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 Anita Anand talk to actress Anna Chancellor, sample the delights of Georgian Pleasures with Professor Elaine Chalus, savour the bucolic, car-free life on Sark with Elizabeth Perrée, hear the Inheritance Tracks of singer-songwriter Judie Tzuke, discover how glove-makers to the Queen, Andrew and Genevieve James, practice their craft, find out what the thing is about the "real" Paddy O'Connell from Skibbereen, County Cork and that other irrepressible Irishman, JP Devlin fields your phone calls and emails.
Rev Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson, the Inheritance Tracks of Django Bates, Simon Hood who cycled to every York City Football Club match over a whole season, Nina Wilson who cycled to every village in Norfolk, beer sommelier Jane Peyton, the last surviving British 'Dam Buster' George 'Johnny' Johnson the people of Morecambe.
Richard Coles and J P Devlin with actor Robin Ellis aka Poldark. He talks about his former role as the dashing Ross Poldark and about his newer-found role as a cookery writer. We have the Inheritance Tracks of KT Tunstall. John McCarthy meets cartoonist, novelist, and jazz musician Barry Fantoni in his home town of Calais. Rory McPhee savours the joys of seaweed, and Angelique Todd talks about her extraordinary life amongst the silverback gorillas of central Africa.
Richard Coles and Suzy Klein with violinist Nigel Kennedy, Lindsey Davis' Inheritance Tracks, cloud spotter Gavin Pretor-Pinney, beatboxer Shlomo and mouth-painter Barry West. Adrenalin junky pensioners Sylvia and Dennis Bloor on their love of rollercoasters and a mum who turned to the Beano to help her daughter's dyslexia.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with Charles Saumarez Smith Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts. Solar physicist Dr Helen Mason has spent her career studying the sun. Angela Plater became a life drawing model on retirement. Julie Redfern can hear her eyeballs move. David Meakin ended up buying his first car, an Austin 10, 50 years after selling it. John McCarthy visits Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham. Plus the inheritance tracks of award-winning musical performer Maria Friedman.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with actor and comedian Lenny Henry, The Inheritance Tracks of former footballer Cyrille Regis, forensic anthropologist Heather Bonney, The Queen of Yorkshire Comedy, Jo Little on Cromer Pier, John McCarthy travels round the Lake District in Mike Hardings camper van and a crowdscape from Dudley.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with broadcaster, actor and writer Michael Palin, the Inheritance Tracks of Arthur Brown, orchid expert David Lang who explores the Dalai Lama's garden, Antoinette Haselhorst reflecting on her photographs of Nelson Mandela- who also bought her childhood home, out in Worcestershire hunting for moles with Mickey the Mole Catcher, a young Lithuanian accordionist professing his love for the wobbly keyboard and listeners sharing their thanks for past kindnesses.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with film and television composer Debbie Wiseman and the Inheritance Tracks of Gryff Rhys Jones. John McCarthy meets co-operative walkers in the Lake District, twins Marcus and Alex Lewis reveal the effect of an abusive upbringing on their memories, Rosa Rebekka relates the appeal of a hand-me-down guitar and John Viney tells what it's like to be a mystery shopper. As usual there are the thank you messages of listeners and Professor Randall Curren explains the moral value of gratitude.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with singer Barb Jungr, the Inheritance Tracks of Otis Williams, co-founder of the Temptations, a crowdscape from Rochdale, non-operatic sounds from Glyndebourne, a story of survival on a sinking cruise ship, and sussex bats with bat conservationist Jenny Clark. Also, John McCarthy meets a mountain rescue team in the Lake District.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with writer and comedian Viv Groskop, the Inheritance Tracks of actor Paul Nicholas, author Sara Wheeler's first attempts to learn Russian and the sounds of a balalaika band. There's Angela's story of a broken family healed, David Chilvers's sighting of the world's first cosmonaut and Professor Carole Hough reveals what our names tell us about our origins.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with festival director and writer James Runcie, a visit to the Birmingham Model Engineering Society, the secret life of Yvette Fielding, the Inheritance Tracks of George Benson, Adrian Laing on growing up with a famous father, psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the award winning wildlife cameraman and photographer Doug Allan on the pleasures of adventure travel and diving with his son Liam and 16 year old scientist Jack Andraka, who's invented a test for pancreatic cancer.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with broadcaster Trevor Nelson and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. The Inheritance Tracks of actor Alex Jennings, John McCarthy visits a secret urban garden and Kate Fox provides poetry. Listeners share their stories of a stolen stamp collection and a love affair with the ZX Spectrum computer and offer their thanks to strangers near and far.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with traveller Paul Theroux, Lucinda Lambton at Heathrow, John McCarthy in Painswick and Jamie Cullum's Inheritance Tracks. There are stories from a mother whose husband is serving life for killing their children, the 105 year old author as well as the glory that is Coronation Chicken and your Thank Yous.
Richard Coles and Sandi Toksvig with maritime and naval historian Brian Lavery, the Inheritance Tracks of Caroline Quentin, the sound of Anita Tedder's coffee grinder, Harriet Tuckey talking about her father's unsung and pivotal role in the 1953 Everest expedition, Jake Wilson who played songs inspired by Captain Scott's diary in the actual hut Scott and his team set off from on their South Pole adventure, John McCarthy exploring the hidden tunnels and grottoes of Dewstow Gardens near Chepstow and Iain MacNeil, a former mariner and current MD of the oldest English language publishers in the World- Witherbys.
Sian Williams & Richard Coles with writer Caitlin Moran, poet Murray Lachlan Young, and Andy Miller and his recording of Jimi Hendrix & Jim Morrison playing together. John McCarthy travels to Kosovo, JP Devlin drops in on Wolverhampton, listeners Joy Jones and Gillian Scott-Wood explain why their family has been sending each other the same birthday card for 64 years & Bonnie Tyler shares her Inheritance Tracks.