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Music, culture, life.

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Music, culture, life.

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24 Hours20160308

A lot can happen in 24 Hours. Adele Roberts hears three stories of young people facing a landmark day in their careers. In each of these stories, holding your nerve can mean the difference between success or failure.

Genevieve Rolleston-Smith is a trainee helicopter pilot at the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury. Today is a crucial day in her training. She'll be taking a pre-solo flight check in a simulator. She'll have to negotiate emergencies, including hydraulics failure. If she's successful, she can fly solo in a helicopter for the first time and will be well on the way to getting her wings. But if things don't go to plan, she may have to retrain and her future in the RAF could be in jeopardy.

Next, Adele meets Jack Laugher and Chris Mears. They're two divers from Leeds hoping to represent the country at this summer's Olympics. But before they can reach Rio, they need to secure their place on Team GB by winning a medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia. Jack and Chris, who compete together in synchro, are totally reliant on each other to execute their dives in perfect precision. After a difficult year of injury, can they do enough to qualify?

Christopher Macarthur Boyd is an emerging stand-up comedian from Glasgow. In 2014 he reached the finals of nationwide talent search So You Think You're Funny. He's now been given his debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Fresh Blood. Tonight is opening night and he's feeling the pressure. Can he conquer his nerves to deliver a hilarious set?

Along the way, Adele hears how Genevieve, Chris, Jack and Christopher control their nerves and manage their adrenaline to face potentially life-changing challenges.

24 Hours20160308

24 Hours20160308

A lot can happen in 24 Hours. Adele Roberts hears three stories of young people facing a landmark day in their careers. In each of these stories, holding your nerve can mean the difference between success or failure.

Genevieve Rolleston-Smith is a trainee helicopter pilot at the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury. Today is a crucial day in her training. She'll be taking a pre-solo flight check in a simulator. She'll have to negotiate emergencies, including hydraulics failure. If she's successful, she can fly solo in a helicopter for the first time and will be well on the way to getting her wings. But if things don't go to plan, she may have to retrain and her future in the RAF could be in jeopardy.

Next, Adele meets Jack Laugher and Chris Mears. They're two divers from Leeds hoping to represent the country at this summer's Olympics. But before they can reach Rio, they need to secure their place on Team GB by winning a medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia. Jack and Chris, who compete together in synchro, are totally reliant on each other to execute their dives in perfect precision. After a difficult year of injury, can they do enough to qualify?

Christopher Macarthur Boyd is an emerging stand-up comedian from Glasgow. In 2014 he reached the finals of nationwide talent search So You Think You're Funny. He's now been given his debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Fresh Blood. Tonight is opening night and he's feeling the pressure. Can he conquer his nerves to deliver a hilarious set?

Along the way, Adele hears how Genevieve, Chris, Jack and Christopher control their nerves and manage their adrenaline to face potentially life-changing challenges.

24 Hours20160308

Bye Bye, Boobs20150224

When Claira Hermet was just nine years old she lost her Mum to breast cancer. Then three years ago she lost her sister too. After taking a genetic test, she discovered she had an 85% life chance of getting the disease. So to significantly reduce her own risk of breast cancer she's decided to have a double mastectomy.

In this programme for Radio 1 & 1Xtra's Stories, Claira will be sharing this difficult journey with you as she prepares to say goodbye to her boobs. We follow her as she describes her initial decision to opt for surgery, meet her family and friends to discover their reaction, and go with her to hospital on the day of surgery.

Along the way she also meets women who have shared similar experiences, from Katie and her sister who have different views on whether to have a mastectomy after also testing positive for the gene, to Diane, who is currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer. By sharing these conversations and discussing their fears together they help Claira prepare for what she's going to go through, and what has become known as Double D Day.

During the making of the programme Claira has been very open about her experiences with regular appearances in the national media. As a result many of the people her story has connected with have been getting in touch with Claira and providing a source of invaluable support on her difficult journey.

Bye Bye, Boobs20150224

Bye Bye, Boobs20150224

When Claira Hermet was just nine years old she lost her Mum to breast cancer. Then three years ago she lost her sister too. After taking a genetic test, she discovered she had an 85% life chance of getting the disease. So to significantly reduce her own risk of breast cancer she's decided to have a double mastectomy.

In this programme for Radio 1 & 1Xtra's Stories, Claira will be sharing this difficult journey with you as she prepares to say goodbye to her boobs. We follow her as she describes her initial decision to opt for surgery, meet her family and friends to discover their reaction, and go with her to hospital on the day of surgery.

Along the way she also meets women who have shared similar experiences, from Katie and her sister who have different views on whether to have a mastectomy after also testing positive for the gene, to Diane, who is currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer. By sharing these conversations and discussing their fears together they help Claira prepare for what she's going to go through, and what has become known as Double D Day.

During the making of the programme Claira has been very open about her experiences with regular appearances in the national media. As a result many of the people her story has connected with have been getting in touch with Claira and providing a source of invaluable support on her difficult journey.

Bye Bye, Boobs20150224

Chris Stark's Dry Diary20160301

Contrary to popular belief, there is evidence to suggest this generation is the cleanest living in decades, with increasing numbers of young people opting to abstain from drinking alcohol.

Chris Stark investigates the possible reasons for this, while also challenging himself to live a sober lifestyle for a month.

Chris Stark's Dry Diary20160301

Chris Stark's Dry Diary20160301

Contrary to popular belief, there is evidence to suggest this generation is the cleanest living in decades, with increasing numbers of young people opting to abstain from drinking alcohol.

Chris Stark investigates the possible reasons for this, while also challenging himself to live a sober lifestyle for a month.

Chris Stark's Dry Diary20160301

Classical Connections with Chilly Gonzales20150818

Chilly Gonzales joins the dots between the seemingly polarised worlds of classical and pop, taking us on a whirlwind journey through musical time with help from Alt J, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Vampire Weekend, Clean Bandit and Bon Iver. Sitting at his piano, Chilly tells the story of 1000 years of musical evolution in just one hour, from medieval music to minimalism, and explains it's relevance to the hip-hop, metal, indie and dance music of today.

Chilly also hears from well known pop stars discussing their lesser known passions for classical music. Did you know that Beethoven is Vampire Weekend's top tip for a hangover cure? Or that Alt J would not exist if not for Gregorian Chanting? Or that Chopin's 'pop melodies' inspire London Grammar's Dot Major?

However, as BBC Radio 3's Suzy Klein states, classical music still has something of an image problem. Despite there being a thriving and exhilarating contemporary scene in the UK, with new music being brought to new spaces and audiences around the country, negativity around the term 'classical' persists. Over the course of this programme Chilly asks if these negative perceptions are fair.

For fans of Muse, Mozart, Plan B, Purcell, Justin Timberlake, JS Bach, Dr Dre and Dimitri Shostakovich.

Classical Connections with Chilly Gonzales20150818

Classical Connections with Chilly Gonzales20150818

Chilly Gonzales joins the dots between the seemingly polarised worlds of classical and pop, taking us on a whirlwind journey through musical time with help from Alt J, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Vampire Weekend, Clean Bandit and Bon Iver. Sitting at his piano, Chilly tells the story of 1000 years of musical evolution in just one hour, from medieval music to minimalism, and explains it's relevance to the hip-hop, metal, indie and dance music of today.

Chilly also hears from well known pop stars discussing their lesser known passions for classical music. Did you know that Beethoven is Vampire Weekend's top tip for a hangover cure? Or that Alt J would not exist if not for Gregorian Chanting? Or that Chopin's 'pop melodies' inspire London Grammar's Dot Major?

However, as BBC Radio 3's Suzy Klein states, classical music still has something of an image problem. Despite there being a thriving and exhilarating contemporary scene in the UK, with new music being brought to new spaces and audiences around the country, negativity around the term 'classical' persists. Over the course of this programme Chilly asks if these negative perceptions are fair.

For fans of Muse, Mozart, Plan B, Purcell, Justin Timberlake, JS Bach, Dr Dre and Dimitri Shostakovich.

Classical Connections with Chilly Gonzales20150818

England's Soccer Sisters20150526

The England women's football team is flying out to Canada to compete in the World Cup and Dev's been to meet some of them at their training ground in Staffordshire as they prepare for the biggest tournament in the game.

He's been chatting to them about their love of football as well as their lives off the pitch. How tough is it for young women to compete at their level? What sacrifices have to be made? And what advice have they for other young women who'd like to shine in soccer?

In England's Soccer Sisters they tell Dev their stories and play the music that inspires them.

England's Soccer Sisters20150526

England's Soccer Sisters20150526

The England women's football team is flying out to Canada to compete in the World Cup and Dev's been to meet some of them at their training ground in Staffordshire as they prepare for the biggest tournament in the game.

He's been chatting to them about their love of football as well as their lives off the pitch. How tough is it for young women to compete at their level? What sacrifices have to be made? And what advice have they for other young women who'd like to shine in soccer?

In England's Soccer Sisters they tell Dev their stories and play the music that inspires them.

England's Soccer Sisters20150526

High Street Hijabis2015071420150825 (R1)

Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame and Muslim style and beauty vlogger Nabiilabee join together to explore why so many young Muslim women are turning to 'modest fashion' vloggers for inspiration on how to interpret their Western identities coupled with their Eastern religion and cultures.

The pair set out to uncover the truth about hijabis and the modest fashion movement. Along the way they will be set a £100 challenge to try and shop for each other on the UK high street. How will Nicola fare when choosing a modest fashion outfit and will Nabiilabee rise to the challenge of finding an outfit for Nicola?

Nicola and Nabiilabee will also be speaking to high street chains, high end labels and an Islamic scholar to explore the emergence of the modest fashion movement. They will be asking whether dressing stylishly conflicts with religion and trying to discover why British high streets and UK fashion houses have not yet tapped into this potential market.

High Street Hijabis20150714

High Street Hijabis2015071420150825 (R1)

Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame and Muslim style and beauty vlogger Nabiilabee join together to explore why so many young Muslim women are turning to 'modest fashion' vloggers for inspiration on how to interpret their Western identities coupled with their Eastern religion and cultures.

The pair set out to uncover the truth about hijabis and the modest fashion movement. Along the way they will be set a £100 challenge to try and shop for each other on the UK high street. How will Nicola fare when choosing a modest fashion outfit and will Nabiilabee rise to the challenge of finding an outfit for Nicola?

Nicola and Nabiilabee will also be speaking to high street chains, high end labels and an Islamic scholar to explore the emergence of the modest fashion movement. They will be asking whether dressing stylishly conflicts with religion and trying to discover why British high streets and UK fashion houses have not yet tapped into this potential market.

High Street Hijabis20150714

Is Protest Music Dead?2016012620160405 (R1)

Jamie MacColl is the guitarist from Bombay Bicycle Club. He also happens to come from an amazing heritage of protest singers - his grandfather was the British activist and protest singer Ewan MacColl, his grandmother is the US feminist and folk singer Peggy Seeger and his great uncle was Pete Seeger, who helped popularise the protest song "We Shall Overcome" in the 1960s.

However Jamie admits his own band's music is far from political.

Keen to explore the current state of "protest music", Jamie goes on a journey to find out who, if anyone, still makes protest music. And, if they don't, do musicians still find ways to speak out about issues, socially, politically or culturally?

From the #blacklivesmatter movement in the US, to artists saying what they really think on twitter, to the rise and rise of grime in the UK, Jamie finds out whether protest music is dead, or has just evolved.

Includes interviews with Billy Bragg, Olly from Years and Years, Hozier, Ghetts, Little Simz, Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari, US artist Tink and a sit down chat between Jamie and his own grandmother Peggy Seeger.

Is Protest Music Dead?20160126

Is Protest Music Dead?2016012620160405 (R1)

Jamie MacColl is the guitarist from Bombay Bicycle Club. He also happens to come from an amazing heritage of protest singers - his grandfather was the British activist and protest singer Ewan MacColl, his grandmother is the US feminist and folk singer Peggy Seeger and his great uncle was Pete Seeger, who helped popularise the protest song "We Shall Overcome" in the 1960s.

However Jamie admits his own band's music is far from political.

Keen to explore the current state of "protest music", Jamie goes on a journey to find out who, if anyone, still makes protest music. And, if they don't, do musicians still find ways to speak out about issues, socially, politically or culturally?

From the #blacklivesmatter movement in the US, to artists saying what they really think on twitter, to the rise and rise of grime in the UK, Jamie finds out whether protest music is dead, or has just evolved.

Includes interviews with Billy Bragg, Olly from Years and Years, Hozier, Ghetts, Little Simz, Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari, US artist Tink and a sit down chat between Jamie and his own grandmother Peggy Seeger.

Is Protest Music Dead?20160126

Radio 1's Movie Show with Rhianna20151230

Radio 1's Movie Show with Rhianna20151230

Science of Sound20150929

Sound. It's all around us. And it may be easy to think that what we hear is accidental. But is that true?

From the tones on our phone, to the music whilst we shop, Alice Levine speaks to sound designers and experts as she goes on a journey of sonic discovery to explore how the Science of Sound impacts on our everyday lives.

Science of Sound20150929

Science of Sound20150929

Sound. It's all around us. And it may be easy to think that what we hear is accidental. But is that true?

From the tones on our phone, to the music whilst we shop, Alice Levine speaks to sound designers and experts as she goes on a journey of sonic discovery to explore how the Science of Sound impacts on our everyday lives.

Science of Sound20150929

Slipknot: Hellbound2015031720150609 (R1)

Slipknot, one of the most prolific and brutal metal bands out there, are back.

The masked 9-piece heavy metal band from Des Moines, IOWA first descended on the UK in 1999 when they released their debut self-titled album. 16 years and five album releases later they're now a multi-platinum, grammy-award winning band, renowned for their chaotic live shows.

Daniel P Carter gains exclusive access to the band backstage at the final show of their first UK tour in six years. Here he catches up with band members Corey Taylor, Shawn Crahan and Jim Root about their long awaited return to the UK following the death of founding member Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison.

Dan finds out what goes into the making of a Slipknot show and hears from fans excited to witness Slipknot live, after years of anticipation.

Also features interviews with Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari, KORN, Modestep, The One Hundred, While She Sleeps and Young Guns.

Slipknot: Hellbound20150317

Slipknot, one of the most prolific and brutal metal bands out there, are back.

The masked 9-piece heavy metal band from Des Moines, IOWA first descended on the UK in 1999 when they released their debut self-titled album. 16 years and five album releases later they're now a multi-platinum, grammy-award winning band, renowned for their chaotic live shows.

Daniel P Carter gains exclusive access to the band backstage at the final show of their first UK tour in six years. Here he catches up with band members Corey Taylor, Shawn Crahan and Jim Root about their long awaited return to the UK following the death of founding member Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison.

Dan finds out what goes into the making of a Slipknot show and hears from fans excited to witness Slipknot live, after years of anticipation.

Also features interviews with Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari, KORN, Modestep, The One Hundred, While She Sleeps and Young Guns.

Slipknot: Hellbound20150317

Slipknot: Hellbound2015031720150609 (R1)

Slipknot, one of the most prolific and brutal metal bands out there, are back.

The masked 9-piece heavy metal band from Des Moines, IOWA first descended on the UK in 1999 when they released their debut self-titled album. 16 years and five album releases later they're now a multi-platinum, grammy-award winning band, renowned for their chaotic live shows.

Daniel P Carter gains exclusive access to the band backstage at the final show of their first UK tour in six years. Here he catches up with band members Corey Taylor, Shawn Crahan and Jim Root about their long awaited return to the UK following the death of founding member Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison.

Dan finds out what goes into the making of a Slipknot show and hears from fans excited to witness Slipknot live, after years of anticipation.

Also features interviews with Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari, KORN, Modestep, The One Hundred, While She Sleeps and Young Guns.

Slipknot: Hellbound20150317

Slipknot, one of the most prolific and brutal metal bands out there, are back.

The masked 9-piece heavy metal band from Des Moines, IOWA first descended on the UK in 1999 when they released their debut self-titled album. 16 years and five album releases later they're now a multi-platinum, grammy-award winning band, renowned for their chaotic live shows.

Daniel P Carter gains exclusive access to the band backstage at the final show of their first UK tour in six years. Here he catches up with band members Corey Taylor, Shawn Crahan and Jim Root about their long awaited return to the UK following the death of founding member Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison.

Dan finds out what goes into the making of a Slipknot show and hears from fans excited to witness Slipknot live, after years of anticipation.

Also features interviews with Architects, Bullet For My Valentine, Enter Shikari, KORN, Modestep, The One Hundred, While She Sleeps and Young Guns.

Slipknot: Hellbound20150317

Soundtrack of a Break-Up2016020920160412 (R1)

From break it off to shake it off, Alice Levine looks at the different emotions we go through after a breakup, and the anthems they've inspired. Katy B, Craig David, Nina Nesbitt and more join the Radio 1 family to talk about their experiences and share their break-up advice.

From the initial shock, right through to getting back out there and moving on with life, someone has written a song about it. Alice discovers why music can be so powerful in a breakup, how artists channel their failed romances into their music and even what it's like to be the star of a breakup song!

Soundtrack of a Break-Up20160209

Soundtrack of a Break-Up2016020920160412 (R1)

From break it off to shake it off, Alice Levine looks at the different emotions we go through after a breakup, and the anthems they've inspired. Katy B, Craig David, Nina Nesbitt and more join the Radio 1 family to talk about their experiences and share their break-up advice.

From the initial shock, right through to getting back out there and moving on with life, someone has written a song about it. Alice discovers why music can be so powerful in a breakup, how artists channel their failed romances into their music and even what it's like to be the star of a breakup song!

Soundtrack of a Break-Up20160209

The Tigers of Butetown2016041720160419 (R1)

Butetown in Cardiff is one of the city's youngest and most diverse areas. In fact Tiger Bay youth, a community based football club there, has players from more than 20 different nationalities playing for them.

Set up just four years ago they already have four teams, all run by volunteers, and dream of developing a player from the area who goes on to play for Wales. In this documentary for Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories, Mim Shaikh explores Butetown through the eyes of the Tiger Bay youth team players. Exploring their lives and getting to know how they feel about issues relating to housing, multiculturalism and political engagement.

The Tigers of Butetown20160417

The Tigers of Butetown2016041720160419 (R1)

Butetown in Cardiff is one of the city's youngest and most diverse areas. In fact Tiger Bay youth, a community based football club there, has players from more than 20 different nationalities playing for them.

Set up just four years ago they already have four teams, all run by volunteers, and dream of developing a player from the area who goes on to play for Wales. In this documentary for Radio 1 and 1Xtra Stories, Mim Shaikh explores Butetown through the eyes of the Tiger Bay youth team players. Exploring their lives and getting to know how they feel about issues relating to housing, multiculturalism and political engagement.

The Tigers of Butetown20160417

Transgender: Female to Male2016020220160426 (R1)

In late summer 2014, Stephanie Thompson took the decision to start living life as a man, as Steffan Zachiyah. From that point on his life has been completely transformed as he adapts to the challenges of transitioning from female to male.

He took the decision to start documenting his transition on YouTube, including how his friends and Jamaican family were reacting to the news, which in turn led to an appearance on Radio 1's Surgery programme. Shortly after that, in February 2015, he started taking the hormone testosterone to begin the physical process of transitioning.

In this documentary for Radio 1 & 1Xtra Stories Steffan has chosen to share the challenges, both mental and physical, during his first year of that hormone therapy. We also follow him on a trip home to Jamaica to reveal his new identity to members of his family based there.

Transgender: Female to Male20160202

Transgender: Female to Male2016020220160426 (R1)

In late summer 2014, Stephanie Thompson took the decision to start living life as a man, as Steffan Zachiyah. From that point on his life has been completely transformed as he adapts to the challenges of transitioning from female to male.

He took the decision to start documenting his transition on YouTube, including how his friends and Jamaican family were reacting to the news, which in turn led to an appearance on Radio 1's Surgery programme. Shortly after that, in February 2015, he started taking the hormone testosterone to begin the physical process of transitioning.

In this documentary for Radio 1 & 1Xtra Stories Steffan has chosen to share the challenges, both mental and physical, during his first year of that hormone therapy. We also follow him on a trip home to Jamaica to reveal his new identity to members of his family based there.

Transgender: Female to Male20160202

Who Makes Rihanna?20150830

Who Makes Rihanna?20150830

Years & Years' Year20151201

Years & Years' Year20151201

You Me at Six2015030320150616 (R1)

You Me At Six have always had an amazing relationship with their fans. That's why we asked two of them, Joe and Ben from Chelmsford, to present this documentary celebrating ten years of the band.

Emerging from the mid-00's rock scene in Surrey, the band have now released four back-to-back gold selling albums. They also recently completely an arena tour of the UK, the culmination of ten years relentless touring.

Ahead of the tour they played a home-coming show in a local Surrey venue called The Boilerroom. For those present it was a rare opportunity to see the band in a intimate 300 capacity setting. And for fans Joe and Dan, a perfect opportunity to interview the band about their early years.

Then two weeks later we sent them down to interview the band again, this time on the final date of their arena tour at London's 02 arena.

Also featuring Zane Lowe, Daniel P Carter, Slam Dunk's Ben Ray, Hayley Codd, Glass City Vice, tour manager Rob Highcroft and many of You Me At Six's amazing fans.

You Me at Six20150303

You Me at Six2015030320150616 (R1)

You Me At Six have always had an amazing relationship with their fans. That's why we asked two of them, Joe and Ben from Chelmsford, to present this documentary celebrating ten years of the band.

Emerging from the mid-00's rock scene in Surrey, the band have now released four back-to-back gold selling albums. They also recently completely an arena tour of the UK, the culmination of ten years relentless touring.

Ahead of the tour they played a home-coming show in a local Surrey venue called The Boilerroom. For those present it was a rare opportunity to see the band in a intimate 300 capacity setting. And for fans Joe and Dan, a perfect opportunity to interview the band about their early years.

Then two weeks later we sent them down to interview the band again, this time on the final date of their arena tour at London's 02 arena.

Also featuring Zane Lowe, Daniel P Carter, Slam Dunk's Ben Ray, Hayley Codd, Glass City Vice, tour manager Rob Highcroft and many of You Me At Six's amazing fans.

You Me at Six20150303