Beautiful Dreamers

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks.

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01The Symphony For All Creation2010102620140518 (BBC7)
20151209 (BBC7)

This week Nat explores the life and work of Artur Mistek, founder of Musica Zoologika.

With contributions from Charlie Higson, Toby Jones, Eleanor Bron, Peter Marinker and Zeb Soanes

Music Consultant....David Pickvance

By James Lever and Nat Segnit.

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks including; the creator of the first animal orchestra; a billionaire planning to freefall from space; an ex-con New York junkie bridge jumper; the first swimmer of the River Europe and the 'Jonahs' who offer themselves to be swallowed by whales.

This week Nat explores the life and work of Artur Mistek, founder of Musica Zoologika. With contributions from Charlie Higson, Toby Jones, Eleanor Bron, Peter Marinker and Zeb Soanes.

Music by David Pickvance

Produced by Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko

Nat Segnit's short stories and journalism have appeared in The Times and The Independent on Sunday. For Radio 4 he has written Dolphin Therapy and Strangers on Trains.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks. This week Nat explores the life and work of Artur Mistek, founder of Musica Zoologika. With contributions from Charlie Higson, Toby Jones, Eleanor Bron, Peter Marinker and Zeb Soanes.

Writers....James Lever and Nat Segnit

Producers....Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko

THE SERIES

One of the pleasures of watching a documentary like Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope-walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, is the sense of scandalised credulity - could this possible be true? Why hadn't I heard about it before? Beautiful Dreamers takes this pleasure to its logical extreme by recounting six gloriously improbable events.

THE STORIES

Our visionaries include: the creator of the first animal orchestra; a billionaire planning to freefall from space; an ex-con New York junkie bridge jumper; the first swimmer of the River Europe; the 'Jonahs' who offer themselves to be swallowed by whales; a Uruguayan footballer who makes an ingenious attempt to stamp out corruption in the game.

THE WRITERS

Nat Segnit's short stories and journalism have appeared in The Times and The Independent on Sunday. For Radio 4 he has written Dolphin Therapy and Strangers on Trains. His novel, Pub Walks in Underhill Country will be published by Penguin in 2011.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

Nat Segnit explores the life and work of Artur Mistek, founder of Musica Zoologika.

02The Traitor Of The Zazalcara2010110220130101 (BBC7)
20140525 (BBC7)
20151216 (BBC7)

This week Nat explores the difficult life of a Uruguayan footballer who made an ingenious attempt to counter one of world football's worst scandals.

With Contributions from Andrew Sachs, Javier Marzan, Kevin Eldon, David Sant, Sean Baker, Tony Bell and Iain Batchelor

By James Lever and Nat Segnit

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks. This week Nat explores the difficult life of a Uruguayan footballer who made an ingenious attempt to counter one of world football's worst scandals. With Contributions from Andrew Sachs, Javier Marzan, Kevin Eldon, David Sant, Sean Baker, Tony Bell and Iain Batchelor.

Produced by Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko

Nat Segnit's short stories and journalism have appeared in The Times and The Independent on Sunday. For Radio 4 he has written Dolphin Therapy and Strangers on Trains.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

Nat Segnit explores the life of the man who tried to counter a football scandal.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

A footballing scandal that, even after many years, those affected are reluctant to talk.

03The Whalemen Of Musungenyi2010110920140601 (BBC7)
20151223 (BBC7)

This week Nat meets an extraordinary group of thrillseeking "Jonahs" who offer themselves up to be swallowed by whales.

With contributions from Toby Jones, Kevin Eldon,Christine Kavanagh, Iain Batchelor, Jude Akuwudike and Ewan Bailey

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks. This week Nat meets an extraordinary group of thrillseeking "Jonahs" who offer themselves up to be swallowed by whales. With contributions from Toby Jones, Kevin Eldon,Christine Kavanagh, Iain Batchelor, Jude Akuwudike and Ewan Bailey.

Writers....James Lever and Nat Segnit

Producers....Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko

THE SERIES

One of the pleasures of watching a documentary like Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope-walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, is the sense of scandalised credulity - could this possible be true? Why hadn't I heard about it before? Beautiful Dreamers takes this pleasure to its logical extreme by recounting six gloriously improbable events.

THE STORIES

Our visionaries include: the creator of the first animal orchestra; a billionaire planning to freefall from space; an ex-con New York junkie bridge jumper; the first swimmer of the River Europe; the 'Jonahs' who offer themselves to be swallowed by whales; a Uruguayan footballer who makes an ingenious attempt to stamp out corruption in the game.

THE WRITERS

Nat Segnit's short stories and journalism have appeared in The Times and The Independent on Sunday. For Radio 4 he has written Dolphin Therapy and Strangers on Trains. His novel, Pub Walks in Underhill Country will be published by Penguin in 2011.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

Nat Segnit meets the "Jonahs" who offer themselves up to be swallowed by whales.

In this series documentary maker Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks.

This week Nat meets an extraordinary group of thrillseeking "Jonahs" who offer themselves up to be swallowed by whales. With contributions from Toby Jones, Kevin Eldon,Christine Kavanagh, Iain Batchelor, Jude Akuwudike and Ewan Bailey.

04Crazy Bird - The Horace Wiggerley Story2010111620140608 (BBC7)
20151230 (BBC7)

Nat investigates the story behind Laurel Miller's iconic photograph 'Crazy Bird', the image that captures the moment when ex-con Horace Wiggerley drove across the opening arms of the 23rd Street bridge in New York City. Featuring contributions from Lucian Msamati, Alibe Parsons, Peter Marinker, Ewan Bailey, Sally Orrock, Sean Baker and Lloyd Thomas.

Writers - James Lever and Nat Segnit.

Producers - Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko.

Nat investigates the story behind Laurel Miller's iconic photograph 'Crazy Bird', the image that captures the moment when ex-con Horace Wiggerley drove across the opening arms of the 23rd Street bridge in New York City.

Featuring contributions from Lucian Msamati, Alibe Parsons, Peter Marinker, Ewan Bailey, Sally Orrock, Sean Baker and Lloyd Thomas

THE SERIES

One of the pleasures of watching a documentary like Man on Wire, about Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope-walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, is the sense of scandalised credulity - could this possible be true? Why hadn't I heard about it before? Beautiful Dreamers takes this pleasure to its logical extreme by recounting six gloriously improbable events.

THE STORIES

Our visionaries include: the creator of the first animal orchestra; a billionaire planning to freefall from space; an ex-con New York junkie bridge jumper; the first swimmer of the River Europe; the 'Jonahs' who offer themselves to be swallowed by whales; a Uruguayan footballer who makes an ingenious attempt to stamp out corruption in the game.

THE WRITERS

Nat Segnit's short stories and journalism have appeared in The Times and The Independent on Sunday. For Radio 4 he has written Dolphin Therapy and Strangers on Trains. His novel, Pub Walks in Underhill Country will be published by Penguin in 2011.

James Lever is author of the best-selling Me Cheeta, which Lynne Truss loved so much she said, "It will subtly change forever the way we think not only about Hollywood but also about our own species" (The Sunday Times).

By James Lever and Nat Segnit. Investigating the untold stories of visionary mavericks.

05The River Europe2010112320140615 (BBC7)
20160106 (BBC7)

Nat follows the endurance swimmer and world's fittest alcoholic Craig McKenzie's controversial attempt to complete the world's toughest swim.

Featuring contributions from Clive Russell, Ewan Bailey, Morven Christie and Vera Filatova

Nat follows the endurance swimmer and world's fittest alcoholic Craig McKenzie's controversial attempt to complete the world's toughest swim. Featuring contributions from Clive Russell, Ewan Bailey, Morven Christie and Vera Filatova.

Writers....James Lever and Nat Segnit.

Producers....Steven Canny and Sasha Yevtushenko.

By James Lever and Nat Segnit. Nat follows endurance swimmer Craig McKenzie.

06 LASTThe Stardiver2010113020140622 (BBC7)
20160113 (BBC7)

Nat travels to Tuscany to meet the Uzbek dissident and billionaire Mikhail Azazev, as he prepares freefall from beyond the Karman Line - an altitude of over 100 kilometres.

Featuring contributions from Simon Mcburney and Kevin Eldon

Nat travels to Tuscany to meet the Uzbek dissident and billionaire Mikhail Azazev, as he prepares freefall from beyond the Karman Line - an altitude of over 100 kilometres. Featuring contributions from Simon McBurney and Kevin Eldon.