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In 1961 a new generation of comic-book super heroes with more credible characters, was launched in the US to great acclaim.

The ‘Fantastic Four’ was the creation of Marvel’s writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

It propelled the company from a small division of a publishing company to a pop culture conglomerate.

Made in Manchester’s Ashley Byrne has been speaking to Roy Thomas, who began as a young writer at Marvel in the 1960s and rose to become its editor-in-chief for an edition of Witness on the BBC World Service.

What Point Prison? debate gets underway in Nottingham's historic Galleries of Justice

Made in Manchester has recruited Stephen Sackur to host special debate, asking What Point Prison?, for BBC Radio 4.

The debate was recorded in the courtroom of the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham and involves a panel including Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens, former prisons ombudsman for Northern Ireland Pauline McCabe and ex Lib Dem prisons minister Simon Hughes.

Incisive but fair: Stephen Sackur presents prisons debate

Also contributing – the former inspector of prisons in England and Wales, Nick Herbert, economist Vicky Pryce, Birmingham-based criminologist James Treadwell and Patsie Mckie from Mothers Against Violence in Manchester.

Producer Ashley Byrne says: ‘Stephen Sackur is the perfect host for a powerful debate in which we hear some stark testimony from an audience including victim’s families and former inmates. Some of the stories are very moving and the arguments for and against prison and its benefits are made passionately on all sides.’

What Point Prison? looks at whether prison is working as well as examining the plethora of alternatives that could be considered – from boot camps to restorative justice.

Ashley adds: “Prison numbers are huge. If you combine England and Wales with Scotland and Northern Ireland around 93,000 people are incarcerated across the UK which is the biggest number in Western Europe. It’s a good time to be looking at what prison is all about.”

Among the testimonies – Ray and Vi Donovan from London who forgave their son’s three killers through restorative justice.

Radio 4’s criminal justice season also includes a series called Rethinking The Clink presented by former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Both the series and the debate are now available via the BBC iplayer radio. Listen to the debate here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07pj2pk

Made in Manchester has recruited historian Helen Castor to present a 5-part series about the History of the Midlands.
The series titled England: Made in the Middle will air on BBC Radio 4 from 1.45pm next Monday.
Helen Castor, herself a Midlander, will argue that England has largely been shaped historically by the people and [...]

Made in Manchester has produced a one-off documentary for BBC Radio 4 about a unique collection of letters brought together in Ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
In the programme, Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole takes a look at some of the 2,000 letters crowdsourced by Susan Schreibman and her team at [...]

Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow is to present an examination of the role his great, great grandfather David Lloyd George played in the First World War in a 3 part series for the BBC produced by Made in Manchester in association with LJD Productions, Cardiff.
David Lloyd George was the last Liberal to be Prime Minister [...]

Made in Manchester will tonight remember the Hollywood film star James Dean 60 years after his untimely death at the age of just 24.
MIM has made a special documentary James Dean: The Last Ten Weeks, presented by Hollywood legend and contemporary, Robert Wagner which examines the friendship between Dean and photographer, Sanford Roth. The pair [...]