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.
somewhere to park in a busy town centre isn't always easy. It's little wonder
that some drivers are tempted to park illegally on private land. But it can cost
and climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming
on wildlife across England. Plus photo
Inside Out has uncovered evidence that residents of a Wolverhampton
mobile home park are being cheated out of thousands of pounds - by the site's
evidence suggests Birmingham not only profited from, but also had a hand in supporting
and defending the slave trade. Award-winning musician Soweto Kinch takes a personal
journey into his city's past.
The Midlands is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds for
Britain's Armed forces. We meet some of the newest recruits, and find out what
makes them so willing to serve their country.
City and town centres across the West Midlands are being transformed.
Inside Out asks whether these new developments are good for our cities.
- England's 'second city'?
Birmingham has traditionally been known as England's
'second city' after London. But can it still lay claim to the title?
Nearly 150 thousand people in the Midlands live in areas threatened
by floods. Inside Out has been following Midlands fire crews as they learn to
become flood fighters.
Inside Out asks whether traveller children are being forgotten
by the education system.
Villa - the Ellis years
Inside Out meets a figure who has loomed large
over Midlands football for nearly 40 years - Mr Aston Villa - Doug Ellis.
10 (September-November 2006)
Between 40,000 and 70,000 Eastern Europeans have come to
live and work in the Midlands over the last couple of years. Inside Out presents
a special report on their impact.
ambulance, pedigree dog trade and Bhangra
Inside Out follows two paramedics
as they go through the gruelling selection process to become air ambulance crew
members. And Adil Ray explores the phenomenon of Bhangra.
donors, Minnie Pit and Bournville's bells
Inside Out looks at the issues
that still surround egg donation, and the shortage of egg donors. Plus Staffordshire's
Minnie Pit mining disaster. And Bournville's bells.
Tourettes, and British Muslims
On the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast
of Cathy Come Home, we look at the TV play's connections with the Midlands. Plus
the story of a partially blind man with Tourettes - and his battle to be taken
seriously as a composer. And Britain's Muslims.
and glass factory
A year on from the terrible earthquake that devastated
Pakistan, Inside Out returns to the country to find out what's happened to the
survivors. Plus the story of Birmingham's glass makers.
Specials, kidney transplants and Jillywood
Twenty-five years after Coventry
band The Specials released their iconic song Ghost Town, it's still viewed as
one of the most influential tracks in British music history. Plus we investigate
so-called transplant tourism. And the Jillywood tour.
Kojak and Victorian painting
A special report on the region's declining
manufacturing base. Plus Kojak's Birmingham. And the Victorian painting inspired
by a muse.
special and teenagers with learning difficulties
A special report on the
National Lottery. Plus a group of teenager with learning difficulties from West
Bromwich are given the chance to go to Tenerife.
workers, land speed record and Muslim comedy
Every summer Herefordshire
becomes home to thousands of migrant workers on the hunt for seasonal work. Plus
behind the scenes on the record breaking land speed record run. And Muslim comedy.
forgery, abusive pupils and farmers
Staffordshire artist John Myatt became
involved in what became known as the biggest art fraud of the 20th Century. Plus
abusive pupils. And the farmers batttling to survive.
Series 9 (January-March
rescue centres, Barnes Wallis, and exam stress
Animal rescue centres may
have the best of intentions, but are some actually doing more harm than good?
Plus Barnes Wallis, the man who invented the bouncing bomb. And exam stress.
Murrell, farming in crisis, and Mark Allen
The murder of Hilda Murrell
in 1984 sparked a police investigation that would last for more than two decades.
Plus farming in crisis - we visit Fordhall Farm. And meet Mark Allen was able
to live a fairly normal life despite having the genetic disease cystic
Firefighter Simon Hawkins lost his lower left leg in a motorcycle
accident. We join the 31-year-old as he attempts to become the first amputee firefighter
in Europe to return to active duty.
wars, bobsleigh champion, and murder mystery
Leylandii, the fast-growing
hedges, have become a common cause of neighbourly disputes. Plus Jackie Davies,
bobsleigh champion. And the case of Florrie Porter who was stabbed to death during
the Second World War.
fatherhood, and waterways
The conmen who earn a living by preying on the
vulnerable in their own homes. The woman who got more than she bargained for when
she set out in search of the man she thought was her father. Plus living and playing
on the West Midlands waterways.
war photography, and coastal couple
A vehicle is stolen in the UK every
90 seconds. One in five of these is taken by carjackers. Plus we visit the Defence
School of Photography. And meet the couple who have been on a 15 year journey
that has taken them the length of Britains coastline.
factory, derelict homes, and senior singletons
For more than 100 years,
a family-run factory in the West Midlands produced some of the worlds finest
fixtures and fittings for coffins. Plus a report on derelict homes. And senior
singletons seeking their love match.
desecration, JRR Tolkien, and prison pen pals
Grave desecration is a problem
across the West Midlands. Plus the author JRR Tolkien has long been hailed as
one of Britains best-loved writers but is enough being done to celebrate
the author in Birmingham where he grew up? And prison penpals.
rubbish dumping, Jack the Ripper, and gay weddings
We look at plans to
beat the rubbish dumpers in Stoke. Plus the hunt for the identity of Jack the
Ripper in the West Midlands. Plus gay weddings.
Series 8 (September-November
freerunning, and alternative funerals
Inside Out joins Staffordshire Fire
and Rescue as the service tries to cope with the regular false alarms. Plus freerunning
- a new craze sweeping through the streets of Birmingham. And the growing trend
for alternative funerals.
trespass, Miss England and Droitwich's history
An increasing number of
children are putting their lives at risk by venturing on to railway lines in the
West Midlands. Plus is the Miss England contest an anachronism? And a look back
at Droitwich in the Second World War.
We look at the trauma faced by the Midlands families with no
news about loved ones caught up in the South Asia earthquake.
builders, Madeleine Carroll, and grandparents' rights
More people in Birmingham
are falling foul of cowboy builders than ever before. Plus actress Madeleine Carroll
- the white flower of the Black Country. And thousands of grandparents
across Britain are being denied access to their grandchildren.
charges, rollercoasting, and Vietnamese aid
Inside Out meets the business
leader who believes congestion charges are needed if Birmingham is to avoid total
traffic gridlock. Plus the rollercoasting thrill seekers. And the Coventry woman
helping out Vietnam's victims.
sales, war protester, and Malcolm X
Inside Out investigates a woman who
has been banned from keeping animals, but is still involved in the sale of puppies.
Also we look at Brian Haw non-stop demonstration against the governments
policy in Iraq. And Malcolm X's historic visit to Birmingham.
cafes, and Pagans
Inside Out investigates the last of the roadside
transport cafes, and looks at the life of a 21st century pagan.
points, wartime murder mystery, and storms
Inside Out investigates drivers
who illegally trade speeding penalty points, uncovers fresh evidence in an unexplained
wartime murder mystery, and meets the storm chaser who believes Birmingham got
off lightly in a recent tornado.
Series 7 (Jan-March 2005)
- Inside Out investigates people injured or killed as a result
of high speed police crashes.
happens everywhere, but how is the West Midlands trying to combat the rise in
couples beginning a family experience the grief of losing an unborn child.
- Two years ago Inside Out met a woman who was in danger of
literally eating herself to death because of a rare genetic disorder.
- Nick Drake's musical career was cut short before he gained the
recognition he deserved.
- Lea Beven has made a fortune on the buy-to-let market - so
why is she selling up and getting out?
- Startling findings suggest that around 70 percent of childrens'
car seats are incorrectly fitted.
pilgrimage to Knock
- Adrian Goldberg made the pilgrimage to Knock to
revisit his Irish Catholic roots.
- Have you ever received a parking fine from an area you've
never visited? If so you may have become the latest victim of car cloning.
6 (Sept-Nov 2004)
chanting Stan, but not not as you know it
- Stan Collymore left the
latest reality TV show only to reveal his innermost secrets on a prime-time documentary.
After so much exposure he is now going in search of spiritual enlightenment.
- What happens when peaceful protest becomes a hate campaign?
Inside Out has the exclusive story of a family under siege at Darley Oaks Farm
- Making dubious copies of DVDs may be illegal, but it doesn't
stop bootleggers from doing it anyway. Inside Out West Midlands follows the trail
of the crooked dealers who continue to disregard the law.
It all started in 1960s Hitsville, USA - the birthplace of Motown.
The soul explosion took off around the world, but then everything went quiet and
it seemed as though it had dropped off the radar. We meet the fans who are keeping
the music alive.
- You may not be able to see it, but this is the work of
a world-famous sculptor, who creates pieces so small they are almost invisible
to the naked eye. After years of developing his technique, Willard Wigan tells
us about his love for all things miniature.
- There is always someone on the street who manages to wake
everyone else with their barking dogs or love of the latest dance music. We follow
Coventry's Noise Pollution Team as they tackle roaring burglar alarms, loud parties
and difficult noise makers.
may be partial to the occasional flutter. You may even have had a wager on Euro
2004. But the odds are you probably didn't gamble a whopping £50,000 on
Spain to win. Inside Out meets one man who did.
- It is not surprising that a 60 foot metal tower should cause
anger amongst local residents forced to live with the eyesore, but is there more
at risk than just spoiling the view?
- We go undercover to investigate the Gender Clinic's claims
that they can determine the sex of a baby with 90% accuracy.
5 (Jan-Feb 2004)
- Gun crime in the Midlands is on the increase, but how does it
compare with the United States? And what lessons can be learned from Birmingham,
- It's the latest in contemporary art and it comes straight from
the street. Graffiti art has made the leap from the subway to the gallery. Inside
Out meets spray man Arron Bird.
- A West Midlands surgeon has pioneered a revolutionary new treatment
to cure obesity. We meet Paul Super and his grateful patients.
- West Bromwich Albion’s 'Three Degrees' - Cyrille Regis, Laurie
Cunningham and Brendan Batson -changed the colour of the beautiful game. Over
25 years after their glory days, We find out more about them.
- When she arrived four months early weighing just twelve ounces
(340 grams), Aaliyah Hart fitted into the palm of her mother's hand. Against all
the odds, she has just enjoyed her first Christmas at home ...
4 (Sept-Oct 2003)
- West Midlands Police are cracking down on car crime and Inside
Out investigates the problem and reports on some of the solutions.
- There is a new way to meet the love of your life and all at
the touch of a button - Online dating.
- We follow disabled orphan Cornel Hrisca-Munn as he returns
home from Worcester to Romania to visit his family. But what did he leave behind
- As smokers become increasingly stigmatised, many pubs and restaurants
are thinking about banning smokers. Inside Out looks at whether Midlanders will
be fuming mad if smoking bans get the go-ahead.
- As house prices spiral as high as trendy loft apartments,
there are big profits to be made by suburban property developers.
- Speed kills, but some drivers resent the presence of speed
cameras so strongly that, in some cases, they have broken the law by vandalising
- A million people own exotic pets but do they know how to look
after them? No, that is why pet rescue centres are busier than ever.
3 (Jun-Jul 2003)
- From sweeping floors in a pottery to an £840 million
fortune - John Caudwell's life is an extraordinary tale of rags to riches. We
get a unique opportunity to go behind the notorious hard man image and discover
the real John Caudwell.
you thought breakdancing disappeared in the '80s in a haze of leg warmers and
sweat bands then you are in for a surprise because breakdancing is back - in a
big way. Inside Out finds out more.
prize winning pooches to loveable scruffy mongrels - Britain's love affair with
its four legged friends is unparalleled. We go behind the scenes at the world
famous Crufts to find out more.
cars of the seventies
- Leaks, ropey suspension and rotting bodies -
1970s cars were unreliable and had a reputation for poor quality. But for some,
70s cars are the only cars to be seen in.
2,000 young drivers are killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads each year.
The figure is falling, but is enough being done? We investigate.
- With over 10,000 Britons awaiting heart surgery and NHS
waiting lists anything up to 12 months, many patients are taking their health
into their own hands.
Series 2 (Jan-Mar 2003)
- For those of you with an eye for a collectable, We have just
the thing. With her bright and original designs, Clarice Cliff took the pottery
world of the 1920s by storm. Now 80 years on, some of her work, pound for pound,
is worth more than gold.
- Hailed as the black Christ by many in the Rastafarian community
and described as the ‘King of Kings, Lord of Lords’, Ethiopian emperor, Haile
Selassie, was also a visitor to Malvern.
- Discover how three West Midlands men, £40 and four football
matches pulled British cinema from obscurity and catapulted it firmly into the
footlights on the world stage.
- In the last 12 months there has been over 100 sightings of big
cats around the West Midlands, and we don’t mean the overweight moggy from next
door! We go on the trail to find out if pumas and panthers are prowling around
a neighbourhood near you.
Eighty years ago Benidorm was a sleepy fishing village. Now over 10,000 Brits
have turned it into one of Spain's most popular destinations for some much needed
- We investigate how many professional footballers are receiving
substandard medical treatment. It's a problem that can destroy the careers of
even the most highly paid players.
- They may not be able to climb stairs and their exterminator looks
more like a sink plunger, but Daleks and their fellow robots are taking over the
world. That’s if you believe Professor Kevin Warwick who prepares to join them
as the first half man, half robot.
Series 1 (Sept-Nov 2002)
- Organ transplants
year nearly 3,000 organ transplants take place in the UK. These transplants save
people’s lives or drastically improve them. We meet Antony Hooker, the Midlands
lifesaver who makes transplants happen.
- Inside Out’s Adrian Goldberg swaps presenting for stand-up
and tests his comedic flair in Birmingham’s top comedy venue, The Glee Club. With
the help of Janice Connolly, alias Barbara Nice, her comedy persona, Adrian gets
some vital comedy coaching.
clubs in crisis
- Coventry and Port Vale could be on the brink of financial
ruin. The collapse of ITV Digital has left them teetering on the edge of disaster.
They've been left unpicking a financial nightmare of immense proportions.
of trauma out you go. In the name of Jesus out you go. By the power of God, by
the stripes of Nazareth." - Trevor Newport, Deliverance Minister performing an
- Catapulted to fame in this summer’s Big Brother, Alison Hammond
is something of a celebrity in Birmingham. Offers of television work have been
pouring in, but before Alison makes any life changing decisions, we send her to
a life coach Sean McPheat, for some essential advice.
- Air travel is cheaper than it's ever been with low cost operators
like EasyJet, Ryanair and Go flooding the market with bargain basement flights.
You can now fly to more destinations on low cost airlines than ever before, and
the list is growing. Great news for passengers!
- Already dubbed the 'Singleton society', Britain has over
two million divorcees, 16,000 of them right here in the West Midlands. Inside
Out discovers the difficulty of finding love in a nation of commitment-phobes.
- Fancy making £24,000? All you have to do is part with £3,000,
cross your fingers and wait for the outcome. But you may lose everything in the
process. Despite a wealth of bad publicity, pyramid selling is very much alive
and kicking in the UK. The Midlands is no exception.
to back housing
- Birmingham's back to backs were built to house the
rapidly increasing working population that swelled Britain's expanding industrial
towns. The houses in Birmingham are the last surviving example of 'court' style
back to back housing in England.
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