Series 11 (January-March 2007)
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming across England,
and asks if the situation is as dire as many scientists predict.
and climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming
on wildlife across England. Plus photo
The North East's most successful boxer is a man with an Olympic
dream. Glenn wants to bring the cream of world boxing to the North East of England.
had the feeling you are being watched on camera? We've calculated there are a
quarter of a million CCTV cameras spying on us in the North.
David Cunningham, a spiritual healer from Wearside, claims to have
healing hands - the ability to channel energy from God to cure the sick.
and the history of Pyrex, a revolutionary type of glass that became a "must-have"
in kitchens throughout the world.
- hotbed of football?
For decades English football's beating heart belonged
in the North East of England. So why is the England team virtually a Geordie free
zone? Plus web
chat with Joe Allon.
The recent Big Brother headlines show that racism remains
a hotly debated topic in the UK. Former housemate Narinder Kaur presents her own
personal view of race relations in Newcastle.
The North East has been a hotbed for new bands breaking into the
mainstream over the last five years. We meet Seven Heroes who are on the verge
of the big time.
is it like to have no home? Radio Newcastle's Mike Parr decided to find out for
himself just what it's like not knowing where - or if - you'll get a bed. Plus
with Mike Parr.
quality of life
According to many independent studies, Easington comes
out at the bottom of quality of life leagues. Inside Out takes Newcastle goalkeeper
Steve Harper back to the place where he was born.
North East and Cumbria residents are amongst the most apathetic
in the UK, when it comes to the greening of our planet.
Series 10 (Autumn
Inside Out updates our investigation into s serious problems
in Sunderland's car parking enforcement system.
There are now 40,000 eastern Europeans working in
the North East, roughly the same size as a small town like Hartlepool. Inside
Out investigates how the Auf Wiedersehen Pet concept of North East workers going
abroad for work has been turned upside down.
Allan murder, Sunderland Empire and boxing
Fourteen years ago Nikki
Allan, a seven-year-old girl, was murdered on Wear Garth estate in Sunderland.
We meet her mother who is fighting for justice. Plus The Sunderland Empire is
celebrating its 100th birthday. And behind the training regime of boxer Michael
living, collectors and Newcastle Library
Every year thousands of tons of
rubbish is thrown away in the North East and Cumbria. So what should we be doing
to become more environmentally friendly? Plus the obsessive collectors. And future
plans for Newcastle Library.
phones and driving, and haafnetting
Using a mobile phone whilst driving
is something that many drivers still do, despite the fact that the Government
banned drivers from using hand held mobiles three years ago. Plus haaf netting
on the Solway Firth.
Inside Out looks at the campaign for the WW1 victims to be pardoned
by the British Government.
An Inside Out special on parking enforcement problems in Sunderland.
rowers, National Lottery and the Heron murder case
Join the Vivaldi Atlantic
expedition on its perilous expedition. Plus the Heron murder case. And the impact
the National Lottery has made on the North East and Cumbria.
Arturo Bassick presents a special on North East punk music. Plus
the County Durham man who has come up with a new way to remember our loved ones.
And the teenage backpacker who took the brave step of waiving her anonymity as
a rape victim.
Grove, Meadowell and the Durham Miners' Gala
We talk to the former stars
of Byker Grove. Plus a look back at the Meadowell riots. And re revisit the iconic
Durham Miners' Gala.
Series 9 (January-March 2006)
ship breaking, puppy dealers, and story updates
Ghost ships in Teesside
and how other British navy ships are being scrapped in Pakistan. Plus an update
on our exclusive puppy dealer investigation, the BALTIC, knife crime, and more...
shrines, referees, and pickles
Every year over 3,400 people are killed
on our roads. Increasingly relatives and friends of the victims are creating roadside
shrines in memory of their loved ones. Plus the shortage of referees. And the
humble pickle is given a modern makeover.
Father for Justice, funerals, and Clarence Adoo
Inside Out investigates
alternative funerals and meets one of Britain's most controversial funeral directors.
Plus we join Real Fathers for Justice as they prepare for their latest campaign.
And trumpet player Clarence Adoo's amazing story.
Romeo, tuna fishing, and Chris Baxter
The extraordinary story of one young
man, seven young women - and their seven children. Plus tuna tales - could game
fishing is making a return in Scarborough? And Chris Baxter wants to be a role
model for women going through cancer surgery.
Campbell, cheque fraud, and Whitby's slave trade
Ronnie Campbell, MP,
is reunited with the brother he didn't know he had. Plus the North East's multi
million pound cheque fraud. And Whitby's links to the slave trade.
trade in sick puppies
In a special investigation Inside Out tackles the
men running a trade in sick puppies brought into the North East - and uncovers
their connection to the greyhound racing world.
Mitty man, Ali Johnson, and Daisy Hill heritage
The man who became famous
for being a Walter Mitty figure - Mike Kenny. Plus the tale of former rugby player
Ali Johnson as he comes to terms with his injuries. And we visit Daisy Hill, a
council estate at Walkergate in Newcastle's East End.
Cornish, Durham's hidden gardens, and wifi crime
Norman Cornish is one
of the North East's most popular living artists. Plus a secret garden on Durham's
River Wear that was once playground for the City's wealthy gentry. And the virtual
burglars who are committing wifi crime.
crime, Tsunami, and wrestling
Knife crime is at an all time high in the
North East of England - we visit Teesside to investigate. Plus the Tsunami revisited
one year on. And the growing craze for wrestling.
Series 8 (September-November
CADASIL, and Lottery winner
The controversy over Donald Campbell's Bluebird.
Plus the CADASIL health breakthrough. And the North East woman who hit the headlines
when she was given a Lottery hand out by her step dad.
chief, Paganism and aviation archaeology
Inside Out looks at the new Chief
Constable with high profile operations tackling drugs and anti social behaviour.
Plus Paganism in the North East and Cumbria. And aviation archaeology.
We look at the trauma faced by the North East and Cumbrian
families with no news about loved ones caught up in the South Asia earthquake.
machine, nuclear bunker, and Berwick body builder
Inside Out this week
reports on the extraordinary machine that is the last hope for very sick babies.
Plus north Yorkshire's nuclear bunker. And the female body builder hitting the
Out presents a special programme uncovering some of the financial secrets of Tyneside's
new BALTIC art gallery.
pigeon fanciers and Middlesbrough style
Inside Out meets the woman dubbed
Britain's biggest scrounger and hears her side of the case. Plus pigeon fancying.
And Middlesbrough is fast becoming a fashion capital.
North Run, reality TV, and Frank Meadow Sutcliffe
Are small charities being
priced out of the Great North Run? Plus the original reality star looks back.
And Whitby in pictures through the lens of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.
7 (Jan-March 2005)
- Director Ken Russell revisits Northumberland 45 years after
'The Bedlington Miners' Picnic'.
- Admiral Collingwood's presence is everywhere in the North
East, but who was this forgotten hero?
have been called "the new ruling class", a modern breed of uncouth yobs,
and "a peasant underclass".
the butler saw
- Inside Out follows the Tyneside butler who has traded
Hebburn for Hollywood for a life inside High Hefner's Playboy mansion.
- Inside Out spent a week with a family affected by the Carlisle
- Having a facial blemish or disfigurement can be a painful
- North East couple, the Dickinsons, have completed a record breaking
trip to the South Pole.
- Gangs in the North East are making thousands of pounds from
this car cloning.
- Light pollution is getting worse with Teesside and Tyneside
the worst affected areas outside London. They are also the fastest growing black
spots in the country.
- Geordie is one of the oldest and best loved of Britain's dialects.
But modern times mean that some Geordie words are dying out and North Easterners
are changing how they speak.
concern - cemeteries in crisis
- The dangerous condition of headstones
in cemeteries is causing grave concern in the North East and Cumbria.
6 (Sept-Nov 2004)
dying doesn't stop after the war
- History recounts the awful cost of
war - the dead, the maimed and the destruction. But we are now learning more of
a hidden cost that often only shows itself when soldiers return home. Battlefield
trauma can come with a heavy price.
on the baton
- When ordinary mortals among us are propping up our feet
on the dog and supping a cup of hot tea, there are a few dedicated, and some would
say obsessed, athletes going through purgatory.
- With all the shenanigans going on in football,
a yellow card here, a court appearance there, are we all happy with what our iconic
players are being paid? We hit the streets to find out the reality behind the
of terrible tiredness
- In this special Inside Out film, we follow Julia
Darlings video diary revealing her passionate belief in the power of creative
writing in the knowledge of her advanced breast cancer. You can also follow her
video diary online, and read some of her poetry.
Simpson - Remembering a sensation
- Tommy Simpson was one of Britain's
most successful cyclists, yet his memory is plagued with controversy after he
"rode himself to death". Tommy's nephew Chris Jackson joins Inside Out
to follow the story and see how it has affected the cycling world.
- When Charles Saatchi bought two of her paintings in early 2004
Stella Vine rocketed into the media spotlight. Inside Out North East meets this
former stripper from Alnwick who has become the latest sensation in "Brit
- Selling on points
- Speed cameras are here to stay - at least in most
places. And with the ever growing number of cameras, comes the cunning speedster
- Inside Out zooms in on the growing crime of 'selling on' points.
- We are constantly being reassured that flying is the safest
form of transport. But with the growth of the region's airports, and the presence
of the RAF, is the North East at greater risk from mid-air collisions?
- It's 40 years since The Likely Lads first hit our TV screens.
Inside Out pays tribute to this comedy classic which is as fresh and funny today
as it was when it was first screened.
Series 5 (Jan-Feb 2004)
of the North's youngsters leave primary school not being able to swim. Former
footballer Peter Beardsley was one of them. So what can be done to make non swimmers
take the plunge?
Ali in South Shields
- Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of his generation.
But in 1977 he swapped his boxing gloves to make a charity trip to South Shields.
Inside Out looks back at this memorable visit.
poetry of war
- Soldier-poets brought the reality of the horrors of
the 'Great War' to life on the page. Inside Out visits the trenches to learn more.
- We all look forward to a good night's sleep. But for snorers
and their bed fellows, the night time can be a total nightmare. Inside Out takes
to the beds of the north in search of a snoring remedy.
drama and the calendar girls
- The famous Calendar Girls look great
naked but they can't quite get it right when it comes to putting their bras back
on! Our search for the perfect bra proves to be an uplifting experience for these
Series 4 (Sept-Oct 2003)
- Tough measures to crack down on drivers who have taken
drugs will be introduced in late 2003. Inside Out looks at what this means for
- British journalist Yvonne Ridley was captured by the Talibans
two years ago. Find out why Ridley has converted to Islam following her ordeal.
and binge drinking
- Binge drinking among women is becoming a serious
problem in the North East. They are causing irreversible damage to their bodies
and are unaware of the dangers of alcohol.
- If you had £1 million to spend on your dream
home, what would it be? Join Julia Hankin as she travels around the region to
find out just what money can buy!
'Five Bellies' Gardner
- Jimmy Gardner is a Gateshead lad who shot to
fame through his friendship with Paul Gascoigne. The man and his media image are
two different people.
- Angela Bruce, well-known actress of stage and screen revisits
her former home town of Craghead in County Durham. Join her as she looks back
at how this mining community has changed.
have discovered the wartime graves of 58 German submariners on two wrecked submarines
in the North Sea. It's a mystery waiting to be solved.
- As the anti-smoking lobby grows, many pubs and restaurants
are thinking about banning smoking. Inside Out looks at whether North Easterners
will be fuming mad if no smoking bans get the go-ahead.
- It's the pride and joy of any self respecting football
fan but is the shirt on your back the real McCoy? Inside Out investigates counterfeit
- It's the bridge that Geordies come home for. The Tyne Bridge
celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. We turn back time and recall the building
of this famous Tyneside icon.
- The Falls and Syncope Unit at the RVI in Newcastle has pioneered
a treatment which has transformed the lives of those suffering from falls.
- We take a look behind the scenes at NewcastleGateshead's unsuccessful
bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008.
is the new hi-tech craze sweeping the country. We take you on this modern treasure
- We take London art critic Brian Sewell on a cultural tour
of Tyneside. Inside Out questions him on whether the area is the cultural desert
that he imagines.
Series 2 (Jan-Mar 2003)
- Kite surfing is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain.
Redcar on the Teesside coast is the hottest place to do it outside of Hawaii.
Find out why.
- T.Dan Smith was known as 'Mr Newcastle' in the 1960s. His vision
of the city as 'the Brasilia of the North' is now being re-assessed by a new generation
pure bare-faced cheek. Imagine streaking stark naked in front of a crowd of strangers.
But why do streakers get such a thrill from stripping off in public?
is renowned for its philosophy of spiritual enlightenment. Inside Out investigates
how converts to this religion can turn around their lives.
- Abandoned at birth
- Find out how one child left in a phone box tried
to track down the mother who discarded her in a phone box in County Durham.
Jack - the Sunderland ripper
- The Yorkshire Ripper was Britain's most
notorious serial killer. But who was the Sunderland hoaxer who claimed to be the
Ripper? And could he have been the Peter Sutcliffe's accomplice?
spy who came in from the cold
- Victor Makarov is the real life spy
who came in from the cold. We catch up with the Soviet double agent who swopped
his career in Moscow for a solitary life in Northern England.
- Homelessness is a familiar and depressing feature
of our streets. One charity in Newcastle is tackling the problem with a food 'shelter'
called the People's Kitchen.
- The North East has a wealth of young, talented, ambitious kids.
But to realise their dreams, they are forced to leave home and head for the bright
lights of London.
Series 1 (Sept-Nov 2002)
- To make life a little easier for people with disabilities,
the Blue Badge Scheme regulates parking concessions in England. But as Chris Jackson
and Tanni Grey-Thompson discovered, it’s a scheme that’s open to abuse.
- For many of us a Goth is a strange-looking creature that
resembles a cross between a vampire and a zombie. In reality, Goths are ordinary
people who like dressing up and enjoy being part of a lifestyle that is just a
little bit unusual.
- Hundreds of cars are attracted to Team Valley in Gateshead
on a Saturday night. Young car fanatics, also referred to as ‘cruisers’, congregate
there to exhibit their cars.
drinks and hard drinking
- We all love a couple of pints but when two
drinks turn into twelve, it's time to ask if the cheap drinks revolution has gone
- Public conveniences are familiar sight on our streets
but could they are increasingly becoming an inconvenience for local councils.
Out's Chris Jackson goes behind the closed doors of one of the region's naturist
camps and explores life in the nude.
- Cross dressing is big business in the north and wedding weekends
are special occasions. Inside Out joined a group of cross-dressers for a weekend
in Scarborough to discover what lies behind the white veils and size 11 slippers.
of prey under threat
- A rare bird of prey whose numbers are in decline,
the hen harrier is under threat. Its predator? - man and a particular type of
man at that - as Inside Out finds out.
in a convent
- Making a film about nuns with former Big Brother star
Anna Nolan proved to be a fascinating experience for the Inside Out team.