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Island Life

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 October 2013

Tim Ecott traces an import boom, as well as the beginnings of inter-island trade, as Seychelles redesigns its economy; Robin Denselow learns why the French state once tried to silence the traditional music of its overseas territory Reunion; Christine Finn samples a classic British boot fair to find that the UK's not nearly as insular as it once was; Alan Johnson visits the Tremiti archipelago just off Italy, housing what was once a Fascist-era prison island for gay men; and Alex Preston breaks out of the Nigerian elite's bubble in capital city Abuja - an island of rotting, uninhabited mansions for corrupt grandees, amid an ocean of shanty towns.

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