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Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

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20160529

In the latest programme of a new series,

This month's programme features contributions from: Felicity Evans of BBC Wales; Ben Judah, author of "This is London"; Dominic Casciani, BBC Home Affairs correspondent; Elizabeth Day, writer and journalist; and Adrian Goldberg of BBC 5Live and BBC WM.

20160717

In the latest programme of this new monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from writers and journalists around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Among the contributions this month: Peter Taylor on why Britain has so far not suffered an attack like the recent ones in Paris, Brussels - and now Nice; Ian McMillan asks why we talk to things that can't answer back; Sarah Oliver muses on life as the wife of an infantry officer still being posted to Afghanistan; Stephen Smith meets the creator of a great pageant in Bishop Auckland which charts British history from the Romans to the Second World War and Mark Cooper-Jones tells us about life as a supply teacher.

Producer Simon Coates.

20160731

Mishal Husain presents the latest dispatches by writers and reporters from around the UK.

In the latest programme of the new monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Andrew Rawnsley considers how politicians, business people and their advisers emerge from the parliamentary investigations into the collapse of the retail chain BHS; Sian Grzeszczyk finds out how Staffordshire traffic wardens are tackling motorists' abuse; Garry Owen reports on how the Welsh National Eisteddfod reflects the culture and history of the country; Anushka Asthana, a job-sharer, reveals how well the concept stood up to the political turmoil of recent weeks; and James Piekos discovers how the outlook of a group of Hull school children is affected by a cruise along the River Humber.

Producer Simon Coates.

20160828

In the latest programme of a new series,

20160925

This month's edition features contributions from: Paddy O'Connell on the wider importance of the disruption on Southern trains; Felicity Evans draws parallels between the Aberfan disaster, the fiftieth anniversary of which falls in October, and the deaths at Hillsborough in 1989; Hugh Levinson finds that a mystery in the Home Counties steadfastly resists being solved; John Forsyth celebrates contrariness in Scots - the language; and Roger Hill finds that in one part of Liverpool relations between the young and older people are very far from being the inter-generational conflict beloved of headline writers.

Producer Simon Coates.

20161030

In a programme which considers issues, ideas and people outside the mainstream, Martin Bashir discusses the role of faith in politics in the United States and Britain and why the divergent attitudes that used to exist in the two countries on the subject may be about to converge. Torcuil Crichton looks at the issues raised by Brexit from the perspective of those living and working in his native Western Isles. Alex Strangwayes-Booth, who's spent much time recently observing gypsies and travellers in the north-east of England, reports on their growing engagement with the Pentecostalist Life and Light movement and why this transformation has been happening. After the recent killings carried out by a small number of mental health patients, Michael Buchanan ponders the findings of the reviews into these cases and what they reveal about the balance to be struck between the care of psychiatric patients and respect for their rights and the protection of the public. And, in an era of blurred gender identities, Caroline Davies reports on the women who choose to perform as theatrical stereotypes of men: the burgeoning number of drag kings in the UK.

20161127

Alison Holt considers the challenges facing social care in Britain; Hugh Muir ponders the enduring appeal of UK citizenship, especially among the very wealthy; Kevin McKenna analyses the social background to the fierce rivalry between the supporters of Glasgow's two principal football teams; Susie Mesure visits the Goodwin Sands off Kent's coast to discover what lies at the heart of a very contemporary row there between developers and conservationists; and Shaun Ley wonders if Lloyd George, the centenary of whose ascent to the premiership during World War I falls early next month, has more in common with Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, than might first appear. The programme is presented by Mishal Husain.

20161225

In this special edition,

In a special edition for Christmas Day, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches by a range of writers on subjects as varied as a refugee partridge; night working when the days are at their shortest; why smart phones signal the demise of the Christmas phone call; the British seasonal getaway and the revival of traditional Welsh carols. H.R.H. Princess Badiya El Hassan of Jordan discusses the significance of Jesus and Mary in Islam; Kate Humble explains what she - and those also disillusioned with contemporary Christmas celebrations - do instead; Marina Warner hails the importance of social and political comment in pantomime; James Naughtie thinks he detects the apparent renaissance of one of the longest-standing of Christmas gifts - the printed book - and Sarah Oliver tells a ghost story with a personal twist.

20170129

Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the country that reflect the range of contemporary life in the UK. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170305

In the latest programme,

Producer Simon Coates.

20170326

Mishal Husain introduces dispatches on why a boys' night is being convened in a Scottish primary school, involving fathers, grandfathers and even neighbours; on the reasons British Asian football fans in Bradford are excited; on whether property guardianship offers an imaginative way to overcome the housing crisis or is fraught with risk; on the growing pains of the technology companies that are now major social media firms; and on reflections about being a reporter yards from a terrorist incident but unable to find out what is happening.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170430

Yorkshire pudding, Brighton's vinyl advocate, allotments and Blackpool's ballroom feature.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. This month: Ian McMillan unveils his campaign for Yorkshire pudding to secure UNESCO intangible heritage status; Carly Appleby reveals the dramatic effect of an unexpected medical diagnosis; Travis Elborough meets the 87 year-old behind an improbable retail success story in Brighton; Rebecca Ford discovers how Blackpool has reinvented itself - with a little help from China; and Mihir Bose ponders what allotments have to teach the people in charge of our leading football clubs.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170602

Mishal Husain presents dispatches from writers and reporters across the UK.

Mishal Husain introduces pieces from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom. This month: Petroc Trelawny revisits his old primary school in Cornwall as a critical decision on its future approaches; Ruth Getz tells the story of the improvised singing group she has founded in Hull, this year's City of Culture; Julian May ponders the place of Morris dancing in English culture; Geeta Guru-Murthy reveals what her opera group gets up to; and Jordan Dunbar confesses all about his millennial male yearning for a rippling stomach.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170625

Mishal Husain presents writers' dispatches on a Cotswold utopia, leadership and diabetes.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life. Among the contributions this month: Annalena McAfee charts the origins - and present day reality - of a residential Gloucestershire colony; former Test cricketer and "Test Match Special" commentator, Ed Smith, ponders leadership on the pitch as a new captain takes the helm for England; and Dr John Ashton considers how much - and how little - has changed as he lives with diabetes - a condition that killed his father. The programme will also feature topical news-related pieces.*

Producer Simon Coates

*The subjects and participants of each programme are subject to change.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life. Among the contributions this month: Annalena McAfee charts the origins - and present day reality - of a residential Gloucestershire colony; former Test cricketer and "Test Match Special" commentator, Ed Smith, ponders leadership on the pitch and in the pavilion as a new captain takes the helm for England and Lord's acts as the home of the game; Dr John Ashton considers how much - and how little - has changed as he lives with diabetes - a condition that killed his father; and Andrew Dickson goes in search of the song of the nightingale - a bird which, it turns out, has a long association with the BBC.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170723

Featuring reports from a Brummie dog track, the Somerset Levels and Swansea's drug roads.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. This edition includes reports from Birmingham on the demise of a long-standing ornament of civic pride: Hall Green greyhound stadium and from the Somerset Levels on a stone mason's quarrying. We also hear the reflections of a former children's television presenter on approaching middle age. The programme will also include more topical items.

Producer Simon Coates.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. This edition includes Adrian Goldberg's reflections from Birmingham on the demise of a long-standing ornament of civic pride: Hall Green greyhound stadium and we discover how communities living in the area surrounding Grenfell Tower are responding to the aftermath of last month's fire. We also hear from Jersey as childhood resident, Christine Finn, returns to the island and stays at Haut de la Garenne, once a notorious children's home and now an activity and accommodation centre. Former children's television presenter, Ayo Akinwolere, considers how "Blue Peter" shaped his career and Garry Owen of BBC Radio Cymru Wales visits Swansea to hear about the alarming increase in deaths caused by drug misuse and what might be done to reverse it.

Producer Simon Coates.

20170820

Including a vending machine cow man and a spiritual walk with some colourful pilgrims.

In the latest programme, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers that reflect the range of contemporary life in Britain. The pieces this month feature Alex Strangwayes-Booth on a remarkably diverse group of pilgrims and their modern spiritual walk, Hazel Southam reveals how an ingenious dairy farmer has been able to turn the difficulties of managing his herd in tricky financial conditions to his advantage, Beth Sagar-Fenton explains how young people in Cornwall have been captivated by the revival of an ancient festival there, Red Strivens finds a Somerset stonemason living among his materials and Kavita Puri meets British Asians who lived through Indian Partition seventy years ago and speak for the first time about their experiences.

In the latest programme of a new series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. Among the pieces this month, we hear about a remarkable group of pilgrims and their spiritual walk and how an ingenious dairy farmer has been able to turn the difficulties of managing his herd in tricky financial conditions to his advantage.

20170917

Mishal Husain introduces the latest collection of dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom, reflecting the range of contemporary life across the country. This month we hear about one family's sobering experience of how patients with sepsis are treated, plus how coracle fishermen in West Wales are seeking to ensure a future for their fishery. Andy Kershaw recalls the night Jimi Hendrix came to play the West Yorkshire town of Ilkley. The programme will, as usual, also feature topical items.

20171022

In the latest edition of the programme reflecting contemporary life in the United Kingdom, Mishal Husain introduces pieces on the dilemmas faced by those who own diesel-fuelled cars; how one mother of an army fatality in Afghanistan has fought for what she regards as proper recognition of her son's sacrifice; and on what can be retrieved after a flood inundates a remote community.

In the latest edition of the programme reflecting contemporary life in the United Kingdom, Mishal Husain introduces pieces on the dilemmas faced by those who own diesel-fuelled cars; how one mother of an army fatality in Iraq has fought for what she regards as proper recognition of her son's sacrifice; and on what can be retrieved after a flood inundates a remote community.

20171119

A moment of truth with breast cancer and a Devon pub admired by Prince Harry is for sale.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches by Carolyn Brown on a Brixham pub admired by Prince Harry that is now on the market; by Carly Appleby on her moment of truth as a patient coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer; by Alex Spillius on whether we should care about the pressures on local journalists in suburbia; by Andrew Rawnsley on how figures are preoccupying politicians and their parties; and by Kamal Ahmed on what has happened to the scandal of ballooning executive pay?

20171224

Featuring the pleasures of Christmas Eve, do-it-yourself presents and festive cooking.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In a festive edition for Christmas Eve, Mishal Husain presents pieces by: Ian McMillan on the special pleasures of Christmas Eve; Sarah Oliver on advice for those daunted by the seasonal food extravaganza; Padraig O Tuama on what happened when Bethlehem came to Belfast; Datshiane Navanayagam on the make-or-break power of customer service departments at this time of year; and Jonnie Bayfield on how he fared in devising out-of-the-ordinary gift options.

20180128

Featuring pieces on Down's syndrome, Bolton's shops, pioneering housing and yoga in jails.

Mishal Husain presents dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. In the latest programme, we hear from Chris Warburton on how Bolton in Greater Manchester is responding to the dramatically changing retail scene on its streets. The BBC's Religion Editor, Martin Bashir, draws on his own family's experience to consider the significance of the Church of England's intervention in the debate about pre-natal screening for Down's syndrome. Elizabeth Gowing reveals what one ex-offender has derived from his work with yoga and meditation - disciplines she has been struggling with - both out of gaol and while behind bars, and Martin Vennard explores a fifty year-old housing development with a new resident and the building's architect to see what ideas it may offer for tackling today's housing crisis. Finally, Felipe Fernández-Armesto - a globe-trotting historian with Spanish ancestry and impeccable British credentials - ponders the unravelling of the once tightly-furled British umbrella and the mores it represented.

Producer Simon Coates.

20180218

Mishal Husain introduces a selection of new reports reflecting the zeitgeist of contemporary Britain.
Michael Buchanan, who's recently investigated the problems that have beset Liverpool jail, considers what's gone wrong with penal policy and how things might start to be put right.
Caroline Davies rises in the small hours to accompany milkman Ian on his rounds which are growing after the BBC's "Blue Planet 2" television series encouraged thousands of people to request doorstep milk deliveries in glass bottles to help tackle the problem of single use plastics. But will the trend last?
In the week that talks to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland stalled, Chris Page considers why old divisions are proving more intractable and explains why social and cultural changes underway could presage further differences.
Garry Owen walks along the curving shore of Swansea Bay to consider what its history has to say about the prospects for the world's first tidal lagoon power plant there.
And Christine Finn, employing today's technology, ponders how Kent's industrial heritage shapes its unique topography.

Failing jails, milk deliveries, tension in Ireland, Swansea's lagoon and Kent's industry.

20180318

Rural banks, a Cornish saint, sports cheats, living in border country, kitchen worktops.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

We hear how a small Scottish market town is responding to the new that its last remaining bank branch is scheduled for closure; what a flag-waving, Cornish yomp through the sand dunes and encounter with a 1500 year-old holy man reveals about the place and people; how the English, who once prided themselves on not cheating at sport and their sense of fair play, are adjusting to a different moral position; why the forthcoming abolition of tolls on the River Severn road crossings may intensify enthusiasm among the English for living in Wales; and what a humble kitchen worktop can reveal about origins, belonging and what's in a name.

Producer Simon Coates.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

We hear why the forthcoming abolition of tolls on the River Severn road crossings may intensify enthusiasm among the English for living in Wales; what is behind the growing interest in groups following a religious Rule but remaining part of their day-to-day communities; how the British, who once prided themselves on never cheating at sport, have succumbed to temptation; what a flag-waving sand-dune yomp reveals about its Cornish participants; and, as Easter approaches, a director of choristers reflects on what the richness of music marking the crucifixion and its relative paucity marking the resurrection entails for groups like his.*

* This programme is topical and subjects included may change close to transmission.

20180422

Dessert shops, restoring a speed icon, a tulip festival, libraries and a turn-round town.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers that reflect the range of contemporary life across the country. Andy Kershaw visits the most cluttered workbench he's ever seen to discover how restoration work is going on a monument to British endeavour in speed on water; Jane Labous samples libraries in two counties to assess exactly what they have to offer; Adrian Goldberg indulges his sweet tooth among the burgeoning dessert shops of Birmingham; Ruth Alexander discovers how the town that's trying to turn itself around - literally - is faring; and Travis Elborough discovers perestroika among sixty thousand tulips on the South Downs.

Mishal Husain presents the latest dispatches by writers and reporters from around the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series,

20180520

A cinema-by-the-sea, an archbishop's repentance and a pivotal moment in Scottish politics.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Gabriel Gatehouse reflects on the lot of the reluctant courting correspondent come a royal wedding; Sarah Smith considers where the latest vote on Brexit at Holyrood leaves the Scottish First Minister as she weighs her options on advancing the SNP's principal objective; Martin Bashir assesses the Archbishop of Canterbury's lonely repentance at the Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse; Caitlin Sneddon visits an isle made famous by a girl's adventures which is now bereft of high school-age children; and Martin Vennard explains what connects a Redcar cinema and a petrified forest.

The cinema-by-the-sea, an archbishop's repentance and a critical moment for Scotland.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Gabriel Gatehouse reflects on the lot of the reluctant courting correspondent come a royal wedding; Sarah Smith considers where the latest vote on Brexit at Holyrood leaves the Scottish First Minister as she weighs her options on advancing the SNP's principal objective; Martin Bashir assesses the Archbishop of Canterbury's lonely repentance at the Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse; Caitlin Sneddon visits an isle made famous by a girl's adventures which is now bereft of high school-age children; and Martin Vennard considers what connects a Redcar cinema and petrified forest.

Mishal Husain presents dispatches from writers and reporters across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series,

20180617

Going to gigs solo, when cyclists come to your village, and Tredegarisation of the NHS.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Andrew Green, who is himself a villager in the Chilterns, considers the sometimes tense relations between weekend cyclists and locals on country lanes; Charmaine Cozier explains the pleasures of going to gigs alone; Alison Holt reflects on her conversations with older women in care homes about the growing financial pressures they are facing; on the eve of the grandeur and splendour of Royal Ascot, Tom Edwards visits the more modest Lakeland racecourse intriguingly founded by monks in the twelfth century; and Gareth Jones ponders the links between the NHS and the town of Tredegar whose MP set up the service 70 years ago.*

* as contributions to the programme are topical, pieces are subject to change at short notice.

20180722

Skye's inaccessible pinnacle, friends re-bonding and the sad state of the first railway.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from writers and journalists around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. All the pieces this time* are connected with travel: Sarah Oliver tells the story of a stolen East Anglian holiday with a long-standing chum now living in Australia: would their journey together strengthen or strain their friendship? Chris Bowlby journeys on what remains of the route of the Stockton to Darlington railway - England's first - and finds himself reflecting on the current state of the train service in north-east England. Sally Green reveals her inner masochist as she explains the appeal of taking part in the weekly Warrington parkrun over 5 kilometres (three miles); and Mary-Ann Ochota, a keen hill-walker, travels to the Isle of Skye for her latest challenge - the ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle - and finds its name all too true.

* The programme is topical and broadcast items may be changed at short notice.

Producer Simon Coates.

20180722

Skye's inaccessible pinnacle, Warrington's parkrun, shuddering trains and homelessness.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from writers and journalists around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

The BBC's Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan, tells the story of a man, now in his fifties, who discovered only after the funeral of the woman he thought was his mother, that he was adopted and that his birth mother was seeking to find him. Sally Green, the children's and young adults author, explains the appeal of taking part in the weekly Warrington parkrun over 5 kilometres (three miles). Datshiane Navanayagam talks to one family about the scourge of homelessness among those in full-time work. Chris Bowlby journeys on what remains of the route of the Stockton to Darlington railway - England's first public steam-powered track - and reflects on the current state of train services in north-east England. And Mary-Ann Ochota, a keen hill-walker, travels to the Isle of Skye for her latest challenge - the ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle - and finds its name all too apt.

Producer Simon Coates.

20180819

Mishal Husain presents the latest dispatches by writers and reporters from around the UK.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

20180819

Welsh hospitality, old chums, a Lakeland pilgrimage centre and Scots ploughing champions.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Garry Owen takes us to the west Wales coast and finds an Aberystwyth hotelier honing his plans to meet the competition from the hospitality chains. Sarah Oliver goes on an East Anglian road trip with an old friend she's not seen for years to discover how well their bonds have stood the test of time. Tom Edwards visits Cartmel in English Lakeland and finds that what was once a place of pilgrimage is again today but for reasons twelfth century visitors would definitely have frowned upon. John Forsyth unearths the secrets of a good furrow from two Scots tipped to maintain their nation's record of achievement in the forthcoming World Ploughing Championships in Germany. And Jane Labous is in Biggleswade keen to discover why retraining to plant flowers in Beds is so popular there.

Producer Simon Coates.

20180819

Welsh hospitality, old chums, a Lakeland pilgrimage centre and Scots ploughing champions.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Garry Owen takes us to the west Wales coast and finds an Aberystwyth hotelier honing his plans to meet the competition from the hospitality chains. Sarah Oliver goes on an East Anglian road trip with an old friend she's not seen for years to discover how well their bonds have stood the test of time. Tom Edwards visits Cartmel in English Lakeland and finds that what was once a place of pilgrimage is again today but for reasons twelfth century visitors would definitely have frowned upon. John Forsyth unearths the secrets of a good furrow from two Scots tipped to maintain their nation's record of achievement in the forthcoming World Ploughing Championships in Germany. And Jane Labous is in Biggleswade keen to discover why retraining to plant flowers in Beds is so popular there.

Producer Simon Coates.

Mishal Husain presents the latest dispatches by writers and reporters from around the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

20180923

Hating the BBC, Slasher the hen, a circus hero, style in cricket and a road sign mystery.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Gabriel Gatehouse offers a personal reflection on the strong feelings of antipathy recently directed at the BBC - and him - by supporters of Tommy Robinson - for many years associated with the far-right organisation, the English Defence League - and what this says about the changing media landscape. Martin Gurdon introduces us to Slasher, the star of his flock of chickens, and explains how her quirks and distinctive character reveal much about the dramas witnessed by Britain's army of amateur hen keepers. Rebecca Ford in the Potteries celebrates the founder of modern circus and reveals how locals there are planning to use his legacy to promote the area as a centre of excellence for this ever-evolving form of entertainment. In the wake of the tense summer Test series between England and India, Mihir Bose regrets the way both teams - and their supporters - behaved and wonders if cricket can retain its status as a 'special' team sport. And Travis Elborough, long puzzled by a road notice in his native Worthing, finally unravels the mystery and finds it's a sign of the times.

Producer Simon Coates

Hating the BBC, Slasher the hen, a circus hero, style in cricket and a road sign mystery.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country.

Gabriel Gatehouse offers a personal reflection on the strong feelings of antipathy recently directed at the BBC - and him - by supporters of Tommy Robinson - for many years associated with the far-right organisation, the English Defence League - and what this says about the changing media landscape. Martin Gurdon introduces us to Slasher, the star of his flock of chickens, and explains how her quirks and distinctive character reveal much about the dramas witnessed by Britain's army of amateur hen keepers. Rebecca Ford in the Potteries celebrates the founder of modern circus and reveals how locals there are planning to use his legacy to promote the area as a centre of excellence for this ever-evolving form of entertainment. In the wake of the tense summer Test series between England and India, Mihir Bose regrets the way both teams - and their supporters - behaved and wonders if cricket can retain its status as a 'special' team sport. And Travis Elborough, long puzzled by a road notice in his native Worthing, finally unravels the mystery and finds it's a sign of the times.

Producer Simon Coates

Mishal Husain presents dispatches from writers and reporters across the UK.

In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers around the United Kingdom that reflect the range of contemporary life in the country. From politics to pastimes, from hallowed traditions to emerging trends, from the curious to the ridiculous, the programme presents a tableau of Britain today.

20181021

A student loan paid off, nuclear entrepreneurs, growing up with HIV and lavender farming.

Mishal Husain presents despatches from journalists and writers across the UK.

0120160503

Mishal Husain presents a new series about Britain now with dispatches from around the UK.

In the first programme of a new series,

Mishal Husain presents a new series about Britain now with dispatches from around the UK.