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2012111820130304

Tim Westwood meets three teenagers and finds out if the threat of prison puts them off committing crime. None of them has been inside. Yet. But they all have one thing in common - they're at risk. At risk of ending up in behind bars.

For some young people the threat of a prison sentence is not a deterrent from a life of crime, it's a status symbol. Some see it as an inevitable consequence of life on the streets.

We hear their thoughts and get a first-hand insight into gang life. They tell us how they feel about their lives and the direction they're taking, and whether or not they think they will end up in prison.

Then Westwood goes inside to find out what life in prison is really like. He takes the recordings of their voices into jail and plays them to three men serving sentences in Her Majesty's prisons.

The prisoners once walked in the teenagers' shoes but now know the reality of prison life. They respond to the stories they hear, talking candidly about life inside and about the paths they took that led them to prison. Crucially, they record messages to send back, to dispel any myths about the glamour of prison and to try to persuade them to take a different path.

Then, in a powerful and moving ending, Westwood gathers the teenagers together and plays them the messages the prisoners recorded for them - true stories from inside prison. Will those words have an impact?

2012111820130304

Tim Westwood meets three teenagers and finds out if the threat of prison puts them off committing crime. None of them has been inside. Yet. But they all have one thing in common - they're at risk. At risk of ending up in behind bars.

For some young people the threat of a prison sentence is not a deterrent from a life of crime, it's a status symbol. Some see it as an inevitable consequence of life on the streets.

We hear their thoughts and get a first-hand insight into gang life. They tell us how they feel about their lives and the direction they're taking, and whether or not they think they will end up in prison.

Then Westwood goes inside to find out what life in prison is really like. He takes the recordings of their voices into jail and plays them to three men serving sentences in Her Majesty's prisons.

The prisoners once walked in the teenagers' shoes but now know the reality of prison life. They respond to the stories they hear, talking candidly about life inside and about the paths they took that led them to prison. Crucially, they record messages to send back, to dispel any myths about the glamour of prison and to try to persuade them to take a different path.

Then, in a powerful and moving ending, Westwood gathers the teenagers together and plays them the messages the prisoners recorded for them - true stories from inside prison. Will those words have an impact?

2013022420130304

1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts knows from her own experience that coming out can be complicated - but is it easier today than ever before?

To find out Adele talks to young people around the UK and hears their coming out stories. How did they face up to the challenge of being honest about their sexuality with themselves and the people closest to them? And what is their advice to others in a similar situation?

The programme features contributions from the likes of Jaymi Hensley - the X-Factor contestant and member of Union J who came out half way through the last series of the biggest talent show on telly. It also looks at the experiences of 'out' celebrities from the worlds of music and entertainment such as Frank Ocean and Stooshe.

Having decided to make this programme, Adele went on Radio 1's Surgery to tell her own coming out story and ask for others to contribute. She got a massive response and it's the personal stories of these contributors that are at the heart of 'Coming Out', giving a snapshot of exactly what it's like for young people to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK today.

2013022420130304

1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts knows from her own experience that coming out can be complicated - but is it easier today than ever before?

To find out Adele talks to young people around the UK and hears their coming out stories. How did they face up to the challenge of being honest about their sexuality with themselves and the people closest to them? And what is their advice to others in a similar situation?

The programme features contributions from the likes of Jaymi Hensley - the X-Factor contestant and member of Union J who came out half way through the last series of the biggest talent show on telly. It also looks at the experiences of 'out' celebrities from the worlds of music and entertainment such as Frank Ocean and Stooshe.

Having decided to make this programme, Adele went on Radio 1's Surgery to tell her own coming out story and ask for others to contribute. She got a massive response and it's the personal stories of these contributors that are at the heart of 'Coming Out', giving a snapshot of exactly what it's like for young people to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK today.

A$ap Rocky And The Harlem Hustlers2013111720140317

Signed for three million dollars and the trillest thing in hip hop today, DJ Semtex introduces A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob and the hustlers from Harlem.

A$ap Rocky And The Harlem Hustlers2013111720140317

Signed for three million dollars and the trillest thing in hip hop today, DJ Semtex introduces A$AP Rocky, the A$AP Mob and the hustlers from Harlem.

Bored, Broke And Bedless20111219

Another chance to hear what happened when 1Xtra teamed up with the Fairbridge charity in Kent and four young people who've all experienced homelessness, producing this unique look at issue.

A unique look at the issue of homelessness with 1Xtra and the Fairbridge charity.

Bored, Broke And Bedless20111219

Another chance to hear what happened when 1Xtra teamed up with the Fairbridge charity in Kent and four young people who've all experienced homelessness, producing this unique look at issue.

A unique look at the issue of homelessness with 1Xtra and the Fairbridge charity.

Divided Loyalties2014050420140602

DJ Semtex has a black mother and a white father and, as a mixed race kid, had both negative and positive experiences.

The latest national census showed that the mixed race population is the fastest growing in Britain, so what does that mean in 2014? Semtex talks to young people from a range of backgrounds and across the UK, including Jordan from Rizzle Kicks, model Rob Evans, comedian Michelle De Swarte and playwright Sarah Lee.

Are loyalties divided or is society beyond categorising by skin colour?

Divided Loyalties2014050420140602

DJ Semtex has a black mother and a white father and, as a mixed race kid, had both negative and positive experiences.

The latest national census showed that the mixed race population is the fastest growing in Britain, so what does that mean in 2014? Semtex talks to young people from a range of backgrounds and across the UK, including Jordan from Rizzle Kicks, model Rob Evans, comedian Michelle De Swarte and playwright Sarah Lee.

Are loyalties divided or is society beyond categorising by skin colour?

It's Grime Up North20120130

Charlie Sloth has been on a road-trip to find the hottest rappers up North and try to understand why rap music in the U.K is dominated by the London scene.

He's travelled from Newcastle to Liverpool, Manchester to Sheffield, Huddersfield to Leeds; spent time in boxing gyms with aspiring MCs; and met feared battle-rappers working the night-shift in Morrisons.

It's Radio 1 and 1Xtra's first multi-platform documentary available to both watch and listen. Featuring Shotty Horroh, Bang On, Tez Kidd, Hoodman, The Projekt and Sermstyle.

Charlie Sloth takes a road trip to find the North of England's hottest rappers.

It's Grime Up North20120130

Charlie Sloth has been on a road-trip to find the hottest rappers up North and try to understand why rap music in the U.K is dominated by the London scene.

He's travelled from Newcastle to Liverpool, Manchester to Sheffield, Huddersfield to Leeds; spent time in boxing gyms with aspiring MCs; and met feared battle-rappers working the night-shift in Morrisons.

It's Radio 1 and 1Xtra's first multi-platform documentary available to both watch and listen. Featuring Shotty Horroh, Bang On, Tez Kidd, Hoodman, The Projekt and Sermstyle.

Charlie Sloth takes a road trip to find the North of England's hottest rappers.

Rita Ora: Access All Areas2013021720130401

As part of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra's Access All Areas month, Twin B gets unique access to Rita Ora, spending the day with the pop superstar as she prepares for the opening night of her homecoming gigs at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

This really is Access All Areas, as Twin travels with Rita en route to the venue, hangs out in her dressing room and speaks to her friends, family and management team. Twin is also there as Rita takes to the stage - and is the first person she speaks to when the curtain falls!

Rita Ora: Access All Areas2013021720130401

As part of BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra's Access All Areas month, Twin B gets unique access to Rita Ora, spending the day with the pop superstar as she prepares for the opening night of her homecoming gigs at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.

This really is Access All Areas, as Twin travels with Rita en route to the venue, hangs out in her dressing room and speaks to her friends, family and management team. Twin is also there as Rita takes to the stage - and is the first person she speaks to when the curtain falls!

The Story Of Labrinth20120430

1Xtra's Mistajam tells the story of Labrinth, the artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist - not to mention restraurateur!

You may know him as the guy behind Tinie Tempah's Brit Award-winning single 'Pass Out', or perhaps you first of heard him when 'Earthquake' hit the scene? But did you know that music runs deep in his family? Or that he sees colours when he writes music?

Mistajam heads to the rising star's restaurant in Wood Green to discover the ingredients that transformed Hackney teenager Timothy McKenzie into super-producer Labrinth. He comes from a large, musically talented family - his brother plays drums for Tinie Tempah and his sisters provide vocal sessions for Terri Walker and Wretch 32. But what was it like growing up in the McKenzie household?

From his first publishing deal with EMI, to the release of his debut album Electronic Earth, just what is the recipe to Labrinth's success?

MistaJam tells the Story of Labrinth - artist,producer and restaurateur!

The Story Of Labrinth20120430

1Xtra's Mistajam tells the story of Labrinth, the artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist - not to mention restraurateur!

You may know him as the guy behind Tinie Tempah's Brit Award-winning single 'Pass Out', or perhaps you first of heard him when 'Earthquake' hit the scene? But did you know that music runs deep in his family? Or that he sees colours when he writes music?

Mistajam heads to the rising star's restaurant in Wood Green to discover the ingredients that transformed Hackney teenager Timothy McKenzie into super-producer Labrinth. He comes from a large, musically talented family - his brother plays drums for Tinie Tempah and his sisters provide vocal sessions for Terri Walker and Wretch 32. But what was it like growing up in the McKenzie household?

From his first publishing deal with EMI, to the release of his debut album Electronic Earth, just what is the recipe to Labrinth's success?

MistaJam tells the Story of Labrinth - artist,producer and restaurateur!

The Story Of Naughty Boy2013081820130916

From Deal or No Deal to Number 1 selling producer and artist, this is the story of how Shahid Khan, AKA Naughty Boy, the son of Pakistani immigrants, became one of the UK's most sought after producers.

Naughty Boy's story is both inspirational and intriguing. Whilst working as a pizza delivery boy and making beats for up and coming MCs, Naughty Boy applied for a grant to the Prince's Trust and also to be a contestant in the game show Deal or No Deal. He was granted £5,000 from the Prince's Trust and he won £44,000 on Deal or No Deal!

Naughty used this money to set up his recording studio and record label. After meeting Emeli Sande at a BBC Radio 1Xtra event, the two formed a strong working relationship and started writing songs for the likes of Wiley and Chipmunk, before working together on Emeli's debut album, 'Our Version of Events', which became 2012's biggest selling record in the UK. He has since worked with Rhianna, Professor Green, Cheryl Cole, Sam Smith and Wretch 32 to name but a few.

The Story of Naughty Boy features exclusive interviews from some of today's hottest UK stars: Emeli Sande, Professor Green, James Arthur, George The Poet, Sam Smith, Bashy, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk. Hear how Naughty overcame the challenges to reach the top in one of the hardest industries in the world - the music industry; and find out how a dream can become a reality. After all, every reality starts with a dream.

The Story Of Naughty Boy2013081820130916

From Deal or No Deal to Number 1 selling producer and artist, this is the story of how Shahid Khan, AKA Naughty Boy, the son of Pakistani immigrants, became one of the UK's most sought after producers.

Naughty Boy's story is both inspirational and intriguing. Whilst working as a pizza delivery boy and making beats for up and coming MCs, Naughty Boy applied for a grant to the Prince's Trust and also to be a contestant in the game show Deal or No Deal. He was granted £5,000 from the Prince's Trust and he won £44,000 on Deal or No Deal!

Naughty used this money to set up his recording studio and record label. After meeting Emeli Sande at a BBC Radio 1Xtra event, the two formed a strong working relationship and started writing songs for the likes of Wiley and Chipmunk, before working together on Emeli's debut album, 'Our Version of Events', which became 2012's biggest selling record in the UK. He has since worked with Rhianna, Professor Green, Cheryl Cole, Sam Smith and Wretch 32 to name but a few.

The Story of Naughty Boy features exclusive interviews from some of today's hottest UK stars: Emeli Sande, Professor Green, James Arthur, George The Poet, Sam Smith, Bashy, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah and Chipmunk. Hear how Naughty overcame the challenges to reach the top in one of the hardest industries in the world - the music industry; and find out how a dream can become a reality. After all, every reality starts with a dream.

The Uk Producers20110926

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'Empire State of Mind', Eminem and Rhianna's 'Love The Way You Lie', 50 Cent's 'Dial 911'.

All big tunes by global megastars, but did you know they were all produced by some of the UK's finest?

Without our boys from Birmingham, Newcastle and London, these top selling tunes just wouldn't exist.

BBC Radio 1Xtra takes an indepth look into the story of the UK's hottest producers.

- Pioneer of pushing our sound Stateside, Adam F, tells us how he hooked up with hip-hop's finest back in 2001 for his groundbreaking album 'Kaos'

- Dready gives us an insight into what it's like to work with Busta Rhymes

- Al Shux takes us on a tour of his studio and plays an exclusive beat he's just sent to Nas

- Sermstyle breaks down a tune he's done for Mann, from bass to vocal sample

- Alex Da Kid takes us back to the day he learnt to produce in his mate's bedroom

- Chase and Status explain how they started producing for platinum selling artists

- Benga drops a new production live at the Sonar festival in Barcelona

- And Labrinth breaks down the success of his raw sound.

Snoop Dogg, Neyo, Jason Derulo and DJ Khaled also guest on the show - if you've ever wanted to produce a hit record, make sure you listen closely!

If you've ever wanted to be a producer, don't miss this show.

The Uk Producers20110926

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' 'Empire State of Mind', Eminem and Rhianna's 'Love The Way You Lie', 50 Cent's 'Dial 911'.

All big tunes by global megastars, but did you know they were all produced by some of the UK's finest?

Without our boys from Birmingham, Newcastle and London, these top selling tunes just wouldn't exist.

BBC Radio 1Xtra takes an indepth look into the story of the UK's hottest producers.

- Pioneer of pushing our sound Stateside, Adam F, tells us how he hooked up with hip-hop's finest back in 2001 for his groundbreaking album 'Kaos'

- Dready gives us an insight into what it's like to work with Busta Rhymes

- Al Shux takes us on a tour of his studio and plays an exclusive beat he's just sent to Nas

- Sermstyle breaks down a tune he's done for Mann, from bass to vocal sample

- Alex Da Kid takes us back to the day he learnt to produce in his mate's bedroom

- Chase and Status explain how they started producing for platinum selling artists

- Benga drops a new production live at the Sonar festival in Barcelona

- And Labrinth breaks down the success of his raw sound.

Snoop Dogg, Neyo, Jason Derulo and DJ Khaled also guest on the show - if you've ever wanted to produce a hit record, make sure you listen closely!

If you've ever wanted to be a producer, don't miss this show.

Written In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah2010121220140519

Written In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah sees Gemma Cairney dig a little deeper into the story of the man behind the massive hits Pass Out, Frisky, Written in the Stars, Trampoline and Children of the Sun, to name but a few...

Looking at Tinie's childhood, his early attempts to make it in the industry, and the making of his music, from album 'Disc-Overy' to 'Demonstration', this story chronicles Tinie's rise to fame, from the very beginnings to present day.

Including live performances of his biggest hits and exclusive interviews with Tinie himself, as well as his cousin/manager Dumi, contemporaries such as Chipmunk and Labrinth, collaborators such as Ellie Goulding, and industry experts such as Trevor Nelson and Gordon Smart.

Also featuring his fans and teachers and students from his former school in Greenwich, London, this programme updates the Story originally broadcast on 1Xtra in 2010, giving you the inside track on the Brit Award winning musician with one of the best wardrobe's in the business!

Written In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah2010121220140519

Written In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah sees Gemma Cairney dig a little deeper into the story of the man behind the massive hits Pass Out, Frisky, Written in the Stars, Trampoline and Children of the Sun, to name but a few...

Looking at Tinie's childhood, his early attempts to make it in the industry, and the making of his music, from album 'Disc-Overy' to 'Demonstration', this story chronicles Tinie's rise to fame, from the very beginnings to present day.

Including live performances of his biggest hits and exclusive interviews with Tinie himself, as well as his cousin/manager Dumi, contemporaries such as Chipmunk and Labrinth, collaborators such as Ellie Goulding, and industry experts such as Trevor Nelson and Gordon Smart.

Also featuring his fans and teachers and students from his former school in Greenwich, London, this programme updates the Story originally broadcast on 1Xtra in 2010, giving you the inside track on the Brit Award winning musician with one of the best wardrobe's in the business!