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Armistice 1918
Armistice 1918
November 15 2018

Five historians challenge the conventional narrative about the end of World War One and the peace settlement which followed, the repercussions of which are still felt today.

The Stardust Memories
The Stardust Memories
June 23 2012

In an entertaining, insightful programme marking the 40th anniversary of the Ziggy Stardust album, Midge Ure explores the story behind the groundbreaking album and discovers its impact on his fellow musicians, the music industry and the fans, then and now. With contributions from the Spiders from Mars band members, Trevor Bolder and Woody Woodmansey, roadie and hairdresser Suzie Ronson, producer Ken Scott, pop artist George Underwood and musician and fan Gary Kemp.

Outfoxed: The Story of Hunting in Britain
Outfoxed: The Story of Hunting in Britain
May 28 2012

Dr Emma Griffin finds out why fox hunting is still flourishing despite the seven- year ban Also how hunting has evolved over time from being a pursuit mainly for the privileged and wealthy to being less `class' focused. Produced by Melissa FitzGerald for Blakeway.

Mighty be their Powers: Three Women's Struggle for Peace
Mighty be their Powers: Three Women's Struggle for Peace
December 30 2011

Bridget Kendall profiles the three female human rights activists awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman.

Backstage Tales
Backstage Tales
December 09 2011

Midge Ure goes backstage into the bizarre world of the music tour. He hears stories from the artists and the army of crew who put the show on the road. With Jason Donovan, Boy George, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle and Martin Kemp.

Archive on 4 - Remembrance
Archive on 4 - Remembrance
November 12 2011

Denys Blakeway tells the story of the Act of Remembrance and asks why Remembrance Day has become so important to modern Britain. There are now no living survivors of the First World War, yet Remembrance Day has gained a new and powerful significance in the nation's life.

The Mysterious Mr Mercury
The Mysterious Mr Mercury
November 12 2011

Blakeway radio for BBC Radio 4. One of the most flamboyant showmen in the history of British rock, in private Freddie Mercury was notoriously shy. To mark the 20th anniversary of his death, Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury.

Cancer Trials: Behind The Scenes at The Christie
Cancer Trials: Behind The Scenes at The Christie
August 07 2011

How the Christie's new Clinical Trials Unit is leading a golden age in cancer research.

Churchill's Other Lives
Churchill's Other Lives
March 14 2011

This series, presented by Sir David Cannadine, will examine 10 lesser know themes which are crucial to a fuller understanding of the most extraordinary individual ever to occupy No. 10 Downing Street.