The Radio Ballads

Documentary close-ups on issues of our time.

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Episodes

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Never Again - A Lament For The Titanic20120422 (BBC7)
20120423 (BBC7)

BBC Radio Solent's lament for the RMS Titanic. Featuring new and specially-composed music by Peggy Seeger and Calum Maccoll.

Singing The Fishing20100816 (BBC7)
20100817 (BBC7)
20120324 (BBC7)

Tales from the Norfolk and Scottish herring fleets with Ewan McColl's songs. Award-winning documentary from August 1960.

Tales from the Norfolk and Scottish herring fleets with Ewan McColl's songs. From 1960.

Tales from the Norfolk and Scottish herring fleets with Ewan McColl's songs.

From 1960.

Award-winning documentary from August 1960.

From 1960.

The Big Hewer20090711 (BBC7)
20090712 (BBC7)
20100817 (BBC7)
20100818 (BBC7)
20120331 (BBC7)

A legend told by the men of the coalfields from the Tyne to the Vale of Neath, with the music they inspired. From August 1961.

A legend told by the men of the coalfields from the Tyne to the Vale of Neath. From 1961.

A legend told by the men of the coalfields from the Tyne to the Vale of Neath.

From 1961.

A legend told by the men of the coalfields from the Tyne to the Vale of Neath, with the music they inspired.

From August 1961.

The Song Of A Road20100818 (BBC7)
20100819 (BBC7)
20120407 (BBC7)

The M1 as described by the men who built the London-Yorkshire motorway, set into song by Ewan MacColl. From November 1959.

The M1 as described by the men who built the London-Yorkshire motorway. From 1959.

The M1 as described by the men who built the London-Yorkshire motorway.

From 1959.

Set into song by Ewan MacColl.

From November 1959.

From 1959.

The Travelling People20120414 (BBC7)
20140426 (BBC7)
20140427 (BBC7)

Charles Parker's ballad documents the prejudice faced by those who lead the gypsy life.

Charles Parker's 1964 ballad documents the prejudice faced by those who lead the gypsy life. With music by Ewan MacColl.

Travelling People20120414 (BBC7)

Charles Parker's 1964 ballad documents the prejudice faced by those who lead the gipsy life. With music by Ewan MacColl.

Charles Parker's ballad documents the prejudice faced by those who lead the gipsy life.

01The Horn Of The Hunter20061224

An exploration of the ban on hunting with hounds, with songs by John Tams, Ian Mcmillan and Jez Lowe

02The Song Of Steel20061225

The decline of the steel industry in Sheffield and Rotherham.

Songs by John Tams, Kate Rusby, Julie Matthews.

03The Enemy That Lies Within20061226

Five stories of people who are living with the HIV/Aids virus.

Songs by Karine Polwart, John Tams.

04Thirty Years Of Conflict20061227

During the years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, musicians helped provide a common link.

05 LASTThe Ballad Of The Big Ships20061228

Stories from the men and women who worked in the shipyards of Tyne and Wear and the Clyde.