In 2002, Mauritanian engineer Mohamedou Salahi was detained by American intelligence services. They believed he was a senior figure in al-Qaeda and took him to Guantanamo Bay, the notorious US prison camp. Mohamedou was held there for 14 years without charge, during which time he says he was tortured. A glimmer of light came in the form of an unexpected and life-changing friendship he would make with Steve Wood, one of his American guards.
Mohamedou Salahi has written about his experience in a book called 'Guantanamo Diary'.
Presented by Emily Webb
Produced by Mariana Des Forges
Image: Mohamedou Salahi and Steve Wood
Credit: Mohamedou Salahi
The male tenor who replaced a leading lady
Polish singer Jakub Jozef Orlinski is something of a rarity in the operatic world. Not only is he a countertenor – meaning his range is high compared to other male singers – but he’s also a breakdancer. He's brought his dancing skills to the stage, and most recently to his part in Rinaldo, where he stepped in to take the title role after the leading lady pulled out. Emily Webb goes to meet Josef at Glyndebourne, the opera house in the English countryside.
Producer: Deiniol Buxton
Picture: Jakub Jozef Orlinski in Rinaldo
Credit: Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo by Robbie Jack
‘Please... need rescue… SOS!’
In May 2019, British pilot Sam Rutherford took off from an airport in Canada with his co-pilot Alan Simpson. Alan was a pioneering farmer, businessman and grandfather who was also passionate about aviation and had bought a small plane. However, part-way through the flight the plane crashed into the side of a snow-covered mountain. Realising that Alan was badly injured, Sam knew they needed help and fast, so he sent a desperate SMS text message to his wife Beatrice De Smet who was in Europe. What ensued was an extraordinary rescue, involving nine people on snow mobiles.
Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Katy Davis
Image: Winand Deerenberg/Getty Images
My baby was swapped at birth
When South African mother Meta Diphoko took her ex-husband to court for child support payments, DNA tests were carried out on their five children. They would reveal a shocking fact - that one of Meta's sons, Kamogelo, was not her biological child. This is a story about a devastating mistake which made a family question their relationships, and rethink what family means.
Image: Newborn baby holding mum's hand
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Bassem Youssef: Egypt’s revolutionary comedian
The rise and fall of Egypt's star satirist.
Bassem Youssef was a heart surgeon in Cairo during the Arab Spring when he started poking fun at the politicians in power. His style of subversive comedy was ground-breaking, and Bassem soon became one of the best known comedians in the Middle East. For a while he was described as 'Egypt's Jon Stewart'. Bassem's television show was wildly popular but his fan base didn't extend to the Egyptian authorities. His show was cancelled and soon he had to flee his home.
Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producers: Nathan Gower and June Christie
Image: Bassem Youssef
Credit: Kareem Mazhar