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BBC orders multiple Made in Manchester shows

Made in Manchester is to start a bumper season of programming for the BBC.

The shows range from a new documentary from Tanni Grey-Thompson to an epic drama set on the Isle of Man.

The Manxman is adapted from Thomas Hall Caine’s book, by Catherine Harvey. The love story, set in the 1890s stars Bafta winning actress Rakie Ayola, Manx actors Benjamin Karran and Evie Killip; and Tom Ward-Thomas. 

It airs on Radio 4 at 3pm on Sunday.

The work with Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson charts changing attitudes to disabled rights around the world in: Tanni’s Lifetime Road to Disabled Equality. 

She reveals how she faced prejudice when she was pregnant and meets BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner who tells her what it was like to suddenly become disabled after being shot by Al-Qaeda. 

It will first air on the BBC World Service on Saturday.

Also broadcasting on Saturday is MIM’s Sporting Witness history documentary about the phenomenon of chess-boxing. This will be followed by a Witness history show about the release of the video game Doom (in early Dec) while new comedy Stuff with comedian and former product designer Scott Bennett comes to Radio 4 on the 10th December. 

It comes as its Death of a Codebreaker true crime series has hit #5 in the podcast charts. Presented by Dr Sian Williams it’s about the story of the mysterious death of Gareth Williams who worked for M16 and whose body was found naked inside a North Face bag in 2010. 

“As we enter our 19th year, we’re continuing to break new ground as a company,” said Creative Director Ashley Byrne.

“It’s great to be chart-topping with Death of a Codebreaker, bringing new drama from the Isle of Man, raising awareness around disabled rights – and championing brand new comedy with the highly talented and hilarious Scott Bennett.”

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