Japan: New Ways To Grow Old

When it comes to old people, Japan is a world leader. More than a quarter of its population is over the age of 65 and it currently has 66,000 centenarians, more than any other country. In this 2 part series Toshiko Katayose and Aki Maruyama Leggett explore some of the innovative ways in which Japanese people are adapting to living longer and consider what lessons other countries might learn from Japan’s super-ageing society. (2 x 27′)

Producer Mukti Jain Campion

First broadcast BBC World Service Feb 2018

Radio Choice: The Daily Mail, The Times and the Sunday Times

Nigeria: Shooting It Like A Woman

Award-winning screen director Tope Oshin celebrates a new generation of Nigerian women film-makers currently reinventing Nollywood, the largest and most prolific film industry in Africa.

Tope pays tribute to the popular and inspirational film-maker Amaka Igwe who died in 2014 and meets some of the key women now shaking up gender stereotypes and winning awards. These include the formidable and outspoken Mildred Okwo, director of the political satire The Meeting, Michelle Bello, director of the hit romcom Flower Girl, Kemi Adetiba who directed last year’s box office winner The Wedding Party and Remi Vaughan Richards whose drama Outspoken cast a searing spotlight on the issue of child brides. (27′)

Broadcast as part of the BBC 100 Women season

Associate Producer Nadia Denton

Producer Mukti Jain Campion

First broadcast BBC World Service Oct 2017  



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Hope Speaks Out

Media headlines often fuel fear about refugees. But what happens when refugees pick up the microphones and tell their own stories?

Larry Macaulay and fellow broadcasters from Germany’s pioneering Refugee Radio Network demonstrate how they are using community radio to create dialogues, share experiences and build a new future. (1 x 27′)

First broadcast  February 2017 BBC World Service

Producer Mukti Jain Campion


Radio choice: Radio Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, The Church Times.

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This programme’s insight into global issues through culture is the World Service at its best – Charlotte Runcie, The Daily Telegraph 11/2/17

The Secret History of Yoga


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To mark UN International Yoga Day Mukti Jain Campion sets out to explore the roots of modern yoga practice and uncovers an extraordinary multicultural history in which early 20th century European ideas of health, fitness and the cult of the Body Beautiful became intertwined with Indian nationalism and the revival of Indian interest in its own traditions of physical culture. Out of this heady mix emerged a new generation of yoga innovators who transformed an obsolete and frowned-upon practice of Indian holy men into something that would appeal to masses of ordinary people around the world. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast BBC Radio 4 June 2016 & BBC World Service July 2016

Contributors include: Mark Singleton Author, Yoga Body: The origins of modern posture practice Dr Jim Mallinson Yoga historian, School of Oriental and African Studies, London Dr Manmath Gharote, Lonavla Yoga Institute, India Dr Suzanne Newcombe, The London School of Economics

Readers: Tim Pigott-Smith and Denise Stephenson

Producer Mukti Jain Campion


Radio Choice: The Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail

   Mukti Jain Campion’s fine documentary about the gaps and changes in our perception of yoga – Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph 17/06/16


What’s behind the five popular poses loved by the world? 

Online Shopping, Indian Style

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Online shopping in India is booming, despite the many hurdles. Less than 20% of Indians have access to the internet, few use any form of online payment, and the logistics challenges of delivery are huge in such a vast country with traffic-congested cities and unreliable postal addresses. At the peak of the Diwali seasonal shopping frenzy, Mukti Jain Campion joins a motorbike courier on his delivery round in Bangalore to discover what Indians are buying online and why.

Producer Mukti Jain Campion

First broadcast December 2015 BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

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Sugar, Saris and Green Bananas

1.Sugar in my blood  London-born journalist Lainy Malkani delves into her family’s roots and discovers the rich but bitter-sweet history of Indian indentured labourers on Caribbean sugar plantations.

2.Indo-Guyanese and proud Prompted by her mother’s death, Lainy explores what migrating to Britain from the sugar plantations of Guyana meant for her family.

(2 x 28′)

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First broadcast September 2015 BBC Radio 4

Contributors include: Peter Fraser, Professor Clem Seecheran,  Victor Jeevan Sookaram and Raymond Rahiman

Producer: Mukti Jain Campion

Radio choice: The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph

Beyond The Takeaway

bttBritish Chinese can be found living in every corner of the British Isles. We’re the third largest ethnic minority here and we’re now the most highly educated, working in all the professions. Yet the stereotypes of us are as nothing more than takeaway owners or inscrutable kung fu experts still persist and we remain the hidden minority. Why? – Presenter David Ka-Shing Tse  (5 x 14′)

First broadcast March 2004  BBC Radio 4

A fascinating five-part look at the lives of the British Born Chinese –The Sunday Telegraph


Producer Mukti Jain Campion

BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week

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Lights, Camera, Akshun!


lcaAs Bollywood celebrates its centenary, Sanjeev Bhaskar reveals how three of the most influential figures of early Indian cinema began their careers on the stages and screens of London’s West End: screenwriter Niranjan Pal, producer/actor Himansu Rai and actress Devika Rani. Their films include the pioneering feature-length silent epic The Light of Asia which received a Royal Command screening at Windsor Castle in 1926. (1 x 28′)

First broadcast  November 2013  BBC Radio 4

Contributors: Stephen Hughes, Ian Christie, Lalit and Kusum Joshi, Joyojeet Pal, Cary Sawhney and Kishwar Desai

Readings by Sagar Arya

Associate Producer Suman Bhuchar    Producer Mukti Jain Campion

Radio choice: The Radio Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times and the Observer, The Metro

One of those short but intriguing features that takes a subject you think you know all about and subverts your expectations  – the Spectator review

At just 30 minutes, Lights, Camera, Akshun! has more to inform than many programmes twice the length, plus the distinct advantage of a presenter, Sanjeev Bhaskar, who sounds genuinely fascinated by the archive material it contains. –  The Stage review


Black Screen Britain

Actor Burt Caesar presents two programmes exploring how British film and television drama from the 1950s to the 1970s portrayed the lives of African-Caribbean immigrants. (2 x 28′)

First Broadcast  March – April  2009   BBC Radio 4

1: Ambassadors for the Race  The pioneering black actors who made their names in  A Man from the Sun, Fable, Pool of London, Flame in the Streets and Jemima and Johnny.

2: Reclaiming Our Image  Burt Caesar charts the landmark screen dramas such as Pressure, Empire Road and Burning an Illusion which presented an alternative view of black lives in Britain during the 1970s.

Contributors include: actors Earl Cameron CBE, Mona Hammond, Cy Grant, Joan Hooley, Rudolph Walker, writer Michael Abbensetts, film makers John Akomfrah OBE, Menelek Shabazz, Alrick Riley, commentators June Givanni, Dr Jim Pines and Baroness Lola Young.

Producer Mukti Jain Campion

Radio Choice: The Guardian, the Observer, The Independent & The Times.

Radio 4 Pick of the Week

Most of the films discussed in this series can be viewed free of charge at the BFI Southbank’s Mediatheque in London or at the Quad in Derby

Blogging Against Bribery


babIn April 2011 the web was set abuzz by the hunger protest of 72 year old Anna Hazare, demanding that the Indian Government draft a tough new anti-corruption bill. His fast in Delhi was supported by campaigners across India and the world, fuelled by Facebook and Twitter to make it the most successful use of the internet and social media in an Indian protest. Mukti Jain Campion reports from Bangalore on this new trend for click-tivism and examines an innovative anti-bribery website called ipaidabribe.com (1 x 28′)

First broadcast  June  2011 BBC Radio 4

Producer Mukti Jain Campion      Executive Producer Charles Miller


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