Helena Merriman is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She wrote, produced and presented Tunnel 29, one of the BBC’s most successful podcasts with over 5m downloads, listed by The New Yorker as one of their top five podcasts of 2019. Tunnel 29 won the Foreign Press Association’s Podcast of the Year, Rose D’Or Best Audio Entertainment and two Golds at the British Podcast Awards. She has worked as a BBC journalist all over the world, including Libya, Egypt, Gaza, Jerusalem, Sierra Leone and Washington DC.
1962. He's just escaped from one of the world's most brutal regimes. Now, he decides to tunnel back in. Helena Merriman, the award-winning creator of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 podcast, Tunnel 29, will discuss with Trevor Dolby the true story of the most remarkable escape tunnel dug under the Berlin Wall. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with the survivors, and thousands of pages of Stasi documents, she will reveal this stranger-than-fiction story about what happens when people lose their freedom - and how some will do anything to win it back.