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Brigitte Bardot20190101

French singer Vincent Niclo presents a second series of Carte Blanche, celebrating talented artists, celebrated and creative, independent and determined, who are beloved in France and around the world.

In the first episode, in an exclusive interview for Radio 2, recorded at her home in St Tropez, Brigitte Bardot gives Vincent carte blanche to talk about her life and career. Passionate, outspoken and controversial, since her first public appearance in 1950, Brigitte’s always been a trail blazer and ahead of time.

With dreams of becoming a ballerina, it was a modelling shoot when she was just 15 that caught the eye of film director Roger Vadim. She became an actress and was just 18 when she was cast in the film that would make her a star – And God Created Woman.

Brigitte was globally adored, the first Continental actress to achieve Hollywood-size fame.

A screen icon, she made over forty films, recorded over sixty songs, she popularised the bikini, the beehive and the pink gingham dress, and of course, there was ‘that’ iconic pose.

As famous for her initials – B.B - as she was for her full name, in 1973, at just 39, at the height of her beauty and fame, she turned her back on stardom – and went off to start her real life as an animal rights activist and campaigner. And she’s remained committed to her cause ever since.

Brigitte Bardot in an exclusive interview, talks openly about her life and career

French singer Vincent Niclo presents a series celebrating talented beloved in France

Composer Michel Legrand Recalls His Greatest Collaborations20190108

French singer Vincent Niclo presents Carte Blanche, a brand new series, celebrating talented artists, celebrated and creative, independent and determined, who are beloved in France and around the world.

In part 2, composer Michel Legrand, gives Vincent carte blanche to talk about his life and career. The French born composer, orchestrator, conductor and pianist has been writing, arranging and performing music for over half a century.

A child prodigy at the piano, he converted from classical to jazz under the nose of his disapproving teacher, the composer Nadia Boulanger. He started out as an orchestrator; his earliest triumph was I Love Paris, a set of jazz standards which sold seven million copies in two years.

Then for 10 years he composed for the Nouvelle Vague directors. Among his enduring works are musicals made for the screen. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg was an unexpected success in 1964, followed by Les Demoiselles de Rochefore three years later. He returned to form in Yentl and won an Oscar for the score - the film’s only nomination.

Michel’s collaborated widely with the likes of Miles Davis and Kiri Te Kanawa, Barbra Streisand and Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy and Gene Kelly, Joseph Losey and Edith Piaf.

He’s won awards, plaudits and honours, including four Oscars.

Some of Michel’s most famous compositions and collaborations created modern standards such as “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?” and “I Will Wait For You.”

He talks candidly with Vincent about his music and his collaborations and explains why he never listens to his music.

Composer Michel Legrand gives Vincent Niclo carte blanche to talk about his life.

French singer Vincent Niclo presents a series celebrating talented beloved in France