Mountain climber Tommy Caldwell has taken part in physical sport since infancy. He was able to turn it into a career by securing corporate sponsorship and continuously analysing his own capacity for endurance. One false move or miscalculation and 'my body would be bouncing down the wall until it exploded on the boulders far below' he said in discussing the key elements of focus and intensity.
What are you doing up one's favourite tree? Climber James Aldred has faced angry gorillas and killer bees - but nothing was scarier than being caught in the Palace gardens by the Queen
James Aldred's (pictured right) tree-climbing skills are widely sought after within wildlife TV. In his first literary venture entitled The Man Who Climbs Trees he shares his experience of working on the BBC series Life of Mammals alongside Sir David Attenborough. Although he has faced angry gorillas, killer bees and flesh-eating maggots nothing remains scarier than when he was caught in the Palace gardens by the Queen (pictured left). He was rigging cameras for a TV documentary, but nobody had told the monarch.
Son of a slave who became a superstar: White Americans were brutal to singer and actor Paul Robeson, but in Britain he enchanted everyone from miners to the King
Paul Robeson (pictured with his wife in 1935, and right in 1949) was once a box office draw in the Twenties and Thirties, appearing in films such as the King Solomon's Mines. His rendition of Ol' Man River, from Hammerstein and Kern's musical Show Boat, made him world famous. But even when famous he'd be baited by whites who'd say: 'Your daddy was probably one of my daddy's slaves. You probably belong to me.' His father, William Drew Robeson, was a slave and 'kept in bondage on the tobacco farm' in North Carolina.
Why Emma Thompson's lookalike mum is the REAL star in the family: Talented actress Phyllida Law reveals her early antics as a chorus girl and stage star
Phyllida Law shares her notebook-style memoir of the early years in her career. Featuring the intricate details of living on £30 when she married Tom and her eventful youth from set designer to actress. Her sharp little jottings and spot-on observations are a distillation of all that is inimitable and comical about her personality.