Inside Out

7:30pm Monday 15 October on BBC ONE

Former cabinet minister David Blunkett has warned that families, neighbours and ‘younger older people’ will have to take a more active role in caring for people in their old age.

Mr Blunkett, who served as Work and Pensions Secretary under Tony Blair, told the BBC’s Inside Out programme that a political solution to the problem of paying for elderly care was unlikely to emerge. He said that raising taxes to pay for care was “ridiculous politically because nobody will touch it with a barge pole”.

He added: “We need an imaginative, joined-up, holistic answer that mobilises and supports families with caring, that gets the community involved. […] It’s essential because the money won’t be available to do it in any other way.”

Inside Out examines the problem of spiralling costs in elderly care. With many of us living longer, is the challenge of providing care reaching crisis point?

In the programme the BBC’s Home Editor Mark Easton examines some of the radical solutions that are being tested around the UK to help tackle the elderly care crisis. These include the Isle of Wight’s innovative Care4Care scheme – where neighbours bank care credits for the time they spend helping elderly neighbours which they can then spend on their own care later in life.

7:30pm Monday 17 October on BBC ONE

The August riots, the Bombardier decision, care home fees, water quality and cuts in youth services are among the subjects as the popular regional current affairs programme returns

More than 15 years after she risked her life to save hundreds of Bosnian children, the “Angel of Mostar” Sally Becker has made an emotional return to the city torn apart by civil war. Her journey will be shown on Inside Out South, on BBC One, on Monday 31 January at 7.30pm.

BBC reporter Mark Norman followed Sally as she went back to Mostar for the first time since peace was declared in December 1995. Sally made the headlines for her efforts to evacuate hundreds of injured youngsters and their families from the besieged city; ensuring they received urgent and often life-saving treatment. Those she saved and worked with named her the “Angel of Mostar”.

In this sometimes harrowing BBC Inside Out film, “The Angel” is reunited with two of the children she saved, Lela (just seven days old when she was rescued) and Elmir (three years old when rescued) and their parents.

But the encounter is bittersweet as the family remember their eldest brother Damir who succumbed to his injuries before Sally could evacuate them. And while Sally is delighted to see old friends and explore the city she only ever knew as a war zone, she also has to confront her demons.

From the Brigadier who arranged the ceasefire so she could cross the front line, to the neurosurgeon who worked in the basement hospital in East Mostar throughout the siege, the respect and affection for Sally is obvious.

But it is as she revisits the hospital which she described as a “living hell” that the now mother of one reveals her enduring memory; the children she couldn’t save and in particular a little girl called Medina.

Speaking in the film Sally says: “I should have carried her across the front line – she might have got killed on the way out but she might not have and I feel completely responsible. I may have helped a lot of kids but I couldn’t help her and that is who I remember the most.”

You can see the story of The Return Of The Angel Of Mostar on BBC South Inside Out, BBC One, on Monday 31 January at 7.30pm, or visit

BBC Inside Out will feature a previously unbroadcast interview with the late Delia Derbyshire – the woman who created the iconic Doctor Who theme tune – on Monday 15 November on BBC One at 7.30pm.

In this episode, excerpts of Derbyshire’s interview will be heard – which were originally recorded in the late-Nineties by BBC Radio Scotland’s John Cavanagh but never broadcast before.

In the interview she reveals that one of the primary influences on her music, including Doctor Who, were the abstract sounds she heard as a child during the Coventry blitz.

Inside Out also features previously unseen footage of Delia later in life at a Doctor Who fan convention.

In the programme, BBC Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie looks at her career and explores why the woman herself remains a mystery despite her work influencing the world of electronic music, including Pink Floyd and today’s modern dance acts – because, in 1963, hardly anyone outside of avant garde music circles and academia knew electronic music even existed.

But, 47 years on, the Doctor Who theme is probably the most famous piece of electronic music in the world.

Now, her lost recordings, discovered in her attic after her death, are being lovingly restored by the University of Manchester.

BBC Inside Out explores how Delia revolutionised pop music and why she turned her back on music and disappeared. Stuart begins his journey in war-torn Coventry, where Delia grew up, and follows her journey to the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC. He talks to a range of people, including the man who invented the infamous sound of the Tardis, Brian Hodgson.

Also uncovered in this episode is the revelation that Delia composed music for an astonishing number of landmark programmes of the day, with the original Doctor Who theme being just a small part of Delia’s massive output whose style was described in her own words.

Delia says: “Well, the first stage in the realisation of a piece of music is to construct the individual sounds that we are going to use. we can build up any sound we could possibly imagine almost.

“We spend quite a lot of time to invent new sounds, sounds that don’t exist already, ones that can’t be produced by musical instruments.”

As Stuart explains, it was the theme that changed the world and the very first time the public had heard electronic music so who was the person behind it and why was she so important?

He says: “Everyone knows the Doctor Who theme – most of us here have grown up with it. But the techniques developed by one woman to make it have changed the shape and sound of modern music for ever. But the woman herself remains a mystery.”

Television viewers will next week get the chance to catch up on the progress of the 13 lions involved in Europe’s biggest-ever cat rescue earlier this year. BBC Inside Out (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) on BBC One at 7.30pm on Monday 25 October, returns to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster to investigate how the lions have fared since February when they were moved from miserable conditions in a Romanian zoo.

Presenting the programme is the BBC’s One Show nature expert, Mike Dilger, who said: “Eight months ago, this small piece of Yorkshire was the epicentre for one of the most amazing animal rescue stories of modern times. Thirteen lions were flown half way across Europe to a new home just a few miles from the centre of Doncaster. It was a highly dangerous mercy mission. Now I’m back to pick up where I left off with the new Pride of Yorkshire.”

The BBC Inside Out documentary team first reported on the rescue in February when the 13 animals – who were kept in cramped and antiquated conditions in Oradea Zoo in Western Romania – were re-housed in a nine-acre enclosure at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. A public appeal raised £150,000 for their removal from Romania.

The animals had spent all their lives in cages with concrete floors that measured four metres by three metres. They had never set foot on grass or soil – and during their years of confinement were suffering from a lack of stimulation.

Mike Dilger said: “The plight of these proud animals touched a real chord with the British public. The lions had spent all their lives in miserable conditions, crammed into cages just a few metres square, in an old communist-era zoo in Oradea in Western Romania.

“The pictures shocked people back home – and a mission to rescue 13 of the Romanian lions was launched.”

During a tense 24 hours, the animals were tranquilised and put into crates and moved from Oradea to Budapest in Hungary. They were then flown from the Hungarian capital and taken to Doncaster.

The animals spent the first few months of their new existence in quarantine but were eventually released into their enclosure in May – where cameras capture them taking their first footsteps on a surface other than concrete.

The BBC team also documents the extensive veterinary treatment undertaken by the pride over the last few months – including the time one young lion is placed inside a mobile MRI scanner to determine why he is walking so badly, and another occasion when the eldest lion undergoes a visit from a vet for dentistry work.

Finally, the team return to Oradea to see if conditions have changed for the remaining animals and discover that plans have been drawn up for a new zoo at Oradea at a cost of almost £3.5m.

BBC Inside Out (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) can be seen on BBC One at 7.30pm on Monday 25 October, or on the BBC iplayer the following day.

7:30pm Monday 18 October on BBC ONE

The popular current affairs programme returns with 11 regional programmes across England bringing viewers a range of surprising, and sometimes hard-hitting, stories from their localities

BBC Radio Solent presenter Jon Cuthill will be the new face of BBC South’s current affairs television programme Inside Out when the show returns in October.

Jon, who currently presents the radio station’s mid-morning programme was born in Christchurch and has been working for the BBC in the south for 10 years. He has hosted Radio Solent’s mid-morning show for four years and has already presented several reports in the last series of Inside Out, as well as working on South Today and BBC Video Nation.

Jon will present two series of the programme, which aims to bring viewers surprising stories from familiar places across the south. The last series regularly attracted audiences of more than 450,000 and will return to BBC One in the south from Monday 18 October at 7.30pm.

Jon said: “I still can’t actually believe it. It’s an amazing opportunity and I am over the moon to be joining such a fantastic team. I had so much fun when I worked with them on a couple of stories in the last series, so to get the gig full time is a real dream come true.

“Of course, I am really going to miss my Radio Solent listeners, they have the best sense of humour and it’s been a pleasure talking to them for the last four years. But, hopefully, I’ll see some of them when I am out about with Inside Out and they’ll enjoy the new series.”

Jon’s new role now means Radio Solent is looking to fill his mid-morning shoes for the next year. Confirming the search is under way, and an announcement would be made in due course, BBC Radio Solent’s Managing Editor, Chris Carnegy, added: “Of course we’re really happy for Jon as this is a fantastic opportunity, but he’ll be sorely missed by his army of Solent fans.

“His quick wit and love for the region have made him a firm favourite, so he leaves big shoes to fill. The good news is that he’s only across the corridor so I know we’ll stay in touch”.

Inside Out executive producer Jane French added: “Jon’s such a genuine, warm presenter – he has a real gift with people. We were really impressed when he presented for us last season, so he seemed the perfect choice when Joe decided to move on.

“We delighted to have him onboard and I know the audiences will enjoy his efforts, too.”

Jon takes over from Joe Crowley, who is moving on to report for BBC’s The One Show.

Praising Joe Crowley, Jane French said: “We always knew Joe is a great talent and we are so pleased he stayed with us for three fantastic years. His commitment, together with his confidence, compassion and sheer determination, has helped deliver some of BBC South Inside Out’s most challenging investigations and we, like our viewers, are going to miss him as he moves onto the next stage of his career.”

And as he looks towards his new challenges on network television, Jon’s predecessor, Joe Crowley, also wished the new presenter well.

Said Joe: “I’m sad to move on but, equally, I know I’ve been fortunate to have had three terrific years with an extremely talented team. I’ll always be grateful the BBC South team took a chance on me at the beginning of my career and over six series I’m proud to have been part of the original journalism and compelling current affairs television we broadcast.

“The variety of Inside Out is always a challenge but having worked with Jon it’s clear to me there’s no one with better wit, experience and energy – he’s perfect for the programme in every way.

“While there are new challenges ahead, I won’t be straying far in the BBC One schedule, appearing regularly as a reporter on the One Show, continuing on Country Tracks and Real Rescues, and I’m currently filming a new BBC One daytime show to be aired in the next year.”

BBC South Inside Out with Jon Cuthill returns to BBC One from Monday 18 October at 7.30pm.

Friday 12 January 2007 at 7.30pm on BBC One.

One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic images of Bob Dylan is recreated in BBC One’s Inside Out (North West).

Legendary photographer Barry Feinstein captured Dylan at the height of his fame during his 1966 world tour. One picture shows Dylan surrounded by a group of children in the Dock Road area of Liverpool.

“They were all like waifs,” recalls Feinstein. “They weren’t your Beverley Hills kids. Whatever happened to these kids, who are they?”

Dylan fan Chris Hockenhull sets out to recreate the photograph for Inside Out by tracking down the ten children who appeared in the original picture.

“Dylan was the coolest man on the planet in ’66. His look was almost as influential as his sound,” says Chris. “My favourite shot of the Liverpool sequences is the one with a whole host of children all crammed into a doorway with this sharper than sharp guy right in the middle of them.”

Chris traces the ten who appeared in the original shot and eight of them agree to recreate the photo.

The results can be seen in the new series of Inside Out North West.

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