In 2004 I independently produced this series in three twenty-minute parts, narrated by prominent local broadcaster and historian Carl Chinn and promoted by a BBC WM event, at Castle Vale Community Radio who broadcast it along with live interviews with myself. The series springboarded me into several roles at BBC WM, for whom I also provided five short pieces based on the series which were later broadcast on their Breakfast Show.
The estate has a remarkable history and story and late 2004 provided the last opportunity to interview many of the people who had shaped or been a part of its building, decline and resurgence before they moved on or passed away – very few of the dozens of contributors I interviewed would have still been available even a few years later, so the series stands today as an important record of a forty-year era of change in an area which within decades went from a shining beacon of modernity to a notoriously deprived and crime-ridden estate to an internationally recognised example of a successful community-led regeneration project. The series is full of eye-opening encounters and tales from local residents and professionals from all walks of life.
You can listen to the BBC WM pieces here in MP3 format:
- The coming of the estate – http://iqkennedy.co.uk/Downloads/cv-early-days.mp3
- The estate in decline – http://iqkennedy.co.uk/Downloads/cv-decline.mp3
- Bringing change to Castle Vale – http://iqkennedy.co.uk/Downloads/cv-bringing-change.mp3
- Beginning the regeneration – http://iqkennedy.co.uk/Downloads/cv-beginning-the-regeneration.mp3
- The legacy of Castle Vale – http://iqkennedy.co.uk/Downloads/cv-legacy+future.mp3
Interestingly, this may not be the end of the story. In late 2012 I was approached by BBC1 television series Paul O’Grady’s Working Class who requested my permission to use extracts from the series in a programme. I’ll provide full details if and when they’re included!
If you’d like me to deliver projects like this for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!