Made in the Midlands

A podcast in celebration of the Midlands, backed by Coventry UK City of Culture

Made in the Midlands is a podcast which investigates the cultural foundations of the UK’s most populous region. More than 10 million people call middle England their home yet it’s a part of Britain which often seems little understood by our fellow Brits. Northerners are sure we’re southerners. Southerners are equally sure we’re northerners.

Made in the Midlands is a chance to set the record straight and to increase awareness of the talent the region has produced. In each episode Brummie Adrian Goldberg asks his guests what part the region played in their success. Who are the important people, where are the important places that helped them on their way? And how can the Midlands get greater recognition for its achievements?

With the support of Coventry UK City Of Culture, our production team, made up of proud Midlanders, created nine episodes for Series 1 featuring the Jack Reacher author Lee Child, film director Ken Loach, musician Pauline Black OBE, film director Debbie Isitt, actor Nitin Ganatra OBE, musician Tom Clarke, Coventry FC legend Steve Ogrizovic, Jess Phillips MP and Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds. Four of these interviews were recorded live as part of sold-out events within the Coventry City of Culture programme.

Host: Adrian Goldberg | Producer: Andrew Smith | Executive Producer: Richard Berry | Researchers: Mollie Davidson, Alexandra Quinn  | Music: Maia Miller-Lewis  | Image of Pauline Black: © Dean Chalkley

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