The Choice

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20031202
20021126

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20021203
20021210

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20021217

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20021224

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20030107

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20031104

Michael Buerk returns with a new series in which he talks to people who have faced a life-changing choice.

Looking at some of the choices that irrevocably alter the lives of those people making them.

Michael Buerk takes his guests through the ins and outs of the dilemma they faced as well as the consequences of their decision.

20031111

Michael Buerk in conversation with people who have faced a life-changing choice.

We all make choices which irrevocably alter the lives of those people making them.

Michael Buerk takes his guests through the ins and outs of the dilemma they faced as well as the conseqences of their decision.

20031118

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

20031125

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Repeated later / Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

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20040215

Sunday Best presents an acclaimed programme from the last series of The Choice.

Michael Buerk talks to Martin Reynolds, a gay Anglican priest, about his decision to foster a child.

20041019

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20041026

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

20041102

Michael Buerk in conversation with people who have faced a life-changing choice.

We all make choices on a daily basis but there are some choices which irrevocably alter the lives of those people making them.

Michael Buerk takes his guests through the ins and outs of the dilemma they faced as well as the consequences of their decision.

20041109

Michael Buerk in conversation with people who have faced a life-changing choice.

We all make choices on a daily basis but there are some choices which irrevocably alter the lives of those people making them.

Michael Buerk takes his guests through the ins and outs of the dilemma they faced as well as the consequences of their decision.

20041116

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20041123

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20041130
20041207

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

20041214
20041221

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

20051122
20051129

Would you go to live in a remote island with no running water or electricity, five months after undergoing open heart surgery? That's exactly what the guest in this programme did - with disastrous consequences.

For 15 years, travel writer John David Morley, author of Journey to the End of the Whale, had dreamt of observing at first hand a dying way of life: Indonesian fishermen, armed with a simple harpoon, hunting 40 ton sperm whales.

When his chance came, he grabbed it, but it almost cost him his life.

20051206

How far would you go to maintain contact with your children if they were abducted by your ex-partner? That's the dilemma Janet Russell faced when her husband fled to Tunisia with their three youngest children.

Janet made many difficult decisions and personal compromises to keep up contact - all the time fearing, if she got it wrong, she might never see her children again.

20051213

Is greed and avarice ruining the game of football?

That's the opinion of Andy Walsh, a lifelong supporter of Manchester United, whose concerns came to a head earlier this year when Malcolm Glazer took over the club he loved so much.

Andy talks to Michael Buerk about the decision that then faced him: should he renew his season ticket or face severing the links to a club he'd supported since he was five years old.

20051220

Stuart Robinson is a storm chaser.

As people flee hurricanes and tornados, he tracks them down.

Just three weeks after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita was gathering force off the coast of America and Stuart Robinson faced the hardest choice of his storm chasing career: as five million people were evacuating Houston, should he board a plane in the UK and head across the Atlantic directly into the eye of the storm?

20051227

Darcey Bussell is Britain's most famous ballerina.

Ever since landing her first principal role at the age of 19, she has captivated audiences with her performances in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.

But her profession is a gruelling one, demanding the highest standards of fitness and the toughest of regimes.

And that fitness comes at a cost, because it is in direct conflict with the desire to have a family.

20060103

What would you do if seven members of your close family had died of cancer and you had the opportunity to discover whether you, too, had the gene which would almost certainly lead to death? That's the choice which has overshadowed the life of Chris Baxter, ever since her father died when she was 13.

Join Michael Buerk as he takes Chris through that agonising dilemma.

20060110

Michael Buerk interviews John Hirst, who's early life choices led him into a life of petty crime and violence, culminating in a conviction for manslaughter and a life sentence at the age of 29.

He spent ten years rebelling against the prison system earning a reputation as a difficult prisoner.

Then, after coming close to killing for a second time, John was offered an opportunity which, if he took it, could change his life.

20070828

Gene Robinson explains his choice to become the first openly gay Anglican bishop.

20070904

Lawrence Anthony explains why he travelled to war-torn Iraq to save the animals of Baghdad Zoo.

20070911

He talks to a convicted paedophile and to his wife, who helped her husband seek treatment after he sexually abused their child.

20070925

He talks to journalist Laura Blumenfeld, who tracked down the Palestinian who shot her father.

20071002
20080902

Richard McCann, whose mother was murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper, talks about his decision to make a suicide pact with his sister.

20080909

Canon Andrew White talks about his decision to work in war-torn Baghdad.

20080916

Roderick Young discusses his decision to become a Rabbi after spending a childhood ignorant of his Jewish identity.

20080930

He talks to Dylan More, who was born a woman and decided to have a baby before he completed the change to a man.

20081007

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Iraqi translator Ahmed Ali talks about his choice to leave his home town of Baghdad.

20091103

Michael Buerk talks to ex-banking executive Paul Moore about blowing the whistle on HBOS.

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Michael talks to former banking executive Paul Moore about his choice to blow the whistle on HBOS.

20091124

Michael talks to Cathy O'Dowd about the terrible choice she had to make when she came across a dying climber on Everest.

20091201

Michael talks to ex social worker Nevres Kemal, who blew the whistle on Haringey Council.

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Michael talks to former social worker Nevres Kemal, who blew the whistle on Haringey Council before the death of Baby P.

20100812

Michael Buerk talks to Heather Pratten about her decisions to help her terminally ill sons

In the first of a new series, Michael Buerk (OCF) in conversation with people who have faced a life-changing choice.

Michael talks to Heather Pratten about her decisions to help her terminally ill sons in very different ways.

20100819

Romy Tiongco talks about his dangerous choice to challenge corruption in the Philippines.

On The Choice this week, Micahel Buerk talks to Romy Tiongco.

He spent a lifetime fighting poverty - first as a Catholic priest, then as a Christian Aid worker.

Where he comes from - the Philippines - poverty is made worse by violence and corruption.

He'd taken it on as a young man, before moving to this country with his wife.

When he decided to return to the Philippines he did not realise it would draw him back into a dangerous and murky world and present him with the most difficult choice of his life.

After his best friend was killed, the people called on him to challenge corruption by standing for political office - a choice that would put his own life on the line.

20100826

Michael Buerk talks to Elissa Wall about her decision to break away from a polygamous sect

On The Choice this week Michael Buerk talk to Elissa Wall who was born into the strange, narrow world of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints - an American sect that had broken away from the Mormon church.

It was a group that believed in religious devotion, hard work, female subservience, the virtues and the clothes of the prairie puritans - and polygamy.

Elissa was married off at 14 to a 19-year-old cousin - a relationship she hated.

After several miscarriages, and a stillbirth, she faced the toughest choice of her young life - to stay with the community and the church, which was all she knew, or to leave.

That would mean, not only separation from her mother and sisters, maybe for ever, but taking on the man who had ruled her life, the cult leader Warren Jeffs.

20100902

Michael Buerk talks to Frank Evans about his choice to become a bullfighter.

On The Choice this week Michael Buerk talks to Frank Evans, a butchers boy from Salford who dreamt of becoming a bullfighter after a holiday in Spain.

The decision to become a matador meant he had to fight his way into the most dangerous and controversial sports in the world.

It brought him ridicule and condemnation along with injuries in the ring and death threats out of it.

But it was a choice he kept making despite a fearful wife and family and eventually despite ailing health.

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Melanie Allen talks about her decision to hand back a child she had adopted.

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Football manager Mike Newell talks about his decision to blow the whistle on illegal payments in football.

*20091020

He talks to Father Aidan Troy about his decision to face sectarian violence and death threats in Belfast.

*20091027

Michael Buerk talks to Alex Bell about her choice to adopt children with Down's syndrome.

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

He talks to single mother Alex Bell about her choice to adopt children with Down's syndrome.

*20091110

Michael talks to Miranda Ponsonby about her decision to change sex.

*20091208

Dr Warren Hern talks about his choice to carry out abortions despite death threats.

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Michael talks to Dr Warren Hern about his choice to carry out abortions despite death threats.

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Dutch politician Geert Wilders discusses his decision to make a provocative anti-Islamic film.

Di Franks20110531

Michael Buerk talks to Di Franks about her decision to give a kidney to a stranger.

When Di Franks asked her doctor about donating her kidney, she wasn't sure she would be taken seriously.

Because Di wasn't giving her healthy organ to a sick and needy relative..

she wanted to donate it to a complete stranger.

Five years ago it was illegal to give a kidney to someone you didn't know in this country.

When it was made legal, inspired by a friend in the US who had themselves donated a kidney, Di was faced with the extraordinary choice.

Should she undergo a major operation to remove a vital organ to help someone she would probably never know ? Not only was she was risking her own life, the choice could have consequences for her son and the rest of her family if they ever needed her organ.

Joe Glenton20110607

Michael Buerk talks to Joe Glenton about his choice to go AWOL.

was a bright young soldier, destined for leadership and intent on helping the local people, when he made his first trip to Afghanistan in 2006.

But what he experienced there led him to make the hardest choice of his life..

to honour his commitment to his colleagues and the people of Afghanistan or abandon his men, break his promise and run away to the other side of the world.

Mikey Walsh20110524

Michael Buerk talks to gypsy Mikey Walsh about leaving his community behind.

A new series of The Choice begins this week with the story of Mikey Walsh.

He grew up in the closed world of the Romany gypsies.

Rarely at school, he seldom mixed with anyone outside his community with its colourful characters and strict family code.

And despite its violence and hardships, it was the life that Mikey loved.

Eventually he was faced with the agonising decision of whether to turn his back on everyone and everything he knew....and face an alien world with no education and support...

knowing he would never be able to return.

Prof Kevin Warwick20110614

Series featuring people who have made life-altering decisions.

Stuart Howarth20091013

Michael Buerk talks to Stuart Howarth about his decision to kill his abusive father.

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

Michael talks to Stuart Howarth about his decision to kill his abusive father.

0620031209

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

0620070918

He talks to Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan.

0720031216

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

0820031223

Michael Buerk interviews people who have made life-altering decisions and talks them through the whole process, from the original dilemma to living with the consequences.

09Hunting20031230

Michael Buerk talks to people who have faced life-changing choices and dilemmas which have irrevocably altered their lives.

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The series kicks off with Sherron Watkins, the Enron whistleblower.

Enron was the seventh largest company in America when it collapsed into bankruptcy in 2001.

Sherron Watkins was the mid-ranking accountant at the company who stumbled across massive fraud.

What she did next cast her into the media spotlight and provided evidence that this fraud was knowingly perpetrated by Enron executives.

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He meets Tracey Morgan, who endured a ten-year ordeal of being stalked by a former colleague.

She was faced with a choice - keep quiet and hope he would one day go away, or speak out to try and get justice for herself and other victims, thereby risking the vengeance of an unpredictable man.

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He talks to Nick Yarris, who spent 8,057 days on Death Row in the US for a crime he didn't commit.

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He talks to Mark Dowd whose boyhood dream was to be a Dominican friar.

But he had to leave the order.

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He talks to Mark Inglis who in May this year became the first double amputee to climb Everest.

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Michael Buerk meets the Canadian athlete Ben Johnson, winner of the mens 100m at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, about his choice to take performance enhancing drugs.

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He talks to US soldier Joe Darby, who exposed Iraqi prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.

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Former paramilitary Alistair Little talks about his journey from sectarian murderer to peace worker.