Raphael is best known for his work on the Radio 4 Today programme and as an investigative reporter on the worlds longest running current affairs programme, Panorama on BBC1 Television.  Two of the greatest correspondents jobs in British journalism. However, Raphael’s path to becoming an investigative journalist is unique and remarkable.                           

Raphael is currently a reporter on the BBC1 Sunday Morning Live programme and The One Show, a live topical magazine and chat programme. He also appears live in the studio as a guest. Raphael is one of a cast of celebrities in the BBC2 Pilgrimage: Road to Santiago. He will be presenting a new prison series on Netflix on the 6th July 2018.                            


Raphael is an inspirational and motivational speaker. His incredibly unique and amazing personal story,  combined with his exceptional journey to the forefront of investigative journalism, is unparalleled. His message commands an audience and inspires individuals to believe they can overcome challenges and achieve success. 

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  1. Your blog won’t show up correctly on my droid – you might want to try and fix that

    1. Thanks – at the moment the blog has no content other than the opening para – soon though!

  2. Hi Ralph. I really enjoy your show on the toughest prisons. However I must criticize you for your biased show on the at Belize. Question will you be willing to go to a Muslim County and have the same access, questioned the with such passion? Your atheistic worldview and closed mind does not allow you to see that man is capable to acknowledge their spiritual needs. I hope you really see beyond your presuppositions and see the positive of those men in Belize. Finally (just to educate you) Christianity is not a cult but a religion.

    1. Cheers Nelson – my mind is open to all religions and peoples faith – it was more the method that concerned me in Belize.

      Thanks for comments

  3. Just started your Netflix’s series, can’t wait to see more.
    I have to say you are so talented and hot!

    1. Well thank you Angela – great you watched and shared your thoughts!


  4. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100 certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  5. I’m not savvy with this thing but I’m sure you’ll find lots of easy ways online

    Good Luck


  6. First of all I want to say thank you for your show which is about prisons (I think norway episode is best). Just want to know would you record a new episode in Turkey?

    1. Can you help get access to Turkish prison?

  7. Enjoying your netflix documentary series. Have changes been at the locations you visited based on this show? If not, are you spearheading or championing any reforms or changes for the prisons highlighted? Or are you able to? I imagine it is difficult dealing with all the different governments and issues. Thank you for brining this to light. Do you know of any way for regular folks to get involved and help?

  8. Hi. Just finished the newest episodes of your show on Netflix. Just wondering if you really know the crimes that Emary in Halden prison has committed. Just a little googleing showed me that cruelty he did to these women and children in Oslos basketball community. Didn’t like the way he was shown as a ”better” person. Maybe that just me but those crimes did not happen so long ago.
    Absolutely a great show it is thought!

  9. My husband and I just starting watching your show on Netflix last week, and we are hooked! I haven’t been able to stop telling people about it!! Such an interesting series. It’s really amazing to look inside the prisons, especially when they are so taboo. Thank you for showing this to us, and for opening up about your own experiences.

  10. I’m absolutely loving your series on Netflix.
    It’s really interesting to see prisons around the world. I must say I do feel sorry for a lot of these prisoners.
    Many are kept in such inhumane conditions and in a lot of cases the punishment does not at all fit the crime.

    Currently on season 2, the Belize episode, the mass programming is real and terrifying. Loved Norway’s prison and their idea of rehabilitation. I have no words for the woman who married the notorious rapist and murderer in the Ukraine episode. I can go on forever and write about my thoughts on each episode, but I fear you don’t have the website space. Lol

    Keep up the great work.

    P.s. I’ll be looking out to see if you land in Jamaica.

    All the best.


  11. Hi Raphael
    I’ve just found your toughest prison docs on Netflix and I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing how other countries treat their criminals, great series.
    I also read that you’re a South East London lad, is this true?
    I’m a Sydenham/Forest Hill girl myself.

    Well done for turning your life around

    Best Regards

  12. I admire you for what you’ve gone through and how you have overcome such hate and hostility. I am sure it is not easy. You are a wonderful person and I hope you continue to use your skills to bring awareness to the continued hate and ignorance of the world’s penal system.

    1. Thanks Jessica – always appreciate feedback.

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  14. Dear Raphael,
    I didn’t know you before I watched your series about prisons.
    I must say you are the most interesting journalist I ever listened to. You are my inspiration and I admire you for who you have become after such a difficult, unfair and long time spent behind the bars. After I watched your series I went to YouTube and watched all of the interviews with you. I love the way you talk and your voice. I really hope there will be more series with you on Netflix.
    Can I ask you if courts ever apologised to you?
    I wish you all the best and thank you so much for your work!

    1. Courts never apologise as they never want to admit they got it wrong!

      Thanks for your message and watching the programmes. Appreciate your support x

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