Survivors

Tales of human endurance against the odds, presented by John Man.

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20161216

Tamsin Greig reads Laura Barnett's story of blended families. Isabel makes a gesture of Christmas day diplomacy and discovers that whilst family history may be in the past, it is rarely truly over. A Christmas story specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4.

Laura Barnett is an author and journalist. Her first novel, The Versions of Us, was published in the UK in June 2015 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. As an arts journalist and theatre critic, she writes regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London. Her non-fiction book, Advice from the Players, is published by Nick Hern Books.

Reader: Tamsin Greig

Author: Laura Barnett

Producer: Simon Richardson.

Tamsin Greig reads Laura Barnett's story of blended families. Isabel makes a gesture of Christmas day diplomacy and discovers that whilst family history may be in the past, it is rarely truly over. A Christmas story specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4.

Laura Barnett is an author and journalist. Her first novel, The Versions of Us, was published in the UK in June 2015 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. As an arts journalist and theatre critic, she writes regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London. Her non-fiction book, Advice from the Players, is published by Nick Hern Books.

Reader: Tamsin Greig

Author: Laura Barnett

Producer: Simon Richardson.

20171223

Tamsin Greig reads Laura Barnett's story of Christmas diplomacy amid blended families.

Tamsin Greig reads Laura Barnett's story of blended families. Isabel makes a gesture of Christmas day diplomacy and discovers that whilst family history may be in the past, it is rarely truly over. A Christmas story specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4.

Laura Barnett is an author and journalist. Her first novel, The Versions of Us, was published in the UK in June 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. As an arts journalist and theatre critic, she writes regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London. Her non-fiction book, Advice from the Players, is published by Nick Hern Books.

Reader: Tamsin Greig
Author: Laura Barnett
Producer: Simon Richardson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970423]

Six investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence.

1: Roger Cooper 's Story. The journalist and author had been living in Iran for many years when he was accused of being a spy for Britain. After five years of imprisonment, he was freed at the same time as the hostages in Beirut. His knowledge of Persian and his understanding of politics had enabled him to keep his personality intact. Producer Louise Greenberg

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970423]

Unknown: Roger Cooper

Producer: Louise Greenberg

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970430]

Six investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence.

2: The Estonia Survivors' Story. John Man meets Kent Harstedt and Sara Hedrenius , who kept each other alive in the long hours during the sinking of the Estonia; and Thomas Grunde , who cast about in vain for the office colleagues who had been with him at the on-board karaoke show. Producer Ekene Akalawu

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970430]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Kent Harstedt

Unknown: Sara Hedrenius

Unknown: Thomas Grunde

Producer: Ekene Akalawu

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970507]

Six new investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence, presented by John Man.

3: Jacques's Story. Aristocratic Romanian Jacques Sandulescu, whose father owned five villages, was a big, cuddly 15-year-old who everyone warmed to. But in 1946 the Russian army press-ganged him into working in inhuman conditions in coal mines. As a slave in Soviet mine no. 79, he saw others die like flies. But should he try to survive or escape across snowy wasteland? Producer Matt Thompson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970507]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Matt Thompson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970514]

Six new investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence. 4: James's Story. Uganda 1981: Plain-clothes men destroyed James's idyllic childhood. They slaughtered his family and their servants. James escaped the killing only to be held in a cell with 20 others for two years. His captors beat him for information about his father's anti-government activities. Finally ransomed, the scarred James attempted to resume a normal life, beginning his 0-levels. But the soldiers came looking for him again. Producer Mark Burman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970514]

Producer: Mark Burman

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970521]

Six more tales of human endurance , presented by John Man. Dr Herrema's 's Story. On 3 October 1975, Dutch industrialist DrTiede Herrema was kidnapped as he drove to work. His abductors demanded the release of Irish prisoners and threatened to kill him. His ordeal lasted 36 days, being moved from place to place and finally being held in one tiny room with his kidnappers. Yet he never lost his determination to be released. Producer Emma Kingsley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970521]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Emma Kingsley

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970528]

Last of the current series of tales of human endurance against the odds, presented by John Man. 6: Eric's Story. Eric Reavis lives in Washington DC in an area where kids are recruited into gunfighting gangs. He talks about The Alliance of Concerned Men of Washington, the group he spearheads to work with young people to improve their lives. Producer Beaty Rubens

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970528]

Presented By: John Man.

Unknown: Eric Reavis

Producer: Beaty Rubens

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940911]

Presented by John Man.

1: Bob's Story. When Bob Tininenko set out on a two-week pleasure trip in the Pacific aboard the Triton, he little knew that it was to be a 72-day endurance test for mind and body. Producer Simon Elmes

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[R4 BD=19940911]

Presented By: John Man.

Unknown: Bob Tininenko

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19940918]

Six tales of survival against the odds, presented by John Man.

2: Linda's Story. When Linda faced an armed raider across the bank counter for the second time in six months, her reaction was to change her life forever. Producer Cathy Drysdale

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[R4 BD=19940918]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

GENOME:
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Presented by John Man.

3: The Soldiers' Story. During the Falklands War, survival was more than a question of individual endurance.... Producer Cathy Drysdale

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[R4 BD=19940925]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

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Presented by John Man.

4: Wendy's Story. Wendy Brandchaft was taking a bath when a noise in the other room was followed by the fuzzy image of a red shirt and a 357 Magnum. Producer Simon Elmes

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Presented by John Man.

4: Wendy's Story. Wendy Brandchaft was taking a bath when a noise in the other room was followed by the fuzzy image of a red shirt and a 357 Magnum. Producer Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941002]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941002]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941009]

Six tales of survival against the odds, presented by John Mann.

5: Jimmy's Story. The struggle to prove his sanity and escape the system that judged him so unfairly took Jimmy Laing nearly 50 years. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941009]

Six tales of survival against the odds, presented by John Mann.

5: Jimmy's Story. The struggle to prove his sanity and escape the system that judged him so unfairly took Jimmy Laing nearly 50 years. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941009]

Presented By: John Mann.

Unknown: Jimmy Laing

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941009]

Presented By: John Mann.

Unknown: Jimmy Laing

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941016]

Last in the series of tales of survival against the odds, introduced by John Man.

Anna's Story. A dark, foggy evening - also Friday 13th; Anna Hunter was feeling uneasy. The arrival of an unexpected visitor with a double-bladed knife confirmed her fears. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941016]

Last in the series of tales of survival against the odds, introduced by John Man.

Anna's Story. A dark, foggy evening - also Friday 13th; Anna Hunter was feeling uneasy. The arrival of an unexpected visitor with a double-bladed knife confirmed her fears. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941016]

Introduced By: John Man.

Unknown: Anna Hunter

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19941016]

Introduced By: John Man.

Unknown: Anna Hunter

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950703]

Five tales of survival against the odds, presented by John Man.

1: Bob's Story. Bob Tininenko 's pleasure trip on the Pacific turned into a 72-day endurance test for mind and body. Producer Simon Elmes Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950703]

Presented By: John Man.

Unknown: Bob Tininenko

Producer: Simon Elmes Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950710]

2: Anna's Story. Presented by John Man. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950710]

Presented By: John Man.

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950717]

Six tales of survival against the odds. 3: The Soldiers' Story. With John Man. Producer Cathy Drysdale Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950717]

Unknown: John Man.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950724]

Five tales of survival against the odds, presented by John Man.

4: Jimmy's Story. As a boy, Jimmy Laingwas condemned to life under lock and key. His struggle to prove his sanity would end nearly 50 years later. Producer Will Cantopher

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950724]

Presented By: John Man.

Unknown: Jimmy Laingwas

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950731]

John Man presents the story of Wendy Brandchaft , the last of five tales of survival against the odds. Producer Simon Eimes Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19950731]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Wendy Brandchaft

Producer: Simon Eimes Rpt

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960802]

John Man presents six tales of human endurance against the odds.

1: The Gulf Hostages' Story. In the summer of 1990, Mike Teesdale and Ivan Manning were working on an oil installation near Basra in Iraq. Life, though uncomfortable, was tolerable.... until the beginning of August when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and they became part of his human shield. Producer Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960802]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Mike Teesdale

Unknown: Ivan Manning

Unknown: Saddam Hussein

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960809]

John Man presents six tales of human endurance against the odds.

2: Sharon's Story. When Sharon Komlos set off to drive the lonely road home late one warm Florida night 16 years ago, she had no idea that the man in the car behind was a convicted psychopath who would change her life for ever. Producer Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960809]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Sharon Komlos

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960816]

John Man presents six tales of human endurance against the odds.

3: The Diver's Story. On a sunny September afternoon, Christopher Pym headed out to sea to explore a wreck with friends from the diving club. Producer Sally Flatman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960816]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Christopher Pym

Producer: Sally Flatman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960823]

John Man presents six tales of human endurance against the odds. 4: Mala's Story At the age of three, Mala Shah contracted a mysterious disease that destroyed her nose. She was exiled to Britain where a cruel remark set off a crisis that led her to a crossroads in her life. Producer Matt Thompson

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960823]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Mala Shah

Producer: Matt Thompson

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960830]

John Man presents six tales of human endurance against the odds.

5: The Trawlerman's Story. Fishing is in the blood of 21-year-old sea captain Willie Tait. But fishing is a dangerous job and the sea is unforgiving of those who make even the smallest of mistakes - as Willie was to discover. Producer Sally Flatman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960830]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Willie Tait.

Producer: Sally Flatman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960906]

John Man presents the last of six tales of human endurance. Esther's Story. When Esther Temer was imprisoned in Sobibor prison camp, freedom was as vain a hope for her as it was for all Jews interned by the Nazis. Producer Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19960906]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Esther Temer

Producer: Simon Elmes

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970423]

Six investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence.

1: Roger Cooper 's Story. The journalist and author had been living in Iran for many years when he was accused of being a spy for Britain. After five years of imprisonment, he was freed at the same time as the hostages in Beirut. His knowledge of Persian and his understanding of politics had enabled him to keep his personality intact. Producer Louise Greenberg

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970423]

Unknown: Roger Cooper

Producer: Louise Greenberg

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970430]

Six investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence.

2: The Estonia Survivors' Story. John Man meets Kent Harstedt and Sara Hedrenius , who kept each other alive in the long hours during the sinking of the Estonia; and Thomas Grunde , who cast about in vain for the office colleagues who had been with him at the on-board karaoke show. Producer Ekene Akalawu

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970430]

Unknown: John Man

Unknown: Kent Harstedt

Unknown: Sara Hedrenius

Unknown: Thomas Grunde

Producer: Ekene Akalawu

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970507]

Six new investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence, presented by John Man.

3: Jacques's Story. Aristocratic Romanian Jacques Sandulescu, whose father owned five villages, was a big, cuddly 15-year-old who everyone warmed to. But in 1946 the Russian army press-ganged him into working in inhuman conditions in coal mines. As a slave in Soviet mine no. 79, he saw others die like flies. But should he try to survive or escape across snowy wasteland? Producer Matt Thompson

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970507]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Matt Thompson

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970514]

Six new investigations that begin with a piece of documentary evidence. 4: James's Story. Uganda 1981: Plain-clothes men destroyed James's idyllic childhood. They slaughtered his family and their servants. James escaped the killing only to be held in a cell with 20 others for two years. His captors beat him for information about his father's anti-government activities. Finally ransomed, the scarred James attempted to resume a normal life, beginning his 0-levels. But the soldiers came looking for him again. Producer Mark Burman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970514]

Producer: Mark Burman

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970521]

Six more tales of human endurance , presented by John Man. Dr Herrema's 's Story. On 3 October 1975, Dutch industrialist DrTiede Herrema was kidnapped as he drove to work. His abductors demanded the release of Irish prisoners and threatened to kill him. His ordeal lasted 36 days, being moved from place to place and finally being held in one tiny room with his kidnappers. Yet he never lost his determination to be released. Producer Emma Kingsley

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970521]

Presented By: John Man.

Producer: Emma Kingsley

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970528]

Last of the current series of tales of human endurance against the odds, presented by John Man. 6: Eric's Story. Eric Reavis lives in Washington DC in an area where kids are recruited into gunfighting gangs. He talks about The Alliance of Concerned Men of Washington, the group he spearheads to work with young people to improve their lives. Producer Beaty Rubens

GENOME:
[R4 BD=19970528]

Presented By: John Man.

Unknown: Eric Reavis

Producer: Beaty Rubens

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0306 LASTEric's Story19970528

Eric Reavis lives in Washington DC in an area where 10-year-old kids are recruited into gunfighting gangs.

Reavis himself has been into drugs, drink and crime.

He talks to John Man about `The Alliance of Concerned Men of Washington', the group he spearheads to work with young people to improve their lives and chances of survival.

food and kept in squalid conditions.

Yet, in the midst of this, he never lost his instinct for survival and his determination to be released.

0306 LASTEric's Story19970528

Eric Reavis lives in Washington DC in an area where 10-year-old kids are recruited into gunfighting gangs.

Reavis himself has been into drugs, drink and crime.

He talks to John Man about `The Alliance of Concerned Men of Washington', the group he spearheads to work with young people to improve their lives and chances of survival.

food and kept in squalid conditions.

Yet, in the midst of this, he never lost his instinct for survival and his determination to be released.