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July (9 posts)

  1. Hilary Devey: Becoming a Dragon

    Friday 29 July 2011, 13:04

    Hilary Devey Hilary Devey

    Being told that I was going to be a Dragon on Dragons' Den was one of the highlights of my life, as I had been a fan of the show for many years.

    In the late 1990s, I founded Pall-Ex, a distribution network that revolutionised the process of transporting goods across the UK and Europe, making the movement...

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  2. The Code: Revealing the secret

    Wednesday 27 July 2011, 12:15

    Marcus du Sautoy Marcus du Sautoy

    When I was 12 my maths teacher took me aside after one lesson and let me into a secret that changed my life forever.

    Mathematics, it turned out, was more than just the long division we were practicing in the classroom.

    He started to tell me fantastic stories that were written in the language of mathematics...

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  3. Restoration Home: Being the private eye of the past

    Tuesday 26 July 2011, 13:20

    Kate Williams Kate Williams

    The private eye of the past, in Caroline Quentin's words, is my role in Restoration Home.

    As the social historian on the series, my job is to investigate the histories of the six properties on the show, and the people who lived in them.

    Each one has been an incredible journey of discovery - into...

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  4. British Masters: My one big chance to get even

    Monday 18 July 2011, 17:00

    James Fox James Fox Presenter

    A few years ago I was at a conference on 20th Century painting. As I queued up for a coffee in the canteen I overheard a French historian describe Britain as "the land without modern art".

    His friends all laughed in agreement. I was livid. And ever since I've been determined to prove them wrong.

    That...

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  5. At the mercy of The Great British Weather

    Wednesday 13 July 2011, 12:20

    Tomasz Schafernaker Tomasz Schafernaker

    Do cows really lie down on the ground before it rains? Does a farmer in Cumbria really rely on a red sky at night?

    I'm the specialist meteorological reporter on BBC One's The Great British Weather, where we put weather folklore like this to the test and demystify some of the science behind elements...

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  6. Roger: Genocide Baby

    Tuesday 12 July 2011, 14:13

    Nick Andrews Nick Andrews Project Manager

    The idea for Roger: Genocide Baby sparked to life as I sat watching BBC Breakfast, munching on some oats.

    A young British actor, Roger Nsengiyumva, was promoting his new film Africa United and I heard him say something like, "Yes, I was born in 1994 during the Rwandan genocide."

    I put my bowl down...

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  7. How we transformed Lark Rise's sets for The Night Watch

    Monday 11 July 2011, 10:50

    Martin Boddinson Martin Boddinson Production Designer

    I am the production designer on The Night Watch and prior to that I was production designer on Lark Rise To Candleford. This was convenient really because, as you will see later, the two shows are inextricably linked.

    I am responsible for the look and feel of the show. It is my job to convince you that...

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  8. Pointless: How I became the co-host

    Wednesday 6 July 2011, 13:57

    Richard Osman Richard Osman Co-Host

    So Pointless started at 5.15pm on BBC One on Monday, launching with a week of celebrity programmes.

    We've already done over 100 shows on BBC Two and now we're making the big leap up to BBC One. Very exciting.

    In one swoop I will go from being "Whassisname, that bloke from that thing on BBC Two,"...

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  9. Stolen: I work with trafficked children

    Monday 4 July 2011, 09:46

    Christine Beddoe Christine Beddoe Director

    For the past six years I have been the Director of ECPAT UK - End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking. We are a leading children's rights organisation campaigning against child exploitation.

    Over the years there has been a variety of films, TV programmes and books focusing on the issue of...

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