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Frank Williams: More Tea Vicar?

Frank Williams, one of the only remaining cast members of the classic series Dad's Army, reveals some of the secrets behind one of the most popular TV successes of all time

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

Fri 19 Sep

£12 (£10) / 01476 406158

  • 19:30

Art Late Central

Get guided around the art festival exhibitions in the centre of the city with music, drinking and merrymaking thrown in for good measure. With performances from Craig Coulthard and Chris Devotion & the Expectations, and a look at the work at the Old Royal High School, Trinity Apse and City Art Centre. Presented in…

Various venues, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

Free

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime

BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo broadcasts live from the BBC's Edinburgh venue. Join us for a mix of live music, in-depth interviews and a daily dose of the Radio 2 Book Club. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a free event…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 20 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 2 Oct

£26 / 08441 717620

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sun 5 Oct

£26 (£24) / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 24 Sep

£26 / 0844 871 3024

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Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris?' with Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way' with Dr Martin Poulter, who has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995. (You probably won't be creating an actual cult this evening though, just FYI). Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 25 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'The Decline of Violence', looking at criminologists' cataclysmic warnings in the 80s/90s of a future filled with ‘Superpredators’ – and how wrong they were. Lawyer Helen Dale presents.

  • 19:00 – 21:30
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Meet the Brewer – Natural Selection

Meet the cream of the Heriot Watt Brewing and Distilling MSc programme – potentially the faces behind your new favourite brew.

The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

£25 / 0131 229 0759

5x15

Hosted by 5x15 Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

5x15: David Peace in Conversation with Mark Lawson

Novelist David Peace speaks about his most recent book, Red or Dead, and more with cultural critic Mark Lawson.

Wilton's Music Hall, London E1

Tue 19 Aug

£15 (£12) / 020 3468 5670

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Ageless Wisdom Teachings

An overview of humanity’s spiritual legacy and a simple introduction to The Ageless Wisdom Teachings, which throw a greater light on the mysteries of the universe, the spiritual nature of our Being, and the underlying synthesis between science, religion and philosophy.

Theosophical Society, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

Free

Part of just Festival.

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Alan Taylor: Looking Back at 25 Years of Books

Journalist and editor Alan Taylor talks about the literary landscape of the past 25 years. Part of Stirling Literary Society's 25th anniversary lecture series.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 8 Sep

£5 (includes refreshments) (Members £3) / 01786 471917

  • 19:30 – 21:00

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Artist as Activist: The Relationship between Art and Social Change

Chandragupta Thenuwara and Neil Butler discuss their life and work in context of activism through art.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0131 560 1581

Artist as Healer: The Relationship between Art and the Health Service

Two art facilitators discuss the role of art in health services.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

Free / 0131 560 1581

As Precious as a Ming Vase?

Broadcaster and ceramics historian Lars Tharp explains how and why Ming vases have come to be regarded as the pinnacle of rare and precious.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 10 Sep

£6 (£5) / 0300 123 6789

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An Audience with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

An evening with legendary WWE and WCW pro wrestler Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. Also featuring comedian Adger Brown, John Gwynne, plus a Q&A session and photo opportunities.

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Sun 9 Nov

£50–£100 / 0121 4464422

  • 19:30 – 23:00

King Power Stadium, Leicester

Sat 8 Nov

£50–£100

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Metrodome Leisure Complex, Barnsley

Thu 6 Nov

£25–£100 / 01226 730098

  • 20:00 – 23:00

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An Audience with Jonathan Miller

Talk from the actor, writer and comedian, who co-created Beyond the Fringe with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett.

Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon

Sat 15 Nov

£13

  • 19:30

Regent Centre, Christchurch

Thu 18 Sep

£17 (£15) / 01202 499199

  • 19:30

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Tue 28 Oct

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:45 – 22:00

An Audience with Peter Hain

A talk by Peter Hain, MP and author.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Wed 19 Nov

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:45 – 22:00

Auld Reekie: Most Haunted City in Europe?

Ash Pryce, founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, examines the evidence for and against Edinburgh's ghostly claims.

Stafford Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Sun 3 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00

Mon 4 Aug

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:00
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BBC: Bridget Christie Minds the Gap

BBC Radio 4 Bridget Christie returns to BBC Radio 4. In the first episode of her new series, she presents her unique take on the state of modern feminism. Fred MacAulay plays a man. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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BBC: Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, in Edinburgh for cutting-edge debate, conversation and interviews about the ideas shaping our lives today. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Just a Minute

Chaired by Nicholas Parsons, Paul Merton and fellow witty and loquacious panellists try to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Discover why this show has been attracting the best comedians for 45 years. Please note - This is a free event ticketed via a random draw. To enter the draw…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: The Brig Society

BBC Radio 4 Star of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and serial stand-up, Marcus Brigstocke, invites you to a special one-off recording from his smash-hit series, The Brig Society. With fully working cast and multiple jokes. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets.

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bill Herbert on Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry

Former Dundee Makar Bill Herbert presents a talk on the book Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry. The book, which he co-edited, demonstrates the diversity of Chinese poetry in English.

Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling

Mon 16 Feb 2015

£3–£5 / 01786 471917

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Calum Colvin: Artist Talk and Gallery Tour

Colvin talks about his exhibition, The Magic Box, and also discusses his archive and new commissions.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 31 Jul

Free (ticketed) / 0131 557 2479

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