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Stepping Stones Of Islamic Spain – Michael Portillo discovers the place of Islam in modern Spain. 29th July and 5th August 2012.

I’m Suzy And I Am A Phobic

Claustrophobic Suzy Klein tries to conquer her fears, BBC Radio 4.

Life And Death on the Front Line

John Simpson presented his personal view of the work of the modern war correspondent, BBC Radio 4.

Bosnia’s Forgotten Victims

Bob Stewart MP revisited the killing fields of Bosnia, where he had served as a British army colonel in the 1990s, BBC Radio Five Live.

The British Caste Conundrum

Broadcast: May 2011, BBC Radio 4

Paul Sinha discovers that some British Asians believe caste discrimination is alive and well in the UK and explores why the government has not made Caste discrimination an offence under the Equality Act.


The Ex X Factor

Broadcast: 25th October 2010, BBC Radio 1

Scott Mills presented the story of the ones who tried and failed… who didn’t have the X Factor.

Producer: Matt Hill


Policing Britain

Broadcast: 7th, 14th, 21st December 2010, BBC Radio 4

Andy Hayman presented a three part series for BBC Radio 4 on law and order in today’s UK. Featuring exclusive interviews with senior police officers, government ministers and Civil Service mandarins.

“a depth of knowledge and excellent sources…” The Guardian.

Production Credits:

Presented by Andy Hayman

Produced by Richard Clemmow


1929: Crash, Bang, Wallop!

Broadcast: 20th October 2009, BBC Radio 2

 

Kirsty Wark looks into the cultural impact of the last stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression. It was the era of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the birth of radio, and the Dust Bowl Ballads.

“This classy documentary…” The Guardian.

Production Credits:

Presented by Kirsty Wark

Produced by David Morley


What Became Of The Bank Manager?

Broadcast: 18th September 2009, BBC Radio 4

Clive Anderson, whose father was a bank manager, investigates the demise of the traditional high street Captain Mainwaring and asks if this cautious beast might have been useful in recent times.

Production Credits:

Presented by Clive Anderson

Produced by David Morley


The Hunt for Sexton Blake

Broadcast: 28th July 2009, BBC Radio 2

Sexton Blake is the missing link between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. The square jawed sleuth is still the best selling British character ever created, with over 4000 stories and 200 authors behind him. In anticipation of the comedy drama series, The Adventures of Sexton Blake, David Quantick uncovers the story behind this literary phenomenon.

Production Credits:

Presented by David Quantick

Produced by David Morley


Growing Up with the Goons

Broadcast: Christmas Day 2008, BBC Radio 2

Andy Secombe, son of Goon Harry Secombe, goes in search of the other children of the Goons. What were their experiences of living in the shadow of the single most influential 20th Century British radio comedy show?

For years Andy was hounded by teachers and classmates expecting the son of Neddie Seagoon to be as feckless as his father’s Goon character.

However, it was only in 2001, after being persuaded to take part in the 50th Anniversary Radio 2 Goon Show re-creation, that he felt he was ready to accept his inheritance.

As part of the documentary, Andy speaks to Sile Milligan (daughter of Spike), Sarah Sellers (daughter of Peter), Jenny Secombe (Sir Harry’s daughter) and radio comics Mitch Benn and Steve Punt whose fathers both introduced them to the Goons.

Production Credits:

Presented by Andy Secombe

Produced by David Morley

Directed by Dirk Maggs


Neither Here Nor There – A Celebration Of Chic Murray

Broadcast: 28th August 2007, BBC Radio 2

“[a] gem of a programme” – Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph

Chic Murray was regarded by his entertainment industry peers as one of the true geniuses of comedy. His uniquely surreal and rambling observations attracted everyone from Spike Milligan to Sean Connery to Orson Welles. For Billy Connolly he remains the comedian’s comedian.

In this hour long celebration of Chic’s life and work, Hollywood actor and Murray fan Brian Cox introduces reminiscences, songs and sketches from the ‘tall droll’ himself, and tributes from Timothy Spall, John Sessions, Bill Paterson, Barry Cryer, and film composer Patrick Doyle, with Chic’s wife Maidie, his daughter Annabelle Meredith – and Billy Connolly himself.

Production Credits:

Devised and directed by Simon Treves

Presented by Brian Cox

Produced by Dirk Maggs