The Friendship File

Do you ever wonder how your friends really see you? What would life be like if they weren't around? Parents, partners, children all come and go, but our friends stay - witnesses, cheerleaders, therapists, playmates. Each friendship is unique. But what makes it work? Two friends answer 17 questions about each other - on their own and without conferring. Each episode is a combination of those answers, flipping open the blueprint of one of the world's most valuable things - a friendship.

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25
MAR

7. Glenys and Raafat

Six years ago, a young man climbed off a tiny boat onto a Greek beach. He was clutching his shoes and could only say one thing to the woman holding out her arms to him: "Are we safe now?" It was the start of something no one could have predicted.
The Friendship File
18
MAR

6. Tony and Rohan

On the steps of a politics tutorial there was an accusation. "You don't know anything about me." That changed. There was a roast chicken involved. More than one. This is the story of thirty years of mutual support ... and insults!
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11
MAR

5. The top 5 things friends say ...

Five key things come up again and again as our friends talk about each other and their relationships. Five things that could make a difference to our own friendships. In this short mid-season special, find out what the friends are trying to tell us.
The Friendship File
04
MAR

4. Elna and Tina

"I am the reason she always carries snacks in her handbag."
"She is like a dance I know all the moves to."
Two young women guiding each other through life, creating a strong, honest, playful relationship as they do it.
The Friendship File
24
FEB

4. Catherine and Louise

Catherine Carr and Louise Halling met as students and bonded over dodgy sign language. They have been talking ever since. Find out how they've helped create - literally and figuratively - each other's life story.
The Friendship File
18
FEB

3. Martin and Michael

Martin Plimmer and Michael Magenis met on a bus or over a bottle of vodka ... no one is sure. What is certain is they were destined to go places together neither would have reached alone. They became The Men Who Know, sharing 24-hour schnapps-fuelled writing sessions, prank calls to the BeeGees, performances with Eartha Kitt and being sung off stage to the death march - but, above all, an extraordinary friendship.
The Friendship File
11
FEB

2. Emma and Richard

Emma Freud and Richard Coles met at the beginning of their TV careers - he was a pop star, she was interviewing people in a double bed and both were new to the job. They just clicked. In the first of a new Friendship File series, they reveal a secret fake wedding ceremony, offering an illustrious classical composer class A drugs and why it’s better to be pretty than clever. And, as you'll hear, even after 35 years they can still surprise each other.
The Friendship File
09
FEB
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1. Welcome to Series Two

The Friendship File is back - two friends recording answers to 17 questions, on their own and without conferring. Each episode combines those answers. The results are surprising, funny, moving, weird, life-affirming and, usually, a bit of a revelation. We start with brilliant UK broadcasters, Emma Freud and pop-star turned Reverend, Richard Coles - friends for over three decades but who, it turns out, can still raise each other's eyebrows!
The Friendship File
13
OCT
2020

15. Jeremy and Dej

Two very different boys lose touch after school. Both are on the path to success when chance brings them back together to create a friendship that becomes essential to both their lives.
The Friendship File

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