Talent Unbound

Talent Unbound

Some of the UK’s sharpest comedians, actors and screenwriters take a short break from their work on stage and screen to share their newly published books with us this August. From laugh-out-loud memoirs to wry social commentaries; and gritty crime thrillers to moving debuts: discover the hidden depths of some of our best-loved creative talents.

 

Abi Morgan: For Love Nor Pity

Saturday 13 August 19:00 - 20:00

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One of the UK’s most fearsomely talented screenwriters, Abi Morgan has worked on projects including The Iron Lady and Shame, which garnered both headlines and awards. Today, she reveals her own powerful story of survival. In This is Not a Pity Memoir,...
 

Janey Godley: Secrets in 70s Glasgow

Monday 15 August 11:30 - 12:30

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One of Scotland’s most beloved comedians continues to blaze a trail – this time taking a step into crime fiction. With her debut novel Nothing Left Unsaid, Janey Godley takes us to 1970s Glasgow via the diary of a dying mother. In the tenements of...
 

Justin Webb: Radio Saved My Life

Monday 15 August 16:00 - 17:00

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Respected presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Justin Webb sheds revealing new light on his dysfunctional childhood. His moving, candid and humane memoir, The Gift of a Radio, paints a fascinating picture of the 70s Britain that shaped him....
 

Kevin Bridges: Is There Such Thing as Escape?

Wednesday 17 August 17:30 - 18:30

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The hugely popular Clydebank-born comedian Kevin Bridges is a familiar face, but today he’s here as a debut novelist. His book, The Black Dog, tells the story of Duncan, a wannabe writer whose dreams of a literary career help him escape from his...
 

Frankie Boyle: Post-Referendum Thrills

Wednesday 17 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Frankie Boyle is one of Scotland’s most outspoken comedians, inciting shock and adoration in almost equal measure for his cutting cynicism. In his debut thriller drug dealers, artificial intelligence and Scottish politics come together under the...
 

Charlie Higson: Glamour, Gangs and Greek Islands

Friday 19 August 19:00 - 20:00

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On sun-soaked Corfu, fixer McIntyre thinks he’s got an easy job ahead of him – but he quickly finds that things are a lot shadier than they seem. Described as a ‘perfect read’ by the Guardian, Charlie Higson’s new novel, Whatever Gets You...
 

Armando Iannucci: An Epic Poem for Our Times

Friday 19 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Emerging from the same BBC Radio production that launched the careers of Chris Morris, Stewart Lee and Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci has been at the forefront of British satire for over two decades. In Pandemonium he turns his eye to the pandemic and...
 

Alan Cumming: Unpacking a Life

Sunday 21 August 17:00 - 18:00

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One of Scotland’s favourite entertainers, Alan Cumming proved his command of the written word was just as strong as his command of the stage in 2014, when he became a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, Baggage, takes us through...
 

Brian Cox with Nicola Sturgeon: The Lion of Dundee

Monday 29 August 20:30 - 21:30

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Logan Roy, brought ferociously to life by Brian Cox in HBO series Succession, is one of the outstanding screen characters of the decade. Cox’s Golden Globe-winning depiction of the leonine media tycoon has won him countless new admirers. His memoir,...