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Country boy: Shane Ritchie

In Albert Square he had a pub and a stall. Now he’s a country soul trader. Jane McGowan tunes up with Shane Richie



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Comedian Stephen K Amos has never courted controversy. But it tends to find him anyway. Now he’s limbering up for a new stand-up tour, Bread and Circuses. William Gadsby Peet meets the man behind the mirth more

2 Jan 2018 14:22 Interviews

Jane McGowan snatches five minutes with Ben Shephard more

2 Jan 2018 14:12 Interviews

One local retiree recalls her working life at Bentalls as if it were yesterday. Miranda Jessop meets her more

28 Nov 2017 12:47 Interviews

As this month sees Small Business Saturday, part of a campaign which highlights small business success, Rosanna Greenstreet takes a closer look at some local entrepreneurs... more

28 Nov 2017 11:54 Interviews

Jack and The Bean Stalk

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The panto season is upon us. Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! William Gadsby Peet catches up with some of the shooting stars coming to a theatre near you… more

27 Nov 2017 19:05 Interviews


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While shepherds watch their flocks, many others are absorbed in the Wintershall Nativity Play. Jane McGowan wraps up warm more

27 Nov 2017 18:48 Interviews

Caroline Rawlins of Military Wives Choirs talks to Jane McGowan en route for Guildford Cathedral more

27 Nov 2017 18:40 Interviews

Richmond author Anne Sebba has published a fascinating account of the lives of women in occupied Paris. This month she is taking questions at Kew more

27 Nov 2017 17:00 Interviews

From EastEnder to fair lady, Martine McCutcheon has played many parts. Now the Molesey resident is singing again. Jane McGowan listens in more

27 Oct 2017 11:28 Interviews

It’s 45 years since Patricia Hodge made her West End debut. Now she has been summoned to the Palace. Here the Barnes resident talks to Sophie Farrah about theatre, honours and being a spare mum for Miranda more

25 Oct 2017 15:52 Interviews

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Gok Wan, style guru and makeover maestro, gives Jane McGowan the bare facts about his new one-man show on its way to Richmond Theatre more

24 Oct 2017 15:37 Interviews

Cathy Kelly is one of the biggest selling authors of the decade. This month she takes tea with readers at the Guildford Book Festival. Jane McGowan feels like a long-lost pal more

20 Sep 2017 15:17 Interviews

For centuries literary lions prowled the corridors of Cliveden House. Ahead of the first Cliveden Literary Festival, William Gadsby Peet meets the author and historian guarding the flame more

20 Sep 2017 14:26 Interviews


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As the Aviva Premiership gets into gear, William Gadsby Peet talks to man-mountain and local boy James Haskell about banter, touring with the Lions and why England are riding high more

20 Sep 2017 12:34 Interviews

From popstar excess to parish priest, Richard Coles has come a long way. Samantha Laurie sounds him out more

19 Sep 2017 14:24 Interviews

Conservationist David Lindo, aka The Urban Birder, wings his way into Richmond this month. Binoculars at the ready, says Catherine Whyte more

18 Sep 2017 10:37 Interviews

Star of stage and screen Lesley Sharp talks to Jane McGowan about success, Scott & Bailey and her forthcoming role in The Seagull more

15 Sep 2017 17:15 Interviews

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Jonathan Romain reveals the rollercoaster world of rabbinic life more

24 Aug 2017 14:41 Interviews

William Gadsby Peet meets former MP and bestselling author Jeffrey Archer ahead of his talk at the Windsor Festival more

24 Aug 2017 11:23 Interviews

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William Gadsby Peet sits down with survival legend Ray Mears to talk bushcraft, manhunts and gorillas more

24 Aug 2017 11:05 Interviews