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Change of heart Groundbreaking documentary brings together donor’s dad and transplant patient by Barbara Speed

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A FORMER City student paved the way for a landmark television programme in which the father of an organ donor met the young man his son had saved. Tonight: The Greatest Gift aired on ITV on 18 December 2013 and was the first-ever UK televised meeting of an organ donor’s family with the organ recipient. City graduate Elaine Carlton (Periodical, 1994) arranged the meeting. Will Pope received his heart transplant on New Year’s Eve 2012 during filming for Waiting for a Heart, another ITV documentary. His 20-year-old donor, Tom Ince, died when his car crashed into a tree. Tom’s father, Steve Ince, contacted Will via Facebook with the message: “I am the father of the donor of the heart you received.” In making the programme, Carlton hoped to draw attention to the importance of organ donation by showing how “donating can change lives”. After visiting the Ince family, she consulted psychologists to plan the best way for the two to meet. She used remote control cameras to avoid inrtrusion. Steve’s wife, Sue, supported his decision to meet Will, but did not attend the meeting as she felt it would be too upsetting.

Will Pope meets Steve Ince on Tonight: The Greatest Gift as producer Elaine Carlton looks on

Carlton said her priority was to ensure both parties were happy with the meeting and that it would “work out positively” for Will and Steve. Will, who studies Classical Civilisation at Bristol University, shook hands with Steve and thanked him for his son’s donation. Steve told Will about his son’s life and explained how he and Sue decided to donate Tom’s organs. Steve said: “If we had wavered, there would be people who weren’t alive today.” Carlton said: “For me, the most moving moment was when Steve told Will that he shouldn’t feel he

owes Tom anything – that he should just go on living his life how he wants. “It definitely felt like it was the most important thing I’ve done.” After ITV’s coverage of Will’s experience, the rate of registrations to the organ donor register increased, according to the NHS. Anthony Clarkson, Acting Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “ITV’s Tonight has done a fantastic job of driving home the importance of organ donation.”

Sexual violence in India exposed assment. It was an eye opening experience for sure.” AN INVESTIGATIVE film produced by a former In December 2012, a 23-year-old woman was City student that exposed sexual violence towards gang-raped while travelling on a bus in Munirka, women in India achieved one of BBC3’s highest ratNew Delhi, and later died as a result of her injuries. ings for foreign affairs documentaries. The incident sparked international press coverage The documentary, India: A dangerous place to be a and public protests woman, received calling for increased 677,000 viewsecurity for women ers when it was in India. first broadcast on The hour-long BBC3 last August. film follows Bedi as It was also shown she travels to India on BBC Worldand talks with vicwide, with reruns tims of sexual vioin December. lence, including the Radha Bedi family of the gang(Broadcast and Currape victim. rent Affairs MA, After the success 2007) has worked of the documentary, as a freelance inBedi has been invitternational investied to pursue investigative journalist for Radha Bedi talks to the father of a victim gative projects with the past four years BBC Inside Out and Channel 4’s Unreported World. She and uncovered the story while holidaying in India continues to freelance for national newspapers such in October 2012. as The Daily Telegraph. She said: “We met an array of victims including people who have been victims of acid attacks and Eve Simmons those who are victims of milder forms of sexual har-

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