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Freelance Journalist and Presenter, BBC Front Row and NewsWatch — BBC
As seen in:  BBC, The Guardian

Presenter BBC Front Row&Newswatch.Freelance Journo,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.

Newsround, racism and me — There is a story I tell journalism students about how I got my first break and award at the age of 10. I wrote a letter to Newsround in 1978 when it had seven million viewers.

Samira Ahmed: Most refugees are men - we should be asking why — One of the strange realisations of being on the Channel 4 series It Was Alright in the 1970s was, when they showed me clips, how much I'd blanked from my memory. Star Maidens? I LOVED that TV show (pictured).

Samira Ahmed: By indulging our book fetish we’re ignoring the looming threat — I went to a fancy middle-class holiday camp the other week. You know the ones. It was fabulous. We did fencing, crossbows, rode Segways and swam every day in a giant subtropical paradise dome like we were living in a 1970s future world of wholesomeness.

Did Dickens invent time travel? — "As the words were spoken, they passed through the wall, and stood upon an open country road, with fields on either hand. The city had entirely vanished. Not a vestige of it was to be seen. The darkness and the mist had vanished with it, for it was a clear, cold, winter day, with snow upon the ground."

Samira Ahmed: "Being booted off Celebrity Masterchef was a relief" — I look at the slightly charred chapati in the palm of my hand. It should fold like a soft cloth. Instead, it cracks into black shards. I feel myself being sucked down a black tunnel of shame. My mother might be watching this. Or worse, all her friends.

Samira Ahmed Celebrity Masterchef 2015. Samira Ahmed Experimenting at home.

Jul 09, 2015

I just uploaded "Samira Ahmed Celebrity Masterchef 2015. Samira Ahmed Experimenting at home." to @Vimeo:

How to survive Celebrity MasterChef: Heat four with Samira Ahmed — I was great at school exams so I guess it feels a bit like that. Except it's all one giant chemistry practical combined with a theatrical performance. The boys are super seriously competitive. That's freaking me out. I'm used to being top of the class.

How The Bomb changed everything — It was HG Wells who first conceived the atomic bomb and even gave it its name, in a 1914 novel called The World Set Free. Wells imagined a uranium-based hand grenade that "would continue to explode indefinitely". He may have got the shape and size wrong, but it became a reality in his lifetime - just over 30 years later.

Samira Ahmed: Fame seems like the escape route but maybe it’s the trap — "I used to scrump apples in the grounds here," says Jim Dale, smiling that boyish smile as we sit for our interview in a grand medieval manor house. Now a country house hotel, it used to be a school when he was a boy in the 1940s. It's a remarkable journey.

Age of Ultron’ review by Samira Ahmed • Letterboxd — Sometimes more isn't more. Or rather it's just more. This film is the cinematic equivalent of China spewing out climate-changing heavy industrial pollution with no sense of the overload on the environment.
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Oct 07, 2015

@mrmarkmillar I will! I am now going to take refuge from that Pan's People style title sequence by presenting a highbrow R4 arts programme.

Oct 07, 2015

@mrmarkmillar @BigIssue Bringing back memories of that Buck Rogers film where he teaches an alien princess how to boogie.

Oct 07, 2015

@mrmarkmillar @BigIssue There's surely the start or end of a comic adventure in that moment? The League of Extraordinary ex-TV superheros?

Oct 07, 2015

@mrmarkmillar @BigIssue Have you tried it on your kids yet? That's the test. Loved that you mentioned Yyonne Craig & Mark Hamill!

Oct 07, 2015

Reminder of similar case I covered where Establishment rallied round to give character references to a paedophile

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