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World's Busiest Cities

Series 1 Episode 1: Hong Kong

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59 minutes Available for 7 months First broadcast:
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Revealing the hidden systems running Hong Kong - the most vertical city on the planet.

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running Hong Kong - one of the most densely populated places on earth.

More than half of us now live in cities. Crowded, chaotic and bursting with life - these are places under pressure. In this series, Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth.

This time, they are in Hong Kong, where space is at a premium and real estate is the most expensive in the world, so Ade heads into the high rises to find people living in tiny spaces no larger than a cupboard. This former British colony, handed back to the Chinese in 1997, is a city driven by trade and commerce and Dan discovers how it is adapting to life in China's embrace, while Anita learns about the city's many traditions - from bamboo scaffolding to banishing bad spirits on the daily commute. Ade heads to the races at Happy Valley, and Dan discovers the history of the origins of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation - HSBC. Hong Kong is crowded, chaotic and facing an uncertain future. How does this city of contrasts manage the delicate daily balancing act that keeps it on track?

Credits

Presenter
Dan Snow
Presenter
Anita Rani
Presenter
Ade Adepitan

Genre

World's Busiest Cities

Series 1 Episode 2: Mexico City

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BBC Two
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59 minutes Available for 7 months First broadcast:
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The hidden systems that run Mexico City, a sprawling megalopolis of over 22 million people

In Mexico City, Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan uncover the hidden systems and armies of people that help run this sprawling megalopolis of over 22 million people.

This time, Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan are in Mexico City, uncovering the hidden systems and armies of people that help run this sprawling megalopolis of over 22 million people. It is crowded, it is congested and this haphazard city sits in a major earthquake zone, but the people here have a strength of spirit that allows them to defy everything nature can throw at them.

Anita discovers how they are trying to stop this megacity from drowning in its own waste, while Ade heads to the edge of the sprawl to find out about the daily struggle for clean, affordable drinking water. Dan reveals how you build a skyscraper in an earthquake zone and learns the hard way that Mexican street food can be hot! Mexico City has grown at a staggering pace. How on earth does this epic sprawl survive its many daily battles?

Credits

Presenter
Dan Snow
Presenter
Anita Rani
Presenter
Ade Adepitan
Executive Producer
Lisa Ausden
Series Producer
Sarah Gibbs

Genre

Between the Covers

Series 1 Episode 3

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BBC Two
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29 minutes Available for 8 months First broadcast:
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Rebecca Front, Sophie Ward, Ade Adepitan and Bill Bailey discuss their favourite books.

Rebecca Front, Sophie Ward, Ade Adepitan and Bill Bailey discuss this week’s book group picks, Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh and Sophie Ward’s Love and Other Thought Experiments.

Sara Cox is joined by actors Rebecca Front and Sophie Ward, Paralympic medallist and broadcaster Ade Adepitan and comedian Bill Bailey. They share their favourite books and reveal the books that changed their lives, and those they pretend to have read but haven’t! They discuss this week’s book group picks, the crime thriller Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh and Sophie Ward’s debut novel Love and Other Thought Experiments.

Credits

Presenter
Sara Cox
Panellist
Ade Adepitan
Panellist
Bill Bailey
Panellist
Rebecca Front
Panellist
Sophie Ward
Production Manager
Charlotte Roach
Production Coordinator
Kirstyn Bennett
Executive Producer
Amanda Ross
Series Producer
Pollyanne Conway
Production Company
Cactus TV

A Good Read

Ade Adepitan and Dominic Holland

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25 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:

Paralympian Ade Adepitan and comedian Dominic Holland talk books with Harriett Gilbert.

Harriett Gilbert talks to Paralympian Ade Adepitan and comedian Dominic Holland about favourite books, including In Cold Blood, The Snapper, and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

Paralympian Ade Adepitan and comedian Dominic Holland talk books with Harriett Gilbert. Books under discussion are: Sue Townsend's delicious tale of teenage angst, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote's 'non-fiction novel' about the murders of four family members in a Kansas farmhouse in 1959 and Roddy Doyle's The Snapper, a comic portrayal of an unplanned pregnancy. Harriett and her two guests talk about the both the comedy and the poignancy to be found in novels about a working class Dublin family and a pompous teenager in 1980s Ashby de-la-Zouch. They debate the mind and motives of a psychopath and Truman Capote's views on the death penalty.

Producer Sally Heaven.

Credits

Presenter
Harriett Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
Ade Adepitan
Interviewed Guest
Dominic Holland
Producer
Sally Heaven

Brand

A Good Read

Great Lives

Series 37 George Washington Williams

BBC Radio 4
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30 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Ade Adepitan champions the life of George Washington Williams.

Broadcaster Ade Adepitan chooses the African American historian, George Washington Williams. With Matthew Parris. From 2015.

George Washington Williams was an incredibly early, mould-breaking, self-made black intellectual who fought in the American civil war and went on to write the first history of African Americans. He met King Leopold of Belgium and exposed that country's treatment of Africans under Belgian colonial rule.

Nominating the life of George Washington Williams is television presenter, and former Paralympic medallist, Ade Adepitan. The expert witness is Dr David Brown, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester. The presenter is Matthew Parris.

Producer: Perminder Khatkar

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

Credits

Presenter
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest
Ade Adepitan
Interviewed Guest
David Brown
Producer
Perminder Khatkar

World's Busiest Cities

Series 1 Episode 3: Moscow

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BBC Two
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1 hour Available for 7 months First broadcast:
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Uncovering the hidden systems running Moscow - a city forged by power and politics.

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan reveal the hidden systems and armies of people that help run Moscow, a city forged by power and politics.

This time, Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan are in Moscow revealing the hidden systems and armies of people that help run the biggest and busiest city in Europe.

Capital of Russia, this is a city of 13 million people that likes to play by its own rules. It is also a place of contradictions - where the most efficient metro system in the world meets the worst traffic jams on the planet. Anita goes bumper to bumper in this city of epic commutes, while Ade discovers how Muscovites escape the stresses of city life with a trip to a dacha - there is vodka, a Russian sauna known as a banya, a thrashing with birch leaves and... more vodka. And, in this city forged by power and politics, Dan gets privileged access to one of Moscow's most closely guarded secrets - going behind the closed doors of the Kremlin, before heading underground to see one of the biggest metro expansion projects in the world. Moscow is crowded, it is imposing and it radiates military might. How does this city of nearly 13 million people reconcile a communist past with their capitalist present?

Credits

Presenter
Dan Snow
Presenter
Anita Rani
Presenter
Ade Adepitan
Executive Producer
Lisa Ausden
Series Producer
Sarah Gibbs

Genre

World's Busiest Cities

Series 1 Episode 4: Delhi

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BBC Two
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1 hour Available for 7 months First broadcast:
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In Delhi, Anita Rani discovers how this growing city feeds itself.

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan visit Delhi. Anita discovers how this growing city feeds itself. Ade gets a taste of life as a porter in one of India's oldest markets.

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth. This time, they are in Delhi, capital of India, with a population of 26 million and rising. Anita discovers how this growing city feeds itself, visiting Asia's largest fruit and veg market, a round-the-clock operation spanning an area the size of 80 football pitches turning over a billion pounds a year. Dan explores how the city has grown from its origins at the heart of the great Mughal Empire, through jewel in the crown of the British Raj to capital of the world's largest democracy, while Ade braves the seething backstreets to get a taste of life as a porter in one of India's oldest markets. It is hectic, it is noisy and it is hot. How on earth does this city of 26 million people live, thrive and survive?

Credits

Presenter
Dan Snow
Presenter
Anita Rani
Presenter
Ade Adepitan
Executive Producer
Lisa Ausden
Series Producer
Sarah Gibbs

Genre

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BBC Two
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59 minutes Available for 4 months First broadcast:
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How supermarkets are dealing with the most testing time in their history.

Sara Cox and Ade Adepitan have access to some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets and their suppliers to see how their systems have stood up to the most testing time in their history.

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the supermarkets have become like the UK’s fourth emergency service. While most people have been staying safe in their homes, an army of workers across the country have been putting themselves at risk and working round the clock to keep us all fed. Sara Cox and Ade Adepitan have access to some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets and their suppliers to see how their systems have stood up to the most testing time in their history.

Sara finds out what goes on in one supermarket over 24 hours - from opening to closing and all through the night - to see how they are coping during the crisis.

And Ade sees how the nation's farms, factories and depots have risen to the challenge to produce and supply our supermarkets with food in these exceptional circumstances.

Sara and Ade gain insights into exactly how Britain's shopping habits have changed during the crisis, discover why the supply system almost reached breaking point and explore the long-term impacts of the pandemic on the way Britain shops.

Credits

Presenter
Sara Cox
Presenter
Ade Adepitan
Executive Producer
Paul Overton
Series Producer
Eileen Inkson

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need: 40 Fabulous Years

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59 minutes Available for 8 months First broadcast:
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Ade Adepitan looks back at four decades of Children in Need.

Ade Adepitan takes us on a funny, poignant and revealing tour across four decades of Children in Need.

Presenter Ade Adepitan MBE is our guide on this funny, poignant, revealing and surprising numerical tour across four fabulous decades of Children In Need.

Credits

Presenter
Ade Adepitan
Series Producer
Lucy Kenwright
Executive Producer
Caroline Wright
Interviewed Guest
Tom Allen
Interviewed Guest
Matt Baker
Interviewed Guest
Rylan Clark-Neal
Interviewed Guest
Sue Cook
Interviewed Guest
Jon Culshaw
Interviewed Guest
Ainsley Harriott
Interviewed Guest
Marvin Humes
Interviewed Guest
Rochelle Humes
Interviewed Guest
Alex Jones
Interviewed Guest
Gareth Malone
Interviewed Guest
Shona McGarty
Interviewed Guest
Scott Mills
Interviewed Guest
Ore Oduba
Interviewed Guest
Wendi Peters
Interviewed Guest
Susanna Reid
Interviewed Guest
Gaby Roslin
Interviewed Guest
Kate Silverton
Interviewed Guest
Heather Small
Interviewed Guest
Lacey Turner
Interviewed Guest
Kimberley Walsh
Interviewed Guest
Gary Barlow
Interviewed Guest
Mel Giedroyc

Saturday Live

Ade Adepitan

BBC Radio 4
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1 hour, 28 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Ade Adepitan joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles.

Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. Plus magician Megan Knowles-Bacon, and ghost-writer of resignation letters Matt Potter.

Ade Adepitan - the Paralympian, actor and TV presenter - joins Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles. As does magician Megan Knowles-Bacon, the first ever female secretary of the Magic Circle, and ghost-writer of resignation letters Matt Potter.

JP Devlin wants your stories of resignations, sackings and grand exits (email saturdaylive@bbc.co.uk).

BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney goes chess boxing.

And Dexter Fletcher selects his Inheritance Tracks - 'Round Midnight' by Dexter Gordon and 'Sunshine on Leith' by The Proclaimers.

Plus 12 year old William Heath tells us how he's doing his bit for Movember by posting a photo of him dressed up as a different moustachioed famous face every day for a month.

Matt Potter talks about his book 'F**k You and Goodbye: The dark and hilarious history of the resignation letter', published by Constable.

Producer: Joe Kent

Editor: Karen Dalziel.

Credits

Presenter
Aasmah Mir
Presenter
Richard Coles
Interviewed Guest
Ade Adepitan
Interviewed Guest
Matt Potter
Interviewed Guest
Megan Knowles-Bacon
Interviewed Guest
Dexter Fletcher
Interviewed Guest
William Heath
Interviewed Guest
Gemma Cairney
Interviewed Guest
JP Devlin
Producer
Joe Kent
Editor
Karen Dalziel
BBC Radio 4
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45 minutes Available for over a year First broadcast:
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Paralympian and broadcaster Ade Adepitan explains his castaway picks to Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the Paralympian & broadcaster Ade Adepitan. Wheelchair basketball's his sport and this year he partnered Claire Balding anchoring the television coverage of the 2012 London Paralympics.

When he's not stuck in a studio explaining the intricacies of Goalball he's reporting from the rainforests of Nicaragua or the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Adversity seems to suit him - he even survived turning up for his first day at school aged 7 in a pink checked suit and bow tie. Inspired by his boyhood heroes Seb Coe and Daley Thompson, who he first saw on TV competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, sport became his passion.

He says "I think I've done more things with my disability than most able-bodied people would ever dream of doing".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Ade Adepitan
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