The secret, subversive history of embroidery

At the time of writing, this programme idea is just that – an idea. But I thought I'd put it out there, because that way I'm more likely to get moving.

I commissioned this embroidery from Fine Cell Work, the amazing charity that teaches embroidery to prisoners, who then go on to make the most incredible pieces of work (this one, to my design, doesn't convey the half of it). I'm so grateful to the prisoner who made it – a prisoner whose name I regret I don't know.

What next? I'm going to send this as my proposal to the people at BBC4, along with some information about the kinds of things I have in mind for the programme to cover. I hope it works!

(If not, I hope they send it back.)