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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  • Herd Under the Hammer

    Wed, 29 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Dein meets Steve Graham who is selling his herd of a thousand cows after 35 years of milking.

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  • My Class My World

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alan Dein spends time with Bowling Park Primary School in Bradford.

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  • Holy Island: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets the islanders of Lindisfarne, who try to co-exist with daily coachloads of visitors. But when the tide comes in, the tourists disappear and silence decends.

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  • Lives: 8th April, Titans Together

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Rotherham has suffered following revelations about the extent of child sex abuse but community spirit is being harnessed by the Titans rugby team to bring together young and old.

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  • Lives: 15th Dec Sails and Oars Only - Oyster Fishing on the Fal

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets the fishermen of the Fal who still dredge oysters from sailing or rowing boats. Always precarious their, livelihoods now face a new threat - E coli in the water.

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  • Lives: 8th Dec Jam, Jerusalem and an Awful Lot of Glitter

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What do the Women's Institute and the gay club scene in 1980's New York have in common? Julie Gatenby meets people preparing for Liverpool's legendary Vogue Ball.

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  • Lives: 1st Dec Last Port of Call

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein visits an old mariners' home on the banks of the River Mersey. These Merchant Navy sailors - and their widows - reflect on their seafaring lives.

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  • Lives: 24 Nov The Horses of Holme Wood

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Bradford's Holme Wood estate boasts many dozens of horses. The council wants the animals removed. Alan Dein meets the animal owners and explores their battle with the council.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lives: 26 Aug 13 The Longest Walk

    Thu, 19 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    It's rambling, but not as we know it. Every year the Long Distance Walkers' Association organises a 100 mile walk. It has to be completed in 48 hours, which for most people means walking through two nights with no sleep.

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  • Lives: 12 July 2013 Rocking The Rails at Castle Cary

    Fri, 12 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Idyllic Castle Cary is a sleepy station in Somerset - till Glastonbury comes around! As the Rolling Stones set out to play, all is not quiet on the station front! Presenter Sangita Myska finds out more

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  • Lives: 5 July 2013 It's a Bargain

    Fri, 5 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    An insight into the lives of two Yorkshire van drivers who transport items traded on eBay

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  • Lives 28 Jun 13: New School - The First Year

    Fri, 28 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the second of two programmes, Alan Dein follows the mixed fortunes of a new primary school, St Michael's, over the course of its first year. As the school opens its doors, headteacher Jackie Ashley is still struggling to attract the numbers she hoped for. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives 21 Jun 13: New School - Under Construction

    Fri, 21 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the first of two programmes, Alan Dein follows a year in the life of St Michael's, a new primary school just outside Peterborough. As building work continues, will it open on time and will there be enough pupils? Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives: 13 Mar 13 Wheelchair Pusher Needed

    Wed, 13 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    When Terry Chambers became wheelchair-bound after a stroke, he needed someone to push him through the streets of Crouch End in North London. He already had one carer but it wasn't enough. So he placed a jokey advert in the local newsagent's window - "Pusher needed for Silly Old Fart in Wheelchair" and found Robert.

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  • Lives: 6 Mar 2013 Academy Beat

    Wed, 6 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    When Dave Clifford left the Metropolitan police after thirty years of service he didn’t opt for an easy life: instead of retirement he took a job as head of year at a London academy and eight years on he’s still there. Alan Dein meets him and finds out more about the pastoral care he delivers, including sorting out the mysterious case of chicken bones found spread across the canteen floor and the baffling antics of teenage pupils who have been filming themselves as they cough and splutter whilst eating cinnamon!

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  • Lives: 27 Feb 13 Occasional Island, Somerset

    Wed, 27 Feb 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Muchelney means 'Great Island' and this village in the Somerset Levels is often cut off. In the highest flood in living memory Alan Dein meets the people who live on this occasional island.

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  • LIAL 20 Feb 13: Zoo For Sale

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fancy buying a zoo? If so, here is your chance - a private zoo in Borth, Wales has been put on the market. Alan Dein visits to meet the animals, the owners, and their stories. Producer: Sarah Jane Hall

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  • Lives: 24 Oct 12 The Allotment

    Thu, 25 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein visits a Hastings allotment and finds that a plot of land means a lot more to people than a place to grow vegetables. He joins various allotmenteers as they tend their plot and hears how differently they use it. A young family have created a haven where the children learn about nature; a teacher who tended the land as a means of combatting depression and two friends meet under a full moon to await the wild original inhabitants of the allotment. Producers: Sarah Bowen and Neil McCarthy

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  • Lives 17 Oct 12: The Pigeon Men of Burdiehouse

    Wed, 17 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Burdiehouse is a council scheme on the outermost tip of Edinburgh and it's here, hidden away from the world outside, that Alan Dein encounters the pigeon, or doo men, locked in a constant battle to capture each other's birds. These men are neighbours but when it comes to pigeons the battle lines are drawn. Producer: Caitlin Smith

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  • Lives 10 Oct 12: The Longest Commute in Britain

    Thu, 11 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Arguably the longest commute in the UK, the Caledonian Sleeper is a quarter of a mile long. Alan Dein rides with three regulars, through a long night of the long distance commuter, to find out where home really lies. Producer: Sara Jane Hall

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  • Lives 03 Oct 12: Gone Astray

    Wed, 3 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Maureen's cat has gone astray. On the same Portsmouth street, the Fletcher family have found a cat which they're growing very fond of. The cat has brought the family back together after a nightmare summer holiday with their teenage children. But does their feline peacemaker actually belong to Maureen? Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives 23 May 12: Steel Spring

    Wed, 23 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    It's Easter 2012 and Redcar steelworks sees a fiery and unlikely resurrection when its blast furnace is relit. Amongst the flames Alan Dein hears from lives shaped by steel. Producer: Mark Burman

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  • Lives 16 May 12: Driving change in Portrush

    Fri, 18 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The people of Portrush in Northern Ireland are hoping that the arrival of the Irish Open golf tournament will breathe new life into this seaside town which was a once thriving holiday resort. For four days the town will turn into a golf lover's paradise. An injection of cash from the government is paying for the demolition of derelict buildings and a major spring clean. But some in Portrush fear this will be a temporary patch-up job and that once the world's TV cameras depart things will return to normal. Producer: Claire Burgoyne

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  • Lives 09 May 12: Dog Killers

    Wed, 9 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein delves into the deaths of two Labradors, Moz and Chloe and three Jack Russell Terriers, Monty, Poppy and Murphy, living in different families on the same street. Following the latest death, pork steak laced with pesticide was found in a garden and a local vet is in little doubt that this was a deliberate. For Georgina and her husband Darren the attacks have unleashed mistrust and fear in their once close knit community near Wakefield. Producer: Sue Mitchell

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  • Lives 02 May 12: The New Estate

    Wed, 2 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The dramas of young families moving into Cardea, a brand new housing estate on the outskirts of Peterborough which just two years ago was open fields. Sara Jane and Stacey are both expectant mums in their early twenties. Together with their partners, they're about to embark on a new life on the new estate. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives: Readers' Lives 15 Apr 11

    Mon, 6 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Every six weeks a group of women in affluent Putney by the Thames in south-west London meets to discuss a book they've all been reading. This is no casual club open to the public but a close knit circle of friends and bibliophiles whose group is exclusive. As Boat Race Saturday - spring highpoint of the social calendar - approaches, Alan Dein joins the women as they go about their daily lives to hear about their relationship with Putney, with each other and the meaning the book club has for them. Producer: Neil McCarthy

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  • Lives: The Shoot 08 April 11

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein follows the fortunes of Iraq veteran turned wedding photographer Stefan Edwards as he contends with the difficulties of life on civvy street and tries to cut himself a slice of the increasingly competitive wedding market. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives: Passion at Glasgow Cross 23 Jan 11

    Mon, 23 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    On the wall above the Val D'Oro, one of the oldest fish and chip shops in Glasgow hangs a painting of the Crucifixion, painted to commemorate the residents of one of the poorest areas of the city. To the left of the cross, Luigi Corvi, owner of the shop, stands poised to sing, bearing a plate of fish and chips. As Alan Dein discovers, the Passion at Glasgow Cross also describes Luigi's long suppressed dream: he serves fish and chips by day but dreams of life singing opera at La Scala... Producer: David Stenhouse

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  • Lives: The Home 22 Jun 11

    Mon, 2 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein visits Vi and John Rubens House in Ilford, Essex, where elderly residents of the old East End Jewish community in London now spend their days. Talking to them about how they spend their time now he discovers a rich landscape of experience in the lives of these entertainingly lively and thoughtful old people. Producer: Simon Elmes.

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  • Lives: The Devils of Broughton 25 Mar 11

    Fri, 23 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein reports on a curious midnight ritual in Broughton, Northamptonshire where, as Christmas approaches, the villagers beat out the devil in a din of pots and pans, milk churns and hip baths, drums and hammers, colanders and frying pans - anything that makes a noise in fact. Producer: Sara Jane Hall

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  • Lives: A Zimbabwean in Belfast 15 Jun 11

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets Zimbabwean refugee Wilson Magwere. Back home, he and his fellow musicians from the band Storm were regularly called upon to perform at pro-government rallies while all around them they witnessed their family and friends suffer at the hands of Robert Mugabe's regime. It was soon too much to bear and Wilson left his wife and daughter to flee to Belfast, where he's formed a new band and hopes his family might someday join him. Producer: Conor Garrett

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  • Lives: Life Model 08 Jun 11

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets Arthur Lowe, a 75-year-old life model and former financial adviser, from Shipston-On-Stour who poses for art students as a contribution to society. Alan explores exposure, vanity and the ageing process with Arthur who is acutely aware that his days as a model may be numbered. Producer: Paula McGinley

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  • Lives: Nuclear Golf 01 Jun 11

    Mon, 5 Dec 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein joins a group for whom the nuclear industry has been a staple of their daily lives. But the golfing members of the Sellafield Area Sports and Recreation Association, have a life away from the pressure of working at one of the most recognisable nuclear establishments in the world. As they make their way to the far end of the course, the holes which neighbour the Sellafield landscape of their working lives, Alan learns how they balance a very particular kind of work and leisure. Producer: Tom Alban

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  • Lives: Between Brothers 1 Apr 11

    Mon, 28 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein follows the lives of two brothers - Alex, searching for a fresh start away from London gangs and his adopted brother JJ, who is poised for success on the London stage. Producer: Sue Mitchell

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  • Lives: The Maryfield Writers 27 Nov 09

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein goes to Northern Ireland to talk to former Royal Ulster Constabulary officers who have formed a writing group. The Maryfield Writers meet once a month to share their work and come to terms with the trauma of the past. Producer: Neil McCarthy

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  • Lives: A Good Fondness for Rats 11 Jul 05

    Mon, 14 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the first ever Lives in a Landscape, the Ancient and Honourable Society of Ratters leave London clubland behind and head for Yorkshire to experience the excitement of a real rat-hunt, masterminded by ex-miner Brian Oliver. But when he invites them back to his council semi, it's not quite what they're expecting. Alan Dein has presented the programme since 2008 - before then, most editions were audio montages without a presenter. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives: Trouble in Elsecar Park

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein travels to Elsecar Park, Barnsley. For the past 4 years it has been home to Francis McDonald who both runs the cafe and acts as unofficial park keeper. It seemed like a paradise when McDonald opened the doors on a world he had known since his childhood. But gradually it became a kind of lonely hell. Now this will be his last autumn and the house on the hill will fall silent and shuttered. Producer: Mark Burman

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  • Lives: Boston's Migrant Workers

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein goes to Boston, Lincolnshire to explore the simmering tensions caused by a large influx of migrant workers from Eastern Europe. On arriving in this traditional market town dominated by its vast church known locally as the Stump, Alan hears rumours of escalating crime, homelessness and enforced repatriations. Alan talks to Bostonians and migrant workers alike, attempting to build up a picture of the reality behind the rumours. Producer: Laurence Grissell

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  • Lives: Craigmillar's Caravan Converts

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Alan Dein meets the evangelising travellers of Edinburgh who live amid the decaying remains of the city's Craigmillar estate and worship in the Life and Light church. Once a thriving community, today Craigmillar lies two thirds empty, with promised re-development on hold. Venturing into the heart of a housing scheme rife with drug dealers, according to the travellers, Alan is not sure what kind of reception he will receive. Producer: Kate Bissell

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  • Lives: Bowling for Woodhouses

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The village of Woodhouses near Manchester is a half-rural, half-suburban idyll. Right now, the place is buzzing with excitement as the village cricket team are about to contest the the final of the Village Cricket Cup at Lords. But as Alan Dein discovers, just as the team dream of victory, this proud Lancashire cricketing village is under threat. Once home to quarter of a million pigs, Woodhouses suddenly finds itself in real danger of being consumed by bricks and concrete, threatening its village status. Producer: Neil George

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  • Lives: Hackney after the Riots

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the London Borough of Hackney, they're sweeping up after the riots. As worldwide media attention subsides, Alan Dein returns to hear how life has changed. He follows story of Siva Kandiah's quest to rebuild his shop after it was gutted during the disturbances. Producer: Sara Jane Hall

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  • Lives: Welcome

    Fri, 4 Nov 11

    Duration:
    1 min

    Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this series automatically within the next seven days. To find other podcasts from the BBC, visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts.

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