11 (September 2006 - January 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
Inside Out West explores how our region is leading the way
in one of the most important debates facing mankind - how we should generate and
use energy in our homes?
Social commentator and journalist Marvin Rees argues that Bristol
remains "racially fractured".
Adam Hart-Davis investigates the demise of public toilets and asks,
"Are you prepared to pay to pee?"
is a crime that is particularly traumatic for the victim. But why are so few rapists
caught in Gloucestershire?
If you go down to the woods, you could be in for a big surprise
- and a very unpleasant one at that. A tiny tick, which is carried on deer, can
result in Lyme Disease.
Gambia's Fire Brigade
Call the Fire Brigade in the African nation of The
Gambia, and you won't believe your eyes. The red fire engine that screams up your
road is badged "Avon Fire Brigade".
Inside Out West looks at the world's first radio station made
jointly by Jews and Muslims.
Former supermarket checkout operator Jane Gilchrist accepted our
challenge to think up, write and perform a stand up comedy routine live on stage
alongside professional comedians at Jongleurs in Bristol.
Inside Out first exposed a possible flaw with the mobile speed
guns back in 2005. We investigate the latest situation.
We meet a woman who is using the web to go 'eco-friendly'
and furnish her house for free.
Series 10 (Autumn 2006)
it in the music industry
It's every musician's dream - to get signed to
an elusive record deal and make it on the international stage. But how do you
put yourself in pole position to make the big time? Plus
music biz web guide
Inside Out West has a big challenge for intrepid naturalist Mike Dilger. He has
just one day to make a feature about the wildlife of Steep Holm island in the
Bristol Channel. Plus photo
an underground movement of people who are getting fed up with the boom in consumerism.
And they're fighting back by changing the messages on the billboards. Plus photo
Wurzels plus solar panels
Tony Blackburn celebrates the 40th anniversary
of Somerset's cider drinking superstars. Plus we investigate a company who have
been taking the shine out of solar power.
Bristol's schools are being "strangled by the dead hand of
bureaucracy", according to the former Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead.
Go inside the new hospice development in Bristol with Noel Edmonds
and 13-year-old Sophie Johnson. Plus photo
Actress Rebekah Gibbs is used to dealing with crises in her role as the
paramedic Nina Farr in the BBC drama Casualty. Now she's training for a real life
emergency with the Royal Navy's helicopter pilots at the Yeovilton air base in
Inside Out West tracks down previously unseen photographs
taken of legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan. Visit our exclusive web gallery
of pictures taken by Barry Feinstein, the official photographer on Dylan's 1966
Series 9 (January-March 2006)
art, and the priest and the London bombings
Deep underground in Wiltshire,
a huge network of tunnels revels some stunning art works. And we speak to a parish
priest whose faith has been tested since her daughter was killed in the London
music, Frankie Howerd, and theatre fraudster
The story of a partially
blind man with Tourettes Syndrome and his battle to be taken seriously
as a talented composer. Plus a peak inside the house where Frankie Howerd used
to escape. And we unmask a theatrical fraudster.
wheelchairs, DJ Derek, and the Victoria Cross
Making wheelchairs for tough
terrain. Derek Morris is a 64 year old former accountant who's become a cult hero
in the world of Jamaican Reggae! Plus the story of the lost Victoria Cross.
regeneration, motorcycle diaries, and husky rally
Bristol is going through
its biggest regeneration programme since the end of the Second World War. Plus
the motorbike mad couple on a round the world trip. And meet Graham Good as he
prepares to compete in the annual husky rally in Scotland.
Wells painting, and the Red Hat Society
There's a hole in our Concorde
- the iconic plane is losing its battle with the elements. Plus a historical riddle
which has set tongues wagging in Wells. And growing old disgracefully - the Red
Challenge, rifle league, and spiders
Two students from Bristol attempt
to become the youngest ever team to complete the Plymouth-Banjul challenge. Plus
the Devizes and District miniature rifle league. And arachnophobia.
Brymore School, starlings
We visit Brymore School in Somerset with its
own working farm. Plus starlings used to be a common sight in our city centres
but then they mysteriously vanished. And the adverts that deliver nothing.
to modern life, Slimbridge, and freerunning
Can mod cons make you ill?
Imagine being allergic to modern life. Plus Slimbridge is a perfect winter habitat
for the world's wetland birds. And the new craze sweeping through urban Bristol
- "freerunning" has finally arrived in the West Country.
Wild Boar, Avon county, and mods and rockers
The Wild Boar makes a comeback
in the countryside. Plus the county of Avon is still cause for discontent for
some residents. And mods and rockers in the West Country.
8 (Sept-Nov 2005)
goods, skeleton bob champ, and school
Inside Out West reports on counterfeit
goods. Plus Bath's skeleton bob champ. And the very special school in the woods.
Severn Bore surfers, and show bands
The Severn Bore is one of Britain's
most spectacular natural wonders and for the last 50 years it has also been a
playground for surfers. Plus the return of the Bustard. And old time bands are
as popular as ever.
We look at the trauma faced by West Country families with no
news about loved ones caught up in the South Asia earthquake.
trauma, River Avon, and Penguin books
Donna Anthony, from Yeovil, served
nearly seven years in jail for a crime she didn't commit - the murder of her two
children. Plus paddling upstream to try to discover the source of the River Avon.
And the history of Penguin books.
super Mare, Onion Johnnies, and speed cameras
Weston super Mare is becoming
popular with celebrities. Plus the demise of the Onion Johnny. And are mobile
speed cameras as accurate as the police would have us believe?
land yachting, and fostering
Plasticine was invented in Bath and made
famous in Bristol, but where is it now? Plus fostering. And the growing sport
of land yachting.
story, surrogate mums, and magic mushrooms
Inside Out West investigates
the shipwreck of the SS South Australian, surrogate mums, and the row over magic
Series 7 (Jan-March 2005)
- Lydia nearly lost her life to meningitis. A year on we catch
up with her and her family and see how their lives have changed.
Foley - The quiet Briton
- One in 6,400 children is born with Spinal
Muscular Atrophy but for Ben, a wish he made came true.
Everest at 61
- Two years after a double bypass operation, Sir Ranulph
Fiennes is climbing Everest for charity.
end of the pier
- Birnbeck Pier has been part of Weston-super-Mare's
history for many years, but now it is literally crumbling into the sea.
- For many childless couples, surrogacy can offer that precious chance
to become parents.
legacy of slavery
- Should there be a lasting memorial to the victims
of the slave trade?
- For five centuries, a small group of wealthy men has
exerted enormous influence over the city of Bristol. We investigate.
battle of the brogues
- Does the West Country lilt send you weak at
the knees or rushing to cover your ears?
years after Stephen Back's disappearance, Inside Out visits his family to discover
the anguish and uncertainty faced by those left behind.
special moving job
- The fate of the UK's many derelict buildings seems
straightforward - they either get lovingly restored à la BBC's 'Restoration'
programme, or they get demolished to make way for bigger and better buildings.
Or do they?
you going to call?
- It seems there's money to be made in everything
these days, but making money from ghosts
isn't that going a step too far?
Not for one man here in the west, who makes his living as a "professional
- Many of us dream of moving to the country, where living in
the fresh, open space is enough to lift any spirit. But residents in one Wiltshire
town are having their dreams dashed as the government plans to burn toxic waste
right on their doorsteps.
- Walking through Exmoor's stunning and historic landscape is a
nature lover's paradise but as Inside Out West discovers, not all the inhabitants
of the national park are particularly forthcoming.
- They say cleanliness is next to godliness, but some of us
think that only applies in our own homes. We take to the pavements to meet the
people who make sure our streets are spick and span when we get up in the morning.
"If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big
" It isn't teddy bears who are the unusual inhabitants of the
Forest of Dean, but you may still get a surprise! It seems camels are the new
- Severn Beach
- When you mention great train journeys where do you immediately
think of? Travelling to Venice on the Orient Express, or cutting through the snow
capped Swiss Alps? Well how about taking in the sights of
- Inside Out West enters the world of drug addiction
as we follow Joe, a drug user, through rehabilitation. Can he overcome his £400
a day habit and break free from his addiction?
- Three-year-old Lydia should be getting herself ready for playschool,
instead due to a tragic set of circumstances she is recovering from having both
legs amputated below the knee.
Series 5 (Jan-Feb 2004)
- Bristol Cancer
- Bristol Cancer Help Centre is seen as a centre of excellence
in its field. Its educational courses are so popular, the organisation desperately
needs a new home.
- Cavers on the Mendip Hills have discovered a new cave system
containing prehistoric bones.
- Debt is something that most of us worry about at some point
in our lives. But are attitudes to being in the red changing? And how can you
avoid the debt trap?
- Bath is one of Britain's most popular tourist centres, but
is its appeal waning? Tourist numbers are down and the city's long-awaited Thermae
attraction still isn't open.
- We meet Bristol’s man of the moment - Space Chemist, Professor Colin
Pillinger. Get inside his Mars mission, inspirations and unconventional attitude
Series 4 (Sept-Oct 2003)
- Tired, stressed, lost and in need of a change? Maybe you need
to visit Sparkland, the alternative world in the West Country, where people go
to get back in tune or discover hidden talents.
- What do you get when two groups of train enthusiasts decide
to swap engines for the weekend? A very long traffic jam, yes a traffic jam!
the curtain comes down on a landmark of aviation history, We ask whether it would
have been better for Bristol if Concorde had never been built.
- The WI may be hitting the headlines with the release of
the film Calendar Girls in which they dare to bare - but can the WI markets
achieve a similar impact? We follow one marketing man who believes he can give
scones sex appeal!
- Bristol based sailor and ferryman Rob Salvidge has braved
the wild Atlantic and sailed the Southern Seas, but he still reckons the waters
on his doorstep are the best.
you thought 'ollie' was a boy's name and 'grinding' was one of your best moves
on the dance floor then read on as Inside Out takes you inside the world of skateboarding.
- Cleaning, cooking and raising a five year old may sound like
the duties of a responsible parent, but for twelve year old Becky Whitehead it's
all in a days work.
Series 3 (Jun-Jul 2003)
- Do you believe the published NHS waiting times? An NHS
manager was 'blown out' of the service after claiming manipulation of waiting
lists by Weston General Hospital.
- Accident blackspot
- The A37 between Dorchester and Yeovil is one
of Dorset's most dangerous roads. Last year six people were killed in crashes
on this 17 mile stretch dubbed by locals as 'Death Valley'.
and egg donation
- With one in six couples experiencing fertility problems
at some time, gamete donation provides many with a chance to conceive that special
baby. Whilst sperm donation is a straightforward procedure, egg donation is more
- Of the 22,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year,
half will die. Yet when Brian Chaplin was diagnosed with the disease, he declared
himself the luckiest man alive. Inside Out finds out why.
running water, no heating and no electricity - sounds like camping, but in fact
it is the life of a squatter. Inside Out traces the past year of squatter Satyana.
brother and sisters
- Love them or loathe them, siblings can provide
support and advice along with the occasional Chinese burn! Now many youngsters
are getting the chance to spend time with a big brother or sister guaranteed not
to steal your CDs.
Series 2 (Jan-Mar 2003)
- At three miles long, half a mile wide and ten miles of the
coast of Devon, Lundy is by no means a large island, but according to the EC -
it may not be an island at all.
- Greyhound racing is fun, exciting and a great night out
and has been going for 74 years. However, what the people who go don’t think about
is what happens to the dogs after their racing life is over.
- Bristol is well-known for its music scene. But is the city doing
enough to help its up and coming bands? And who will be the next successful act
to follow in the footsteps of Massive Attack?
- When it comes to local services in your area, are you being
short changed? Inside Out compares three areas in the West whose residents feel
they are losing out in the postcode lottery.
- It is well documented that drinking during pregnancy
can have harmful effects on the unborn child. What is less well known, is that
heavy alcohol consumption in pregnancy can result in the condition known as Fetal
- Fancy yourselves as the next Billy Connolly? or if even Brian
Connolly will do, then Inside Out has the answer. Tessa Dunlop takes to the stage
to find out if comedy is Something you can learn.
- All aboard! - Pack your travel sweets and magnetic Scrabble
as we take you on the train journey from hell. Nicola Butler had a journey she
would never forget. Unluckily for Virgin, she had a camera too!
- 16 year old Becky Preest is one of only a dozen girl boxers
in the country.Inside Out finds out what life is like in the ring when opponents
are very hard to come by.
- When Idi Amin expelled the Asians out of Uganda many swapped
palatial homes, servants and the hot African sun for the drafty wooden chalets
of a disused holiday camp on the Somerset coast.
Series 1 (Sept-Nov
- Forty years ago scientists from Porton Down carried out a top-secret
experiment. But the test wasn’t carried out behind closed doors at their laboratories.
It was done on a journey through Somerset and into the heart of Bristol.
crime through yogic flying
- It is hard not to scoff when someone says
they can slash crime in Bristol by half, improve people’s health and make them
wealthier. You would be forgiven for laughing out loud when you learn that they
plan to achieve this by bouncing cross-legged on the floor.
- Parson James Woodforde was a Norfolk Vicar who kept a fascinating
diary for 45 years. His chronicle of everyday life in Somerset still intrigues
people today as it gives a unique insight into rural England in the 18th century.
- Building your own home could be a dream come true. We look at
self build schemes and the growth of eco-friendly houses. We follow the story
of one of the West's most unusual housing developments - Two dozen eco-friendly
homes being built by a group of green idealists in Bristol.
Gjini - Part 1
- Five-year-old Albanian girl Arta Gjini is in Bristol
for life-changing surgery. Her crucial operations will take place at the renowned
Frenchay hospital in Bristol. This is all thanks to some kind surgeons and a Somerset
Gjini - Part 2
- A tiny charity in the West is fighting to raise thousands
of pounds for extra medical treatment for an Albanian girl. Surgeons say they're
not worried about five year old Arta Gjini, but complications mean she'll need
more operations on her burned legs.
- Bristol Downs, the city's own piece of countryside, may look
natural. But in fact, the 450 acre space requires dawn till dusk diligence. We
meet the people who nurture Bristol's 'green lung'.
- Hailed as the latest alternative to aerobics, it improves
muscle tone, posture and flexibility, but don’t expect your gran to approve.
- A week ago it was just another container in a Somerset car park.
Now it’s an artwork bound for an African village...
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