Pioneers

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
0101David Blunkett20101223 (BBC7)
20140829 (BBC7)
20140830 (BBC7)

David Blunkett talks about how failure wasn't an option during his rise to high office.

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David Blunkett talks about how failure wasn't an option during his rise to political high office.

Blind from birth, he talks openly about the isolation of attending boarding school from the age of four, as well as the trauma of losing his father at the age of twelve.

Coming from a deprived background, David recognised very quickly that his route out of poverty was through education and against all odds, he graduated from Sheffield University at the age of 22.

David went on to become the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council, and climbed his way through the political ladder to become the first ever blind Home Secretary.

0102Sir Alec Jeffreys20110113 (BBC7)
20140905 (BBC7)
20140906 (BBC7)

Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

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Sir Alec Jeffreys speaks to Clare English about his eureka moment when he discovered DNA fingerprinting.

It was 9.05am on Monday 10th September 1984 when Alec realised the enormity of his breakthrough, and explains how it turned into a global phenomenon.

He speaks about how his techniques for DNA fingerprinting and DNA profiling are now not only used by the police, but also to resolve paternity and immigration disputes all over the world.

0103Kim Cotton20110120 (BBC7)
20140912 (BBC7)
20140913 (BBC7)

talks about the emotional impact of becoming the UK's first surrogate mother.

Kim Cotton talks about the emotional impact after becoming the UK's first surrogate. She explains to Clare English about how this supposedly wonderful experience was quickly overshadowed by not only a media circus, but also by public criticism.

She describes how she received very little support from the surrogate agency which left her feeling completely isolated and mentally unprepared for when it came time to hand over baby Cotton.

0104Ian Ritchie20110127 (BBC7)
20140919 (BBC7)
20140920 (BBC7)

talks about the world wide web and pioneering the very first web browser.

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Ian Ritchie on the World Wide Web and how he pioneered the very first web browser. Despite this breakthrough, he reveals the missed opportunity that could have made him millions.

He explains to Clare English about some of the reasons why he passed up on this once in a life time opportunity.

0105 LASTMichael Cashman20110203 (BBC7)
20140926 (BBC7)
20140927 (BBC7)

Eastenders' Michael Cashman on the explosive moment he helped make history when UK TV saw it's first gay kiss. A kiss which led to not just public and political controversy but terrifying personal consequences for Cashman in the form of death threats and attacks on his home. In Pioneers Michael Cashman tells Clare English about the social and political landscape of 1987 and why that brief encounter between the character he played, Colin Russell, and market trader Barry Clark would prove momentous for so many of the people involved.

Michael Cashman discusses the explosive moment when the UK saw its first TV gay kiss.

0201James Goodfellow20110825 (BBC7)
20141003 (BBC7)
20141004 (BBC7)

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James Goodfellow speaks to Clare English about his invention of the cash machine and the global impact it had on the banking industry. James also patented the Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology which is still fundamentally the basis for modern day cash withdrawals.

James Goodfellow speaks to Clare English about his invention of the cash machine.

0202Michael Apted20110901 (BBC7)
20141010 (BBC7)
20141011 (BBC7)

talks to Clare English about the birth of reality television.

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Michael Apted talks to Clare English about his series' of documentaries which was to be the launch of reality television.

Michael has been involved in the popular documentary series "Up" since its conception in 1964. He has followed the lives of 14 children every 7 years since, which proved to be the catalyst for what we would now call today "reality television" programmes.

0203Shannon Murray20110908 (BBC7)
20141017 (BBC7)
20141018 (BBC7)

speaks about becoming the UK's first disabled high street model.

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Shannon Murray speaks to Clare English about becoming the UK's first high street disabled model, and how she physically and psychologically rebuilt her life after a diving accident.

She explains that since her accident, she has gone on to challenge some of the prejudices and misconceptions that surround disability.

0204Prof Sir Alfred Cuschieri20110915 (BBC7)
20141024 (BBC7)
20141025 (BBC7)

Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri, a pioneer of keyhole surgery.

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Clare English speaks to Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri- one of the world's pioneers of "keyhole" surgery and how this technique revolutionised the medical profession.

He explains that Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called 'key-hole surgery' or 'minimally invasive surgery, involves the surgeon inserting plastic tubes into the abdomen through a small incision in the skin. Surgical instruments and a camera are then passed through the tubes to allow access to the abdomen and for images of the organs inside to be transmitted onto a television monitor for the surgeon to see.

0205The Samaritans20110922 (BBC7)
20141031 (BBC7)
20141101 (BBC7)

Clare English speaks to Fr Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of the Samaritans.

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Clare English speaks to Father Roy Day and Mike Tunstall about the history of The Samaritans and how it provided the first 24 hour helpline in the UK.

Roy and Mike talk about their fond memories of working alongside the charity's founder, Chad Varah and how his pioneering service provided a lifeline to many vulnerable people.

0206 LASTDavid Gow20110929 (BBC7)
20141107 (BBC7)
20141108 (BBC7)

Clare English speaks to David Gow, inventor of the world's first bionic hand.

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David Gow speaks to Clare English about the huge advancements in prosthetics and how he came up with the idea of the world's first bionic hand.

He explains how his bionic hand has now got the ability to grip many more objects than previous prosthetic hands allowed and how this additional mobility is enhancing the lives of amputees.