The Generation Gap

In this series two people from different generations discuss how our approach to dealing with crime has changed.

The two people are linked in some way - either they both do the same job in different eras, or they are two generations of the same family working in the same profession.

The series sheds light on changes of society over the last 30 - 50 years.

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06Agony Aunts *20100301

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Irma Kurtz, the original Cosmopolitan agony aunt, talks to her younger counterpart Simone Bienne, who works as a sex and relationship expert for various publications.

How has the nature of problems changed?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Irma Kurtz, the original Cosmopolitan agony aunt, talks to her counterpart Simone Bienne.

07Gay Protest *20100302

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

82-year-old gay rights campaigner Anthony Grey was a pioneer.

His counterpart is Bobby, a 22-year-old volunteer who goes into schools to help combat homophobic bullying.

Laws about homosexuality may have changed, but have attitudes?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

An 82-year-old gay rights campaigning pioneer talks to a 22-year-old volunteer.

08Beauty Queens *20100303

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Lesley Langley, who was Miss UK and crowned Miss World in 1965, compares notes about her experiences with the current Miss England, Katrina Hodge, who is known as Combat Barbie as she is a lance corporal in the army.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Miss World 1965 compares notes about her experiences with the current Miss England.

09Underwear And Sex Shop Entrepreneur20100304

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Jane runs an underwear shop in a seaside town, and has recently started stocking sex toys for the older generation.

Her son helps out in the shop, and they discuss attitudes to sex across the generations.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Jane, who runs an underwear shop, and her son, discuss attitudes to sex.

10 LASTProstitution *20100305

Series in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Helen worked as a bar hostess and prostitute in the 1970s.

She talks to Maria, who is currently funding her way through university by being a sex worker.

How do their experiences differ?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

An ex-prostitute talks to a woman who fund her university studies by being a sex worker.

0501Forensic Pathologists20110228

Over the course of the week we follow changes in the process of criminal investigation and punishment from the crime scene to prison.

We hear how forensic pathologists unpick the evidence at the crime scene and autopsy room, how a suspect is dealt with at the police station, how support for victims has changed, the differences in the role of magistrates as well as how criminals are treated in prison.

Two forensic pathologists highlight the scientific advances in evidence gathering at the crime scene and autopsy from DNA to the study of blood splatter.

Pathologist Basil Purdue started work in the field 30 years ago and compares notes with Stuart Hamilton who has recently joined the elite band of less than 40 Home Office forensic pathologists called out to suspicious deaths throughout the country.

How has their role at the crime scene changed? And how much better is forensic science now in providing evidence for a case or ruling out murder or manslaughter?

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two forensic pathologists compare notes on the changes scientific advances have brought.

0502Police Custody Officers20110301

Custody sergeants Jon Avetoomyan and John Metcalkfe (retired) working on the front line in Gwent discuss the differences in how they deal with a suspect coming into police custody.

No longer is the first contact the sergeant in a small police station with one or two cells, but in the computerised improved facilities of a modern centralised custody unit holding suspects from all over the area - with the option of an interpreter to translate from Welsh to English as well as other languages to meet the needs of present day diverse communities.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two police sergeants discuss how they deal with a suspect coming into police custody.

0503Women's Refuge Workers20110302

The way we deal with the victims of crime has completely changed over the years.

In this programme we hear from refuge CEO Sandra Horley and Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Julia who compare how victims of domestic abuse are treated - not only reflecting changes in legislation but the attitudes of both the police and society.

When Sandra Horley began work in the 1970s, women turned up at the refuge, terrified and without hope of any help from police or courts.

She compares her experience with a Julia who supports women and helps them take their case to court.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two women compare how the treatment of victims of domestic abuse has changed over time.

0504Magistrates20110303

When at 38, Anne Fuller wanted to be a magistrate in the 1970s, she was told she was too young.

Then magistrates were often middle-aged and middle-class.

The women had to wear a hat and gloves.

Two years later she applied again and was accepted.

Now magistrates can be as young as 18 and diversity is encouraged.

David Singh was only 27 when he joined the bench at Wimbledon.

There have also been many changes in legislation from traffic offences to the Children Act and Human Right's Act and more recently a move to virtual courts with video links to prisoners in jail and witness video evidence.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two magistrates highlight the many changes in legislation and the move to virtual courts.

0505 LASTPrisoners20110304

Ex-offenders Tony and Patrick were both prisoners in Liverpool's Walton jail.

Both had been in and out of trouble since their teenage years with a string of offences including robbery and in Tony's case drug-dealing.

Patrick is in his 50s and Tony is in his 30s and they had very different experiences of prison life.

Tony was urged to improve his skills and gained qualifications in painting and decorating whilst Patrick's only experience of 'education' was making fluffy toys.

These days there are complaints in the press that prisoners have TVs and computers in their cells.

In Patrick's day, the complaints were about roast potatoes on Christmas day.

We hear how the emphasis is more on rehabilitation than punishment these days.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Ex-offenders Tony and Patrick compare their very different experiences of prison life.

0601Night Time Street Cleaners20110307

In this series of The Generation Gap, two people from different generations discuss how 'The Road' has changed and how those changes reflect shifts in society.

The two people in each programme are linked in some way - either they both do the same job in different eras, or they share the same passion, or they are two generations of the same family working in the same profession.

The series sheds light on changes of society over the last 40 - 50 years.

In this series, we look at a day in the life of our roads -from the night time workers who prepare the street for the day ahead to the different kinds of vehicle drivers via the people who provide services along the road.

In 5 montage-style programmes, we hear from night time street cleaners, lollipop people, motorcyclists, service station owners and truck drivers.

We speak to 2 street cleaners - Vince Smith and Lawrence Foley to see how the road at night has changed.

As our city centres operate 24/7 there is a constant need for cleansing teams to clear up after us, but what is our attitude to the night time street cleaner and in a more environmentally conscious Britain, has our attitude to litter changed? Are the people who do the job now different and do they still take pride in their work and what of the night-time communities such as the homeless?

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss the changes society has seen on our roads.

0602Lollipop People20110308

We hear a street-eye view on how drivers' attitudes have changed towards pedestrians across generations.

Road crossing patrols in Somerset like Helen Bailey are piloting a CCTV camera in their lollipop stick because of the problem of cars which drive through regardless of safety and road rage.

In the past Terry Cross experienced fewer and friendlier motorists, more cyclists and even a horse and cart using the road.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss the changes society has seen on our roads.

0603Roads, Bikers20110309

Bruce has a passion for motorcycles and as soon as he was 16, he bought his first bike from his uncle for £25.

For him in the late 1950s, a motorbike was an economic necessity as he couldn't afford a car but it soon became his life.

He used it to travel to work and then when he married and had his first two children, used his bike as family transport with a sidecar and a trailer for when they went on holiday.

They even took the dog.

He compares his passion with that of Steve Willis who only got into bikes 8 years ago and has ended up with a company which sells bikes for up to £35,000 to people who have bikes as a consumerist bauble but hardly dare to take them out of the garage.

This change reflects societal shifts in income and attitude.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss the changes society has seen on our roads.

0604Roads, M People20110310

When the M6 was built through the Dunning family farm near Penrith in the 1960s, John Dunning decided to build Tebay Motorway service station even though he was told there wouldn't be enough passing traffic.

Now the motorway is very busy and his daughter Sarah has taken over and modernised the business.

She now plans to open a new motorway services on the M5.

The family pride themselves on good quality food sourced locally including from the farm's herd of Galloway cattle.

(The Dunnings still run the farm) However some customers complain there is no 'Burger King'.We talk to father and daughter about how expectations of the service station have changed and how motorways have opened up travel for all of us - as well as bringing employment and sustainability to a remote rural area.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss the changes society has seen on our roads.

0605 LASTRoads, Hgv Drivers20110311

The Woodall family have been running their road haulage business near Birmingham since the 1930s.

It has grown from a one-man truck driving operation to a company employing long and short haul lorry drivers.

It has gone from transporting Dunlop tyres to carrying palettes of all manner of things.

John Woodall started driving for his father in the 1960s when the roads were very different - now traffic jams and fuel efficiency are part of the transport business.

John compares what it was like when he started as a truck driver to the experiences of a present day driver - Andy Anderson, who now trains other drivers in safe and efficient trucking, including fuel conservation and tighter legislation.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two people from different generations discuss the changes society has seen on our roads.

1: RESPECT01Teachers2010022220130306 (BBC7)
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Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Kevin Madden started teaching in a Catholic, inner-city Manchester boys' school in 1945. His grandson Patrick McMahon has just started teaching in a mainly moslem school in Rochdale. They discuss the changing nature of respect between pupils and teachers and how schools have reflected wider society.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Two teachers discuss the changing nature of respect between pupils and teachers.

In this series two people from different generations discuss how our approach to dealing with crime has changed.

The two people are linked in some way - either they both do the same job in different eras, or they are two generations of the same family working in the same profession.

The series sheds light on changes of society over the last 30 - 50 years.Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

Kevin Madden started teaching in a Catholic, inner-city Manchester boys' school in 1945.

His grandson Patrick McMahon has just started teaching in a mainly moslem school in Rochdale.

They discuss the changing nature of respect between pupils and teachers and how schools have reflected wider society.

1: RESPECT02Nobility
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Viscount De L'Isle and his daughter discuss changing attitudes towards the aristocracy.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Viscount De L'Isle and his daughter The Hon Sophia Sidney, whose family have owned Penshurst Place for the past 400 years, discuss the changing attitudes towards the aristocracy during their lifetimes.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

1: RESPECT02Viscount *20100223

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Viscount De L'Isle and his daughter The Hon Sophia Sidney, whose family have owned Penshurst Place for the past 400 years, discuss the changing attitudes towards the aristocracy during their lifetimes.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Viscount De L'Isle and his daughter discuss changing attitudes towards the aristocracy.

1: RESPECT03Policemen
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Two policemen who have seen changes on the beat in levels of respect from society.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

1: RESPECT04Post Workers
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Two postal workers on the Isle of Islay discuss the changing nature of the postal business

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Alistair Redman is a sub-postmaster on the Scottish Isle of Islay and Elizabeth Stuart drives the post bus around the island. They discuss the changing nature of the post business and how change has to respect the society it operates in.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

1: RESPECT04Postal Workers2010022520130311 (BBC7)

Alistair Redman is a sub-postmaster on the Scottish Isle of Islay and Elizabeth Stuart drives the post bus around the island.

They discuss the changing nature of the post business and how change has to respect the society it operates in.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Alistair Redman is a sub-postmaster on the Scottish Isle of Islay and Elizabeth Stuart drives the post bus around the island. They discuss the changing nature of the post business and how change has to respect the society it operates in.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

1: RESPECT05Funeral Directors
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Funeral directors discuss whether changes have impacted on our respect for the dead.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Michael Ryan, a funeral director in Newport, and his daughter Louise - who, at 21, is the youngest female funeral director in the world - discuss whether changes in funeral styles mean that our respect for the dead has changed.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

1: RESPECT05 LASTFuneral Directors2010022620130312 (BBC7)

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the first five programmes is Respect.

Michael Ryan, a funeral director in Newport, and his daughter Louise - who, at 21, is the youngest female funeral director in the world - discuss whether changes in funeral styles mean that our respect for the dead has changed.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

2: SEX01Agony Aunts
2: SEX01Agony Aunts20100301 (BBC7)
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Irma Kurtz, the original Cosmopolitan agony aunt, talks to her counterpart Simone Bienne.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Irma Kurtz, the original Cosmopolitan agony aunt, talks to her younger counterpart Simone Bienne, who works as a sex and relationship expert for various publications. How has the nature of problems changed?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

2: SEX02Gay Protest
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Discussion on whether attitudes toward homosexuality have changed.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

82-year-old gay rights campaigner Antony Grey was a pioneer. His counterpart is Bobby, a 22-year-old volunteer who goes into schools to help combat homophobic bullying. Laws about homosexuality may have changed, but have attitudes?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

82-year-old gay rights campaigner Anthony Grey was a pioneer. His counterpart is Bobby, a 22-year-old volunteer who goes into schools to help combat homophobic bullying. Laws about homosexuality may have changed, but have attitudes?

2: SEX03Beauty Queens
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Miss World 1965 compares notes about her experiences with the Miss England 2010.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Lesley Langley, who was Miss UK and crowned Miss World in 1965, compares notes about her experiences with the 2010 Miss England, Katrina Hodge, who is known as Combat Barbie as she is a lance corporal in the army.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

Lesley Langley, who was Miss UK and crowned Miss World in 1965, compares notes about her experiences with the current Miss England, Katrina Hodge, who is known as Combat Barbie as she is a lance corporal in the army.

2: SEX04Underwear And Sex Shop Entrepreneur20100304 (BBC7)
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Jane, who runs an underwear and sex toys shop, and her son, discuss attitudes to sex.

Series of programmes in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Jane runs an underwear shop in a seaside town, and has recently started stocking sex toys for the older generation. Her son helps out in the shop, and they discuss attitudes to sex across the generations.

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

2: SEX05 LASTProstitution20100305 (BBC7)
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Series in which two people from different generations discuss a topic that reveals the changing nature of Britain.

The theme of the second series of five programmes is Sex.

Helen worked as a bar hostess and prostitute in the 1970s. She talks to Maria, who is currently funding her way through university by being a sex worker. How do their experiences differ?

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

3: HEALTH INDUSTRY01Dentists20100802 (BBC7)
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Two dentists compare notes on the changes in techniques they have witnessed.

3: HEALTH INDUSTRY02Birth20100803 (BBC7)
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A daughter and mother compare notes on how technology helped their birth experience.

3: HEALTH INDUSTRY03Community Nurses20100804 (BBC7)
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Two community nurses discuss how technology affects their relationships with patients.

3: HEALTH INDUSTRY04Mental Health20100805 (BBC7)
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Andrew, receiving therapy for depression, talks to Una who was helped in the 1970s.

3: HEALTH INDUSTRY05 LASTHeart Surgeons20100806 (BBC7)
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Two pioneering heart surgeons meet to discuss the latest cutting-edge techniques.

4: MONEY01Pocket Money20100809 (BBC7)
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83-year-old Jean discusses pocket money with her young great-granddaughter Simone.

4: MONEY02Student Budget20100810 (BBC7)
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A father and son discuss their contrasting experiences of budgeting as a student.

4: MONEY03Debt20100811 (BBC7)
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Joy and her grandson Phillip discuss their attitudes to debt, in particular mortgages.

4: MONEY04Benefits20100812 (BBC7)
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Two people from different generations discuss their experiences of the benefit system.

4: MONEY05 LASTRetirement20100813 (BBC7)
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Mother and son Rose and John Luff compare their contrasting experiences of retirement.

5: CRIME01Forensic Pathologists20110228

In this new series of The Generation Gap, two people from different generations discuss how our approach to dealing with crime has changed. The two people are linked in some way - either they both do the same job in different eras, or they are two generations of the same family working in the same profession. The series sheds light on changes of society over the last 30 - 50 years.

Over the course of the week we follow changes in the process of criminal investigation and punishment from the crime scene to prison. We hear how forensic pathologists unpick the evidence at the crime scene and autopsy room, how a suspect is dealt with at the police station, how support for victims has changed, the differences in the role of magistrates as well as how criminals are treated in prison.

Two forensic pathologists highlight the scientific advances in evidence gathering at the crime scene and autopsy from DNA to the study of blood splatter. Pathologist Basil Purdue started work in the field 30 years ago and compares notes with Stuart Hamilton who has recently joined the elite band of less than 40 Home Office forensic pathologists called out to suspicious deaths throughout the country. How has their role at the crime scene changed? And how much better is forensic science now in providing evidence for a case or ruling out murder or manslaughter?

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

5: Crime02Police Custody Officers20110301

5: Crime02Police Custody Officers20110301

Custody sergeants Jon Avetoomyan and John Metcalkfe (retired) working on the front line in Gwent discuss the differences in how they deal with a suspect coming into police custody. No longer is the first contact the sergeant in a small police station with one or two cells, but in the computerised improved facilities of a modern centralised custody unit holding suspects from all over the area - with the option of an interpreter to translate from Welsh to English as well as other languages to meet the needs of present day diverse communities.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.

5: Crime02Police Custody Officers20110301

Custody sergeants Jon Avetoomyan and John Metcalkfe (retired) working on the front line in Gwent discuss the differences in how they deal with a suspect coming into police custody. No longer is the first contact the sergeant in a small police station with one or two cells, but in the computerised improved facilities of a modern centralised custody unit holding suspects from all over the area - with the option of an interpreter to translate from Welsh to English as well as other languages to meet the needs of present day diverse communities.

Reporter: Sara Parker

Producer: Laura Parfitt

A Juniper production for BBC Radio 4.