Under The Skin

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In showbusiness, there is the old joke about beginning a career by playing the back end of the cow in pantomime, but for many this was their chosen role, and one which they took very seriously.

Bernie Clifton, famous for his performing Ostrich, explores the world of the 'skin performer', who each Christmas would play the cow in Jack and the Beanstalk, the cat in Dick Whittington or the goose which brings fortune to Mother Goose.

With the help of some of this select band of performers, he discovers the techniques and the problems of bringing these scene-stealers to life.

01Correspondence
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01Correspondence2012021920130818 (R4)

A story in letters between a Pakistani father and his British Asian daughter.

01Correspondence2012021920130818 (R4)

A story in letters between a Pakistani father and his British Asian daughter.

01Correspondence20120219

01Correspondence2012021920130818 (R4)

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which was staged in London and across the United Kingdom in October. The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life.

The Festival celebrated writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2011.

Under the Skin features two original stories and one adapted from the collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough which was published to coincide with the festival. NSR Khan's story Correspondence is a touching and witty account of a Pakistani father coming to terms with the life of his British Asian daughter.

Under the Skin starts with Deni Francis, Lyndam Gregory and Najma Khan reading a story in letters between a father and daughter.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

01Correspondence2012021920130818 (R4)

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which was staged in London and across the United Kingdom in October. The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life.

The Festival celebrated writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2011.

Under the Skin features two original stories and one adapted from the collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough which was published to coincide with the festival. NSR Khan's story Correspondence is a touching and witty account of a Pakistani father coming to terms with the life of his British Asian daughter.

Under the Skin starts with Deni Francis, Lyndam Gregory and Najma Khan reading a story in letters between a father and daughter.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

01Correspondence2012021920130818
20160215 (BBC7)

A story in letters between a Pakistani father and his British Asian daughter.

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which was staged in London and across the United Kingdom in October. The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life.

The Festival celebrated writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2011.

Under the Skin features two original stories and one adapted from the collection Too Asian, Not Asian Enough which was published to coincide with the festival. NSR Khan's story Correspondence is a touching and witty account of a Pakistani father coming to terms with the life of his British Asian daughter.

Under the Skin starts with Deni Francis, Lyndam Gregory and Najma Khan reading a story in letters between a father and daughter.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

By NSR Khan. A story in letters between a Pakistani father and his British Asian daughter.

02Another Life2012022620130825

An Asian businessman visits Manchester on his way to America, but never leaves.

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which is staged in London and across the United Kingdom. The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life. The Festival celebrates writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2012.

Under the Skin features three stories by British Asian writers. Resma Ruia's Another Life focuses on the restlessness of an Asian businessman who visited Manchester as a young man on his way to America - but never left.

Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan are the readers.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

02Another Life, By Resma Ruia
02Another Life, By Resma Ruia2012022620160216 (BBC7)

An Asian businessman visits Manchester on his way to America, but never leaves.

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which is staged in London and across the United Kingdom. The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life. The Festival celebrates writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2012.

Under the Skin features three stories by British Asian writers. Resma Ruia's Another Life focuses on the restlessness of an Asian businessman who visited Manchester as a young man on his way to America - but never left.

Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan are the readers.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

03Eyebrows, By Kavita Bhanot2012030420160217 (BBC7)

Three generations of women come to terms with one another.

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which is staged in London and across the United Kingdom.

The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life. The Festival celebrates writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2012.

Under the Skin features three stories by British Asian writers. Kavita Bhanot's Eyebrows introduces us to three generations of women seen through the eyes of Jaya on her weekend visits to her grandmother.

Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan are the readers.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

03 LASTEyebrows2012030420130901

Under the Skin is a celebration of the second ever South Asian Literature Festival, which is staged in London and across the United Kingdom.

The relationship between the English language, its literary tradition and writers from South Asia has become an exciting and enduring part of British literary life. The Festival celebrates writers from South Asia and British Asian writing, equally, reflecting the diversity of themes, subjects and literary forms that constitute South Asian writing in 2012.

Under the Skin features three stories by British Asian writers. Kavita Bhanot's Eyebrows introduces us to three generations of women seen through the eyes of Jaya on her weekend visits to her grandmother.

Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan are the readers.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Three generations of women come to terms with one another.

0101The Outer Layer20030311

Edi Stark uncovers the secrets of the skin.

How does skin work and change as we age, and what happens when the functions of the skin go wrong?

0102 LASTSkip Deep20030318

Edi Stark finds out how much the skin reveals, and what it's like to live with irreparable damage to the skin.