21 episodes

Welcome to The North in Numbers, the podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. Each fortnight, The North in Numbers will be looking at the figures that particularly affect the north, whether that’s the rise in knife crime in Merseyside or the boom in restaurants seen in Newcastle. We’ll be joined by experts and those most affected to get their take on the issues facing northern communities.

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Welcome to The North in Numbers, the podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. Each fortnight, The North in Numbers will be looking at the figures that particularly affect the north, whether that’s the rise in knife crime in Merseyside or the boom in restaurants seen in Newcastle. We’ll be joined by experts and those most affected to get their take on the issues facing northern communities.

    Why are fans starting to flock to non-league football in the North?

    Why are fans starting to flock to non-league football in the North?

    In this sports special, David Dubas-Fisher is behind the mic, as he looks at the increase in popularity of non-league football in the North, specifically tiers nine and 10 of the English football pyramid.

    Football clubs in those tiers have a combined attendance of almost 550,000 this season with crowds increasing in recent years - particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic.

    David speaks to the fans involved in non-league football, including the Northern Football League's Mike Snowdon, Hallam FC's Ian Jones, and West Didsbury and Chorlton's Gray Ellwood, to find out how the pandemic has impacted the game.

    He also discusses how non-league clubs are supporting their communities, how the 3pm broadcast blackout affects these teams, and why football fans are turning away from professional clubs.

    This episode of The North in Numbers is presented by David Dubas-Fisher and produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin.

    • 35 min
    Mental health: The hidden pandemic

    Mental health: The hidden pandemic

    This week’s episode is all about the surge in mental health issues seen across the UK in the wake of the pandemic - and the massive strain this is putting on services, with unprecedented demand and huge backlogs.

    We spoke to some of those who have been affected in the north - including a teenager who saw her eating disorder “blow up” during lockdown, and a young man with bipolar disorder who ended up in hospital after struggling to access treatment for his worsening symptoms - as well as experts from mental health charities, working on the front line.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.

    Mental health crisis helplines: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services

    Find your local Mind: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds

    Beat eating disorders helpline: 0808 801 0677 / help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

    • 57 min
    Levelling Up: What it really means for the north

    Levelling Up: What it really means for the north

    The North in Numbers podcast tells the human stories behind various statistics for the north of England.

    In this episode - the first of series three - host Annie Gouk gets to the bottom of levelling up, speaking to policy experts and people working in some of the key areas the strategy targets.

    'Levelling Up' was a strategy set out by the Conservative party in their 2019 manifesto and has huge implications for the north.

    However, recent polling by YouGov reveals that 74% of people don’t actually understand what “levelling up” is - including one in four people who have never even heard of it.

    • 50 min
    The importance of local news during the pandemic, with Michael Sheen, Jen Williams and Dion Jones

    The importance of local news during the pandemic, with Michael Sheen, Jen Williams and Dion Jones

    In the final episode of the series, host Annie Gouk takes a look at the importance of local journalism and why local news has been so vital during the pandemic in particular.

    Annie is joined by actor and activist Michael Sheen, Jen Williams, the Politics and Investigations Editor for the Manchester Evening News and Dion Jones, Brand Editor of the North Wales Daily Post.

    • 49 min
    Distilleries: The Northern ginaissance

    Distilleries: The Northern ginaissance

    This episode is all about the resurgence in gin that has led to an ongoing boom in distilleries across the north. To find out more, we spoke to industry experts, as well as gin brands and craft distillers from across the region.

    According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, since March 2010 the number of distilleries in the north has exploded from around 15, to closer to 125 in March 2020. Most of that growth has been seen since 2015, with the number more than quadrupling in the last five years alone.

    The increase in distilleries has largely been driven by a revival in the popularity of gin, dubbed the ‘ginaissance’ - with the drink overtaking whisky and more recently vodka to become the most popular spirit in the UK.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.

    • 34 min
    House prices: High demand, low supply and a frenzied market

    House prices: High demand, low supply and a frenzied market

    This week we’re taking a look at house prices, which have been soaring during the pandemic - particularly in the north.

    You’ll hear from people across the region about their experiences of buying and selling in the last year, while a South Manchester real estate agent and a property expert from Zoopla offer their thoughts on what’s driving these trends - as well as giving hints and tips for people looking to buy or sell right now.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by Mark Magill.

    • 37 min

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