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Ruth Wishart's Remarkable Men

5 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 March 2011

In this week's Zone, Ruth Wishart revisits many of her own archive interviews with fascinating men.

Among the many various well known voices are ski-jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards and Big Brother contestant "Nasty" Nick Bateman. There are also chats with writers like sports scribe Hugh McIlvanney, investigative journalist Roger Cook and financial whistle-blower Geraint Anderson. Elsewhere Ruth hears the incredible life stories of men like Tim Brannigan who was raised as adopted by his own mother and Sandy Reid, who was separated from his mother as a child. Plus there are one-to-ones with men like Paul Dadge, the unofficial 'hero' of the 7/7 bombings in London and charity fund-raiser Lloyd Scott who walked the bed of Loch Ness in a diver's suit.


10 items
  • Life Behind The News: Hugh McIlvanney

    The celebrated sports writer chats to Ruth Wishart about his life as a journalist, his rivalry with his novelist brother and the influence of his West Coast of Scotland upbringing.

  • At The Sharp End: Geraint Anderson

    Former Banker and author of the City Boy newspaper column Geraint Anderson lifts the lid on the unsavoury way the financial services sector goes about its business.

  • Front Page News: Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards

    Michael Edwards aka Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards chats to Ruth Wishart about becoming headline news as the have-a-go hero ski jumper at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

  • Blood Ties: Tim Brannigan

    Ruth Wishart talks to Tim Brannigan about why his mother raised him as an adopted child when he was in reality her natural son.

  • Front Page News: Paul Dadge

    Ruth Wishart meets Paul Dadge the former fire-fighter whose image as one of the heroes of the 7/7 bombings was splashed across the world’s newspapers in 2005.

  • Blood Ties: Sandy Reid

    Ruth Wishart hears the extraordinary story of traveller child Sandy Reid who was taken from his mother as a young child never to see her again.

  • At The Sharp End: Bishop Gene Robinson

    The Anglican clergyman discusses the pressure of being the first openly gay bishop of New Hampshire and the furore it caused within the church.

  • Front Page News: Nick Bateman

    The original Big Brother baddie remembers the time he was the biggest news story in Britain.

  • Front Page News: Lloyd Scott

    The charity fund-raiser famous for walking the bed of Loch Ness in a diving suit recounts how his good deeds ruined his home-life.

  • Life Behind The News: Roger Cook

    The legendary news man discusses his unconventional investigative techniques with Ruth Wishart in 2009.


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