Stark Talk [Radio Scotland]

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20130514

Edi Stark talks to another guest.

20150513

Edi Stark talks to the wonderfully engaging Joe Mulholland, director of Glasgow's Hidden Lane Gallery, once a garage for the hearses of the local funeral undertaker.

His complex of studios in Finnieston kick started the regeneration of a previously derelict area where he is landlord to many of Scotland's most successful artists like Jim Lambie and bands like Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.

When he moved to his home in the west end his neighbour Margaret Watkins gave him a sealed trunk to be opened only after her death. In 1969, he discovered 1200 photographs of outstanding quality and has single handedly assured her rightful place in the history of great photographers.

In previous lives this colourful character and inveterate collector has worked as a criminal defence lawyer, newspaper editor, antiques dealer and furniture maker whose enterprises have both soared and sunk. He also talks about the challenges he's faced in his personal life and what keeps him sane.

Edi Stark talks to the wonderfully engaging Joe Mulholland, director of Glasgow's Hidden Lane Gallery, once a garage for the hearses of the local funeral undertaker.

His complex of studios in Finnieston kick started the regeneration of a previously derelict area where he is landlord to many of Scotland's most successful artists like Jim Lambie and bands like Belle and Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand.

When he moved to his home in the west end his neighbour Margaret Watkins gave him a sealed trunk to be opened only after her death. In 1969, he discovered 1200 photographs of outstanding quality and has single handedly assured her rightful place in the history of great photographers.

In previous lives this colourful character and inveterate collector has worked as a criminal defence lawyer, newspaper editor, antiques dealer and furniture maker whose enterprises have both soared and sunk. He also talks about the challenges he's faced in his personal life and what keeps him sane.

20150520

If you think a company chairman is stuffy, think again. Although he's long been a key player in business and industry, a master of corporate restructuring and a globally respected figure in business finance, Sir Brian Stewart rarely agrees to be interviewed but in talking to Edi Stark he proves himself to be a terrifically engaging subject.

He was knighted in 2002 for his contribution to industry long before he had to prove his unflappable nerve and brinkmanship as chairman of Standard Life through demutualisation in 2006 and at Scottish and Newcastle, Britain's biggest independent brewer when it was taken over in 2008.

At his home in Edinburgh, he talks candidly and with humour about his achievements and regrets in a career adventure that spans five decades and explains why the pub is still a great democratic institution.

If you think a company chairman is stuffy, think again. Although he's long been a key player in business and industry, a master of corporate restructuring and a globally respected figure in business finance, Sir Brian Stewart rarely agrees to be interviewed but in talking to Edi Stark he proves himself to be a terrifically engaging subject.

He was knighted in 2002 for his contribution to industry long before he had to prove his unflappable nerve and brinkmanship as chairman of Standard Life through demutualisation in 2006 and at Scottish and Newcastle, Britain's biggest independent brewer when it was taken over in 2008.

At his home in Edinburgh, he talks candidly and with humour about his achievements and regrets in a career adventure that spans five decades and explains why the pub is still a great democratic institution.

20150527

In a fascinating programme, Edi Stark Talks to Professor of Metabolic medicine Naveed Sattar of Glasgow University. He is in the top 1% of the world's most cited academics in clinical medicine...an indication of the impact and influence he's had in his field although as we'll hear he is not afraid to be outspoken. A reputation which began at school in Blantyre.

Born of Pakistani parents who wished him to have an arranged marriage, he fell in love and secretly married a Scottish white woman. Only when they had a baby did he tell his family. He reveals to Edi how that happened and how the family have adjusted to the mixed marriage.

In a fascinating programme, Edi Stark Talks to Professor of Metabolic medicine Naveed Sattar of Glasgow University. He is in the top 1% of the world's most cited academics in clinical medicine...an indication of the impact and influence he's had in his field although as we'll hear he is not afraid to be outspoken. A reputation which began at school in Blantyre.

Born of Pakistani parents who wished him to have an arranged marriage, he fell in love and secretly married a Scottish white woman. Only when they had a baby did he tell his family. He reveals to Edi how that happened and how the family have adjusted to the mixed marriage.

20150603

Edi Stark talks to Laurie Sansom, artistic director and chief executive of the National Theatre of Scotland. He reveals how as a gay boy growing up in Kent, he found 'his tribe' when he discovered theatre. He was the first person from his comprehensive to go to Cambridge university which seemed alien but he went on to forge a successful career as a director, working with luminaries such as Alan Ayckbourn. He describes how happy he is to be in such a challenging job and how he felt when he first held his baby girl who will grow up with two mums, one dad and three sets of grandparents.

Edi Stark talks to Laurie Sansom, artistic director and chief executive of the National Theatre of Scotland. He reveals how as a gay boy growing up in Kent, he found 'his tribe' when he discovered theatre. He was the first person from his comprehensive to go to Cambridge university which seemed alien but he went on to forge a successful career as a director, working with luminaries such as Alan Ayckbourn. He describes how happy he is to be in such a challenging job and how he felt when he first held his baby girl who will grow up with two mums, one dad and three sets of grandparents.

20150610

In the last of the current series, Edi Stark talks to Rev Doug McRoberts about his varied career in the pulpit, as a journalist and broadcaster and as past spokesman for the nuclear energy industry.

He recalls his first pastoral care in the aftermath of the Clarkston Toll disaster where a gas explosion reduced a row of shops to rubble and killed 22 people.

After 7 years in broadcasting he took on a tricky public relations job (first at Dounreay and then for British Energy) particularly after the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl.

Now retired, he regards his most recent role as the most exciting, challenging and rewarding...while minister of St Andrew's Scots Church in Malta for five years, he led the development of Out of Africa, Into Malta which is helping many refugees start a new life.

In the last of the current series, Edi Stark talks to Rev Doug McRoberts about his varied career in the pulpit, as a journalist and broadcaster and as past spokesman for the nuclear energy industry.

He recalls his first pastoral care in the aftermath of the Clarkston Toll disaster where a gas explosion reduced a row of shops to rubble and killed 22 people.

After 7 years in broadcasting he took on a tricky public relations job (first at Dounreay and then for British Energy) particularly after the catastrophic nuclear accident in Chernobyl.

Now retired, he regards his most recent role as the most exciting, challenging and rewarding...while minister of St Andrew's Scots Church in Malta for five years, he led the development of Out of Africa, Into Malta which is helping many refugees start a new life.

20151007

Edi Stark in conversation David Bailey, legendary photographer, at his studio in London.

Edi Stark in conversation David Bailey, legendary photographer, at his studio in London.

20151028

Edi Stark in conversation with Ellis Watson, Chief Executive of DC Thomson Publishing one of the world's largest family owned media groups. He was previously global CEO of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony - running the global format and commercial strategies for X Factor and Got Talent, as well as the recorded music businesses. Recording at his home on Loch Tay.

Edi Stark in conversation with Ellis Watson, Chief Executive of DC Thomson Publishing one of the world's largest family owned media groups. He was previously global CEO of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony - running the global format and commercial strategies for X Factor and Got Talent, as well as the recorded music businesses. Recording at his home on Loch Tay.

20151104

The Leader of the Scottish Conservatives talks movingly and candidly about the lasting effects of being hit by a truck when she was five years old and also about another life changing accident when she was a signaller in the Territorial Army. She reveals when she has felt most politically fragile and her decision to be honest about her sexuality.

The Leader of the Scottish Conservatives talks movingly and candidly about the lasting effects of being hit by a truck when she was five years old and also about another life changing accident when she was a signaller in the Territorial Army. She reveals when she has felt most politically fragile and her decision to be honest about her sexuality.

20151111

The actor who came to fame in Trainspotting talks about his enduring affection for the film although he admits he had wanted to turn down the role. He voices concern that his daughter's classmates saw the movie while still in primary school and reflects on his own early life and his success as an actor.

The actor who came to fame in Trainspotting talks about his enduring affection for the film although he admits he had wanted to turn down the role. He voices concern that his daughter's classmates saw the movie while still in primary school and reflects on his own early life and his success as an actor.

20151118

Writer, columnist and host of London's trendiest literary salon tells Edi Stark about a childhood of extreme violence, drunkenness, homophobia and neglect, although he insists he was loved as well as hated. Newarthill in North Lanarkshire was a place he was desperate to escape and soon he found his spiritual home in Brighton where he is now married to Mike, a ceramicist who he 'sledged into on a teatray' at the age of 19 at university.

Writer, columnist and host of London's trendiest literary salon tells Edi Stark about a childhood of extreme violence, drunkenness, homophobia and neglect, although he insists he was loved as well as hated. Newarthill in North Lanarkshire was a place he was desperate to escape and soon he found his spiritual home in Brighton where he is now married to Mike, a ceramicist who he 'sledged into on a teatray' at the age of 19 at university.

20151125

Edi Stark talks to Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary's Meals.

Edi Stark talks to Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary's Meals.

20151202

Edi Stark talks to Mark Thomson, who is stepping down as director of the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

Edi Stark talks to Mark Thomson, who is stepping down as director of the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

2017 Special20171225

Edi Stark presents the best of this year's conversation series.

Award winning Singer songwriter Karine Polwart talks to Edi Stark at her home in Patthead Midlothian.
Although she values where she lives and finds the natural surroundings a source of inspiration, she says she has no regrets about giving up home ownership ten years ago to fund her creative freedom in making an album.
She explains why folk music is her genre of choice, how a naturally shy person can feel at home centre stage, and opens up about the liberation of change, both professionally and personally.

Alan Grant

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20091115 (RS)

Edi Stark talks to comics writer Alan Grant about his schooldays in Newtongrange and how his history of expulsions and sackings ended as he began writing for Judge Dredd and Batman.

Edi Stark talks to comics writer Alan Grant about working on Judge Dredd and Batman.

Edi Stark talks to comics writer Alan Grant about working on Judge Dredd and Batman.

Edi Stark talks to comics writer Alan Grant about his schooldays in Newtongrange and how his history of expulsions and sackings ended as he began writing for Judge Dredd and Batman.

Alan Grant20091115
Alex Salmond20171108
Alex Salmond20171108

The former first minister of Scotland talks to Edi on life and losing the referendum vote.

Alexander 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.

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.

Alexander Stoddart20131105

In a highly entertaining programme, the Queen's sculptor in Scotland who reveals he was conceived under a piano, talks to Edi Stark at his beloved home in Paisley. He explains why he is proud to be 'radically backward looking' and how he has coped with being detested by some critics. His sculptures of David Hume, James Clerk Maxwell and Robert Burns have been harshly criticised in some quarters but it seems that the art establishment is changing its mind about an artist with the courage of conviction.

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 Urquhart

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.

Allan Stewart20141230

Edi Stark talks to the panto dame with the best legs in the business, Allan Stewart. He recalls how he started out in the business as a ten year old, why he's so resolutely remained a stalwart of old school variety and how he thrives on the glitz and glamour of showbiz.

Edi Stark talks to the panto dame with the best legs in the business, Allan Stewart. He recalls how he started out in the business as a ten year old, why he's so resolutely remained a stalwart of old school variety and how he thrives on the glitz and glamour of showbiz.

Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham20150102

Edi Stark brings together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham to talk about their lives together as a national institution. Expect to laugh and shed a tear and be surprised by their choices of music by other musicians and composers. And of course fiddle and accordion will be close by at all times.

Edi Stark brings together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham to talk about their lives together as a national institution. Expect to laugh and shed a tear and be surprised by their choices of music by other musicians and composers. And of course fiddle and accordion will be close by at all times.

Andrew O'hagan20150429

Another sparkling edition of Stark Talk. Twice nominated Booker novelist and essayist Andrew O'Hagan grew up on a council estate in Kilwinning where he delighted in being the oddball. He tells Edi that the only book in his house was the Kilmarnock telephone directory and his father was furious when he announced that he was enrolling in ballet school in preference to playing football.

The first in his family to go to university, he left Glasgow on the bus for London the day after graduation and was soon an associate editor for the intellectually prestigious London Review of Books.

Despite his stellar literary success, he says his daughter Nell who was born with di George syndrome has taught him about pride in ways he had never known. He's no longer with her mother India Knight but he explains that their separation is infinitely easier than the chasm he witnessed in his own parents.

Another sparkling edition of Stark Talk. Twice nominated Booker novelist and essayist Andrew O'Hagan grew up on a council estate in Kilwinning where he delighted in being the oddball. He tells Edi that the only book in his house was the Kilmarnock telephone directory and his father was furious when he announced that he was enrolling in ballet school in preference to playing football.

The first in his family to go to university, he left Glasgow on the bus for London the day after graduation and was soon an associate editor for the intellectually prestigious London Review of Books.

Despite his stellar literary success, he says his daughter Nell who was born with di George syndrome has taught him about pride in ways he had never known. He's no longer with her mother India Knight but he explains that their separation is infinitely easier than the chasm he witnessed in his own parents.

Andrew Whitley20141118

Passionate baker, teacher and writer Andrew Whitley welcomes Edi Stark to his smallholding in Lamancha in the Borders. In the seventies, he opened one of the Uk's first organic bakeries in Cumbria after leaving the BBC's Russian service. He explains to Edi how his life changed when a book arrived on his desk at the BBC and how his experience of Russia is related to his current passion for bread. He also reveals his successful dating strategy.

Andy Gray20171129

Edi talks to Andy Gray, veteran pantomime actor and star of River City.

Anita Manning20140513

Glasgow auctioneer and television personality Anita Manning talks to Edi about her granny inspiring her love for antiques and why she loves life with the gavel.

Ann Cleeves20141007

In a new series, Edi Stark talks to the charming, modest crime writer Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera and Shetland television series. She describes being a university drop out and having a succession of jobs before being ''discovered' in a second hand bookshop. She met her husband Tim on Fair Isle and has long had a deep affection for Shetland, the place which she believes won her a major crime award and an international audience.

Anna Dominiczak Obe

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20091122 (RS)

Edi Stark talks to Anna Dominiczak OBE, professor of cardiovascular medicine, about her work and her decision to move to Scotland after martial law was declared in Poland.

Edi Stark talks to Anna Dominiczak OBE, professor of cardiovascular medicine.

Edi Stark talks to Anna Dominiczak OBE, professor of cardiovascular medicine.

Edi Stark talks to Anna Dominiczak OBE, professor of cardiovascular medicine, about her work and her decision to move to Scotland after martial law was declared in Poland.

Anna Dominiczak Obe20091122
Annalena Mcafee20170524

Edi Stark talks to author and former leading cultural editor Annalena McAfee.

Annie Wallace20170329

Hollyoaks star, Annie Wallace, the first transgender actress to play a regular transgender role in a TV soap, tells Edi Stark about growing up in Aberdeen where she experienced horrific bullying at school. She transitioned in the late eighties and felt compelled to live a secret life but that changed when a new character appeared on Coronation Street. In 1998, she wrote to the actress Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Hayley, the first Trans character in a soap and began a friendship which has changed her life and career.

Antonio Carluccio20141104

The chef, writer and restaurateur talk to Edi about growing up in Northern Italy, the lasting trauma of his younger brother's early death, his love of women and how food is the key to a good life.

Arnold Brown20170308

Veteran comedian Arnold Brown, one of the founders of alternative comedy, talks to Edi Stark about how growing up in Glasgow and being a Jewish 'outsider' were integral to his surreal and whimsical humour.

He discusses the early days of The Comedy Club and The Comic Strip and the highlights of his career, supporting Frank Sinatra at Ibrox stadium and being the first ever comic to win the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Arthur Watson20171101

Edi Stark talks to artist and traditional singer Arthur Watson.

Edi's guest is artist and traditional singer Arthur Watson, president of the Royal Scottish Academy of art and architecture, the home of Scottish contemporary art.
He tells Edi about the inspiration of his eccentric art teacher in Aberdeen, and explains that it was terror that motivated him to co found Peacock Printmakers, which attracted artists from all over the world to the granite city to work with this master printmaker. He himself has exhibited widely, including Japan where he converted an entire hilltop village to the joy of traditional travellers' folk song.
He also explains why he prefers to have no computer, television or sofa and why sleeping on a futon in a tiny bedroom is ideal living for a working artist.

Barbara Rafferty20110522

Edi Stark talks to much loved actress Barbara Rafferty.

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.

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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.

Barry Colford20130416

The engaging Barry Colford, Chief engineer and bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge gives a fascinating insight into a job which requires him to be all things to all people. He tells edi Stark that seeing the Erskine Bridge being built inspired him to become a civil engineer although his father, a mechanical engineer with Rolls Royce felt it an 'inferior' engineering choice. He talks about his early career in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria before working for Strathclyde and Forth Road Bridge.

Billy Boyd

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 Whittingham2009052020090524 (RS)

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.

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.

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.

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

Bridget Mcconnell20141216

In a rare personal interview, Bridget Mcconnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life gives an astonishingly candid account of her life to Edi Stark.

She recalls what made her fall in love with former First Minister Jack McConnell and why she forgave his infidelity. Looking back on her childhood, she describes being one of seven children living in a poor working class Catholic family and the richness of that life until her father's alcoholism caused him to lose his butcher's business and their home.

She got pregnant while still at university and says learning to knit was the only way she could afford to clothe her child and it took her too long to leave an abusive relationship. Describing herself as 'gormless' at times she is proud to have carved out a career which allows her to help improve people's lives in Glasgow.

In a rare personal interview, Bridget Mcconnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life gives an astonishingly candid account of her life to Edi Stark.

She recalls what made her fall in love with former First Minister Jack McConnell and why she forgave his infidelity. Looking back on her childhood, she describes being one of seven children living in a poor working class Catholic family and the richness of that life until her father's alcoholism caused him to lose his butcher's business and their home.

She got pregnant while still at university and says learning to knit was the only way she could afford to clothe her child and it took her too long to leave an abusive relationship. Describing herself as 'gormless' at times she is proud to have carved out a career which allows her to help improve people's lives in Glasgow.

Brooke Magnanti20130507

Edi Stark talks to scientist, writer and Belle de Jour blogger Brooke Magnanti.

Candia Mcwilliam20111106
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

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 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

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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 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.

5/10

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

Carina And Victor Contini20150506

Edi talks to restaurateurs Carina and Victor about their different Scots Italian family dynasties, how they got together, finding courage to start their own business and what they see for their children's future.

Edi talks to restaurateurs Carina and Victor about their different Scots Italian family dynasties, how they got together, finding courage to start their own business and what they see for their children's future.

Charley Boorman2009102820091101
20091101 (RS)

Edi Stark talks to actor and biker Charley Boorman about his career and family, his friendship with Ewan Macgregor and his taste for adventure.

Edi Stark talks to actor and biker Charley Boorman about his career and family.

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Chris Glenn20170607

Edi talks to bassist Chris Glenn, who found fame with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

Chris Tiso2009052720090531 (RS)

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.

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.

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.

Chris Van Der Kuyl20141125

The ever ebullient Video games multi millionaire Chris Van Der Kyel whose grandfathers were from Holland and Poland talks to Edi Stark about being what he calls a 'European mongrel' and how he has always had self belief and determination even when his company went into liquidation. He describes the importance of friendship since childhood with his business partner and how he finally won over his wife who had 'hated' him as a teenager.

Chris West20130528

On the centenary of Edinburgh Zoo, Chris West, chief executive officer of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland talks to Edi Stark about his passion for wildlife, his work in the wild worldwide and why he believes zoos are good for conservation.

Christmas Special

Christmas Special20091225

Edi Stark spends time with Eddi Reader, reflecting on the year and the musical influences in her life.

Edi Stark spends time with Eddi Reader, reflecting on the year and the musical influences in her life.

Edi Stark spends time with Eddi Reader

Christopher Brookmyre

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20091108 (RS)

Edi Stark meets writer Christopher Brookmyre and finds out that although his books are renowned for blood and gore, he'd be too fainthearted to swap jobs with his doctor wife.

Edi Stark talks to award-winning writer Christopher Brookmyre.

Edi Stark talks to award-winning writer Christopher Brookmyre.

Edi Stark meets writer Christopher Brookmyre and finds out that although his books are renowned for blood and gore, he'd be too fainthearted to swap jobs with his doctor wife.

Christopher Brookmyre20091108
Christopher Hampson20130604

The recently appointed Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet talks to edi Stark with great humour about his Scottish roots, being a bit of a marathon collector (and part time knitter!) and his opinions on how to make dance more popular.

Claire Cunningham
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.

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.

Colin Blane20170215

The legendary BBC correspondent talks to Edi Stark shortly after his retirement. He reflects on forty years as a journalist and the early experiences which led to his reputation for excellence.

There are stunning stories of his own life threatening situations in East Africa and, closer to home, how he coped with witnessing human tragedy at Lockerbie and the aftermath of Piper Alpha. He also reveals how his success as an ambitious, competitive journalist may have come at a personal cost.

Ever the balanced reporter, he has never revealed to friends, family or colleagues how he votes...now he's retired, will he tell Edi?

Craig Hill

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Edi Stark talks to entertainer Craig Hill about his life before 40 and his image as a camp comedian.

Edi Stark talks to entertainer Craig Hill about his life and his image as a camp comedian.

Edi Stark talks to entertainer Craig Hill about his life before 40 and his image as a camp comedian.

Edi Stark talks to entertainer Craig Hill about his life and his image as a camp comedian.

Craig Hill20091025
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.

Dan Wallace20171206

Edi Stark meets Olympic swimmer Dan Wallace.

Dan Wallace20171206

Edi Stark meets Olympic swimmer Dan Wallace.

Danny Thompson

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20091213 (RS)

Edi Stark talks to double bass player and Pentangle founder member Danny Thompson about his friendship with John Martyn, who passed away last year.

Edi Stark talks to double bass player and Pentangle founder member Danny Thompson.

Edi Stark talks to double bass player and Pentangle founder member Danny Thompson.

Edi Stark talks to double bass player and Pentangle founder member Danny Thompson about his friendship with John Martyn, who passed away last year.

Danny Thompson20091213
Dario Franchitti20150415

Bathgate's most dashing superstar, Motorsport legend Dario Franchitti, one of the most successful British drivers of all time talks to Edi about his extraordinary success in America and the death defying crash which halted his career in 2013.

With modesty and charm, he outlines his career from getting his first car at 4yrs old, talks about marriage and separation from Holywood actress Ashley Judd and his joy at being back home in Scotland.

Bathgate's most dashing superstar, Motorsport legend Dario Franchitti, one of the most successful British drivers of all time talks to Edi about his extraordinary success in America and the death defying crash which halted his career in 2013.

With modesty and charm, he outlines his career from getting his first car at 4yrs old, talks about marriage and separation from Holywood actress Ashley Judd and his joy at being back home in Scotland.

David Eustace20150422

Internationally renowned photographer David Eustace picked up a camera aged 28. He gave up his job in HMP Barlinnie, commuted daily in a beaten up car to Napier University and was soon getting calls from London's top art directors to take cover shots for Tatler, and Elle magazine. In a sparkling interview, he tells Edi Stark how he was taught a great work ethic by James and Susan Eustace who adopted him two days after he was born and brought him up in the east end of Glasgow where a great journey and lifelong friendships began.

Internationally renowned photographer David Eustace picked up a camera aged 28. He gave up his job in HMP Barlinnie, commuted daily in a beaten up car to Napier University and was soon getting calls from London's top art directors to take cover shots for Tatler, and Elle magazine. In a sparkling interview, he tells Edi Stark how he was taught a great work ethic by James and Susan Eustace who adopted him two days after he was born and brought him up in the east end of Glasgow where a great journey and lifelong friendships began.

David Greig20141021

Renowned playwright David Greig talks to Edi about growing up In Nigeria, the process of writing plays via index cards and why extreme running helps him combat the 'inhuman' number of words going through his head.

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20090510 (RS)

Edi Stark talks to acclaimed opera director David McVicar, who has returned to his home town of Glasgow to work in his production of Cosi Fan Tutti for the Scottish Opera.

Edi Stark talks to acclaimed opera director David McVicar.

Edi Stark talks to acclaimed opera director David McVicar, who has returned to his home town of Glasgow to work in his production of Cosi Fan Tutti for the Scottish Opera.

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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.

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.

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Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan20130402

In the first of a new series Edi's guest is Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan who has been a police officer for over 30 years. In a spirited interview, he talks about his role as a detective in investigating serious crimes and conducting murder enquiries in Strathclyde as well as his responsibilities as a hostage negotiator. He also outlines his ambition for the Violence Reduction Unit and explains why he believes violence is preventable.

Dominic Hill20110605

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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 Runnicles

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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.

Donna Franceschild20170614

TV and radio dramatist Donna Franceschild talks to Edi Stark.

TV and radio dramatist Donna Franceschild talks to Edi Stark.

TV and radio dramatist and mental health campaigner Donna Franceschild talks to Edi Stark about growing up a misfit in California, inventing her surname as a reaction of not knowing her father, and making the impulsive decision to move to the UK in her early twenties. Now resident in Tarbert Argyll, she explains why she feels that she is now Scottish. And there's good news for fans of her most famous TV drama, Takin' over the asylum.

Donna Franceschild20171226

TV and radio dramatist Donna Franceschild talks to Edi Stark.

TV and radio dramatist and mental health campaigner Donna Franceschild talks to Edi Stark about growing up a misfit in California, inventing her surname as a reaction of not knowing her father, and making the impulsive decision to move to the UK in her early twenties. Now resident in Tarbert Argyll, she explains why she feels that she is now Scottish. And there's good news for fans of her most famous TV drama, Takin' over the asylum.

Douglas Henshall20170208

In the welcome return of Stark Talk, Scottish Bafta winner Douglas Henshall tells Edi that he doesn't believe he is a good actor. He talks about his role in the acclaimed TV series Shetland and how he feels about his character Jimmy Perez. On a personal level, he talks about growing up in Barrhead and is also remarkably honest about being a dad for the first time at fifty and dealing with his new daughter who he claims 'is not a very good house guest'.

Dougray Scott20160525

Edi Stark talks to actor Dougray Scott.

Dr Gavin Francis20130430

Edinburgh GP Gavin Francis talks to edi Stark about spending over a year as base camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica, so remote it's said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space station. Now married with three young children he explains his need for silence and solitude.

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.

Dr Sara Watkin20160511

Edi Stark talks to Dr Sara Watkin.

At present she works as an NHS specialist in child and adolescent mental health in East Lothian and is medical adviser for the Scottish Adoption agency.

However, her CV also shows she's been a GP in Muirhouse and HMP Edinburgh caring for female prisoners and women on remand.

She's a professionally trained dancer and choreographer, worked as an osteopath for Cirque du Soleil and London Studio centre and still specialises in chronic pain.

Elish Angiolini

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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.

Eric Fraser20160504

During a 37-year career Eric Fraser served at sea and ashore, as far afield as the Pacific and Caribbean, including a period as a gunnery officer during the Falklands conflict. He also commanded HMS Guernsey and HMS Boxer, before spending three years in the USA as the Assistant Naval Attaché at a time that spanned the 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon.

Subsequent appointments focused on joint operations including spells at the Permanent Joint HQ in London where he headed teams directing operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Edi Stark meets and talks to Scotland's first Veterans Commissioner.

Eva Haller20140429

In the first of the new series, Edi talks to philanthropist and activist Eva Haller who was born in Hungary and now lives in California. At the age of 12 she was printing and distributing anti Hitler pamphlets. She escaped the fate of thousands of other Jewish children by being hidden in the Scottish Mission and then persuading a Nazi officer to let her go. Her story since then has been no less remarkable.

Ewan Morrison20140520

In an extraordinarily frank and honest interview, Edi Stark talks to award winning author Ewan Morrison, dubbed 'the Scottish purveyor of erudite filth' by Arena magazine. He reveals the emotional scars he still has after a 'hippy' childhood in Wick and the trauma he suffered daily at school. He also reveals how his witty, insightful and often shocking books reflect much of his own life...childhood, student days, long distance love, divorce and swinging, the subject of his first novel, Swung.

Fidelma Cook20170628

Journalist Fidelma Cook talks about moving to France after being made redundant.

Journalist Fidelma Cook talks about moving to France after being made redundant.

Eleven years ago, high earning journalist Fidelma Cook was made redundant and started an adventure which she documents weekly for The Herald magazine. With typical candour and humour, she tells Edi Stark about the remarkable events in her life before and after taking the rash step of moving to France.

Fran Healy20110103

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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.

Edi Stark in conversation with singer-songwriter Fran Healy.

Frank Mulholland20151209

Edi Stark talks to Frank Mulholland, the current Lord Advocate.

Edi Stark talks to Frank Mulholland, the current Lord Advocate.

Gordon Reid20160420

Edi Stark talks to champion wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid.

Graham Mcindoe20170531

Edi meets Graham McIndoe, currently exhibiting at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Broxburn born photographer Graham McIndoe, whose solo show 'Coming Clean' is at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, talks candidly to Edi Stark about his rise to success from art school in Edinburgh to working in New York as a commercial photographer, followed by his subsequent demise as a heroin addict.
Having lost everything personally and professionally, he was arrested and imprisoned in the notorious Riker's Island for drugs possession and then, chained and shackled, threatened with deportation as a criminal immigrant. As he explains to Edi, survival was dependent on the journalist he is about to marry.

Greg Hemphill And Julie Nimmo20141223

Still Game star Greg Hemphill, normally teamed in public with comedy partner Ford Kiernan, is interviewed at home with his wife Julie Nimmo who is best known as Balamory's Miss Hoolie. They talk about how they met, being married and how they view each other's acting performances and success.

Still Game star Greg Hemphill, normally teamed in public with comedy partner Ford Kiernan, is interviewed at home with his wife Julie Nimmo who is best known as Balamory's Miss Hoolie. They talk about how they met, being married and how they view each other's acting performances and success.

Greig Laidlaw20160622

Edi Stark talks to scrum half Greig Laidlaw who has been captain of the Scottish national rugby team since 2011.

Edi Stark talks to scrum half Greig Laidlaw who has been captain of the Scottish national rugby team since 2011.

Gurinder Chadha20170322

Edi Stark talks to acclaimed British Asian film maker and writer Gurinder Chadha, best known for films like Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach, Bride and Prejudice and most recently, Viceroyâ€TMs House.

She talks about her Punjabi heritage, moving to London from Kenya as a two year old, the impact of imperialism on her own life and her determination to tell stories which cross cultural divide.

Edi Stark talks to acclaimed British Asian film maker and writer Gurinder Chadha, best known for films like Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach, Bride and Prejudice and most recently, Viceroyâ€TMs House.

She talks about her Punjabi heritage, moving to London from Kenya as a two year old, the impact of imperialism on her own life and her determination to tell stories which cross cultural divide.

Harry Benson20140827

Edi Stark talks to legendary photographer Harry Benson who tells her he was a loser at school in Craighill in Glasgow. In a whistle-stop tour of his career which covers celebrity photographs, race riots and assassination in america, he reveals what marked him out as one of the world's best at his trade.

Edi Stark talks to legendary photographer Harry Benson who tells her he was a loser at school in Craighill in Glasgow. In a whistle-stop tour of his career which covers celebrity photographs, race riots and assassination in america, he reveals what marked him out as one of the world's best at his trade.

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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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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.

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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 Davies

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 Banks

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.

Ian Callum20151223

Edi Stark talks to Dumfires-born British car designer Ian Callum, who has worked for Ford, TWR and Aston Martin and is now director of design for Jaguar Cars.

Edi Stark talks to Dumfires-born British car designer Ian Callum, who has worked for Ford, TWR and Aston Martin and is now director of design for Jaguar Cars.

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 Bruce2008122520090413
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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.

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.

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.

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

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

Jackie Leven20101205

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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.

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

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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.

James Cosmo20160706

Edi Stark talks to James Cosmo, one of Scotland's most popular and recognisable actors. He's been involved in over a hndred TV roles and over 80 movies including, Braveheart, Highander, Troy, The Pyramid Texts and TV's Game of Thrones. He tells Edi about growing up in Clydebank, his first job in shipbreaking and the early days in London, sleeping rough. Although he has been typecast as a tough guy or warrior, he reveals that he is a softie at heart who cries and giggles easily.

A great raconteur, this a spellbinding radio half hour.

Edi Stark talks to James Cosmo, one of Scotland's most popular and recognisable actors. He's been involved in over a hndred TV roles and over 80 movies including, Braveheart, Highander, Troy, The Pyramid Texts and TV's Game of Thrones. He tells Edi about growing up in Clydebank, his first job in shipbreaking and the early days in London, sleeping rough. Although he has been typecast as a tough guy or warrior, he reveals that he is a softie at heart who cries and giggles easily.

A great raconteur, this a spellbinding radio half hour.

James Cosmo20171227

Edi Stark talks to James Cosmo, one of Scotland's most popular and recognisable actors.

Edi Stark talks to James Cosmo, one of Scotland's most popular and recognisable actors. He's been involved in over a hndred TV roles and over 80 movies including, Braveheart, Highander, Troy, The Pyramid Texts and TV's Game of Thrones. He tells Edi about growing up in Clydebank, his first job in shipbreaking and the early days in London, sleeping rough. Although he has been typecast as a tough guy or warrior, he reveals that he is a softie at heart who cries and giggles easily.
A great raconteur, this a spellbinding radio half hour.

Jane Hawking20150408

For the start of the new series Edi Stark is in Cambridge to meet Jane Hawking, who was married to the world's greatest physicist for 25yrs.

In a far ranging, sometimes prickly interview, she talks movingly about her reaction to the film The Theory of Everything and recounts falling in love with Stephen Hawking but gradually losing her battle with motor neurone disease and 'the goddess Physics'.

She also reveals the happiness of her second marriage and how she feels about her first husband now.

For the start of the new series Edi Stark is in Cambridge to meet Jane Hawking, who was married to the world's greatest physicist for 25yrs.

In a far ranging, sometimes prickly interview, she talks movingly about her reaction to the film The Theory of Everything and recounts falling in love with Stephen Hawking but gradually losing her battle with motor neurone disease and 'the goddess Physics'.

She also reveals the happiness of her second marriage and how she feels about her first husband now.

Jenni Fagan20130521

Edi Stark talks to the only Scot to be listed in this decade's Granta list of 20 Best young novelists. Jenni Fagan's poetry and debut novel The Panopticon give voice to those on the margins of society. Once said to be a danger to herself and society, she talks about the shortcomings she encountered as a Barnardo's child in the care system and how writing was her weapon of survival.

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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.

Jenny Sealey20151216

Edi Stark talks to Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company, which provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent.

Edi Stark talks to Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae Theatre Company, which provides a platform for new generations of Deaf and disabled talent.

Jo Callis20140506

, former member of cult punk band The Rezillos and The Human League, talks to Edi at his home in Edinburgh. As well as writing many hit songs, he's co writer of Don't You Want Me, back in the charts due to Aberdeen Football fans.

He tells edi why he still aspires to the next song he writes being his best and why he will always be a punk.

Jo Clifford

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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.

Jo Clifford20100411
Jo Nesbo20170517

Edi Stark talks to bestselling Nordic crime novelist and former stockbroker Jo Nesbo.

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.

John Gordon Sinclair20140527

The actor much loved for his role as the gawky teenager in Gregory's Girl talks to Edi Stark about his view of acting now that he has found what he 'really wants to do'. With two successful thrillers and a third already commissioned, he is fast becoming Scotland's hottest writing talent. He also admits that life can imitate fiction and without Gregory's Girl and meeting co star Clare Grogan his life would be considerably poorer.

John Michie20170510

Burma-born Scottish actor John Michie talks about his education, marriage and career.

Jonathan Mills2009060320090607 (RS)

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

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.

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.

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Judith Doherty

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.

Jung Chang20140903

Edi Stark is in fascinating conversation with Wild Swans author and historian Jung Chang about her remarkable life growing up under the rule of Chairman Mao. She talks about the premature death of her beloved grandmother, the concubine of a warlord and the tragic demise of her father who was denounced as a traitor despite dedicating his life to the Communist Party. Jung Chang also reveals her regret at changing her name and tells of her joyful marriage with fellow historian Jon Halliday.

Edi Stark is in fascinating conversation with Wild Swans author and historian Jung Chang about her remarkable life growing up under the rule of Chairman Mao. She talks about the premature death of her beloved grandmother, the concubine of a warlord and the tragic demise of her father who was denounced as a traitor despite dedicating his life to the Communist Party. Jung Chang also reveals her regret at changing her name and tells of her joyful marriage with fellow historian Jon Halliday.

Justin Currie20131015

, solo artist and front man of Del Amitri, talks candidly to Edi Stark.

Justin Currie, solo artist and front man of Del Amitri talks candidly to edi Stark about the band's revival and his attitude to success. He also talks personally about his songwriting and reveals why he is cynical about couples living together. Does he believe in everlasting love? You'll have to listen.

Karen Campbell20131119

Edi's guest is an author who began her career as a uniformed police officer in Glasgow's A division where she lived on her wits and garnered great source material for her crime fiction. She explains why she has put lucrative tartan noir behind her and talks about why asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow inspired her highly acclaimed latest novel.

Edi Stark's guest is former police officer and crime fiction author Karen Campbell.

Karen Cargill20141111

The world class mezzo soprano talks to Edi about how her roots in Arbroath prevent any pretensions of being a diva, despite being one of the most sought after talents for the operatic stage and concert hall. With great charm and humour she charts her successes and loves professionally and personally and reveals that she hasn't always been encouraged along the way.

Karen Darke20140820

Edi Stark is in Inverness to interview the remarkable athlete Karen Darke. At 21, she was paralysed from the chest down, having fallen while rock climbing near Aberdeen. In the last twenty years she has immersed herself in extreme adventure including sit-skiing across the Greenland icecap, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite and handcycling across Central Asia. Already a paralympic silver medallist, she's looking forward to Rio but not before completing more astounding challenges. She tells Edi what makes her want to do the seemingly impossible.

Edi Stark is in Inverness to interview the remarkable athlete Karen Darke. At 21, she was paralysed from the chest down, having fallen while rock climbing near Aberdeen. In the last twenty years she has immersed herself in extreme adventure including sit-skiing across the Greenland icecap, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite and handcycling across Central Asia. Already a paralympic silver medallist, she's looking forward to Rio but not before completing more astounding challenges. She tells Edi what makes her want to do the seemingly impossible.

Karine Polwart20170301

Award winning Singer songwriter Karine Polwart talks to Edi Stark at her home in Patthead Midlothian.

Although she values where she lives and finds the natural surroundings a source of inspiration, she says she has no regrets about giving up home ownership ten years ago to fund her creative freedom in making an album.

She explains why folk music is her genre of choice, how a naturally shy person can feel at home centre stage, and opens up about the liberation of change, both professionally and personally.

Award winning Singer songwriter Karine Polwart talks to Edi Stark at her home in Patthead Midlothian.

Although she values where she lives and finds the natural surroundings a source of inspiration, she says she has no regrets about giving up home ownership ten years ago to fund her creative freedom in making an album.

She explains why folk music is her genre of choice, how a naturally shy person can feel at home centre stage, and opens up about the liberation of change, both professionally and personally.

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Edi Stark talks to award-winning singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Award winning Singer songwriter Karine Polwart talks to Edi Stark at her home in Patthead Midlothian.
Although she values where she lives and finds the natural surroundings a source of inspiration, she says she has no regrets about giving up home ownership ten years ago to fund her creative freedom in making an album.
She explains why folk music is her genre of choice, how a naturally shy person can feel at home centre stage, and opens up about the liberation of change, both professionally and personally.

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.

Ken Bruce

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Edi Stark talks to Radio 2's Ken Bruce about his childhood in 1950s Glasgow, his early days at Radio Scotland and his move to London.

Edi Stark talks to Ken Bruce about his childhood in Glasgow and his move to London.

Edi Stark talks to Radio 2's Ken Bruce about his childhood in 1950s Glasgow, his early days at Radio Scotland and his move to London.

Edi Stark talks to Ken Bruce about his childhood in Glasgow and his move to London.

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Lorraine Kelly20131225

Edi Stark is in conversation with Lorraine Kelly.

Maggie Kinloch20160518

Edi Stark talks to Maggie Kinloch, depute principal of the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

Malcolm Fraser20141014

Edi Stark is in conversation with Malcolm Fraser.

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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.

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.

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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 Frame2009042920090503 (RS)

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

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

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 Creed20110813

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

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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.

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.

Martin Gilbert20171025

Edi Stark talks Aberdeen Standard investments chief Martin Gilbert.

Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Standard investments talks to Edi Stark about his early life in Malaysia and coming to Aberdeen, aged nine, as a boarder at Robert Gordon's College. He co- founded Aberdeen Fund managers and became one of the richest men in Scotland, although, he tells Edi, he could have been wealthier. He reflects on the toughest time in his career, being torn apart by the treasury select committee and how he rebuilt his reputation and business. He also discusses the recent merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life.

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.

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 Beattie

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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.

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May East20131022

World leading environmentalist May East's career began as a glamorous pop singer in Brazil. She explains to Edi Stark how her mixture of Portuguese and Guarani ancestry has made her an effective activist. Now chief executive of Cifal,Scotland the UN sustainability training initiative,she reflects on feeling in exile when she first arrived in Scotland and, never a conventionalist, she tells of how she 'unmarried' her third husband..

Edi Stark talks to May East, chief executive of Cifal Scotland.

Mel Young20171122

Edi Stark talks to the co-founder of the Big Issue in Scotland, now Chair of SportScotland

Edi Stark talks to Mel Young, one of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. Originally a journalist by trade, it has been his mission not to report the story but to change it, which he has achieved with phenomenal success. The co-founder of the Big Issue in Scotland, now Chair of SportScotland, pioneered the Homeless World Cup in 2001 which still has its global HQ in Edinburgh. The idea was simple: a ball could change lives. The goal is to eradicate homelessness. In 2003, the first world cup tournament was held in Gaz in Austria. Now over 70 countries take part annually and throughout the year, thousands of homeless people are helped to kick-start a new kind of life by doing what they love. In 2016, the Unites States Sports academy presented him with the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian award, previously held by sporting superstars like Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods and Andre Agassi. In the same year the Pope invited him to the Vatican.
But, as Mel Young tells Edi none of this is for personal glory. His mission is to change the world.

Miss Lynne Myles20110806

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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 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

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

Monir Mohammed20170222

is renowned for his successful Mother India restaurant and cafes but as he tells Edi Stark, it's been a bumpy ride. In this rare and revealing interview he talks about the highs and lows of business, his early years as a Glasgow Asian, visits to the Punjab and the challenges in his personal life as husband and parent.

Olivia Giles

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

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, 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.

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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

Orla O'loughlin20171115

Edi Stark talks to the artistic director of The Traverse, Scotland's new writing theatre.

Edi Stark talks to Orla O'Loughlin, the dynamic artistic director of The Traverse, Scotland's new writing theatre based in Edinburgh. She tells Edi about the bravest decision of her life when she resigned as head of drama at a boys' grammar school, sold her flat and car and applied to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she was selected as one of only four students to specialise as a director. Having established a successful freelance career working at the Donmar warehouse and Royal Court, she made another brave leap when she moved to Shropshire to run a rural theatre company. She transformed Pentabus's reputation and then made another bold move, this time to Scotland. It was, she tells Edi 'beyond daunting' but irresistible and has become a second home to her husband and two young children.

Patrick Doyle20110501

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 The Traverse Theatre's outgoing artistic director Dominic Hill.

Phill Jupitus20140603

Stand up and television comedian Phill Jupitus talks to Edi Stark about being a 'love child' in a time when illegitimacy was taboo. He describes his childhood, growing up in a pub and his decision to take his step father's surname. His first job was as a clerical officer in a job centre but his life changed when he met his hero, Billy Bragg and again, when his girlfriend got pregnant and he realised he had only nine months to crack the London comedy circuit.

Phyllida Law20131210

Edi Stark is in conversation with Scottish actress Phyllida Law.

Phyllis Logan20131217

Edi Stark is in conversation with Scottish actress Phyllis Logan.

Pierre Levicky

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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.

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Prof Ailsa Mckay20131126

The Professor of Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University explains why being lousy at maths motivated her to try harder and she also talks about economics as a feminist subject.

Edi Stark talks to Ailsa McKay, professor of economics at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Prof Lesley Yellowlees20130423

Edi Stark in conversation with Prof Lesley Yellowlees.

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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.

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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 David Wilson

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Edi Stark talks to Professor David Wilson, an expert on British serial murderers, about working as a criminologist, a profiler and as a prison governor.

Edi Stark talks to Professor David Wilson, an expert on British serial murderers.

Edi Stark talks to Professor David Wilson, an expert on British serial murderers, about working as a criminologist, a profiler and as a prison governor.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Robert And Nicky Wilson20160629

Edi Stark talks to Robert and Nicky Wilson, who in 1999 bought a Jacobean manor house with a 100-acre estate and turned it into the sculpture park Jupiter Artland.

Edi Stark talks to Robert and Nicky Wilson, who in 1999 bought a Jacobean manor house with a 100-acre estate and turned it into the sculpture park Jupiter Artland.

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.

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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.

Sandy Stoddart20131105

Edi Stark is in conversation with sculptor Sandy Stoddart.

Sebastian Barry20171018

Edi Stark talks to multi-award winning Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry.

Stark Talk is back and Edi is talking to the marvellous multi-award winning novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry, one of Ireland's finest writers. In a moving, wide ranging interview he talks about his precarious childhood in Dublin, how he met his wife by borrowing five pounds to go drinking and why he plunders the little known histories of his own forebears to act as medicine for the future of his own children.

Sharleen Spiteri

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

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Simon Groom

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Edi Stark talks to Simon Groom about taking an unconventional route to the job he loves.

Edi Stark talks to Simon Groom, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, about taking an unconventional route to the job he loves.

Edi Stark talks to Simon Groom, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, about taking an unconventional route to the job he loves.

Edi Stark talks to Simon Groom about taking an unconventional route to the job he loves.

Simon Groom20091206

Edi Stark talks to Simon Groom about taking an unconventional route to the job he loves.

Sir Angus Grossart20160427

Edi Stark talks to businessman Sir Angus Grossart.

Sir John Leighton20130409

Edi Stark talks to National Galleries director Sir John Leighton.

Sir Peter Blake20160413

Edi Stark talks to pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

Edi Stark talks to pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

Steve Begg20170315

A self-confessed dunce at school, Steve Begg grew up in a council estate in Muirhouse, in Edinburgh, dreaming of working on James Bond movies and Thunderbirds.

As a teenager, he worked closely with the Thunderbirds creator, Gerry Anderson and now he's one of the top blockbuster visual effects supervisors in the world. It's his expertise and trickery which have created some of the most dramatic action effects in Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.

As well as working on the Bond franchise, his many movies include Aliens, Batman Begins and Lara Croft.

As he tells Edi Stark, the path to Pinewood studios all began in a shed and, thirty years later, he hasn't lost his boyhood enthusiasm for creating disaster and mayhem for the camera.

Steven Berkoff20140813

In the first of a new series, Edi is in the east end of London to meet Steven Berkoff, still the enfant terrible of theatre, despite being in his seventies. He reveals the root of his lifelong anger and why theatre has helped, but not cured, what can make him a terrifying presence on and off stage. He discusses his childhood and his own illegitimate children, early days of theatre and breaking taboo forty years ago at the Edinburgh fringe by using the c word repeatedly. As this interview shows, he is far from mellowing in old age.

In the first of a new series, Edi is in the east end of London to meet Steven Berkoff, still the enfant terrible of theatre, despite being in his seventies. He reveals the root of his lifelong anger and why theatre has helped, but not cured, what can make him a terrifying presence on and off stage. He discusses his childhood and his own illegitimate children, early days of theatre and breaking taboo forty years ago at the Edinburgh fringe by using the c word repeatedly. As this interview shows, he is far from mellowing in old age.

Sue Bourne20170621

Edi Stark talks to documentary film director Sue Bourne.

Edi Stark talks to documentary film director Sue Bourne.

Award winning documentary film maker Sue Bourne, a force of nature, talks to Edi Stark about finding her voice to make ground breaking films like A Time to Live, My Street and Mum and Me. She explains that she looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary and talks movingly about documenting her mother's Alzheimer's disease and being unable to share her own diagnosis. And we hear why the friends she made growing up in Ayr are still crucial in her life.

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Edi Stark talks to documentary film director Sue Bourne.

Award winning documentary film maker Sue Bourne, a force of nature, talks to Edi Stark about finding her voice to make ground breaking films like A Time to Live, My Street and Mum and Me. She explains that she looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary and talks movingly about documenting her mother's Alzheimer's disease and being unable to share her own diagnosis. And we hear why the friends she made growing up in Ayr are still crucial in her life.

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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.

Timothy Neat20131112

Edi Stark is in Wormit, Fife to talk to filmmaker, writer and photographer Timothy Neat.

Edi Stark is in Wormit in Fife to talk to film maker, writer and photographer Timothy Neat who grew up in Cornwall but sees Scotland as his spiritual home. In a spirited interview he talks how his mother encouraged his early talent as an artist and why she chose to send him away to school. His professional career has been spent writing and filming about key historical figures like Charles rennie Macintosh and folklorist Hamish Henderson but he's best known for his remarkable photographs of Scots travelling people and individuals who have a vanishing way of life.

Tom Kitchin

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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'.

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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'.

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

Tony Singh20090513

Edi Stark talks to chef Tony Singh, owner of restaurants Oloroso and Tony's Table, about his roots, growing up in Leith and why he's opening another restaurant in a recession.

Edi Stark talks to chef Tony Singh, owner of restaurants Oloroso and Tony's Table, about his roots, growing up in Leith and why he's opening another restaurant in a recession.

Edi Stark talks to chef Tony Singh about his roots and growing up in Leith.

William Boyd20131008

talks to Edi Stark about being the latest James Bond author.

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In the first of a new series, writer William Boyd tells Edi Stark why he's so excited about being the latest James Bond author and explains how his own life and childhood recollections of Africa inform the latest 007 adventure.

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Edi Stark is in conversation with William Boyd, the latest James Bond author.

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In the first of a new series, writer William Boyd tells Edi Stark why he's so excited about being the latest James Bond author and explains how his own life and childhood recollections of Africa inform the latest 007 adventure.

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.

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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.

Edi Stark in conversation with singer-songwriter Fran Healy.

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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.

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 Billingham2012100220121007

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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.

Edi Stark talks to bestselling crime novelist and former stand up comic Mark Billingham.

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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.

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Edi Stark talks to Tom Kitchin.

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Edi Stark in conversation.

Edi Stark talks to Tom Kitchin.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

Edi Stark in conversation with Tom Renouf.

04Don Paterson20121127

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

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

04Geoff Ellis2011041420110417

2/10

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.

2/10

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.

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.

5/10

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.

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

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.

6/10

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

6/10

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

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

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.

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.

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

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3/10.

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.

5/10

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.

5/10

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.

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

07Ross Appleyard20120515
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4/10.

Edi Stark in conversation with actor and impresario Gerry Mulgrew.

08Campbell Robb2011051220110515

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

6/10

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.

6/10

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.

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

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

8/10

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.

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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.

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.

09Prof Sir Robin Murray2012052920120603
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9/10

In a spirited conversation, Edi Stark talks to the eminent psychiatrist Prof Sir Robin Murray about his school and university days in Scotland, his decision to specialise in schizophrenia and his research into the environmental causes of this debilitating disease, including the risks associated with cannabis abuse.

Edi Stark talks to psychiatrist and schizophrenia expert Prof Sir Robin Murray.

Edi Stark talks to psychiatrist and schizophrenia expert Prof Sir Robin Murray.

9/10

In a spirited conversation, Edi Stark talks to the eminent psychiatrist Prof Sir Robin Murray about his school and university days in Scotland, his decision to specialise in schizophrenia and his research into the environmental causes of this debilitating disease, including the risks associated with cannabis abuse...

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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.

10 LAST20120605

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.

10/10

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.

10/10

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

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

11Dominc Hill20110602

9/10

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.

9/10

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.

12Aminatta Forna2011060920110612

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.

10/10

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

Edi Stark in conversation.

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.

205D022005110620051108

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.

206B072006051420060516
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.

206B112006061120060613

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
20070819 (RS)

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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207B072007051320070515
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 Mcdermid * *20081005

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.