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




In the Grip of Anorexia

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

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

A Chair for Neil

Neil Francis loves the outdoors. There's nowhere else he'd rather be than stretched out in a field gazing at the sky, with his dog Bouncer by his side. From his front room he can see the hills that he used to play in as a child. But for now, he can't get up them. 25 years ago, an accident left Neil paralysed from the chest down and since then he's had to rely on 24hr care at home. His wheelchair gives him some freedom but it can only take him so far. Uneven paths, muddy fields and steep...

Duration: 00:27:55


Grace Dent revisits four of the most intriguing Untold stories from the past few months to discover what happened next. This includes 'Missing', the story of Zack and Kirsty in the wake of Zack's disappearance.

Duration: 00:27:39

Lost Benefits

Amir is twenty five and can't work - he has a rare neurological condition and is waiting for surgery to correct foot deformities. His doctors agree, but the Government does not and he has six weeks to appeal the decision denying him disability related payments. It was all a far cry from the life Amir imagined when he left school and set out to follow his Dad's advice: get a job, start saving and put together enough money to buy a house. He started down that path, working for Morrison's and...

Duration: 00:27:43

Mr and Mr

Gubs and Gary are getting married. They've been preparing for this day for over a year. Gubs is Sikh and Gary is white. Gubs has already told his dad he is gay, and his father managed to accept it. But it looks like a wedding is just one step too far. Now, there are only weeks to go. Final preparations are being made for the outfits, the photography, the food. But Gubs wonders if his Dad will change his mind before the big day. And if he does relent, how will Gubs feel about it? Producer...

Duration: 00:27:48

Born Before Time

Isobel is a much longed for baby for Catherine and James, who want to spend as much time as possible with her on Bradford Infirmary's neo-natal unit. Being born at just 26 weeks old means she needs a good deal of mechanical intervention to survive and she has a dedicated nursing team to closely monitor her progress. As Grace Dent hears, her chances of survival are good, but there is vigilance about possible longer term complications and in the early weeks she is very closely monitored. As...

Duration: 00:27:43

The End of the Road?

Mary is 86 and facing an eye test to decide if she can continue to drive. Will the test put an end to her 65 year driving career - or can she carry on? She's been diagnosed with several eye conditions including glaucoma, cataracts and macula degeneration, and now she faces the field of vision test - the test which will decide whether she's fit to continue to drive. She lives in rural Somerset, where public transport is scarce. For 40 years she had the same Morris Traveller and now she...

Duration: 00:27:25

Care or Custody

One day Ray finds out he's the father of a newborn baby who has been taken into care. He's now in another relationship with girlfriend Cally. Together they begin the the fight for custody of his daughter otherwise she'll be given up for adoption. Ray spent his own childhood in care and is determined to avoid that fate for his daughter. The process has been arduous and the outcome - in the weeks before the final hearing - is far from certain. Grace Dent presents. Producer Neil McCarthy.

Duration: 00:28:00

Back to Life

This is Nick's story; and it's a story of grit and determination; of ambition and limitations; of one young man's struggle to get his life back, after a car accident that's left him with a brain injury. Nick was 23 when his life changed forever. He's lucky to be alive. He was driving home late one night when his car came off the road. He thinks he fell asleep at the wheel. Luckily no one else was involved, but the consequences for Nick and his family have been immense. He was in hospital...

Duration: 00:27:39

All Sewn Up

Grace Dent follows 23 year old Koye as he weighs up whether to abandon his homegrown fashion label for a corporate job in the City of London. Koye's Nigerian parents - who've spent a fortune on his education - are desperately keen for him to get a job in the City. But Koye himself is torn. He's also the sole force behind successful African street wear brand Mojo Kojo. This is where his heart truly lies. We follow him as he goes through the gruelling process of applying for City graduate...

Duration: 00:27:41

Her Word Against His

A local radio journalist is celebrating her silver wedding anniversary when she picks up her microphone and starts to record. The police have decided they have enough evidence to take the entertainer Rolf Harris to court and they want her to testify. Can she do it, should she do it, would she be believed? As a child, Karen Gardner was a huge Rolf Harris fan. And at 16, she volunteers to help look after him during the recording of an ITV show, Star Games. It is then that she says he...

Duration: 00:27:51

The Shoe Man

Grace Dent follows Miguel Marcus Almeida who has always dreamed of making luxury, British designer shoes and selling them to global markets like Japan and the US. But with no financial backing and no family lineage, he's a tiny fish in a massive pond. Can he really pull this off? He's always loved shoes, a passion he's had since childhood. Growing up on a council estate in London, he said he didn't have much but it was his grandfather who instilled in him his love of shoes and told him...

Duration: 00:27:17

The Divorce Settlement

A father faces eviction after the house he's lived in for 20 years becomes the final marriage asset to be divided in his daughter's divorce settlement. He's 81 and frail; he suffers from emphysema. But he's independent and wants to die in the place he knows as home. His daughter has decided she won't tell him - she worries the news would kill him. Instead she must find a way to secure the house and his future in it. She hopes he'll never know how close he was to losing it.

Duration: 00:28:27

Eddie Todd for Mayor

Grace Dent follows Doncaster businessman Eddie Todd in his colourful campaign to be the town's Mayor. Rejecting traditional politics, Eddie's standing as an independent - but without a party machine behind him can he convince enough voters to put a cross next to his name? Eddie starts his campaign with high hopes but as 4 May approaches he realises he's got a mountain to climb. We're with Eddie from the moment he unpacks his megaphones right through to the nail biting tension of election...

Duration: 00:27:49

Feeding an Army

A mobile food van takes on a catering giant at a Wiltshire army base. Linda and Jacqui Clark have been serving bacon baps to the soldiers of Larkhill Barracks in Wiltshire for 27 years. Now they've been given their marching orders as the army's official caterers launch their own van. 8000 soldiers have signed a petition in support of Katie's Kitchen - but will top brass take notice and grant Katie's Kitchen a last minute reprieve? Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Duration: 00:27:20

Life After BHS

Grace Dent follows BHS worker Anthony as he hunts for a new job - one of 11,000 BHS staff made redundant in 2016. The story starts in August as BHS Cardiff Bay closes its doors for the last time. Furniture sales consultant Anthony resolves to leave retail and find a job with more sociable hours. But the 50 year old finds changing direction is more difficult than he'd hoped. Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Duration: 00:27:30

Desperately Seeking Santa

At a garden centre in Derbyshire, marketing manager Ben needs six Santas and two dozen elves to staff his Christmas grotto. Plus two Mrs Clauses. He's spent a fortune on what he hopes is the biggest, best garden centre grotto in the region, and needs the customers to have a satisfying 90 minute Santa experience. But good Santas are hard to come by. He's had to offer a Santa finder's fee and even approach Santa agencies. Will he pull it off? Presenter: Grace Dent Producer: Jolyon Jenkins.

Duration: 00:27:42

Every Second Counts

As you drive into Bridgwater, a sign reads "The home of Carnival". The town prides itself on being the oldest and biggest carnival in Europe, and it's the biggest event of the year. For hundreds of years they've held a carnival here. This is an industrial town - a town full of engineers and tradesmen - and this is their creative outlet. Every November, thousands of people flock to see the show of carts come through the town centre. Enormous moving feats of electrical engineering, which are...

Duration: 00:27:18

All in the Proof

Grace Dent tells the story of a maverick lawyer and his attempt to win asylum for a Pakistani man who says that - because he's gay - he will be persecuted if returned to Pakistan. Mike McGarvey is the lawyer: He's eccentric, disorganised and very dyslexic; he failed at school and didn't pursue education until his adult years. He runs his own business which is based in a small suite of offices near the main station in Cardiff. One wall in his office has a distinctive collage of pictures from...

Duration: 00:27:41

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