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5 live's presenters are returning home next week to look at the big issues facing the areas where they were brought up.

 

First to make a return to the place where his career started is Drive's Peter Allen. He'll broadcast from Basildon on Monday 26 November.

 

Here Peter explains why he's chosen to return to the Essex town:  

 

Peter Allen as a correspondent in 1989. Basildon town centre 2011.

"Basildon was part of a social experiment when I worked there, literally a new town built and slapped down in the middle of Essex.

 

"It had new houses and factories for the residents to work in and shops of course. But somehow it has precious little soul.  

 

"After learning my trade on the Basildon Standard I moved on as a reporter and I have not been back to the town since.

 

"I am fascinated to know what became of Basildon. Has it worked? Is it a good place to live? Does it have decent shops, good pubs and a thriving sports scene?  

 

"Do the people go out into town on a Saturday evening or do they go somewhere else? I'll be exploring whether the experiment has worked."

You can hear more on Peter's impressions of Basildon on 5 live from 4pm on Monday 26 November. He'll be looking at the rise of the Essex Man and will speak to Basildon based Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock.

Soon to come more: personal accounts of 5 live Breakfast's Nicky Campbell talking about his memories of Edinburgh, Richard Bacon on a return to Mansfield, Stephen Nolan on his home city of Belfast and Dotun Adebayo on returning to Tottenham. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Curmy

    on 26 Nov 2012 17:48

    Love that pic of you Peter ! Your report from Basildon is fascinating . You remind me so much of my Other Half, the wrong side of sixty, knowledgeable , but rather grumpy sometimes !

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by what

    on 26 Nov 2012 11:39

    I wonder if VD will be dragging herself away from the Home Counties to revisit her northern oots?

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by zelda

    on 24 Nov 2012 15:35

    Sounds awful. PA had better take his sunglasses, all those fake tans might just get affect his eyesight. Essex has some lovely little villages but unfortunately, Basildon isn't one of them.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by mistered5

    on 23 Nov 2012 13:45

    Why is the 'success of The Only Way is Essex' relevant to anything at all? They could be looking in to how local businesses such as the tractor factory are coping with the recession and foreign competitors but instead there's more celebrity nonsense.
    A couple of mornings this week I've woken to an excerpt from the jungle programme at the beginning of Breakfast. Please stop- it's not news!

    I'd also agree the concept of 'homecoming' is extremely loose. Surely Adebayo broadcasts from a couple of miles from Tottenham every night and Nolan has a programme throughout the week in Belfast?

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by carrie

    on 23 Nov 2012 12:02

    Peter worked in Basildon, he is not from there so it's not a homecoming. However it will be interesting to hear what he thinks about Basildon. I'll give the others a miss, thanks.


    Why is this page so odd by the way?

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Tim

    on 22 Nov 2012 17:50

    More like Michael Gove !

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Richard

    on 22 Nov 2012 17:38

    Is Peter trying to look like Michael Grade for a reason?

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Tim

    on 22 Nov 2012 17:33

    Look slightly pained Peter,perhaps it was the strain of holding that rather large phone!

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