I love radio, because it tries things out which television never would. Radio 4 have been running a late night series at 11pm called Summer Nights, where each episode is a live discussion for an hour with a handful of guests in the studio. I went along on Friday night to discuss addiction.
The production team had put a really good mix of people together.
James Nicholls is from http://alcoholresearchuk.org/ (I’ll admit a conflict of interest here as they fund my work).
Professor Andrew Samuels http://www.andrewsamuels.com/ is a psychoanalyst.
Sam Willetts is a poet with more prizes than I can list here, and recovering heroin addict http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sam-willetts
Tim Sampney runs Build on Belief, a service user’s charity in London http://buildonbelief.org.uk/
Dr Richard Graham, a child and adolescent psychiatrist runs a clinic for internet addiction at the Tavistock and Portman http://www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/ .
We were also joined from the BBC studios in Birmingham by Tanya from Overeaters Anonymous,http://www.oagb.org.uk/ , who has struggled with alcohol and food addiction.
Mariela Frostrup hosted us, and although I’m not sure whether we set the world on fire, we did at least have a good go at lots of different areas. As I left Broadcasting House I thought how ambitious it was to try and cover subject like addiction in an hour. We possibly raised more questions than we answered, but that’s the point of addiction – nobody really, truly understands what it is or why it happens.
The link if you’d like to listen is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0388lr1