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20181222

David Gower talks about his life in cricket and how spending his early years in Africa inspired his passion for wildlife. Anne Atkins has been inspired to write about her son Alex, who has Asperger's. They discuss their relationship and how Alex has learnt how to read people. Clive Collins explains why Christmas trees are so important to him. Singer Lily Allen shares her Inheritance Tracks - she has chosen I’m Always on a Mountain When I Fall, performed by Merle Haggard and Fix You by Coldplay. And from the courtroom to the kitchen- Nisha Katona tells her story.

Presented by Aasmah Mir and Rev. Richard Coles.
Producer: Claire Bartleet
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

20190126

Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

20190202

Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

09/12/201820181229

Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles are joined by Gabrielle, THE pop star of the 90s – inspiring lyrics, cool image, intriguing eye patch, hit after hit, and then she went quiet. After time out as a mum of two she has just released her first album for 11 years, and she is back.
Will Farmer’s life seems only to exist on a summer’s day surrounded by beautiful objects in the garden of an English stately home, for he is an expert on Antiques Roadshow. He’s joining us in the midst of winter to talk about auctioneering and his passion for the past.
Emma Rosen spent a year trying 25 careers before turning 25 including: archaeology in Transylvania; being an extra in a major movie; alpaca farming in Cornwall and assisting a crisis team during the terror attack on Parliament in March 2017. Emma now works as a writer and speaker, focusing on millennials in the workforce.
Saturday Live listener Gary Horrocks joins us to talk about being a fan of Judy Garland – he heads the international fan club.
JP meets Philip Pittack and Martin White who run the last surviving Spitalfields cloth merchants.
and Brian Conley tells us his inheritance tracks. He chooses Elvis Presley performing Jailhouse Rock and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons performing Who Loves You.

Producer: Corinna Jones
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Extraordinary stories, unusual people and a sideways look at the world.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Bradley Walsh, Jodie Kidd and Mobeen Azhar20190105

Aasmah Mir and Mobeen Azhar are joined by the actor and TV presenter Bradley Walsh. Currently starring in Doctor Who, he talks about going on a father and son road trip in the US, where he was pushed to his limits with cowboy training and sky diving!
Former professional footballer and teacher, Len Johnrose, describes his small victories, silver linings and making the most of living with motor-neurone disease.
Gary Budd is a chimney sweep and also the founder, head coach and chief coxswain of The Pilot Gig Club in Lewes, East Sussex. He explains why he started the club and how it’s brought the community together.
Julia Georgallis gives advice on how to eat your Christmas Tree. She turns hers into everything from fir jam, spruce ice-cream, pine smoked cauliflower and juniper gin!
And supermodel and petrolhead turned pub landlady, Jodie Kidd, describes turning 40 and how she’s now living a healthier, more anchored life.
With Inheritance Tracks from Simon Williams. He chooses: I Whistle a Happy Tune from The King and I and Lullabye, sung by Billy Joel.

Producer: Louise Corley
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Len Johnrose describes living with MND. And advice on how to eat your Christmas Tree.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Dame Kelly Holmes, Rick Wakeman's Inheritance Tracks20190112

Aasmah Mir and Konnie Huq are joined by Dame Kelly Holmes, double gold winner at the Athens Olympics in 2004. She talks about her life in the army, pursuing her dream of becoming an Olympian and adjusting to life after retiring from athletics.

Jacquie Davis is one of the world's top female bodyguards. During her career she has protected royals and celebrities, rescued hostages and carried out undercover surveillance. She talks about the qualities required for the job and the power of being a chameleon.

The Reverend Ravi Holy was ordained in 2005 after turning his back on his previous life as a dissolute youth. He is also a stand-up comedian and explains how the comedy gets them laughing in the aisles.

Jasper Winn is writer in residence for the Canal and River Trust who advocates slow travel - taking time to appreciate the world around us as an antidote to our busy, high tech lives.

Marion Grave, owner of the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston, talks about the magic of their partnership and her favourite objects among the exhibits.

With Inheritance Tracks from musician Rick Wakeman. He chooses Woodman, Spare That Tree by Phil Harris and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

Producer: Paula McGinley
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Bodyguard Jacquie Davis and vicar and stand-up the Reverend Ravi Holy.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Gareth Malone, YolanDa Brown20190316

Choirmaster Gareth Malone describes working with pupils from Kensington Aldridge Academy to help them create a concert to mark the return to their school building next to Grenfell Tower.
Listener Rev'd Alan Dodds recalls his life before ordination - playing guitar in a band with David Bowie.
Mya-Rose Craig, aka 'birdgirl', has seen 5,000 species of bird and explains how she spends her weekends bird ringing.
Jane Hasell-McCosh reveals some of the strange varieties of marmalade at the Marmalade Awards and Festival in Cumbria.
Saxophonist and MOBO winner YolanDa Brown on racing driving and her search for emerging young musical talent.
And the Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick shares his Inheritance Tracks - Stairway to Heaven performed by Led Zeppelin and One by U2.

Presented by Aasmah Mir and the Rev. Richard Coles.

Producer: Louise Corley
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Jane Hasell-McCosh talks about marmalade; Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick's Inheritance Tracks.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Hugh Dennis and Eric Idle's Inheritance Tracks20181215

The comedian and actor Hugh Dennis talks about being the son of a Bishop and his latest role in The Messiah. Former nurse, Christie Watson, recalls lessons of kindness and hospital Christmasses. Listener Stephanie Bouckley shares her Thank You story pegged to the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster.
JP Devlin meets Arthur Spencer, a former teacher and WWII navigator, who has been recognised with the award of a Legion d’honneur from the French government.
Jan Blake describes the timeless appeal of storytelling and her first visit to her grandmother in Jamaica. Firefighter Gary Bankhead explains how he became an amateur underwater archaeologist, finding gold and silver from Durham Cathedral in the Wear. He is now an expert on lead cloth seals. And Eric Idle chooses his Inheritance Tracks: Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison; and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Producer: Louise Corley
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Firefighter and underwater archaeologist, Gary Bankhead and storyteller Jan Blake.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Keisha Buchanan20190330

Singer-songwriter and Great British Menu guest judge Keisha Buchanan talks to Rev. Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir about finding success as a teenager in Sugababes, a band which had six number one singles and two number one albums in the UK.

Lamin Deen talks about his duel career as a Grenadier Guard and GB bobsleigh Olympian.

We launch My Sound, a new feature where we ask you to tell us about a sound that means something to you. Tim Eagling explains why the sound of his car is significant.

Forager John Wright reveals what we should be looking out for in April and how you can find wild food in cities as well as the country.

Line of Duty actor Adrian Dunbar shares his Inheritance Tracks. He has chosen Hear My Song Violetta, performed by Josef Locke and A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles.

Alice Plunkett is a former jockey and three-day eventer who is now an ITV Racing presenter. Alice is the only woman to have ridden at both Badminton Horse Trials and the Grand National course at Aintree. She talks about the risks and rewards of racing.

Producer: Claire Bartleet
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar, racing presenter Alice Plunkett, bobsleigh pilot Lamin Deen.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Prue Leith and the Inheritance Tracks of Sir Tim Rice20181208

Prue Leith has been in our cooking consciousness for years but her appointment as a judge on TV's bake off has exposed her culinary expertise to a whole new audience and inspired a new cook book. She joins Richard and Aasmah along with:
Marianne Power who was such a fan of self-help she decided to follow a book a month for a year. She joins us to reflect on her journey of self discovery.
Former professional footballer Cherno Samba was tipped to be a superstar in UK football but whilst his career stalled he became a legend on computer game Championship Manager. Now training to be a coach, he tell us what happened.
Clare Norburn sings medieval carols with her group The Telling – she’s going to tell us how the first carols were not to do with Christmas…
JP meets Rob in Bridgend who has been helped out of homelessness by The Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin in the Field’s
and Inheritance Tracks from Tim Rice who chooses You Did It, from My Fair Lady, with music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and with God On Our Side, written by Bob Dylan and performed by Manfred Mann.

Producer: Corinna Jones
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Marianne Power on following self-help, Cherno Samba on being an online football success

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Slade's Dave Hill, Dr Xand van Tulleken and actress Joanne Froggatt20181201

Slade guitarist Dave Hill; Young People’s Laureate for London Momtaza Mehri; Listener Mary Diggory takes JP Devlin back to the woods that gave her sanctuary; Shona Davies on finding love as she sailed around the world. Joanne Froggatt shares her Inheritance Tracks: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush and Proud Mary performed by Ike and Tina Turner. Dr Xand van Tulleken talks about combining medicine and presenting, with his twin brother.

Producer: Claire Bartleet
Editor: Eleanor Garland

The Young People's Laureate performs her Christmas poem. A listener takes JP to the woods

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Stephen Jones and the Inheritance Tracks of Gina Yashere20190323

Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by the milliner Stephen Jones whose passion for hats has led him from the catwalks of Dior to the Brighton Pavillion, the adventurer and extreme sleeper Phoebe Smith who sends people to sleep with her travel stories, historian David Olusoga whose TV programme explores the lives of all the people who lived in one house in Newcastle and Saturday Live listener, the crochetdermist Shauna Richardson whose creations include animal versions of Boris Johnson and Prince Harry and whose worked graced the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
We also have the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Gina Yashere who chooses Dancing Queen by Abba and Back to Life by Soul II Soul
And listener Rosie Humphreys tells us about her mother's dress.

Producer: Corinna Jones
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Extreme sleeper Phoebe Smith, historian David Olusoga and crochetdermist Shauna Richardson

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.

Trevor Nelson20190119

Trevor Nelson talks about how he became one of the country's leading R&B DJs; pigeon fancier Ian Evans sets the scene from The British Homing World Show of the Year in Blackpoool. Man Like Mobeen star and creator Guz Khan, who until recently was a Humanities teacher in the Midlands. Sharon D. Clarke shares her Inheritance Tracks. She has chosen Sweet Jamaica by Clancy Eccles and What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye. Anatomist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts discusses her career and how she digs the UK with a spade and a campervan.

Presented by Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein.

Producer: Corinna Jones
Editor: Eleanor Garland

Professor Alice Roberts, Man Like Mobeen's Guz Khan, Sharon D Clarke's Inheritance Tracks.

Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.