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



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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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