Noel Edmonds, household name, Daily Telegraph
For a long time I couldn't get on The Big Breakfast with Paula Yates because I wasn't on the A-list. When Hugh Whatsisname from Four Weddings dropped out, they knew they could get Follett.
Ken Follett, novelist, Times
I changed my accent because I was surrounded by people from the Home Counties who would have laughed at me . . . It would have been impossible to get anywhere with a Black Country voice - not just in TV. One was rejecting one's roots a bit and it was sad, but necessary. My inferiority complex about it is still very strong.
Sue Lawley, broadcaster, Radio Times
This year, I won a Sony Award. Surprise, surprise, my management neither passed on an invitation to the Awards lunch, nor told me I had won.
Mark Tully, on resigning as the BBC's India correspondent, Daily Mirror
The sentiments that I express are somehow illuminated by the mood that Chateau Latour '82 produces in a penitent heart.
Leonard Cohen, singer, Sunday Telegraph
When people look at me like I'm this really rich, pampered, privileged person - I am.
Winona Ryder, actress, Premiere (UK)
Barry never smiles.
Paul Usher, Brookside's Barry Grant, on being asked to smile for a photo-shoot, Loaded
There's a dread in the office when you hear the words 'and now with me live is the Health Secretary'. You think: 'Oh no, not again.'
James Naughtie, presenter, on Virginia Bottomley's habit of inviting herself on the Today show, London Evening Standard
What the hell am I on about?
Mick Jagger, singer, in mid-interview, to Adrian Deevoy of Q No idea. Deevoy's replyReuse content