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Hasit Shah | 14:12 UK time, Friday, 20 August 2010

Richard Bacon's at the Edinburgh Festival next week for 5 live. He'll be broadcasting live from several different venues from Monday to Thursday.

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.


  • Comment number 1.

    Some good guests in that line up and any show in Edinburgh has to have Ian Rankin on. Robin Bulloch please reign in Bacon’s juvenile daily text ins (please no “text in a fact about somebody Scottish” again) and ensure he lets the guests speak without constant interruptions as I’m more interested in what they have to say.

  • Comment number 2.

    Also I hope time in Edinburgh is not going to be wasted on the dire weekly features of ‘What’s irritating you?’ and ‘Help’?

  • Comment number 3.

    I can't stand the bore that is the Fringe in Edinburgh. The locals hardly go to anything, the town is full of luvvies, students thinking they will be the next Python group or people who are just not funny, yet every national newspaper is full of it, as if we all go there. There is about 50 minutes of decent new stuff on show for the entire time, yet miles of newsprint and hours of radio and tv is wasted on it.

    And I can't text in to say what has annoyed me this week, next week. The answer: Edinburgh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Forgot something. This was last year's line up as well. Either that or someone else is living in the past, and it isn't me.

  • Comment number 5.

    This is actually one of the things Richard Bacon is good at. I listened to all his stuff from Edinburgh last year and it was pretty good, perfect late night radio. That is an important difference late night radio is where Bacon excels and where he should be!. For this year i just hope someone tells Bacon we don't want to be continously reminded of his appearence at the Fringe last year......

  • Comment number 6.

    Given that the locals buy up the majority of the tickets I would suspect that Carrie is just being a little englander racist again.

    Why does any word with Scot in it bring them out from under their stones?

  • Comment number 7.

    There is minimal TV coverage of the World's largest annual event. Probably because it isn't happening in london or manchester. Compare the EBC's coverage of the london proms with their complete blackout of the WORLD'S LARGEST ARTS FESTIVAL. Hypocrites as usual.

  • Comment number 8.

    I am not a 'little englander racist' and what does 'again' mean?

    My comments are confined to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and I should have written it in full.

    I was a great fan of Bacon in the evening slot but it does not suit daytime. He is repeating his 2009 guests whether you like it or not.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator], hope that helps to show BBC coverage. If you are out of Edinburgh/BBC Scotland, why not go, Petertheonlyone?

    I suspect most Edinburgh people outside the New Town are just annoyed at the number of out of town visitors, I doubt it is a majority of the locals buying tickets for Fringe gigs.Most people outside the media luvvie set wouldn't watch most of the Fringe as it is often in too short pieces, may have been old stuff tweaked for Edinburgh.

    I have great respect for the Film Festival and the Book Festival, although the Film Festival is not within the usual Festival dates and so Festival visitors cannot really enjoy the atmosphere of that.

    The BBC Proms season tells you why they cover it in such detail. The audience, performers and orchestras are from all over the world, whereas all the concerts can be heard and often seen on their own broadcasters. I reckon the audience catchment is far larger than Edinburgh's Festival, simply because you are not physically there does not mean you cannot enjoy a festival such as the Proms.

  • Comment number 9.

    Text in when you last saw a man wearing a skirt

  • Comment number 10.

    Annoyingly, the mods removed the BBC Scotland link to their coverage of the Edinburgh Festiva. Oh well. If you have satellite tv you can watch loads of programmes, it is how I watch regional stuff.

    But why remove a BBC link? Crazy.

    Actually, can't text on here but I saw a man in a skirt only this morning, as I am at presently staying near Dundas Street, and Petertheonlyone will know where that is..................


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