Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Radio review: Face the Facts

Dogged investigative skills and a versatile presenter make this series so good

One of the strengths of Face the Facts (Radio 4) ? in addition to its dogged investigative approach ? is the flexibility of presenter John Waite's tone. Mostly, it's sombre and serious. Last week, for example, he told the story of people addicted to prescription tranquilisers and did so powerfully, letting those addicted do most of the talking.

Wednesday's programme, though, was different and quite hilarious in places. You could hear Waite relishing his subject: Ramzan Nasir, a property developer flogging off-plan apartments in Dubai to British Asians, many of whom claim they have been ripped off. His company is called Dubai Heaven on Earth. "You will be sent to hell," one customer snarled.

And there was much to relish in his reponses: on his time as part of the Bollywood industry ("I became very, very, very famous!") and about an alleged county court judgment against him for �73,000 ("honestly, I know nothing about it"). There were insults (the complaints, he said, were from "losers") and self-pity ("I've been through hell"). "I'm an open book," he told Waite. "Open. Transparent." The best line ? and I was guffawing by this point ? was when Nasir described himself as his clients' "biggest blessing in disguise". Hmmm, it sounded like quite some disguise. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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