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 Richard Coles with comedian and writer Sean Hughes, 100 year old Violet Coleman, palliative care nurse Katherine Hopkins, and Marc Roberts who had brain surgery while fully conscious. There's a feature on the British Water Tower Appreciation Society, John McCarthy with explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, a Crowdscape from Portsmouth and Tamasin Day-Lewis's Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams talk to cartoonist Martin Rowson, hear from Jess Eaton, an artist who reconstructs road kill as fashion items, speak to Stephen Hook, the Sussex dairy farmer who's the star of a film at the Sundance Festival in Utah, listen to the wonderful warbling of a whistling busker on the London Underground, enjoy the Inheritance Tracks of Radio 4's Charlotte Green who is leaving the BBC after a distinguished career, revel in the quiet spaces of London with John McCarthy and sail into the sunset with Commodore Mark Wiggins as he describes his 200 year old sextant.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams with former Attorney General Baroness Scotland, Giselle Eagle and Richard Brown are about to be castaway on a remote island, JP Devlin takes a Daytrip with Arlene Phillips CBE, and Patricia Purvis tells the story of a locket lost and found. John McCarthy goes in search of the bits of Stratford-upon-Avon that aren't dominated by Shakespeare and director Trevor Nunn shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams with businesswoman and lawyer Margaret Mountford, plus an actress who lost weight then found her work had dried up, Inheritance Tracks of Madness front man Suggs, a look behind the scenes at 'The Famous' in Cheltenham that's closing its doors after 126 years, a builder whose family company is still around after 422 years, the evocative sound of an Italian coffee machine, Benedict Allen talking to his cousin Charles about their mutual lives in travel and a man who knows a great deal about paper.
John McCarthy and Suzy Klein with journalist and broadcaster Aggie MacKenzie, Martin Green was Head of Ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics, Andrew Parker was 'the human bridge' during the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. Felcity Finch reveals the Secret Life of the Archers, poet Luke Wright offers a festive rhyme, travel writer Adrian Mourby describes Kosice, one of the 2013 European Capitals of Culture, singer Ralph McTell takes us by the hand and leads us through the streets of London, and celebrity astrologer Russell Grant shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson's Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with comedian Lee Mack, Paul O'Grady on his enthusiasm for herbal remedies, Paul Hodgkinson walked to all 92 Football League grounds as his sight deteriorated, John McCarthy travels on Leighton Buzzard's miniature steam railway with travel writer Monisha Rajesh, Michael Sanderson explains why he stockpiles goods and necessities for a terrible eventuality, Ruth Keeling tells why she is never without her Granny's sewing kit and the actor Fiona Shaw chooses her Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles meet Pam Ayres, talk to artist Annie Morgan who can't stop painting, etching and sculpting - a compulsion that began after she tried to take her own life, hear from former Flt Lt Alan Pollock who remembers flying his Hunter fighter bomber under Tower Bridge, meet former squatter Rosie Ellis, find out why on earth J.P. Devlin went to Hackney with Les McKeown of The Bay City Rollers, swoon to Neil Sedaka's Inheritance Tracks and thrill to Benedict Allen musing on the pleasures of 'dangerous' travel.
Sian Williams and Rev Richard Coles with broadcaster Richard Madeley, and a man who's spent many years pretending to be him, a woman who believes the secret to happiness lies in the Hawaiian hula dance, a father and son who've revived the sound and style of the original Proms orchestra, a couple who have both been diagnosed with terminal diseases, John McCarthy in Maastricht, Sian Williams and Richard Coles with broadcaster Richard Madeley, and a man who's spent many years pretending to be him and his 'Uncle' Stan Madeley, a woman who believes the secret to happiness lies in the Hawaiian hula dance, a rock and roll history in poetic form from Murray Lachlan Young, a father and son who've revived the sound and style of the original Proms orchestra, a couple who have both been diagnosed with terminal diseases, John McCarthy in Maastricht, poetry from Murray Lachlan Young and the Inheritance Tracks of musician and activist Nona Hendryx.
Rev Richard Coles and Sian Williams with Emma Kennedy. Jan McCourt was run over by his own tractor, Jane Hayward was one of the first women to be ordained, Kris Lincoln tells us about the clock her father made, barber Ola Jafar performs a wet shave, John McCarthy travels to Maastricht and John Major's Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles with crime writer Val McDermid and ex-offender Junior Smart who is helping gangsters escape a life of crime, Tony Lynn investigates the mystery of the Saltburn yarnbomber, broadcaster Jeremy Vine talks about his early career on Drainpipe Radio, TV presenter Ulrika Jonsson reveals her Secret Life, John McCarthy continues his exploration of Utrecht and Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook shares his Inheritance Tracks.
Sian Williams and Richard Coles talk to tenor Alfie Boe, find out about a World War Two Lancaster Bomber airman's letter from his daughter which was lost in France, hear from the British Legion's youngest member, talk to a man who has recorded everyday day of his son's 21 years with a camera, shudder to the sound of a TVR sports car exhaust, thrill to the commanding presence of a circus ringmaster, enjoy Andrew Motion's Inheritance Tracks and travel with John McCarthy to Utrecht.
Richard Coles and JP Devlin with actress and impressionist Jan Ravens, Jonathan Dimbleby is at Churchill’s house Chartwell, Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs married after being on death row, Kevin Beresford shares his passion for roundabouts, Tracey and Charlotte Dawson, widow and daughter of the late comedian talk about their beloved Les, Susanna Quinn went to work in Japan as a bar hostess and Charley Pride selects his Inheritance Tracks.
Richard Coles and Sian Williams meet TV screenwriter and producer Phil Redmond, poet Kate Fox, Ethiopian dancers Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi, gun hostage Sean Enright. Also John McCarthy talks to designer David Constantine and Christopher Frayling. Lynn Tolmon makes her sound sculpture and Colin Burnett-Dick re-introduces us to Archie Andrews. The Inheritance Tracks are from Hazel O'Connor
Sian Williams and Rev Richard Coles with author, playwright and poet Michael Morpurgo, Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith who went to Ghana to find her father and ended up being anointed Queen Mother of Akoanso village, Northumbrian dialect poet Raymond Reed, and animal movement coach Peter Elliott. John McCarthy continues his romantic tour of the Wye Valley, best-selling crime writer Peter James takes a stroll through Brighton's dark underbelly and actor and comedian Lenny Henry shares his Inheritance Tracks.