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Bananas Can't Fly!

Des O'connor
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Abi Titmuss

Abi Titmuss shot to fame as the girlfriend of TV star John Leslie, but soon she had eclipsed him in the nation's affections. She has hardly been out of the papers or off our television screens since, with appearances in 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Celebrity Love Island' and 'Deadline' as well as appearing on the front cover of countless men's magazines and appearing on the West End stage.

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig is the author of six books of poetry, two mountaineering books; two non-fiction books and six novels. He has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize, and won the Saltire and the Scottish Book of the Year awards. He lives in Orkney and Edinburgh with his wife, the novelist Lesley Glaister.

Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson was brought up in Dunfermline but soon moved to Edinburgh to follow her musical dream. After a lot of perseverance she finally broke through and became a household name with singles such as 'I Know Him So Well' with Elaine Paige, 'Caravan Song' and 'January February'; she also has a Silver, three Gold and two Platinum-selling albums. Barbara later featured onstage in acclaimed musicals and in TV shows as diverse as The Two Ronnies and Top of the Pops. She still tours annually to play to loyal fans and lives in Lincolnshire with her family.

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor has been one of Britain's most popular actresses for four decades, best known for her Carry On roles and, more recently, EastEnders. She has won several awards including Best Soap Actress in the first ever National Soap Awards and the Variety Club's BBC Personality of the Year. She was awarded an MBE in the Millennium Honours list.

David Niven

David Niven was born in London in 1910. Following Sandhurst and a brief career in the Highland Light Infantry, he sailed to North America where he undertook a number of jobs before heading to Hollywood. He starred in many films, most famously The Prisoner of Zenda in 1937, before returning to Britain when war broke out, to join the Rifle Brigade. Following the war, he returned to Hollywood where he made many more films including Death on the Nile, Casino Royale and The Guns of Navarone.

David Suchet

David Suchet trained at LAMDA and has had a long and successful career as a character actor, on television and on the stage. He is married with two children.

Des O'connor

Des O'Connor was born in Stepney, in the East End of London. He was evacuated to Northampton during the war, worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's and made his stage debut in 1953 at the Palace Theatre in Newcastle. Today he is a star entertainer, singer, comedian and chat show host who has made record-breaking appearances at almost every major venue in the world and performs regularly in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. He has released an astonishing 34 albums and sold over 15 million records. The Des O'Connor Show has been going strong for 39 years and is the third most watched TV show of all time. It is shown in 44 countries and its vast and eclectic list of celebrity guests includes Prince Edward, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Robert Redford among many others.

Frank Turner

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Winchester. He was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Million Dead, before embarking on a solo career with his band The Sleeping Souls. Turner has released six solo albums as well as EPs and rarities, and has played thousands of shows across 38 countries. He sometimes lives in London, but mostly on the road.

Grace Victory

Hailed as the "Internet's Big Sister", Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger and YouTuber with over 23 million total views to date. Grace is a BBC documentary presenter and Summer 2016 saw her debut the hit documentary 'Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets'. Additionally she is a dedicated body image campaigner, has exclusively presented London Fashion Week and has worked with brands including L'Oreal, Clinique, ASOS and New Look, to name but a few.

Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall is a London-based journalist published prolifically across digital and print media, with an expertise in women's issues and fashion history. Currently digital features editor at Stylist magazine where she edits the reputable Ask a Feminist column, Harriet also works as a broadcaster, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Sky and BBC News, as well as at panel events. Twitter: @Harri_Grace | Instagram: harriegrace11

Jacqueline Doherty

Jacqueline Doherty was born in Liverpool and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 34 years. She is the wife of an army major, a mother of three, and has lived in Germany, Holland, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and throughout England for the past 30 years. She is a tireless fundraiser and events volunteer for charitable organisations, receiving a commendation in 2003 for her valuable contribution to the community.Jacqueline Doherty was born in Liverpool and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 34 years. She is the wife of an army major, a mother of three, and has lived in Germany, Holland, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and throughout England for the past 30 years. She is a tireless fundraiser and events volunteer for charitable organisations, receiving a commendation in 2003 for her valuable contribution to the community.

John Parker

John Parker, a journalist and former Fleet Street editor, has undertaken many investigative projects in his writing career with topics ranging from the Mafia to Northern Ireland. His numerous books include several military bestsellers including THE GURKHAS, DEATH OF A HERO and SBS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner rose to fame with Body Heat, won Golden Globes for Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honour, and was Oscar-nominated for her role in Peggy Sue Got Married. Her theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award. She lives in Edinburgh.

Pamela Stephenson

An Australian born in New Zealand, Pamela Stephenson is famous for her starring role in 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' and other TV and film work. She and Billy live in the Highlands and Los Angeles, where Pamela works as a clinical psychologist. Since the publication of BILLY, she has embarked on an additional career - that of bestselling author.

Pamela Stephenson Connolly

An Australian born in New Zealand, Pamela Stephenson is famous for her starring role in 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' and other TV and film work. She and Billy live in the Highlands and Los Angeles, where Pamela works as a clinical psychologist. Since the publication of BILLY, she has embarked on an additional career - that of bestselling author.

Paul Scott

Paul Scott is a bestselling author and journalist who has written biographies of Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. He has contributed to several national newspapers including the Daily Mail. He is a life-long fan of Eric Clapton.

Peggy Elliott

Peggy Elliott has written extensively for both television and motion pictures and has produced and directed documentaries. She cross-country skis at her home in Idaho and does volunteer work for the United Nations Population Fund in Africa.

Peter Hardy

Peter Hardy has spent much of his long career as a foreign correspondent and travel writer reporting from distant corners of the world for The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, and London Evening Standard. In the 1960s he lived briefly as a hippy in San Francisco, becoming the friend and lover of Janis Joplin. His colourful life has not been without some landmark mishaps - as a small child he lost an eye to a bow-and-arrow, and while reporting in Idi Amin's Uganda he narrowly escaped execution after receiving a death sentence for espionage. More recently, he was seriously injured in a tragic accident while ski mountaineering in the French Alps. But despite it all, he claims that travelling with James Blunt has undoubtedly been his most dangerous assignment to date. Peter is the editor of the website welove2ski.com and its sandy sister welovethebeach.com. When not travelling to concerts, mountains or beaches he lives in Hampshire with his wife and children.