Word for Word


paul_allenPaul Allen traces the history of verbatim theatre from Peter Cheeseman’s early experiments in Stoke on Trent 50 years ago when he collected the stories of local people and put them on stage to the latest production at the town’s New Vic Theatre. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast April 2012 BBC Radio 4

Producer Chris Eldon Lee


The Other Mobiles


theothermobilesContrary to all the gloomy predictions, decades on and the Mobile Disc Jockey is alive and well – and still playing Bee Gees records. Andy Turvey takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the strobe-lit world of the Mobile DJ, from spinning shellacs in the 1940s to cueing computers today. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast  November 2004 BBC Radio 4

Producer Chris Eldon Lee

Radio 4 Pick of the Week

Hollywood on the Tiber


hotAs Cinecittà marks its 75th anniversary, Mukti Jain Campion looks back at the extraordinary early history of Rome’s most famous film studios. (1×28′)

First broadcast October 2012      BBC Radio 4

Contributors include: Sandy Lieberman, Flavia Gentili, Noa Steimatsky and Giampaolo Grassi

Producer Mukti Jain Campion



Radio Choice: The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent, Observer, Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Radio Times

Radio 4 Pick of the Week

Read D J Taylor’s Review in The Tablet

Read the Conor Maynard’s Review in The Stage

Move Over Wodehouse

India’s English-speaking middle class is expanding fast and expected to reach 500 million by 2025. It represents a dream market for publishers and one that is set to become the biggest in the world. So what books are Indians reading? How are the perennial classics such as Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse faring against the emerging Indian authors? And what does it take to become a bestseller in India? Mukti Jain Campion reports from the Jaipur Literature Festival and from Trivandrum in Kerala, India’s most literate state. (1 x 28′)

The programme was full of humour, interest and symbolic import – D J Taylor, The Tablet

First broadcast   May 2012 BBC Radio 4

Contributors include: best-selling authors Jeffrey Archer, Chetan Bhagat, William Dalrymple, Jaishree Misra and Tarun Tejpal.

Producer Mukti Jain Campion

Radio Choice: The Sunday Times

Radio 4 Pick of the Week

The secret to writing a bestseller in India

Read DJ Taylor’s Tablet Review

Reclaiming the Swastika



A symbol of fascism or a universal sign for good luck?  Mukti Jain Campion uncovers the long history of the swastika and examines calls for it to be reclaimed from its Nazi links. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast October 2014 BBC Radio 4

Producer Mukti Jain Campion


fair, fascinating and exemplary – Paul Donovan, The Sunday Times


Radio Choice: The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Radio Times

BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week

You can see the swastikas discussed in the programme

Read BBC News article   How the world loved the swastika – until Hitler stole it

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