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01Emma20201214Emma lives in Manchester. During lockdown, she found walks in the countryside helped distract her. But then she started to bring parts of her walk home with her - now she needs Arthur's help. Welcome to Arthur Cares!

In 2019, in a documentary for Radio 4, 11-year-old Arthur tried to fix his dad's life. We heard how Arthur likes dinosaurs and plays the cello. His dad, Babak, avoids the gym, drinks and has panic attacks. For three weeks, Arthur set about trying to improve his dad's life, tackling health, a messy flat and the biggest challenge - how to ride a bike.

Arthur now 12, about to turn 13, wants to help more people. He is still wise beyond his years, his self-deprecating comedic humility balances the seriousness of life. Five people, with minor problems, are looking for Arthur's advice.

Perhaps there has never been a greater need for guidance. Self-help fills bookshops, conference rooms, gyms and therapist offices - telling people to help themselves is big business. And yet, somehow, this doesn't seem to work.

Perhaps the real guidance can come from the idealistic mind of Arthur?

Produced by Barney Rowntree
Research by Tess Davidson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

People with minor problems seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

Five people, with minor problems, seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

02Kash20201215You are not the work you do, you are the person you are. For Kash, this year has been one of reflection, and he's ready for a change in direction. But how does he tell his dad? Maybe Arthur can help....

In 2019, in a documentary for Radio 4, 11-year-old Arthur tried to fix his dad's life. We heard how Arthur likes dinosaurs and plays the cello. His dad, Babak, avoids the gym, drinks and has panic attacks. For three weeks, Arthur set about trying to improve his dad's life, tackling health, a messy flat and the biggest challenge - how to ride a bike.

Arthur now 12, about to turn 13, wants to help more people. He is still wise beyond his years, his self-deprecating comedic humility balances the seriousness of life. Five people, with minor problems, are looking for Arthur's advice.

Perhaps there has never been a greater need for guidance. Self-help fills bookshops, conference rooms, gyms and therapist offices - telling people to help themselves is big business. And yet, somehow, this doesn't seem to work.

Perhaps the real guidance can come from the idealistic mind of Arthur? Welcome to Arthur Cares!

Produced by Barney Rowntree
Research by Tess Davidson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

People with minor problems seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

Five people, with minor problems, seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

03Tom20201216Tom lives alone in a world that has shifted online. He loves to sing but is not confident with technology. Time for Arthur to help...

In 2019, in a documentary for Radio 4, 11-year-old Arthur tried to fix his dad's life. We heard how Arthur likes dinosaurs and plays the cello. His dad, Babak, avoids the gym, drinks and has panic attacks. For three weeks, Arthur set about trying to improve his dad's life, tackling health, a messy flat and the biggest challenge - how to ride a bike.

Arthur now 12, about to turn 13, wants to help more people. Arthur is still wise beyond his years, his self-deprecating comedic humility balances the seriousness of life. Five people, with minor problems, are looking for Arthur's advice.

Perhaps there has never been a greater time for guidance. Self-help fills bookshops, conference rooms, gyms and therapist offices - telling people to help themselves is big business. And yet, somehow, this doesn't seem to work.

Perhaps the real guidance can come from the idealistic mind of Arthur? Welcome to Arthur Cares!

Produced by Barney Rowntree
Research by Tess Davidson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

People with minor problems seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

Five people, with minor problems, seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

04John20201217John likes going to weddings but when the music starts and the bride and groom take the floor, he disappears from view. Can Arthur help?

In 2019, in a documentary for Radio 4, 11-year-old Arthur tried to fix his dad's life. We heard how Arthur likes dinosaurs and plays the cello. His dad, Babak, avoids the gym, drinks and has panic attacks. For three weeks, Arthur set about trying to improve his dad's life, tackling health, a messy flat and the biggest challenge - how to ride a bike.

Arthur now 12, about to turn 13, wants to help more people. Arthur is still wise beyond his years, his self-deprecating comedic humility balances the seriousness of life. Five people, with minor problems, are looking for Arthur's advice.

Perhaps there has never been a greater time for guidance. Self-help fills bookshops, conference rooms, gyms and therapist offices - telling people to help themselves is big business. And yet, somehow, this doesn't seem to work.

Perhaps the real guidance can come from the idealistic mind of Arthur? Welcome to Arthur Cares!

Produced by Katie Callin
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

People with minor problems seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

Five people, with minor problems, seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

05Joe20201218In the final episode, we have a treat for Arthur. Joe is in Arthur's favourite band and has a creative dilemma. Can Arthur help his hero?

In 2019, in a documentary for Radio 4, 11-year-old Arthur tried to fix his dad's life. We heard how Arthur likes dinosaurs and plays the cello. His dad, Babak, avoids the gym, drinks and has panic attacks. For three weeks, Arthur set about trying to improve his dad's life, tackling health, a messy flat and the biggest challenge - how to ride a bike.

Arthur now 12, about to turn 13, wants to help more people. Arthur is still wise beyond his years, his self-deprecating comedic humility balances the seriousness of life. Five people, with minor problems, are looking for Arthur's advice.

Perhaps there has never been a greater time for guidance. Self-help fills bookshops, conference rooms, gyms and therapist offices - telling people to help themselves is big business. And yet, somehow, this doesn't seem to work.

Perhaps the real guidance can come from the idealistic mind of Arthur? Welcome to Arthur Cares!

Produced by Barney Rowntree
Research by Tess Davidson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

People with minor problems seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.

Five people, with minor problems, seek the advice of 12-year-old Arthur.