Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

POLES APART ; PICK OF THE DAY BORN ON THE SAME DAY C4, 9pm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

POLES APART ; PICK OF THE DAY BORN ON THE SAME DAY C4, 9pm

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EXPLORER Sir Ranulph Fiennes proudly shows off the remains of his fingertips that he lost to frostbite and now keeps in a jar in his shed.

He is quite matter-of-fact about this slightly gruesome piece of hoarding.

"Oh there only seem to be four, I wonder what happened to the fifth?" he wonders out loud.

Sir Ranulph, known his whole life as "Ran", now 72, is the subject of the first episode of this series contrasting the life of a celebrity with the lives of two ordinary people, all born on the same day - in this case, March 7, 1944.

It seems like a slightly odd format to hear three disconnected biographies, but actually it works, as the stories intertwine neatly with the social history of the time.

And the 'ordinary people'? Far from ordinary. Both pioneers in their own way, just like Sir Ranulph.

We hear from first generation migrant Ewart Rennalls, who was forced to leave his home and friends in Jamaica when he was only 16, arriving in Britain to face shocking racism. …

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