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Alistair Darling20111006

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In a new series, The former chancellor Alistair Darling talks to Edi Stark about his life before, during and after his 1,000 days at Number 11.

Edi Stark talks to the former chancellor, Alistair Darling.

Alistair Urquart20100526

In a moving interview, Alistair Urquart talks to Edi Stark about how it feels to be a best selling writer at the age of 90yrs old after decades of silence.

He tells his harrowing account, a miracle of survival of atrocious experiences at the hands of the Japanese as a POW in the far east.

He was taken north in barbaric conditions to do hard labour, building the Burma Siam railway at the aptly named Hellfire Pass and the Bridge over the River Kwai.

Despite disease, torture and beatings, being torpedoed and witnessing the bombing of Nagasaki, he survived and came back to his home in Aberdeen, traumatised and unrecognisable.

There were many times he admits when suicide would have been easy but his will to live was too strong.

His book The Forgotten Highlander has topped the best selling charts.

He's been named a national hero and he confesses that he is now having the best time of his life.

Alistair Urquart tells Edi Stark how it feels to be a bestselling writer at the age of 90.

Alistair Urquhart20100530

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In a moving interview, Alistair Urquhart talks to Edi Stark about how it feels to be a best selling writer at the age of 90yrs old after decades of silence.

He tells his harrowing account, a miracle of survival of atrocious experiences at the hands of the Japanese as a POW in the far east.

He was taken north in barbaric conditions to do hard labour, building the Burma Siam railway at the aptly named Hellfire Pass and the Bridge over the River Kwai.

Despite disease, torture and beatings, being torpedoed and witnessing the bombing of Nagasaki, he survived and came back to his home in Aberdeen, traumatised and unrecognisable.

There were many times he admits when suicide would have been easy but his will to live was too strong.

His book The Forgotten Highlander has topped the best selling charts.

He's been named a national hero and he confesses that he is now having the best time of his life.

Alistair Urquhart tells Edi Stark how it feels to be a bestselling writer at 90.

Barbara Rafferty20111227

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Edi Stark talks to much loved actress Barbara Rafferty, best known for roles in River City, Hamish Macbeth, the Oscar winning The last King of Scotland and most famously as Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt. She talks to edi about her early ambitions, success in her home land and speaks movingly about her grief following the death of her husband from whom she was divorced.

Edi Stark talks to much loved actress Barbara Rafferty.

Billy Boyd2010100620101010

Screen and stage actor Billy Boyd, best known for his role as Pippin in the Oscar winning trilogy Lord of the Rings talks to Edi Stark about the importance of his friendships with schoolfriends and Hollywood stars and how one particular scene in Dundee Rep's Sunshine On Leith (in which he appears as Davy) brings back memories of the deaths of his parents when he was a young teenager.

Edi Stark interviews screen and stage actor Billy Boyd of Lord of the Rings fame.

Brian Whittingham20090524

Edi Stark talks to poet and teacher Brian Whittingham about his time at John Brown's shipyard on Clydeside and building the QE2.

Edi Stark talks to poet and teacher Brian Whittingham about building the QE2.

Candia Mcwilliam20120406

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The dazzling author Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark about her return to her home town of Edinburgh, despite its tragic and troubled childhood memories which continue to scar. She recalls her struggle with the demons of alcoholism and reveals the insights gained through blindness and how she is now seeing the world after a brutal but successful operation.

Award-winning author and former Man Booker Prize judge Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark

Candia Mcwilliam20120103

The dazzling author Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark about her return to her home town of Edinburgh, despite its tragic and troubled childhood memories which continue to scar. She recalls her struggle with the demons of alcoholism and reveals the insights gained through blindness and how she is now seeing the world after a brutal but successful operation.

Award-winning author and former Man Booker Prize judge Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark

Candia Mcwilliam2011110320111106

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The dazzling author Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark about her return to her home town of Edinburgh, despite its tragic and troubled childhood memories which continue to scar. She recalls her struggle with the demons of alcoholism and reveals the insights gained through blindness and how she is now seeing the world after a brutal but successful operation.

Award-winning author and former Man Booker Prize judge Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark

The dazzling author Candia McWilliam talks to Edi Stark about her return to her home town of Edinburgh, despite its tragic and troubled childhood memories which continue to scar.

She recalls her struggle with the demons of alcoholism and reveals the insights gained through blindness and how she is now seeing the world after a brutal but successful operation.

Chris Tiso20090531

Edi Stark talks to Chris Tiso, chief executive of Scotland's leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, who discusses his passion for sailing and climbing expeditions.

Edi Stark talks to Chris Tiso of leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer.

Claire Cunningham20101020

Award-winning dancer Claire Cunningham wore calipers as a child and, feeling self conscious, avoided school as a teenager when she became increasingly reliant on crutches to be mobile.

She tells Edi Stark how learning to dance five years ago has revolutionised her life.

Dancer Claire Cunningham tells Edi Stark how learning to dance revolutionised her life.

Claire Cunningham20101024

Award-winning dancer Claire Cunningham wore calipers as a child and, feeling self conscious, avoided school as a teenager when she became increasingly reliant on crutches to be mobile.

She tells Edi Stark how learning to dance five years ago has revolutionised her life.

Dancer Claire Cunningham tells Edi Stark how learning to dance revolutionised her life.

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder20111013

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As she celebrates her 80th birthday one of our greatest living painters talks about a life devoted to art and her husband,the artist John Houston who died in 2008.

Edi Stark talks to Dame Elizabeth Blackadder as she celebrates her 80th birthday.

Dennis Canavan2010111020110530

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Dennis Canavan talks to Edi Stark about his reputation as one of the most colourful politicians at Westminster and Holyrood, growing up in a mining community and how he faces each day having lost three beloved sons.

Dennis Canavan talks to Edi Stark about his reputation as a colourful politician.

talks to Edi Stark about his reputation as one of the most colourful politicians at Westminster and Holyrood, growing up in a mining community and how he faces each day having lost three beloved sons.

Dominic Hill20110605

9/10

The Traverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill talks about his ambitions in his new job at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and what made him choose to be a theatre director.

Edi Stark talks to The Traverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill.

Donald Runnicles20100428

Edi Stark talks to Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and music director of Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Donald Runnicles20100502

Edi Stark talks to Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and music director of Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Edi Stark talks to Donald Runnicles, chief conductor of the BBC SSO.

Dr James Robson20111110

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Edi Stark is at Murrayfield to talk to the head doctor of the SRU, Dr James Robson.

Edi Stark goes to Murrayfield to talk to head SRU doctor, James Robson.

Elish Angiolini2010060920100613

talks for the first time about how being in the Polmont railway accident at the age of 24, which involved fatalities in her carriage, caused her to value and make the most of every second of life since.

She admits that every prosecutor including herself has fear for their family and must take security precautions and on a personal note, she talks about her father who was a coal merchant and her mother who at 94 still rules with a rod of iron.

She has one word for why she fell in love with her husband who gave up his work as a hairdresser to look after their two sons.

Lust!

Edi Stark talks to Elish Angiolini, Lord Advocate for Scotland.

talks for the first time about how being in the Polmont railway accident at the age of 24, which involved fatalaties in her carriage, caused her to value and make the most of every second of life since.

Harry Reid2010111720110425

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Edi Stark in conversation with Harry Reid, former editor of The Herald.

The former editor of the Herald talks to edi Stark about some of the highlights of his years in journalism and how he feels times are changing.

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Hmp Barlinnie Governor Derek Mcgill20111027

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Edi Stark goes to HMP Barlinnie to talk to the governor, Derek McGIll.

He talks about his choice of profession and the key decisions he has made in life.

Edi Stark goes to HMP Barlinnie to talk to governor Derek McGill.

Hunter Davies20100505

Journalist and writer Hunter Davies talks to Edi Stark about his obsessive compulsion to write about anything and everything around him.

Hunter Davies20100509

Journalist and writer Hunter Davies talks to Edi Stark about his obsessive compulsion to write about anything and everything around him.

Hunter Davies talks about his compulsion to write about anything and everything.

Iain Banks20100519

Edi Stark talks to novelist and science fiction writer Iain Banks at his home in Fife.

Iain Banks20100523

Edi Stark talks to international bestselling author Iain Banks at his home in North Queensferry.

The writer of both science fiction and literary novels talks about writing for two genres.

On a personal level, he describes a perfect childhood and his father's influence, as well as revealing for the first time publicly, the tough times he experienced in his marriage to his ex-wife whose problems led to her death.

Nowadays, he says, while admitting to blushing, he is madly in love and very happy.

Drugs and fast cars are now behind him.

Edi Stark talks to novelist and science fiction writer Iain Banks at his home in Fife.

Isla Blair20111117

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Stage and screen actress Isla Blair talks to Edi about a career spanning over forty years and her childhood in exile, separated at the age of six, from her parents who were in India.

Edi Stark in conversation with Isla Blair.

Jack Bruce2011080120090413

With powerful vocals and pioneering electric bass, the legendary Jack Bruce revolutionised rock music and set the bar so high, many would argue it's never been surpassed. Cream sold 35,000,000 albums in just over two years and were awarded the first ever platinum disc.

His life is also the stuff of rock legend. Acrimonious band split ups, fights on stage, divorce, drug addiction, near death, a liver transplant and the tragic death of a son. The love of his wife Margritt has, he tells Edi Stark, saved him. In this remarkable hour long special, we meet the man who continues to create sublime music exactly forty years after Cream floated away from their bereft fans.

Edie Stark talks to singer and bassist Jack Bruce about his career with rock band Cream.

Edie Stark talks to singer and bassist Jack Bruce about his career with platinum-selling rock band Cream and his life offstage, including how he was saved by the love of his wife.

Jackie Leven20111120

The folk musican and song writer Jackie Leven, who died recently, talks to Edi Stark about his Romany heritage and whether he'd choose fame over cult status.

Edi Stark in conversation with musician and songwriter Jackie Leven who died recently.

Jackie Leven2010120120101205

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The folk musician and song writer talks to Edi Stark about his Romany heritage and if he'd choose fame over cult status.

Folk musician and song writer Jackie Leven talks to Edi Stark

Jennifer Cheyne2011120120111204

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Edi Stark talks to leading hairdresser and 'secret millionaire' Jennifer Cheyne at her home in Edinburgh.

Edi Stark talks to leading hairdresser and 'secret millionaire' Jennifer Cheyne.

Jo Clifford2010040720100411

Edi Stark talks to transgender playwright Jo Clifford about marriage, the death of her wife and her shame and desperation in her years as John Clifford.

Edi Stark talks to playwright Jo Clifford about her family life and her work.

Joan Lingard2011102020111023

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Joan Lingard, the award winning, popular children's and adult novelist talks to Edi Stark about the people and events which inspire her fiction and why the most traumatic events in her own life remain off the page.

Joan Lingard, the award-winning popular children's and adult novelist, talks to Edi Stark.

Jonathan Mills20090607

Edi Stark talks to Australian composer and Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills about the loss of his father, who died in a sailing accident.

Edi Stark talks to Australian composer Jonathan Mills about the loss of his father.

Judith Doherty20100602

Edi Stark talks to Judith Doherty the producer of and chief executive of the multi award winning, Edinburgh based company Grid iron Theatre, the company that eschews theatres for more unusual locations for its work.

Sites have included playparks, an airport, underground vaults, a bar and dark alleys.

The company has worked in Norway, Ireland, Lebanon and Jordan, wowing audiences and critics everywhere.

It's fifteen years since Judith and artistic co director Ben Harrison started Grid iron and as she explains she was starting a family that has taken over her life.

Edi Stark talks to Judith Doherty, producer and chief executive of Grid Iron Theatre.

Katherine Grainger20121225

Olympic rower Katherine Grainger tells Edi Stark her story.

Edi Stark broke the story in November 2008 that Scottish rower Katherine Grainger would return for a fourth Olympics. If there was ever proof that fairy tales do come true, it's Katherine Grainger, six times World Champion, finally getting Olympic gold in August 2012. After her disappointment at securing her third silver at Beijing the best female rower in the world has worked tirelessly to achieve the medal which eluded her.. In a joyous conversation with Edi Stark she tells her story and chooses music that helped her along the way.

Malcolm Gladwell20090614

Edi Stark talks to writer Malcolm Gladwell, who has been on the staff of the New York Times since 1996 and is the author of three best-selling books.

Edi Stark talks to New York Times writer Malcolm Gladwell.

Margaret Frame20090503

Edie Stark talks to Margaret Frame, head of Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Centre, about how shyness encouraged her early fascination with science.

Edie Stark talks to Margaret Frame, head of Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Centre.

Martin Creed20110815

Turner Prize winner Martin Creed talks to Edi Stark about art and his obsessions.

Martin Creed2010101320110813

Turner Prize winner Martin Creed talks to Edi Stark about how his personal obsessions influence his art and why humour is so important in his work.

Turner Prize winner Martin Creed talks to Edi Stark about art and his obsessions.

Mary Mccartney2010110320101107

Photographer Mary McCartney was first seen as a tiny baby on the cover of her father's first solo album.

The first child of Paul and Linda McCartney was peering out from inside her father's jacket.

Now she has three children of her own and an international reputation as a portrait and fashion photographer.

She talks to Edi Stark about growing up with famous parents and how her mother is still a major influence.

Edi Stark in conversation with photographer Mary McCartney.

Maureen Beattie2010042120100425

Actress Maureen Beattie talks to Edi Stark about how she views her profession, the influence of her father Johnny Beattie and what she values most in life.

Actress Maureen Beattie talks to Edi Stark about her life and career.

Miss Lynne Myles20110808

Miss Lynn Myles is one of only three women in Scotland to be a consultant neurosurgeon.

At her home in Edinburgh, she tells Edi Stark what led to her choosing the brain as her specialty and why she believes there are so few women in her position.

Edi Stark talks to one of Scotland's three women consultant neurosurgeons, Miss Lynn Myles

Miss Lynne Myles2010102720110806

Miss Lynn Myles is one of only three women in Scotland to be a consultant neurosurgeon.

At her home in Edinburgh, she tells Edi Stark what led to her choosing the brain as her specialty and why she believes there are so few women in her position.

Edi Stark talks to one of Scotland's three women consultant neurosurgeons, Miss Lynn Myles

Olivia Giles20091011

Edi Stark talks to former lawyer Olivia Giles, seven years after meningitis nearly killed her, and her family made the decision to save her by agreeing to a quadruple amputation.

Edi Stark talks to former lawyer Olivia Giles, who nearly died from meningitis.

Omid Djalili20061227

Edi Stark talks to stand up comedian, documentary maker and actor Omid Djalili.

Djalili's humour has won him countless awards, and he's acted alongside Brad Pitt, Robert Redford and Whoopi Goldberg

Patrick Doyle20120409

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Edi Stark is in Shepperton Studios London to talk to the twice Oscar nominated Hollywood star you've never heard of. Patrick Doyle is the world class composer behind dozens of filmscores including Gosford Park, Thor, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones' Diary, Calendar Girls and Henry V. He talks to Edi about growing up in South Lanarkshire as one of 13 children, starting his acting career in John Byrne's The Slab Boys and how Kenneth Branagh changed his life. He also talks about having had leukaemia.

Edi Stark talks to Patrick Doyle, the world-class composer behind dozens of filmscores.

Patrick Doyle2011122420120101

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Edi Stark is in Shepperton Studios London to talk to the twice Oscar nominated Hollywood star you've never heard of. Patrick Doyle is the world class composer behind dozens of filmscores including Gosford Park, Thor, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones' Diary, Calendar Girls and Henry V. He talks to Edi about growing up in South Lanarkshire as one of 13 children, starting his acting career in John Byrne's The Slab Boys and how Kenneth Branagh changed his life. He also talks about having had leukaemia.

Edi Stark talks to Patrick Doyle, the world-class composer behind dozens of filmscores.

Edi Stark is in Shepperton Studios London to talk to the twice Oscar nominated Hollywood star you've never heard of.

Patrick Doyle is the world class composer behind dozens of filmscores including Gosford Park, Thor, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones' Diary, Calendar Girls and Henry V.

He talks to Edi about growing up in South Lanarkshire as one of 13 children, starting his acting career in John Byrne's The Slab Boys and how Kenneth Branagh changed his life.

He also talks about having had leukaemia.

Edi Stark talks to The Traverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill.

Pierre Levicky2010051220100516

French restaurateur Pierre Levicky looks back on the success and failure of his chain of restaurants across Scotland, and talks about his determination to succeed once more.

Prof Nigel Osborne2010112420101128

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Edi Stark in conversation with Prof Nigel Osborne

The reid professor of music at Edinburgh University talks to Edi Stark about the powerful changes music had made in his own life and for children in conflict.

Edi Stark talks to Prof Nigel Osborne, Reid professor of music at Edinburgh University.

Professor Sue Black2012040320120408

Edi Stark talks to Professor Sue Black, internationally renowned forensic anthropologist.

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In the start of a new series Edi Stark is in Dundee to talk to Prof Sue Black, the internationally renowned forensic anthropologist. As she explains, bones are her passion and no amount of gore or unpleasantness distracts her from her focus of getting facts from the dead.

Rab Noakes2012041720120422

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The veteran singer and musician talks to Edi Stark about his working class roots, friendship and collaboration with the late great Gerry Rafferty and how music gives him eternal energy.

Edi Stark talks to Rab Noakes.

Richard Demarco20110710

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Edi talks to the artist Richard Demarco.

He reflects on a life dedicated to art and contemporary artists.

Edi Stark talks to artist Richard Demarco as he celebrates his 80th birthday.

Robin Williamson20111124

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Edi Stark talks to raconteur and musician Robin Williamson, the founder of the influential Incredible String Band.

He has been a key figure n the revival of the art of storytelling in both Europe and America.

Edi Stark talks to raconteur and musician Robin Williamson.

Sharleen Spiteri2010041420100418

Edi Stark in conversation with Sharleen Spiteri, singer with Texas.

The Krankies2011120820111218

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Stark Talk with The Krankies

Edi talks to Ian and Janette, the kings of pantomime about their enduring partnership.

Edi Stark is in conversation with The Krankies.

Tony Banks2012041020120415

Edi Stark talks to Tony Banks, a successful businessman who served in the Falklands.

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Tony Banks is a successful businessman with millions to prove it but in the 1970s this working class lad from Dundee joined up to one of the toughest outfits in the British Army. With Edi Stark, he gives his vivid, harrowing first hand knowledge of 2 Para, the ferocity and horror of fighting to liberate the Falkland Islands and the lasting effect on the 'survivors'.

01Charles Maclean20121106

Whisky aficionado and bon viveur Charlie Mclean talks to Edi Stark about his relationship with whisky and his starring role in Ken Loach's film 'Angel's Share.

01Fran Healy2010122520110103

In an hour long special, laced with great music and conversation, Edi Stark is in Berlin at the home of singer songwriter Fran Healey.

He talks about growing up as an only child in Glasgow with his mother who left his violent father when he was an infant.

He shows Edi the diaries he's kept since he was a teenager, admits that fame hasn't always been easy and enthuses about the music that inspired him to write the songs that have given Travis worldwide success.

01Jonathan Watson2009040820090412
20090412 (RS)

Compelling conversation in a new series of Stark Talk.

In this first programme, Edi Stark meets actor and impressionist Jonathan Watson at his home in Bearsden.

Edi Stark meets actor and impressionist Jonathan Watson at his home in Bearsden.

Compelling conversation in a new series of Stark Talk. In this first programme, Edi Stark meets actor and impressionist Jonathan Watson at his home in Bearsden.

01Mark Billingham20121002

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In the first of a new series, Edi Stark talks to best selling crime novelist and former stand up comic Mark Billingham who admits he still loves being centre stage...and that his character DI Tom Thorne owes much to Ian Rankin's Rebus.

01Tom Kitchin20120424

Edi Stark talks to Tom Kitchin.

0220080413

Wally Herbert, arguably the first person to have reached the North Pole, talks about conquering fear on his expeditions, family life with the Inuit and the death of his daughter.

02Alison Peebles20090415

Edi Stark talks to actress and director Alison Peebles about the difficulties of making a career in Scotland and how she manages the effects of multiple sclerosis.

Edi Stark talks to actress and director Alison Peebles.

02Amir Latif2012111320121118

Glasgow born Amir Latif talks to Edi Stark about his family background and how the loss of his sight has opened up a new world to him and the many travellers he is introducing to far off cultures through his travel company.

Edi Stark talks to Amir Latif.

02Julie Fowlis2012100920121014

Edi Stark is in conversation with Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis.

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Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis talks to Edi Stark about her early childhood influences in North Uist, the effect of her mother's sudden illness and walking up the red carpet for the world premiere of Brave in which she performs.

02Prof Mike Dixon2012050120120506

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Edi Stark talks to breast surgeon Professor Mike Dixon who has saved the lives of countless women.

Edi Stark talks to breast surgeon Professor Mike Dixon.

03Albert Roux20121016

The godfather of cuisine as you've never heard him before. In his most revealing interview ever, as well as his passion for food and Scotland, Albert Roux talks to edi Stark about friction with his brother Michel, fall out with Marco Pierre White ,marital infidelity and the woman who turned his life around.

03Ian Hamilton Finlay20080420

Internationally-renowned poet, artist, gardener and contraversialist, Ian Hamilton Finlay talks to Edi Stark at his home in Dunsyre.

03Joan Burnie20090422

Edie Stark talks to journalist Joan Burnie about her days at Cosmopolitan and whether she has faced any personal dilemmas in her thirty years as an agony aunt.

Edie Stark talks to journalist Joan Burnie about her days at Cosmopolitan.

03Piers Sellers20121120

Edi Stark talks to NASA astronaut and Edinburgh University science graduate Piers Sellers about his three space shuttle missions and his astonishing career.

03Tom Renouf2011040720110410

Edi Stark in conversation with Tom Renouf.

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In the first of a new series, Edi Stark talks to Black Watch WW2 veteran,Tom Renouf who enthusiastically vounteered before his 18th birthday and returned to his home town of Musselburgh, aged 20 having witnessed unimaginable carnage in Normandy, Holland and Germany.

He explains to Edi how he was involved in the capture of Heinrich Himmler and why he is in possession of his watch.

04Don Paterson20121127

Edi talks to poet Don Paterson about his childhood ambitions growing up in Dundee and poetry as a career choice.

04Geoff Ellis2011041420110417

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Edi Stark talks to Chief Executive of DF Concerts and T in the Park supremo Geoff Ellis at his family home in Glasgow.

He talks about the highs and lows of the internationally renowned festival and start of his Scottish career at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut where he met his wife.

He also reveals the challenges of growing up in economic hardship in Manchester and the problems created by his parents' acrimonious divorce.

Edi Stark talks to DF Concerts chief executive and T in the Park supremo Geoff Ellis.

04Psychiatrist Dr Steve Peter2012102320121028

Edi Stark is in conversation with psychiatrist Dr Steve Peter.

Stirling University maths graduate Dr Steve Peters taught for 8 years before becoming a doctor and psychiatrist working with men with severe psychiatric disorders. Now he's best known as the GB cycling team 'mind mechanic' behind the success of Olympians like Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy. In this fascinating programme, he sits in the Stark chair and talks to Edi about what's made him and his elite athletes turn their lives around. There is, he says, a chimp in all of us who has to be managed.

05Aggie Mackenzie20080504

Edi Stark visits the queen of clean, Aggie MacKenzie from How Clean is Your House?

05Clair Irvin2011042120110424

Edi Stark meets Clair Irvin, one of the country's most successful magazine editors.

At the She magazine headquarters in London, they discuss the changing world of magazines and the aspirational values of female readers and disagree about the subject matter of her book, Cougars which explores the topic of older women dating younger men.

Edi Stark talks to Clair Irvin, one of the country's most successful magazine editors.

05Greg Mchugh20121204

Edi Stark talks to Greg McHugh, aka Gary Tank Commander, about his life and what has influenced his own brand of comedy.

06Alexander Moffat20121211

Edi Stark talks to Sandy Moffat, artist and former head of painting at Glasgow Art School. Coinciding with his best friend John Bellany's 70th birthday retrospective at the National Gallery of Scotland, he talks of their revolutionary student days together with the late poet Alan Bold. He also describes teaching New Glasgow boys Ken Currie and the late Steven Campbell and working on his famous paintings of a previous generation of poets including Norman McCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid and Edwin Morgan. In typically self-effacing style, he reflects on a career in which he has promoted and elevated Scottish culture and other artists, perhaps at the expense of his own art.

06Asne Seierstad20080511

Edi Stark in conversation with award-winning foreign correspondent Asne Seierstad, author of international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul.

06Colin Moynihan2012050820120513

Edi Stark talks to Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association.

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Chairman of the British Olympic Association Colin Moynihan talks about his family feud, sporting and political careers and London 2012.

06Patrick Doyle2011042820110501

Edi Stark talks to Patrick Doyle, the world-class composer behind dozens of film scores.

4/10

Edi Stark is in Shepperton Studios London to talk to the twice Oscar nominated Hollywood star you've never heard of.

Patrick Doyle is the world class composer behind dozens of filmscores including Gosford Park, Thor, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones' Diary, Calendar Girls and Henry V.

He talks to Edi about growing up in South Lanarkshire as one of 13 children, starting his acting career in John Byrne's The Slab Boys and how Kenneth Branagh changed his life.

He also talks about having had leukaemia.

0720080518

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Edi Stark in conversation with the Booker award-winning James Kelman.

07Denis Lawson20080615

The Crieff born actor Denis Lawson, best known for his roles as Tom Campbell Gore in Holby City and pilot Wedge Antilles in the first three Star Wars films, talks about his career, the highs and lows of his personal life and whether he feels eclipsed by his nephew, Ewan Mcgregor

07Professor Henry Walton2011050520110508

Edi Stark talks to art collector and connoisseur Professor Henry Walton.

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Edi Stark talks to art collector and connoisseur Prof Henry Walton at his home in Edinburgh.

They trace his roots in South Africa, a remarkable career in psychiatry and why he believes art is a necessity in life for everyone.

He and his late wife, the eminent child psychologist Sula Walton have donated much of their vast collection to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

07Ross Appleyard20120515
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Edi Stark in conversation with actor and impresario Gerry Mulgrew.

08Campbell Robb2011051220110515

Edi Stark talks to Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter UK.

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Edi Stark talks to Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter UK at the headquarters in London.

He talks about growing up in Glasgow and university life in Edinburgh, his time in Whitehall as head of the Labour Government's Department of the Third Sector and why he's so delighted to have changed track and moved to the charity sector.

08Dario Alessi20080622

Top Dundee University scientist Professor Dario Alessi has recently been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London, having made major contributions to our understanding of how mutations in enzymes cause diabetes, cancer and hypertension.

He talks to Edi Stark about what sparked his passion for scientific discovery and how he feels about being awarded the highest accolade a British scientist can achieve.

08Marian Leven And Will Maclean20120522

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Edi Stark is in Newport near Dundee to talk to renowned artists, husband and wife Marian Leven and Will Maclean whose work is rooted in Highland and Scottish culture. Both highly regarded in their own right, they have recently collaborated to make stunning new work. they talk about what lies behind their inspiration, their different backgrounds and bringing up their family, one of whom has Down's Syndrome.

0920080601

5/10.

Edi Stark talks to stand-up comedian Janey Godley about the comedy and tragedy of her life.

09Aly Bain20080629

Edi Stark talks to traditional fiddler Aly Bain about his life and music.

09Barbara Rafferty2011051920110522

Edi Stark talks to much loved actress Barbara Rafferty.

Edi Stark talks to much loved actress Barbara Rafferty, best known for roles in River City, Hamish Macbeth, the Oscar winning The last King of Scotland and most famously as Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt.

She talks to edi about her early ambitions, success in her home land and speaks movingly about her grief following the death of her husband from whom she was divorced.

1020080608

6/10.

Leading industrialist Jim McColl, a fixture in Scotland's Rich List, talks to Edi Stark about what has made him a business achiever.

10Cherie Blair20080706

Edi Stark talks to Cherie Blair about image and asks what effect 10 years at Downing Street has had on her personality and relationship with her husband.

10Martyn Webster2011052620110529

Edi Stark talks to retired Glasgow surgeon Martyn Webster about his current work with Resurge Africa, changing faces and lives.

Edi Stark talks to retired Glasgow surgeon Martyn Webster.

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Edi Stark talks to acclaimed author Louise Welsh at her home in Glasgow and asks how her own life may be reflected in her books.

10 LASTRichard Demarco2010120820101212

Edi talks to the artist Richard Demarco as he celebrates his 80th birthday and reflects on a life dedicated to art and contemporary artists.

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The Treverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill talks about his ambitions in his new job at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and what made him choose to be a theatre director.

Edi Stark talks to The Treverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill.

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Edi Stark in conversation.

10/10

The Scottish born, award winning writer and journalist talks about the inspiration and tragedies of being raised in Sierra Leone.

205D01Dava Sobel2005103020051101

Edi Stark talks to the bestselling author of 'Longitude'.

Dava Sobel, the highly bankable popular science writer talks about growing up in the Bronx, her passion for planets and how she tangoed through the menopause.

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Moir Lockhead grew up in a working class mining town.

Nowadays he has his own estate on Royal Deeside.

He talks to Edi Stark about leaving school at the age of 15 to become a mechanic and, with the help of Margaret Thatcher, going on to become Chief executive of FirstGroup, the UK's largest bus operator and second largest rail operator.

205D04Kaliani Lyle2005112020051122

The Chief Executive of Citizen's Advice Scotland needed heavy persuasion to talk about her personal life to Edi.

But her recollections of growing up in apartheid South Africa serve as a shocking reminder of the racial prejudice experienced by so many.

By marrying a white Scot, she broke her country's morality law and was not allowed to return to live there.

She has lived in Edinburgh, working for social justice, for most of her life and describes her first view of Portobello beach.

Not as pretty as the beaches of Durban, but at least she was allowed to walk on it.

205D052005112720051129

Andrew Fairlie, the first chef in Scotland to gain a Michelin star, talks to Edi Stark about growing up on a council estate in Letham as one of five children.

He was the first young chef to win the Michel Roux scholarship which took him to France, although he experienced appalling bullying which put him off having a similar regime in his own kitchen.

This year has had highs and lows when he cooked for the world's leaders at the G8 summit at Gleneagles, only a few months after being diagnosed as having a brain tumour.

205D062005120420051206

Joyce Cairns, one of Scotland's best regarded narrative painters and most engaging characters, talks candidly to Edi Stark about her obsession with 'war tourism', the formative years of her childhood and how life in the fishing village of Footdee continues to inform her work.

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205D09 LASTColin Mcallister And Justin Ryan2005122520051227

Edi chats to designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan in their Glasgow home.

Colin and Justin tell Edi how she inspired their career before talking candidly about love and parenthood.

But the big question is - how much tinsel is in their crimbo decs?

206B01Doug Allan2006040220060404

Edi Stark's consistently compelling radio series returns with Doug Allan, one of the toughest cameramen in the world, talking about his life and filming for Planet earth.

206B02Nick Thorpe2006040920060411

Travel writer Nick Thorpe talks to Edi Stark about hitching boats around Scotland, and why water is good for the soul.

206B03Shami Chakrabarti2006041620060418

Edi Stark talks to Shami Chakrabarti, the director of Liberty.

206B04Marian Keyes2006042320060425

Edi Stark talks to chick lit author Marian Keyes about her problems with alcohol and her literary success.

206B05Aamer Anwar2006043020060502

Glasgow lawyer Aamer Anwar talks to Edi Stark about human rights, racism, the law and the woman who is the love of his life.

206B06Duncan Bannatyne2006050720060509

Duncan Bannatyne tells Edi Stark what matters more than money.

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206B08Ashley Jensen2006052120060523
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Scottish actress Ashley Jensen talks to Edi Stark about finding new fame in comedy.

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206B10Rita Rusk20060604

Just back from Miami, where she was given a standing ovation as one of the top ten female hairdressers in the world, Rita Rusk tells Edi why cutting hair is still her passion.

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Edi talks to the food constable at her home in Hampstead and asks if national unpopularity is worthwhile.

206B12Graham Teasdale2006061820060620

Edi talks to Prof Sir Graham Teasdale, one of the country's most eminent neurosurgeons and asks the inventor of the Glasgow Coma Scale why much of the human brain is still uncharted territory.

206B13 LASTTim Waterstone2006062520060627

Tim Waterstone talks to Edi Stark about how having a nervous breakdown in his 20s changed him forever, and why he won't rest until the bookshops he once owned belong to him again.

206D01George Alagiah2006100120061003

Edi Stark talks to news presenter George Alagiah who was the BBC's first black foreign correspondent.

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206D03David Hayman2006101520061017

Edi Stark talks to actor David Hayman about his work with the charity Spirit Aid.

His all consuming passion is for humanitarian aid first hand.

206D04Alan Spence2006102220061024

Edi Stark talks to writer Alan Spence about what motivates him and his striving to lead a simple life.

4/12.

With Alan Spence.

The writer talks to Edi Stark about what gets him writing and his striving to lead a simple life.

206D05Adam Hills20061031

Edi Stark talks to Aussie comic Adam Hills about the inspiration of so called disability, and how it feels to be the nice guy of the comedy circuit.

206D06Steven Campbell2006110520061107
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Steven Campbell talks to Edi Stark about his feelings about being labelled along with the 'New Glasgow Boys' and his reputation as Scotland's greatest living artist.

206D07Stephen Frears2006111920061121

The director of The Queen and My Beautiful Laundrette talks to Edi about being far posher than people expect.

206D08Benjamin Zephaniah2006112620061128

The poet talks about his ambivalence towards the establishment.

206D09Julia Ogilvie2006120320061205

The entrepreneur Julia Ogilvie tells Edi Stark why she exchanged jewels for charity.

206D10Rolf Harris2006121020061212

Edi Stark talks to the much loved Australian artist, musician and presenter.

206D11Tommy Smith2006121720061219
206D12 LASTDonald Shaw20061224
207B012007040120070403

Edi Stark delivers her 200th edition of this award winning conversation series.

207B02David Maclennan2007040820070410

Oran Mor theatre producer and writer David Maclennan talks to Edi about his rebirth with the highly successful lunchtime plays, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, in Glasgow.

The son of eminent doctors Sir Hector and Isobel Maclennan and youngest brother of actress Elizabeth Maclennan and Lib Dem politican Robert Maclennan, his career started shakily as a refuse collector.

He talks of his hurt at the demise of the Wildcat theatre, first time fatherhood at 40 and how love was his salvation.

207B03Lotte Glob2007041520070417

Edi Stark talks to the internationally renowned Danish ceramicist Lotte Glob who lives on the banks of Loch Eribol near Durness.

207B04Peter Kelly2007042220070424

Edi Stark talks to actor Peter Kelly.

207B05Abd Al-fattah El-awaisi2007042920070501

Five years after the opening of the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dundee, Edi Stark talks to the Principal and vice-chancellor Abd Al-fattah El-awaisi about his life and belief in multiculturalism.

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207B08Lionel Shriver2007052020070522

Edi Stark talks to Orange fiction prizewinner Lionel Shriver whose book We Need to Talk About Kevin received international acclaim.

She talks about her extraordinary childhood and her determination never to be a mother.

207B09David Millar2007052720070529

Edi Stark meets Scotland's greatest road cyclist, David Millar, who talks about being stripped of the rainbow jersey of world champion after confessing to taking the illegal substance EPO, and how he plans to be at the top again.

207B10William Curley2007060320070605

Edi's guest this week is the award winning chocolatier and patissier, William Curley.

Born in Methil, Curley has worked with some of the best known names in cooking: Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc.

He talks to Edi about his career and how he became one of the country's top chocolatiers, with his own specialist shop in London.

207B11Mark Johnson2007061020070612

Former heroin addict Mark Johnson tells Edi Stark how he managed to escape a life of sleeping rough on the London streets to find a job helping Scots like himself.

207B12The Proclaimers2007061720070619

Craig and Charlie talk to Edi about growing up together and how they're finding renewed fame.

207B13 LASTGrayson Perry2007062420070626
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Turner prize-winning ceramicist Grayson Perry talks to Edi Stark about his abusive childhood and experiences of coming out as a transvestite.

207C01Rankin2007093020071002

Edi Stark talks to Glaswegian photographer, publisher and film-maker Rankin, whose iconic shot of Kylie lying naked has graced a million bedroom walls.

Having spearheaded the Britpop phenomenon when he published the groundbreaking magazine Dazed and Confused in the nineties, Rankin also shot the controversial Dove campaign, photographing women who don't fit the usual rules of youth and beauty.

207C02Graeme Pearson2007100720071009

Shortly before his retirement as Director General of The Scottish Drugs Reinforcement Agency, Graeme Pearson talks to Edi Stark about the early days as a uniform beat officer in Glasgow, his role in many high profile investigations and his creation of the country's first police managed CCTV.

207C03Deborah Moggach2007101420071016

is the best-selling author of many novels and Hollywood screen plays, including Pride and Prejudice and Love in a Cold Climate.

From her home in Hampstead, she talks to Edi Stark about reworking the greats, her own fascinating life and loves, and how she's adapting Anne Frank for the small screen.

207C04Don Coutts2007102120071023

The award-winning and highly regarded director talks to Edi Stark from his home in Cromarty.

He describes how a dismal academic record and hitching to London kick-started his successful career before he moved back to Scotland to form Big Star in a Wee Picture with Stuart Cosgrove.

Since this time he has gained a reputation for producing high quality documentaries and entertainment programmes, as well as the charming feature film American Cousins.

207C05Ashley Page2007102820071030

Edi Stark meets Ashley Page, the artistic director of Scottish Ballet who has transformed the company's reputation within five years.

He talks about the prejudices he faced as a schoolboy who went to ballet lessons, and his subsequent misery at the Royal Ballet School.

He discusses his prestigious dancing career at the Royal Ballet and his choreographic success.

Married with two children, Page talks frankly about the dilemmas of teenage sexuality.

207C06Joyce Laing2007110420071106

Edi Stark talks to Joyce Laing, a pioneer of art therapy and director of the Art Extraordinary Trust in Pittenweem.

207C07Hamish Stuart2007111820071120

Thirty-five years after six Scottish musicians formed the Average White Band, Hamish Stuart talks to Edi Stark.

The band's lead singer describes their meteoric rise and the tragic price paid by drummer Robbie McIntosh.

Hamish talks about the subsequent years writing songs in LA, and his decision to return to the UK to be part of the Paul Mccartney band for six years.

207C08Peter Irvine2007112520071127

Edi Stark in conversation with Peter Irvine.

The director of Unique Events, organisers of Edinburgh's Hogmany celebrations, talks about how tenuous success once was.

207C10Phil Cunningham2007120920071211

The musician, composer and presenter talks to Edi at his home in South Queensferry.

At 16, Phil went on the road with his older brother's band and for the last 20 years has entertained audiences far and wide with Shetland fiddler Aly Bain.

There's hilarity and sadness as he looks back over a packed, successful life where he's also confronted many emotional challenges.

He also reveals which three songs invariably make him cry...expect to be surprised by his choices!.

207C11Gordon Strachan2007121620071218

Edi Stark in conversation with Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic manager who petrifies sports reporters talks to Edi about his life in football, devotion to family and the reasons for his abrasive manner.

207C12 LASTAnnie Lennox2007122320071225
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In a rare extended radio interview, Annie Lennox, 53 years old on Christmas Day, talks frankly to Edi about getting older, her work as a solo artist and with Eurythmics, and what she feels about the city where she grew up.

208A01George Macdonald Fraser20080330

Edi Stark in conversation with George MacDonald Fraser, who passed away recently.

208C01Ford Kiernan *20080928

A new run of Edi Stark's compelling and award-winning conversation series.

208C02Val Mcdermid20081005

A new run of Edi Stark's compelling and award-winning conversation series.

Edi talks to Val McDermid.

208C03Carol Craig20081012

Confidence guru Carol Craig talks to Edi Stark about the challenges she's faced and why she's good for Scotland.

208C04Caroline Bowditch20081019

Scottish Dance Theatre's inspirational new co-ordinator Caroline Bowditch tells Edi Stark how, despite having suffered 150 fractures by the age of eight, her disability didn't stop her dancing.

208C05Rick Stein20081026

Edi Stark talks to TV chef Rick Stein.

208C06Graeme Catto20081102

Edi Stark talks to Sir Graeme Catto, president of the General Medical Council.

208C07Graham Garden20081109

Edi Stark talks to Graham Garden.

208C08James Allan20081116

Edi Stark talks to James Allan, songwriter and frontman with Scottish band Glasvegas, about surprise fame and growing up in the east end of Glasgow.

208C09Katherine Granger20081123

Edi Stark talks to Olympic rower Katherine Granger about the highs and lows of world-class competition.

208C10Menzies Campbell20081130

Edi Stark talks to Sir Menzies Campbell at his home in Edinburgh and asks if the Liberal Democrats did him a favour when he was replaced as party leader.