11 episodes

Adrian Goldberg interviews famous Midlanders asking what part the region played in their success.
Made in the Midlands is a podcast which investigates the cultural foundations of the UK’s most populous region. More than ten million people call middle England their home yet it’s a part of Britain which often seems little understood by our fellow Brits. Northerners are sure we’re southerners. Southerners are equally sure we’re northerners.
Made in the Midlands is a chance to set the record straight and to increase awareness of the talent the region has produced. In each episode Adrian asks his guests what part the region played in their success. Who are the important people, where are the important places that helped them on their way? And how can the Midlands get greater recognition for its achievements?
With the support of Coventry UK City Of Culture, award-winning Loftus Media and the MITM team has produced nine episodes for Series 1 which will be released every Wednesday from February 9, 2022.

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    • Society & Culture

Adrian Goldberg interviews famous Midlanders asking what part the region played in their success.
Made in the Midlands is a podcast which investigates the cultural foundations of the UK’s most populous region. More than ten million people call middle England their home yet it’s a part of Britain which often seems little understood by our fellow Brits. Northerners are sure we’re southerners. Southerners are equally sure we’re northerners.
Made in the Midlands is a chance to set the record straight and to increase awareness of the talent the region has produced. In each episode Adrian asks his guests what part the region played in their success. Who are the important people, where are the important places that helped them on their way? And how can the Midlands get greater recognition for its achievements?
With the support of Coventry UK City Of Culture, award-winning Loftus Media and the MITM team has produced nine episodes for Series 1 which will be released every Wednesday from February 9, 2022.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Series 1 Round-Up

    Series 1 Round-Up

    Adrian's mission to find out what defines our region and what makes a Midlander comes to an end, for now... He's spoken to 9 famous folk from central England - five men, four women, one novelist, two musicians, a pair of film directors, a couple of sports stars, one actor, one MP. It’s been quite a journey - so here’s a brief debrief.
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image Credits:
    Lee Child - Brian Aris
    Pauline Black - Dean Chalkley
    Ken Loach - Paul Crowther
    Nitin Ganatra - Craig Topham
    Debbie Isitt - eOne
    Tom Clarke - Robin Pope
    Steve Ogrizovic - CCFC
    Jess Phillips - Jess Phillips
    Ellie Simmonds - Ellie Simmonds
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu

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    • 10 min
    Ellie Simmonds

    Ellie Simmonds

    Paralympian Ellie Simmonds is starting a life away from the Midlands but still lives close enough to the motorway to be able to get to the place she will always call home: “To be that poster girl for the Midlands... It makes me so proud because I love the Midlands. I love going back home. I love being able to talk about the Brummie accent and all those amazing things that Birmingham has to offer.” 
    Midlands Hero: Dave Heeley aka “Blind Dave” - a phenomenal charity fund raiser from Birmingham. Ellie met him at a sports award ceremony - “I remember just being in awe of him…”
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image of Ellie Simmonds courtesy of Ellie Simmonds.
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu

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    • 34 min
    Jess Phillips

    Jess Phillips

    Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015, Jess has lived her entire life in the city. She did study at Leeds University. But came home every weekend. “I belong here. I belong in Birmingham,” she says, “ I can feel it when I'm on the train on the way back from London every week. My shoulders start to relax when I get through the Chilterns.”
    Jess is best known for her campaigning to end violence against women and, as we’ll hear, campaigning is in her DNA. As a child she used to go to Women's Liberation Playgroup and recalls, as an older child, time spent turning the handle on the rudimentary copier in the garage to make Labour Party leaflets. Jess talks about weekly Saturday trips to BMAG - the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - with her grandfather, her Brummie accent accounting for 'at least a third' of her success and how coming from the city means absolutely everything to her. "The most important thing I am is a Brummie, without question."
    Midlands Heroes:
    Sara Ward CEO Black Country Women’s Aid and Maureen Connolly CEO Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.
    “Between these two women, their efforts have, every year, saved tens of thousands of lives. And we just don't even know who they are.”
    This episode was recorded with an audience at a sold out event in Draper’s Hall, Coventry. It contains mild language and references to sexual harrassment.
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image of Jess Phillips courtesy of Jess Phillips.
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu

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    • 40 min
    Steve Ogrizovic

    Steve Ogrizovic

    Coventry City goalkeeping legend Steve Ogrizovic tells the hair-raising wartime story of how his father came to be a miner in Nottinghamshire, the “embarrassment” of queuing for school dinner tokens during a strike, joining the police force and bowling out Viv Richards in a lesser known cricket career. As a footballer he sat on the bench while Liverpool won Europe’s most prestigious trophies, but spent the rest of his life at Midlands clubs - including a remarkable 16 years as Coventry’s number one. 
    Midlands Memory: The Open Top Bus Parade through Coventry after CCFC won the FA Cup in 1987: "It was supposed to take 45 minutes but three and a half hours later we still hadn’t reached the council offices...That particular day, the whole of Coventry, and some more, came out to applaud the team home and it just became absolutely an incredible place.”
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image of Steve Ogrizovic courtesy of Coventry City Football Club.
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu

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    • 38 min
    Tom Clarke

    Tom Clarke

    The frontman of The Enemy was born in the heart of the West Midlands. “I grew up in Castle Bromwich, which is Solihull or Birmingham, depending on who you’re trying to impress.” He talks to Adrian about his love of manufacturing, especially cars, and of family plus his determination to offer a leg up to other young Midlands artists.
    Midlands Masterpiece: “My Land Rover 1966 Series 2A. On the Land Rover badge it says Solihull, Warwickshire. I feel immensely proud of that.”
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image of Tom Clarke © Robin Pope
    Instagram: @robinpopephoto
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu


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    • 36 min
    Debbie Isitt

    Debbie Isitt

    Film director Debbie Isitt played truant after making her mind up at an early age that she wanted to be involved in the arts. A slot on a children's Saturday morning TV show sealed it. “I went on Tiswas as part of my dancing school. I just thought, what do I need school for? I'm on my way, I'm on the telly.”
    Debbie reveals to Adrian how she could have gone to Hollywood to ply her trade, but instead, she stayed in the Midlands and makes internationally acclaimed films at her house in the city she’s proud to call home.
    Midlands Hero: “My Dad – a real Peaky Blinder.”
    Commissioned by Coventry City of Culture 2021 and proudly produced by Loftus Media.
    Music by Maia Miller-Lewis.
    Image of Debbie Isitt courtesy of eOne.
    Who are your Midlands Heroes and what are your Midlands Masterpieces? Tell us at: madeinthemidlands@loftusmedia.co.uk
    Dive into the sound of the Midlands via our 'Made in the Midlands' playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7lTguCtjyUEMxzGoQYheLu

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    • 37 min