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Panama - North Korea

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 November 2011

John McCarthy meets foreign correspondent Nicholas Wood who has turned his hand to running tours of some of the world's politically sensitive spots. They are joined by playwright Sam Holcroft and economist and playwright Alastair Muriel who recently accompanied Nicholas on a trip to North Korea to find out if they could get any closer to this controversial country. John also looks at Panama with Verol Gordon who has moved there with his family and explains the attractions of a new life in a fast developing land.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Nicholas Wood

    is a journalist with ten years’ experience working as a reporter in the Balkans; he lived and worked in Kosovo between 1999 and 2004, before moving to Slovenia. Nicholas is a regular speaker on the Balkans. Nicholas set up the company Political Tours in 2009 for those interested in seeing places in the news or of political significance

    Find out more about Nicholas Wood
  • Alastair Muriel

    is a playwright and an economist formerly at London’s Institute for Fiscal Studies. His credits include Reality (Royal Shakespeare Company/Live Theatre), Ladies and Gentlemen (Paines Plough/Oval House Theatre) and Ashes (Dancing Shadows).

    Find out more about Alastair Muriel
  • Sam Holcroft

    is a playwright and was part of the Traverse Theatre's Young Writers Group. Her credits include Cockroach (co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse Theatre), While You Lie (Traverse Theatre), Vogue (Royal Court and Latitude) and ‘Edgar of Annabel’, part of Double Feature: One (National Theatre). She has recently been awarded the Tom Erhardt Award for up-and-coming writers.

    Find out more about Sam Holcroft
  • Verol Gordon

    is a builder and property developer. He was born and brought up in Jamaica and moved to London in his teens. About five years ago he and his wife began to think about moving abroad. With its skyscrapers, plazas, colourful markets and developing economy they found Panama the ideal place to live.



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