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The Angus and Libby Thirlwell Episode

The Angus and Libby Thirlwell Episode

May 26, 2021

You’ll know Angus from the Channel 5 series Chocolate Dreams – Inside Hotel Chocolat and Hotel Chocolat Unwrapped – as the co-founder and CEO of Hotel Chocolat.  He first met His wife Libby when she was asked to coach him in acting and she felt that she “couldn’t shake him off!”

Why was he told that he would either be successful in business or go to prison?

How did a French teacher of dance find that when teaching them she had encountered the best and the worst pupils ever?

And how have their children have seen from inside the pitfalls and difficulties of business?

 

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The Leo Sayer and Donatella Piccinetti Episode

The Leo Sayer and Donatella Piccinetti Episode

May 19, 2021

You’ll know Leo Sayer from his worldwide hits, dressed as a clown to sing The Show Must Go On through the dancing days of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing to the romantic When I Need You, however his partner Donatella knew nothing of his international stardom when they met.

Why they did they decide to move to Australia, and how did they become Australian citizens?

How did Donatella help to save animals during the bush fires of 2019?

And why after many years of not getting married might that be about to change?

 

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The Ken and Kerith Bruce Episode

The Ken and Kerith Bruce Episode

May 12, 2021

You’ll know Ken Bruce as the master of Popmaster on BBC Radio 2 and the man with the most listened to radio show in the UK and indeed in Europe.  But did you know that met his future wife Kerith in a portacabin, that Eurovision brought them together and that he owns and can drive a double decker bus?

Why did Ken think that his days on BBC Radio 2 were numbered many years ago and how does he sniff out the cheats on Popmaster?

And what inspired Kens wife Kerith to re-train and take up work as a Special Needs assistant in a school?

 

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The Anton and Hannah Du Beke Episode

The Anton and Hannah Du Beke Episode

May 5, 2021

You’ll know Anton Du Beke as the only dancer who has appeared in a every series of Strictly Come Dancing but did you know that he first spoke to his wife Hannah outside the ladies loo?

How did Anton know where Hannah lived even before he had been there?

How does Hannah deal with tactile female fans of her husband?

And how difficult and awkward was the IVF process for them?

 

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The Cerys Matthews and Steve Abbott Episode

The Cerys Matthews and Steve Abbott Episode

April 28, 2021

You’ll know Cerys Matthews from her hit songs with Catatonia and her radio presenting on Radio 2 and 6 Music and on the TV.  Steve Abbott is her husband, agent and manager

How was Tom Jones involved in bringing them together?

What was stuck in Cerys' teeth that confused her vegetarian husband to be?

And what advice did Led Zepplin manager Peter Grant offer to Steve on affairs of the heart?

Steve reminisces about the influence of Johnnie Walker on his early musical heritage.

And Johnnie shares a romantic story about his early relationship with Tiggy.

 

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Music mentioned in this episode:

The Day After Forever - Paul Kelly

Doris Duke - I Don’t Care Anymore

Snooks Eaglin –Brown Skin Woman

Snooks Eaglin – Careless Love

Snooks Eaglin  Country Boy Down in New Orleans

Al Stewart – Year of the Cat

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

John Prine – All the Way with You

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

Stevie Wonder – Living for the City

Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

George Mc Crae – Rock Your Baby

Brian Protheroe - Pinball

Beethoven - Cantatas

Carl Malcolm – Fatty Bum Bum

The Damon and Georgie Hill Episode

The Damon and Georgie Hill Episode

April 21, 2021

You’ll know Damon Hill as the Formula 1 World Champion and twice BBC Sports Personality of the Year and his wife Georgie from greeting him when he won that World title.

How did Georgie Hill know that Damon was “the one” even before she met him?

How did their Beatles obsessed son Ollie end up using Sir Paul McCartney as a human jukebox?

And why was their son Ollie’s teacher sceptical of his weekend adventures with Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and three of the Beatles?

 

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The Charles Esten and Patty Puskar Episode

The Charles Esten and Patty Puskar Episode

April 14, 2021

You’ll know Charles Esten from the US versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Office – as well as starring as Deacon Claybourne in the global TV hit Nashville.  But how did his college sweetheart and wife Patty Puskar deal with the worldwide female attention her husband was receiving?

How come that once in a lifetime sell out Royal Albert Hall show happened – three times?

Hear how they dealt with the trauma of their daughters leukemia diagnosis and treatment.

And Charles gives the honest answer to the big question - Could he have made it without Patty?

 

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Music mentioned in this episode:

Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet

Yazoo – Only You

Charles Esten – I Love You Beer

Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You

Charles Esten – I’ll Never Know Why

The Clare Balding and Alice Arnold Episode

The Clare Balding and Alice Arnold Episode

April 7, 2021

You’ll know National Treasure Clare Balding from Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and Paralympics, Crufts and The Boat Race and you will know Alice from Mellow Magic – but Alice had a list of all the reasons that they should not get together …. On the fridge!!

In this episode find out how Alice realised that Clare would need her baseball cap when she went out after her success at the London Olympics in 2012.

How did Alice’s relationship with Clare’s parents change when they saw how she supported Clare after her cancer diagnosis?

And how did they alter the marriage vows to ensure that Clare would never have to care for Alice?

 

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Music mentioned in this episode:

Adele  - Make You Feel My Love

Billy Joel – She’s Got a Way

The Rachel Joyce and Paul Venables Episode

The Rachel Joyce and Paul Venables Episode

March 31, 2021

You’ll know Rachel as an award winning and best selling author and Paul as Jakob in the Archers.

What was Pauls surprising reaction when Rachel first told him that he “was a really lovely Man!”?

How did Pauls Insomnia form the inspiration for Rachel’s novel The Music Shop?

And does he always have the right reaction ready when he reads an early draft of Rachels work?

 

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The Paul Gambaccini and Chris Sherwood Episode

The Paul Gambaccini and Chris Sherwood Episode

March 24, 2021

You’ll know Paul Gambaccini as the professor of pop who is called upon for music obituaries. He was arrested and charged with historical sex offences, so how tough was it for his husband Chris to stand by him?

Johnnie says “I’ve known Paul for many years, since back in the days when we were both at Radio 1. I’ve always admired his amazing memory, tremendous knowledge of all forms of music and his great sense of humour.

If you should ever wonder what it’s like to be falsely accused of hideous crimes and the effect that false allegations can have on the accused and their partner, this podcast will reveal all. "

 

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