Phil Redmond, Kate Fox, and Hazel O'Connor's Inheritance Tracks
Richard Coles and Sian Williams meet TV screenwriter and producer Phil Redmond, hear the story of Addisu Demissie and Junaid Jemal Sendi, two professional Ethiopian dancers and choreographers who used a dance project to move from the harsh streets of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to London's West End, share the sound sculpture of listener Lynn Tolmon who rejoices in the evocative squeak of a Victorian gate latch in Anfield, talk to Sean Enright who was held hostage at gunpoint in a London street, thrill to the recollections of the current owner of ventriloquist dummy Archie Andrews, listen to poetry from Newcastle with poet Kate Fox and revel in Hazel O Connor's Inheritance Tracks.
Producer: Chris Wilson.
STUDIO GUEST :: PHIL REDMOND
Creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond joins Sian and Richard to talk about the TV industry, Liverpool and writing gripping plotlines.
Phil’s autobiography Mid-Term Report is published by Random House.
THING ABOUT ME :: ARCHIE ANDREWS
DANCE CHANGED OUR LIVES :: ADDISU DEMISSIE AND JUNAID JEMAL SENDI
SOUND SCULPTURE :: ANFIELD GATE LATCH
I WAS HELD AT GUNPOINT :: SEAN ENRIGHT
POEM :: KATE FOX
TRAVEL :: TRAVELLING WITH A WHEELCHAIR
John McCarthy talks to quadriplegic David Constantine about travelling to places where there is no disabled access and designing wheelchairs for use in the developing world.
INHERITANCE TRACKS :: HAZEL O’CONNOR
Singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor chooses Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland as the song she has inherited. The tracks she would like pass down are Redemption Song by Bob Marley and Imagine by John Lennon.
POEM: Our Ends In The North
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I said "Least said soonest mended.
"Sometimes these things are sent to try us."
Though in this case, they were sent to fry us.
But in the North we don't like to make a fuss,
though sometimes, I admit, we make a bit of a fuss
about how we don't make a fuss.
In fact that "No Fuss Festival"
with the new play by Alan Bennett
and the 38 act opera "Unfussy"
starring Lesley "I Never Make A Fuss Me" Garrett
might, upon reflection
have constituted making a fuss.
But just because it's Doomsday, there's no need to make
a big song and dance about it.
On the second day I was on the bus
when there was a bang and all the lights went out-
and there was a chorus,
of "Call this an Apocalypse? I felt nowt".
and "Grimsby hasn't looked this good since
the Germans redecorated."
You've got to make the best of things,
Northerners are tough like that
nobody else compares.
On the third day, the Tyne Bridge fell into a crack in
the space-time continuum
I said "I'll go to the foot of our stairs",
but when I got home,there weren't any.
On the fourth day,
I said "Worse things happen at sea."
and popped on a Bear Grylls DVD.
On the fifth day the government said it was tough for everyone,
with it being the Apocalypse
but that actually in London the restaurants were full
and maybe we just weren't trying hard enough
in Liverpool, Newcastle and Hull.
We should get on our bikes
and there not being any roads left, or bikes, was just an excuse.
On the sixth day, the streets were full of people wandering about, moaning.
The Zombies hadn't come-
it was just folk complaining about the price of petrol
and how the Co Op had run out of white sliced.
On the seventh day Greggs' Ham and Armageddon pasties
were going down a storm,
and they didn't have to charge tax
as the surface radiation kept them warm.
On the eighth day there were no planes in the sky,
we had street parties,
shared the last of their tins,
best china was brought out, bunting unfurled.
What's the problem? we said,
"It's not the end of the world."