Servants Of The People

What is it like to work in public service in Britain today? In a new discussion series, Gavin Esler invites four different professions to talk candidly about what their jobs are really like.


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Greg Battle, a GP of an inner city practice is joined by Peter Holden, a self-confessed straight-talking Yorkshireman and a member of a rural partnership in the Peak District. Expect to hear strong views and riveting conversation when they are joined by Yasmin Conway, who left the NHS for private medicine because she didn't feel she could give her patients the time they needed, and Charles Levinson who founded Doctorcall, a private GP service.


A look at four vicars from very different backgrounds who share their joys and frustrations.


experience the very worst of human nature. They also come into contact with the public at their most vulnerable - as victims. With only a quarter of reported crimes leading to a prosecution, how frustrating is it to be a Detective in Britain today? Detective Chief Inspector Sue Williams believes that women are often put off by the violence of the criminal world, retired Detective Sergeant Dick Ellis specialised in Art Crime, following complex cases all over the world. Commander Andy Baker is Head of Homicide at New Scotland Yard, one of his most recent investigations has been that of 'Adam', the torso of an African boy found in the Thames. For Detective Chief Inspector Howard Groves, becoming a police officer was a difficult decision, as a young black man, he was worried that his friends would think he was 'selling out' by joining the police.

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With rows over tuition fees and 'access', University Vice-Chancellors are today in the public spotlight as never before.

Sir Colin Lucas oversees one of the country's most beautiful universities, Oxford.

He's joined by Roderick Floud, whose university, London Metropolitan, doesn't have a single blade of grass on campus.

What do they have in common with Diana Green, Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam? Demanding academics And 'targets' are the negatives, with graduation day as the hightlight of the year for all three.