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.
Presented by Suzy Klein and Richard Coles. International rock star Bryan Adams talks about his career as a photographer and his latest project with wounded soldiers. Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, Lee Spencer, describes how he lost a leg - not on the battlefield but while being a good Samaritan on a British motorway. Turner prize winning artist Martin Creed talks about trousers with JP Devlin. Maths teacher turned stand-up comedian Matt Parker with tips incl. how to cut a pizza so everyone gets exactly the same amount of topping. Kenny Clark on his time as a football referee in 2001, taking charge of Africa's biggest and arguably most hotly contested derby. Tennis player turned romantic novelist Alice Peterson. And the Inheritance Tracks of John Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, who chooses Panis Angelicus by César Franck and You Little Thief by Feargal Sharkey.
Artist Alison Lapper joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Also, Martha Collison, the Great British Bake Off's youngest ever contestant. James Goodfellow explains what it's like to have invented something used by millions of people a day - the chip and PIN. We explore Northern Soul with Ann Taylor and Tom Page. Plus, West End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall selects her inheritance tracks. And we vist the man who claims to have Britain's biggest collection of Barbie dolls - Giovani Madonia.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with Kanya King MBE, founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards. George The Poet performs from his latest work about fatherlessness and premature parenthood. Ben Collins is better known as "The Stig" from the BBC's internationally acclaimed Top Gear TV show. Phil Worsley and pupils from The Joseph Whitaker School in Nottingham explain how they are preparing to smash the world speed record for a model car. Len Biddlecombe has written 47 poems for his wife Barbara, to mark every year they have spent together. Barbara now has Alzheimer's and lives in a nursing home. Len shares his last poem to her. Plus the sound sculpture of milk floats and Bonnie Langford shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Actor and songwriter Gary Kemp joins Aasmah Mir and Rev Richard Coles. Hilary Bradt is the founder of the Bradt travel guides. Jimmy G is one of Russia's biggest pop stars but unheard of here. We learn what it takes to be a World Champion stone skimmer with reigning champion Lucy Wood, and internationally renowned happiness expert Paul Dolan gives his tips for a better life. Plus Richard Branson shares his inheritance tracks.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein and a live audience at the 2014 Abergavenny Food Festival, with doyenne of the wine world Jancis Robinson, Jay Rayner from Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet, tree hunter Rob McBride and beekeeper Scott Davies who gave world leaders a taste of honey at the recent NATO summit in Newport. The Today programme's John Humphrys tucks into some Welsh treats with JP Devlin, BBC Introducing star Kizzy Crawford performs and musician and broadcaster Cerys Matthews shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Presented by Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir - who is at the Invictus Games. Guests include: The award winning crime writer Val McDermid. Former Royal Marine and Gold medallist Andy Grant. JP Devlin talks to Radio 2 Breakfast presenter Chris Evans about the importance of reading with his children and why he finds it so emotional. Paul Clarke describes how he changed career late in life and reinvented himself, by swapping a bottle of tequila for a camera. Mary Wilson on winning bronze and the events she's still to take part in. Tony Harris is a member of the sitting volleyball team and explains that taking part in sport has been vital to his recovery. And we hear the Inheritance Tracks of actress Rebecca Front, who chooses We All Laughed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and Siciliano, The second movement of Bach's Second Piano Concerto, performed by Glenn Gould.
Aasmah Mir and Suzy Klein are joined by impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan. PE teacher Katy U'ren discusses what it was like to teach children in Bangladesh how to swim and listener Emma shares her experience of tracking down her birth mother. We’re also joined by 14 year-old Scrabble Champion Jack Durand, JP Devlin speaks to Jeanette Charles who has been impersonating The Queen for 42 years and virtuoso pianist Lang Lang shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with columnist Katharine Whitehorn, writer Nina Stibbe, and Nikki King, Honorary Chairman of Isuzu Truck UK. Louise Johncox describes how her baker father inspired her love of the sound of a whisk. Nigel Brazier on four generations of his family business and traditional Black Country recipes. Stephen Evans explains why he learned to ride a bike at the age of 49 plus singer Natalie Cole shares her Inheritance Tracks
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, former engineer Sam King who helped set up the Notting Hill Carnival. Annabel Tellis Tunley is running a project where she calls a Facebook friend every day. Cellist and recovering alcoholic Rachael Lander on how she's rebuilding her career and looking forward to motherhood, Captain Andrew Wilkins who helps people overcome their fear of flying. Actor Anthony Head shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles are joined by the award-winning singer and composer Laura Mvula, poet Josephine Dickinson who has just regained her hearing after being deaf since she was six, and 'Educating Yorkshire' English teacher Matthew Burton. Plus Carl-Magnus Helgegren who took his two sons, aged ten and eleven, to visit a war zone after they asked to play the computer game 'Call of Duty', Clive and Jane Green who set out on a short sailing trip in 1998 and returned 16 years later, and three folk musicians travelling from London to Bristol researching and playing the music of the canals on their way. Plus former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by the writer and comedian Katy Brand,Harry Bucknall who followed the Via Francigena Pilgrims walk, actor Daniel Laurie who's become the first student with Downs Syndrome to be accepted to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Theatre School Summer Course. Author and former news correspondent Gerald Seymour recalls his meeting with Maurice Bailey who, in 1973, with his wife Maralyn survived for 117 days on a rubber raft in the Pacific Ocean, and Maurice tells his side of the story. Alice Morrison has recently run the toughest footrace on earth - the Marathon Des Sables and Sir Neville Marriner shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein are joined by the actress and writer Maureen Lipman, artist John Dolan who was saved from homelessness by his dog George, and Alison Trim who received a memorable musical 50th birthday present. John McCarthy meets Level 42's Mark King and his mother Bridget on the Isle of Wight, twins Billy and Bob Seago explain how passing and failing the 11 plus affected their relationship, Allan and Margot Wells reflect on working together and their long association with the Commonwealth Games, and Erasure's Andy Bell shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles with a programme from Glasgow to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Joining them are Mark Beaumont the record-breaking long-distance Scottish cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster and Queens Baton bearer. Also, Sir Geoff Palmer Professor Emeritus of brewing at Heriot-Watt University, and Scotland's first black professor. We meet the former class mates who campaigned for a fairer deal for asylum seekers. There's live music from Dave and the Turtles, three school friends who have just won the Big Big Sing Commonwealth songwriting competition. Louise Martin is the chair of sportscotland shares her Inheritance Tracks with us. David Watson has spent the last 10 years mapping the Masai Marra Game Reserve. We hear from Hamish Khayat and friends who are currently mid-Indian ocean in a rowing boat. Author and journalist Damian Barr gives thanks to an anonymous benefactor for the impact they've had on his career. Plus poetry from Sierra Leone, Gibraltar and Nauru.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by Lord Sugar's longstanding Apprentice advisor Nick Hewer, Hannah Earnshaw who's on the shortlist for a one-way ticket to Mars, and Lois Pryce who rode her motorcycle three thousand miles around Iran on her own. British Empire Medal winner Annie Chapman describes how she's raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for cancer research astride her tractor, lawn bowls player Andrew Newell explains why he wants to get Team Jamaica to the next Commonwealth Games, and JP Devlin tickles the ivories with Joe and Richard Stilgoe. Nancy Dell'Olio shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles are in the studio with Britain's best-selling author, children's writer Julia Donaldson, who created the character of the Gruffalo. Also, Matt Lewis, who as a young marine biologist was shipwrecked in the Antarctic seas and has written about the experience in "Last Man Off", busker Catrina Davies, who travelled 11,000 miles with her cello, and the captain of the Cheshire cricket team attempting to save face after the humiliation of being bowled out for three in a league game. Plus, JP Devlin joins the Routemaster bus enthusiasts gathering from around the World to mark the icon's 60th birthday and the outgoing Radio Three Controller and Director of the Proms, Roger Wright, shares his Inheritance Tracks.