34 episodes

21 extraordinary stories from some of the biggest news events of the last 21 years.

Series producer: Rob Mulhern
Host: Jayne Secker

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21 extraordinary stories from some of the biggest news events of the last 21 years.

Series producer: Rob Mulhern
Host: Jayne Secker

    StoryCast ’21: EP 15/21 Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk

    StoryCast ’21: EP 15/21 Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk

    The UK has a long history of exploration, however by 2016, only one astronaut, Helen Sharman, had travelled to space bearing the colours of the UK flag and no Briton had ever experienced the most demanding and perilous experience of spaceflight. That was until one January morning in 2016. Former RAF test pilot, husband and father, Tim Peake, had arrived at The International Space Station (ISS) just weeks before.
    When mission control discovered damage to an external power unit, Peake, and fellow astronaut Tim Kopra, were tasked with its repair - a complex undertaking, fraught with danger, which could only be executed during night orbit at 17,000 km per hour.

    In 2021, Sky News is marking some of the century’s biggest news events through the personal stories of lives defined by unforgettable moments from the last 21-years.
    Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk is episode 15 of the 21-part series StoryCast ’21

    CREDITS

    Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk was recorded by Tom Gillespie
    Writing, production and sound design by Rob Mulhern
    Special thanks to Tim Peake and Thomas Moore
    Digital by Tom Gillespie
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    TV treatment, Johnny El-Giathi
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story log on to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 17 min
    StoryCast '21: EP 14/21: Taking Down Saddam

    StoryCast '21: EP 14/21: Taking Down Saddam

    From Pauls Valley in Oklahoma, USA, Miles Hill always dreamed of joining the US Marine Corps.
    Growing up, family life was coloured by US military history - his grandparents served in World War Two and Korea. So when al Qaeda terrorists attacked the US on 11 September, 2001, it set in motion a chain of events that brought Hill to Iraq in 2003, as part of the Marine Corps.

    An idealistic 19-year-old, Hill had little understanding of geo-politics, but it was his absolute conviction that the world would be a better place without the Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi dictator had been a destabilising influence in the region since the 1990 Gulf War. Now accused of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as well as forging links with al Qaeda terrorists, Hill and his fellow Marines were tasked with leading the ground invasion and deposing Hussein. On the morning of the invasion, military leaders warned of the bloodiest urban battle in US Marine Corp history. By the end of that day, Miles Hill would find himself at the centre of one of this century’s most iconic moments.

    In 2021, Sky News is marking some of the century’s biggest news events through the personal stories of lives defined by unforgettable moments from the last 21-years.
    Taking down Saddam is episode 14 of the 21-part series StoryCast ’21

    CREDITS

    ‘Taking down Saddam’ was produced and written by Rob Mulhern.
    Recordings and digital Tom Gillespie
    Special thanks to Miles Hill and David Chater.
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    Sound Design, Rob Mulhern
    TV treatment, Victoria Hudson-Grant
    Archive, Simon Windsor
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story go to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 18 min
    StoryCast '21: EP 13/21 9/11 Janice Brooks: Inside the South Tower

    StoryCast '21: EP 13/21 9/11 Janice Brooks: Inside the South Tower

    Saturday September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the US, which resulted in almost 3000 deaths and injured 25,000 people.
    At around 8 o'clock on the morning of the attacks, a group of al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes before flying them - packed with passengers - towards targets in New York and Washington D.C.
    In the hours that followed, one of the deadliest attacks in US history played out live on TV screens around the world.
    From London’s East End, Janice Brooks, had just moved to New York. Then aged 41, she'd started a new job with the finance firm Eurobrokers. Her new office was located on floor 84 of 2 World Trade Centre (The South Tower).
    Shortly after Janice got to her desk on 9/11, the terrible chain of events that continue to mark her life, began to unfold. In this special extended episode of StoryCast 21 and using Sky News archive from the attack as it was being reported live, Janice tells the story of her escape from the upper floors of 2 World Trade Centre.

    In 2021, Sky News is marking some of the century’s biggest news events through the personal stories of lives defined by unforgettable moments from the last 21-years.
    9-11 Janice Brooks: Inside the South Tower is episode 13 of the 21-part series StoryCast ‘21

    CREDITS

    9-11 Janice Brooks: The South Tower was produced by Rob Mulhern.
    Story originator and digital - Tom Gillespie
    Special thanks to Janice Brooks and Since 9-11- an education programme directed at UK students.
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    Sound Design, Rob Mulhern
    TV treatment, Victoria Hudson-Grant
    Archive, Simon Windsor
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story log on to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 36 min
    StoryCast '21: EP 12/21 The Beirut Blast: Ghassan's story

    StoryCast '21: EP 12/21 The Beirut Blast: Ghassan's story

    Ghassan Hasrouty wasn’t supposed to be working at Beirut’s port on Tuesday, 4th August 2020.
    He’d swapped shifts to allow him to attend an upcoming weekend trip with his wife and children.
    A senior manager, Ghassan had worked at the port for 38-years. He knew its rhythms well and anticipating that he may have to work through the night, he called home and asked for someone bring him a pillow and blanket.
    Around the same time Zein Ja’Far, Sky News' Middle East News Editor based in Beirut, was working from his apartment, less than half a mile away when he noticed smoke coming from the port.
    A fire was about ignite thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored near Ghassan's workplace. The lives of the Hasrouty family, and Beirut’s two million residents were about to be changed forever.

    In 2021, Sky News is marking some of the century’s biggest news events through the personal stories of lives defined by unforgettable moments from the last 21-years.
    Episode 12 of the 21-part series is The Beirut Blast: Ghassan’s story.
    *StoryCast '21 returns in September 2021, with an extended episode to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

    CREDITS

    The Beirut Blast: Ghassan’s story was written and produced by Rob Mulhern with Zein Ja’Far.
    Special thanks to Eli and Tatiana Hasrouty
    Research and Digital by Tom Gillespie
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    Sound Design, Rob Mulhern
    TV treatment, Victoria Hudson-Grant
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story log on to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 18 min
    StoryCast '21: EP 11/21 The Last Gun: Disarming the IRA

    StoryCast '21: EP 11/21 The Last Gun: Disarming the IRA

    In September 2005, the responsibility of securing a lasting peace in Northern Ireland fell on the shoulders of two unlikely men - a Protestant minister and a Catholic priest.
    Unbeknown to high-ranking security officials in both the British and Irish Governments, the Rev Harold Good and Father Alec Reid were to undertake a secret mission to bring about the disarmament of the IRA.
    To this day, what happened before and during that covert mission, remains shrouded in mystery. But now aged 84, Reverend Harold Good, speaking exclusively to Sky News, gives a searing new insight into an act that not only involved great personal risk, but on which the future of peace depended.



    CREDITS

    ‘The Last Gun: Disarming the IRA’ was written and produced by Rob Mulhern with David Blevins.
    Special thanks to Reverend Harold Good and David Blevins
    Digital by Tom Gillespie
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    Sound Design, Rob Mulhern
    TV treatment, Johnny El-Giathi
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story log on to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 19 min
    StoryCast '21: EP 10/21 On Stage with Amy Winehouse

    StoryCast '21: EP 10/21 On Stage with Amy Winehouse

    Three days before Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, she made her final stage appearance alongside her Goddaughter and musical protégée Dionne Bromfield.
    Now for the first time, Dionne reveals the ‘Aunty Amy’ only she knew.
    A decade since Winehouse’s death, she remains one of the UKs top selling artists.
    She also remains eclipsed by the media portrayal: The icon, the beehive hairstyle, the bright lights, paparazzi, and addiction that ultimately destroyed her.
    'On Stage with Amy Winehouse' explores the Amy Dionne remembers, why it’s taken 10-years to process her death, and how finding a ‘sister’ in Winehouse has come to define her.

    ‘On Stage with Amy Winehouse was produced by Rob Mulhern with Amy Hitchcock.
    Special thanks to Dionne Bromfield
    Digital by Tom Gillespie
    Presented by Jayne Secker
    Sound Design, Rob Mulhern
    TV treatment, Amy Hitchcock
    Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
    Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
    Social media, Chris Scott
    Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
    Email: storycast@sky.uk
    For more on this story log on to www.skynews/storycast21
    #StoryCast21

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Jack_McCoy ,

Very Interesting

Well-told British tales of crime and intrigue. Nice editing, use of music, etc. Looking forward to more.

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Quite fascinating story

I thought the story of the gold robbery and ensuing investigation was fascinating and educational. Definitely worth the listen.

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10 min story stretched to 45

To make this podcast more enjoyable, drink every time you hear “Brinks Mat gold bullion robbery” or “6800 original gold bars”.

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