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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.

Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
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BBC

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Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.

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English


Episodes

Pushing the Envelope

5/21/2018
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Grace Dent follows Alan, the postman who dreams of making it as a professional actor. He has landed a role in a hit stage play, but he will have to overcome his dyslexia in order to succeed. Alan has worked as a postman in Liverpool for years, but he's now ready to pursue his true passion of a career in acting. Things have gotten off to a promising start as he has been cast in a leading role in a professional stage play. The play follows the story of the band Joy Division and is a celebrated...

Duration:00:27:53

Worcester Woman?

5/14/2018
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Grace Dent presents the story of Leisa Taylor: a feminist politician with purple hair and piercings who wants to make waves in Worcester. Worcester is a traditional place. It markets itself through Edward Elgar, the Cathedral and its 'Faithful City' status during the Civil War. The local political scene is almost entirely male dominated and - at the moment - Conservative. Leisa is standing for the Women's Equality Party in May's local elections - when the odds are stacked against her,...

Duration:00:27:33

The Commonwealth's Youngest Competitor

5/7/2018
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Anna Hursey has been playing table tennis for as long as she can remember and has managed to combine her school work with extended trips to train in China, where her mother is from and across Europe, where she can challenge herself against the top players. Her success has been remarkable and as her family prepare for the Commonwealth Games they reflect on what it means longer term and how Anna might continue to straddle the world in her quest to compete at the 2020 Olympics.

Duration:00:27:58

Cottage Rescue

2/21/2018
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The nephew of an elderly brother and sister fights to save their home, a thatched cottage near the shores of Lough Foyle that has belonged to their family for over 300 years. Grace Dent tells their story. The Quigley Cottage in Magilligan lies near the shores of Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland. It has belonged to the same family for over 300 years and has listed heritage status. Edward was born in it, and lives there with his elderly sister Eileen, without electricity or an indoor toilet....

Duration:00:27:51

Out of Their League

2/12/2018
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Grace Dent tells the story of Yeovil Town Ladies, a team of part time players who must raise £350,000 in order to turn professional and stay in the top tier of women's football. In November 2016 Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club hit the headlines with a fairy tale story. They were the part time team who had won their way to Women's Super League 1, the highest level of football in the country. A team of students, nurses and firefighters would rub shoulders with Arsenal, Chelsea and...

Duration:00:27:32

Out of School

2/5/2018
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Fourteen year old Mohammed was excluded from school after letting off a firework in a corridor. His Mum has been trying to get him back into education for many months now and as time passes she sees little hope of success. At first she opted to home school him, but with her work and family responsibilities she found this too difficult. She wants him to get a school place but worries about how he will settle and whether he can catch up the months of education that he's missed? Grace Dent...

Duration:00:27:50

The Good Fight

1/29/2018
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One man's bitter battle over his freedom to use a washing machine. Steve Norman - Stormin' Norman to anyone who knows him - is a big, loud, gruff, heavy smoker who's made it his mission to hold the authorities to account. "Facetious, obstinate, difficult - yeah I am. But I think I've got every right to be". At 59, he lives in a council block in the shadow of the M5. The flats are too small for washing machines so the block uses a shared facility, but in 2017 the council began to restrict...

Duration:00:27:52

The Toss of the Coin

1/22/2018
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Jackie Harrison has a 50-50 chance of developing Huntington's disease. Her grandfather, mother and uncle all died young with this devastating, neuro-degenerative disease and she cares for her younger brother who has it too. In December 2017 it seemed that there might have been a breakthrough and there's been a surge of people at risk asking for a predictive test. It's a blood test which simply tells you if you will develop the disease - but currently there is no cure. Jackie has previously...

Duration:00:27:40

Looking for Love

1/15/2018
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Grace Dent follows what happens when 43 year old Sharon embarks on a search for love. With two failed marriages behind her it would be easy to feel disappointed about the possibilities: not Sharon, who is optimistic that the right man is out there somewhere. When nights out at a local club fail to reap rewards Sharon turns to the internet but with mixed success: some of prospective suitors look nothing like their profile photos and whilst one or two prove to be decent, there are others who...

Duration:00:27:49

Jay-Z and Me

1/8/2018
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Kanan is a 30-year-old software consultant in Bristol, but for years he was a struggling musician. A few years ago after 15 years of trying to make it in the music industry, he got a day job. His first solid 9-5. To his surprise, he loved the new structure to his life. His life changed completely - he has stability and he's happy. But his secure life has now been overtaken by unexpected events. Two years ago, he wrote a song in his bedroom about a break-up he was going through. He gave it...

Duration:00:27:57

Revisited

12/25/2017
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Grace Dent hears from some of the people featured in previous episodes of The Untold. Updates include the fate of Bristol's DJ Derek and the latest on 73 year old Jean, who was being harassed by her estranged husband. Also, 23 year old Thomas reflects on fatherhood following the result of a positive paternity test. Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Duration:00:27:53

My Lost Brother

12/20/2017
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My Lost Brother

Duration:00:27:39

The Oboe Man

12/18/2017
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Paul Mosby was a professional oboist. Now with advanced Alzheimers, he is largely non-verbal, and spends his days walking the corridors of his care home. His wife Yvonne and daughter Helen hope that music therapy might awaken his connexion with music, and with himself. Paul made the decision to stop playing the oboe nearly twenty years ago. He put it away in a box, and has not played since. And the early music sessions don't go well - Paul only stays a few minutes and then again begins his...

Duration:00:27:38

Zero Hour Hero?

12/11/2017
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Jonathan's app could be a lifeline for job seekers in the gig economy. Grace Dent follows the Essex entrepreneur as he tries to get his app off the ground before funding runs out. Jonathan's a former supermarket worker inspired by the poverty he's seen in his local area. He's created an online recruitment app that aims to help those left behind by the gig economy and zero-hour contracts. For a year he struggled to make progress, but now he's finally got his big break. A backer will fund...

Duration:00:27:59

Mike and Nouri Go Fishing

12/8/2017
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Nouri is Syrian and Mike is Scottish. It is a new friendship formed around fishing and coffee and leads to Nouri confronting some painful memories.

Duration:00:27:38

Hit and Run

11/20/2017
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28 year old Liam Rogerson was crossing the road near his sister's home in Kent when he was knocked over and killed on Christmas Eve last year. The car did not stop. Grace Dent tells the story of a family trying to come to terms with the loss of the eldest son. As the court date approaches for the sentencing of the driver, Liam's family prepare themselves for a result they may not feel is fair. Producer: Georgia Catt.

Duration:00:27:42

I've Lost My Voice

11/13/2017
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This is Rob's story - a man who lost his voice and is trying to get it back. Rob is a warm and charismatic man who says he's an extrovert. He's a successful business-coach - a people-centred job he loves. But two years ago he lost his voice. At first he thought he'd shouted too much at the rugby, but then he discovered he'd developed the rare neurological condition, Spasmodic Dysphonia, which has severely affected his ability to speak. It's having a serious impact on both his social and...

Duration:00:27:40

Unfair Dismissal?

11/6/2017
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Grace Dent returns with a new series of untold stories from modern Britain. The new series opens with the story of former care home manager Rachel Burns who was sacked after posting a photo of one of her residents on Facebook. Though Rachel Burns admitted she'd made a number of mistakes in her use of social media, she felt that dismissal was too draconian after 21 years working for her employer, the local council. The Untold follows Rachel over a twelve month period as she pursues an...

Duration:00:27:50

In the Grip of Anorexia

8/21/2017
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17-year-old Maya is struggling with anorexia. Her life at home is volatile and her A levels are looming. It will mean the world to her if she can do well in these exams, but she can't concentrate to revise. Anorexia has been explosive within the family and Maya captures, with a raw honesty, the agonising rows they have. Combining extremely candid audio diaries with behind-the-scenes confrontation, Maya gives us an extraordinary insight into the life of a family living with an eating...

Duration:00:27:46

Virtual Friends

8/14/2017
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One day, when Alice was 15, she discovered Japanese Rock music - and discovered a post from a girl called Mimei about an obscure J Rock band. They started talking online - and over the years the relationship developed as the world's online platforms developed - through blogging, online messenger services, social media and video calls. Alice tells Mimei everything and says she's been one of the biggest influences on her life. As they grew up, Mimei moved to Japan, became a professional...

Duration:00:27:46

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