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.
Suzy Klein and Richard Coles with American singer-songwriter Ben Folds; Wayne Ingram who as soldier in Bosnia met and helped Stefan Savic, who was born with a facial cleft; the Savery family who've lived in the same house for five generations; 12 year old Liverpool schoolgirl Millie Courtney who's topping the charts in Nashville; and black hat Wimbledon steward David Spearing. JP Devlin delivers a Tour de France Crowdscape from the Yorkshire Dales and last year's winner Chris Froome shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Tony Parsons joins Richard Coles and Suzy Klein. Ian Boughton is the Grandson of Rutland Boughton, originator of the very first 'Glastonbury Festivals. Mia Cunningham is the first ever Young Poet Laureate of Shropshire. Her Grandfather Paul is a poet too. Roger Beckett runs 'Pintar Rapido', an event all are welcome to where you paint or sketch en masse in a day. Michael Ibsen is nephew of Richard lll 17 times removed and is making the coffin the King will be buried in next year. JP Devlin meets Al Murray at the Imperial War Museum in London. Alex Lindley says 'Thank You' to everyone involved in the choral piece at York Minster celebrating the start of the Tour de France. Inheritance Tracks from Mari Wilson.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein are joined by Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding, seventh Python Carol Cleveland, and Stuart J Cole who was abandoned as a baby, sent to Jamaica to live with family he had never met, and who turned his life around during a spell in prison. We go to Glyndebourne to meet Caroline and Andrew Thomson and Sandra and Ian Pusey who found real-life love at the opera, radiator salesman Phil Neville tells us what it's like to be a victim of mistaken identity, John McCarthy visits the Isle of Wight where the dawn rose on satellite and radio technology, and Jersey Boy Ryan Molloy shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with Britain's poster girl for transgender acceptance Paris Lees, tsunami orphans Rob and Paul Forkan whose flip-flop company funds a foundation to help other survivors of the 2004 tsunami, teenage champion Jenni Herd who won an apology from The Times after she challenged negative stereotypes of young people in the paper, and garage owner Errol McKellar who's saved 24 lives by offering his customers a discount if they'll take a test for prostate cancer. A Crowdscape from Scotch Corner, and Fatboy Slim shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with the Chairman of The National Trust, Sir Simon Jenkins. Francesco Da Mosto shares his views of Venice. Tony Bennett, the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the year 2013. Ang Zangbhu, a former sherpa who now flies jets out of Gatwick. Ron Price, 95, the oldest National Trust volunteer. Judy Worham and Carol Blacher, retired friends, who are exploring London's underground stations. The Inheritance Tracks of Dame Kiri te Kanawa and a crowdscape from Gort.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, homeless athlete Joel Hodgson, wingsuiter Geraldine Fasnacht and 14 year old record-breaking fisherman Will Sudders. JP Devlin visits the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and Arianna Huffington shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with adventurer Ed Stafford. Lady Catherine Meyer lost both of her sons when her former husband abducted them and took them to Germany. Peter Hodes is a volunteer stem cell courier. Joanne Harris suffered with Motor Neurone Disease. She'd written about her condition in the Guardian Newspaper and was planning to record an audio column for us but sadly died before she could complete it.JP Devlin goes to Hay on Wye to talk to people just before the Hay Literary Festival descends on the town.Listener Chris Markiewicz talks about the joy of hearing a 1967 1275cc Austin Healey Sprite engine. Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Suzy Klein and Aasmah Mir with singer song-writer Lulu. Also Iain Stewart, a charity worker from Scotland who is recording an album with Rwandan musician Jean-Paul Samputu on the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation. Plus, foster couple Mick and Angela, who despite being in their 70s, now only take in babies. Actor Neil Pearson invites JP Devlin to share his Secret Life, a love of antiquarian books. John McCarthy takes a trip to the Isle of Wight with Level 42 singer Mark King. Ronan Keating shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir with actor Tyger Drew-Honey, the world's leading maze designer Adrian Fisher, dad and daughter cheerleading team Darren and Amy Peacock, Ann Hunt & Elizabeth Hamel who are the world's longest separated twins, and Sofi, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, great-grandchildren of the Captain in The Sound Of Music. A Crowdscape from the Channel Tunnel, and Coleen Nolan shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Presented by Richard Coles in London and Suzy Klein in Bristol from the Bristol Food Connections Festival. With food writer Jay Rayner, The Inheritance Tracks of Julian Lloyd Webber, Nick Hunt following in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor on his 2,500 mile walk from Rotterdam to Istanbul, JP Devlin meeting urban gull expert Peter Rock on a Bristol rooftop, poetry from Elvis McGonagall, Vicky Harrison who is knitting Bristol in miniature and Romy Gill, chef and restaurant owner on the immeasurable joys of modern Indian food.
Rev Richard Coles and Andrea Catherwood with maths writer Alex Bellos, English-speaker Caroline Sarll who decided to bring her children up to be bilingual, Charlie Corr whose childhood dream came true when he met Pele, Frank McCauley from lowly Salford City FC who've caught the eye of Manchester United's famous 'Class of '92', Ken Jones who was caught in an avalanche, and Simon Duncan and Mark Atkinson whose band's name earned them a Banksy. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of writer and broadcaster Judy Finnigan.
Anita Anand and Andrea Catherwood are joined by British designer Bruce Oldfield OBE, best known for his couture and bridalwear designs. Tom Mackenzie recalls his experiences as the last child to be admitted to the Foundling Hospital, a charity run on strict Victorian values that brought up children born outside marriage. Lynne Moore is a war artist who was embedded with the British Forces in Helmund, Hannah Rochell writes the En Brogue blog describing the joys of wearing brogues. Plus JP Devlin has a hot encounter with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and author Helen Fielding shares her Inheritance Tracks. And two men from Birmingham, Jon Bounds and Danny Smith tell us about their mission to visit all 56 seaside piers in England and Wales in just two weeks.
Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by TV presenter and novelist Fern Britton. Tom Hart Dyke recalls his traumatic kidnap experience in the jungles of Colombia. Gary Enstone relishes his job as a conservator of Kipling's old home and Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent explains why she rode the Ho Chi Minh Trail alone on a pink motorbike. Jimmy Osmond chooses his inheritance tracks, JP meets an Abba super-fan and a bunch of city lawyers get down and dirty in their office roof-top allotment.
Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir are joined by agony aunt Irma Kurtz. 10 year old blogger Harry Hamer talks about missing his grandparents when they moved abroad, Jean Singfield describes why a set of rosary beads are the Thing About Her, Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark reveals her secret love of tapestry, author Stephen Armstrong celebrates Ibiza, comedian Jack Whitehall shares his Inheritance Tracks, and veteran servicemen Darren 'Swifty' Swift discusses his reinvention as an actor, and listeners Sally, Liz and Jacqui, say 'thank you' for a past kindness large or small.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with comedian Paul Whitehouse, Lady Churchill's secretary Heather White-Smith, polar explorer Ben Saunders, pargetting plasterer Martin Ward and Francis Urquhart's Inheritance Tracks. Plus JP Devlin in the BBC Radio Theatre with audience members from The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.