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.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein meet novelist Michael Arditti who talks about faith and the novel, nearly dying after eating goats cheese and his travels around the Philippines researching a book, enjoy the Inheritance Tracks of Judith Kerr who wrote and illustrated, amongst other things, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, talk to Melvyn Evans who fought in Aden in the 1960's and realised, 40 years later, that he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and hear from Joe Glackin, a former priest who worked in Liberia with child soldiers and street children. There's more travel with Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, who organises midwifery tours of South Africa, a celebration of Martin Wright, the inventor of the peak flow meter, and JP Devlin travels to the recently announced City of Culture 2017, Hull, where he meets some of the locals
Richard Coles and Anita Anand with chef and restaurateur Rick Stein who tells of the ups and downs of his life, the Inheritance Tracks of Canadian author Margaret Atwood and traveller Tim Cope's tales of his journey on the trail of Genghis Khan. Teacher Guy Tarrant talks about the items that teachers have confiscated from pupils and Steve Rodgers, a fourth generation fisherman from Devon, joins Richard and Anita with his personal recollections of life on the sea and the future of fishing and we hear the latest on Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven the boy with Aspergers who has made a Christmas single.
Richard Coles and Anita Anand with Kids Company Founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, The Inheritance Tracks of Charlie Higson, JP Devlin waxing lyrical with actress Joan Collins, the willowy sound of a cricket bat being fashioned, Ben Markus who was given, maybe, 12 months to live in January 2012 on finding love and the strength to KBO (keep battling on), topical poetry from Luke Wright and John McCarthy is joined by London writer Travis Elborough on a trail through the capital to see the sites of sights you can't see any more. They don't see the Euston Arch, old London Bridge, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens or Battersea Park Funfair.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with poet Owen Sheers, Guantanamo artist Molly Crabapple, South Seas travellers Rosemary and Douglas Hadfield, 17 year old Lauren who found herself without a home, Elisa Berry who found herself looking after JFK's nieces on the day he was assassinated, and actor Mat Horne's Inheritance Tracks
Richard Coles and Anita Anand with neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, The Inheritance Tracks of Gary Barlow, a tour round Switzerland with an 1863 diary and a visit to some of Britain's 'Thankful' Villages.
Rev Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet singer Linda Nolan. They hear the Inheritance Tracks of Richard Eyre and the meditative sound of singing bowls. A refugee from Afghanistan explains how he got to Britain and a father and son tell of their adventures around Britain. A daughter reveals her parents' surprising secret and we get a glimpse behind the scenes at a peace camp.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with Horrible Histories author Terry Deary. Jonny Mitchell, Head Teacher at the Thornhill Academy in Dewsbury and the subject of Channel 4's series 'Educating Yorkshire'. Henry and Ingrid Wuga, Kindertransport refugees in 1939 who met and married in Glasgow and still live there together aged 89. Barnaby Rogerson is intrigued by the role of numbers in folklore and culture. A Sunderland crwodscape. Ten year old Fynnjan who has Aspergers, and his Mum, who are trying to make a Christmas Nummber 1. Writer Khaled Hosseini's Inheritance Tracks.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein meet space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock. Matt Eagles was eight when he began to develop the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Matthew Baylis has to Vanuatu to find out why they worship the Duke of Edinburgh. Jerri Truhill was one of the Mercury 13 women who proved they could make it to the Moon but whom NASA never permitted to fly. Lady June Chichester talks about her enthusiasm for keeping camels. John Jacomb is an amateur rocketeer and a member of the British Space Modelling Team. Plus the Inheritance Tracks of Kanya King, founder of the MOBO Awards.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with writer Neil Gaiman, Matilda Tristram who discovered she had cancer when she was 17 weeks pregnant and decided to tell her story in a comic strip, Jazz Summers who spent 10 years trying to get out of the army, and John Levene who played the Yeti in the newly rediscovered episodes of Doctor Who. Musician Tori Amos reveals her Secret Life, The Comic Strip's Lana Pillay shares Inheritance Tracks, and John McCarthy goes to Cornwall to meet the Germans on the trail of Rosamund Pilcher.
REv Richard Coles and Anita Anand with guest Richard Osman, John McCarthy taking a trip on the sleeper train to Cornwall, writer and quiz lover Stevyn Colgan on his time as a member of Scotland Yard's 'Problem Solving Unit', Ian Tibbets on pioneering surgery that saved his sight and enabled him to see his two sons for the first time, sisters June Smith and April Scott on the Devon dialect, Neville Hume who still uses his Grandfather's 130 year old gardening tools and The Inheritance Tracks of actress Rula Lenska.
Rev Richard Coles and Anita Anand meet panel game chairman extraordinaire Nicholas Parsons. We hear the Inheritance Tracks of country singer Steve Earle, trace the fate of a GI bride, explore off-limits cityscapes with an urban explorer and discover what it's like to be a young woman in an old industry. Plus there's a glimpse into how a young boy came to play Just A Minute.
Anita Anand and JP Devlin talk to Andi Peters, television presenter, voice actor and media executive, puppeteer Nigel Plaskitt who has worked on Spitting Image, Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet and is the man behind the PG Tips Monkey, Robin Mackness, one of the first people to import, in significant numbers, duvets to the UK, thus helping to change the bedroom habits of millions, John Ironmonger whose travels have deepened a love of leeches and rhinos, revel in the Inheritance Tracks of Aggie McKenzie, former M16 operative turned presenter of 'How Clean is Your House' and 'Storage Hoarders' and spend the day with the Brownlee Brothers who talk about their relationship, Yorkshire and the desire to win.
Rev Richard Coles and Anita Anand with historian and broadcaster, Bettany Hughes. Dr Robert Poole explains what happened on September 14th 1752 when Britain changed from a Julian calendar to a Gregorian calendar. Jess Herman tells us about her work with Nicaraguan street children. A 'Sound Sculpture' of a Spitfire's Merlin engine described by Britain's only female Spitfire pilot, Carolyn Grace. Explore Andrew Johnston's attic in 'The Thing About Me' where he discovers pictorial maps by his Uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill. The 'Inheritance Tracks' of former SAS soldier Chris Ryan. And John McCarthy travels to Durham to see the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Rev Richard Coles and Anita Anand are joined by author, Philip Pullman, wildlife rescuer, Trevor Weeks and upcoming young actor, Sarah Gordy who was born with Down's syndrome, and her mother, Jane. Choreographer Richard Alston choses his Inheritance Tracks, there's a visit to Betty's Reading Room on Orkney, a school Bell sound sculpture and Geoff Baker talks about the bid to break the British record of guitars playing in unison on the beach at Lyme Regis.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with writer and broadcaster, Michael Rosen, former SOE operative Noreen Riols and senior surgeon David Nott who talks about working in war and disaster zones. The Inheritance Tracks of cook, writer and broadcaster Simon Hopkinson, the soothing sounds of a chess clock and memories of Edith Lee-Payne who was 12 and present when Martin Luther King made his famous speech.