My Dream Dinner Party

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Jane Horrocks's Dream Dinner Party20190907

Actor Jane Horrocks hosts a dinner party with a twist - all her guests are from beyond the grave, her heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

She's joined by singer and entertainer Cilla Black, poet and novelist Sylvia Plath, TV celebrity chef Fanny Cradock (and her sidekick, Jonny), singer-songwriter Ian Dury and underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.

While the Lancashire hotpot bubbles in the oven, the dinner party conversation becomes loud and mischievous – from the thrill of breaking taboos on stage, to the wonder of the sea, from the loneliness of fame to the joy of English eccentricity - and plenty of singing/performance around the dinner table.

Presented by Jane Horrocks
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Actor Jane Horrocks in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.

John Cleese's Dream Dinner Party20190921

Actor, comedian and writer John Cleese hosts a dinner party with a twist - all his guests are from beyond the grave, his heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

John is joined by writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley, Hollywood actress Bette Davis, comedian and writer Spike Milligan, the film maker and writer Susan Sontag and neurologist Oliver Sacks.

While John and his guests wait for the Indian takeaway to arrive, they don't waste any time in discussing past drug experiences, the trauma of war, being a superstar, the threat of technology - and the joy of silliness.

Then the comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore turn up for a late night brandy.

Presented by John Cleese
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Actor, comedian, writer John Cleese in conversation with his heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.

Shappi Khorsandi's Dream Dinner Party20190914

Comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi hosts a dinner party with a twist. All her guests are from beyond the grave, her heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

She’s joined by poet and memoirist Maya Angelou, broadcaster and comedian Kenny Everett, actor Richard Burton, post-war Labour politician and feminist campaigner Dr Edith Summerskill and singer songwriter Amy Winehouse.

While the saffron-inspired Persian feast simmers gently, the conversation around the dinner table heats up. But the early tensions soon dissolve as Shappi and her guests discuss the joy of music and the power of the human voice, home and exile, fighting prejudice, and Elizabeth Taylor. Alongside frank confessions, there's laughter, singing and tales of love.

Presented by Shappi Khorsandi
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.

0101Jane Horrocks's Dream Dinner Party20190907

Actor Jane Horrocks hosts a dinner party with a twist - all her guests are from beyond the grave, her heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

She's joined by singer and entertainer Cilla Black, poet and novelist Sylvia Plath, TV celebrity chef Fanny Cradock (and her sidekick, Jonny), singer-songwriter Ian Dury and underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.

While the Lancashire hotpot bubbles in the oven, the dinner party conversation becomes loud and mischievous – from the thrill of breaking taboos on stage, to the wonder of the sea, from the loneliness of fame to the joy of English eccentricity - and plenty of singing/performance around the dinner table.

Presented by Jane Horrocks
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Actor Jane Horrocks in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.

0102Shappi Khorsandi's Dream Dinner Party20190914

Comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi hosts a dinner party with a twist. All her guests are from beyond the grave, her heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

She’s joined by poet and memoirist Maya Angelou, broadcaster and comedian Kenny Everett, actor Richard Burton, Labour politician and feminist campaigner Dr Edith Summerskill and singer songwriter Amy Winehouse.

While the saffron-inspired Persian feast simmers gently, the conversation around the dinner table heats up. But the early tensions dissolve as Shappi and her guests discuss the joy of music and the power of the human voice, home and belonging, fighting against prejudice, Elizabeth Taylor, and intense public scrutiny. Alongside frank confessions, there’s also laughter, singing, and an unexpected tirade against boxing.

Presented by Shappi Khorsandi
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.

0103John Cleese's Dream Dinner Party20190921

Actor, comedian and writer John Cleese hosts a dinner party with a twist - all his guests are from beyond the grave, his heroes brought back to life by the magic of the BBC radio archive.

John is joined by writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley, Hollywood actress Bette Davis, comedian and writer Spike Milligan, the film maker and writer Susan Sontag and neurologist Oliver Sacks.

While John and his guests wait for the Indian takeaway to arrive, they don’t waste any time in discussing past drug experiences, the joys of silliness, the trauma of war, being a superstar, coping with a dysfunctional mother, the threat of technology - and fear of the dark.

Then two surprise guests turn up for a late night whisky.

Presented by John Cleese
Produced by Sarah Peters and Peregrine Andrews
Researcher: Edgar Maddicott
Executive Producer: Iain Chambers

A Tuning Fork and Open Audio production for BBC Radio 4

Actor, comedian, writer John Cleese in conversation with his heroes, brought back to life.

Presenters host guests from beyond the grave, brought to life through the radio archive.