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Alan Dein attempts to cross the world on a series of late night excursions via Facebook and Skype - discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles across two programmes.

It's a hesitant start as Alan starts from a "Friend" count of zero, struggling to lure users away from the anonymity of the keyboard to the glare of the webcam - and engage in real verbal communication. Yet over five long late nights, he gradually builds up a circle of friends, crossing the time zones and discovering some startling stories.

In programme one, Alan's in the realm of love and loss - online and offline. He connects with a single parent snowbound in Nova Scotia, an Egyptian whose online romance turned sour and a Pakistani yearning for a girl from the wrong caste.

In programme two, he's among those dreaming of freedom, talking to a man car-jacked in Caracas, and an Iranian evading the electronic eavesdropping of the authorities.

Previously, Alan Dein brought us the acclaimed Don't Hang Up, in which he set himself the task of calling phone boxes around the world to see who picked up. This time, the project reaches a whole new scale.

Producers: Laurence Grissell and Sarah Bowen.

Alan connects with a snowbound single mum and hears stories of thwarted love online.

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Alan Dein attempts to cross the world on a series of late night excursions via Facebook and Skype - discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles.

It's a hesitant start as Alan starts from a "Friend" count of zero, struggling to lure users away from the anonymity of the keyboard to the glare of the webcam - and engage in real verbal communication. Yet over five long late nights, he gradually builds up a circle of friends, crossing the time zones and discovering some startling stories.

In this second programme, he's among those dreaming of freedom, talking to a man car-jacked in Caracas, and an Iranian evading the electronic eavesdropping of the authorities who's determined to flee the country.

Five years ago, Alan Dein brought us the acclaimed Don't Hang Up, in which he set himself the task of calling phone boxes around the world to see who picked up. This time, the project reaches a whole new scale.

Producers: Laurence Grissell and Sarah Bowen.

Alan 'meets' a car-jacked man in Caracas and an Iranian evading government eavesdropping.

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20120613 (R4)

Alan Dein sets out on a series of nocturnal excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles, talking to people in every corner of the globe.

Holed up in the studio late into the night, Alan makes conversation with people all over the world, talking to them about their stories and whatever else is on their mind. He never knows what he'll be hearing next.

Among those he connects with this time are a 66 year old widow in rural Texas and an 18 year old with Aspergers who makes a living playing online poker all night. He also catches up with Jennifer in Nova Scotia who featured in the last series - whose ex-husband is just about to come out of jail and marry her best friend.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Alan Dein returns with a new series of nocturnal excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles, talking to people in every corner of the globe.

Holed up in the studio late into the night, Alan makes conversation with people all over the world, talking to them about their stories and whatever's on their mind. He never knows what he'll be hearing next.

02022012062020120924

Alan Dein crosses the world on a series of late night excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles.

Among those he connects with are Bryan, whose relationship with his Russian girlfriend has been conducted entirely through Google Translate, and Bill, who stood in a phone box, holding a gun to his head as he came out to his wife.

Alan also catches up with Amir, who in the last series was trying to leave Iran, and finds out why he was so keen to go.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0203 LAST2012062720121001

Alan Dein sets out on nocturnal excursions via Facebook and Skype, discovering the real life dramas behind the online profiles, talking to people in every corner of the globe.

Holed up in the studio late into the night, Alan makes conversation with people all over the world, talking to them about their stories. He never knows what he'll be hearing next.

This time, the theme is War and Peace as Alan connects with a Beirut man shot by a sniper during the Lebanese civil war, a woman whose father was imprisoned during the Cuban revolution and a young man in California jailed for domestic violence.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0301Connection And Separation2013050820130924

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook & Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers in a new series.

Hooked up to a computer well into the early hours of the morning, Alan circumnavigates the globe online inviting anyone and everyone to talk to him. He never knows who he will be speaking to next or what secrets they will reveal.

In the first programme of this new series, Alan hears stories of connection and separation. He connects with a man in Cairo as a gunfight ranges outside, a French woman nervously awaiting a meeting with her estranged father and a Brazilian man mystified at the disappearance of an online lover.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

In the first programme, Alan hears stories of connection and separation. He connects with a man in Cairo as a gunfight rages outside, a French woman nervously awaiting a meeting with her estranged father and a Brazilian man mystified at the disappearance of an online lover.

0302Healing2013051520130925

Alan Dein holes himself up in a studio through the night and invites the online world to talk to him. Knowing nothing about the people he is about to talk to, he settles down for an evening of intriguing, random encounters.

In this second programme, he crosses the world via Facebook & Skype and hears the stories of people in the process of healing. A woman pursues new love when her husband's infidelity begins days after their wedding, a Ghanaian healer tries to cure a woman through prayer over the phone, and a barrister struggles to regain his speech after being stabbed and beaten with a machete in an Anguillan restaurant.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0303A Tale From The Bush2013052220130926

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook & Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

He never knows who he will be speaking to next or what secrets they will reveal.

Tonight, he hears a moving story of widowhood from 60 year old Jennie in the Australian Bush. The line is so bad that Alan decides to send her a digital recorder so that she can record herself in quality. What emerges is a bittersweet and intensely personal story but one which also touches on key events in Australia in the post-1945 era, including the Vietnam War and the catastrophic Darwin Cyclone.

She also uses the recorder to capture some of the abundant bird life in her remote and rural part of Queensland.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Today, he hears a moving story of widowhood from 60 year old Jennie in the Australian Bush. The line is so bad that Alan decides to send her a digital recorder so that she can record herself in quality. What emerges is a bittersweet and intensely personal story but one which also touches on key events in Australia in the post-1945 era, including the Vietnam War and the catastrophic Darwin Cyclone.

0304 LASTThe Power Of Belief2013052920130927

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

Tonight, stories about the power of belief. Alan hears the epic story of a Peruvian man who believes that a Canadian visa will persuade his Belarusian ex-wife to come back to him, an American woman tells of her relationship with a Muslim which raised eyebrows in the Midwest and a Canadian man talks about speaking to the spirit of his late father.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Today, stories about the power of belief. Alan hears the epic story of a Peruvian man who believes that a Canadian visa will persuade his Belarusian ex-wife to come back to him, an American woman tells of her relationship with a Muslim which raised eyebrows in the Midwest and a Canadian man talks about talking to the spirit of his late father.

0401Escape2013101920140421

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers as Don't Log Off comes to Saturday mornings for the first time.

And in this first programme, Alan speaks to a range of people looking for escape - in a range of honest and moving encounters which take him right around the globe. He hears from a female human rights activist in Saudi Arabia trying to flee the country after hearing her life is in danger - and a Marilyn Manson fan yearning to escape Russia.

There are lighter moments, too, as Alan speaks to a Japanese man about his dashed hopes of a career singing love songs and a Ugandan hoping for a happy ending to his romance with a woman in Finland.

Hooked up to a computer into the early hours of the morning, Alan crosses continents online - inviting anyone and everyone to talk to him. He never knows who he will be speaking to next or what secrets they will reveal.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

And in this first programme, Alan speaks to a range of people looking for escape - in a range of honest and moving encounters which take him right around the globe. He hears from a female human rights activist in Saudi Arabia trying to flea the country after hearing her life is in danger - and a Marilyn Manson fan yearning to escape Russia.

0402Found In Translation2013102620140422

Alan Dein hears the story of Bryan from the US and Anna from Russia who met online - using Google Translate.

Bryan doesn't speak Russian and Anna doesn't speak English - they conduct their communication entirely via the online translation tool.

Alan has been following the story for Don't Log Off for over a year, speaking to Bryan on Skype on numerous occasions. Since they first spoke, Anna decided to move to the US with her two children. She sells her house in Russia and takes just three suitcases to set up home with Bryan. The couple's understanding of each other's languages remains minimal.

She arrived in the US in July this year - and the couple had 90 days to get married or Anna would have to leave the country. The wedding date is set for 21st September - but then, suddenly, it's called off... because Anna has concerns.

Alan decides to travel to Boise, Idaho to see how things work out...

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0403Away From Home2013110220140423

Alan Dein continues his night time conversations with internet strangers, discovering the lives behind the profiles of people he randomly meets through Facebook and Skype.

This week he speaks to people living and working away from home. A nurse in Germany awaits the arrival of battle-injured troops, a disabled Romanian longs for the arrival of the family's first car, and an Icelander asks Alan if he should put a rose on his girlfriend's grave.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0404 LASTEgypt - Silence And Waiting2013110920140424

Via Facebook and Skype Alan Dein connects to the lives of strangers across the globe to hear their stories. The tumultuous events of the Arab spring have reached an uncertain conclusion in Egypt. Now, with Friday night curfew drawing close, Alan hears a diversity of experience. From Shady who has found a new life in the revolutionary protests of January 25th 2011 ,a sleeper awoken from his days as a football fanatic, waiting for the next seismic event to Rasa who defies the curfew to maintain her sanity. Elsewhere in Alexandria a newly qualified doctor, Doaa, reflects on the passing of her father and her new responsibilities.

Producer: Mark Burman.

0501Enduring Love20140917

0501Enduring Love2014091720141229 (R4)

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

In this first programme of the new series, Alan discovers some moving stories of couples under pressure.

Alan builds up a relationship with Hank and Norma in Arkansas, USA following them over the course of a difficult year as harp-playing Hank draws on his own near-death experience to deal with Norma's breast cancer. As Hank puts it: "I worked hard to survive, and I deserve my companion in life..."

Alan also tracks the fortunes of a young couple in love, trying to make a go of it despite the fact one lives in southern Italy and the other in Slovakia.

Plus a veteran of the first Gulf War - now a long distance lorry driver - recalls how he salvaged his own relationship after it faltered as a result of long absences from home.

0501Enduring Love20140917

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

In this first programme of the new series, Alan discovers some moving stories of couples under pressure.

Alan builds up a relationship with Hank and Norma in Arkansas, USA following them over the course of a difficult year as harp-playing Hank draws on his own near-death experience to deal with Norma's breast cancer. As Hank puts it: "I worked hard to survive, and I deserve my companion in life..."

Alan also tracks the fortunes of a young couple in love, trying to make a go of it despite the fact one lives in southern Italy and the other in Slovakia.

Plus a veteran of the first Gulf War - now a long distance lorry driver - recalls how he salvaged his own relationship after it faltered as a result of long absences from home.

0502Identity20140924

0502Identity2014092420141230 (R4)

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

Today, people tell stories about grappling with issues of identity. A disabled woman from the Ukraine talks about ethnic tensions as crisis grips the country, keeping an audio diary of her reflections as the situation develops.

Alan also hears from a young woman in Moscow who discusses the difficulties of being gay and mixed race in Russia.

Meanwhile, a young Bolton man whose family originate from Pakistan recounts his horror after being shot at during his last visit there, reflecting on how it has informed his views on nationality.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0502Identity2014092420141230 (R4)

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

Today, people tell stories about grappling with issues of identity. A disabled woman from the Ukraine talks about ethnic tensions as crisis grips the country, keeping an audio diary of her reflections as the situation develops.

Alan also hears from a young woman in Moscow who discusses the difficulties of being gay and mixed race in Russia.

Meanwhile, a young Bolton man whose family originate from Pakistan recounts his horror after being shot at during his last visit there, reflecting on how it has informed his views on nationality.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0502Identity20140924

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

Today, people tell stories about grappling with issues of identity. A disabled woman from the Ukraine talks about ethnic tensions as crisis grips the country, keeping an audio diary of her reflections as the situation develops.

Alan also hears from a young woman in Moscow who discusses the difficulties of being gay and mixed race in Russia.

Meanwhile, a young Bolton man whose family originate from Pakistan recounts his horror after being shot at during his last visit there, reflecting on how it has informed his views on nationality.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

0503Going It Alone2014100120141231 (R4)

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of random strangers.

This week he speaks to people who, through choice or circumstance, are going it alone.

He hears from a Chinese student, now living in Los Angeles, who is coping with living alone in a foreign country and has come to terms with his stutter without the help of a speech therapist.

A woman from Australia explains how she is overcoming the disappointment of being jilted by her Vietnamese fiancé while another in Argentina explains why she wants to remain alone having lost her savings in pursuit of a relationship.

And finally he hears from a widow in London who is haunted by her husband's death.

Producer: Clare Walker.

0601Staying Strong20150227

0601Staying Strong20150227

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of strangers he randomly encounters.

In the first programme in this new series, Alan hears stories from people who have had to find the strength to deal with difficult situations and make tough choices.

Speaking out for the first time, a girl in trouble with her education tells Alan how her sponsor offered her a repulsive choice. A New York lawyer fights to get back to work after a horrific attack and a Syrian student leaves his family in the hope of rebuilding his country.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0601Staying Strong20150227

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of strangers he randomly encounters.

In the first programme in this new series, Alan hears stories from people who have had to find the strength to deal with difficult situations and make tough choices.

Speaking out for the first time, a girl in trouble with her education tells Alan how her sponsor offered her a repulsive choice. A New York lawyer fights to get back to work after a horrific attack and a Syrian student leaves his family in the hope of rebuilding his country.

Producer: Sarah Bowen.

0602Who Am I?20150306

Alan Dein connects with the world online, linking up with people across the globe to discover dramas of personal identity, including an American whose roots might be more tangled than he first thought, thanks to the Cold War.

Producer Mark Burman.

0603Dependence20150313

Alan Dein crosses the world via Facebook and Skype, hearing the real life dramas of strangers he randomly encounters. In this episode he explores dependency, hearing from a young German woman who fell into a coma while in Ireland, and a workaholic in Singapore punishing his body with drink.

Producer Emma Betteridge.