34 episodes

Personal stories from across England - each week, a new theme. Becca Bryers is your guide to the colourful characters and emotional experiences which make up a diverse country.

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    • Personal Journals

Personal stories from across England - each week, a new theme. Becca Bryers is your guide to the colourful characters and emotional experiences which make up a diverse country.

    New Start

    New Start

    To welcome in the new decade, stories of life-changing moments and new directions. Including Kate, a Lancashire mum who has taken control of her alcohol addiction, and is now helping others do the same. Plus boxer Tom Hill shares the impact, and the silver lining of losing his job at the Redcar steelworks. And meet Mark Winkless - a huge Leicester City supporter who has gone from being a bad guy, to simply acting one on screen.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.
    Executive producer: James Stewart


    With contributions from:
    Garry Scott at BBC Radio Lancashire
    Matty Jones at BBC Tees
    Harris Millar at BBC Radio Leicester



    With thanks to Andrew Fewster

    • 33 min
    Christmas II

    Christmas II

    Getting in the mood for Christmas - a selection of festive audio treats from across England. Featuring the pub serving turkey and mince pies in August; the teen mum preparing for her baby's first Christmas in their new home; and a hospice chaplain and volunteer reflect on bringing festivities to their patients and families. Plus a Victorian Christmas card collector explains why his hobby is so important - and presenter Becca speaks to BBC Radio Leicester's Martin Ballard about his 30 years of switching a microphone for stage make-up in panto.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With contributions from:
    Laura Clemson at BBC Hereford and Worcester
    Philippa Goymer at BBC Tees and the Pregnant Teens podcast
    Emily Jeffrey at BBC Sussex and The Listening Project
    Caroline Adams at BBC Radio Devon
    Martin Ballard/Widow Twanky from BBC Radio Leicester

    Listen to the Pregnant Teens podcast here: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07r63bk

    • 41 min
    Identity

    Identity

    Four stories reflecting on what makes us who we are. Including Ash, aka Maria - a drag queen from Stoke, who mixes heavy metal and pop music. Mike from Bristol shares the impact of being part of the Windrush generation, and his hopes to gain official UK citizenship. Plus a Carlisle councillor and street artist swap thoughts on the place of graffiti in their city. And poet Jodie Langford, explains why she's proud to call Hull her home.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With contributions from:
    Perry Spiller and Liz Ellis at BBC Radio Stoke
    Tom Bigwood and Michael Jenkins at BBC Inside Out West
    Andrew Carter at BBC Radio Cumbria
    Ian McMillan and Kathryn Morrison (for the National Poetry Day and Local Radio programme from BBC Radio Humberside)

    • 41 min
    Words

    Words

    Four stories drawn from across England, celebrating the power of words. Featuring the World War II letters sent to Gilbert, from his lover - the mysterious "G". Ninety-seven-year-old Maurice Rutherford is gaining an online following, with his poems reflecting on love and older age (among other things!) Plus, Mansfield's former town crier explains the importance of the role in medieval times. And poet Hollie McNish reflects on the confusion and embarrassment that can come from a difference in regional dialect.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

    With contributions from:
    Genevieve Tudor and Allan Price at BBC Radio Shropshire
    Dominic King at BBC Radio Kent
    Pip Watts at BBC Radio Nottingham

    • 37 min
    Bodies

    Bodies

    Four surprising tales of changing body modifications. Featuring Jayne, who has a prosthetic nose for every occasion (including when she's had a few drinks!). Rising kayaking star, Helena explains why she made the huge decision to have her leg amputated at 22 years old. And Lucy, a Bradford tattooist explains how and why she's created specialist 3D nipple designs.

    Plus radio presenter Claira Hermet explains the tough journey she went through, to finally love her body.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers

    With contributions from:
    Claira Hermet and Jim Davis at BBC Radio London
    Charlotte Broadbent and Lauren Clemson at BBC Hereford and Worcester
    Beth Parsons at BBC Radio Leeds

    • 39 min
    Relationship Status

    Relationship Status

    Reflections on what it means to be in a relationship, or single. Featuring Charlie, Nick and Sydney sharing the emotions and logistics of their polyamorous romance. Plus, nuns Sisters Anne-Marie, Aelred and Gabriel explain why they don't fully consider themselves to be single. And childhood friends, David and Christine on the joy of finding love later in life.

    Presented and produced by Becca Bryers

    With contributions from:
    Letitia George at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
    Emily Jeffery at BBC Radio Sussex
    Melvyn Prior at BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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Joy

Just a nice switch off from the world podcast. Warm and really engaging host some fascinating subjects too.

Flad the First ,

Charming

Interesting snippets into different lives, a break from the stresses of life, beautifully presented and highly recommended 🙂

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Loved it!

Loved it! So many great stories out there from around the country, looking forward to the next one.

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