An original and entertaining biographical series in which guests  – the very best of British talent from a diverse array of artistic disciplines – talk candidly about how they found their creative calling.  Their stories and reminiscences are accompanied by the music tracks that have inspired them along the way. Credits:...

International bestselling author Joanne Harris first appeared on the scene with Chocolat, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then she has written 15 more novels, two novellas , two collections of short stories, and several screenplays. Born in...

Coming from a family of actors, best-selling children’s writer Michael Morpurgo likes to joke that were it not for a twist of fate he could have been the next George Clooney. One of Britain’s greatest storytellers Michael is best known as the author of War Horse which was...

Home during World War Two for Alan Turing and  some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th Century,  for decades Bletchley Park  was one of Britain’s best-kept intelligence secrets. Dramatized  in the movie The Imitation Game,  Station X as it was codenamed was a scene of unrelenting human...

Bold, adventurous and caring, The BRIT School –  the place where a young Adele Adkins wrote two of her first songs, where Jessica Cornish, aka Jessie J, developed her performance skills, and Tom Holland, aka Peter Parker/Spiderman, honed his acting talent – ranks as one of...

One of the world’s most magnificent collections of books, the Bodleian Library lies at the heart of Oxford University life and is one of the oldest working libraries in Europe. Its captivating and breathtaking spread of buildings offers a spectacular array of old and new architecture, and some of its...

Best-selling author Joanna Trollope, a distant relative of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, is one of Britain’s most successful writers. After studying at Oxford, she worked in the Foreign Office, then became a teacher, and in 1980 turned to writing full time. Few authors write so clearly...

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is one of the few, if not only, rock star to have taken his band on tour in a customised Boeing 747 that he piloted himself. In this immersive documentary – recorded on location and in the studio ahead of Iron Maiden’s...

Mention Brian May and many images spring to mind. The co-founder and lead guitarist of Queen is an astronomer with a doctorate in astrophysics, and also a committed campaigner for animal rights. Less well known is that for over 50 years he has been an avid stereoscopic...

Written for Caribbean Beat Issue No. 73 – May/June 2005 by Maggie Lee. The London-based Institute of International Visual Arts has earned a reputation for working with Caribbean artists. As inIVA gets to work on its new headquarters building, Maggie Lee investigates its role in promoting...