Lives in a Landscape

Lives in a Landscape

Alan Dein presents documentaries about modern Britain. BBC Radio 4’s critically acclaimed series in which award-winning presenter Alan Dein goes in search of original stories from around the country – featuring people and places which are usually overlooked by the news.

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  • Lives: Spirit of Battle 21 Apr 14

    Mon, 21 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Dein follows Gareth Pugh, a young wrestler touring the circuit. Known by the Welsh name Caden Lay (Spirit of Battle), Gareth is breaking into the big time having just turned professional. Alan takes a wild ride from the booming ringside along endless motorways into changing rooms and training gyms to Gareth's village in mid-Wales.

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  • Lives: Waxing and Filing - Jade's Beautiful Dream 14 Apr 14

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    32 mins

    Sangita Myska takes a trip into the world of nails and unwanted hair in Jade’s London beauty parlour.

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  • Lives 07 Apr 14: The Show Must Go On

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein follows husband and wife singing duo Pat & Hayley Mallon around the pubs of Bath. The show must go on - as Pat prepares for major surgery on an aneurysm. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • LIVES: 01 Jan 14: Sirens of Yorkshire - Community First Responders

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    32 mins

    It's Friday night in Hornsea, a small village in East Yorkshire;the air is cold and the stars seem to go on forever. Just off the High Street, a small accountancy firm is closing up; Andy, a man who loves the challenges of VAT, has finished the filing, and is having a cup of tea. Suddenly a siren blasts out. It's coming from a mobile phone, connected directly to the ambulance service. Andy is not a paramedic; he is a Community First Responder - trained in life saving techniques and the actions he takes over the next few minutes could mean the difference between life and death. First Responders come from every walk of life, and are all highly trained volunteers. But it's a huge commitment, and responsibility, and over Christmas and New Year, a busy one. So what motivates someone to take on such a role? Good Samaritans on the surface, but is it the adrenalin rush many say they feel that makes them addicted to saving lives? Presenter:Julie Gatenby Producer: Sara Jane Hall

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  • Lives 25 Dec 13: Christmas at Sandringham

    Wed, 25 Dec 13

    Duration:
    32 mins

    Alan Dein joins the 'Turkey & Tinsel' celebrations at the Sandringham Hotel in Weston super Mare where three coachloads of revellers have come to celebrate Christmas - in November. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • LIVES: 18 Dec 13: Going, Going, Gone

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    32 mins

    In the Sheffield auction room they see it all, from miners' welfare centres, to country manors and repossessed bowling alleys,and whatever state the buildings are in there's nearly always some-one willing to bid for them. The process is largely overseen by Adrian Little, whose own father was a livestock auctioneer.His right hand man is Mohammed Mahroof,whose father came from Pakistan to work in the steel works and had no intention of staying in his rented accommodation where he slept twelve to a room. Over a four week period viewings take place on a welfare centre in Grimethorpe, a council library in Sheffield and homes in various states of disrepair.That doesn't seem to deter.Scores of people come and dream about the type of home they can make for themselves in this desirable area of the city.Others don't view at all preferring to turn up at the auction room to snap up anything which can provide them with a rental income or a conversion possibility. Producer: Sue Mitchell

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  • LIVES: 11 Dec 13: Rooms for Rent

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    32 mins

    Alan Dein returns with more extraordinary stories of ordinary life in Britain. In Rooms for Rent, he meets Helga and her daughter Melody - from a small Norfolk town - who, ever since husband - a Cliff Richard impersonator - upped sticks and left, rent out rooms. Will is a scaffolder and has been renting from Helga for a year, but graduate trainee Colin has only just joined the household. How will Colin’s clarinet-playing fit in with Will’s Nirvana-style guitar band? And as the 'family' gather round the communal dinnertable, they dream of a fulfilling future beyond this often noisy house of song and dance. Producers Sarah Bowen and Simon Elmes

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  • LIVES: Freeminers in the Forest of Dean

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Still digging coal in their 70s, Alan Dein meets the Forest of Dean 'free miners'. They're a dying breed but one woman's attempt to join the club has stirred up strong feelings.

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  • LIVES: 9 Sep 13 St James' Gardens in Liverpool

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    St James' Gardens in Liverpool was once a derelict no-go area. Now restored, Alan Dein meets a regular group of visitors and finds out the role the park has played in their lives.

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  • Lives: 2 Sep 13 The Wedding

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mimi and Ryan are getting married. Alan Dein presents a fly-on-the-wedding cake documentary that follows them through the day, from waking up with a hangover to chucking-out time at Sale Rugby Club. In between there's a church wedding, a christening (their daughter Isabella is six months old), photographs, confetti, a lavish home-made buffet, speeches (ranging from tearful to inappropriate), dancing and a lot of laughter.

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