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Alexandra Road

Alexandra Road

Watch again: Alexandra Road

Our innovative real-life soap set in Alexandra Road in Wolverhampton has won an award. Click the links on the top right of this page to watch the episodes again >>

In February 2006, BBC video journalists Lola Almudevar and Brady Haran filmed and edited ten episodes of real-life 'soap' Alexandra Road. They were shown on BBC Midlands Today and BBC Black Country Local TV.

On Tuesday 8th May 2007 their work won Silver at The Ruby Awards - BBC Nations & Regions' annual celebration of its television News and Current Affairs output.

Brady commented: "This award wasn't really for Midlands Today, but for the people who live on the road. Lola and I were both so impressed by all the residents, who were so open and accepting of our cameras.

"I've no doubt the fact they were so natural and 'real' on screen must have made an impression on the judges."

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to watch the episodes >>

ALEXANDRA ROAD

It looks like many other streets around Wolverhampton - but is it?

Sue the foster mum

Sue the foster mum

BBC Midlands Today and Black Country Local TV have combined to tell the story of Alexandra Road.

Over 10 episodes, we're following the fortunes of various people who live along the street.

It's kind of like a soap opera - except all the characters are real and the stories are true.

Murgees

Murgees

As each episode is broadcast, you can catch up with them by clicking on the video links on the right hand side of the page.

Below are introductions to some of the characters you'll be meeting.

SUE

Sue has fostered more than 60 children over the last 18 years.

Linda and her border collie

Linda and her border collie

But it's still hard every time she has to let go, and the baby she's cared for over the last 13 months is about to be collected for adoption.

Meanwhile, Sue's turning to hypnotherapy in a bid to overcome her lifelong phobia of driving… but will it work?

MUGHEES

Mughees used to be a doctor in Pakistan, but gave it up for a successful career in IT.

Karen the single mum

Karen the single mum

Now he wants to break back into medicine, but it's not easy when you're in your 40s and competing for places with new graduates.

And adding to the pressure, Mughees and his wife Saneeya have a newborn baby to care for.

LINDA

Linda is a collie breeder and the dogs are the love of her life.

Jack and Camelia

Jack and Camelia

But Linda has been through a difficult few years, and nearly died from a recent brain haemorrhage.

With a new outlook on life, Linda's on a quest to make her dreams her come true… and is fighting to grant her late mother's dying wish!

KAREN

Karen is Linda's sister and also lives on Alexandra Rd.

Paul, shop owner

Paul, shop owner

She's a single mother with six children, and is still looking for love despite her mistrust of men.

Karen is also about to mark the anniversary of her own son's death - Karl died from a brain haemorrhage similar to the one which almost killed Linda.

JACK AND CAMELIA

The local crossing wardens help the children of Alexandra Road get to school each day.

Sue the hairdresser

Sue the hairdresser

But there's more to this duo than meets the eye.

Jack and Camelia are a couple, and after a freezing cold shift will often be seen walking home hand-in-hand!

PAUL

Paul runs a local shop, but it's tough competing with bigger shops and supermarkets.

Wellington the community cat!

Wellington the community cat!

In a bid to stay in the game, Paul's now re-designing the shop and hoping to attract more customers.

It's a hard slog and one that takes up all their time; which is why Paul wants his children to do well at school and have a better life.

SUE AT THE SALON

Sue works at the local hair salon and always looks glamorous.

Lola and Brady: the journalists

Lola and Brady: the journalists

She's the first to admit she has benefitted from some medical intervention, and doesn't mind discussing her operations with interested clients.

Sue also swears by Botox and is organising a "Botox night" at the salon.

WELLINGTON

Wellington is the "community cat"!

No-one is really sure where he came from, but he moves happily from house to house, sleeping on everyone's floor and eating everyone's food.

Don't expect to see him do anything too exciting in front of the cameras though - his main passion in life seems to be sleeping.

BRADY AND LOLA

You might not see them on screen, but Lola Almudevar and Brady Haran were the video journalists who filmed and edited Alexandra Road.

They spent a few weeks visiting the road almost every day and spending time with all the "characters".

Brady became a fan of the pies sold at the local bakery, while self-confessed geek Lola just took a packed lunch each day.

last updated: 26/11/07

Have Your Say

Do you know any of the 'characters'? What's your street like?

The BBC reserves the right to edit comments submitted.

walter
my deep sympathy and thougt to the family of lola almudevar.yours way of reporting was unique and fresh.you will be missed

Sue & Mick Carless
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Lolas parents, she was probably one of the nicest and most genuine people we have ever had the priviledge to meet

Eddie Mansfield
Our deepest and sincere sympathy to the family of Lola Almudevar, who filmed "Alexandra Road."Lola was tragically killed in a car accident at 3.00am Sunday Morning in Bolivia, and her journalistic endeavours will be a great loss to the BBC, and The San Francisco Chronicle, for which she also filed reports.It is with great sadness that we hear this news.

Kelly
I can't beleive what i'm seeing! I also know Sue at the salon, and Janette who commented below, i went to school with Matthew! All i can say is the rest of Sue's family are as amazingly intresting and funny as she is...and maybe you should do a real life soap on the whole family!!!!! Ha ha, Love you Sue!Wait till i tell Nita (my mum) about this!

Maria Smith
Best of luck Sue !!! lots of love from me and Rosie and hope we see you one day! Maria

harry
i love mommy sue and i live with mom i feed welly

richard
i live with mommy sue she looks after me i feed welly in the mornings

Julie Stokes & Team
We work with Mughees currently at he is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and a super doctor - it is our pleasure having him work here with us in Audley

Oliver Rainier
hi mughees,i hope i can keep in touch of you.

sue carless
I have watched these postings with great interest the banter between everyone. I am quite surprised that the programme about Alexandra Road was aimed at old ladies and middle aged women (define old and middle ages) Everyone i have come in contact with, old and young have enjoyed the programme. I am dismayed that *rich* finds me boring and not *worth watching* Maybe he mis understood the content of the programme and i really feel his disappointment not being included in the programme, unfortunate, really as both lola and brady visited the road several times researching for the programme and even went to most of the houses explaining what they wanted to achieve and asking if people would like to be included (maybe you werent in the road that day *rich*) There are several websites you could access if you are trying to set up your band and i wish you every success in achieving your goal.

Rich
My argument developed, I was just giving more reasons to my argument and making sure that people know that it isn't my intention to insult people who care for children. It's likely a worthwhile thing to tell younger generations about care, abuse and neglect, but the programme was aimed at old ladies and middle-aged women, people who already watch the news. The BBC need to attract people of my age too if they are to succeed in the task of educating them! I think old people also need educating and I believe intelligent young people like myself are the people to do that. Many older people have the misconception that people my age are a bunch of drug taking drop-outs who'll mug you soon as look at you. They need to realise that this is untrue and that young people can be productive members of society working towards future 'pipeline dreams'. In fact, I think we’d be great role models for many kids out there, we’re trying to make something of our future, showing that you don’t necessarily need to be the most intelligent person to make it in life. This was a programme featuring middle-aged women, made for middle-aged women. The generations need bringing together, let people my age have a chance as well, we may surprise you, maybe the ‘greasy kids’ have something worthwhile to say about life too.

emma
o and p.s whasn't your first arguement the total opposite to your second post? or is that just me being arrogant to your point

emma
i disagree with what you are saying richard. i think young people should be educated in what is happening in society, why these children are in care etc, not listen to another 'up coming' pipeline dream. there are plenty of talent shows that you could enter i for one am a struggling actor so i know your struggle but im sure that issues such as abuse, neglect and other issues are more important than you band. i close this arguement as it will swing in round abouts. and im sure that many people would disagree with you, and not only that but i think the comments made on the website point to how fantastic the programme was. bring on the reviews

Rich
Oh, I don't knock her abilities as a foster mum, on the contrary, she does a great job that I know I couldn't do. But you can only whinge so much until it becomes tedious. The other characters in the programme were pushed to the side while the foster mum stole the limelight. Also, although I agree that she is a caring person doing a great job, watching her may not be everyones cup of tea. I'm sure the younger generation; the people who actually need to be encouraged to watch the news and learn about current events, would be more interested in the goings on with the band. And I resent being referred to as greasy, that was uncalled for.

John
Who wants to know about an up and coming band really? theres already too many, i think the programme was pretty Good and enjoyed watchin the News for Once lol

emma
i am actually schocked that you can say someone scared of driving is not an interesting topic. Not only this put i think you'll find that the programme also featured the so called scared driver actually focused on her fostering ability. now i for one find that much more interesting than your band, maybe im wrong though...do your band work 7 days a week 24 hours a day have to be their if someone is sick have to put up with children that have been abused, neglected or various other issues that i won't discuss...im pretty sure i can answer that question for your band myself.. maybe you should rewatch the episodes and then decide who deserves the midlands today feature...some greasy band or someone who dedicates their life to looking after others..i know what i'll be watching.

Rich
I was playing a guitar on the wall of no. 51 in episode 9. For something actually interesting, how about you investigate a local up and coming band who's drummer lives on Alexandra road? Much better than people scared of driving.

Nadia
Watever this is Hisham's sister and we like messing around on this site

Baz
Nice spelling of "amature" Paul... Perhaps you should invest in a dictionary rather than knocking what I thought was a fairly interesting snapshot of life in the Midlands.

paul
never seen such amature tv waste of licence fee

Muhaymin Khan
I enjoyed the whole experience but i looked bit fat on the TV. I was filmed more then I was shown.

kate gregory
Karen and Lynda are my aunties and they are both fab, I dont get chance to see them very often but they are both special to me and look forward to seeing them in march when my aunty and cousin come over from America.

Ann Bladen
Talk aboout going back in time, my paternal grandmother - Alice Dunn - bought No. 15 Alexandra Road well before World War II and I was taken up there in 1938 when I was born in my father's tiny Austin motor every now and again. My father's two sisters Jess and Edna both lived with her there and I would stay with them during my school holidays. Grandma Dunn grew loganberries in the garden and I loved it there. My Aunt Floss - Dad's eldest sister owned a shop in the main road. Auntie Jess would take me to the Co-op there and they had the cash overhead mechanism in there which fascinated me so much. I used to go across the road from Grandma's to a lady whose name was Mrs Austin (I always called her Mrs Saucepan). I could play in the road then because there weren't very many cars. My grandfather had a photography shop in Wolverhampton. He did photographic portraits. Happy happy memories for me. My Aunt Jess went riding on Penn Common (can't remember if it was her horse) Thank you so much - I very often used to drive up to Penn to look at the house. They must have been there for about 40 years. Regards, Ann Bladen,

charlotte brown
linda is my nan and i am on t.v with her, i go with her to dog and cat shows. karen is my aunt, she is very busy aunt.i love her and my nan much. i hope they had a lovly time on t.v i did thank you lola+brade

Miss Loveday
Lola is a geek, I can personally confirm it. Looks like a great programme, description of the residents of the street made me want to know more about them. (I can't view it though -no real player etc!!)I think my street would work well for it too... I know at least half the street to say hello to and I have only lived there 6 months. Come and check it out sometime!! :)

Jim
Paul's Superstore. My god is that a Superstore. Very friendly family and an oh-so-convenient shop to have in our community. And as for Paul Latham, as mentioned below, what a man.

Janette
Sue at the Salon is my very best friend. I live in Blackpool and have not had the pleasure of watching your programme. All I would like to say is that Sue is one of the kindest, most genuine and honest people you could ever wish to meet. She has always been a star to me!

Jake Wilson
Hi i love my street and i know hisham and abdul bye

Andrzej Jarzebowski (Andrew Jar of Whisky)
Your programme on Alexandra Road brings back many memories. My parents, who were Polish, bought no 25 around 1950 and lived there for around 30 years. We were the first foreigners (as we were called then) to move into the road. Intergrating was tough for the first year but over time many friends were made. There are many pleasant childhood memories. I myself moved away and worked in Brussels for over 25 years and have come back to Wolverhampton and live in Tettenhall. Alexandra Road was always a mixture of different social classes living in the same street and getting on with life. The big visual difference I see is that in my day there were hardly any cars parked in the road - now its full of parked cars. Excellent programme - keep up the good work.

Tony Chima
I live on the road, i enjoy life on Alexandra Road because the people are very friendly and nice. I have been a paperboy for over 7 years, and since last year i have been delievering papers on Alexandra Road. I get plenty of nice Christmas tips from the local residents.

Ricky Chima
I have enjoyed living on Alexandra Road for the past 27 years. I was born & bred in Penn, Alexandra Road,it as a great community spirit of tolerance & respect for everyone, and you can trust most residents. The one change which i see now from my youth is that back then kids could play football, cricket, & tennis on the road, but now with all the flashy expensive cars these days youngsters are being told to play somewhere else. We have a fantastic range of shops at the bottom of the road, and my heart will always be in Alexnadra Road.

Wellington
just for the record, my main passion in life is eating, and i am a cat of the night, get night vision and you'll be stunned!

Fez
Hi I live on the road near the bottem I have had a long fued with many people near me about parking, I can only speak for the people I have met.

Faye
I know both Linda & Karen very well. Im glad to see Linda full filling her dreams & Karen is a wonderful mom and friend. Hope she finds happiness in love she deserves.

Jo Cooper
I live on the road, im Karens daughter and Linda is my auntie. The roads quite nice and peaceful and when Lola and Brady were round they were very friendly.

sue carless
Lola DID NOT TAKE A PACKED LUNCH EVERY DAY!! she ate the pies

Mike Wood, Wolverhampton
I have a colleague named Paul Latham, who lives in Alexandra Road. He's about the nicest bloke you could want to meet, but very shy. If you can draw him out, he is a really interesting guy.

Hisham Mohammed
I know Abdul Muhaymin Khan very well and i have known him since i was 1 years old. I dont care about my street. I was in the live interview about joan and seher even though i dont live there! Funny how you didnt ask where i lived

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