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Children of the World Wide Web

Generations Apart, Series 1 Episode 2 of 2

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 August 2011

Fi Glover launches Generations Apart, a new series for BBC Radio 4 which tracks the fortunes of people at two very different stages in their lives - the first Baby Boomers born in 1946, the second the 'children of the nineties' born at the same time as the world wide web.

Over the next three years, Fi delves into the lives of individuals chosen from each generation to explore how people are shaped by when they're born, looking at similarities and differences between them.

In the first programme on Monday 8th August at 9am, Fi met people born in 1946. The first 'baby boomers' are now turning 65 with many reflecting on where they've got to and what more they'd like to achieve. Today she joins the 'children of the 90s' - born into a very different world. At 21 they face significant challenges and Fi meets them as they tackle issues ranging from responsibility to romance. The case studies include:

The Cambridge graduate with a world of opportunities at her feet but with difficult financial and career choices now her university days are over;

The prisoner released after a sentence for violence with his sights set on an apprenticeship scheme and a flat of his own;

The twenty-one-year-old Welsh twins who juggle their wish for greater independence with the security they gain from their close knit family;

The London singer who at 21 has surrounded himself with friends able to provide the support that his own mother couldn't.

This series gives listeners the opportunity to hear what happens as those taking part wrestle with important decisions and choices.


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