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New radio and television independent production company ‘Made in Manchester Productions’ has scored another coup by securing the services of another SIR for its first commission for Radio 4.

Sir David Frost will become the third knight of the realm to work with Made in Manchester Productions in the space of a year when he presents ‘I Got Up Out of My Seat’ — a look back at the impact Billy Graham has had on the lives of those who heard him preach 50 years ago.

Sir David Jason presented Made in Manchester’s first television documentary for
ITV1 — the RTS Award short-listed Cartoon Kings (celebrating 30 years of Cosgrove Hall Films) while Sir Norman Wisdom presented the company’s first documentary for BBC Radio 2 — the critically acclaimed Another Fine Mess — 80 Years of Laurel and Hardy.

MIM Creative Director, the former commercial radio boss Ashley Byrne says: “Nostalgia, popular history and music documentaries are where we’re currently making a name for ourselves and we’re getting something of a reputation for only
working with knights of the realm.We’re delighted to be working yet again with
another broadcasting legend for our first Radio 4 documentary.”

Ashleyadded: "Made in Manchester Productions has grown very well in a short space of time. We've made a real impact in our first year or so with BBC Radio with commissions for Radio 2, Radio 4 and BBC Local Radio. We're in discussions about
other ideas and expect to be making more announcements shortly.

"My background is of course in commercial radio and with a team working on ideas across all genres and demographics, I'd like to think we could start targeting that market soon too."

`I Got Up Out of My Seat’ will air on BBC Radio 4 in May this year and will be produced by Andrew Graystone.

Andrew says: “When the young American evangelist Dr Billy Graham arrived in the UK in 1954 he took Britain by storm. He planned to preach for six days but ended up staying six months. By the time he left two million people had heard his famous invitation to “get up out of your seats” and more than 20,000 had decided to become followers of Jesus Christ.

“In `I Got Up Out of My Seat’, we will find out what happened to those who responded to the message here in Britain, and how it impacted on their lives for good or ill. One of those who was deeply touched by Graham’s preaching was Sir
David Frost. He remains fascinated by Billy Graham and has interviewed him many

“This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the great figures of 20th Century broadcasting exploring his fascination with one of its great religious statesmen,” says Andrew.


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