On 10th December 2000 the ITV network broadcast a programme entitled
'The UNKNOWN SOLDIERS', a documentary which recently won a Royal Television Society award
as well as the National 'Race and Media' Award for 'Best Factual Television Film' from the
Commission for Racial Equality.
In numerous interviews I was called upon to provide the historical background
to the experience of Commonwealth soldiers who fought for 'King and country'
during two world wars. The programme interviews many surviving ex-servicemen
and women and examines their experiences, both good and bad, while in the forces
and also after the war. This neglected history has finally been brought to light
in an attempt to persuade the British military and political establishments that
recognition of the contribution and sacrifice made by such soldiers is long overdue.
Ron Ramdin has also taken part in numerous television programmes including the C L R James
Lecture on Channel 4; a Paul Robeson documentary made by a New York-based television
company; Granada Television's 'The Unknown Soldiers', (see above also) originally
broadcast in the Granada region on Remembrance Day 1999; 'Chattri', in the History
Quest series of programmes for BBC Knowledge; in Trinidad, live 45 minute interviews
for TV6 and Trinidad and Tobago Television.
Ramdin has been interviewed on numerous radio programmes including Caribbean
Magazine on the BBC World Service; the BBC's 'Black Londoners' programmes; the Brian Hayes
Interview, LBC radio; Greater London Radio; BBC Glasgow; BBC Cardiff; the BBC's Paul Robeson
Anniversary programme; reading his 'Open letter to a cousin' on the 150th anniversary of the
arrival of East Indians in Trinidad, for BBC Radio 4's In Living Colour programme; various
live radio broadcasts in Trinidad. He gave the historical overview on
'The Forgotten Soldiers', the Armistice Day broadcast presented by Sir Trevor MacDonald on Radio 2 in 2000.
Ramdin has worked as a BBC journalist for the well known Caribbean Magazine programme,
interviewing, amongst others, David Lane, the first Chairman of the Commission for
Racial Equality, and Trevor MacDonald. As a biographer and historian he has been a
guest on many BBC and other radio programmes.