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desert island antiques
by paul atterbury
Join Paul Atterbury for his performance of ‘Desert Island Antiques’. The much anticipated stage show is now available on-demand until March 31st.
The 7 Secrets of Happiness
by Gyles Brandreth
When Gyles Brandreth set out to find the 7 secrets of happiness, he started out in the House of Commons and ended up in the psychiatrist’s chair. What he discovered about who gets to be happy and how – plus other useful lessons picked up along the way, from The Queen, the prime minister and Mick Jagger among others – provides the essence of an amazing hour that should make you laugh and could change your life. (It could extend your life, too. Research shows that happy people live seven to ten years longer than unhappy people.)
Award-winning raconteur, Celebrity Gogglebox star, One Show reporter, QI and Just A Minute regular, Gyles Brandreth is an actor, podcaster, former MP, now Chancellor of the University of Chester, and author of the No 1 best-seller, The 7 Secrets of Happiness
From Popstar to Priest
by Reverend Richard Coles
Join Richard Coles as he tells a story that is as real as it is unlikely. During the talk he will connect the euphoria and mayhem of being Top of the Pops in the 80s to his present circumstances as a Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and television show panellist, answering amongst many burning questions, “How do you go from pop star to priest? And why?”
Soho's History, Architecture and People
by dan cruickshank
One of Britain's best-loved historians, Dan Cruickshank, grants us an intimacy with centuries of rich and varied history as he guides us around the Soho of the last five hundred years. We learn of its original aspirations towards respectability, how it became London's bohemian quarter and why it was once home to its criminal underworld. The bars, clubs, theatres and their frequenters are described with detail that evokes the heart of the district.
The history of Soho is written in its surviving architecture. Cruickshank points out the streets that were the stamping grounds of criminal dynasties and directs our attention towards the homes of renowned prostitutes, revealing Georgian sexual mores and surprising visitors - amongst them eighteenth-century painter Joshua Reynolds, whose peculiar 'caprice' was simply drawing the girls. Soho has been home to characters as diverse as Mrs Goadby's girls to the Maltese mafia, and Cruikshank draws these threads together with kaleidoscopic verve.
Even as he mourns some of the changes, he pays testament to the district's resilience. He observes how the common denominator over the centuries is that it has always been a destination for immigrants: from French Huguenots to the East European Jewish community and recent Chinese diaspora - and that this is the foundation of its spirit and success.
Lucy Worsley presents an illustrated talk of her book ‘Jane Austen at Home’
by Lucy Worsley
Tonight, Lucy Worsley paints a vivid picture of her favourite author, Jane Austen. Through the houses, places and possessions which mattered to her, Lucy takes a fascinating look at Jane Austen’s world, considers what home meant to Jane and to the women like her who populate her novels. Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster, Lucy instead offers us a witty, passionate and courageous woman, who, in her quiet way, changed the world.
Lucy Worsley presents an illustrated talk of her book 'Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow'
by Lucy Worsley
Queen Victoria: a little old lady, spherical in shape, dressed in black, perpetually grumpy. Right? Historian Lucy Worsley wants to make you think again. Meet a complex, contradictory woman, who had a traumatic childhood, who loved dancing, who suffered calamity and bereavement, before coming out the other side as an eccentric, powerful and a rather magnificent old lady. Lucy's illustrated talk takes you into the life, the palaces, and the rich colourful age of this woman who ruled a quarter of the globe.