5 live at the Edinburgh Festival
He goes every year, whether he's working or not, and last time, he was brave/foolish enough to do some live stand up comedy. He told me that won't be happening again.
On Monday, we've got Ian Rankin and Richard E Grant live on the Royal Mile, and as Richard says, on the final two days, there's room for 200 listeners to join Richard at Underbelly. The Coral, John Bishop, Reginald D Hunter, Chris Addison and Alex Salmond will also be turning up. Good music, big laughs, and a bit of political.
You can get tickets from the Underbelly Box Office on Cowgate or from the website.
Robin Bulloch is the programme editor:
"The programme covers arts and entertainment on 5 live, so it's an easy decision to make a few shows at the Festival. It's a huge event, obviously, and most of the people we'd want to hear on the show are there anyway. A lot of our listeners are also there, so it makes sense for us to join them."
I've worked on quite a few programmes on location, where there's a constant fear of not actually making it on air. At Television Centre, we have a solid, permanent set-up, and experienced studio managers who regularly rescue bungling producers (not me, obviously).
Outside, you can't control as much, so making four two-hour live programmes, in three different locations, isn't straightforward. But if you want the genuine atmosphere of a place, especially somewhere like the Festival, you have to go there, get connected, face a bit of Robin swearing, and just do it. It always sounds better.
We'll also be making videos and podcasts and stuff, thanks to my colleague Andy Hall, who'll be posting blogs about what's going on.