Audio Documentaries and Features

Upcoming Programmes

Before the end of 2017, Overtone will be taking you to Cuba, Senegal, India, America, Russia, Germany, Scotland and England. Stay tuned!

 

A New Church for the Red State

BBC World Service
Transmission Date 21st October 2017 – Presented by Caroline Wyatt
Produced by Adam Fowler

The story of the struggle of ordinary Russians to redefine their faith as it was being destroyed by the Revolution one hundred years ago. The daughter of the charismatic leader of the Renovationist Movement speaks for the first time about how the established Church joined the State to fight the liberalisation of religion and public culture.

A New Church for the Red Church

Olga Chubakova

The daughter of Alexander Vvedensky, Olga Chubakova (Vvedenskaya) – now in her 90’s and one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of the Renovationist Movement – Photos by Adam Fowler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Che Today

BBC World Service
Transmission Date 3rd October 2017 – Presented by Will Grant
Produced by Gill Davies

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara. What would he have made of the changes taking place in Cuba today? Is he still relevant? BBC Cuba Correspondent, Will Grant talks to three different generations of Cubans to find out: Che’s friends from the revolution; his daughter Aleida and son Ernesto; and young Cuban millenials.

Ernesto and Will

Ernesto (left ) and Will (right) by Gill Davies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

America’s Mosques Revisited

BBC World Service
Transmission Date
TBC – Presented by Tharik Hussain
Produced by Adam Fowler

Tharik Hussain revisits America’s Mosques in the light of Trump’s first months of Presidency.

America's Mosques

Photo by Tharik Hussain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Conversations on a Bench

BBC Radio 4
Transmission Date TBC – Presented by Anna Scott-Brown
Produced by Adam Fowler

In Manchester, Edinburgh and London Anna Scott-Brown elicits more personal testimonies, hidden lives, and musings on the human condition, complemented by a commissioned poem.

Sarah Howe has chosen a bench in China Town, London, reflecting her own Chinese roots, and uses her “rich, imagistic poetry that plays wildly with form” to explore this culture. She wanted to write a poem for Conversations on a Bench because the series:

“expresses the spirit of a place as well as something more literally human.”

Andrew McMillan will write around conversations collected on a bench in Sackville Gardens in Manchester:

“poetry, to me, has always been about a glimpse, a snatched moment and also about the ordinary stories that people tell each other everyday. I’m interested in the beautiful things people will no-doubt say in a busy urban setting and to craft a response that speaks back to them, and to the audience”

Janette Ayachi‘s bench is in Inverleith Park, Edinburgh. She says:

“a combination of live art, installation improv and script all driven by the impulse of instantaneous thought and urgency of desire to speak – I’m in! I love the juxtaposition of ‘prearranged conversations’ and ‘chance encounters’ which brings to light the tension between a poet’s obsession with structuring words on a page and the more stream-of-consciousness spill into performance poetry – careful revision and revisiting merged with off the cuff and by chance.”

Conversations on a Bench

Anna Scott-Brown with the poet Andrew McMillan in Manchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

St Pancras Pianos

BBC Radio 4
Transmission Date 13th October 2017
Produced by Sophie Sparham

In this lyrical and beautiful improvisation, we hear the music and stories of those playing the street pianos in St Pancras Station, London.

St Pancras Pianos

Photo by Adam Fowler

Playing St Pancras Piano

Photo by Adam Fowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Benefits of Nakedness

BBC World Service
Transmission Date TBC – Presented by Dr. Keon West
Produced by Philippa Geering

Clinical psychologist Dr. Keon West explores the global rise in naturism. No longer seen as a cultish fad of the 70s, it is increasingly gaining ground around the world, not only in Europe and the US, but also in countries such as Senegal and India.

Brighton Naked Bike Ride 2015

Photo copyright Sini Manner

 


 

Lines of Resistance

BBC Radio 4
Transmission Date
 15th October 2017 – Presented by Bridget Minamore
Produced by Matthew Teller
Bridget Minamore tells the story of the many ways that female poetic voices, marginalized and snubbed by traditional outlets, have made and are making their voices heard.

Bridget Minamore

Bridget Minamore

Photo by Adam Fowler

Photo by Adam Fowler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are programmes in the making. Please click on the list in the right-hand side column for released documentaries.