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Chris Kane with news, views and interviews from the start of the Edinburgh Festival.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Janice Forsyth and Edinburgh Festival guests live from the EICC.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Clare English comes live from the EICC in Edinburgh with all the best from the festival.

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Clare English meets the stars and celebrities at this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

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Join Clare English live from the EICC with guests from all the Edinburgh Festivals.

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Janice Forsyth comes live from the EICC with Edinburgh Festival guests.

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Janice Forsyth presents a round up of the acts from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival.

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The first of the Edinburgh Festival shows, featuring The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

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The first of the Edinburgh Festival shows, featuring The Two Worlds of Charlie F.

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The cream of the talent from all the Edinburgh Festivals join Clare English and Janice Forsyth. Prepare to be entertained, even challenged, by the sharpest minds and the top performers in town. Witty, sharp and frequently funny. The best way to spend lunchtime.

On Monday:

The Two Worlds of Charlie F- Clare English is joined by the writer and cast of the show that wowed London's West End for two nights earlier this year. Starring soldiers who have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, this powerful piece of theatre looks at the effects of the physical and mental wounds incurred during conflict, as well how soldiers cope once they're back home. We'll find out how these non-professional actors have harnessed their determination and strength to make the transition from a military to a theatrical company.

A familiar face from television and film, last seen in 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, actress Linda Marlowe talks about Miss Havisham's Expectations, the Fringe show that takes a fresh look at the tragic, manipulative figure from Dickens' Great Expectations. We'll find out what an actress of her calibre gets from being part of the rough and tumble of a month's run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Live music from Camille O'Sullivan who'll be performing songs from her forthcoming album, Changeling, and discussing the world premiere of her one-woman Edinburgh International Festival show. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Rape of Lucrece unleashes her formidable musical performance skills on Shakespeare's lyrical poem.

Producer: Serena Field.

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Clare English is joined by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Ali McGregor and The Pajama Men.

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Clare English welcomes her sofa guests THE PAJAMA MEN and ALI MCREGOR. Fresh from eight weeks of smashing it on London's West End, The Pajama Men return to Edinburgh in their street clothes this year, with a completely improvised set, inspired by the audience. Ali McGregor is a classically trained opera singer, one of Australia's most versatile singers and brings a truly individual, humorous flavour to chart topping hits from today and yesteryear.

JOHNNY O'CALLAGHAN joins the discussion and opens his heart to tell the comedic true story about his 'against-all-odds' struggle to adopt a Ugandan orphan.

FORK made their Fringe debut last year and now they're back to wow us with their goth-pop vocal acrobatics - ready yourselves for a big shot of glam rock a capella.

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Clare English is joined by Edinburgh Fringe favourites Ali McGregor and The Pajama Men.

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On today's Festival Café Edinburgh's Makar, Ron Butlin, treats us to some of the wonderful poetry in his new collection "The Magicians of Edinburgh" which he'll be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival.

A new chamber opera tells the touching story of Farquar Quimpugh, world-renowned expert in rare disorders of the mind. Old and unwell, he revisits the bizarre cases upon which his mighty reputation was built. But will these ghosts of patients past, including a spectacularly jumpy Welshman and a woman with an alien hand, convince the doctor that his celebrated discoveries amount to a life well spent. Librettist, Phil Porter's on hand to answer those questions.

We catch up with award winning South African actress, Sandra Prinsloo who's in Edinburgh to perform in the one -woman play "The Sewing Machine". It's a rich and sometimes funny monologue set in a retirement home in present day South Africa where 81 year old Magdaleen now lives. It's part of the 2012 Fringe South African Season and Sandra explains how the play fits in to the season.

And Festival a capella maestros, The Magnets, bring us some great sounds from their new show.

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Clare English talks to Edinburgh's Makar Ron Butlin.

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Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their take on Educating Rita.

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Oxford Belles- Oxford University's original all-female a cappella group bringing back their unique blend of classics and chart hits, choreography and beatboxing to the Fringe!. This year's highlights include the fun and pace of spot the TV theme tune a cappella style to the spine tingling ballads like Jar of Hearts.

Othello - The Remix A fresh urban take on Shakespeare's tragedy spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. The Q Brothers are America's leading re-interpreters of Shakespeare through hip hop. Returning to Edinburgh following award-winning international tours of Bomb-itty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin'.

Educating Rita: Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their production of the Pygmalion-like account of a young, brash Liverpudlian hairdresser trying to enrich her life by going on an English Lit Open University course. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank, who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself. (Claire Sweeney plays Rita and Matthew Kelly is Dr Frank Bryant.)

Barry McGovern, world renowned for his interpretations of the work of Samuel Beckett, discusses his adaptation and solo performance of Watt, produced by Dublin's Gate Theatre, the extraordinary story of an itinerant character who walks one day from a train station to the home of a Mr Knott whom he will serve. The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.'

Without You Actor Anthony Rapp discusses his autobiographical show Without You, adapted from his bestselling memoir about his friendship with Rent composer Jonathan Larson, - he shares his experience of being part of the original cast of Rent (playing Mark Cohen), which premiered off-Broadway in 1996 shortly after Larson's death.

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Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly discuss their take on Educating Rita.

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Former Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis joins Janice, and performs an extract from premiere Edinburgh Fringe play about a struggling comic veteran of Liverpool's working men's clubs in 1997, their dying days.

Mike McShane tells Janice and the Festival Cafe audience about his new play Mon Droit, in which he stars as Robert James Moore, an American who came to London for the love of the Queen, only to end up a skeleton in St James's Park.

Patrick Neil Doyle and 3Bugs Fringe Theatre are bringing his twice Oscar-nominated film composer father Patrick Doyle and Morag Fullarton's 1977 musical Glasvegas back to the Edinburgh Fringe. Patrick Neil Doyle has added three new songs to his father's score, and he joins Janice to tell her how the rock 'n' roll musical he grew up listening to inspired him, and how it feels to revive the play; we'll have performances from Glasvegas the original musical throughout the programme.

Operatic sopranos the Bevan Sisters perform for the Festival Cafe audience.

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Featuring performances from the 1977 Glasvegas musical, Mike McShane and Les Dennis.

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The best of British acting talent: David Hayman and Julian Glover.

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The best of British acting talent: David Hayman and Julian Glover.

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David Hayman (Trial and Retribution, ITV) joins Clare English to talk about Six and a Tanner, the powerful one-man show about a father- son relationship that marks his first-ever Festival Fringe acting appearance.

Olivier Award- winning actor Julian Glover and Sheila Reid (Benidorm, ITV) on joining forces in Maurice's Jubilee, the moving and funny story of a man's dream to keep an appointment with Her Majesty the Queen as he nears the end of his life.

The Ruby Dolls give us a taste of their unique a cappella singing, combining klezmer, tango, African folk, and the blues to stunning effect.

And- bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras, we welcome New Orleans jazz legend Lillian Boutté. As well as performing, she'll also explain how music is still playing a role in the regeneration of her beloved city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Producer: Serena Field.

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Clare English meets Fringe favourites Shlomo, Alan Bissett and Bill Paterson.

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On Tuesday's Festival Café repeat, Clare English welcomes her sofa guests SHLOMO, ALAN BISSETT AND BILL PATERSON

SHLOMO is an internationally renowned beat boxing legend who has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn, Bjork, Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker. He brings two shows to the Fringe this year and tells Clare what it's like to be a mentor to the amazing young talent that comprises THE VOCAL ORCHESTRA

Award-winning novelist ALAN BISSETT joins Clare on the couch to discuss his new play THE RED HOURGLASS. It's a witty, dark, political allegory that will make you think twice before you flush a certain house-guest down the plughole.

BILL PATERSON has been a fixture on the small screen since the late seventies and is one of Britain's most prolific performers. His new play NO MORE SHALL WE PART examines the contentious issue of euthanasia - Clare finds out more.

And we're treated to a lively performance from HAIRY MACLARY AND FRIENDS as we take a look at children's section of the Fringe.

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Clare English meets Fringe favourites Shlomo, Alan Bissett and Bill Paterson.

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Clare English presents, live from the BBC's festival venue at Potterrow.

Violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti joins us, ahead of her performance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the EIF, where she'll be playing some Szymanowski. It was her performance of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 that won her the BBC Young Musician title in 2004 at the age of 16, and the composer's mystical music has been in her blood ever since.

Fringe Stalwart Guy Masterson returns for his 12th year at the festival, with his latest one-man-play "The Half", about a fifty year old actor, down on luck, who attempts to reverse fortunes by doing a solo play: Hamlet, uncut, all the parts! He'll give us a flavour of this comedy performance, live on the show.

New York Antifolk legend Lach also joins Clare, to talk about the gap the Alternative Fringe is filling in this year's festival, as well as the three show's he's doing this year, along with New York comic Laura Levites, who has experienced his Antihoot show in New York and Edinburgh, and has brought her own show - 'American Girlfriend' to the Alternative Fringe too.

And for something completely different, fresh from winning the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland, we'll have a live performance from 'BEATS' - a show which tells the early 90s rave tale of a Scottish youngster, with writer and perfomer Kieran Hurley, and live DJing from DJ Johnny Whoop!

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Clare English hosts perfomances of comedic theatre, anti-folk, rave and Nicola Benedetti!

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Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create a mind-blowing soundscape!

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Tom Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create a mind-blowing soundscape!

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Tom Thum - Returning to Edinburgh for his first time as a solo act, human synthesizer Tom Thum is here to conquer his addiction to beatboxing.

Angels: Iain Robertson discusses his new play - David Lynch meets Rebus in this uproarious, underworld whodunnit, reworking the hardboiled crime thriller for our times; a suspicious death at the workplace and loner security guard Nick Prentice is hauled in Kafka style for interrogation. Detective Crichton believes he's got Prentice bang to rights. Nick's handwritten seedy wee 'stories' seem to nail him to the crime. Is Prentice complicit in the death of two-bit shoplifter Gary Glover? Will Hollywood's uber-babe Scarlett Johansson rescue our unlikely antihero?

Horrible Histories We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it's time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? What if a Viking moved in next door? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to Henry VIII? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and find out what a baby farmer did! We hear about this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Desert Island Discs: David Bottomley discusses his affectionate homage to a national radio treasure. Unplugged and live at the piano. We take a nostalgic skinny-dip into our host's Desert Island Discs. An intimate poetical odyssey from the port of Whitby to London's Thames.

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Reginald D Hunter joins Janice Forsyth on The Festival Cafe in the BBC's Big Blue Tent.

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Reginald D Hunter is Janice Forsyth's sofa guest on this year's final Festival Cafe programme;

Christine Bovill will be performing songs from PIAF and will be telling Janice about her love of the legendary French singer;

Anne Chmelewsky will be talking about her comedy-operetta about social networking Through the Looking Screen and star Amy Payne and pianist Elizabeth Challenger will be performing;

and the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets will be performing and writer/performer Kevin Sutherland will be talking about how the Socks are doing a kids' show for the first time at the Fringe as well as his late night Socky Horror Show.