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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Recent episodes (10)

  • 12 Sep 14: Racing Drivers

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Gerry Marshall was one of the most famous racing drivers of his generation; a larger-than-life character with big appetites, who eventually died of heart failure behind the wheel at Silverstone in 2005. His son, Gregor, always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, but Gerry discouraged him, saying "what's the point, you'll never be as good as me". But Gregor hasn't given up on his dream of racing. He has bought a vintage car, similar to the one his father raced, and is restoring it, with the help of two of his father's old friends - fellow ex-racer Denis, and car salesman Brian. They plan to get the car ready for Gregor to race in the summer season. Meanwhile, Gregor is trying to get in some track time, using a friend's borrowed car. But it's not all straightforward, as the car breaks down on its first outing ...

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  • 05 Sep 14: Branscombe Chalet Owners

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In February 2014, the worst storms in a generation hit the south Devon coast. Among those affected were the owners of five beach chalets at Branscombe. The sea took away much of the beach and eroded the earth banks on which the chalets stood, exposing the foundations and making some of them uninhabitable. Before the storm, the chalets were worth up to £250,000 each but now they are virtually unsaleable. The owners would like to rebuild them, and move shingle back up the beach to protect them from future storms. But there's a problem: Branscombe beach is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and falls under the control of Natural England. Natural England won't let the owners move shingle, partly because the upper shoreline is home to the very rare scaly cricket. They also adhere to a "Shoreline Management Plan", which says that there should be "no active intervention" to protect the beach from erosion.

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  • 29 Aug: Death Doula

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets doulas in Lewes in Sussex, who are companions to the dying. We listen in on a Death Cafe they are hosting, where strangers gather to talk about death.

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  • The Roman Way

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein follows the fast-moving story of a squatter who takes over a pub in Luton - he says for the benefit of the local community.

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  • Lives: Getting the House Ready 28 Apr 14

    Mon, 28 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    74 year old Myf Barker is turning her enormous home into a wedding venue in the hope that it will make money. Kate Lamble meets the family and uncovers memories amid the chaos.

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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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