Don't Hang Up

Would you pick up a ringing payphone? That's what Alan Dein is hoping as he dials across the globe.

Talking to strangers anywhere, anytime, listening as the phonebox becomes either a story box or a confession booth.

A passing stranger picks up a public telephone which is ringing.

On the other end of the line is Alan Dein, asking them to tell the story of their life.

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20090604 (BBC7)
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Phone boxes around the country are randomly called by presenter Alan Dein.

Passing strangers answer and share their stories.

20081017 (BBC7)

Phone boxes around the country are randomly called by presenter Alan Dein.

Passing strangers answer and share their stories.

20080307 (BBC7)

A phonebox rings.

But who's on the end of the line? A curious stranger answers and Alan Dein asks them to tell their story.

20070914 (BBC7)

A phonebox rings.

But who's on the other end of the line? A curious stranger answers and Alan Dein asks them to tell their story.

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Would you pick up a ringing payphone? That's what Alan Dein is hoping as he dials across the globe.

Talking to strangers anywhere, anytime, listening as the phonebox becomes either a story box or a confession booth.

A passing stranger picks up a public telephone which is ringing.

On the other end of the line is Alan Dein, asking them to tell the story of their life.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930628]

Sarah Dickinson takes a wry but light-hearted look at how the Phone has invaded every part of everyone's lives and become an unconscious barometer of fads, fears and fashion.

1: You Are YourPhotie A Ladbroke Radio production

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Unknown: Sarah Dickinson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930705]

Sarah Dickinson takes a wry look at the place of the phone in all our lives. 2: At Your Service. A Ladbroke Production

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3: Phone Fiction. Sarah Dickinson takes another look at how the phone has invaded everyone's lives. A Ladbroke Production for Radio 4

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4: The Medium Is the Message. Sarah Dickinson takes the last of her wry looks at the place of the phone in all our lives. A Ladbroke Production

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01Dial Tones, Pay Phones And Sleigh Bells A' Ringing2006122220071224

Dein calls up Christmas - he rings Florida, finds there's more than one Santa Claus in Georgia and, of course, calls at his shop in the North Pole, Alaska.

While in the little town of Bethlehem, New Zealand, there are strange travellers with tales to tell.

01It's Good To Talk20031013

A phonebox rings in the middle of nowhere, anywhere.

Alan Dein begins a series of random conversations with complete strangers.

A moment shared, a life revealed, just don't hang up?! Is it a 'phone up or a 'phone out? With hundreds of thousands of numbers that could be anywhere, Alan Dein casts his line into a sea of souls and converstaions, who is out there today?

02Life Cycle20031014

Amidst the whirring of a West London laundrette Alan Dein hears one woman's remarkable story of survival and escape from war torn Somalia.

02Night Lines2006122920070820
20071225 (4)

A full Moon illuminates the outside of Broadcasting House as Dein begins his late shift in a lonely studio on the 8th floor.

Dialling into the deep night, he encounters the lonely, the lost, the brave and the strange - from a security guard in the Florida Everglades to a Kiwi transexual in pig tails and onto a vision of violent, teenage hell on the Margate seafront.

Alan encounters the lonely, the lost, the brave and the strange, from a security guard in the Florida Everglades to a Kiwi transexual in pigtails and a vision of teenage hell on the Margate seafront.

03Dollar20031015

In a Liverpool market, Big Issue seller Dollar pours out his domestic trouble down the line to Dein.

03 LASTEach Day I Dial2007010520070827

From Grenada, Alan hears tales of pirates and memories of the last American invasion.

Finally, he finds the conversational tables turned on him by an unbelieving woman in New Cross.

04Working The Line20031016

Working lives and the life of work.

From the Maidstone school leaver wondering about his future, to the Granadian fish seller dreaming of a different life for her children.

05 LASTHung Up20031017

Alan Dein finds himself increasingly frustrated and tantalised in a series of haunted, aborted and interrupted conversations.