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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh Festival.

Be challenged by some of the sharpest minds and entertained by some of the top performers visiting Scotland.

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Chris Kane with news, views and interviews from the start of the Edinburgh Festival.

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Chris Kane with news, views and interviews from the start of the Edinburgh Festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Janice Forsyth and Edinburgh Festival guests live from the EICC.

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Janice Forsyth and Edinburgh Festival guests live from the EICC.

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Janice Forsyth and Edinburgh Festival guests live from the EICC.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Janice Forsyth and Edinburgh Festival guests live from the EICC.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth presents a round up of the acts from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

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Janice Forsyth presents a round up of the acts from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

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Janice Forsyth presents a round up of the acts from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

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Clare English presents the first of our live shows from Venue 150 with fabulous guests drawn from the very best that Festival season in Edinburgh has to offer.

Simon Callow will be telling us stories of his life spent on stage and screen and explaining how, despite having acted in Shakespeare's plays for many years, he rediscovered him through his one man Fringe show- The Man from Stratford.

In 1914 a divorced single mother and a young upper class Scottish girl went off to the Western Front and ran a first-aid post there for the duration of the war, retrieving and treating wounded soldiers while under fire. The cast of Elsie and Mairi Go To War will give us a taste of the true story of these remarkable young women.

And - something you won't see anywhere else on the Fringe! La Clique was a cabaret variety show that wowed Edinburgh audiences in the Famous Spiegeltent from 2004- 2008, launching the solo careers of all of the artists who appeared there. For this one show only, Mikelangelo, Camille O'Sullivan and Meow Meow have reunited and will be performing for us.

Actor Simon Callow joins Clare English in a live show from the Edinburgh Festival.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as she meets some of the performers, comedians, writers and musicians at the Festival.

Clare English comes live from the Edinburgh Festival.

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Joining Clare on the couch today at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre -

Celebrating 40 years in show biz, stage star and legendary cabaret performer Peter Straker sings the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Jacques Brel and his good friend Freddy Mercury. He shares his stories from 4 decades in the business.

The world's oldest cougar, stripper and storyteller Lynn Ruth Miller returns with comedy at its worst and a touch of song guaranteed to destroy your digestion. Having started her stage career aged 70 what did she do for the first 69 years?

Ripping up the classics and rebuilding them round their audience, award-winning theatre company, Belt Up, return to the Fringe with a staggering 8 shows. Ranging from Homer to Kafka this ambitious collective explain why they're drawn to seemingly unstageable plays.

And making their Fringe and UK debut, South African singing sensations the Bala Brothers have travelled a long, hard road to stardom. So good they've been taken under the wing of festival favourites, the Soweto Gospel Choir, hear these award-winning siblings first on the Festival Café!

Cabaret, cougars, crooners and a theatre collective extraordinaire on The Festival Cafe.

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Witty conversation, entertaining performances and great music live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Hosted by Janice Forsyth.

Janice is joined on the sofa by award-winning Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel THE SLAP chronicles the fallout among a group of family and friends in contemporary Melbourne, after a young boy is slapped for misbehaving at a family party. Christos has been in Scotland for the last three months, and his new book will have Scottish inspiration...

There'll be live performances from Tony Award-wining performer Frances Ruffelle and Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman, who is performing his Rap Guide to Human Nature at the Fringe.

Janice owns up to her own teenage crush as she talks to two women behind the play COULD IT BE FOREVER, which revolves around their own crush on David Cassidy.

And Andrew Hawkins, son of much-loved actor Jack Hawkins (Zulu, Ben Hur) will be talking about his fringe show - in which he aims to halt the decline of acting standards!

Janice Forsyth is joined on the sofa by award-winning Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas.

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To begin Week Two of our Festival Café Shows from Venue 150:

The New York-based company Elevator Repair Service have made a name for themselves turning classic American novels into highly-acclaimed theatre. Their new show, based on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, has its world premiere in Edinburgh this month and the director and cast will be joining us to give us a taste of their trademark style and panache.

Actress Ali Kennedy-Scott will be performing excerpts from her show, The Day the Sky Turned Black, which she researched and wrote after returning home to Australia in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires of February 2009.

Icelandic tenor Bjartmar Sigurdsson sings for us and describes the challenge of performing at the Tattoo in front of nine thousand people.

And the Senegalese band Samba Sene and Diwan will play us their joyous brand of Afro-beat funk.

Come and join us at Venue 150!

Clare English live at the Edinburgh Festival with the pick of the very best acts.

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Caracas born Edicson Ruiz is living proof of the success of Venezuela's world famous "El Sistema" scheme. His life might have been very different without the opportunities offered by this musical social project to his country's most underprivileged children. Now, aged just 25, he's established himself as a master of the double bass setting the classical musical world alight on an international scale. Hear his inspirational story - and playing!

Tim Crouch's new play The Author is a story of hope, exploitation, togetherness and abuse carried out in the name of the spectator. Breaking down traditional theatrical conventions he challenges the audiences' responsibilities as spectators and talks about the shockwaves created by this controversial production.

Better known as an impersonator of dead comedians, writer and performer David Benson, takes on an entirely different challenge by staging one man play, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business. He reveals how his relationship with the father of one of the victim's resulted in this powerful, topical and very personal monologue.

Mind blowing "mentalist", Marc Salem, is a world expert on non-verbal communication. Using psychological techniques, a sharp eye and even sharper wit, he plays "Mind Games" with his audience with his ability to read their thoughts.. Impressed? The CIA were as he's worked with them too.

And - Mozart meets the Marx Brothers with the world's funniest string trio Pluck. From Bach to the Beatles they wreak havoc in a raucous revamp of their original hit show they return with Pluck - Musical Arson Reignited!

Be inspired by El Sistema wunderkind, double bassist Edicson Ruiz, on the Festival Cafe.

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Witty conversation, entertaining performances and great music live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, hosted by Janice Forsyth.

Janice is joined on the sofa by writer and satirist Alistair Beaton, whose Edinburgh International Festival play CALEDONIA chronicles the ill-fated 17th century Darien Project. Also joining Janice is The Thick of It star Paul Higgins, who plays 'financial adventurer' William Paterson, whose ambitious plan to form a Scottish colony in central America almost bankrupted the nation, and led directly to the Act of Union between Scotland and England.

Financial Times columnist, businesswoman, university professor, mother of three and pilot Mrs Moneypenny will be giving an insight into the life of a working mother at the top of the financial industry.

South African duo The Brothers Streep will be performing their own take on the global financial crisis, and singing their ode to actress Anna Paquin.

Plus live music from one of New York's leading stage stars, 'singing actor' Michael Zegarski.

Janice Forsyth is joined by satirist Alistair Beaton and The Thick Of It star Paul Higgins

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of this year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals. Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English.

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Antonio Forcione - We have live music and chat from The Fringe's favourite guitarist(who has just launched his first new album in five years). This year his special guests are internationally renowned Kora player, Seckou Keita, from Senegal and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale. Three musicians, true masters. Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and entertained.

'Fitzrovia Radio Hour' - Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut-glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, Fitzrovia use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience. The show includes three rip-roaring tales: George Albion & the War of the Roses, Nazi Firemen in Westminster and Tin! All are new yet delightfully reminiscent of the golden age of radio!

Fiona Kennedy - Kist We hear from singer, broadcaster and producer, Fiona Kennedy, who is staging her new production, The Kist at this year's Fringe. The Kist is a musical celebration of our heritage through song and story and embraces all genres, from traditional folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock to American country.

Casablanca - A lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time, starring Gavin Mitchell, Clare Waugh and Jimmy Chisholm - a multi-tasking cast whisk you back to Morocco 1941, a Nazi-infested hotbed of corruption, teeming with refugees and all the flotsam and jetsam of war-torn Europe. Cut to Rick's bar where the émigrés gather, desperate to get hold of the all-elusive exit visa, when who should walk in but the beautiful Ilsa, Rick's long-lost love...

Antonio Forcione, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Fiona Kennedy and Casablanca.

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Janice Forsyth presents live from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow. Sharing the stage with her today are.

Multi-award winning stand-up, international film star, and acclaimed writer/producer Omid Djalili is soon to hit the road for the first time in 3 1/2 years with more carefully crafted cultural observations in his brand new show, Tour of Duty. But first he needs to test his new material and what better place than at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with his show 'Omid Djalili: Work in Progress'. The "thinking person's Iranian comedian" chats to the Festival Café about his career.

"Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrews Sisters". Three times Olivier Award nominated top comedy cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, have become a global internet sensation with their infamous anthem to budget travel, 'Cheap Flights'. With millions of hits worldwide they're paying homage to their success with this year's Fringe show 'Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights'. Captain Dillie Keane, navigator Adele Anderson and new flight attendant, Sarah-Louise Young add some sparkle to today's show with their stunning harmonies and satirical songs.

Incredibly inventive, superbly silly, brilliantly bizarre, it's no wonder four man sketch group The Three Englishmen were a total sell-out with their debut show at last year's Fringe. The charismatic quartet, finalists in the Musical Comedy Awards 2011, return to Edinburgh with their very best selection of zany sketches and songs in this year's show The Three Englishmen: Optimists. With plaudits from critics and punters alike, we welcome this very talented troupe to the stage.

Star of Casualty and Holby City, Clive Mantle swaps his stethoscope for a fez as he brings back the trademark magic and jokes of Tommy Cooper in his hilarious tribute show, "Jus' Like That!" More than simply an impersonation of the legendary comedian, Mantle truly morphs into character with a performance that's uncanny from the infectious laugh to the comic mistiming to the magic tricks. We find out what its like to step into the size 13 shoes of one of Britain's most iconic comedy entertainers.

Featuring Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle and Omid Djalili.

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals. Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Janice Forsyth.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Janice Forsyth.

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Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle's Tommy Cooper and Omid Djalili.

Another chance to hear Janice Forsyth from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow. Sharing the stage with her today are.

Multi-award winning stand-up, international film star, and acclaimed writer/producer Omid Djalili is soon to hit the road for the first time in 3 1/2 years with more carefully crafted cultural observations in his brand new show, Tour of Duty. But first he needs to test his new material and what better place than at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with his show 'Omid Djalili: Work in Progress'. The "thinking person's Iranian comedian" chats to the Festival Café about his career.

"Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrews Sisters". Three times Olivier Award nominated top comedy cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, have become a global internet sensation with their infamous anthem to budget travel, 'Cheap Flights'. With millions of hits worldwide they're paying homage to their success with this year's Fringe show 'Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights'. Captain Dillie Keane, navigator Adele Anderson and new flight attendant, Sarah-Louise Young add some sparkle to today's show with their stunning harmonies and satirical songs.

Incredibly inventive, superbly silly, brilliantly bizarre, it's no wonder four man sketch group The Three Englishmen were a total sell-out with their debut show at last year's Fringe. The charismatic quartet, finalists in the Musical Comedy Awards 2011, return to Edinburgh with their very best selection of zany sketches and songs in this year's show The Three Englishmen: Optimists. With plaudits from critics and punters alike, we welcome this very talented troupe to the stage.

Star of Casualty and Holby City, Clive Mantle swaps his stethoscope for a fez as he brings back the trademark magic and jokes of Tommy Cooper in his hilarious tribute show, "Jus' Like That!" More than simply an impersonation of the legendary comedian, Mantle truly morphs into character with a performance that's uncanny from the infectious laugh to the comic mistiming to the magic tricks. We find out what its like to step into the size 13 shoes of one of Britain's most iconic comedy entertainers.

Multi-award winning stand-up, international film star, and acclaimed writer/producer Omid Djalili is soon to hit the road for the first time in 3 1/2 years with more carefully crafted cultural observations in his brand new show, Tour of Duty. But first he needs to test his new material and what better place than at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with his show 'Omid Djalili: Work in Progress'. The "thinking person's Iranian comedian" chats to the Festival Café about his career.

"Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrews Sisters". Three times Olivier Award nominated top comedy cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, have become a global internet sensation with their infamous anthem to budget travel, 'Cheap Flights'. With millions of hits worldwide they're paying homage to their success with this year's Fringe show 'Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights'. Captain Dillie Keane, navigator Adele Anderson and new flight attendant, Sarah-Louise Young add some sparkle to today's show with their stunning harmonies and satirical songs.

Star of Casualty and Holby City, Clive Mantle swaps his stethoscope for a fez as he brings back the trademark magic and jokes of Tommy Cooper in his hilarious tribute show, "Jus' Like That!" More than simply an impersonation of the legendary comedian, Mantle truly morphs into character with a performance that's uncanny from the infectious laugh to the comic mistiming to the magic tricks. We find out what its like to step into the size 13 shoes of one of Britain's most iconic comedy entertainers.

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Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle's Tommy Cooper and Omid Djalili.

Another chance to hear Janice Forsyth from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow. Sharing the stage with her today are.

Multi-award winning stand-up, international film star, and acclaimed writer/producer Omid Djalili is soon to hit the road for the first time in 3 1/2 years with more carefully crafted cultural observations in his brand new show, Tour of Duty. But first he needs to test his new material and what better place than at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with his show 'Omid Djalili: Work in Progress'. The "thinking person's Iranian comedian" chats to the Festival Café about his career.

"Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrews Sisters". Three times Olivier Award nominated top comedy cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, have become a global internet sensation with their infamous anthem to budget travel, 'Cheap Flights'. With millions of hits worldwide they're paying homage to their success with this year's Fringe show 'Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights'. Captain Dillie Keane, navigator Adele Anderson and new flight attendant, Sarah-Louise Young add some sparkle to today's show with their stunning harmonies and satirical songs.

Incredibly inventive, superbly silly, brilliantly bizarre, it's no wonder four man sketch group The Three Englishmen were a total sell-out with their debut show at last year's Fringe. The charismatic quartet, finalists in the Musical Comedy Awards 2011, return to Edinburgh with their very best selection of zany sketches and songs in this year's show The Three Englishmen: Optimists. With plaudits from critics and punters alike, we welcome this very talented troupe to the stage.

Star of Casualty and Holby City, Clive Mantle swaps his stethoscope for a fez as he brings back the trademark magic and jokes of Tommy Cooper in his hilarious tribute show, "Jus' Like That!" More than simply an impersonation of the legendary comedian, Mantle truly morphs into character with a performance that's uncanny from the infectious laugh to the comic mistiming to the magic tricks. We find out what its like to step into the size 13 shoes of one of Britain's most iconic comedy entertainers.

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The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

On Monday:

The Two Worlds of Charlie F- Clare English is joined by the writer and cast of the show that wowed London's West End for two nights earlier this year. Starring soldiers who have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, this powerful piece of theatre looks at the effects of the physical and mental wounds incurred during conflict, as well how soldiers cope once they're back home. We'll find out how these non-professional actors have harnessed their determination and strength to make the transition from a military to a theatrical company.

A familiar face from television and film, last seen in 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, actress Linda Marlowe talks about Miss Havisham's Expectations, the Fringe show that takes a fresh look at the tragic, manipulative figure from Dickens' Great Expectations. We'll find out what an actress of her calibre gets from being part of the rough and tumble of a month's run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Live music from Camille O'Sullivan who'll be performing songs from her forthcoming album, Changeling, and discussing the world premiere of her one-woman Edinburgh International Festival show. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Rape of Lucrece unleashes her formidable musical performance skills on Shakespeare's lyrical poem.

Producer: Serena Field.

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The first of the Edinburgh Festival shows, featuring The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

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The first of the Edinburgh Festival shows, featuring The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

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The first of the Edinburgh Festival shows, featuring The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

On Monday:

The Two Worlds of Charlie F- Clare English is joined by the writer and cast of the show that wowed London's West End for two nights earlier this year. Starring soldiers who have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, this powerful piece of theatre looks at the effects of the physical and mental wounds incurred during conflict, as well how soldiers cope once they're back home. We'll find out how these non-professional actors have harnessed their determination and strength to make the transition from a military to a theatrical company.

A familiar face from television and film, last seen in 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, actress Linda Marlowe talks about Miss Havisham's Expectations, the Fringe show that takes a fresh look at the tragic, manipulative figure from Dickens' Great Expectations. We'll find out what an actress of her calibre gets from being part of the rough and tumble of a month's run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Live music from Camille O'Sullivan who'll be performing songs from her forthcoming album, Changeling, and discussing the world premiere of her one-woman Edinburgh International Festival show. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Rape of Lucrece unleashes her formidable musical performance skills on Shakespeare's lyrical poem.

Producer: Serena Field.

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Clare English is joined by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Ali McGregor and The Pajama Men.

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Clare English welcomes her sofa guests THE PAJAMA MEN and ALI MCREGOR. Fresh from eight weeks of smashing it on London's West End, The Pajama Men return to Edinburgh in their street clothes this year, with a completely improvised set, inspired by the audience. Ali McGregor is a classically trained opera singer, one of Australia's most versatile singers and brings a truly individual, humorous flavour to chart topping hits from today and yesteryear.

JOHNNY O'CALLAGHAN joins the discussion and opens his heart to tell the comedic true story about his 'against-all-odds' struggle to adopt a Ugandan orphan.

FORK made their Fringe debut last year and now they're back to wow us with their goth-pop vocal acrobatics - ready yourselves for a big shot of glam rock a capella.

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Clare English is joined by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Ali McGregor and The Pajama Men.

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Clare English welcomes her sofa guests THE PAJAMA MEN and ALI MCREGOR. Fresh from eight weeks of smashing it on London's West End, The Pajama Men return to Edinburgh in their street clothes this year, with a completely improvised set, inspired by the audience. Ali McGregor is a classically trained opera singer, one of Australia's most versatile singers and brings a truly individual, humorous flavour to chart topping hits from today and yesteryear.

JOHNNY O'CALLAGHAN joins the discussion and opens his heart to tell the comedic true story about his 'against-all-odds' struggle to adopt a Ugandan orphan.

FORK made their Fringe debut last year and now they're back to wow us with their goth-pop vocal acrobatics - ready yourselves for a big shot of glam rock a capella.

Clare English is joined by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Ali McGregor and The Pajama Men.

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Clare English talks to Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin.

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On today's Festival Café Edinburgh's Makar, Ron Butlin, treats us to some of the wonderful poetry in his new collection "The Magicians of Edinburgh" which he'll be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival.

A new chamber opera tells the touching story of Farquar Quimpugh, world-renowned expert in rare disorders of the mind. Old and unwell, he revisits the bizarre cases upon which his mighty reputation was built. But will these ghosts of patients past, including a spectacularly jumpy Welshman and a woman with an alien hand, convince the doctor that his celebrated discoveries amount to a life well spent. Librettist, Phil Porter's on hand to answer those questions.

We catch up with award winning South African actress, Sandra Prinsloo who's in Edinburgh to perform in the one -woman play "The Sewing Machine". It's a rich and sometimes funny monologue set in a retirement home in present day South Africa where 81 year old Magdaleen now lives. It's part of the 2012 Fringe South African Season and Sandra explains how the play fits in to the season.

And Festival a capella maestros, The Magnets, bring us some great sounds from their new show.

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The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

On today's Festival Café Edinburgh's Makar, Ron Butlin, treats us to some of the wonderful poetry in his new collection "The Magicians of Edinburgh" which he'll be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival.

A new chamber opera tells the touching story of Farquar Quimpugh, world-renowned expert in rare disorders of the mind. Old and unwell, he revisits the bizarre cases upon which his mighty reputation was built. But will these ghosts of patients past, including a spectacularly jumpy Welshman and a woman with an alien hand, convince the doctor that his celebrated discoveries amount to a life well spent. Librettist, Phil Porter's on hand to answer those questions.

We catch up with award winning South African actress, Sandra Prinsloo who's in Edinburgh to perform in the one -woman play "The Sewing Machine". It's a rich and sometimes funny monologue set in a retirement home in present day South Africa where 81 year old Magdaleen now lives. It's part of the 2012 Fringe South African Season and Sandra explains how the play fits in to the season.

And Festival a capella maestros, The Magnets, bring us some great sounds from their new show.

Clare English talks to Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin.

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Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their take on Educating Rita.

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Oxford Belles- Oxford University's original all-female a cappella group bringing back their unique blend of classics and chart hits, choreography and beatboxing to the Fringe!. This year's highlights include the fun and pace of spot the TV theme tune a cappella style to the spine tingling ballads like Jar of Hearts.

Othello - The Remix A fresh urban take on Shakespeare's tragedy spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. The Q Brothers are America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip hop. Returning to Edinburgh following award-winning international tours of Bomb-itty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin'.

Educating Rita: Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their production of the Pygmalion-like account of a young, brash Liverpudlian hairdresser trying to enrich her life by going on an English Lit Open University course. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank, who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself. (Claire Sweeney plays Rita and Matthew Kelly is Dr Frank Bryant.)

Barry McGovern, world renowned for his interpretations of the work of Samuel Beckett, discusses his adaptation and solo performance of Watt, produced by Dublin's Gate Theatre, the extraordinary story of an itinerant character who walks one day from a train station to the home of a Mr Knott whom he will serve. The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.'

Without You Actor Anthony Rapp discusses his autobiographical show Without You, adapted from his bestselling memoir about his friendship with Rent composer Jonathan Larson, - he shares his experience of being part of the original cast of Rent (playing Mark Cohen), which premiered off-Broadway in 1996 shortly after Larson's death.

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Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their take on Educating Rita.

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Oxford Belles- Oxford University's original all-female a cappella group bringing back their unique blend of classics and chart hits, choreography and beatboxing to the Fringe!. This year's highlights include the fun and pace of spot the TV theme tune a cappella style to the spine tingling ballads like Jar of Hearts.

Othello - The Remix A fresh urban take on Shakespeare's tragedy spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. The Q Brothers are America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip hop. Returning to Edinburgh following award-winning international tours of Bomb-itty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin'.

Educating Rita: Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their production of the Pygmalion-like account of a young, brash Liverpudlian hairdresser trying to enrich her life by going on an English Lit Open University course. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank, who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself. (Claire Sweeney plays Rita and Matthew Kelly is Dr Frank Bryant.)

Barry McGovern, world renowned for his interpretations of the work of Samuel Beckett, discusses his adaptation and solo performance of Watt, produced by Dublin's Gate Theatre, the extraordinary story of an itinerant character who walks one day from a train station to the home of a Mr Knott whom he will serve. The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.'

Without You Actor Anthony Rapp discusses his autobiographical show Without You, adapted from his bestselling memoir about his friendship with Rent composer Jonathan Larson, - he shares his experience of being part of the original cast of Rent (playing Mark Cohen), which premiered off-Broadway in 1996 shortly after Larson's death.

Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their take on Educating Rita.

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Featuring performances from the 1977 Glasvegas musical, Mike McShane and Les Dennis.

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Former Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis joins Janice, and performs an extract from premiere Edinburgh Fringe play about a struggling comic veteran of Liverpool's working men's clubs in 1997, their dying days.

Mike McShane tells Janice and the Festival Cafe audience about his new play Mon Droit, in which he stars as Robert James Moore, an American who came to London for the love of the Queen, only to end up a skeleton in St James's Park.

Patrick Neil Doyle and 3Bugs Fringe Theatre are bringing his twice Oscar-nominated film composer father Patrick Doyle and Morag Fullarton's 1977 musical Glasvegas back to the Edinburgh Fringe. Patrick Neil Doyle has added three new songs to his father's score, and he joins Janice to tell her how the rock 'n' roll musical he grew up listening to inspired him, and how it feels to revive the play; we'll have performances from Glasvegas the original musical throughout the programme.

Operatic sopranos the Bevan Sisters perform for the Festival Cafe audience.

20120810

The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

Former Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis joins Janice, and performs an extract from premiere Edinburgh Fringe play about a struggling comic veteran of Liverpool's working men's clubs in 1997, their dying days.

Mike McShane tells Janice and the Festival Cafe audience about his new play Mon Droit, in which he stars as Robert James Moore, an American who came to London for the love of the Queen, only to end up a skeleton in St James's Park.

Patrick Neil Doyle and 3Bugs Fringe Theatre are bringing his twice Oscar-nominated film composer father Patrick Doyle and Morag Fullarton's 1977 musical Glasvegas back to the Edinburgh Fringe. Patrick Neil Doyle has added three new songs to his father's score, and he joins Janice to tell her how the rock 'n' roll musical he grew up listening to inspired him, and how it feels to revive the play; we'll have performances from Glasvegas the original musical throughout the programme.

Operatic sopranos the Bevan Sisters perform for the Festival Cafe audience.

Featuring performances from the 1977 Glasvegas musical, Mike McShane and Les Dennis.

20120813

David Hayman (Trial and Retribution, ITV) joins Clare English to talk about Six and a Tanner, the powerful one-man show about a father- son relationship that marks his first-ever Festival Fringe acting appearance.

Olivier Award- winning actor Julian Glover and Sheila Reid (Benidorm, ITV) on joining forces in Maurice's Jubilee, the moving and funny story of a man's dream to keep an appointment with Her Majesty the Queen as he nears the end of his life.

The Ruby Dolls give us a taste of their unique a cappella singing, combining klezmer, tango, African folk, and the blues to stunning effect.

And- bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras, we welcome New Orleans jazz legend Lillian Boutté. As well as performing, she'll also explain how music is still playing a role in the regeneration of her beloved city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Producer: Serena Field.

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The best of British acting talent: David Hayman and Julian Glover.

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The best of British acting talent: David Hayman and Julian Glover.

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The best of British acting talent: David Hayman and Julian Glover.

David Hayman (Trial and Retribution, ITV) joins Clare English to talk about Six and a Tanner, the powerful one-man show about a father- son relationship that marks his first-ever Festival Fringe acting appearance.

Olivier Award- winning actor Julian Glover and Sheila Reid (Benidorm, ITV) on joining forces in Maurice's Jubilee, the moving and funny story of a man's dream to keep an appointment with Her Majesty the Queen as he nears the end of his life.

The Ruby Dolls give us a taste of their unique a cappella singing, combining klezmer, tango, African folk, and the blues to stunning effect.

And- bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras, we welcome New Orleans jazz legend Lillian Boutté. As well as performing, she'll also explain how music is still playing a role in the regeneration of her beloved city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Producer: Serena Field.

20120814

Clare English meets Fringe favourites Shlomo, Alan Bissett and Bill Paterson.

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On Tuesday's Festival Café repeat, Clare English welcomes her sofa guests SHLOMO, ALAN BISSETT AND BILL PATERSON

SHLOMO is an internationally renowned beat boxing legend who has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn, Bjork, Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker. He brings two shows to the Fringe this year and tells Clare what it's like to be a mentor to the amazing young talent that comprises THE VOCAL ORCHESTRA

Award-winning novelist ALAN BISSETT joins Clare on the couch to discuss his new play THE RED HOURGLASS. It's a witty, dark, political allegory that will make you think twice before you flush a certain house-guest down the plughole.

BILL PATERSON has been a fixture on the small screen since the late seventies and is one of Britain's most prolific performers. His new play NO MORE SHALL WE PART examines the contentious issue of euthanasia - Clare finds out more.

And we're treated to a lively performance from HAIRY MACLARY AND FRIENDS as we take a look at children's section of the Fringe.

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Clare English meets Fringe favourites Shlomo, Alan Bissett and Bill Paterson.

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Join Janice Forsyth and Clare English at the Edinburgh Festival.

Clare English meets Fringe favourites Shlomo, Alan Bissett and Bill Paterson.

The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

On Tuesday's Festival Café repeat, Clare English welcomes her sofa guests SHLOMO, ALAN BISSETT AND BILL PATERSON

SHLOMO is an internationally renowned beat boxing legend who has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn, Bjork, Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker. He brings two shows to the Fringe this year and tells Clare what it's like to be a mentor to the amazing young talent that comprises THE VOCAL ORCHESTRA

Award-winning novelist ALAN BISSETT joins Clare on the couch to discuss his new play THE RED HOURGLASS. It's a witty, dark, political allegory that will make you think twice before you flush a certain house-guest down the plughole.

BILL PATERSON has been a fixture on the small screen since the late seventies and is one of Britain's most prolific performers. His new play NO MORE SHALL WE PART examines the contentious issue of euthanasia - Clare finds out more.

And we're treated to a lively performance from HAIRY MACLARY AND FRIENDS as we take a look at children's section of the Fringe.

20120815

Clare English hosts perfomances of comedic theatre, anti-folk, rave and Nicola Benedetti!

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Clare English presents, live from the BBC's festival venue at Potterrow.

Violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti joins us, ahead of her performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the EIF, where she'll be playing some Szymanowski. It was her performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 that won her the BBC Young Musician title in 2004 at the age of 16, and the composer's mystical music has been in her blood ever since.

Fringe Stalwart Guy Masterson returns for his 12th year at the festival, with his latest one-man-play "The Half", about a fifty year old actor, down on luck, who attempts to reverse fortunes by doing a solo play: Hamlet, uncut, all the parts! He'll give us a flavour of this comedy performance, live on the show.

New York Antifolk legend Lach also joins Clare, to talk about the gap the Alternative Fringe is filling in this year's festival, as well as the three show's he's doing this year, along with New York comic Laura Levites, who has experienced his Antihoot show in New York and Edinburgh, and has brought her own show - 'American Girlfriend' to the Alternative Fringe too.

And for something completely different, fresh from winning the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, we'll have a live performance from 'BEATS' - a show which tells the early 90s rave tale of a Scottish youngster, with writer and perfomer Kieran Hurley, and live DJing from DJ Johnny Whoop!

20120815

The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

Clare English presents, live from the BBC's festival venue at Potterrow.

Violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti joins us, ahead of her performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the EIF, where she'll be playing some Szymanowski. It was her performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 that won her the BBC Young Musician title in 2004 at the age of 16, and the composer's mystical music has been in her blood ever since.

Fringe Stalwart Guy Masterson returns for his 12th year at the festival, with his latest one-man-play "The Half", about a fifty year old actor, down on luck, who attempts to reverse fortunes by doing a solo play: Hamlet, uncut, all the parts! He'll give us a flavour of this comedy performance, live on the show.

New York Antifolk legend Lach also joins Clare, to talk about the gap the Alternative Fringe is filling in this year's festival, as well as the three show's he's doing this year, along with New York comic Laura Levites, who has experienced his Antihoot show in New York and Edinburgh, and has brought her own show - 'American Girlfriend' to the Alternative Fringe too.

And for something completely different, fresh from winning the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, we'll have a live performance from 'BEATS' - a show which tells the early 90s rave tale of a Scottish youngster, with writer and perfomer Kieran Hurley, and live DJing from DJ Johnny Whoop!

Clare English hosts perfomances of comedic theatre, anti-folk, rave and Nicola Benedetti!

20120816

Tom Thum - Returning to Edinburgh for his first time as a solo act, human synthesizer Tom Thum is here to conquer his addiction to beatboxing.

Angels: Iain Robertson discusses his new play - David Lynch meets Rebus in this uproarious, underworld whodunnit, reworking the hardboiled crime thriller for our times; a suspicious death at the workplace and loner security guard Nick Prentice is hauled in Kafka style for interrogation. Detective Crichton believes he's got Prentice bang to rights. Nick's handwritten seedy wee 'stories' seem to nail him to the crime. Is Prentice complicit in the death of two-bit shoplifter Gary Glover? Will Hollywood's uber-babe Scarlett Johansson rescue our unlikely antihero?

Horrible Histories We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it's time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? What if a Viking moved in next door? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to Henry VIII? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and find out what a baby farmer did! We hear about this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Desert Island Discs: David Bottomley discusses his affectionate homage to a national radio treasure. Unplugged and live at the piano. We take a nostalgic skinny-dip into our host's Desert Island Discs. An intimate poetical odyssey from the port of Whitby to London's Thames.

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Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create a mind-blowing soundscape!

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Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create a mind-blowing soundscape!

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Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create a mind-blowing soundscape!

Tom Thum - Returning to Edinburgh for his first time as a solo act, human synthesizer Tom Thum is here to conquer his addiction to beatboxing.

Angels: Iain Robertson discusses his new play - David Lynch meets Rebus in this uproarious, underworld whodunnit, reworking the hardboiled crime thriller for our times; a suspicious death at the workplace and loner security guard Nick Prentice is hauled in Kafka style for interrogation. Detective Crichton believes he's got Prentice bang to rights. Nick's handwritten seedy wee 'stories' seem to nail him to the crime. Is Prentice complicit in the death of two-bit shoplifter Gary Glover? Will Hollywood's uber-babe Scarlett Johansson rescue our unlikely antihero?

Horrible Histories We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it's time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? What if a Viking moved in next door? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to Henry VIII? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and find out what a baby farmer did! We hear about this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Desert Island Discs: David Bottomley discusses his affectionate homage to a national radio treasure. Unplugged and live at the piano. We take a nostalgic skinny-dip into our host's Desert Island Discs. An intimate poetical odyssey from the port of Whitby to London's Thames.

Angels: Iain Robertson David Lynch meets Rebus in this uproarious, underworld whodunnit, reworking the hardboiled crime thriller for our times; a suspicious death at the workplace and loner security guard Nick Prentice is hauled in Kafka style for interrogation. Detective Crichton believes he's got Prentice bang to rights. Nick's handwritten seedy wee 'stories' seem to nail him to the crime. Is Prentice complicit in the death of two-bit shoplifter Gary Glover? Will Hollywood's uber-babe Scarlett Johansson rescue our unlikely antihero?

20120817

Reginald D Hunter is Janice Forsyth's sofa guest on this year's final Festival Cafe programme;

Christine Bovill will be performing songs from PIAF and will be telling Janice about her love of the legendary French singer;

Anne Chmelewsky will be talking about her comedy-operetta about social networking Through the Looking Screen and star Amy Payne and pianist Elizabeth Challenger will be performing;

and the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets will be performing and writer/performer Kevin Sutherland will be talking about how the Socks are doing a kids' show for the first time at the Fringe as well as his late night Socky Horror Show.

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Reginald D Hunter joins Janice Forsyth on The Festival Cafe in the BBC's Big Blue Tent.

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The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

Reginald D Hunter joins Janice Forsyth on The Festival Cafe in the BBC's Big Blue Tent.

Reginald D Hunter is Janice Forsyth's sofa guest on this year's final Festival Cafe programme;

Christine Bovill will be performing songs from PIAF and will be telling Janice about her love of the legendary French singer;

Anne Chmelewsky will be talking about her comedy-operetta about social networking Through the Looking Screen and star Amy Payne and pianist Elizabeth Challenger will be performing;

and the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets will be performing and writer/performer Kevin Sutherland will be talking about how the Socks are doing a kids' show for the first time at the Fringe as well as his late night Socky Horror Show.

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Featuring Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle and Omid Djalili

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Featuring Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle and Omid Djalili.

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Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Janice Forsyth.

Janice Forsyth presents live from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow. Sharing the stage with her today are...

"So this serial killer walks into a bar..." Former stand-up comedian turned crime fiction writer, Mark Billingham, creator of the hugely popular Detective Inspector Tom Thorne series, talks to Janice about the parallels between these two seemingly incongruous careers.

Putting opera in a pop culture setting with a sassy sense of humour, Best Comedy Musical Performer award-winner, Adelmo Guidarelli, the self-professed Clown Prince of Opera; he's on a mission to broaden opera's appeal with his comical show "Operation Adelmo!"

Fancy a shot at pop superstardom? Then join the Festival Café for a master class with musical educators Frisky and Mannish as they present Pop Centre Plus to ensure you secure gainful employment in the world of pop.

And - it's spawned the careers of stand-ups like Tommy Tiernan, Rhona Cameron and Dylan Moran... We meet this year's newly crowned winner of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny comedy competition - Tommy Rowson!

Featuring Mark Billingham, Adelmo Guidarelli, and Frisky and Mannish.

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The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of this year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

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The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of this year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2010 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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Featuring conversation with Margaret Drabble, Alistair McGowan, Antonio Forcione and Phill Jupitus, plus entertainment and live music from Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen.

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Featuring conversation with Margaret Drabble, Alistair McGowan, Antonio Forcione and Phill Jupitus, plus entertainment and live music from Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen.

Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2010 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh. Tune in for some of the best acts that performed in the capital in August 2010.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2011 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows.

The pick of the 2011 Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2011 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows.

The pick of the 2011 Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth.

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The biggest names from all the Edinburgh Festivals talking to Clare English live from The Spiegeltent in George Square.

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The biggest names from all the Edinburgh Festivals talking to Janice Forsyth live from The Spiegeltent in George Square.

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The biggest names from all the Edinburgh Festivals talking to Janice Forsyth live from The Spiegeltent in George Square.

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The biggest names from all the Edinburgh Festivals talking to Clare English live from The Spiegeltent in George Square.

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Provocative discussions and great entertainment with Clare English and guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

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The biggest names from all the Edinburgh Festivals talking to Janice Forsyth live from The Spiegeltent in George Square.

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Chris Kane with news, views and interviews from the start of the Edinburgh Festival.

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Featuring conversation with Margaret Drabble, Alistair McGowan, Antonio Forcione and Phill Jupitus, plus entertainment and live music from Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen.

Featuring guests Margaret Drabble, Alistair McGowan, Antonio Forcione and Phill Jupitus

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Clare English presents the first of our live shows from Venue 150 with fabulous guests drawn from the very best that Festival season in Edinburgh has to offer.

Simon Callow will be telling us stories of his life spent on stage and screen and explaining how, despite having acted in Shakespeare's plays for many years, he rediscovered him through his one man Fringe show- The Man from Stratford.

In 1914 a divorced single mother and a young upper class Scottish girl went off to the Western Front and ran a first-aid post there for the duration of the war, retrieving and treating wounded soldiers while under fire.

The cast of Elsie and Mairi Go To War will give us a taste of the true story of these remarkable young women.

And - something you won't see anywhere else on the Fringe! La Clique was a cabaret variety show that wowed Edinburgh audiences in the Famous Spiegeltent from 2004- 2008, launching the solo careers of all of the artists who appeared there.

For this one show only, Mikelangelo, Camille O'Sullivan and Meow Meow have reunited and will be performing for us.

Actor Simon Callow joins Clare English in a live show from the Edinburgh Festival.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as she meets some of the performers, comedians, writers and musicians at the Festival.

Clare English comes live from the Edinburgh Festival.

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Joining Clare on the couch today at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre -

Celebrating 40 years in show biz, stage star and legendary cabaret performer Peter Straker sings the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Jacques Brel and his good friend Freddy Mercury.

He shares his stories from 4 decades in the business.

The world's oldest cougar, stripper and storyteller Lynn Ruth Miller returns with comedy at its worst and a touch of song guaranteed to destroy your digestion.

Having started her stage career aged 70 what did she do for the first 69 years?

Ripping up the classics and rebuilding them round their audience, award-winning theatre company, Belt Up, return to the Fringe with a staggering 8 shows.

Ranging from Homer to Kafka this ambitious collective explain why they're drawn to seemingly unstageable plays.

And making their Fringe and UK debut, South African singing sensations the Bala Brothers have travelled a long, hard road to stardom.

So good they've been taken under the wing of festival favourites, the Soweto Gospel Choir, hear these award-winning siblings first on the Festival Café!

Cabaret, cougars, crooners and a theatre collective extraordinaire on The Festival Cafe.

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Witty conversation, entertaining performances and great music live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Hosted by Janice Forsyth.

Janice is joined on the sofa by award-winning Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel THE SLAP chronicles the fallout among a group of family and friends in contemporary Melbourne, after a young boy is slapped for misbehaving at a family party.

Christos has been in Scotland for the last three months, and his new book will have Scottish inspiration...

There'll be live performances from Tony Award-wining performer Frances Ruffelle and Canadian rap artist Baba Brinkman, who is performing his Rap Guide to Human Nature at the Fringe.

Janice owns up to her own teenage crush as she talks to two women behind the play COULD IT BE FOREVER, which revolves around their own crush on David Cassidy.

And Andrew Hawkins, son of much-loved actor Jack Hawkins (Zulu, Ben Hur) will be talking about his fringe show - in which he aims to halt the decline of acting standards!

Janice Forsyth is joined on the sofa by award-winning Australian writer Christos Tsiolkas.

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To begin Week Two of our Festival Café Shows from Venue 150:

The New York-based company Elevator Repair Service have made a name for themselves turning classic American novels into highly-acclaimed theatre.

Their new show, based on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, has its world premiere in Edinburgh this month and the director and cast will be joining us to give us a taste of their trademark style and panache.

Actress Ali Kennedy-Scott will be performing excerpts from her show, The Day the Sky Turned Black, which she researched and wrote after returning home to Australia in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires of February 2009.

Icelandic tenor Bjartmar Sigurdsson sings for us and describes the challenge of performing at the Tattoo in front of nine thousand people.

And the Senegalese band Samba Sene and Diwan will play us their joyous brand of Afro-beat funk.

Come and join us at Venue 150!

Clare English live at the Edinburgh Festival with the pick of the very best acts.

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Join Clare English live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as she meets some of the performers, comedians, writers and musicians at the Festival.

Clare English comes live from the Edinburgh Festival.

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Caracas born Edicson Ruiz is living proof of the success of Venezuela's world famous "El Sistema" scheme.

His life might have been very different without the opportunities offered by this musical social project to his country's most underprivileged children.

Now, aged just 25, he's established himself as a master of the double bass setting the classical musical world alight on an international scale.

Hear his inspirational story - and playing!

Tim Crouch's new play The Author is a story of hope, exploitation, togetherness and abuse carried out in the name of the spectator.

Breaking down traditional theatrical conventions he challenges the audiences' responsibilities as spectators and talks about the shockwaves created by this controversial production.

Better known as an impersonator of dead comedians, writer and performer David Benson, takes on an entirely different challenge by staging one man play, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business.

He reveals how his relationship with the father of one of the victim's resulted in this powerful, topical and very personal monologue.

Mind blowing "mentalist", Marc Salem, is a world expert on non-verbal communication.

Using psychological techniques, a sharp eye and even sharper wit, he plays "Mind Games" with his audience with his ability to read their thoughts.

Impressed? The CIA were as he's worked with them too.

And - Mozart meets the Marx Brothers with the world's funniest string trio Pluck.

From Bach to the Beatles they wreak havoc in a raucous revamp of their original hit show they return with Pluck - Musical Arson Reignited!

Be inspired by El Sistema wunderkind, double bassist Edicson Ruiz, on the Festival Cafe.

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Witty conversation, entertaining performances and great music live from the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, hosted by Janice Forsyth.

Janice is joined on the sofa by writer and satirist Alistair Beaton, whose Edinburgh International Festival play CALEDONIA chronicles the ill-fated 17th century Darien Project.

Also joining Janice is The Thick of It star Paul Higgins, who plays 'financial adventurer' William Paterson, whose ambitious plan to form a Scottish colony in central America almost bankrupted the nation, and led directly to the Act of Union between Scotland and England.

Financial Times columnist, businesswoman, university professor, mother of three and pilot Mrs Moneypenny will be giving an insight into the life of a working mother at the top of the financial industry.

South African duo The Brothers Streep will be performing their own take on the global financial crisis, and singing their ode to actress Anna Paquin.

Plus live music from one of New York's leading stage stars, 'singing actor' Michael Zegarski.

Janice Forsyth is joined by satirist Alistair Beaton and The Thick Of It star Paul Higgins

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2010 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth

Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of this year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the 2010 Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth

Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for highlights of our Festival Cafe shows from Edinburgh.

Tune in for some of the best acts that performed in the capital in August 2010.

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Antonio Forcione - We have live music and chat from The Fringe's favourite guitarist(who has just launched his first new album in five years).

This year his special guests are internationally renowned Kora player, Seckou Keita, from Senegal and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale.

Three musicians, true masters.

Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and entertained.

'Fitzrovia Radio Hour' - Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut-glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, Fitzrovia use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience.

The show includes three rip-roaring tales: George Albion & the War of the Roses, Nazi Firemen in Westminster and Tin! All are new yet delightfully reminiscent of the golden age of radio!

Fiona Kennedy - Kist We hear from singer, broadcaster and producer, Fiona Kennedy, who is staging her new production, The Kist at this year's Fringe.

The Kist is a musical celebration of our heritage through song and story and embraces all genres, from traditional folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock to American country.

Casablanca - A lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time, starring Gavin Mitchell, Clare Waugh and Jimmy Chisholm - a multi-tasking cast whisk you back to Morocco 1941, a Nazi-infested hotbed of corruption, teeming with refugees and all the flotsam and jetsam of war-torn Europe.

Cut to Rick's bar where the émigrés gather, desperate to get hold of the all-elusive exit visa, when who should walk in but the beautiful Ilsa, Rick's long-lost love...

Antonio Forcione, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Fiona Kennedy and Casablanca.

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Antonio Forcione - We have live music and chat from The Fringe's favourite guitarist(who has just launched his first new album in five years).

This year his special guests are internationally renowned Kora player, Seckou Keita, from Senegal and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale.

Three musicians, true masters.

Prepare to be amazed, enchanted and entertained.

'Fitzrovia Radio Hour' - Celebrating an age when radio was brand new and radio drama was stuffed with more stereotypes and cut-glass accents than afternoon tea at Lords, Fitzrovia use new material to recreate the spirit of vintage radio plays for a modern audience.

The show includes three rip-roaring tales: George Albion and the War of the Roses, Nazi Firemen in Westminster and Tin! All are new yet delightfully reminiscent of the golden age of radio!

Fiona Kennedy - Kist We hear from singer, broadcaster and producer, Fiona Kennedy, who is staging her new production, The Kist at this year's Fringe.

The Kist is a musical celebration of our heritage through song and story and embraces all genres, from traditional folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock to American country.

Casablanca - A lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time, starring Gavin Mitchell, Clare Waugh and Jimmy Chisholm - a multi-tasking cast whisk you back to Morocco 1941, a Nazi-infested hotbed of corruption, teeming with refugees and all the flotsam and jetsam of war-torn Europe.

Cut to Rick's bar where the émigrés gather, desperate to get hold of the all-elusive exit visa, when who should walk in but the beautiful Ilsa, Rick's long-lost love...

Antonio Forcione, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, Fiona Kennedy and Casablanca.

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Janice Forsyth presents live from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow.

Sharing the stage with her today are.

Multi-award winning stand-up, international film star, and acclaimed writer/producer Omid Djalili is soon to hit the road for the first time in 3 1/2 years with more carefully crafted cultural observations in his brand new show, Tour of Duty.

But first he needs to test his new material and what better place than at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival with his show 'Omid Djalili: Work in Progress'.

The "thinking person's Iranian comedian" chats to the Festival Café about his career.

"Absolutely Fabulous meets Noel Coward, as sung by the Andrews Sisters".

Three times Olivier Award nominated top comedy cabaret trio, Fascinating Aida, have become a global internet sensation with their infamous anthem to budget travel, 'Cheap Flights'.

With millions of hits worldwide they're paying homage to their success with this year's Fringe show 'Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights'.

Captain Dillie Keane, navigator Adele Anderson and new flight attendant, Sarah-Louise Young add some sparkle to today's show with their stunning harmonies and satirical songs.

Incredibly inventive, superbly silly, brilliantly bizarre, it's no wonder four man sketch group The Three Englishmen were a total sell-out with their debut show at last year's Fringe.

The charismatic quartet, finalists in the Musical Comedy Awards 2011, return to Edinburgh with their very best selection of zany sketches and songs in this year's show The Three Englishmen: Optimists.

With plaudits from critics and punters alike, we welcome this very talented troupe to the stage.

Star of Casualty and Holby City, Clive Mantle swaps his stethoscope for a fez as he brings back the trademark magic and jokes of Tommy Cooper in his hilarious tribute show, "Jus' Like That!" More than simply an impersonation of the legendary comedian, Mantle truly morphs into character with a performance that's uncanny from the infectious laugh to the comic mistiming to the magic tricks.

We find out what its like to step into the size 13 shoes of one of Britain's most iconic comedy entertainers.

Featuring Fascinating Aida, The Three Englishmen, Clive Mantle and Omid Djalili

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Clare English.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Clare English

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Janice Forsyth.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Janice Forsyth

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Fancy some free entertainment? Spend your lunch hour in the company of some fabulous guests from the Edinburgh Festivals.

Great music, great laughs, great chat with your host, Janice Forsyth.

Great music, great laughs, great chat from the Edinburgh Festival with Janice Forsyth.

Janice Forsyth presents live from our special purpose built venue, the BBC@Potterrow.

Sharing the stage with her today are...

"So this serial killer walks into a bar..." Former stand-up comedian turned crime fiction writer, Mark Billingham, creator of the hugely popular Detective Inspector Tom Thorne series, talks to Janice about the parallels between these two seemingly incongruous careers.

Putting opera in a pop culture setting with a sassy sense of humour, Best Comedy Musical Performer award-winner, Adelmo Guidarelli, the self-professed Clown Prince of Opera; he's on a mission to broaden opera's appeal with his comical show "Operation Adelmo!"

Fancy a shot at pop superstardom? Then join the Festival Café for a master class with musical educators Frisky and Mannish as they present Pop Centre Plus to ensure you secure gainful employment in the world of pop.

And - it's spawned the careers of stand-ups like Tommy Tiernan, Rhona Cameron and Dylan Moran...

We meet this year's newly crowned winner of the prestigious So You Think You're Funny comedy competition - Tommy Rowson!

Featuring Mark Billingham, Adelmo Guidarelli, and Frisky and Mannish.

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Join Clare English and Janice Forsyth for a taste of the best of the year's Festival as they bring you highlights of our Festival Cafe shows.

The pick of the week's Festival Cafes with Clare English and Janice Forsyth

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