Summary: Real life but not as you know it. Radio 4's Saturday morning show is full of the stuff that matters, extraordinary stories, inheritance tracks, guerrilla reports, secret lives, poetry and more.
The actress, script-writer and producer Ruth Jones joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Trend forecaster James Wallman describes why we have more stuff than we could ever need. Polly Loxton wrote to Saturday Live about the value of a handwritten letter. Anna Bailey accompanies Julian Lloyd Webber to a football match at Leyton Orient to find out how he spends his Saturday. A visit to his local launderette inspired Luke Jerram to create the 'Play Me, I'm Yours' piano project. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of singer Beverley Knight.
Omid Djalili, the British-Iranian stand-up comedian and actor, joins Richard Coles and Suzy Klein. Also, former international hostage and police negotiator Richard Mullender tells us about expert listening. Tanya Mai Johnston came to Northern Ireland as part of Operation Babylift. Every Saturday morning listener So-jin Holohan sets out to write a letter to one of her friends around the world. Alex Noble is a zombie trainer. We find out what that involves. And Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo reveals his Inheritance Tracks.
'Restoration Man' George Clarke joins Aasmah Mir and Rev Richard Coles. Busker Sherika Sherard wrote a song 'Give Me A Job' which has gone viral. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. David Savage recalls Churchill's funeral. Chris Bates was Ambassador to the island of Tristan da Cunha. JP Devlin joins the crowds of well-wishers who attended the funeral of an RAF veteran who died without any family or friends. And actor Natascha McElhone picks her Inheritance Tracks.
Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles are joined by Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell. We visit Wirksworth in Derbyshire. Matthew Engel describes his three year journey exploring England' counties. Vlogger Michael Stevens, shares his passion for knowledge. We hear the story of Pamela Rose - who gave up acting in her twenties to work at Bletchley Park and returned to the stage in her 80s. Crime writer Peter May describes his real-life teenage experience of running away from Glasgow for London. Plus actor Julie Hesmondhalgh shares her Inheritance Tracks - The Joy of Living by Ewan MacColl and Reach by S Club.
Artistic Director and comedian, Viv Groskop joins Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein. Also Paul Sinton-Hewitt who created Parkrun, Jill Stidever who has been teaching children with disabilities to swim for over 50 years, Nelly Ben Hayoun works to bring the wonder of outer space into the comfort of the living room. JP Devlin meets a group of pensioners in Gateshead who find that keeping hens helps stave off loneliness. Plus Novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter Nick Hornby picks his Inheritance Tracks.
Chef, restaurateur and Masterchef judge Marcus Wareing joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Also actor, presenter and reality TV star Alison Hammond. Aminah Hart fell in love with her sperm donor. Michael Parker reveals how best to sell yourself. JP Devlin meets Des O'Connor. Plus writer, director, actor and comedian John Waters picks his Inheritance Tracks.
Anton du Beke of Strictly Come Dancing joins Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein. The poet Mr. Gee shares seasonal poems. The award winning broadcaster Stephanie Hirst, formerly Simon Hirst, describes her lifelong passion for radio, the events that have led her to change gender and live as a woman. Glyn Johns talks about his career as a sound engineer/producer with bands from The Rolling Stones and The Eagles to The Who and Led Zeppelin. Vicki Brewer shares the story of her favourite Christmas present - a personalised board game,in which the content was tailored to stories from the family's life. JP Devlin meets John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, who talks frankly about Christmas, his childhood illness, trains and his relationship with his parents. And Grayson Perry shares his Inheritance Tracks: It's Not Unusual by Tom Jones and I'd Rather Ride Around With You by Reba McIntyre.
14 yr old Rebekah West singing her own Welsh translation of 'Let it go' from the Disney animated film Frozen, live on the programme.
Journalist Jon Snow joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Also, Luke Simon talks about losing his brother Piers in the Boxing Day Tsunami 10 year ago. Rebekah West became a Youtube sensation after posting her own version of 'Let it go' from the Disney film 'Frozen' - in Welsh. Luke Cameron, vowed to do one good deed a day throughout 2014. We find out how he fared. We also hear from some of the cast of the RSC's production of 'The Christmas Truce', Miranda Hart's comedy Christmas Cracker and a taster of A Christmas Poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Alan Johnson MP shares his Inheritance Tracks. He chooses True Love by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly as well as And Your Bird Can Sing by The Beatles.
The BBC's Formula 1 presenter, Suzi Perry, joins Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir. Ben Collins, ex-"The Stig" from the BBC's Top Gear, takes Richard on a circuit of Rockingham Racetrack. With more than 30 years' experience Mark Thompson shares his passion for "amateur astronomy". Hermen, an outreach worker for The Connection at St. Martin's, supported by the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal, recalls his time living on the street. Robin Ollington describes how his suggestion led to Buckingham Palace displaying a welcoming Christmas Tree. Katie Rogers shares her story of how, as a city executive, she followed her childhood passion to run away to become a circus ringmaster. And actress Wendi Peters chooses her Inheritance Tracks - I Won't Last A Day Without You by Carpenters, and Hello Dolly by Barbra Streisand.
The choreographer Matthew Bourne and X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey join Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. We meet the friends of Malala Yousafzai who were shot by the Taliban in Pakistan two years ago and are now studying in rural Wales. They will be reunited with Malala this week as she receives the Nobel Peace Prize. Tim Wootton was told he wouldn't live long enough to finish school because of a genetic disease. Now in his 40s he explains what impact that's had on his outlook on life, and what others can learn from him. Listener James Showers also shares lessons from his life, a life spent constantly re-inventing himself; head hunter, carpenter, rain forest resident, hermit, and now undertaker. Plus we have the Inheritance Tracks of Michael Morpurgo.
In a special programme for Saturday Live's Listener Week, wildlife presenter Steve Backshall joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Simon Digby has written a series of stories about things he got up to when he was young that he never told his mother. David Heydecker usually spends his Saturday mornings listening to Saturday Live whilst elbow deep in bread dough. Su Chard is an independent celebrant who is passionate about encouraging fellow listeners to pass down family stories to get the send-off you want. Cat Williams is a military wife who became a counsellor and author after seeing the fall-out of the impact of army life on families. We visit the Pembrokeshire community of Llangwm who have come together to create and perform an opera to celebrate the centenary of WW1. Martin Greenough tells us about his local ParkRun meeting which is how he spends his Saturday mornings. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of listener Ailsa Harris.
Vocal coach, singer and television presenter, Carrie Grant joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Rebecca Root explains how she helps transsexual and transgendered people, like herself, to discover their voice. The first photographer to capture on film the incomparable Kate Bush - we hear from her brother John Carder Bush on how he rescued the negatives from a skip to make a collection of photographs. JP Devlin visits a tattoo convention in Bournemouth. Jockie Reid reveals why he has taken up motor-cycling at the age of eighty one. The palaeobiologist, Dr. Victoria Herridge, on her passion for Ice Age mammals and the trip of a lifetime - to take part in an autopsy of a 40,000 year old woolly mammoth. And the writer, Jung Chang, chooses her Inheritance Tracks: God Bless the Child, by Billie Holliday and The Sweetest Embrace by Barry Adamson.
Ade Adepitan, paralympian, actor and TV presenter, joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. As does magician Megan Knowles-Bacon, the first ever female secretary of the Magic Circle, and ghost-writer of resignation letters Matt Potter. BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney goes chess boxing. 12 year old William Heath tells us how he's doing his bit for Movember And Dexter Fletcher selects his Inheritance Tracks - 'Round Midnight' by Dexter Gordon and 'Sunshine on Leith' by The Proclaimers.
Actor Tom Hollander joins Suzy Klein and Jay Rayner. Carole Stone has been described as Britain's most connected woman. He may have had to look up who 'Brad Pitt' was, but that didn't stop Peter 'Cosy' Comfort - British D-Day veteran - from accepting his invite to join him on the red carpet to celebrate the premier of the film Fury. At 89, Fred and Mary Collingwood are one of Britain's oldest newlywed couples. We also meet the 10-year-old entrepreneur Henry Patterson who has opened his own sweetshop. We visit one of Dylan Thomas's old London drinking haunts to talk to present day punters and also the Inheritance Tracks of children's author and Purple Ronnie creator Giles Andreae.