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Series 10 Max Miller

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Garry Bushell nominates the 'cheeky chappie' who portrayed the voice of the working class.

4 Extra Debut. Garry Bushell chooses the music hall comedian. With Matthew Parris and first-hand expert analysis from Roy Hudd. From August 2006.

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Series 10 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Helena Kennedy champions Eleanor Roosevelt, who become a formidable campaigner.

4 Extra Debut. Helena Kennedy on Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights campaigner. With Matthew Paris and biographer, Blanche Wiesen Cook. From August 2006.

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Series 10 WH Auden

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Jeremy Vine is joined by Richard Davenport-Hines to explore the life and work of WH Auden.

4 Extra Debut. Broadcaster Jeremy Vine chooses the poet WH Auden. With Matthew Parris and Auden biographer Richard Davenport-Hines. From August 2006.

Lives in a Landscape

Series 2 Episode 1

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James Maw visits a tiny village by a giant old airfield.

4 Extra Debut. James Maw visits a tiny village by a giant old airfield, to investigate some rather unusual local activities. From September 2006.

Documentary series telling original stories about real lives in Britain today.

1/6. Under Throckmorton

James Maw visits a tiny village, home to an old airfield, sandwiched between the Vale of Evesham and the Malvern Hills. What is a group of former soldiers doing speeding around the runway? Why is there no electricity in the church and what are dozens of brand new pianos doing in an old chicken shed?

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Series 2 Episode 2: Barbaraville

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A Romany community in Hatfield, saved by Barbara Cartland, is under threat again.

A Romany community in Hatfield, saved by Barbara Cartland, is under threat again. The writer's son is helping them. From September 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 3: Cruising for a Bruising

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Essex boys Richard and Tony share the story of their families and their motors.

Essex boys Richard and Tony share the story of their families, their motors and the Southend-on-Sea cruise scene. From September 2006.

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3/6. Cruising for a Bruising

Essex Boys and their motors are inseparable, from the gold-flecked paint work to TV screens, huge speakers and tinted windows.

But what happens when girls get involved, rivalries occur and a lovingly souped up car ends up at the wrong end of a baseball bat? Two friends from Benfleet talk about their families, their cars, and the Southend On Sea cruise scene.

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Series 10 Nina Simone

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Joanna MacGregor talks about the acclaimed chanteuse, pianist, composer and activist.

Joanna MacGregor chooses the singer, pianist and activist. With Matthew Parris and expert analysis from Mark Coles. From September 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 4: Tempers in Bloom

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Luddenden villagers aim to stop any sabotage of their efforts to win 'Britain in Bloom'.

The villagers of Luddenden want to ensure no repeat of previous sabotage of their efforts to win 'Britain in Bloom'. From September 2006.

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The villagers of Luddenden, Yorkshire, are turning detective to track down those who sabotaged their chances of victory in the Britain in Bloom competition and ensure that there will be no repeat.

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Series 10 Charles Darwin

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Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.

4 Extra Debut. Lord Adair Turner joins Matthew Parris to discuss the life and work of Charles Darwin. With Professor James Moore. From September 2006.

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Series 2 Episode 5

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In London's Notting Hill lie the secret gardens, where Susan Lynn tries to keep order.

Behind the ivy-clad railings of London's Notting Hill lie the secret gardens, where Susan Lynn tries to keep order. From October 2006.

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5/6. The Garden Square

Behind the ivy-clad railings of Notting Hill lie secret gardens, accessible only to residents with a key. What goes on within this apparent urban utopia?

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Germaine Greer presents a profile of eccentric 1970s rock icon Frank Zappa.

4 Extra Debut. Germaine Greer remembers the eclectic musician and activist who died in 1993. With Zappa's family and friends. From October 2006.

Germaine Greer presents a profile of Frank Zappa, the 1970s icon of eccentric rock whose range of work included serious orchestral composition, film-making and social activism, particularly in the field of anti-censorship.

Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil, guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso and David Butcher, chief executive of the Britten Sinfonia.

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Series 2 Episode 6: Will Terrance Get a Degree?

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A former Ugandan refugee battles to secure a place earned at Oxford University.

Winning a place at Oxford University, Ugandan refugee Terrance battles to raise cash to stay as a foreign student. From October 2006.

Former Ugandan refugee Terrance has passed four A-levels with flying colours and won a place at Oxford University to study engineering. The problem is that despite being resident here for four years, he only qualifies as a foreign student.

The race is on to raise the money for his first year's fees and term starts in three weeks time.

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Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise of rap music entrepreneur Jay-Z.

Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise rap music entrepreneurJay-Z - a man who has become a brand in his own right.

Ten years ago rap superstar Jay-Z was struggling to get a record deal after being spurned by every major label - so he started his own. A decade on, with 20 million CD sales under his belt, he is now a major music industry player, and currently reigns as president of the legendary Def Jam records.

He built on his success with lucrative sidelines in the fashion industry, a chain of bars, his own brand of vodka, and is also part-owner of a professional basketball team. Now some of America's biggest brands are hiring him in hope his business savvy can help them, too.

Finance guru Alvin Hall meets Shawn Carter a.k.a Jay-Z for an in-depth discussion charting the birth of his business empire and rise from the notorious Marcy Projects in Brooklyn to C.E.O’s office, revealing the story of a man who has become a brand in his own right.

This programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 2, 2006.

Presenter: Alvin Hall

Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith

Editor: Tony Phillips

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11/11/2015 12:06 GMT: Burmese Punk Band Helping the Homeless

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Every Monday a group of Punks from Burma set out to help Yangon's less fortunate

How punk musician Kyaw Kyaw and his band mates and others distribute food to people living on the streets of Burma's largest city, Yangon.

Until recently it was a serious offence for people to gather in groups on the streets of Myanmar. But things are changing. Each week, punk musician Kyaw Kyaw, along with his band mates, friends and supporters, distribute food to people living on the streets of Yangon. They are the Burmese chapter of Food not Bombs - an anti-poverty initiative that began in the United States in the 1980s.

The Hawaiian Japanese ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro shot to international fame when his cover of the George Harrison song While My Guitar Gently Weeps went viral on YouTube - getting 14 million hits. Yet just 10 years before, he had dropped out of school and in the darker moments of his life, he says the instrument saved him. He is now acclaimed for playing jazz, funk, rock and even classical music on the ukulele - and is about to release his new album.

The Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to over 200 mountain gorillas as well as countless other wildlife. The rangers who patrol it have a challenging job - dealing with unpredictable animals and violent threats from poachers. Until recently, all the rangers were men. But now these sought after jobs have also been taken by women. Francine Bwizabule Muhimuzi was one of the first women to pass the rigorous selection process - she tells Outlook why she wanted to become a park ranger.

And, we meet the one-legged dancer who became a sensation on the TV show India's Got Talent. When she was growing up in the Indian state of Punjab, Subhreet Kaur Ghumman loved to dance. But she was not confident enough to think of becoming a professional. Instead, she followed her family's wishes and signed up to train as a nurse. In the first week of her training, she was involved in an accident that changed her life forever.

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The Conversation

Snake Rescuers: Dr Madhurita Gupta and Julia Baker

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Two women whose world revolves around snakes as they rescue them in India and Australia

'I get literally goose bumps' - snake rescuers in India and Australia share their passion for handling the reptiles and describe people's shock at seeing a woman doing this job.

Dr Madhurita Gupta grew up in a research institute in Rajasthan. Her father was a scientist and she was exposed to different species of wildlife from an early age. She held her first snake, a sand boa, aged 15 and describes the experience as 'divine'. She says she still gets goose bumps when she holds one of the reptiles because of excitement, not fear. Madhurita is now the chief vet at an animal clinic in Mumbai and runs a snake rescue service. She says she can get up to 10 calls a day, but only goes out to relocate a snake if it is inside someone's property.

Julia Baker grew up in England and Germany before settling in Australia in her 20s. She started her career as a five-star pastry chef, but a life-changing experience led Julia to follow her passions and become a snake catcher. Julia has her own reality TV show called Snake Boss, or Snake Sheila, which follows her as she rescues snakes from people's properties and relocates them in the bush nearby. According to Julia fear is the biggest threat to snakes, as it can quickly turn to hatred and lead to people mistreating them, so she does what she can to educate people about the reptiles.

(Photo: Dr Madhurita Gupta (L), Julia Baker (R) Credit: Deb Nash)

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Acid Attack Survivor Wins New Law

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Colombian Natalia Ponce de Leon ran a successful campaign for a new law on acid attacks.

Colombian Natalia Ponce de Leon's life changed the day she was attacked with acid. She then started a campaign to ensure justice for other survivors.

Colombian Natalia Ponce de Leon's life changed the day she was attacked with acid. She then started a campaign to ensure justice for other survivors.

Five hundred free concerts in five years. That's been the goal of Tanzanian folk singer Vitali Maembe. His songs highlight the problems of corruption, and he has taken his message to villages throughout the country.

Jay Poudyal is a Nepali photographer who's become something of a hero to some of those who suffered in last year's catastrophic earthquake. He couldn't be more surprised. Just a few years ago, Jay's life seemed to be hitting the skids. He'd moved to Australia, and was drinking very heavily.

Alson Kelen is a master boat builder from the Marshall Islands, a nation of 53-thousand people spread over a thousand islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He's is hoping to pass on his own skills as a master boat builder and sailor to the next generation.

(Picture: Natalia Ponce de Leon. Credit: EPA/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda.)

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Last Word

09/07/2010

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On the lives of Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah, David Fanshawe, Clement Finch, Rosemary Lomax.

Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussain Fadlallah, explorer and composer David Fanshawe, doctor and anaemia researcher Clement Finch and racehorse trainer Rosemary Lomax are remembered.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme, analysing and reflecting on the lives of people who have recently died. Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussain Fadlallah was known as the spiritual force behind Hezbollah in Lebanon during the the1980s. He held strongly anti-Israeli views and the USA branded him a terrorist but he was revered as a liberal Shia cleric by thousands of his followers.

We also hear about the lives of the explorer and composer David Fanshawe, Dr Clement A Finch, whose research into the role of iron in the body led to advances in treating anaemia, the artist Sigmar Polke, racehorse trainer Rosemary Lomax and the singer Ilene Woods.

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Eric Pickles

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What makes Tory political heavyweight Eric Pickles tick? Gerry Northam reports.

What makes political heavyweight Eric Pickles tick? Friends and foes assess the character and career of the man charged with cutting town hall spending. Gerry Northam reports.

As spending cuts loom over town hall budgets, the first of a new series of 'Profile' focuses on the man who will wield the axe: Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles. His bluff northern charm has won him many admirers as well as adversaries throughout a political career that began in Bradford Council more than thirty years ago. But critics say as leader of Bradford City Council he championed swingeing spending cuts and outsourcing of services. Reporter Gerry Northam speaks to friends and foes of the man once dubbed the 'Beast of Bradford' and asks how he will handle his responsibilities on the national stage.

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Viola Davis

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Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award. Her latest film is one of the first big budget releases since the pandemic closed cinemas.

The academy award winning actor’s latest film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is one of the first big budget releases since the pandemic closed cinemas. Viola Davis is the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award – a triple crown of the most prestigious awards in film, television and theatre.

Born on her grandmother’s farm, a former slave plantation in South Carolina. Davis was raised on the East Coast – in Providence, Rhode Island. As a child growing up in poverty, acting became a means of escape.

After a decades-long career as a respected theatre actor, she was propelled to international attention in 2008, when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in a single scene; alongside Meryl Streep in the film Doubt. Since then, she’s starred in a great many films and TV series; becoming widely recognised as one of the greatest actors of stage and screen this century.

Becky Milligan explores her life and career and talks to her sister, Deloris, to find out what motivates an actor whose meteoric rise is symbolic of a deeper shift in how the film industry values black artists.

Producers: Tom Wright and Ben Crighton

Editor: Rosamund Jones

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The Godfather of Hollywood sound

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Walter Murch is a superstar sound designer. His ingenuity transformed cinema

Walter Murch is a superstar sound designer, who's worked on films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. His avant-garde production techniques have changed the way cinema sounds.

Walter Murch is a superstar sound designer, who's worked on some of Hollywood's biggest films like The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. His work has immersed audiences in everything from the clattering trains of New York to the rhythmic helicopter rotors of the Vietnam war. Walter's avant-garde production techniques have changed the way cinema sounds. His story is featured in the documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound. This episode was first broadcast on 1st January 2020.

Presenter: Emily Webb

Producer: Maryam Maruf

Picture: Still from The Godfather

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