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VOICES OF THE POWERLESS
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THE LATEST PROGRAMME
Begins Thursday 25 July 2002, 9.02 am - 9.30 am.
Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at six critical moments across the last 1,000 years.

The critical moments studied in the first series are:
The Norman Conquest in York. Read more ..>>,
The Peasants' Revolt in London. Read more ..>>
The Reformation in Essex and Suffolk. Read more ..>>
The Plantation of Ireland in the Counties of Armagh and Tyrone. Read more ..>>
The English Civil War and the Siege of Chester.Read more ..>>
The Plague hits early 17th century Salisbury. Read more ..>>.

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Find out about the programmes in series 2 of Voices of the Powerless.

New series on air: 24 July 2003
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Click here for information and images relating to programme 6 on the plague in 17th century Salisbury. ..>>
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Play the English Civil War Quiz
Play the Plantation Quiz
Play the Reformation Quiz
Play Peasant's Revolt Quiz
Play Normans Quiz



MELVYN BRAGG
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Listen and watch a slide show as Executive Producer Simon Elmes gives a unique insight into the programme.
PROGRAMME MUSIC
Click here to listen to the signature music The music is from the film Little Women and is by Thomas Newman. The version used in the programme is a special arrangement by Simon Elmes.

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In Our Time
Thursday 9.00-9.45am, rpt 9.30-10.00pm. Melvyn Bragg explores the history of ideas. Listen again online or download the latest programme as an mp3 file.
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PRESENTER
Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg presents In Our Time for BBC Radio 4, a series where he and his guests discuss the "Big Ideas" of cultural or scientific significance.

He also presented The Routes of English, his millennial series celebrating 1,000 years of the English language.

Melvyn Bragg was born in 1939 in Wigton, Cumbria - where many of his books are set. He won a scholarship to Oxford to read history, and in 1961 he gained a coveted traineeship with the BBC.

He has presented a number of television series including: Read All about It, Two Thousand Years, and Who's Afraid of the Ten Commandments? and createdThe South Bank Show.

Melvyn presented Start the Week between 1988 and 1998. In his 1998 series On Giant's Shoulders he interviewed scientists about their eminent predecessors.

As well as presenting for Radio 4, he is Controller of Arts for London Weekend Television. He's written 17 novels, the latest of which, The Soldier's Return, won the WH Smith Literary Award.

Melvyn Bragg was made a Life Peer in 1998 and he took the title of Baron Bragg of Wigton in the County of Cumbria.

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