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.
John McCarthy and Suzy Klein meet veteran photographer Don McCullin to talk about wars zones, life in Somerset and how being born and raised in Finsbury Park shaped his life. John Wildey is a seventy seven year old grandfather who took over the controls to land a plane when the pilot took ill. Felicity Warner is a soul midwife who helps people have a peaceful death. There are tales of homelessness from the streets of London, Claudia Winkleman shares her Inheritance Tracks and we hear how the helmet belonging to a young soldier killed in Vietnam ended up for sale in Portobello Market. We take a trip on a train run by children in Budapest and find out if the Quiff, the hairstyle so beloved of the Teddy Boys is about to make a comeback.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein are joined by tv presenter Kate Humble, Mark Boyle who lived without money for 3 years, and Philip Geddes who brought a stuffed penguin from Antarctica to Hampshire. Pop Idol judge Nicki Chapman shares her love of dressage, John McCarthy takes a dip in the baths of Budapest and Desmond Morris shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Anita Anand with writer Lynne Truss, poet Luke Wright, actress Tina Malone who had two children 32 years apart, Guy Anderson whose paraglider crashed in the desert, Jill Goldston who is possibly Britain's most prolific film and TV extra, and Bill Smith who raised Donald Campbell's Bluebird from the depths of Coniston on this day 13 years ago. Harry Stone describes the sounds of golf, opera singer Danielle de Niese shares her Inheritance Tracks and JP Devlin interviews a dog called Frank.
Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet former Spice Girl, Mel C who talks about two decades in the spotlight, on being a Mum to five-year-old Scarlet and how she's finally learned to chill out. JP Devlin talks to TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham about collecting chairs, aviator Tracey Curtis Taylor on her historic flight from Capetown to Goodwood in an open topped plane, performer Patti Boulaye shares her Inheritance Tracks, Zhenia Klochko talks about the family she left behind in the Ukraine, Bill Spence, a grandfather from North Yorkshire writes romantic novels, under the pseudonym Jessica Blair. Now 90 years old, he's been shortlisted for the prestigious award - the Romantic Novel of the Year 2014, three listeners say 'thank you' for a past kindness large or small and Noel Gaughan on being a driving instructor to the stars.
Richard Coles and Andrea Catherwood meet chef and cookery writer Yotam Ottolenghi. JP Devlin meets a quilting group. Travel writer Rory MacLean celebrates the city of Berlin. The step sister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss, shares her Inheritance Tracks, Alison Maguire talks about the loss of her young daughter to Mitochondrial Disease. Anne Olivier Bell, a 'Monuments Woman', talks about her work in 1945 trying to save art stolen or under threat of destruction by the Nazis. And Jamie Hunter talks about realising his childhood dream: flying as a specialist aerial photographer.
Suzy Klein and Richard Coles with comedian, actor and musician Adrian Edmondson, professional basketball player Alex Owumi who played for Colonel Gaddafi, Caroline Brealey the world's number one matchmaker, Samuel Johnson who's living his childhood dream as a Lego designer, and Bob Davenport who found some old tapes of folk legend Pete Seeger. JP Devlin hits the slopes at the snow centre in Hemel Hempstead, we visit a hospice in Berkhamstead offering cookery courses to bereaved teenagers, and Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell shares his Inheritance Tracks
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with adventurer and TV presenter Simon Reeve. Judith Keppel, the first person to hit the jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Food and travel writer Michael Booth explores Scandinavia. Cricketer and columnist Ed Smith reflects on managing maverick talent. Andrew Cotton describes the thrill and skill of surfing a big wave. Toxinologist Dr Zoltan Takacs explains why he's charmed by snakes and their venom. Marjorie Wallace shares her Inheritance Tracks, and Kate Allatt recalls how Facebook helped her out of locked-in syndrome.
Rev Richard Coles & Anita Anand with actress and writer Natascha McElhone. Ron Moody's Secret Life of 'ombrage'. Flood victim Trixie Webber tells them how she recovered from the Boscastle flood of 2004. Louise Ashley and Jason Liostatos reflect on how their relationship fared with no fixed abode. Peter Caton revisits the train journeys of his childhood and Matt Adkins explains why a traffic roundabout was his salvation. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of singer Graham Nash.
Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir talk to singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn. James Hobbs and Simone Ridyard organise urban sketcher groups in London and Manchester. Ed Iglehart grew up in the segregated Florida of the 1940s and 50s, in a family where each of his eight great-grandparents had owned slaves. Laurens de Groot is a former Dutch detective turned environmental activist. A Crowdscape from Stevenage and Inheritance Tracks from Commander Chris Hadfield.
Suzy Klein and JP Devlin with BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz who talks about his project to find the Art of the Nation. The Inheritance Tracks of artist Jack Vettriano. Why the mandolin is so widespread from musician Simon Mayor. Zoe Lemon tells what happened to a message in a bottle she threw into the sea twenty three years ago and Brian Conaghan explains how the late diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome affected his life. Princess Michael of Kent reveals a secret passion for singing and Jan Prebble talks about being a mistress for over forty years
Writer and comedian Rob Newman joins Richard Coles and Suzy Klein to talk about his return to comedy. Two commuters who met and fell in love on the 5.35am from Gillingham, Dorset to London Waterloo. Two recently arrived economic migrants, one from Bulgaria and one from Romania, about why they decided to move to the UK. The twins who were big in post war entertainment and a teenager trying singlehandedly to revive punk rock. Author Horatio Clare tells us about his year spent as the writer in residence on a cargo ship and the Inheritance Tracks of journalist Kate Adie.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with lawyer and founder of the Rosenblatt Opera Recitals Ian Rosenblatt, the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Jennifer Saunders, the story of Roger Mason who along with a friend and fellow veterinary surgeon, took much needed animals to the Falkland Islands after the 1982 War in an old converted fishing boat, the delights of Riga in Latvia with travel writer Adrian Mourby, one of Britain's leading forensic scientists, Mike Silverman, talking about a life in forensics, poems from Kate Fox and JP Devlin meets a Second World War meteorologist.
Anita Anand and JP Devlin with philosopher Angie Hobbs, poet Murray Lachlan Young, 11 year old popster Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven and his mum Su, Saturday Live listener Ted Chance who made it into the Culture Club Christmas video in 1983, international football coach Paul Watson, 4th generation Salvation Army member Janet Martin, Andy Miller who's just finished a song he started 35 years ago, and the Inheritance Tracks of Boycie from Only Fools and Horses.
Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet Britain's leading lyricist Don Black who has worked with most of the top songwriters and composers including John Barry and Andrew Lloyd Webber and put words in the mouths of everyone from Matt Monro to Michael Jackson. 'Lost' actor Jeff Fahey tells about his work with refugees in Syria, the woman who invented the phrase explains why a dog is for life not just for Christmas, and we hear how the world's wackiest records are checked out in South America. Plus your Thanks and Sir Cliff Richard's Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with author, journalist and educational adviser Dreda Say Mitchell. They are also joined by listeners Sarah and Mark Horsburgh on their experience of offering respite foster care. We travel to Nottingham with John McCarthy on the trail of Alan Sillitoe, meet two lads who tell of a chance encounter with Nelson Mandela and Doreen Lawrence's Inheritance Tracks.