Podcast: Our Friends In The North

Christopher Eccleston and Daniel Craig in Our Friends In The North. Image: BBC.

It's another crossover episode. With a cast led by Daniel Craig and Christopher Eccleston, Our Friends in the North is one of the all-time great BBC dramas: a 31 year story of social housing policy, Labour infighting, police corruption and municipal decline.

It's thus about as CityMetric-y a drama as you could ever hope to imagine – plus it's bloody good, not least because it begins with James Bond and Dr Who trying to start a rock n roll band in ‘60s Newcastle. 

I'd been toying with doing an episode on the subject when the writer Emma Burnell asked me to talk about it on The Zeitgeist Tapes, the podcast she'd just launched with Steve Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham. So – this is that episode, originally released last autumn.

This is also, incidentally, Skylines' 2nd birthday. We can almost walk. Thanks for listening to my nonsense.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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Podcast: Global Britain and local Liverpool

Liverpool. Image: Getty.

This week, two disparate segments linked by the idea of trading with the world. Well, vaguely. It’s there, but you have to squint.

First up: I make my regular visit to the Centre for Cities office for the Ask the Experts slot with head of policy Paul Swinney. This week, he teaches me why cities need businesses that export internationally to truly thrive.

After that, we’re off to Liverpool, with New Statesman politics correspondent Patrick Maguire. He tells me why the local Labour party tried to oust mayor Joe Anderson; how the city became the party’s heartlands; and how it ended up with quite so many mayors.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

Skylines is produced by Nick Hilton.

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