In its aim to bring us the sort of small, human stories that would normally go unremarked and unrecorded, The Untold is distinguished by its intimacy with its subjects, and its compassion for them, and its interest in the details of their miniature worlds. Produced by an array of BBC talents, and presented by writer Grace Dent (whose voice is wonderfully warm and conspiratorial and Northern), each episode paints a specific picture of modern Britain: of a couple trying to reconcile after gambling addiction; of a eighty-year-old sea dog whose beloved boat has sunk; of a wealthy middle-aged mother trying to launch a pop career; of babies and families and floods and money. Every story is different, but animated by the same beating heart. It feels good and simple but also, somehow, new: we think you ought to hear it.
Gateway episodes: High Stakes (11 Jan 2016) / Be My Baby (7 Mar 2016) / No Fixed Abode (22 Mar 2016) / Down's Syndrome: It's Just Two Words (17 May 2016) / Sailor Who Lost Everything (13 Jun 2016)