Great Expectations [world Service]

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Episode 1: Welcome To Hackney - The Documentary20100224

BBC World Service track East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 1: Welcome to Hackney

Just moments away from the site of the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, Hackney is in desperate need of regeneration.

Nina Robinson went to the estate to meet the people whose lives will be forever changed by the arrival of the biggest show on Earth.

How will the new Olympic Park impact on their lives? Will government promises over a better way of life come true?

What are their expectations of the Olympic Games?

"We never asked the rest of the world to come here, but seeing as you’re coming let’s make a party of it – involve us, just get us involved!"

This is a plea to the Olympic authorities from Darrell James, local resident and winner of the Thierry Henry award for his youth work.

In the build up to the games, BBC World Service will be regularly returning to the estate, to find out how the huge multi billion dollar investment and regeneration plans are affecting them.

Some, like Darrell, fear more crime and a widening gap between the rich and poor, or that they’ll be priced out of the area altogether.

But others, like 15-year-old Sintayeh from Ethiopia, think that the new facilities will give him better prospects.

Whether that be taking advantage of the better transport links, moving into new housing being built, or just reading from the brand new library.

(Image: View of Hackney beyond Olympic site. Credit: Associated Press)

Episode 1: Welcome To Hackney - The Documentary20100225
Episode 1: Welcome To Hackney - The Documentary20100227
Episode 1: Welcome To Hackney - The Documentary20100228
Episode 2: Dramatic Changes - The Documentary20100303

BBC World Service tracks East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 2: Dramatic Changes

Hilary Wilgress has two children.

She does not feel initiatives from the government really work for families like theirs.

Nina meets up again with Darrell James, who shows her the new investment at the nearby Dalston Junction train station.

Darrell says the change here is dramatic, more so than the development happening in the heart of the estate.

And we hear from local politicians and decision makers about the 'legacy' plan - what will happen when the Games are over?

(Image: The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture will be a part of the legacy skyline. Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation via PA Photos)

Episode 2: Dramatic Changes - The Documentary20100304
Episode 2: Dramatic Changes - The Documentary20100306
Episode 2: Dramatic Changes - The Documentary20100307
Episode 3: Gardens Of Paradise - The Documentary20101013

BBC World Service tracks East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 3: Gardens of Paradise

Olympics officials and politicians want people to get involved in the excitement of it all, but locals from East London's deprived neighbours are not all buying in to the glossy media campaign.

Locals say that tickets will be expensive and because those on low incomes will need to work, they will not be able to take part by volunteering.

Resident Darrell James says "They have turned an industrial site into a garden of paradise."

"If they can do that for the Olympic village, why can't they do that for a place where people actually live and breathe and pay taxes?"

(Image: Flowers throughout the Olympic site. Credit: Getty)

Episode 3: Gardens Of Paradise - The Documentary20101014
Episode 3: Gardens Of Paradise - The Documentary20101016
Episode 3: Gardens Of Paradise - The Documentary20101017
Episode 4: Inspiring A Real Legacy - The Documentary20101020

BBC World Service tracks East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 4: Inspiring a Real Legacy

"Although we live very close to it, we don't feel part of it at all," so says single mum Hillary Wilgress.

"Because people are people, they're not thinking this is great because this is going to help us with the Olympics. They're thinking what a pain it is… stuck in traffic again."

Organisers argue that the legacy of the Games will be felt for generations to come.

Aside from the Olympic Village itself – which residents admit is impressive - there will be new commercial areas, a library, homes, better infrastructure and a shopping centre.

With the prospects for jobs, will regeneration affect those who need it most?

First broadcast on 20 October 2010.
(Image: A visit to the Olympic site. Credit: Associated Press)

Episode 4: Inspiring A Real Legacy - The Documentary20101021
Episode 4: Inspiring A Real Legacy - The Documentary20101023
Episode 4: Inspiring A Real Legacy - The Documentary20101024
Episode 5: Crime In Hackney - The Documentary20110402

BBC World Service tracks East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 5: Crime in Hackney

These latest programmes look more closely at poverty and crime, to see how far some of those people who are most excluded from society are living, while an investment of billions of pounds is being spent around them.

Young people in Hackney are vulnerable to the criminal gangs based in the area. Nina Robinson finds out if any new facilities have been built to give young people new opportunities and keep them out of trouble.

Episode 5: Crime In Hackney - The Documentary20110403
Episode 5: Crime In Hackney - The Documentary20110404
Episode 6: Acting Bad - The Documentary20110409

BBC World Service tracks East Londoners who live in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years.

Episode 6: Acting Bad

In dense blocks of flats and social housing, just 10 minutes way from the Olympics Park, young people, with nothing much else to do, are at risk of gangs.

The BBC's Nina Robinson explores the problem of crime for those affected.

(Image: The riverside Olympic site. Credit: Associated Press)

Episode 6: Acting Bad - The Documentary20110410
Episode 6: Acting Bad - The Documentary20110411
Episode 9 - The Documentary20120821

Nina Robinson returns to East London, to see how its residents feel post-Olympics.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

For over two years, BBC World Service documentary maker Nina Robinson, has been getting to know residents of an inner city housing estate living ten minutes away from the 2012 Olympic Park.

Their expectations of what the Games would mean to them and how their lives would be affected started high - buoyed by talk from politicians at the time - about how this deprived area would be lifted from its poverty with millions of dollars' worth of investment in an ambitious regeneration plan.

But as the building work carried on around them causing traffic and noise disruption, and when promises of jobs and opportunities were not fully realised, the tone of people like James Cook, an ex-professional boxer who runs a youth club on the estate, became decidedly less enthusiastic.

Questions arose from residents such as working mother Hilary Wilgress, who put her concerns to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

She asked him what the legacy would be and would people be able to afford to use the sports facilities left behind?

Would there be any affordable housing for them, or would they be forced to move out of the area completely?

But now that the party has started, will the inspiration of being the centre of the world's attention give the people who live on the estate any real sense of being a part of it all?

Being so close to all the action and to athletes who make people believe that dreams can come true, and who have the capacity to inspire and instil confidence in others - will all this positivity rub off on the locals who are more used to feeling marginalised and excluded?

(Image: the landlord of a traditional East End pub)

Episode 9 - The Documentary20120822
Episode 9 - The Documentary20120825
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Nina Robinson returns to East London, to see how its residents feel post-Olympics.

For over two years, BBC World Service documentary maker Nina Robinson, has been getting to know residents of an inner city housing estate living ten minutes away from the 2012 Olympic Park.

Their expectations of what the Games would mean to them and how their lives would be affected started high - buoyed by talk from politicians at the time - about how this deprived area would be lifted from its poverty with millions of dollars' worth of investment in an ambitious regeneration plan.

But as the building work carried on around them causing traffic and noise disruption, and when promises of jobs and opportunities were not fully realised, the tone of people like James Cook, an ex-professional boxer who runs a youth club on the estate, became decidedly less enthusiastic.

Questions arose from residents such as working mother Hilary Wilgress, who put her concerns to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

She asked him what the legacy would be and would people be able to afford to use the sports facilities left behind?

Would there be any affordable housing for them, or would they be forced to move out of the area completely?

But now that the party has started, will the inspiration of being the centre of the world's attention give the people who live on the estate any real sense of being a part of it all?

Being so close to all the action and to athletes who make people believe that dreams can come true, and who have the capacity to inspire and instil confidence in others - will all this positivity rub off on the locals who are more used to feeling marginalised and excluded?

(Image: the landlord of a traditional East End pub)

Their expectations of what the Games would mean to them and how their lives would be affected started high - buoyed by talk from politicians at the time - about how this deprived area, would be lifted from its poverty with millions of dollars' worth of investment into an ambitious regeneration plan.

Questions arose from residents like working mother Hilary Wilgress, who put her concerns to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

She asked him about what the legacy would be and would people be able to afford to use the sports facilities left behind?

01Episode 7: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 1 - The Documentary20120121

Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing and Rio de Janeiro. Part 1 of 2

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 7: Two Cities; Beijing and Rio - Part 1

In the latest instalment of Great Expectations, Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing who were hosts in 2008, and Rio de Janeiro, who will host the Olympics in 2016.

In this first programme we explore the issue of forced evictions and re-locations due to the Olympics.

A Brazilian from London, who had to move his motorbike business, talks to a woman in Rio whose whole community is threatened with eviction.

And in China we find out what happened to some of the communities evicted in 2008.
First broadcast on 20 October 2010.

(Image: The Olympic rings. Credit: Associated Press)

01Episode 7: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 1 - The Documentary20120122
01Episode 7: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 1 - The Documentary20120123
02Episode 8: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 2 - The Documentary20120128

Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing and Rio de Janeiro. Part 2 of 2

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

This BBC World Service series has been tracking the lives of East Londoners living on a deprived housing estate, in the shadow of the 2012 Olympic Park for the past two years. The BBC's Nina Robinson reports.

Episode 8: Two Cities; Beijing and Rio - Part 2
In the latest instalment of Great Expectations, Nina Robinson reports from two Olympic cities - Beijing who were hosts in 2008, and Rio de Janeiro, who will host the Olympics in 2016.

In part two, as London hopes for a sporting legacy for young people, a favela in Rio takes advantage of a new sports complex which is changing the lives of young people who live there.

A Brazilian martial arts instructor who works on the estate in East London talks to a judo instructor in the favela about their shared experiences of young people, drugs and the police.

In China, the legacy is there for everyone to see - but are the transport, venues and sporting legacies still having an impact?

(Image: Skyline of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

02Episode 8: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 2 - The Documentary20120129
02Episode 8: Two Cities; Beijing And Rio - Part 2 - The Documentary20120130