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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

NewStorytellers 5. A Young Sel in a Small Town

8/12/2019
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Selina Medford grew up in Port Talbot, South Wales, where people of West Indian heritage were in a minority. Now she takes her daughter back to relive her experiences. Touring around the town, they delve into the good, the bad and the ugly struggles that Selina and her family faced growing up during the 1960s. On the way, her daughter Sian, who was born and raised in Birmingham, begins to understand her mother’s experience and how the multi-cultural world she grew up in, and often took for...

Duration:00:14:17

NewStorytellers 4. My Life After Grenfell

8/12/2019
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Three survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire - Alison Moses, Emma O’Connor and Antonio Roncolato - recount the hardships they have endured since that fateful night in June 2017. Starting with memories of the disaster, the survivors then describe what has happened to them since - from being re-housed in temporary accommodation to their feelings about the immediate and long-term political responses to the fire. How do you cope with losing friends and family and still living in the charred...

Duration:00:14:05

NewStorytellers 3. Beyond the Ballot

8/12/2019
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Fran De’ath is a retired UN Election Organiser who now lives on a houseboat in Bristol, but the voyage of her life is extraordinary - a true story of an ordinary person rising to meet extraordinary circumstances. She was a peacekeeper in 1990s South Africa and, in the 2000s, she de facto wrote the election law in Afghanistan, despite a suicide bomber in her office. But the work Fran is most proud of is what she did in East Timor’s independence referendum. Along mountain passes and into a...

Duration:00:13:49

NewStorytellers 2. Kidnapped

8/12/2019
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This documentary-drama presents a binaural experience which follows two very different true stories of abduction - one without long-lasting consequences, the other, devastatingly fatal. The feature asks if we are we blind to the possible risks in our everyday lives as, through the power of binaural surround sound, Kidnapped places you in the victim’s place giving the listener the experience of being abducted. For the best listening experience - put your headphones on, close your eyes, and...

Duration:00:14:01

NewStorytellers 1. The Flapper

8/12/2019
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While Grace and The Untold team are busy prepping the next series, we’ve got a treat for you. Five fantastic short documentaries from five fantastic new audio producers. The story of one family told through one object - a memorial to a much-missed matriarch as her family celebrate the life and cookery of Audrie Guthrie, an idiosyncratic and creative mother. Malcolm Guthrie was 94 when his youngest son Bruce returned to live with him in their family home after 31 years away. This is the...

Duration:00:14:06

The Last Printer

7/29/2019
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As Stanley Lane approaches his 81st birthday he's looking for someone to take over his letterpress printing company. After a small article appears about his search in The Telegraph newspaper, applications start pouring in from all over the world. Grace follows Stan's search for someone to take on the company; will he be able to step down from the business he's run for almost 40 years and hand over the reins to someone new? Produced by Mair Bosworth

Duration:00:28:23

Fifteen Years Later

7/22/2019
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Fifteen years ago Anna was diagnosed with cancer, and eventually had to have a double mastectomy. Now, as she turns 50, she returns to hospital for full reconstructive surgery. Presented by Grace Dent Produced in Bristol by Polly Weston For support with the issues in the programme, you can visit: Breast Cancer Care provides emotional support and tailored information to anyone affected by the disease. Phone: 0808 800 6000 www.breastcancercare.org.uk Breast Cancer Now provides information on...

Duration:00:27:45

Worth Her Weight

7/15/2019
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Growing up, Georgia was always the fiery one. Independent, determined and committed, she was the kind of student who gave everything her all, and achieved whatever she put her mind to. When she set her sights on Oxford University she taught herself A-level Classics from the kitchen table to get there. In just one month’s time she’ll be competing in her first Strong Man competition. She’ll be pushing her body to its limits, running with 10 stone barrels, deadlifting 18 stone bars and...

Duration:00:27:50

Ellie and Ollie

7/3/2019
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Ellie and Ollie were once a lesbian couple. Then Ollie began the process of transitioning from female to male. Grace Dent follows the story, as the couple negotiate the change. Presented by Grace Dent Produced in Bristol by Polly Weston

Duration:00:27:52

Followed by Thousands

6/10/2019
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Katie is 17 and a rising star of social media, followed by thousands. She's also a grade A student but is not sure she can do both. Will this mean dropping out of A-levels in Year 12? Grace Dent presents. Producer: JP Devlin

Duration:00:27:36

A Trip to Death Row

6/3/2019
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Laura from London visits a death row inmate in Florida to seek answers about her late father's final years. Laura's dad John was an alcoholic. He spent the last ten years of his life writing to Michael, a man condemned to death for murder. John confided things in Michael which he didn't share with his own daughter. 29 year old Laura enters a maximum security prison in Florida to find out what Michael knows. Producer: Laurence Grissell

Duration:00:27:44

Diary of a Surrogate

5/31/2019
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Having already helped one couple become parents by being a surrogate, Linder wants to do it again. The joy of seeing new parents hold their baby for the first time was so wonderful, she wants to give that to someone else. This time, Linder is trying to get pregnant for gay couple Nick and Karl. But although she conceives very quickly, the path ahead is fraught with difficulties. Linder records an intimate and painfully honest diary as the pregnancy continues.

Duration:00:27:33

The Two Sides of Silver Street

5/20/2019
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In many ways Silver Street in Halifax is a street like any other. Yet it also contains a scene you probably won't find anywhere else in the country. At the end of the street is Calderdale Women's Centre. It provides support to female victims of abuse, facing financial difficulties or suffering from health problems. Just a few yards across the road from the Centre is La Salsa, a lap dancing bar. Representatives from the Women's Centre have decided to mount an opposition to La Salsa's...

Duration:00:27:49

Innocent

5/13/2019
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Matt is attractive, dynamic and funny, but he has never had a girlfriend. As a blond 8-year-old, he was repeatedly abused by paedophiles and has resisted intimacy ever since. But is he now ready to date? A smiling and playful prep school boy, Matt loved life. Racing around town on his bike, playing hide and seek in the sand dunes, with professional parents and a gang of good friends, he wanted for nothing. But one hot summer's day, playing football in the park, a group of predatory...

Duration:00:28:06

Leaving the Party

5/6/2019
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Grace Dent presents the story of two councillors who've quit their parties to run as independents in the local elections. Rowan has left Labour over antisemitism, while Brian has quit the Conservatives over Brexit. Will their gamble pay off? Producer: Laurence Grissell

Duration:00:27:54

What Happened Next?

2/22/2019
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Grace Dent revisits four powerful stories recently featured in The Untold, to find out where life took them next. Will was a victim of the Westminster Bridge attack, now tasked with putting his life back together and managing serious injuries. Kanan's life was turned upside down when the song he wrote in a Bristol flatshare was picked up by Jay-Z and became an international hit. Other stories revisited are the case of two GPs fighting to save their practice and the mother whose child was...

Duration:00:27:58

Don't Take My Masala

2/18/2019
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Shaish Alam's restaurant was once the top rated take away and curry restaurant in Wales. He'd won loads of awards, and appeared on national telly, demonstrating his home grown approach to cooking curry. In September 2017, everything changed, when he was found to be employing four staff who did not have the right to work in in the UK. It wasn't the first time - but with unpaid fines amounting to more than £70,000, this time the authorities came down much harder. Now, he says he can't get more...

Duration:00:27:56

High Street Blues

2/18/2019
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Grace Dent presents the story of a Hastings high street in the run-up to Christmas, and three shops fighting for survival. For many years, businesses on Queens Road came and went. Many windows were boarded up, shop faces were rundown. So a few years ago it was seen as a sign of successful regeneration when new independent businesses began to move in and shop fronts were repainted. It became known as a destination for people wanting independent shops, run by people with a passion for what...

Duration:00:28:01

Should I study at Cambridge?

2/18/2019
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The recordings follow Anoushka as she tours the Cambridge colleges and debates what she should do. It's a difficult choice and one that is made all the harder by the University's poor record in relation to black students, who make up just 2.2 per cent of the under-graduate population. In talking to her friends she discovers that some of the more able students are clearly put off from even applying to Oxbridge because of the compromises they would have to make. They talk to her about concerns...

Duration:00:27:45

Searching For My Birth Family

2/8/2019
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For Steph, family comes first. As a self-described 'dance mum' she frequently drives the youngest of her three children around the country for classes and competitions. Steph was adopted, and although her own upbringing was a happy one she has always wanted to know more about her birth mother and blood relatives. Now for the first time she has decided to try to find them and contact them. She has no idea whether her mother's relatives know of her existence, and what effect her search for...

Duration:00:27:43