Touring in 2018:
Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and one of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005. Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure amongst the British public.
She will be touring in 2018 with her show, Life in a Cottage Garden, which is based on her own beautiful garden at Glebe Cottage in Devon.
Once described by The Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the holder of many endurance and expedition world records as well as being a prolific writer and poet.
After serving in the British Army for eight years, Fiennes undertook numerous expeditions and was the first person to visit both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot. For over 40 years he has lived through countless life-threatening experiences and in May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.
Fiennes has written numerous books about his army service and his expeditions as well as a book defending Robert Falcon Scott from modern revisionists.
Victoria Derbyshire is a multi award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who presents current affairs on both TV and radio. Her eponymous two hour news programme is broadcast each weekday on BBC 2. Before that she spent 16 years presenting the morning programme on Radio 5 Live, where she became a trusted confidante to listeners as they shared their own personal experiences with her on national radio.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she recorded video diaries in an attempt to demystify the treatment. Her video diaries have been viewed over 12 million times.
Olly Smith is a multi award-winning wine expert, TV personality, author and columnist. His finely tuned taste buds, endless knowledge and infectious enthusiasm know no bounds. He is honoured to be listed in Debrett’s 500 2015 – amongst the 500 most influential people in the UK.
Perry is best known for his word work in the art world, especially ceramics and is also famed for his flamboyant cross-dressing. It’s impossible to discuss Perry’s work without touching upon his transvestite persona since ruminations on gender and identity infuse much of the work. There is a strong autobiographical element, in which images of Perry as “Claire”, his female alter-ego, often appear. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003.
Jay Rayner is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster with a fine collection of floral shirts. He has written on everything from crime and politics, through cinema and theatre to the visual arts, but is best known as restaurant critic for the Observer.
Jay is a former Young Journalist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Restaurant Critic of the Year, though not all in the same year. In the 2014 British Press Awards he was shortlisted for both Critic of the Year and Specialist Journalist of the Year. Somehow he has also found time to write four novels and three works of non-fiction. His latest book is A Greedy Man In A Hungry World: How (almost) everything you thought you knew about food is wrong. He chair’s BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, and is a regular on British television, where he is familiar as a judge on Masterchef and, since 2009, as the resident food experts on The One Show. He likes pig.
Sir Michael Parkinson CBE (born 28 March 1935) is an English broadcaster, journalist and author. He is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007, as well as other talk shows and programmes both in the UK and internationally. He is also known as a radio broadcaster. He has been described by The Guardian as “the great British talkshow host”
Adam Henson is perhaps the best-known farmer in the UK. Adam broke into television in 2001 following a presenter search on the BBC’s Countryfile programme. Adam has subsequently worked on programmes including Countryfile, Countryfile Summer Diaries, BBC2’s Lambing Live, Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen with Chef Nigel Slater and is also a regular Radio contributor to BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm and Farming Today.
Additionally, Adam runs the Cotswold Farm Park tourist attraction which pioneers rare breed conservation. He is increasingly seen as the voice of British agriculture and respected for his knowledge and integrity. Adam is a popular presenter and guest speaker and has travelled extensively across the country as an ambassador for British farming.