- Thursday, 21 November 2013
Leading scientist and doctor Professor Robert Winston spoke to Laura Heads about his love for science and his take on grandparenting the generation of tomorrow.
Professor Winston is a recognisable face across the UK and is well known for his television persona on programmes such as Child of Our Time or The Human Body.
But the scientist has recently undertaken a new venture and has signed off on a brand new book exploring the incredible innovations our society has made across time.
- Tuesday, 15 October 2013
With Strictly Come Dancing waltzing on to our screens last month Laura Heads spoke to top judge LEN GOODMAN about all things dancing, and his passion for getting older people active.
The twinkle-toed dancer first appeared on our screens in 2004 to play his part in the resurgence of the popular TV programme – which went down a storm.
Now, almost 10 years later and with 11 series under his belt the veteran judge said he is enjoying it more than ever.
“I didn’t start Strictly until I was 60. It shows that however old you get you never know what is around the corner.
- Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Released: October 11, 2013
Director: Roger Michell
Scriptwriter: Hanif Kureishi
JG: You’ve played several loving husband roles, and you won an Academy Award for one such loving husband [Iris]. But this is, I think, the first time you’ve played an overtly sexual husband, unless I have missed something.
JB: No, I think that you’re probably right [pause]. There may have been, but I can’t think of any at this minute. Certainly not very recently!
- Thursday, 19 September 2013
World renowned actress Caroline Goodall talks to Laura Heads about her incredible and extensive career, and her new role playing the stereotypical mother-in-law in BBC’s The White Queen.
The instantly recognisable blonde actress has appeared in a whole host of varying guises over the last 15 years, but none quite as mean-spirited as Lady Cecily.
The infamous mother-in-law, who she perfectly portrays in The White Queen, would have been on the throne had it not been for her husband Richard of York getting killed on the battleﬁeld.
- Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Reclining on a battered brown leather sofa in the cafe window of the otherwise shiny new Park Theatre in north London, Maureen Lipman manages poise and ease in equal measure.
That, despite being mid-run in arguably her most demanding stage role yet, in a career that spans some five decades.
“I’m possessed,” says the 67-year-old, her brown eyes flashing. “It just takes me over. I wake up every two hours thinking, ‘Ooh, that’s good’ or ‘I should practice that’. But you can’t.
- Friday, 19 July 2013
Swinging sixties star Anneke Wills talks to Laura Elvin about her life-changing role as the very first Doctor Who assistant and the re-release of her teen movie ‘Some People’.
The blonde starlet, now 73, won the hearts of the very first fans of the sci-fi programme and almost 50 years on she still performs the vocals for Doctor Who audio books between speaking to fans at conventions around the world.
But before she became a doctor’s assistant, the glamorous actress appeared in the movie Some People - a 1962 promo for the Duke of Edinburgh award. The lively musical tale of teen rebellion was rereleased in May this year.
- Wednesday, 19 June 2013
“I love meeting people. I was born to do this,” says Lesley Garrett. Britain’s best loved soprano isn’t talking about her latest opera, West End musical or album but entertaining holiday makers at a Warner’s break at Nidd Hall resort in North Yorkshire later this year.
For years, Lesley has been on a mission to single-handedly throw open the doors of concert halls, blow off all the dusty elitism and snobbery and take opera to the streets. Unwittingly, in the process, the feisty, down to earth, Yorkshire lass with a belting voice has won the hearts of the nation. “I’m the diva next door!” she laughs.
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
Music sensation Billy Ocean takes time out talk to Laura Heads about the release of his latest album and how making music has changed dramatically during his 40 year career.
The star has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime and has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum awards across the world. Billy’s unique reggae infused voice and musical style, representing his Trinidadian roots, are recognisable anywhere and it is that which has earned him his well-deserved number ones.
And the well-loved singer-song writer said that the way music is made has changed a lot since he first began in the 1970s. He said: “Music is now controlled by technology. New artists allow technology to control what they are doing.
- Friday, 19 April 2013
Celebrity chef Ken Hom OBE talks to Claire Hayhurst about the importance of cooking in older age and reveals how to eat for better health.
Ken, the man who brought Chinese cooking to the masses, is probably one of the hardest working male chefs - despite being semi-retired.
The 63-year-old is a Chinese American chef, author and television presenter and even boasts his own range of ethnic cookware with a hugely popular wok series.
It is hard to believe that this tornado of energy was diagnosed with prostate cancer just two years ago.
But with typical Ken Hom form, the chef believes the disease has made him “more positive than ever” and helped him get closely involved with charities.
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