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0101David Blunkett2010122320140829 (BBC7)
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David Blunkett talks about how failure wasn't an option during his rise to political high office.

Blind from birth, he talks openly about the isolation of attending boarding school from the age of four, as well as the trauma of losing his father at the age of twelve.

Coming from a deprived background, David recognised very quickly that his route out of poverty was through education and against all odds, he graduated from Sheffield University at the age of 22.

David went on to become the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council, and climbed his way through the political ladder to become the first ever blind Home Secretary.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2010.

David Blunkett talks about how failure was not an option during his rise to high office.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

David Blunkett talks about how failure wasn't an option during his rise to high office.

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David went on to become the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council, and climbed his way through the political ladder to become the first ever blind Home Secretary.

0102Sir Alec Jeffreys2010123020110113
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Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks to Clare English about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

It was 9.05am on Monday 10th September 1984 when Alec realised the enormity of his breakthrough, and explains how it turned into a global phenomenon.

He speaks about how his techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling are now not only used by the police, but also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes all over the world.

Produced by Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks to Clare English about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

It was 9.05am on Monday 10th September 1984 when Alec realised the enormity of his breakthrough, and explains how it turned into a global phenomenon.

He speaks about how his techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling are now not only used by the police, but also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes all over the world.

Produced by Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

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Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks to Clare English about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

He speaks about how his techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling are now not only used by the police, but also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes all over the world.

0103Kim Cotton2011012020140912 (BBC7)
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Kim Cotton talks about the emotional impact after becoming the UK's first surrogate.

She explains to Clare English about how this supposedly wonderful experience was quickly overshadowed by not only a media circus, but also by public criticism.

She describes how she received very little support from the surrogate agency which left her feeling completely isolated and mentally unprepared for when it came time to hand over baby Cotton.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in January 2011.

Kim Cotton talks about the emotional impact of becoming the UK's first surrogate mother.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Kim Cotton talks about the emotional impact after becoming the UK's first surrogate. She explains to Clare English about how this supposedly wonderful experience was quickly overshadowed by not only a media circus, but also by public criticism.

0104Ian Ritchie2011012720140919 (BBC7)
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Ian Ritchie on the World Wide Web and how he pioneered the very first web browser. Despite this breakthrough, he reveals the missed opportunity that could have made him millions.

He explains to Clare English about some of the reasons why he passed up on this once in a life time opportunity.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

The man who pioneered the first web browser but passed on the chance of making millions.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Ian Ritchie talks about the world wide web and pioneering the very first web browser.

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He explains to Clare English about some of the reasons why he passed up on this once in a life time opportunity.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2011.

0105 LASTMichael Cashman2011020320140926 (BBC7)
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Michael Cashman discusses the explosive moment when the UK saw its first TV gay kiss.

Eastenders' Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw it's first gay kiss. A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home. In Pioneers Michael Cashman tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Eastenders' Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw it's first gay kiss. A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home. In Pioneers Michael Cashman tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

discusses the explosive moment when the UK saw its first gay kiss on TV.

Eastenders' Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw its first gay kiss. A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home. In Pioneers Michael Cashman tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Produced by Philip Sime.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

Michael Cashman discusses the explosive moment when the UK saw its first gay kiss on TV.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Eastenders' star Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw its first gay kiss.

A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy, but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home.

Michael tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the soap character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Producer: Philip Sime

0201James Goodfellow2011082520141003
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Pioneer, James Goodfellow tells Clare English about his invention of the cash machine and the global impact it had on the banking industry.

James also patented the Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology which is still fundamentally the basis for modern day cash withdrawals.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

James Goodfellow speaks to Clare English about his invention of the cash machine.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Pioneer, James Goodfellow tells Clare English about his invention of the cash machine and the global impact it had on the banking industry.

James Goodfellow speaks to Clare English about his invention of the cash machine.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

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James Goodfellow speaks to Clare English about his invention of the cash machine and the global impact it had on the banking industry. James also patented the Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology which is still fundamentally the basis for modern day cash withdrawals.

0202Michael Apted2011090120141010
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Pioneer, Michael Apted tells Clare English about his 'Up' documentary series which proved to be the catalyst for reality television.

Involved in the popular strand since its conception in 1964, Michael has followed the lives of 14 children every seven years since.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

Michael Apted talks to Clare English about the birth of reality television.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Pioneer, Michael Apted tells Clare English about his 'Up' documentary series which proved to be the catalyst for reality television.

Michael Apted talks to Clare English about the birth of reality television.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

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Michael Apted talks to Clare English about his series' of documentaries which was to be the launch of reality television.

Michael has been involved in the popular documentary series "Up" since its conception in 1964. He has followed the lives of 14 children every 7 years since, which proved to be the catalyst for what we would now call today "reality television" programmes.

Michael has been involved in the popular documentary series ""Up"" since its conception in 1964. He has followed the lives of 14 children every 7 years since, which proved to be the catalyst for what we would now call today ""reality television"" programmes.

0203Shannon Murray2011090820141017
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Actress Shannon Murray speaks to Clare English about becoming the UK's first high street disabled model and how she physically and psychologically rebuilt her life after a diving accident.

She explains how she's challenged some of the prejudices and misconceptions surrounding disability.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

Shannon Murray speaks about becoming the UK's first disabled high street model.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Actress Shannon Murray speaks to Clare English about becoming the UK's first high street disabled model and how she physically and psychologically rebuilt her life after a diving accident.

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

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Shannon Murray speaks to Clare English about becoming the UK's first high street disabled model, and how she physically and psychologically rebuilt her life after a diving accident.

She explains that since her accident, she has gone on to challenge some of the prejudices and misconceptions that surround disability.

She explains that since her accident, she has gone on to challenge some of the prejudices and misconceptions that surround disability.

0204Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri2011091520141024
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Clare English speaks to a pioneer of keyhole surgery.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, a pioneer of keyhole surgery.

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Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri- one of the world's pioneers of "keyhole" surgery and how this technique revolutionised the medical profession.

He explains that Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called 'key-hole surgery' or 'minimally invasive surgery, involves the surgeon inserting plastic tubes into the abdomen through a small incision in the skin. Surgical instruments and a camera are then passed through the tubes to allow access to the abdomen and for images of the organs inside to be transmitted onto a television monitor for the surgeon to see.

Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, a pioneer of keyhole surgery.

Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri- one of the world's pioneers of ""keyhole"" surgery and how this technique revolutionised the medical profession.

He explains that Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called 'key-hole surgery' or 'minimally invasive surgery, involves the surgeon inserting plastic tubes into the abdomen through a small incision in the skin. Surgical instruments and a camera are then passed through the tubes to allow access to the abdomen and for images of the organs inside to be transmitted onto a television monitor for the surgeon to see.

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Father Roy Day and Mike Tunstall chat to Clare English about the history of the first 24-hour helpline in the UK, the Samaritans.

The duo recall how the charity's founder, Chad Varah, provided a lifeline to many vulnerable people.

Producer: Philip Sime

First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in 2011.

Clare English speaks to Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of the Samaritans.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.

Clare English speaks to Fr Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of the Samaritans.

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Clare English speaks to Father Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of The Samaritans and how it provided the first 24 hour helpline in the UK.

Roy and Mike talk about their fond memories of working alongside the charity's founder, Chad Varah and how his pioneering service provided a lifeline to many vulnerable people.

Father Roy Day and Mike Tunstall chat to Clare English about the history of the first 24-hour helpline in the UK, the Samaritans.

Clare English speaks to Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of the Samaritans.

0206 LASTDavid Gow2014110720110929
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David Gow speaks to Clare English about the huge advancements in prosthetics and how he came up with the idea of the world's first bionic hand.

He explains how his bionic hand has now got the ability to grip many more objects than previous prosthetic hands allowed and how this additional mobility is enhancing the lives of amputees.

Clare English speaks to David Gow, inventor of the world's first bionic hand.

Series looking at people who were pioneers in their field.