What does it mean to be a Midlander?
The Made in the Midlands podcast explores our regional identity through the voices of those who are from the Midlands and have risen to prominence in Britain.
How has being from the middle of England affected their lives, their outlook and their success? What’s their favourite Midlands memory? Their favourite place? How will they fare in a quiz, designed to assess Midlands credibility?
Coventry City of Culture Trust is supporting six episodes of Made in the Midlands, two of which have been recorded at live events in the city. The first episode, featured Ken Loach in a sold out live recording at Coventry Cathedral in July 2021 and this was followed by an emotive interview of ‘Nativity’ filmmaker Debbie Isitt in August. A podcast interview of novelist Lee Child has been recorded and will be released in early 2022 with the public launch of the podcast alongside more special guests, soon to be announced.
The East Midlands and West Midlands combined are home to ten million people making the Midlands the largest region in the UK. But our regional identity and character is widely misunderstood. Northerners think it’s part of the South. Southerners think it’s part of the North. The podcast promises to be a wide-ranging exploration of culture that defines the Midlands.
The podcast is made by independent production company Loftus Media and is presented by committed Brummie and Baggie Adrian Goldberg. The producer is a son of South Derbyshire, Andrew Smith.