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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

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 pulling...

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 licence,...

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

Like Riding a Bike

1/30/2019
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Roni never got to learn to ride a bike as a child. Her dad died when she was nearly six years old, and her Mum was left to bring up five children on her own so there was no-one to teach Roni or help her. As Roni grew older, it just became embarrassing to talk about it, and it made her feel inadequate, so she stopped even mentioning it to anyone. But the longing for the freedom and independence she thought cycling would bring has never left her. So, when her friend Clare bought her a...

Duration:00:27:48

Field of Dreams

1/22/2019
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James is 24 and dreams of being a farmer. He’s got sheep, but nowhere to keep them. A sought-after farm in Cornwall is open for applicants. Will he find a home for his flock? But if you’re a first-time farmer without the money to buy, even finding a farm is difficult. James has been trying for years and has applied to 6 farms. He’s recently heard about a farm to rent in Cornwall. He and his fiancé, Isobel, have visited it and fallen in love with it. So they’ve decided to throw their heart...

Duration:00:27:53

Van Life

1/14/2019
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When Kirsty's youngest son goes to university, she decides to go in search of adventure. At the age of 47 she buys an old plasterer's van, and moves into it - knowing nothing about vehicles or DIY, and with a fear of heights so strong she gets scared of big hills. She starts a Youtube channel to record her journey, and over the next eighteen months goes through a radical change. But through the story of this change, we hear about her past - and what she's left behind. Produced in Bristol by...

Duration:00:27:51

Sikh-ing Mr Right

1/14/2019
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Min is determined to only marry a Sikh who wears a turban. But after a decade of looking her family and friends want her to widen her search by the time she turns 38. As the only daughter, her mum and dad just want her to be happy but also married and settled with her own family and they don’t mind who she marries. Min’s mum thinks not only should her daughter abandon her search for a turban-wearing Sikh but she should widen her search further to include non–Sikhs. With only three months to...

Duration:00:27:45

Me, Dad and Dementia

1/7/2019
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Grace Dent presents the story of Amanda and her fight to get 24 hour care for her 96 year old dad who has dementia - before it's too late. Alan calls his daughter Amanda up to twenty times a day, confused and paranoid. But he's adamant he doesn't want to go into a care home. We follow Amanda's struggle to get him the care she feels he needs. Producer: Laurence Grissell

Duration:00:27:31

The Unidentified Woman

1/1/2019
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This is the 100th episode of The Untold. Grace Dent follows the story of an unidentified woman found washed up on a beach in East Sussex in 2017. Who was she? And why has no one come forward to claim her body? Despite the best efforts of the police and a long-running missing persons appeal, she has never been identified. A year on, Christina, an employee of the Rother District Council’s Environmental Health team has been given the task of organising a funeral for the woman. She is determined...

Duration:00:27:52

No Place for the Homeless

12/26/2018
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The town of Corby faces a rough-sleeping crisis, but the community is strongly divided over a proposed solution. Does a homeless shelter belong by the side of a care home? Nicola is the manager of Corby's homelessness charity Nightlight. For several years they have been helping the growing number of homeless people in the small town by arranging temporary night shelters and paying visits to the homeless community in the woods. The volunteers believe they have found what they need: an unused...

Duration:00:27:58