A Place Called Home

Episodes

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01David Blunkett2017071820180702 (R4)

Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson meet a public figure to explore the geography of their childhood. In episode one, Lord David Blunkett takes Alice and Rachel to Sheffield. David shows the award-winning interviewing duo the places and buildings he knew as a boy, and discusses how the Labour-voting, South Yorkshire steel city became a symbol of the disenchantment which led to last year's Brexit vote.
Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Sheffield-born politician David Blunkett goes back to his roots.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01David Blunkett20170718

Sheffield-born politician David Blunkett goes back to his roots.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Frances Barber in Wolverhampton2017080820180103 (R4)

Award winning political interviewers Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester take leading figures from politics, business and the arts back to their childhood towns and cities.

The actress Frances Barber, whose work ranges from the RSC to Doctor Who, Inspector Morse and Silk, grew up on a Wolverhampton estate. Her father ran a betting shop and her mother was a school dinner lady. She was one of six children, and the only one to go to grammar school and university.

Frances explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood, where Enoch Powell was her MP, and discusses how her own left wing and pro-European views were shaped by her upbringing and the place where she grew up.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Frances Barber, stage and television star, explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Frances Barber in Wolverhampton2017080820180723 (R4)

Award winning political interviewers Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester take leading figures from politics, business and the arts back to their childhood towns and cities.

The actress Frances Barber, whose work ranges from the RSC to Doctor Who, Inspector Morse and Silk, grew up on a Wolverhampton estate. Her father ran a betting shop and her mother was a school dinner lady. She was one of six children, and the only one to go to grammar school and university.

Frances explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood, where Enoch Powell was her MP, and discusses how her own left wing and pro-European views were shaped by her upbringing and the place where she grew up.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Frances Barber, stage and television star, explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Frances Barber in Wolverhampton20170808

Frances Barber, stage and television star, explores the Wolverhampton of her childhood.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Lord Wei in Milton Keynes2017080120180716 (R4)

Award winning political interviewers Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester take leading figures from politics, business and the arts back to their home towns where they spent their childhood.

In Milton Keynes, they meet Nat Wei, who created headlines when he was put in charge of delivering the Big Society - David Cameron's "mission in politics". He was the youngest peer in the House of Lords when he was given his title at 33, and the first British-born person of Chinese origin to enter the House.

Lord Wei goes back to his old school where bullying and drug taking were once commonplace, and talks about how faith, education, his Hong Kong Chinese heritage, and Milton Keynes itself have all influenced his later life as a social entrepreneur.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

The former 'Big Society tsar' Nat Wei on his Milton Keynes childhood and Chinese heritage.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Lord Wei in Milton Keynes20170801

The former 'Big Society tsar' Nat Wei on his Milton Keynes childhood and Chinese heritage.

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Mary Portas2017072520180709 (R4)

Watford or Harvey Nichols - where is home for the 'Queen of Shops'?

Award winning interviewers and journalists Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson meet well known people to explore the geography of their childhood. In this episode, Mary Portas takes Alice and Rachel back to her home town of Watford where she grew up.

Mary shows them the department store, the theatre and the streets she knew so well, and shows them how they shaped her - and her politics and entrepreneurial outlook. And she says she only really found home when she made it to Knightsbridge and the glamour of the Harvey Nichols' shop windows.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

Watford or Harvey Nichols - where is home for the 'Queen of Shops'?

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Mary Portas20170725

Watford or Harvey Nichols - where is home for the 'Queen of Shops'?

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.

01Mary Portas2017072520171227 (R4)

Watford or Harvey Nichols - where is home for the 'Queen of Shops'?

Public figures explore their roots, what they have left behind and will never forget.