Stacey Dooley on what inspired her 'Revisits' podcast series
For the last couple of years, everyone has been saying to me, ‘you should make your own podcast!’
And I’ve been resisting, mostly because I felt like there were already so many people doing pods and I didn’t want to just end up making more of what was already out there. Plus, you don’t want to make stuff for the sake of it, I guess.
But then bloody coronavirus came along and we were all forced to sit at home and spend hours on the sofa, wondering what to eat next and what to watch. (I’d inhaled Pose in like 2 days... I had withdrawal symptoms).
But the useful thing about lockdown, was many of us actually now suddenly had the time to get in touch with people, often those we haven’t seen or heard from in ages.
And honestly, I have met SO many memorable people over the last decade... and usually at pretty enormous periods of their lives.
So this series felt like a bit of a no brainer.
It then became a bit of a passion project, digging out the old emails, (some years old) and trying to catch up with them.
They were all really up for it and I am super grateful for their time. Such a treat to pick up where we left off.
Often, the feedback after a doc is, ‘you should go back and visit so and so...’ and one of the most asked questions is ‘do you keep in touch with the people you film...’
So I’m hoping the listeners love it!
From life imprisonment, to people smuggling and preppers... there’s a lot to discuss!
I hope you enjoy
Judy: 40 years behind bars - and counting
Stacey revisits the story of ‘lifer’ Judy White – the pensioner who has spent over 40 years in prison without parole for her part in a murder-for-hire plot.
It’s the documentary Stacey gets asked about the most – so she catches up with Judy’s daughter, Cynthia Djengue, as they await the decision over whether she will be granted an early release.
Listen to the full episode here.
Jeff: Running anti-abortion summer camps for kids
Stacey revisits the story of controversial pro-life activist Jeff White - who runs anti-abortion summer camps for young people in the US.
Stacey last saw Jeff in 2016, when she spent two weeks at one of his camps for a BBC TV documentary. She also follows up with one of the former campers, Yuni - whose life took an unexpected turn a few years after filming...
Listen to the full episode here.
The Padre: Caring for migrants at the Mexico-US border
Stacey revisits the story of the Padre – the Mexican priest who helps care for migrants before they make the dangerous illegal journey across the desert into the US.
Stacey last saw the Padre in 2012, when under his protection, she gained unique access to the people smuggling operation in Altar, a town on the Mexico-US border controlled by drug cartels.
Roman: 'Prepping' for the end of the world as we know it
Stacey reconnects with Roman, a 'prepper' from Austin, Texas, who she first met in 2018. Roman is part of a community of people who are all getting ready to face the end of the world as we know it, with concerns ranging from war to natural disasters, to civil unrest and climate change.
Given the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, does Roman feel more justified in taking his precautions?
Open adoption: Staying in touch with birth parents
In the last Revisits of the series, Stacey reconnects with Angie and Sherry, a couple from America who adopted a little girl in 2013 through open adoption, which encourages the birth parents to choose the adoptive parents themselves and to stay in touch with their child as they grow up.
Stacey also catches up with fathers Jonathan and Frank and their son Apollo.