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Marc Almond
Marc Almond
Marc Almond's first major hit was a cover of "Tainted Love"
In a Hardtalk Extra programme broadcast on Friday 29th June, Gavin Esler talks to eighties' music legend Marc Almond, one half of the group Soft Cell.

In the first long-form television interview of his comeback, eighties' music legend Marc Almond talks to Gavin Esler for Hardtalk Extra.

In a wide-ranging and highly personal interview, the star, who turns fifty this year, talks candidly about the highs and lows of a career that now spans three decades.

He tells Gavin Esler about his battle with drugs, which saw him spend over a quarter of a million pounds on ecstasy alone.

And he talks about the motorcycle crash two year ago that almost claimed his life, and his ability to sing.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0330 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1430 GMT, and 1830 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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