of The Art of Artists, interviewing A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Sandie Shaw.

Growing up in Dagenham, Essex, Shaw made a name for herself at the tender age of 17 with her first UK No. 1 hit, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me". The 1960s saw her tour the world, represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest and even start her own fashion label. Having retired from music in the 1970s, Sandie Shaw returned to recording in the early 1980s and continued to release music and tour in a career spanning over forty years.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies returns with a new series of The Art of Artists, interviewing A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Sandie Shaw.

Growing up in Dagenham, Essex, Shaw made a name for herself at the tender age of 17 with her first UK No. 1 hit, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me". The 1960s saw her tour the world, represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest and even start her own fashion label. Having retired from music in the 1970s, Sandie Shaw returned to recording in the early 1980s and continued to release music and tour in a career spanning over forty years.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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0302John Waters20141208

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with film director John Waters.

Growing up in 1950s Baltimore, Waters started making films from an early age with his friends, celebrating all things counter-culture. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films such as "Pink Flamingos", "Desperate Living" and "Polyester". He entered mainstream filmmaking with his 1988 film "Hairspray", which was later adapted into a Broadway musical as well as a musical film. He is also a journalist and visual artist.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with film director John Waters.

Growing up in 1950s Baltimore, Waters started making films from an early age with his friends, celebrating all things counter-culture. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films such as "Pink Flamingos", "Desperate Living" and "Polyester". He entered mainstream filmmaking with his 1988 film "Hairspray", which was later adapted into a Broadway musical as well as a musical film. He is also a journalist and visual artist.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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0303Nana Mouskouri20141215

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Nana Mouskouri.

Born on the island of Crete in Greece, Nana began singing at the age of 12 inspired by jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. She has gone on to become one of the most famous singers in music history, selling over 300 million records in multiple languages.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Nana Mouskouri.

Born on the island of Crete in Greece, Nana began singing at the age of 12 inspired by jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. She has gone on to become one of the most famous singers in music history, selling over 300 million records in multiple languages.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0304Mike Batt20141222

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with songwriter and producer Mike Batt.

0304Mike Batt20141222

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with songwriter and producer Mike Batt.

0304Mike Batt20141222

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with songwriter and producer Mike Batt.

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0305Kiki Dee20150105

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Kiki Dee.

Dee's recording career began as a session singer, performing backing vocals for the likes of Dusty Springfield. She went on to become the first white, British artist to sign to Motown's Tamla Records, and later signed to Elton John's label The Rocket Record Company. She became a household name when she performed with Elton on the 1976 hit single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Kiki Dee has also gone on to work in theatre, receiving an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for her role in Blood Brothers.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Kiki Dee.

Dee's recording career began as a session singer, performing backing vocals for the likes of Dusty Springfield. She went on to become the first white, British artist to sign to Motown's Tamla Records, and later signed to Elton John's label The Rocket Record Company. She became a household name when she performed with Elton on the 1976 hit single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Kiki Dee has also gone on to work in theatre, receiving an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for her role in Blood Brothers.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0305Kiki Dee20150105

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Kiki Dee.

Dee's recording career began as a session singer, performing backing vocals for the likes of Dusty Springfield. She went on to become the first white, British artist to sign to Motown's Tamla Records, and later signed to Elton John's label The Rocket Record Company. She became a household name when she performed with Elton on the 1976 hit single "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Kiki Dee has also gone on to work in theatre, receiving an Olivier Award nomination in 1989 for her role in Blood Brothers.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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0306Charles Dance20150112

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Charles Dance.

Growing up in Plymouth, Charles became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s. He made his screen debut in 1974 in the BBC mystery series "Father Brown" and has featured in the likes of "Randall and Hopkirk", "Rebecca" and "Bleak House". Many will know him most recently for playing Tywin Lannister in the HBO drama "Game of Thrones".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0306Charles Dance20150112

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Charles Dance.

Growing up in Plymouth, Charles became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s. He made his screen debut in 1974 in the BBC mystery series "Father Brown" and has featured in the likes of "Randall and Hopkirk", "Rebecca" and "Bleak House". Many will know him most recently for playing Tywin Lannister in the HBO drama "Game of Thrones".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0306Charles Dance20150112

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor Charles Dance.

Growing up in Plymouth, Charles became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s. He made his screen debut in 1974 in the BBC mystery series "Father Brown" and has featured in the likes of "Randall and Hopkirk", "Rebecca" and "Bleak House". Many will know him most recently for playing Tywin Lannister in the HBO drama "Game of Thrones".

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0307Charles Aznavour20150119

0307Charles Aznavour20150119

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Charles Aznavour.

Aznavour is perhaps most well known in the UK for his No. 1 single of 1974, 'She'. Over the course of a career spanning an impressive 80 years, he has become one of France's most popular and enduring singers, recording countless songs, appearing in numerous films and performing worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0307Charles Aznavour20150119

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Charles Aznavour.

Aznavour is perhaps most well known in the UK for his No. 1 single of 1974, 'She'. Over the course of a career spanning an impressive 80 years, he has become one of France's most popular and enduring singers, recording countless songs, appearing in numerous films and performing worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0307Charles Aznavour20150119

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with singer Charles Aznavour.

Aznavour is perhaps most well known in the UK for his No. 1 single of 1974, 'She'. Over the course of a career spanning an impressive 80 years, he has become one of France's most popular and enduring singers, recording countless songs, appearing in numerous films and performing worldwide.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0308Harriet Walter20150126

0308Harriet Walter20150126

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Dame Harriet Walter.

Walter has enjoyed a career across both stage and screen, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company on numerous occasions, winning an Olivier Award, as well as transferring shows to Broadway with great success. She has also starred in numerous television dramas as well as films including "Sense and Sensibility", "Atonement" and "Babel".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0308Harriet Walter20150126

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Dame Harriet Walter.

Walter has enjoyed a career across both stage and screen, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company on numerous occasions, winning an Olivier Award, as well as transferring shows to Broadway with great success. She has also starred in numerous television dramas as well as films including "Sense and Sensibility", "Atonement" and "Babel".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0308Harriet Walter20150126

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Dame Harriet Walter.

Walter has enjoyed a career across both stage and screen, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company on numerous occasions, winning an Olivier Award, as well as transferring shows to Broadway with great success. She has also starred in numerous television dramas as well as films including "Sense and Sensibility", "Atonement" and "Babel".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0309Gillian Lynne20150202

0309Gillian Lynne20150202

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne.

Gillian began dancing from an early age and joined Sadler's Wells Ballet during World War II. She went on to perform with the later named Royal Ballet in the likes of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle". Following a successful transition to the West End, Gillian began working as a choreographer and is perhaps most well known for her work on Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats", "Aspects of Love" and "Phantom of the Opera".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0309Gillian Lynne20150202

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne.

Gillian began dancing from an early age and joined Sadler's Wells Ballet during World War II. She went on to perform with the later named Royal Ballet in the likes of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle". Following a successful transition to the West End, Gillian began working as a choreographer and is perhaps most well known for her work on Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats", "Aspects of Love" and "Phantom of the Opera".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0309Gillian Lynne20150202

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with dancer and choreographer Gillian Lynne.

Gillian began dancing from an early age and joined Sadler's Wells Ballet during World War II. She went on to perform with the later named Royal Ballet in the likes of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle". Following a successful transition to the West End, Gillian began working as a choreographer and is perhaps most well known for her work on Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats", "Aspects of Love" and "Phantom of the Opera".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0310Paul Nicholas20150209

0310Paul Nicholas20150209

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer Paul Nicholas.

Nicholas began his pop career in the 1960s but soon transitioned into the world of musical theatre, landing the lead role in the original London production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", as well as performing in "Grease" alongside Elaine Paige and "Much Ado About Nothing". He returned to the pop music scene in the 1970s with hits like "Dancing with the Captain" and "Grandma's Party", and has also gone on to have success in film and television.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0310Paul Nicholas20150209

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer Paul Nicholas.

Nicholas began his pop career in the 1960s but soon transitioned into the world of musical theatre, landing the lead role in the original London production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", as well as performing in "Grease" alongside Elaine Paige and "Much Ado About Nothing". He returned to the pop music scene in the 1970s with hits like "Dancing with the Captain" and "Grandma's Party", and has also gone on to have success in film and television.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0310Paul Nicholas20150209

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer Paul Nicholas.

Nicholas began his pop career in the 1960s but soon transitioned into the world of musical theatre, landing the lead role in the original London production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", as well as performing in "Grease" alongside Elaine Paige and "Much Ado About Nothing". He returned to the pop music scene in the 1970s with hits like "Dancing with the Captain" and "Grandma's Party", and has also gone on to have success in film and television.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0311Ruthie Henshall20150216

0311Ruthie Henshall20150216

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress, singer and dancer Ruthie Henshall.

Growing up in Bromley, Kent, Ruthie made her stage debut at the age of 19. She went on to make her West End debut in "Cats" and has starred in some of the biggest shows that Theatreland has to offer, including "Les Miserables", "Miss Saigon", as well as originating the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago". She has also made a name for herself on Broadway. She has most recently returned to the West End stage in "Billy Elliot", playing the role of Mrs Wilkinson.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0311Ruthie Henshall20150216

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress, singer and dancer Ruthie Henshall.

Growing up in Bromley, Kent, Ruthie made her stage debut at the age of 19. She went on to make her West End debut in "Cats" and has starred in some of the biggest shows that Theatreland has to offer, including "Les Miserables", "Miss Saigon", as well as originating the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago". She has also made a name for herself on Broadway. She has most recently returned to the West End stage in "Billy Elliot", playing the role of Mrs Wilkinson.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0311Ruthie Henshall20150216

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress, singer and dancer Ruthie Henshall.

Growing up in Bromley, Kent, Ruthie made her stage debut at the age of 19. She went on to make her West End debut in "Cats" and has starred in some of the biggest shows that Theatreland has to offer, including "Les Miserables", "Miss Saigon", as well as originating the role of Roxie Hart in "Chicago". She has also made a name for herself on Broadway. She has most recently returned to the West End stage in "Billy Elliot", playing the role of Mrs Wilkinson.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0312Anne Reid20150223

0312Anne Reid20150223

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Anne Reid.

Born in Newcastle, Anne's first major acting role was as Valerie Tatlock on Coronation Street. Her character went on to marry Ken Barlow in a wedding that was watched by 15.8 million viewers. Reid left Coronation Street in 1971 and went on to pursue a career on both stage and television, including roles in "Dinnerladies", "The Benny Hill Show" and "Doctor Who". She received an MBE in 2010.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0312Anne Reid20150223

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Anne Reid.

Born in Newcastle, Anne's first major acting role was as Valerie Tatlock on Coronation Street. Her character went on to marry Ken Barlow in a wedding that was watched by 15.8 million viewers. Reid left Coronation Street in 1971 and went on to pursue a career on both stage and television, including roles in "Dinnerladies", "The Benny Hill Show" and "Doctor Who". She received an MBE in 2010.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0312Anne Reid20150223

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with actress Anne Reid.

Born in Newcastle, Anne's first major acting role was as Valerie Tatlock on Coronation Street. Her character went on to marry Ken Barlow in a wedding that was watched by 15.8 million viewers. Reid left Coronation Street in 1971 and went on to pursue a career on both stage and television, including roles in "Dinnerladies", "The Benny Hill Show" and "Doctor Who". She received an MBE in 2010.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0313Joanna David20150302

0313Joanna David20150302

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Joanna David.

Joanna landed her first major television role in 1971 when she played Elinor Dashwood in BBC's adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility". Since then she has gone on to star in the likes of "Pride and Prejudice", "Foyle's War" and "Downton Abbey" for television, as well as numerous theatre productions including "The Importance of Being Earnest".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0313Joanna David20150302

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Joanna David.

Joanna landed her first major television role in 1971 when she played Elinor Dashwood in BBC's adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility". Since then she has gone on to star in the likes of "Pride and Prejudice", "Foyle's War" and "Downton Abbey" for television, as well as numerous theatre productions including "The Importance of Being Earnest".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0313Joanna David20150302

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British actress Joanna David.

Joanna landed her first major television role in 1971 when she played Elinor Dashwood in BBC's adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility". Since then she has gone on to star in the likes of "Pride and Prejudice", "Foyle's War" and "Downton Abbey" for television, as well as numerous theatre productions including "The Importance of Being Earnest".

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0401Ray Davies20150608

0401Ray Davies20150608

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with The Kinks frontman, Ray Davies.

In the week of the Tony Awards, Russell delves into the story behind the homegrown and very British musical, Sunny Afternoon, which recently won four Olivier Awards. The story depicts the rise to fame of The Kinks set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s. Russell delves into the stories behind the iconic songs of Ray Davies which inspired the musical, based on an idea he had over 3 decades ago.

Ray discusses his experiences of touring the world as a leading figure in the British Invasion, his refusal to conform to the demands of fame and what those songs mean to him now, accompanied by a soundtrack of some of his most well-known hits.

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Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with The Kinks frontman, Ray Davies.

In the week of the Tony Awards, Russell delves into the story behind the homegrown and very British musical, Sunny Afternoon, which recently won four Olivier Awards. The story depicts the rise to fame of The Kinks set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s. Russell delves into the stories behind the iconic songs of Ray Davies which inspired the musical, based on an idea he had over 3 decades ago.

Ray discusses his experiences of touring the world as a leading figure in the British Invasion, his refusal to conform to the demands of fame and what those songs mean to him now, accompanied by a soundtrack of some of his most well-known hits.

0401Ray Davies20150608

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with The Kinks frontman, Ray Davies.

In the week of the Tony Awards, Russell delves into the story behind the homegrown and very British musical, Sunny Afternoon, which recently won four Olivier Awards. The story depicts the rise to fame of The Kinks set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s. Russell delves into the stories behind the iconic songs of Ray Davies which inspired the musical, based on an idea he had over 3 decades ago.

Ray discusses his experiences of touring the world as a leading figure in the British Invasion, his refusal to conform to the demands of fame and what those songs mean to him now, accompanied by a soundtrack of some of his most well-known hits.

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040220150615

Russell Davies interviews A-list contributors to the worlds of music, art, comedy and film.

040220150615

Russell Davies interviews A-list contributors to the worlds of music, art, comedy and film.

040220150615

Russell Davies interviews A-list contributors to the worlds of music, art, comedy and film.

0403Justin Hayward20150622

0403Justin Hayward20150622

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician, Justin Hayward, the songwriter and lead singer with The Moody Blues, ahead of their appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Russell delves into his beginnings as part of a skiffle band through to his worldwide success with the Moody Blues and as a solo artist, looking at the inspiration behind his songwriting and musicianship, and asking what it means to be a part of Glastonbury at this stage in his career.

0403Justin Hayward20150622

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician, Justin Hayward, the songwriter and lead singer with The Moody Blues, ahead of their appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Russell delves into his beginnings as part of a skiffle band through to his worldwide success with the Moody Blues and as a solo artist, looking at the inspiration behind his songwriting and musicianship, and asking what it means to be a part of Glastonbury at this stage in his career.

0403Justin Hayward20150622

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with musician, Justin Hayward, the songwriter and lead singer with The Moody Blues, ahead of their appearance at the Glastonbury Festival.

Russell delves into his beginnings as part of a skiffle band through to his worldwide success with the Moody Blues and as a solo artist, looking at the inspiration behind his songwriting and musicianship, and asking what it means to be a part of Glastonbury at this stage in his career.

0404Michael Flatley20150629

0404Michael Flatley20150629

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meet Irish dancer and choreographer, Michael Flatley, whose first step on the career ladder was a tour with The Chieftains. Since then he has achieved international fame with his dazzling shows which have turned turned the traditional Irish dance into a global phenomenon. As Russell discovers, success was not without failure along the way, and Michael explains why he thinks Irish dancing is now appealing to a new generation.

0404Michael Flatley20150629

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meet Irish dancer and choreographer, Michael Flatley, whose first step on the career ladder was a tour with The Chieftains. Since then he has achieved international fame with his dazzling shows which have turned turned the traditional Irish dance into a global phenomenon. As Russell discovers, success was not without failure along the way, and Michael explains why he thinks Irish dancing is now appealing to a new generation.

0404Michael Flatley20150629

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meet Irish dancer and choreographer, Michael Flatley, whose first step on the career ladder was a tour with The Chieftains. Since then he has achieved international fame with his dazzling shows which have turned turned the traditional Irish dance into a global phenomenon. As Russell discovers, success was not without failure along the way, and Michael explains why he thinks Irish dancing is now appealing to a new generation.

0405Marty Wilde20150706

0405Marty Wilde20150706

Russell Davies interviews singer and songwriter Marty Wilde

0405Marty Wilde20150706

Russell Davies interviews singer and songwriter Marty Wilde

0405Marty Wilde20150706

Russell Davies interviews singer and songwriter Marty Wilde.

0406Anita Harris20150713

0406Anita Harris20150713

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer, actress and entertainer, Anita Harris, for whom the road to success has often been a turbulent one. She reflects on her friendships with Dusty Springfield and Morecambe and Wise, her stint as a member of the "Carry On" team and much more.

0406Anita Harris20150713

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer, actress and entertainer, Anita Harris, for whom the road to success has often been a turbulent one. She reflects on her friendships with Dusty Springfield and Morecambe and Wise, her stint as a member of the "Carry On" team and much more.

0406Anita Harris20150713

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer, actress and entertainer, Anita Harris, for whom the road to success has often been a turbulent one. She reflects on her friendships with Dusty Springfield and Morecambe and Wise, her stint as a member of the "Carry On" team and much more.

0407Richard E Grant20150720

0407Richard E Grant20150720

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meets Swazi-English actor, screenwriter and director, Richard E. Grant, who started his career in the theatres of Cape Town before his breakthrough in the classic British film, Withnail and I. Richard reflects on the many roles he has played throughout his career which have seen him appear in Hollywood blockbusters and low-budget independent films, and directed by Madonna!

0407Richard E Grant20150720

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meets Swazi-English actor, screenwriter and director, Richard E. Grant, who started his career in the theatres of Cape Town before his breakthrough in the classic British film, Withnail and I. Richard reflects on the many roles he has played throughout his career which have seen him appear in Hollywood blockbusters and low-budget independent films, and directed by Madonna!

0407Richard E Grant20150720

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week sees Russell meets Swazi-English actor, screenwriter and director, Richard E. Grant, who started his career in the theatres of Cape Town before his breakthrough in the classic British film, Withnail and I. Richard reflects on the many roles he has played throughout his career which have seen him appear in Hollywood blockbusters and low-budget independent films, and directed by Madonna!

0408Don Mclean20150727

0408Don Mclean20150727

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. Ahead of BBC Radio 2's coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Russell chats to one of the pioneers of the folk genre, Don McLean.

Don explains when his interest in music began, who his main influences were and how folk music has evolved throughout his career which saw him release his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970. This was quickly followed by the release of American Pie which propelled Don to international stardom and paved the way for a new generation of folk artists and fans alike. But what did Don think of Madonna's cover of his signature song three decades later? Don answers that question and many more.

0408Don Mclean20150727

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. Ahead of BBC Radio 2's coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Russell chats to one of the pioneers of the folk genre, Don McLean.

Don explains when his interest in music began, who his main influences were and how folk music has evolved throughout his career which saw him release his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970. This was quickly followed by the release of American Pie which propelled Don to international stardom and paved the way for a new generation of folk artists and fans alike. But what did Don think of Madonna's cover of his signature song three decades later? Don answers that question and many more.

0408Don Mclean20150727

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. Ahead of BBC Radio 2's coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Russell chats to one of the pioneers of the folk genre, Don McLean.

Don explains when his interest in music began, who his main influences were and how folk music has evolved throughout his career which saw him release his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970. This was quickly followed by the release of American Pie which propelled Don to international stardom and paved the way for a new generation of folk artists and fans alike. But what did Don think of Madonna's cover of his signature song three decades later? Don answers that question and many more.

0409Carl Davis20150803
0409Carl Davis20150803

Russell Davies interviews US-born conductor and composer Carl Davis

0409Carl Davis20150803

Russell Davies interviews US-born conductor and composer Carl Davis

0409Carl Davis20150803

Russell Davies interviews US-born conductor and composer Carl Davis.

0409Paul Carrack20150810

0409Paul Carrack20150810

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer and songwriter, Paul Carrack. Paul reflects on his eclectic career in music in which he has been a member of Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike and the Mechanics in addition to a solo career which has encompassed a range of genres including blues, soul, rock and pop. Along the way he has earned the nickname, "The Man with the Golden Voice" and has also been a called "a National treasure", whilst carefully avoiding the celebrity limelight.".

0409Paul Carrack20150810

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer and songwriter, Paul Carrack. Paul reflects on his eclectic career in music in which he has been a member of Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike and the Mechanics in addition to a solo career which has encompassed a range of genres including blues, soul, rock and pop. Along the way he has earned the nickname, "The Man with the Golden Voice" and has also been a called "a National treasure", whilst carefully avoiding the celebrity limelight.".

0409Paul Carrack20150810

Russell Davies interview A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with British singer and songwriter, Paul Carrack. Paul reflects on his eclectic career in music in which he has been a member of Ace, Squeeze, Roxy Music and Mike and the Mechanics in addition to a solo career which has encompassed a range of genres including blues, soul, rock and pop. Along the way he has earned the nickname, "The Man with the Golden Voice" and has also been a called "a National treasure", whilst carefully avoiding the celebrity limelight.".

0410Jo Brand20150817
0410Jo Brand20150817

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. As part of Radio 2's week at the Edinburgh Festival, Jo Brand recalls her journey from being a psychiatric nurse to establishing herself as one of Britain's leading stand-up comedians.

From her days treading the boards in the alternative comedy clubs in the mid-80s, Jo landed regular TV spots in the early 90s which lead to her own comedy series. She is now also a respected writer and actress. Jo explains to Russell the struggles she faced along the way, her stand-up influences and how she creates comedy.

0410Jo Brand20150817

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. As part of Radio 2's week at the Edinburgh Festival, Jo Brand recalls her journey from being a psychiatric nurse to establishing herself as one of Britain's leading stand-up comedians.

From her days treading the boards in the alternative comedy clubs in the mid-80s, Jo landed regular TV spots in the early 90s which lead to her own comedy series. She is now also a respected writer and actress. Jo explains to Russell the struggles she faced along the way, her stand-up influences and how she creates comedy.

0410Jo Brand20150817

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. As part of Radio 2's week at the Edinburgh Festival, Jo Brand recalls her journey from being a psychiatric nurse to establishing herself as one of Britain's leading stand-up comedians.

From her days treading the boards in the alternative comedy clubs in the mid-80s, Jo landed regular TV spots in the early 90s which lead to her own comedy series. She is now also a respected writer and actress. Jo explains to Russell the struggles she faced along the way, her stand-up influences and how she creates comedy.

0411Tommy Steele20150824

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with entertainer Tommy Steele.

Regarded by some as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star, Tommy rose to fame in 1957 when he had his first No. 1 single, "Singing The Blues". Over a career spanning almost 60 years, he has gone on to release numerous albums as well as starring in various films and West End productions.

0411Tommy Steele20150824

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell is in conversation with entertainer Tommy Steele.

Regarded by some as Britain's first teen idol and rock and roll star, Tommy rose to fame in 1957 when he had his first No. 1 single, "Singing The Blues". Over a career spanning almost 60 years, he has gone on to release numerous albums as well as starring in various films and West End productions.

0412Carl Davis20150831

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell chats to American-born conductor and composer, Carl Davis CBE.

Carl has written music for over 100 television programmes - including The Naked Civil Servant and The Hound of the Baskervilles - and he won a BAFTA for scoring the film, The French Lieutenant's Woman, among his many credits and achievements. He tells Russell about the thought process behind his work and how this varies from screen to stage.

0412Carl Davis20150831

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week, Russell chats to American-born conductor and composer, Carl Davis CBE.

Carl has written music for over 100 television programmes - including The Naked Civil Servant and The Hound of the Baskervilles - and he won a BAFTA for scoring the film, The French Lieutenant's Woman, among his many credits and achievements. He tells Russell about the thought process behind his work and how this varies from screen to stage.

0501Michael Bolton20151207

0501Michael Bolton20151207

Russell Davies returns, interviewing legends of music, art, comedy and film. His first guest in the new series is the multi-award winning singer Michael Bolton.

Michael began his recording career in 1975 and has gone on to record and perform with some of the biggest musical icons that helped inspire his own career, including Bob Dylan and Pavarotti. His work has also won him numerous American Music Awards, Grammy's and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0501Michael Bolton20151207

Russell Davies returns, interviewing legends of music, art, comedy and film. His first guest in the new series is the multi-award winning singer Michael Bolton.

Michael began his recording career in 1975 and has gone on to record and perform with some of the biggest musical icons that helped inspire his own career, including Bob Dylan and Pavarotti. His work has also won him numerous American Music Awards, Grammy's and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0501Michael Bolton20151207

Russell Davies returns, interviewing legends of music, art, comedy and film. His first guest in the new series is the multi-award winning singer Michael Bolton.

Michael began his recording career in 1975 and has gone on to record and perform with some of the biggest musical icons that helped inspire his own career, including Bob Dylan and Pavarotti. His work has also won him numerous American Music Awards, Grammy's and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0502Anastacia20151214

0502Anastacia20151214

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets American singer and songwriter Anastacia.

Anastacia launched herself onto the music scene in 2000 with "I'm Outta Love", a song that went on to become the biggest selling of that year. Since then she has enjoyed international success with her multi-platinum selling albums and despite her battles with cancer has proved her unique "sprock" sound has a place in the music industry.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0502Anastacia20151214

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets American singer and songwriter Anastacia.

Anastacia launched herself onto the music scene in 2000 with "I'm Outta Love", a song that went on to become the biggest selling of that year. Since then she has enjoyed international success with her multi-platinum selling albums and despite her battles with cancer has proved her unique "sprock" sound has a place in the music industry.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0502Anastacia20151214

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets American singer and songwriter Anastacia.

Anastacia launched herself onto the music scene in 2000 with "I'm Outta Love", a song that went on to become the biggest selling of that year. Since then she has enjoyed international success with her multi-platinum selling albums and despite her battles with cancer has proved her unique "sprock" sound has a place in the music industry.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0503Dita Von Teese20151221
0503Dita Von Teese20151221

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews the 'Queen of Burlesque' Dita Von Teese.

Dita is the biggest name in the world of burlesque and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight. With her elegance and sophistication, she has also performed at events for some of the biggest designer names including Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Cartier.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0503Dita Von Teese20151221

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews the 'Queen of Burlesque' Dita Von Teese.

Dita is the biggest name in the world of burlesque and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight. With her elegance and sophistication, she has also performed at events for some of the biggest designer names including Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Cartier.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0503Dita Von Teese20151221

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell interviews the 'Queen of Burlesque' Dita Von Teese.

Dita is the biggest name in the world of burlesque and is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight. With her elegance and sophistication, she has also performed at events for some of the biggest designer names including Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Cartier.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0504Martina Cole20151228

0504Martina Cole20151228

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets crime writer Martina Cole.

Growing up in Essex, Martina worked in a variety of jobs, from a cleaner to a supermarket shelf-stacker, before her breakthrough novel "Dangerous Lady" in 1991. She has now been acknowledged as the queen of crime drama and has sold in excess of 14 million copies.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0504Martina Cole20151228

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets crime writer Martina Cole.

Growing up in Essex, Martina worked in a variety of jobs, from a cleaner to a supermarket shelf-stacker, before her breakthrough novel "Dangerous Lady" in 1991. She has now been acknowledged as the queen of crime drama and has sold in excess of 14 million copies.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0504Martina Cole20151228

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets crime writer Martina Cole.

Growing up in Essex, Martina worked in a variety of jobs, from a cleaner to a supermarket shelf-stacker, before her breakthrough novel "Dangerous Lady" in 1991. She has now been acknowledged as the queen of crime drama and has sold in excess of 14 million copies.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160104

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160104

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan.

Gilbert began his music career in the 1960s and had numerous hits during the 1970s including "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". With Ivor Novello Awards to his name, he has continued to release music and tour in a career now spanning over forty years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160104

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan.

Gilbert began his music career in the 1960s and had numerous hits during the 1970s including "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". With Ivor Novello Awards to his name, he has continued to release music and tour in a career now spanning over forty years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160104

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan.

Gilbert began his music career in the 1960s and had numerous hits during the 1970s including "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". With Ivor Novello Awards to his name, he has continued to release music and tour in a career now spanning over forty years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160111
0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160111

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan.

Gilbert began his music career in the 1960s and had numerous hits during the 1970s including "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". With Ivor Novello Awards to his name, he has continued to release music and tour in a career now spanning over forty years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0505Gilbert O'sullivan20160111

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets singer-songwriter Gilbert O' Sullivan.

Gilbert began his music career in the 1960s and had numerous hits during the 1970s including "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down". With Ivor Novello Awards to his name, he has continued to release music and tour in a career now spanning over forty years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0506Enya20160118

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets Irish singer-songwriter Enya.

Starting her career in 1980 as part of her family's group Clannad, she went on to become a solo artist with her own distinctive sound. She has since gone on to sell an estimated 80 million albums worldwide and is Ireland's best-selling solo artist.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0506Enya20160118

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets Irish singer-songwriter Enya.

Starting her career in 1980 as part of her family's group Clannad, she went on to become a solo artist with her own distinctive sound. She has since gone on to sell an estimated 80 million albums worldwide and is Ireland's best-selling solo artist.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0507Boy George20160125
0507Boy George20160125

Russell Davies interviews singer-songwriter Boy George.

0507Boy George20160125

Russell Davies interviews singer-songwriter Boy George.

0507Boy George20160125

Russell Davies interviews singer-songwriter Boy George.

0508Jerry Springer20160201

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets Jerry Springer.

Jerry is most famous for his broadcast career and creating a new television format in The Jerry Springer, which reached over 6.7 million viewers. Alongside this, he has also had a journalistic career working as a news anchor and a political career having been the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0508Jerry Springer20160201

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets Jerry Springer.

Jerry is most famous for his broadcast career and creating a new television format in The Jerry Springer, which reached over 6.7 million viewers. Alongside this, he has also had a journalistic career working as a news anchor and a political career having been the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0509Jacqueline Wilson20160208
0509Jacqueline Wilson20160208

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets children's writer Jacqueline Wilson.

Jacqueline started her art from an early age, writing her first book at the age of nine. From working on Jackie magazine, to writing novels full-time, she has become one of the biggest names in children's literature and has sold over 35 million books in the UK alone.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0509Jacqueline Wilson20160208

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets children's writer Jacqueline Wilson.

Jacqueline started her art from an early age, writing her first book at the age of nine. From working on Jackie magazine, to writing novels full-time, she has become one of the biggest names in children's literature and has sold over 35 million books in the UK alone.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0509Jacqueline Wilson20160208

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets children's writer Jacqueline Wilson.

Jacqueline started her art from an early age, writing her first book at the age of nine. From working on Jackie magazine, to writing novels full-time, she has become one of the biggest names in children's literature and has sold over 35 million books in the UK alone.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0510Alfred Molina20160215

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets actor Alfred Molina.

Growing up in London, Alfred decided to become an actor from an early age and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He made his film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark and has since played roles in films as varied as Spider-Man 2 to Monsters University, as well as appearing on stage both in the West End and Broadway.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0510Alfred Molina20160215

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets actor Alfred Molina.

Growing up in London, Alfred decided to become an actor from an early age and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He made his film debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark and has since played roles in films as varied as Spider-Man 2 to Monsters University, as well as appearing on stage both in the West End and Broadway.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0511Bernard Cribbins20160222

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets actor and comedian Bernard Cribbins.

Bernard has impressive theatre credits and roles in the likes of Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who to his name, and in 2011 was awarded an OBE. From releasing music, to starring in a Hitchcock film and narrating The Wombles, he has been an important part of the entertainment industry for 60 years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0511Bernard Cribbins20160222

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets actor and comedian Bernard Cribbins.

Bernard has impressive theatre credits and roles in the likes of Fawlty Towers and Doctor Who to his name, and in 2011 was awarded an OBE. From releasing music, to starring in a Hitchcock film and narrating The Wombles, he has been an important part of the entertainment industry for 60 years.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0512Lucinda Williams20160229

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets country music singer songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Starting her career in the late 1970s, she began to get public attention with her self-titled album "Lucinda Williams". The album featured "Passionate Kisses", which went on to win Lucinda her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994 when it was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her distinctive voice and personal songwriting style has won her many fans over a career spanning almost 40 years.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0512Lucinda Williams20160229

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets country music singer songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Starting her career in the late 1970s, she began to get public attention with her self-titled album "Lucinda Williams". The album featured "Passionate Kisses", which went on to win Lucinda her first Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1994 when it was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her distinctive voice and personal songwriting style has won her many fans over a career spanning almost 40 years.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0513Ken Dodd20160307

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets comedy legend and icon Ken Dodd.

Born in Liverpool, Ken began entertaining in his local area with a ventriloquist dummy that his father bought him. He has become a national treasure for his quick-witted one-liners, as well as his enormous chart success in the 1960s. Now at the age of 88, and with a career spanning over sixty years, he still tours his comedy and music show, bringing happiness and laughter to audiences around the country.541

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0513Ken Dodd20160307

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets comedy legend and icon Ken Dodd.

Born in Liverpool, Ken began entertaining in his local area with a ventriloquist dummy that his father bought him. He has become a national treasure for his quick-witted one-liners, as well as his enormous chart success in the 1960s. Now at the age of 88, and with a career spanning over sixty years, he still tours his comedy and music show, bringing happiness and laughter to audiences around the country.541

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0514Boy George20160314

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets pop icon Boy George.

Best known as the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning pop group Culture Club, Boy George combined his unique voice and sense of fashion to give the group a distinct image in the wake of MTV. He has since gone on to become a successful solo artist and record producer, and most recently can be seen as judge on The Voice UK.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0514Boy George20160314

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets pop icon Boy George.

Best known as the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning pop group Culture Club, Boy George combined his unique voice and sense of fashion to give the group a distinct image in the wake of MTV. He has since gone on to become a successful solo artist and record producer, and most recently can be seen as judge on The Voice UK.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0601Josh Groban20160620

Russell Davies interviews singer Josh Groban.

0601Josh Groban20160620

Russell Davies interviews singer Josh Groban.

0602Graham Nash20160627

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets legendary singer songwriter Graham Nash.

Born in Blackpool, Graham has gone on to achieve world-wide success as a member of the pop group The Hollies as well as the folk-rock super group Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. The numerous accolades to his name include a Grammy Award, induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on two separate occasions, as well as a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0602Graham Nash20160627

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets legendary singer songwriter Graham Nash.

Born in Blackpool, Graham has gone on to achieve world-wide success as a member of the pop group The Hollies as well as the folk-rock super group Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. The numerous accolades to his name include a Grammy Award, induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on two separate occasions, as well as a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

0603Barbara Taylor Bradford20160704

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Barbara decided she wanted to be a writer at the age of ten, and after working as a reporter and columnist for various publications, she published her debut novel in 1979. "A Woman of Substance" went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, and subsequently her 29 published novels has all been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

0603Barbara Taylor Bradford20160704

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Barbara decided she wanted to be a writer at the age of ten, and after working as a reporter and columnist for various publications, she published her debut novel in 1979. "A Woman of Substance" went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, and subsequently her 29 published novels has all been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets comedy legend Barry Cryer.

Barry is one of the great British comedy writers, working on some of the highest rated shows like The Generation Game, as well as for some of the most popular comedians like Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper and Ronnie Corbett. With a career now spanning over 50 years, he still tours regularly.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets comedy legend Barry Cryer.

Barry is one of the great British comedy writers, working on some of the highest rated shows like The Generation Game, as well as for some of the most popular comedians like Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper and Ronnie Corbett. With a career now spanning over 50 years, he still tours regularly.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets noted children's writer Michael Morpurgo.

Inspired by the likes of Ted Hughes and Ernest Hemingway, Michael began writing following a teaching career. Most well-known for his children's novels including "War Horse", Michael was also the British Children's Laureate from 2003-2005 after developing the idea of the role with former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. His work has been adapted into successful stage plays and Oscar-nominated films.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets noted children's writer Michael Morpurgo.

Inspired by the likes of Ted Hughes and Ernest Hemingway, Michael began writing following a teaching career. Most well-known for his children's novels including "War Horse", Michael was also the British Children's Laureate from 2003-2005 after developing the idea of the role with former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. His work has been adapted into successful stage plays and Oscar-nominated films.

He speaks to Russell about his art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by his career.

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Russell Davies interviews music broadcaster Annie Nightingale.

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets music broadcaster Annie Nightingale.

Annie is best known as Britain's first female DJ on BBC Radio 1 and remains the station's longest serving broadcaster. Starting her career as a journalist for the likes of the Daily Express and Cosmopolitan magazine, she began working for the BBC in 1970. She has also worked as a TV presenter and DJ'ed at music festivals and clubs all around the world. She's still a champion of new music with a weekly programme on Radio 1.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies interviews music broadcaster Annie Nightingale.

Russell Davies interviews legends of music, art, comedy and film. This week Russell meets music broadcaster Annie Nightingale.

Annie is best known as Britain's first female DJ on BBC Radio 1 and remains the station's longest serving broadcaster. Starting her career as a journalist for the likes of the Daily Express and Cosmopolitan magazine, she began working for the BBC in 1970. She has also worked as a TV presenter and DJ'ed at music festivals and clubs all around the world. She's still a champion of new music with a weekly programme on Radio 1.

She speaks to Russell about her art, alongside a soundtrack inspired by her career.

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Russell Davies charts the musical family tree of the legendary Mott the Hoople front man from his time in a prize-winning skiffle band to being given All The Young Dudes by David Bowie - a song that saved the band from splitting up. Ian talks about how early life in a factory prepared him for the rock'n'roll life of hard knocks and how Barry Manilow of all people came to cover one of his songs.

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Russell Davies charts the musical family tree of the legendary Mott the Hoople front man from his time in a prize-winning skiffle band to being given All The Young Dudes by David Bowie - a song that saved the band from splitting up. Ian talks about how early life in a factory prepared him for the rock'n'roll life of hard knocks and how Barry Manilow of all people came to cover one of his songs.

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The man who changed the sound of pop music in the 80's talks to Russell Davies about the famous collaboration with Stock and Aitken, how he launched the careers of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley and how his love of all things railway keeps him on the straight and narrow.

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The man who changed the sound of pop music in the 80's talks to Russell Davies about the famous collaboration with Stock and Aitken, how he launched the careers of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley and how his love of all things railway keeps him on the straight and narrow.

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Russell Davies interviews American crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

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Russell Davies interviews American crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

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Russell Davies charts the musical family tree of the legendary Mott the Hoople front man from his time in a prize-winning skiffle band to being given All The Young Dudes by David Bowie - a song that saved the band from splitting up. Ian talks about how early life in a factory prepared him for the rock'n'roll life of hard knocks and how Barry Manilow of all people came to cover one of his songs.

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Russell Davies charts the musical family tree of the legendary Mott the Hoople front man from his time in a prize-winning skiffle band to being given All The Young Dudes by David Bowie - a song that saved the band from splitting up. Ian talks about how early life in a factory prepared him for the rock'n'roll life of hard knocks and how Barry Manilow of all people came to cover one of his songs.

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Katie talks to Russell Davies about her life growing up in Belfast, being discovered as an 18 year old by Mike Batt, being championed on air by the late Sir Terry Wogan and why she returned to her native Georgia to record her latest album.

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Katie talks to Russell Davies about her life growing up in Belfast, being discovered as an 18 year old by Mike Batt, being championed on air by the late Sir Terry Wogan and why she returned to her native Georgia to record her latest album.

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Russell Davies talks to Ian Rankin about his art and life's work.

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Russell Davies talks to Ian Rankin about his art and life's work.

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Russell Davies talks to musician and actor David Essex about his art and life's work. Since the 1970s, Essex has attained 19 Top 40 singles in the UK (including two number ones) and 16 Top 40 albums. But his talents extend further and into acting, having forged an extensive career in the theatre and on the small screen.

With a CV the ticks nearly every box in show business, David joins Russell Davies to discuss the most significant and pivotal moments in a career that has spanned over 50 years.

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Russell Davies talks to musician and actor David Essex about his art and life's work. Since the 1970s, Essex has attained 19 Top 40 singles in the UK (including two number ones) and 16 Top 40 albums. But his talents extend further and into acting, having forged an extensive career in the theatre and on the small screen.

With a CV the ticks nearly every box in show business, David joins Russell Davies to discuss the most significant and pivotal moments in a career that has spanned over 50 years.

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Russell Davies welcomes actress Emily Watson to the show as they discuss the pivotal moments in a career ranging from the stage to the big screen.

Beginning her career on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992, she went on to star in productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, and was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter. Her other films include The Boxer, Angela's Ashes, Gosford Park, Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon, Equilibrium, Corpse Bride, New York, War Horse, The Book Thief, The Theory of Everything and Everest. With numerous award nominations throughout an illustrious career, Emily picked up the TV BAFTA for Best Actress for her role as Janet Leach in the 2011 television biopic, Appropriate Adult.

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Russell Davies welcomes actress Emily Watson to the show as they discuss the pivotal moments in a career ranging from the stage to the big screen.

Beginning her career on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992, she went on to star in productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, and was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter. Her other films include The Boxer, Angela's Ashes, Gosford Park, Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon, Equilibrium, Corpse Bride, New York, War Horse, The Book Thief, The Theory of Everything and Everest. With numerous award nominations throughout an illustrious career, Emily picked up the TV BAFTA for Best Actress for her role as Janet Leach in the 2011 television biopic, Appropriate Adult.