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The Chelsea Flower Show
Gardeners' Corner BBC
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In Gardeners' Corner this week David Maxwell visits the Chelsea Flower Show to find out more about the gardening passions and know-how of designers, growers and celebrities. Dame Judi Dench launches a beautiful apricot rose named after her, Radio 2's Jo Wiley talks about the Radio 2 sensory garden and local designer Ian Price shows David around his Mindtrap garden for which he was delighted to be awarded gold. Glorious gardening from Chelsea this week and also in the programme Helen Mark visits a suburban garden back in Belfast to hear how to pack the plants in for brilliant effect.
Brendan Duddy, Nina Lowry, Roger Ailes, Osmund Reynolds, Roger Moore
Last Word BBC
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Andrea Catherwood on Sir Roger Moore the actor and film star best know for his portrayal of British secret agent 007, James Bond Brian Duddy, the businessman from Derry who played a key but unsung role in the Northern Ireland peace process hosting secret talks between MI6 and the IRA. Osmund Reynolds, a founder of neo-natal medicine who's pioneering work changed the outcome for a generation of premature babies. Nina Lowry, the first women to become an Old Bailey judge, who helped toughen up sentencing on sex crimes. Roger Ailes the controversial figure who conceived and ran Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Network for two decades before being ousted over sexual harassment claims.
Exploring Secret Gardens
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time8 days ago
David Maxwell visits a beautiful garden in Omagh, best described as heaven for wildlife. He is guided by owners Sir Bob and Lady Salisbury around the woodland areas, formal gardens, and ponds, all of which have encouraged native wildlife from birds to rabbits, otters and hedgehogs, just to name a few. Also in the programme, Helen Mark discovers a secret woodland garden in the hills of Cairncastle and enjoys the company of Moira Concannon and Lesley Simpson, who garden together at Balloo, Killinchy, where their plant-packed garden is open under the National Trust's Ulster Gardens Scheme.
Rhodri Morgan, Michael Wearing, Dr Helen Szamuely, Ian Brady, Robert Miles
Last Word BBC
access_time9 days ago
Matthew Bannister on Rhodri Morgan the former Welsh First Minister, known as the Labour Party's "Father of Welsh devolution". Michael Wearing the TV producer behind award winning series like "Boys From The Blackstuff" and "Edge of Darkness". Helen Szamuely who helped to start the Anti Federalist League - which became the UK Independence Party. The Moors murderer Ian Brady. And the DJ Robert Miles - best known for his international hit "Children". Producer: Neil George.
Blooming Marvellous Summer Flowers
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time15 days ago
In Gardeners' Corner this week with David Maxwell, gardening writer and broadcaster Joe Swift reveals what he loves about his back garden in London. Also in the programme Cherry Townsend explains how to grow cut flowers successfully, Jim Bradley on the beauty of ground cover geraniums and Conrad McCormick talks us through preparing Canna Lilies for late summer.
Ueli Steck, Lord Williams of Baglan, Sylvia Moy, Captain James Dickson MBE, Jon Prinz
Last Word BBC
access_time16 days ago
Matthew Bannister on The Swiss climber Ueli Steck, famous for his daring high speed ascents of the world's most challenging mountains without the use of oxygen. Lord Williams the human rights expert who advised three Labour Foreign secretaries. Sylvia Moy who co-wrote many of Stevie Wonder's best known songs, including "I Was Made To Love Her" and "My Cherie Amour." Captain James Dickson, the experienced seaman who was winched down onto the deck of the oil tanker Braer when it ran aground in high seas on the coast of Shetland. And Jon Prinz, the food scientist and custard expert described by Heston Blumenthal as "brilliant and barking mad in equal measure". Producer: Neil George.
Garden Show Ireland
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time22 days ago
This week Gardeners’ Corner goes to Antrim Castle Gardens for this year’s Garden Show Ireland.
Robert Pirsig, Shobha Nehru, Michael Ballhaus, Leo Baxendale, Bruce Langhorne
Last Word BBC
access_time23 days ago
Matthew Bannister on Robert Pirsig, author of the best selling book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Shobha Nehru, the Hungarian woman who married into India's most powerful political dynasty - and used her position to confront Prime Minister Indira Ghandi about human rights abuses. Michael Ballhaus, the cinematographer who worked closely with Martin Scorsese. Leo Baxendale, the cartoonist and publisher who created the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx. And Bruce Langhorne, the guitarist on some of Bob Dylan's best known songs. Producer: Neil George.
The Roadshow Visits Holywood
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time29 days ago
Helen Mark takes the Gardeners’ Corner Roadshow to Holywood Library.
Jonathan Demme, Robert Taylor, Cathy Hopkins, Peter Farrer, Dorothy Torry
Last Word BBC
access_time1 month ago
Matthew Bannister on The film director Jonathan Demme - best known for the multi Oscar winning films Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Robert Taylor who helped to develop the first networked computers - a forerunner of the internet - and inspired the creation of modern personal computers. Cathy Hopkins who campaigned for the residents of St Helena to get back their British citizenship. Peter Farrer, the Liverpool tax inspector who enjoyed cross dressing and became an expert on the history of women's costume. And Dorothy Torry, secretary to six BBC Directors General, including Lord Reith. Producer: Neil George.
Gardeners' Live Phone In
Gardeners' Corner BBC
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Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell sort out listeners' queries, from mossy lawns to wandering cats
Michael Bogdanov, Louis Sarno, Sheila Abdus Salaam, Dick Potts, Don Rickles
Last Word BBC
access_time1 month ago
Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.
15/04/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time1 month ago
In this week's Gardeners' Corner, David Maxwell visits Rowallane to enjoy the beauty of rhododendrons and azaleas happily growing there. He also finds out from local designer Ian Price the thinking behind his garden for this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Also in the programme, David Love Cameron and Barbara Pilcher share their love of seasonal herbs and veg, and Ann Fitzsimons reveals her favourite plants associated with Easter.
Masha Leon, Tim Pigott-Smith, Christopher Morahan, Parv Bancil, Marthe Gosteli, Brian Matthew
Last Word BBC
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Julian Worricker on: The society columnist and Holocaust survivor, Masha Leon . Actor Tim Pigott-Smith and director Christopher Morahan, who worked together on ITV's The Jewel in the Crown . Playwright Parv Bancil whose work tackled issues affecting young British Asians . Marthe Gosteli, who was at the forefront of the campaign to get women the vote in Switzerland . And the broadcaster, host of 'Sounds of the Sixties', Brian Matthew.
A plant packed Omagh garden and growing succulents from Conrad McCormick
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time2 months ago
Helen Mark and Brendan Little visit a plant packed garden in Omagh and Helen finds out about growing succulents from Conrad McCormick
Darcus Howe, Andy Coogan, Dr Sylvia Moody, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Peter Shotton
Last Word BBC
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Matthew Bannister on the Black Power activist and journalist Darcus Howe. He was a leading campaigner for equal rights in the 1970s and 80s. Athletics coach Andy Coogan who spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese during the second world war. Dr Sylvia Moody, the clinical psychologist who pioneered greater understanding of dyslexia in adults. The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko who became a star in the West during the 1960s. Peter Shotton - who was at school with John Lennon, played the washboard in the Quarrymen and made his fortune from a chain of American-style diners.
Spring has sprung this week on Gardeners' Corner as Helen is a guest of the Omagh Gardening Society.
Gardeners' Corner BBC
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Helen joins the Omagh Gardening Society, who have a daffodil named after them.
David Storey, Ahmed Kathrada, Barbara Buss, Aloysius 'Lucky' Gordon
Last Word BBC
access_time2 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Playwright and novelist David Storey who drew on his experiences as a professional rugby league player in some of his work. The South African anti apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada who spent twenty six years in prison with Nelson Mandela and then became his parliamentary adviser. Barbara Buss who edited Woman Magazine in its 1970s heyday. And Lucky Gordon, the drug dealer, jazz singer and cook whose brief relationship with Christine Keeler led to the uncovering of the Profumo Affair in the 1960s. Producer: Neil George.
Live phone-in with Helen Mark, Neil Porteous and Barbara Pilcher are also live in studio answering your gardening queries.
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time2 months ago
All your gardening questions are answered this morning with Helen and her studio guests.
Martin McGuinness, Chuck Berry, Sir Derek Walcott, Salome Karwah, Colin Dexter
Last Word BBC
access_time2 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Martin McGuinness, who went from being a violent IRA commander to a peace making politician. Chuck Berry, hailed as the father of rock n roll by musicians from Keith Richards to John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. The Nobel prize winning poet Sir Derek Walcott, who brought the Caribbean experience to the wider world. Salome Karwah, who survived Ebola in her native Liberia, went back to help other sufferers and then died from complications after childbirth. And Colin Dexter, creator of the immortal detective Inspector Morse. Producer: Neil George.
18/03/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time2 months ago
Helen Mark presents the weekly programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens large and small around the province.
John Surtees, Gordon Thomas, Sir Howard Hodgkin, H. Boyd Woodruff, Joni Sledge
Last Word BBC
access_time2 months ago
Matthew Bannister on The racing driver John Surtees who won world championships on two wheels and four. Gordon Thomas who wrote best selling books about espionage and religion. Sir Howard Hodgkin - one of the UK's most admired modern painters. H. Boyd Woodruff, the microbiologist who isolated life saving antibiotics in soil. Joni Sledge one of four singing sisters in the disco group Sister Sledge. Producer: Neil George.
Sir Nigel Rodley, Sir Cosmo Haskard, Louise Hulton, Pete Overend Watts
Last Word BBC
access_time3 months ago
Matthew Bannister on The human rights lawyer Sir Nigel Rodley. He helped to draft the United Nations Convention Against Torture and became its special rapporteur on the issue. Pete Overend Watts, the bass player from Mott the Hoople. His platform soled boots were so high that if he fell over on stage he needed a roadie to put him back on his feet again. Louise Hulton the maternal health expert who worked tirelessly to improve conditions for childbirth around the world. And Sir Cosmo Haskard, the colourful Governor of the Falkland Islands, who helped to stop the Labour government from handing them to Argentina in the 1960s. Producer: Neil George.
11/03/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
In Gardeners' Corner this week Helen visits a community garden group which is passionate about growing veg and broadcaster, designer and author Matthew Wilson reveals why gardening with the environment in mind is so important for both us and the wildlife that inhabit our gardens. Also in the programme Helen goes beyond the gothic gates at Downhill and finds a wonderful mix of semi-formal gardens and woodland merging together and Ann Fitzsimons is in studio with lots of ideas for creating spring in a basket. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
Join Helen Mark as she visits two very different gardens in this week’s Gardeners’ Corner
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
In Gardeners' Corner this week Helen visits a community garden group which is passionate about growing veg and broadcaster, designer and author Matthew Wilson reveals why gardening with the environment in mind is so important for both us and the wildlife that inhabit our gardens. Also in the programme Helen goes beyond the gothic gates at Downhill and finds a wonderful mix of semi-formal gardens and woodland merging together and Ann Fitzsimons is in studio with lots of ideas for creating spring in a basket. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
Join Helen Mark as she visits two very different gardens in this week’s Gardeners’ Corner
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
In Gardeners' Corner this week Helen visits a community garden group which is passionate about growing veg and broadcaster, designer and author Matthew Wilson reveals why gardening with the environment in mind is so important for both us and the wildlife that inhabit our gardens. Also in the programme Helen goes beyond the gothic gates at Downhill and finds a wonderful mix of semi-formal gardens and woodland merging together and Ann Fitzsimons is in studio with lots of ideas for creating spring in a basket. That's Gardeners' Corner this Saturday morning just after the nine o'clock news on BBC Radio Ulster.
Gerald Kaufman, Dick Bruna, Desmond Connell, Rita Barberá, Frank Delaney
Last Word BBC
access_time3 months ago
Julian Worricker on: The long-serving Labour MP and former minister, Gerald Kaufman The prolific Dutch illustrator and author Dick Bruna Cardinal Desmond Connell, who as Archbishop of Dublin presided over the Church's handling of the child abuse scandal Controversial city mayor Rita Barbera, who ran Valencia in Spain for twenty years Writer and broadcaster, Frank Delaney, best known for Radio 4 programmes Bookshelf and Word of Mouth. Producer: Neil George.
Join Helen Mark for this week’s Gardeners’ Corner featuring scented shrubs, growing herbs and jobs for the week ahead.
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
Helen Mark goes on the trail of scented shrubs with Neil Porteous and finds out which plants are good for shaded areas. Barbara Pilcher and David Cameron join forces in the herb and veg garden, Brendan Little inspires us all to garden with his mantra, "gardening is good for you", and Keith Crawford shares his top three gardening jobs for the week ahead.
Stanley Bard, Norma McCorvey, Michael Ember, Peter Skellern
Last Word BBC
access_time3 months ago
Kate Silverton on Stanley Bard, the enigmatic proprietor of New York's Chelsea Hotel who created a haven for artists, writers and rock stars and presided over one of the greatest experiments in bohemian living in the history of New York Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe, the anonymous plaintiff in the Roe v Wade case by which the US supreme court legalised abortion, who became an unlikely icon for feminism Michael Ember, the Hungarian émigré who fled his country's uprising to become one of the BBC's most respected radio producers - creating programmes In the Psychiatrist's chair and Stop the Week And Peter Skellern - the singer, songwriter and pianist who found fame with 'you're a lady' and forged an enduring musical partnership with his colleague and friend Sir Richard Stilgoe. Producer: Neil George.
This week Helen goes garden visiting North West of the province and looks forward to camellias and rhododendrons in bloom
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
In this week's Gardeners' Corner Helen Mark visits a new garden in Ballycastle where Conrad McCormick is replanting his collection of exotic plants. Also in the programme, spring bulbs and winter clematis continue to provide lots of colour, and Averil Milligan tells Helen about Rowallane's early flowering camellias and how to grow them well.
This week Helen goes garden visiting North West of the province and looks forward to camellias and rhododendrons in bloom
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time3 months ago
In this week's Gardeners' Corner Helen Mark visits a new garden in Ballycastle where Conrad McCormick is replanting his collection of exotic plants. Also in the programme, spring bulbs and winter clematis continue to provide lots of colour, and Averil Milligan tells Helen about Rowallane's early flowering camellias and how to grow them well.
Al Jarreau, Betty Tebbs, Sir Peter Mansfield, Dame Jennifer Jenkins, Hans Rosling
Last Word BBC
access_time3 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Betty Tebbs who devoted her life to fighting for women's rights and nuclear disarmament. Sir Peter Mansfield, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who led the development of MRI scanning. Dame Jennifer Jenkins, chairwoman of the Consumers Association and the National Trust. Hans Rosling the statistician known for his skill as a communicator who worked to end poverty. Al Jarreau the versatile singer who won Grammy awards for jazz, pop and R&B.
11/02/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time4 months ago
This week in Gardeners' Corner Helen Mark is joined in the phone-in studio by Averil Milligan and Reg Maxwell. Also in the programme, the team will be talking about some of the plants growing in their gardens in February and the all-important gardening jobs for this time of year.
Alan Simpson, Brunhilde Pomsel, Sir Ken Morrison, Buchi Emecheta
Last Word BBC
access_time4 months ago
Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.
04/02/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time4 months ago
This week in Gardeners' Corner, Helen Mark enjoys the beauty of snowdrops in Maurice Parkinson's country garden. Also in the programme how and where to plant witch hazels for best effect, Ann Fitzsimons gets down to some seed sowing in the studio, Brendan Little is busy in the veg garden and Maurice Parkinson and Reg Maxwell have lots of gardening jobs for the week ahead.
Sir John Hurt, Margaret Pereira CBE, Sir Christopher Bland, Emma Tennant, Mary Tyler Moore
Last Word BBC
access_time4 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Sir John Hurt, the actor whose outstanding roles included Quentin Crisp, the Elephant Man and Caligula. Margaret Pereira, the pioneering forensic scientist who was known as "Miss Murder" by the press. Sir Christopher Bland who chaired LWT, the BBC and BT. Emma Tennant, the author from an aristocratic background whose work included sequels to classic novels. And Mary Tyler Moore, the American TV star whose sitcom made her a role model for independent career women. Producer: Neil George.
Gardeners’ Corner Roadshow: St. Columba’s Parish Church Belfast.
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time4 months ago
Helen Mark presents the weekly programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens large and small around the province.
Tam Dalyell MP, Victor Lownes, Babette Cole, Zhou Youguang, Gorden Kaye
Last Word BBC
access_time4 months ago
Matthew Bannister on The Labour MP Tam Dalyell who asked the West Lothian Question and pursued Margaret Thatcher over the sinking of the Belgrano. Victor Lownes who ran Playboy's clubs in the UK - and lived up to the magazine's lifestyle and values. Children's author Babette Cole, best known for writing and illustrating Princess Smartypants and The Trouble with Mum. The Chinese economist and linguistics expert Zhou Youguang who came up with the Pinyin system of turning Chinese characters into Roman letters. And the actor Gorden Kaye, best known for playing the cafe owner Rene in the comedy series 'Allo 'Allo. Producer: Neil George.
Baroness Heyhoe Flint, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Una Kroll, William Peter Blatty, Sir James Mancham
Last Word BBC
access_time4 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint who captained the England women's cricket team to victory in the World Cup. Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the key players in the country's revolution. Dr. Una Kroll, a tireless campaigner for the ordination of women. William Peter Blatty who wrote the book and the film "The Exorcist" And Sir James Mancham, the first President of the Seychelles Producer: Neil George.
The Garden in Winter
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time4 months ago
This week Helen Mark goes to Musgrave Park in Belfast with Ann Fitzsimons and Averil Milligan to talk about the garden in winter.
Gardeners' Corner 14/01/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time4 months ago
Helen Mark enjoys the winter garden with Anna Pavord and Brendan Little. Reg Maxwell is in studio and Barbara Pilcher and David Love Cameron talk about herbs and winter greens.
Graham Taylor, Jill Saward, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Peter Sarstedt, Clare Hollingworth
Last Word BBC
access_time5 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Graham Taylor - the football manager who had success with Watford and Aston Villa, but was lampooned for his performance with England. Jill Saward, the rape survivor who campaigned for the rights of those who suffer sexual violence. Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The singer and songwriter Peter Sarsdedt, best known for the song "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" And Clare Hollingworth, the war reporter who broke the story of the Nazi invasion of Poland. Producer: Neil George.
07/01/2017
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time5 months ago
Helen Mark visits Brendan Little to talk about winter pruning of soft fruit and Keith Crawford joins her in the studio to talk about gardening trends for 2017. Maurice and Barbara discuss colour in January, from grasses to stems.
John Berger, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, Henry Heimlich, Patsy Crampton, Brian Widlake and George Michael
Last Word BBC
access_time5 months ago
Julian Worricker on: The writer and art critic John Berger . Mother and daughter actresses, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher .. The surgeon who came up with the life-saving heimlich manoeuvre, Henry Heimlich . The linguist Patsy Crampton, who worked at the Nuremberg trials before going on to translate more than 200 children's books . Broadcaster Brian Widlake, well known for the Money Programme and the World at One And one of the biggest names in popular music, George Michael. Producer: Neil George.
31/12/2016
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time5 months ago
Cherrie McIlwaine presents the weekly programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens around the province.
Last Word End of Year Special
Last Word BBC
access_time5 months ago
This week Last Word departs slightly from its usual format, when Matthew Bannister and the BBC obituary editor Nick Serpell return to the beginning of 2016 and recall a time when obituarists were in huge demand. Together they discuss the challenges and processes involved in commemorating so many big names in so short a time; David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett , Victoria Wood and Prince. Producer: Neil George.
24/12/2016
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time5 months ago
Cherrie McIlwaine presents the weekly programme for keen gardeners with the latest advice, news and visits to gardens around the province.
Michael Nicholson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lord Prior, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Pauline Oliveros
Last Word BBC
access_time5 months ago
Julian Worricker on: The journalist and TV correspondent, Michael Nicholson, who covered numerous conflicts for ITN The actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous for her one-liners and nine husbands James Prior, who served in government under Margaret Thatcher despite her regarding him as a 'wet' Rabbi Lionel Blue, a regular presenter on Thought for the Day on Radio 4 and the composer Pauline Oliveros. an electronic music pioneer best known for her philosophy of 'deep listening'. Producer: Neil George.
Festive Gardening
Gardeners' Corner BBC
access_time5 months ago
This week we visit Mount Stewart to see what's flowering in winter, Mark Patterson brings us up to date with his new allotment and discusses what new gardeners would like for Christmas, Wendy Austin joins Cherrie for the Christmas book review including the wonderful Irish Garden by Jane Power, Cherry Townsend comes into the studio to chat about last minute seasonal foliage for the house and Ian Orr from East Lothian Gardens tells Cherrie about a forthcoming garden trail in Scotland - a perfect present for gardeners in Northern Ireland. We finish the programme with gardening tips from Neil Porteous.
Peter Gibson, AA Gill, Coral Atkins, William Chaloner, Ian McCaskill
Last Word BBC
access_time5 months ago
Matthew Bannister on Peter Gibson the master glazier who devoted his life to the care of the stained glass windows in York Minster. AA Gill, who overcame alcoholism and dyslexia to become one of the UK's best known critics. Coral Atkins who gave up a career as an actress to run homes for disadvantaged children. William Chaloner, an authority on fossil plants who used pollen from the past to reconstruct ancient environments. Ian McCaskill, the BBC weather man much imitated by impressionists.