Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E05 – Andy de la Tour

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

Last Week: Prof. Sir Tim O’Shea (Principal, Edinburgh University & Chair, Edinburgh Fringe). Next week: Philippa Langley (The King’s Grave; The Search for Richard III).



This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and stand-up comedian

ANDY DE LA TOUR

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Andy de la Tour is an actor and screenwriter. His film appearances including Plenty, Notting Hill, the Roman Polanski version of Oliver Twist and “44” Chest. His work in television includes The Young Ones, Bottom, Kavanagh QC and The Brief. On stage he has appeared at the National Theatre in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Alan Bennett’s People.

His credits as a television writer include Lovejoy, Peak Practice, The Vet, Kavanagh QC and Clem. Andy has also written many stage plays including Safe In Our Hands (winner of the LWT Plays on Stage Award)

But before all that, Andy was a stand-up comedian in the 1980s with the likes of Rik Mayall, Ben Elton as well as French and Saunders. In 2012 he wrote Stand-Up or Die about his most recent adventure – returning to the stand-up scene in New York.

This conversation took place during August ’14 almost 3 decades on since Andy last played the Fringe.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Andy de la Tour



The jingle is used with the gracious permission of Moving On Theatre’s Laurene Hope Omedal (star of Piaf: Love Conquers All) and is voiced by Edinburgh Nights host Ewan Spence.


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Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E04 – Prof. Sir Tim O’Shea

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

Last week: Prof. Mary Beard (Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up). Next week: Andy de la Tour (Stand Up or Die).



This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and the Principal of Edinburgh University and Chair of the Fringe Festival

PROF. SIR TIM O’SHEA

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Prof. O’Shea grew up in London, attended the Royal Liberty School, in Romford, Essex. A computer scientist, he was Master of Birkbeck College from 1998 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 2001.

A graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Leeds, he has worked in the United States and for the Open University where he founded the Computer Assisted Learning Research Group and worked on a range of educational technology research and development projects, later becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor there. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Department of Artificial Intelligence, from 1974-78.

Professor O’Shea became Principal of the University of Edinburgh in October 2002. Since his appointment he has sat on various boards including the Boards of Scottish Enterprise, the Intermediary Technology Institute Scotland Ltd, the British Council, the Governing Body of the Roslin Institute and has been Convenor of the Research and Commercialisation Committee of Universities Scotland and Acting Convener of Universities Scotland.

This conversation took place during Fringe ’14 and examined the interplay of O’Shea’s University and Fringe roles.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Tim O’Shea



The jingle is used with the gracious permission of Moving On Theatre’s Laurene Hope Omedal (star of Piaf: Love Conquers All) and is voiced by Edinburgh Nights host Ewan Spence.


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Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E03 – Prof. Mary Beard

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

Last Week: Ian Lavender (Don’t Tell Him Pike). Next week: Sir Tim O’Shea (Edinburgh University Principal & Fringe Chair).



This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and historian

PROF. MARY BEARD

Winifred Mary Beard, OBE, FBA, FSA is the professor of classics at the University of Cambridge where she is a fellow of Newnham College. Her blog, A Don’s Life, appears in The Times as a regular column. Her books run from Rome in the Late Republic (with Michael Crawford, 1985); through The Colosseum (with the late & much lamented Keith Hopkins, 2005); to Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up (2014). Mary Beard’s work on television, as well as her robust social media presence, have made her Britain’s most widely recognized Classicist.

If George Washington didn’t fly around on Air Force One or live at the White House, and yet is still the first US President, then why was Julius Caesar not Rome’s first emperor? Did the ancient Ostians live entirely on takeaways? These (and other weighty matters) were covered in a conversation which took place during the 2014 Fringe.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Mary Beard



The jingle is used with the gracious permission of Moving On Theatre’s Laurene Hope Omedal (star of Piaf: Love Conquers All) and is voiced by Edinburgh Nights host Ewan Spence.


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Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E02 – Ian Lavender

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

Last week: Jung Chang (Wild Swans et al). Next week: Prof. Mary Beard (Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up).



This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and actor

IAN LAVENDER

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Ian Lavender attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1968, aged 22, he was cast as Private Pike in sit-com classic Dad’s Army where he starred alongside some of the most experienced actors in Britain. Over 9 series and 80 episodes Lavender honed his craft under the tutelage of such celebrated thespians as John Laurie, Arnold Ridley, John Le Mesurier and especially Arthur Lowe – among the greatest character actors of all time.

What was it like working with such figures and how has their influence shaped Lavender’s career which has encompassed some of the UK’s best loved stage and TV vehicles? The conversation took place during the 2014 Fringe.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Ian Lavender



The jingle is used with the gracious permission of Moving On Theatre’s Laurene Hope Omedal (star of Piaf: Love Conquers All) and is voiced by Edinburgh Nights host Ewan Spence.


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Kind of a BIG Deal Interview – S01E01 – Jung Chang

“I don’t know how to put this…but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Ron Burgundy

In each episode of Kind of a Big Deal you can listen to an exclusive & intimate conversation between our Features Editor and the kind of big deal folks our world-class arts scene attracts – writers, performers, movers and shakers.

The jingle is used with the gracious permission of Moving On Theatre’s Laurene Hope Omedal (star of Piaf: Love Conquers All) and is voiced by Edinburgh Nights host Ewan Spence.

Next week: Ian Lavender (Don’t Tell Him Pike).



This week’s conversation is between Dan Lentell and biographer

JUNG CHANG

Jung Chang in London January 2010. Photo by Guy Aitchison via Wikimedia Commons
Jung Chang’s bestselling family history, Wild Swans, has been translated into 37 languages yet remains banned in her native China. If you’re smart enough to put up with the hyperbole and bombast of Edinburgh49, chances are one of the 13 million copies sold since 1991 is sitting on a bookshelf close at hand.

Together with her husband, Jon Halliday, Jung Chang is also author of Madame Sun Yat-sen: Soong Ching-ling (1986); Mao: The Unknown Story (2005); and, most recently, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China (2013).

The conversation took place on August 11th 2014 at Edinburgh’s Channings Hotel during the book festival.

E49 Interviews; Dan Lentell talks to Jung Chang


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