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Cult US radio series finally hits UK shores

Celebrated US radio series This American Life is to begin broadcasting in the UK for the first time with the BBC to air a collection of programmes.

The quirky shows, which have been popular podcasts, were launched in 1995 and were created by presenter Ira Glass chronicling everyday tales and eccentricities.

Now a selection of 13 episodes is to be aired by digital station Radio 4 Extra from Sunday, May 4.

The programmes have been broadcast on 587 stations in the US, and the podcasts are downloaded up to a million times a week.

The upcoming shows focus on a man who believes he is turning into a cockroach, a day in the life of a US diner and features on babysitting and blackjack.

Caroline Raphael, the commissioning editor for 4 Extra, said it promised to take listeners into the "lives of ordinary and extraordinary people and situations".

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