The Art of Artists

The Art of Artists

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Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film.

Episodes

The Art of Artists - Nana Mouskouri  

In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Nana Mouskouri. Born on the island of Crete in Greece, Nana began singing at the age of 12 inspired by jazz legends such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. She has gone on to become one of the most famous singers in music history, selling over 300 million records in multiple languages.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Dame Diana Rigg  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with British actress Dame Diana Rigg. Starting her career on the stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Diana went on to become a feminist icon of the 1960s when she played the role of Emma Peel in TV series "The Avengers". The same decade also saw her star on the silver screen as a Bond girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". She has had continued success throughout her career, winning a BAFTA, a Tony Award and an Emmy, and has most recently featured in hit shows "Doctor Who" and "Game of Thrones".

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Natalie Cole  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This Episode sees Russell interview soul, R&B and jazz singer Natalie Cole. Natalie grew up into a very musical family. Recording from an early age with her father Nat King Cole, she managed to forge her own solo success in later years with the hit single "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)", numerous best-selling albums and Grammy Awards. She shares her memories with Russell, with music spanning from her early years to her most recent release "Natalie Cole En Espanol".

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Marianne Faithfull  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull began her music career in 1964 performing folk music at local coffee houses. Her career soon escalated after releasing "As Tears Go By", taking on acting roles, as well as working with The Rolling Stones, but her personal life became fraught with addiction. It wasn't until 1979 that she released her most critically acclaimed album to date, "Broken English". She has since gone on to release numerous albums over the course of her fifty-year career.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Sandie Shaw  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Sandie Shaw. Growing up in Dagenham, Essex, Shaw made a name for herself at the tender age of 17 with her first UK No. 1 hit, "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me". The 1960s saw her tour the world, represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest and even start her own fashion label. Having retired from music in the 1970s, Sandie Shaw returned to recording in the early 1980s and continued to release music and tour in a career spanning over forty years.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Matt Lucas  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British comedian Matt Lucas. Matt made a name for himself in comedy TV shows such as "Shooting Stars" and "Little Britain" and has since enjoyed success on the big screen, starring in Hollywood movies "Alice In Wonderland" and "Bridesmaids". His work also includes recording with Alfie Boe and performing in the 25th anniversary concerts of "Les Misérables", as well as launching his own hit TV show "The Matt Lucas Awards".

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Chrissie Hynde  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with musician Chrissie Hynde. Chrissie is best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Pretenders. They gained critical acclaim with their debut single "Stop Your Sobbing" and went on to have chart success with "Brass In Pocket". From starting her music career writing for the NME, hanging out with members of the Sex Pistols in her spare time, to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is one of rock's finest front women.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Petula Clark  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British singer and actress Petula Clark. Petula's career has spanned an incredible seven decades. Starting her music career from an early age entertaining troops and wartime audiences on the wireless, she went on to release numerous hit singles including the Grammy Award winning "Downtown". She has also made a name for herself on the big screen with films such as "Finian's Rainbow" and "Goodbye Mr. Chips", as well as on stage, starring in "Blood Brothers" and "The Sound of Music".

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets John Barrowman  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with actor and singer John Barrowman. John's first break came starring as Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. Since then he has starred in countless West End productions including "Miss Saigon", "Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard". As well as a successful solo recording career, Barrowman has also made a name for himself on the small screen, playing Captain Jack Harkness in "Doctor Who" as well as the internationally successful "Torchwood".

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Sir Tim Rice  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British lyricist Sir Tim Rice. Tim has had huge success in the musical world, from creating iconic shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita", to winning Oscars and Golden Globes for his songs with The Walt Disney Company. He's previously worked with the likes of Elton John and ABBA and has now returned to the West End with "From Here To Eternity", his first original musical in over ten years.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Julie Walters  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. This episode sees Russell meet British actress Julie Walters. Julie rose to fame with the 1983 film "Educating Rita". Since winning the BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance she has become a fixture on the big screen, starring in the likes of "Calendar Girls", "Mamma Mia!", "Billy Elliot", and the "Harry Potter" franchise. She has also performed in numerous TV dramas and theatre productions throughout her career.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets John Waters  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with film director John Waters. Growing up in 1950s Baltimore, Waters started making films from an early age with his friends, celebrating all things counter-culture. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films such as "Pink Flamingos", "Desperate Living" and "Polyester". He entered mainstream filmmaking with his 1988 film "Hairspray", which was later adapted into a Broadway musical as well as a musical film. He is also a journalist and visual artist.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Dame Vera Lynn  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Dame Vera Lynn. Dame Vera Lynn began singing at the tender age of seven and most famously became known as "The Forces Sweetheart" during the Second World War when she performed for British troops with some of her most iconic songs, including "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". She has since enjoyed immeasurable success as she became the first British performer to top the US charts with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", had three entries in the first ever UK Singles Chart and became the oldest living artist to reach No. 1 in the UK Album Chart when she reached the top spot at the age of 92 in 2009.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Englebert Humperdinck  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with singer Engelbert Humperdinck. Engelbert first had success in 1967 when he recorded "Release Me". The song went to No. 1 in the UK, spent 56 weeks in the Top 50 and reportedly sold 85,000 copies a day at the height of it's popularity. Since then Humperdinck has gone on to have numerous Top 10 hits, perform in Las Vegas as well as represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Art of Artists - Russell Davies meets Hank Marvin  

Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film. In this episode, Russell is in conversation with guitarist Hank Marvin. Hank is best known for his work with the musical group The Shadows, who started out as Cliff Richard's backing band in 1958 on the No. 2 hit single "Move It". Alongside huge success with The Shadows, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest, Hank Marvin also formed the group Marvin, Welch and Farrar and pursued a solo career over the last fifty years in the music business, inspiring the likes of Mark Knopfler and David Bowie along the way.

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