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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 18 August 2009

Personal stories behind the news from all over the world. With George Arney.

On today's programme: Dramatic execution rescue; Japan's pregnant brides; prosthetic arm claim.

From prison to the stage
British Asian Mirza Tahir Hussein spent 18 years in a Pakistani jail, and actress Nichola McAuliffe helped save him from execution. They explain how that story is now being told in a play, 'A British Subject', at the Edinburgh Festival.

Japan's pregnant brides
Wedding planners in Japan now provide special packages for pregnant brides. Roland Buerk asks if the acceptance of pre-marriage pregnancy is a cultural shift, or a response to population decline.

Riam Dean
She has a prosthetic arm and lost her holiday job in an upmarket store the day she was asked to work out of the customers' sight. Riam Dean's now won a legal claim and has set up a campaign - 'Imperfect'.


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