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Webpage Updated April 2012

You can now listen to a selection of individual interviews from the series using the player below.



"This is England" is a series of 13 thirty minute programmes discovering the real people of England that are part of the rich tapestry of life.

Sit back and listen as Liz Fawden takes you to meet people in England who have unusual jobs or hobbies.

In this the first series, you’ll meet people like the Terry Stubbins,  “Town Crier” to the city of Lincoln, a man who’s job dates back to Roman times. Then there’s Rick Groombridge, a man who for ten years flew the last flying Lancaster bomber or perhaps you’ll hear Geoff one of the last professional millers in England, talking about operating a windmill and milling his own flour. 
The Coracle Maker
Coracle Maker

The Jeweller
Bespoke Jeweller



Neil O'GradyThe music used on This is England was recorded especially for the programme by Lincoln musician Neil O'Grady.


The Maid of Glenconnel Trad.
(Arr. by Neil O'Grady)


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About Us

Liz Pic
“This is England” is hosted by Liz Fawden, from Lincolnshire, England.
A former teacher and internationally recognised watercolour artist. Her involvement with radio started over 25 years ago when she made a short feature for the Woman's Hour radio programme on BBC Radio 4. In addition to hosting “This is England”, she also regularly reports for "Take Ten" our programme for talking tapes for the blind.


Chris PicChris Butterfield fell in love with radio while studying at College, where he produced his first programme “Stagecoach” by enlisting the help of other students. Followed by a stint on hospital radio at both Grimsby and Louth. Since which time he has gone independent, making his debut as editor of the Take Ten programmes.

After employment in the computer industry, Chris took up the reins of producer of “This is England”, a role he says allows him to paint pictures with words.

Chris is also a professional photographer.

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