The BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, will present a series of episodes on ‘being Welsh’ as part of a new series of programmes on Radio 4.

‘This Union’ will contain a collection of programmes exploring the future of the UK.

Within it, journalists Andrea Catherwood, Ian Hislop, Allan Little and Jeremy Bowen will ask different questions of each of the UK’s nations.

The series will discuss the ‘forces at work which may be pulling the UK apart, the glue which may continue to bind the UK together, and how national identities are forged’.

Born in Cardiff in 1960, Bowen has reported from more than 70 different countries for the BBC – including El Salvador, Israel and Bosnia – in his roles as an international reporter, correspondent and editor.

Launching the series, Bowen told the BBC he is sometimes made to feel he’s ‘not Welsh enough’, despite being born and raised in Wales and still having strong family ties in the country.


Richard Knight, Radio 4’s Factual Commissioning Editor, said: “The pressure on the union is an unfolding story which combines passion, history and identity.

“It’s a complex mix and it might change the nature of the place we call home.

“I am looking forward to exploring it with these four outstanding presenters, and I am expecting to learn a lot.”

Bowen’s episodes, ‘Being Welsh’, are produced by Glyn Tansley and will be aired on October 25 and November 1 and 8, between 8-8.30pm.

This Union:

A sea between us | Northern Ireland
June 21 and 28, and July 5
Andrea Catherwood

The Ghost Kingdoms of England | England
August 2, 9, 16 and 23
Ian Hislop

Two Kingdoms | Scotland
September 13, 20, 27
Alan Little

Being Welsh | Wales
October 25, November 1 and 8
Jeremy Bowen

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