Writer Lou Stoppard explores the relationship between music and high fashion, with French sound designer Michel Gaubert.
Gaubert has been central to many of the big moments in high fashion over the past 40 years, but he is not a designer or a model, and not particularly known to the public. Instead, he is a DJ who is often named by insiders as one of the most influential people in the business.
After being sacked from a Parisian record shop in his youth, he was asked by a regular customer, Karl Lagerfeld, the late head of Chanel, to pick out some music for the catwalk. So he started this unusual career creating the soundtrack for haute couture.
Lou follows Michel as he prepares for Paris Fashion Week.
Michel Gaubert, DJ and sound designer
Pier Paulo Piccioli, Creative Director at Valentino
Stephen Jones, Milliner
Caroline Evans, Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design
Jo Ellison, Editor, How to Spend It magazine
Jo-Ann Furniss, Fashion journalist
Tim Blanks, Editor at Large, Business of Fashion
A Terrier production for BBC Radio 4
Make Me a Programme
Can a robot host a radio show? Georgia Lewis-Anderson is a conversation designer for voice technology, writing answers to the more human questions that people ask voice assistants like 'what's your favourite food', 'will you marry me' or 'what's the meaning of life'.
As voice assistants become better and better talkers, Georgia is doing an experiment to test whether she can push their chit chat to the limit by making a LoveBot driven by AI that can host a relationship advice radio phone-in.
Building the bot, she unravels how our conversations with computers work, explores ethical concerns, and shines a light on the ways more and more of us are looking to machines to help with our emotions.
Russell Kane's Right to Buy
The comedian Russell Kane traces his success back to the day his Dad bought his council house in Enfield in the 80s. Now, in 2019, he wrestles with the impact of the Thatcher policy which allowed that to happen – Right to Buy.
Russell’s family lived in an end of terrace, which meant a bigger garden, and the potential for an extension. His Dad built pillars onto the entrance of the house and, in his most audacious of moves, hand-dug a 21-foot swimming pool.
The house became known as “The Castle” to their disgruntled neighbours, and Russell started to feel different. He felt he could strive for more and he thinks it was the trigger for the events which led him to university, and beyond.
In all the debate about housing and the Right to Buy policy, Russell thinks that the social impact on families like his has been forgotten. But he also feels like the drawbridge was pulled up behind him – as if his family’s luck was potentially to the detriment of others. The social housing in Enfield was depleted, and his community divided between those with the extensions and the fancy entrances, and those without. Here, he tries to reconcile his feelings about a policy which changed the lives of working class communities across Britain – for better, or for worse?
Featuring the architect of Right to Buy – Lord Heseltine, sociologist Lisa McKenzie, and Russell’s mum Julie.
Produced in Bristol by Polly Weston.
The Corrections: The Carbonara Case
The Corrections re-visits four news stories which left the public with an incomplete picture of what really happened.
In August 2017, The Times published a piece with the headline ‘Christian child forced into Muslim foster care’. The story was front-page news the next day as well - and the next – but was it right?
Produced and presented by Jo Fidgen and Chloe Hadjimatheou
Shappi Khorsandi Gets Organised
Shappi Khorsandi’s life is disorganised. A single mother of two and a stand-up comedian and writer, Shappi is busy. She doesn’t know what money is coming into or out of her account, her love of charity shopping is getting out of control, her prized family photographs are shoved in a box in the back of the wardrobe and the clutter is overwhelming. She's tried the famous Marie Kondo method of tidying up, but it hasn't helped a bit. She hates being disorganised. She wants to do something about it!
Should Shappi just learn to embrace the chaos? Or can professional help put her life in order?
Produced by Amy Wheel for BBC Cymru Wales