With Bennett [Radio Ulster]

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20070106

In the first of a new series of his celebrity interviews John Bennett is backstage at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast to talk to Status Quo Rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. The pair talk to John about their music, their marriages, their drinking and their first acting role in Coronation Street.

20070106

John Bennett is joined by comedian Patrick Kielty who talks about jogging with Prince William, gate-crashing the Pope's funeral and juggling his career with romance.

20070107

John Bennett is joined by comedian Patrick Kielty who talks about jogging with Prince William, gate-crashing the Pope's funeral and juggling his career with romance.

20070113

John Bennett is joined by actress Carol Drinkwater, as she chats about her passion for Olive trees, her life in France and who she supports when Ireland play England at rugby!

20070114

John Bennett is joined by actress Carol Drinkwater, as she chats about her passion for Olive trees, her life in France and who she supports when Ireland play England at rugby!

20070120

This week John travels to London's West End to talk to former Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley as he is about to debut in the hit musical Chicago.

20070121

This week John travels to London's West End to talk to former Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley as he is about to debut in the hit musical Chicago.

20070127

John leaves the studio to visit another celebrity and investigate the story behind the name. This week he meets up with Pauline Quirke, best known as Sharon in Birds of a Feather.

20070128

John leaves the studio to visit another celebrity and investigate the story behind the name. This week he meets up with Pauline Quirke, best known as Sharon in Birds of a Feather.

20070401

John Bennett meets Martin Kemp, who talks about his rise to fame with Spandau Ballet and subsequent acting career through roles such as Reggie Kray and Walford baddie Steve Owen.

20070408

John Bennett meets actor Richard E Grant, who talks about meeting Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in Hollywood and how he loved the role of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

20070415

John Bennett meets comedian, writer and actress Sandi Toksvig, who talks about her travels around the world, and how her sexuality has affected her career.

20070422

John Bennett meets Rick Wakeman, who talks about the excesses of life on the road with rock bands The Strawbs and Yes; plus why he is just about to get married for the fourth time.

20070429

John Bennett meets Maureen Lipman, who offers her views on shopping centres and tabloid newspapers and discusses her famous role as Beattie, the Jewish grandmother in the BT adds.

20070506

John Bennett meets writer and comedian Arthur Smith, who talks about drinking, his newly-developed talent as an artist, and why he's really not a Grumpy Old Man.

20070513

John Bennett meets celebrity singing coaches Carrie and David Grant.

20070520

John Bennett talks to comedian, actor and writer Owen O'Neill. He discusses life on the stand-up circuit in London and New York and the importance of his Cookstown roots.

20070723

John Bennett meets actor Richard E Grant, who talks about meeting Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in Hollywood and how he loved the role of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

20070724

John Bennett meets comedian, writer and actress Sandi Toksvig, who talks about her travels around the world, and how her sexuality has affected her career.

20070725

John Bennett meets Rick Wakeman, who talks about the excesses of life on the road with rock bands The Strawbs and Yes, and how George Best was a favourite drinking buddy.

20070726

John Bennett meets Maureen Lipman, who talks about her favourite parts and discusses her most famous role as Beattie, the Jewish grandmother in the BT adverts.

20070727

John Bennett meets writer and comedian Arthur Smith, who talks about drinking, his newly-developed talent as an artist, and why he's really not a Grumpy Old Man.

20070808

John Bennett meets travel writer and restaurant critic AA Gill, who talks about his battle with alcoholism, his dyslexia, and why Gordon Ramsay once threw him out of his restaurant.

20070815

John Bennett is joined by actress Pauline Quirke who chats about Birds of a Feather, her constant need to have clean hair, her love of cooking and why every time she comes to Belfast she has to go home with black and white puddings and handmade chocolate.

20070822

John Bennett travels to London's West End to meet up with singer Tony Hadley for a chat about the highs and lows of being the lead singer of 80s chart toppers Spandau Ballet, becoming a family man, and his starring role in the musical Chicago.

On MW only, from 7.30pm-10.30pm:

European Championship Football: Adam Coates presents coverage of Northern Ireland's home game with Liechtenstein, as the race for a place in Euro 2008 resumes. Michael McNamee and Gerry Taggart describe the action, with analysis from Roy Coyle. Joel Taggart presents a fans' phone-in after the match: call in on 08459 555678 [local rate].

20070829

John Bennett is backstage at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, to talk to Status Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt. The pair talk about their music, marriages, drinking and their first acting roles in Coronation Street.

20071028

John meets up with broadcaster John Humphrys. The presenter of Mastermind and Radio 4's Today programme explains how broadcasting has changed over his 40-year career.

An agnostic, he also tells of how he challenged the leaders of the UK's three main religions to prove that God exists.

20071104

John meets TV presenter and former pin-up Gail Porter to talk about her career and struggles with anorexia, alopecia, self-harm and bipolar disorder.

And, just what did she make of her naked image being projected onto the Houses of Parliament by FHM magazine?

20071111

John Bennet visits the homes, studios and dressing rooms of some of the UK's best known actors, presenters and journalists.

John meets actor John Gordon Sinclair, star of 'Gregory's Girl,' who tells the stories of meeting and working with his comedy heroes, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and Eric Sykes.

20071209

As BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing is reaching it's climax, John Bennett is backstage with judge Arlene Phillips. Arlene talks about her surprise at the success of the show and how much she's enjoyed it. plus she tells John about the couple of celebrities who really do have two left feet! She'll also be reminiscing about her choreography work with Elton John, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Albert Finney.

20071216

For the final show in this series John Bennett meets up with Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth in their home at the Old Rectory in Wavendon where they not only live, but built an arts centre, the Stables. As they both turned 80 this year they reflect on what was once described as a marriage of musical brilliance, and tell John some star-studded tales.

20071219

For the final show in this series John Bennett meets up with Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth in their home at the Old Rectory in Wavendon where they not only live, but built an arts centre, the Stables. As they both turned 80 this year they reflect on what was once described as a marriage of musical brilliance, and tell John some star-studded tales.

20071230

John Bennett meets John Humphrys, who reflects on how broadcasting has changed during his 40-year career.

20080102

John Bennett meets John Humphrys, who reflects on how broadcasting has changed during his 40-year career.

20080330

John talks to DJ Henry Kelly about writing for the Irish Times in the 70s, working on Game for Laugh and why two of his weakest skills are managing money and playing cricket.

20080406

John Bennett meets celebrities to reflect on their careers and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. He catches up with impressionist Rory Bremner.

20080413

Les Dennis talks to John Bennett about his early days on the comedy circuits in the 70s, his very public marriage split and his current serious acting roles on stage and TV.

20080420

John Bennett meets Karren Brady who talks about working in a male-dominated world and why an aneurysm in her brain only kept her off work for four weeks.

20080427

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers and current projects.

20080504

John Bennett travels to Dublin to meet singer Mary Black as she celebrates 25 years since her first album release.

20080709

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. John is in the studios of Radio Berkshire to talk to DJ Henry Kelly about his time writing for the Irish Times in the 70s, working on the TV Show Game For a Laugh and why two of his weakest skills are managing money and playing cricket.

20080716

John Bennett meets celebrities to reflect on their careers and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. He talks to impressionist Rory Bremner.

20080723

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. Les Dennis talks about his early days on the comedy circuits in the 70s, his very public marriage split and his current serious acting roles on stage and TV.

20080730

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. John talks to actor Chris Barrie about his roles as Rimmer in Red Dwarf and Gordon Brittas in The Brittas Empire, how he met his wife during a bomb scare and his education in Northern Ireland.

20080730

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. John talks to actor Chris Barrie about his roles as Rimmer in Red Dwarf and Gordon Brittas in The Brittas Empire, how he met his wife during a bomb scare and his education in Northern Ireland.

20080730

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. John talks to actor Chris Barrie about his roles as Rimmer in Red Dwarf and Gordon Brittas in The Brittas Empire, how he met his wife during a bomb scare and his education in Northern Ireland.

20080816

John Bennett meets celebrities from the worlds of TV, radio, literature and sport to reflect on their past careers, current projects and what they enjoy doing when they are out of the spotlight. He travels to Dublin to meet singer Mary Black as she celebrates 25 years since her first album release in 1983. They reflect on her early life growing up on Rathlin Island, her days with the traditional group De Dannan and how it feels to be back touring and recording.

20081213
20081220
20081220

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, who talks about his career as a chat show host and radio presenter, and about his autobiography.

20081220

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, who talks about his career as a chat show host and radio presenter, and about his autobiography.

20081220

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

20090103

John Bennett talks to broadcaster and poet Pam Ayres about her life and career.

20090110

John Bennett talks to actor Martin Clunes about his life and career.

20090117
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20090704
20090711
20090718
20090725
20090801
20100516
20100523
20100530
20100606
20100613
20100620
20101114

John chats to Four weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow about his early days as a student in Belfast through to his acting successes on both stage and screen.

John chats to Four weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow.

20101114

20101128

John Bennett talks to Irish garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin.

John Bennett talks to Irish garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin.

20101128

20101202

John Bennett talks to Irish garden designer and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin.

20101202

20101205

John chats to former leader of the Lib Dems, Paddy Ashdown, about growing up in Northern Ireland and his secret life as a spy.

John chats to former leader of the Lib Dems, Paddy Ashdown.

20101205

20111204

John Bennett visits some of the UK's best known actors, musicians, presenters and journalists. His first guest in this series is Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.

John Bennett visits some of the UK's best known figures, beginning with Katherine Jenkins.

20111211

John Bennett visits the homes, studios and dressing rooms of some of the UK's best actors, musicians and journalists. This week he spends time with Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains.

John Bennett visits the UK's best known figures, like the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney.

20111218

John Bennett joins Lorraine Kelly in her dressing room, fresh from the set of her ITV morning programme, to talk about her Northern Irish roots and her love of Dundee United.

John Bennett talks to Lorraine Kelly about her Northern Irish roots and Dundee United.

20120101

Alan Titchmarsh chats with John Bennett, the conversation raging from Alan's days presenting 'Pebble Mill at One' to doing a 'Ground Force' on Nelson Mandela's garden.

Alan Titchmarsh chats with John Bennett on everything from Pebble Mill to Nelson Mandela.

20120108

John Bennett spends a morning in Glasgow with Jim Davidson, talking candidly about his upbringing, his Northern Irish heritage and breaking the Geneva convention in a pantomime.

John Bennett talks to Jim Davidson about his upbringing, Northern Irish heritage and more.

20120115

John Bennett continues his travels with his trusty microphone. This week his guest is Richard Madeley, one half of TVs successful husband and wife team Richard and Judy.

John's guest is Richard Madeley, who talks candidly to John about his marriage to Judy.

20120122

John spends time with Melanie Chisholm, formerly known as Sporty Spice, discussing her distinguished solo musical career, West End stage debut and motherhood.

John talks with Melanie Chisholm about her solo musical career after the Spice Girls.

01/08/200920090803

John Bennett talks to actress Jane Asher about her life and career.

03/01/200920090104

John Bennett talks to broadcaster and poet Pam Ayres about her life and career.

04/07/200920090706

John Bennett talks to journalist and presenter Dame Joan Bakewell about her life.

04/07/200920091227
04/12/201120111208

John Bennett visits some of the UK's best known figures, beginning with Katherine Jenkins.

05/12/2010
05/12/2010
05/12/2010

05/12/201020101209

John chats to former leader of the Lib Dems, Paddy Ashdown.

06/06/201020100610

John Bennett talks to impressionist and comedian Jan Ravens.

08/01/201220120112

John Bennett spends a morning in Glasgow with Jim Davidson, who talks candidly about his upbringing, his long-standing career and why he won't change his controversial brand of comedy.

Jim Davidson talks about his controversial career and why he isn't planning to change.

10/01/200920090111

John Bennett talks to actor Martin Clunes about his life and career.

10/01/200920090111

John Bennett talks to actor Martin Clunes about his life and career.

10/01/200920090111

John Bennett talks to actor Martin Clunes about his life and career.

11/07/200920090713

John Bennett talks to comedy actor and writer Eric Sykes about his life and career.

11/12/201120111215

John Bennett visits the UK's best known figures, like the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney.

13/06/201020100617

John Bennett talks football with veteran commentator and writer John Motson.

13/12/200820081214

John Bennett meets one half of the Two Fat Ladies, Clarissa Dickson Wright.

14/11/2010

14/11/201020101118

John chats to Four weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow.

15/01/201220120119

John Bennett continues his travels with his trusty microphone. This week his guest is Richard Madeley, one half of TVs successful husband and wife team Richard and Judy.

John's guest is Richard Madeley, who talks candidly to John about his marriage to Judy.

16/05/201020100520

John Bennett talks politics and writing with Jeffrey Archer.

17/01/200920090118

John Bennett talks to actress Anne Reid about her life and career.

18/07/200920090720

John Bennett talks to comedy actor and author Pauline McLynn about her life and career.

18/07/200920100106
18/12/201120111222

John Bennett talks to Lorraine Kelly about her Northern Irish roots and Dundee United.

20/06/201020100624

John Bennett talks to actress Lynda Bellingham.

20/12/200820081221

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson

20/12/200820081221

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson

20/12/200820081221

John Bennett meets journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson.

22/01/201220120126

John spends time with Melanie Chisholm, formerly known as Sporty Spice, discussing her distinguished solo musical career, West End stage debut and motherhood.

John talks with Melanie Chisholm about her solo career & life after the Spice Girls.

23/05/201020100527

John Bennett talks about the legacy of Father Ted with Ardal O'Hanlon.

27/06/200920090629

John Bennett talks to former war correspondent Fergal Keane about his life and career.

27/06/200920100103
30/05/201020100603

John Bennett talks astrology and stars with Russell Grant.

Archer Special
Archer Special
Archer Special

Archer Special20101226

John Bennett travels to the island of Majorca to the literary hideout of politician turned writer Jeffrey Archer, one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century.

John Bennett travels to the island of Majorca to the literary hideout of Jeffrey Archer.

Beverley Callard
Beverley Callard
Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard20101219

John Bennett chats to Coronation Street favourite Beverley Callard about her decision to leave her role of Liz McDonald in the long-running soap.

John Bennett chats to Coronation Street favourite Beverley Callard.

Beverley Callard20101223

John Bennett chats to Coronation Street favourite Beverley Callard.

Christine Bleakley
Christine Bleakley
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley20101227

John Bennett catches up with local girl Christine Bleakley to chat about her incredible rise to fame and dealing with being in the media spotlight.

John Bennett talks Christine Bleakley about her incredible rise to fame.

Christine Bleakley20101121

John Bennett catches up with local girl Christine Bleakley to chat about her incredible rise to fame and dealing with being in the media spotlight.

John Bennett talks Christine Bleakley about her incredible rise to fame.

Christine Bleakley20101125

John Bennett talks Christine Bleakley about her incredible rise to fame.

Nicholas Parsons
Nicholas Parsons
Nicholas Parsons

Nicholas Parsons20101212

John Bennett meets up with TV legend Nicholas Parsons to find out the secret of his long career and how he keeps his BBC Radio 4 show fresh after 43 years.

John Bennett meets up with Nicholas Parsons to find out the secret of his long career.

Nicholas Parsons20101216

John Bennett meets up with Nicholas Parsons to find out the secret of his long career.