TRAVELS IN TRUMPLAND
"a Lycra-clad quest to understand the US" The Guardian
"There are some things you never, ever want to see again. Ed Balls in a leotard is certainly one. But, aesthetics aside, the former shadow chancellors venture into the howling, moronically fake sport that is American wrestling... made its point well." The Telegraph
" 'A second Trump presential term is a real possibility': Ed Balls visits the deep south to meet Donald Trump's core voters" Radio Times
“In Travels in Trumpland, Balls wandered, with empathy and ease and caustic intelligence, through parts of the working-class south, looking, crucially, not for Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” but for the human voters behind that electoral earthquake.... Ed Balls arguably helped serve up as trenchant an analysis as anything we’ve seen”
“Balls approaches controversial and raw issues with sensitivity, not least during a moving segment in which he breakfasts with a survivor of the Parkland shooting. These poignant moments are offset by the continued memeification of the former MP — a clip of him taking part in a dance-off at a gay bar will no doubt be a fillip to his bizarre cult status.”
“Travels In Trumpland is some damn fine television. Episode two was every bit as enthralling, entertaining and educating as the first.” Adam Hills
Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb
Ed joins either other famous faces as they are pushed to their physical and emotional limits in a valiant attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise money and help change lives this Red Nose Day.
Ed and the intrepid new recruits - Shirley Ballas, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Dan Walker, Anita Rani, Dani Dyer, Alexander Armstrong and Osi Umenyiora - share tents, laughs and tears during their exhausting eight-day trek, climbing 19,000ft together. This one-hour special will be broadcast on Wednesday 13th March on BBC One. Watch it here.
eD'S dREAM DINNER PARTY
Ed Balls hosts a gathering with a twist. All his guests are from beyond the grave, longtime heroes brought back to life by the wonders of the radio archive.
Ed is joined by former chancellor Denis Healey, comedy legend Les Dawson, feminist pioneer Nancy Astor, Hollywood great Danny Kaye and others, for half an hour of mesmerising and unexpected conversation. They talk with him and with each other about everything from politics to cookery and from playing the piano to overcoming insecurity - illuminating a series of great lives, as well as the triumphs and vulnerabilities of a man who has gone from suffering rejection at the ballot box to becoming an unlikely national treasure via the Strictly dance floor. You can listen HERE
STRICTLY COME DANCING
In 2016 Ed wowed the nation and was dubbed 'The People's Champion' after an extraordinary response to his performance in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. His memorable performance of Gangnam Style with partner Katya Jones was nominated for the 2017's Virgin's Must See Moment BAFTA Award.