Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by the BAFTA-winning writer, Jack Thorne. Jack's written a string of hits for stage and screen including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the BBC's adaptation of His Dark Materials, the TV drama This is England and the Enola Holmes films.
Cellist Jacqueline Thomas is a member of the renowned Brodsky Quartet, which she co-founded with her brother at the age of 10. As the group celebrates its 50th anniversary, Jacqueline recalls collaborations with famous musicians and growing up amid the rich cultural scene of 1970s Middlesbrough.
The artist Jon Rees helps people to explore the therapeutic power of photography for The Connection at St Martin's, the charity supported by this year's Radio 4 appeal. Jon talks about his struggles with addiction and homelessness and how art helped him find a new purpose.
The actor and writer Tara Flynn co-hosts Radio 4's Now You're Asking, in which she and Marian Keyes attempt to solve listeners' life problems. She reveals the most unusual questions she's been asked and reflects on her own life experiences, including her role in the campaign to legalise abortion in Ireland.
Caroline Hirons shares her Inheritance Tracks: On Her Majesty's Secret Service by John Barry, and Travelin' Soldier by The Chicks.
Producer: Dan Hardoon
Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by the actress and presenter Emily Atack. She shot to fame in coming of age comedy The Inbetweeners when she was just 17. TV and theatre roles came her way, as well as stints on reality shows such as Dancing on Ice and I’m a Celebrity. She has since done three series of her eponymous one woman show for ITV.
Donna Freed is a writer and translator who is one half of the UK's longest running all-female podcast, Radio Gorgeous. Donna was adopted, and found out that her birth parents were involved in an infamous double indemnity life insurance scam. She joins us.
We also have: Alan Leach, formerly Shed Seven drummer turned solo artist whose latest album is I wish I knew now what I thought I knew then. He also loves pub quizzes, and his hatred of cheating led to him creating an app to help stop it.
and Dr Tim Spector whose Zoe app monitored covid cases over the country. Now he's turned his focus to nutrition, inspired by a dramatic personal experience.
Inheritance Tracks are chosen this week by ACDC's Brian Johnson: Look over yonder wall by Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Broken Down Angel by Nazareth.
And your Thank you.
Producer: Corinna Jones
Michael Morpurgo joins Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles. The author has written over 150 books but is perhaps best known as the creator of War Horse, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The former Children’s Laureate is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.
Anne-Marie Dias Borges tells the story of how she was born into destitution, but was taken in by the inventor the hair claw clip.
Nikita Gill is the UK’s biggest online poet. Always writing as a child, Nikita was first published aged 12, and has gone on to produce a catalogue of bestselling poetry collections, her latest work including her own illustrations.
Michel Roux Jnr chooses his Inheritance Tracks: Non, je ne regrette rien by Edith Piaf and Hiro by Soprano.
Martin O’Neill's career has spanned more than 50 years. One of nine children, he studied Law at Queens University Belfast, before being signed up by Nottingham Forest. He became a key part of Brian Clough’s legendary team in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. He represented Northern Ireland more than 60 times and led them to the 1982 World Cup. As a manager he took Leicester City to two League Cups, Celtic to seven trophies, and Republic of Ireland to the 2016 European Championship.
The 40th anniversary edition of War horse by Michael Morpurgo is out now, as is Flying Scotsman and the Best Birthday Ever.
These Are the Words by Nikita Gill is out now.
Albert Roux’s memoir My Life in Food is out now.
On Days Like These: My Life in Football by Martin O'Neill is out now.
Producer: Claire Bartleet
Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles are joined by Martin Kemp on life before, during and after Spandau Ballet and keeping the 80s music scene alive.
We also have:
Listener Jenny Sheppard whose family secret has dominated her life.
Printmaker Angela Harding on recreating nature on paper, starting her business late and what's it's like to have her work adorning tea towels and calendars.
Comedian Shazia Mirza on comedy, Birmingham and Bollywood.
Actor Hugh Bonneville chooses his Inheritance Tracks: Look what they've done to my song, Ma performed by Melanie and Starman by David Bowie.
and we have your Thank you.
Producer: Corinna Jones
Luke Evans joins Nikki Bedi and Richard Coles. The Hobbit and Nine Perfect Strangers star left a happy family home in Wales age 16 to pursue his dreams. Luke's big break came after being seen in a London play and he combines acting with a lifelong passion for singing, as he releases his second album.
Lucy Gray began collecting discarded shopping lists by accident, as a way to amuse her friends during lockdown. After amassing over 250 of them, they are being displayed in the Museum of Brands in London. Lucy talks about what shopping lists say about us, and how they offer a window into the human condition.
Susan Rogers started her career as a recording engineer and worked with Prince on albums including Purple Rain and Parade. After more commercial success in the 1990s she finally had the money to move into academia and is now a professor of Psychoacoustics, looking at why we’re drawn to music and what it says about us.
Dan Walker chooses his Inheritance Tracks: the theme-tune to Grandstand and Heartache Tonight by the Eagles.
Writer and poet, David Toms was born with a rare congenital heart defect - a transposition of the great arteries. As a result, he has had to live with the fear and restriction of not knowing when his heart might give out. What has life been like for him, having to learn to live life as a spectator?
A Song For You by Luke Evans is out now.
This Is What It Sounds Like: What The Music You Like Says About You by Susan Rogers is out now.
Standing on the Shoulders by Dan Walker is out now.
Pacemaker by David Toms is out now.
Producer: Claire Bartleet