Category Archives: Radio

Crossing the black line: the secret history of Durham Cathedral

BEYOND THE GREY TOWERS: THE MYSTERY OF DURHAM CATHEDRAL from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. When you walk into Durham Cathedral take a moment to look down at your feet in the nave. You might notice a big black line of … Continue reading

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Beating time: The secret musical life of metronomes, prison camps & airport lounges

Something Understood preview: Beating Time from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. For this week’s Something Understood producer Natalie Steed and I explored the idea of beating time. There’s the piano I still keep by the front door, just  where my mother … Continue reading

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A Smashing Time: Murray Melvin on busting taboos in the 60s

 This is one of the most read pieces on my website but the link had stopped working so I’ve re-posted it here. The interview is still available to listen on the iplayer One to One link just below. For the … Continue reading

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To go or not to go: The freakonomics of the school reunion

This article first appeared in The Big Issue Magazine: Journalism worth paying for. Available from street vendors across the UK or by subscription. “My generation thought we’d fix the world for free. We were LBJ (Lyndon B J cohnson) technocrats.” … Continue reading

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The Outer Limits: A fantastic voyage

“To God there is no zero. I still exist.” – Richard Matheson’s The Incredible Shrinking Man screenplay (1957) The summer solstice  has just passed — marking the extreme tipping point of the earth’s axis and the longest day. It was … Continue reading

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Arnold Bennett: Edwardian Superstar

All photos (except film still) copyright Samira Ahmed. No re-use without permission These are photos taken on location for Arnold of the Five Towns, my Radio 4 documentary about why this hugely popular and successful writer has fallen from fashion … Continue reading

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God, & grubby hacks: The view from Fleet Street’s Church

All photographs copyright Samira Ahmed. No reuse without permission Step off Fleet Street, opposite the silver and chrome glory of the old Express building and the leaning wooden frame of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub and you’re back several hunderd … Continue reading

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The power of the crowd: From John Wesley & James Baldwin to the crime busting commuters of Waterloo station

Crime busting commuters & the mysterious power of crowds at Waterloo Station from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. When producer Caroline Hughes suggested we make a Something Understood programme for Radio 4 about the power of crowds I was a little … Continue reading

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Morrisons full statement & apology about The Angel of the North stunt

“We’re sorry if anybody thought we got carried away by shining a baguette on the Angel of the North and apologise unreservedly to those who were offended.  We were trying something different which was meant to put a smile on … Continue reading

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Transience: Clocks, Voyager & Potsdamer Platz

My programme for this week’s Something Understood on BBC Radio 4 is about transience: the fact that all things must pass. It begins in the clock room of the British Museum, where time is made physical by its embodiment in … Continue reading

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