Between the Ears is a Documentary programme.


Between the Ears

Swedish artist and photographer Maja Daniels explores the mysteries of the endangered Swedish forest language Elfdalian. Maja didn't learn the language herself, but her grandparents speak it and she has long been fascinated by its mysteries. Spoken in the remote forest region of Älvdalen - a place thick with forest and steep valleys - Elfdalian used to be the main language of the area, but Swedish has increasingly become dominant and few young people speak it today. In a collage of forest sounds and local voices, travelling through Älvdalen, this programme explores some of the mysteries of the language and its links to Sweden's ancient, Viking past. Maja meets up with young people to hear about new efforts to keep the language alive, and talks to older people who speak it as a first language about how it survived while other ancient European languages did not, and what it can reveal about the people and their culture.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 45 minutes (approx)

When is Between the Ears next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 3 May 31st, 6:45pm and on BBC Radio 3 June 7th, 6:45pm. See more...

Main Cast

Maja Daniels
Nathaniel Mann
Joby Waldman
Victoria Ferran
Monica Whitlock
Richard Hollingham
Pejk Malinovski
Stuart Russell
Jessica Marlowe
Stephen Coates
Anastasia Kirillova
Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Laurence Grissell
David Stenhouse
Hannah Dean
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Ross Sutherland
Alan Hall
Clare Walker
Jack Howson