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Episode 1

Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 16 July 2012

The writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli is seeking serenity each day this week. He'll be meeting five people - from a stand-up comic to a foster carer - to find out how they bring peace and stillness into their lives.

In the first programme he travels to Suffolk to meet Simon Barnes. Simon is the chief sportswriter of The Times as well as its wildlife correspondent. Together they sit down to watch the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Manchester United. With the two teams' strident fans and pumped up players, it's about as far from serenity as they can get.

But early next morning, very early the next morning, at 4.00 am Hardeep is up and meeting Simon Barnes to go with him to Darsham Marsh. Simon, author of 'Bird Watching With Your Eyes Closed', introduces Hardeep to the sounds of the dawn. Nightingales, larks, blackbirds, robins, even a rare cuckoo, all make their appearance as they squelch their way to a remote spot.

Hardeep admits to experiencing a 'magical morning'. Has he found one kind of serenity?

Producer: Richard Bannerman
A Ladbroke Production for BBC Radio 4.


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