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.
Sian Williams and Aasmah Mir talk to US political philosopher Michael Sandel, and explore notions of death, firstly with JP Devlin who brings us a 'guerrilla report' from Nunhead Cemetery in London, and secondly they find out about the increasingly popular 'Death Cafés run by Jon Underwood. Then they meet child genius Jacob Barnett and his Mum Kristine. In our 'sound sculpture', we hear the doleful sounds of the harmonium- loved and restored by folk musician Pete Roe and we enjoy The Inheritance Tracks of American legend Don McLean. Finally, Sian and Aasmah travel in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie with Gregor Ewing and his border collie Meg- who carries her own rucksack. Good dog.
Sian Williams & JP Devlin with Dame Evelyn Glennie, teenage novelist Beth Reekles and her mum Claire, and snooker player Katie Henrick. Gardener Monty Don takes a Daytrip to the Courtauld Institute in London to look at Cezanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire; travel writer Sara Wheeler explores Dundee; son of Skegness Mark Johnson explains how he became the voice of the Kentucky Derby; & Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with broadcaster and composer Howard Goodall, the Inheritance Tracks of cookery writer Mary Berry, a visit to Kosovo with John McCarthy, a trip around Sussex admiring stiles in the company of the Monday Group who build and maintain them, a chat with opera singer Nicky Spence who turned down a million pound contract, local newspaperman and lifelong Newcastle United fan John Gibson talking about his life and work, and a jolly singalong in a public house.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with the writer Eoin Colfer, poet Luke Wright, strict grammarian Mr Gwynne, and a father and son dealing with facial disfigurement. There's travel with Ben Fogle, young butcher Charlotte Harbottle describes her favourite sound, Pippa Diggle explains how she came to be the subject of an iconic Norman Parkinson photograph, and Petula Clark shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Richard and Sian talk to historical novelist Lindsey Davis, conductor John Lubbock, holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Wolff, hear the Inheritance Tracks of Graham Fellows and visit the house of John Blashford-Snell with Ben Fogle.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams with actress Imogen Stubbs, and poet Mr Gee. There's a Thing About Me feature about Mary Horsley's Rolling Stones LP, Maire Doyle tells the story of finding a bundle of her parents' love letters, Clare Scott explains how she moved house by barge, Frank Griffiths recalls stumbling onto a filmset with Richard Burton and Sophia Loren, Saturday live listeners say thank you for random acts of kindness and Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Suzy Klein and JP Devlin with author Sebastian Faulks. Intensive care doctor Sam Parnia specialises in resuscitation. Olly Burton talks about his passion for Senegalese music. 50 years ago John Edser was part of the team administrating the Beeching Report. Judith Bowen has a 56 year old Easter egg. Glyn Shipman and Phil Gould play us their Creamola Foam songs. Plus Kerry Katona's inheritance tracks.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams with author Mark Haddon, Will Hadcroft who has Asperger's, and Richard & Alison Warden who remarried each other after 50 years. Travel writer Sara Wheeler takes a tour of Dunfermline, two Southend schoolgirls explain why they wish they'd grown up in the 80s, there's a Soundsculpture of rowing, Saturday live listeners say thank you for random acts of kindness and Duran Duran's John Taylor shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams talk to Alain de Botton about his new 'Manifesto for Atheists'. They hear from two former Birmingham gang members about how they got out of the vicious cycle of gang life, meet Devon based composer David Haines who brings popular engagement with science through song, we thrill to a Saturday Live Society: the 'Friends of the Newport Ship' and listen to Welsh rugby legend J.J. Williams as he shares his Inheritance Tracks. And John McCarthy goes to the Watts Gallery in Compton Surrey to explore the largely forgotten genius of Victorian artist, GF Watts.
Sian Williams and JP Devlin with businesswoman and Director of the Football Association, Heather Rabbatts; a young woman from the Easterhouse estate in Glasgow who went from being a notorious bad girl to helping other young people turn their lives around, David St John who is the UK's most prolific TV Quiz contestant, and Anthony Cooper who maps sink holes in the UK. There's a Sound sculpture of dressmakers scissors, and a Thing About Me feature from baritone Christopher Purves. Inheritance Tracks are from footballer and pundit Robbie Savage
Richard Coles and Sian Williams talk to Judy Finnigan and hear the Inheritance Tracks of Jeff Lynne.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with novelist Deborah Moggach, cocktail pianist Cathy Kinley and former city trader Geraint Anderson. Plus disco dancing with Nicky Spencer, Sara Wheeler visits the Forth Rail Bridge and Ian Hunter shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams & Richard Coles with musician Billy Bragg; Bernadette Russell who did a good deed every day for a year and photographer Giles Duley who lost three limbs on assignment in Afghanistan. John McCarthy looks in on the Arirang Games in North Korea, composer Debbie Wiseman plays snooker with JP Devlin; a listener tells us about her discovery of Chicken Spectacles and writer and broadcaster Dawn O'Porter shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum. The Inheritance Tracks of singer Katie Melua. The sounds of a 20 ton Wurlitzer organ in a Chorleywood living room. A trip around the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent. A ramble up and across Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor. The story of a woman who was abandoned in Hong Kong as a baby in the 1960s and sent to the UK for adoption and a couple with Albinism discussing their condition.
Sian Williams & Richard Coles live from the BBC Radio Theatre in London's Broadcasting House with screenwriter & director Richard Curtis, poet Murray Lachlan Young, Annie Hutchinson who arrived in the UK 10 years ago with just £62 to her name and is now turning neglected houses into comfortable homes for children and their families, and Edward Adoo whose love of London buses led him to a career as a DJ. John McCarthy talks to Antarctic explorer Meredith Hooper, Sylvia Hopwood describes the sound of Star Ferry bell in Hong Kong, comedian Ben Elton shares his Inheritance Tracks.