Hardeep Singh Kohli's Alternative Census

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Inspired by the 2011 Census that takes place on the 27th of March, Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his own questionnaire to households across the United Kingdom.

Combining questions based upon the official census along with some of his own, he takes on the challenge of chronicling and comparing the hopes, fears, joy, sadness, struggles, achievements and everyday experiences that make us who we are.

In programme one, Hardeep knocks on doors in Liverpool, Belfast and Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands, to talk candidly and sincerely to, amongst others, a single mother of three, a grandmother and a husband who looks after the croft of his late father.

With questions that range from the intimate to the irreverent, from the factual to the emotional, Hardeep's curiosity takes him beyond the box-checking to gather the motivations and manners, opinions and feelings that define people as individuals rather than as statistics.

Producer: Katie Burningham

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Hardeep Singh Kohli surveys the nation with his own version of the census.

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Inspired by the 2011 Census that takes place on the 27th of March, Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his own questionnaire to households across the country.

In today's programme, Hardeep Singh Kohli travels with his clipboard and questions to households in Great Yarmouth, Leicester and London.

Amongst the people he meets are an elderly couple who retired to the seaside, a local councillor and a man who has been a guest at Shelter from the Storm's homeless shelter for the past year.

Through their answers, they explore themes of family, community and identity.

Some of the questions that Hardeep asks are borrowed from the census, whilst others, such as 'how many times have you been in love?' and 'when were you at your happiest?' are ones that he added himself.

Going from door to door with this unique questionnaire, Hardeep engages those inside in an intimate, moving, funny and heartfelt conversation, as he takes on the bold and sincere aim of gauging who we are as individuals, rather than as statistics.

Producer: Katie Burningham

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Hardeep Singh Kohli surveys the nation with his own version of the census.

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In the last programme in this series, Hardeep Singh Kohli travels to Merthyr Tydfil, Christchurch and Brighton to try out his own version of the census.

Combining some of the questions from the official census, and some of his own, his aim is to engage householders in an intimate conversation about who they are and what matters to them most.

Exploring themes of identity, health and religion, Hardeep speaks to an elderly woman who is the full time carer for her son, a retired woman living in 'Gods waiting room' and an unemployed man who talks of his approach to prayer and faith.

With questions that range from the intimate to the irreverent, from the factual to the emotional, Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the parts of our lives that box-checking and number counting don't allow for, uncovering the individual, everyday experiences of people across the country.

Producer: Katie Burningham

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Hardeep Singh Kohli surveys the nation with his own version of the census.