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Wednesday 29 October 2014, 13:37
Ahead of the first broadcast of The Missing Hancocks (five episodes of the BBC comedy classic Hancock's Half Hour that were discovered earlier this year), comedian Steve Punt considers Hancock's legacy.
Friday 31 October 2014, 14:24
This week, Doctor Who enters the Nethersphere, the boys from Wizards vs Aliens face a new danger and the Formula 1 action continues in the USA.Doctor Who - Michelle Gomez and Peter Capaldi
Doctor Who Extra
Go behind the scenes on this week's episode as we enter the Nethersphere, a mysterious world where the Doctor is about to meet Missy and an impossible choice is looming.
Sat 1 Nov 6am-7am, 8.55pm-11.15pm
Sun 2 Nov 12.30am-1.05am, 7.30pm-10pm
Mon 3 Nov 7.25pm-8pm
Thu 6 Nov 7am-3pm
Fri 7 Nov 7am-3pm
Sounds of the 80s (with Culture Club)
Sara Cox presents a special edition of Sounds of the 80s as Boy George and Culture Club collaborate with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tue 4 Nov 10.30pm-6am
Wed 5 Nov 6am-7am, 10:30pm-6am
Thu 6 Nov 6am-7am, 7.30pm-6am
Fri 7 Nov 6am-7am
Wizards vs Aliens Extra
Attention all wizards, press red to catch up with Tom and Benny - and discover some of the secrets of the magical new series.
Sat 1 Nov 7am-2:30pm, 6pm-8.55pm
Sun 2 Nov 3.25pm-7.30pm
Mon 3 Nov 7am-10am, 3pm-7.25pm
Tue 4 Nov 7am-7pm
Wed 5 Nov 7am-7pm
Thu 6 Nov 3pm-7.30pm
Fri 7 Nov 3pm-7.55pm
Friday Night is Music Night: D-Day 70 Years On
BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night presents a concert from the...
Thursday 30 October 2014, 15:31
The Passing Bells, a new five-part drama for BBC One, runs from Monday 3 – Friday 7 November, as part of the BBC’s programming to mark the Centenary of World War I. About the BBC caught up with series writer and BBC veteran Tony Jordan to find out more about the programme and his writing.
I first heard Tony Jordan speak earlier this year at the BBC Writersroom TV Writers Festival. He was the chairperson and introduced proceedings with panache and a breathtaking candour. When I spoke to him recently from his shed (yes that’s where he writes– he used to write in his garage, but he’s upgraded) the same honesty struck me again, along with a bewildering modesty and a joyous ability to laugh at himself.
Maybe that’s because Tony’s clearly a ‘real’ person (not starry or pretentious at all). He started out as a market trader, and sort of fell into writing for television, under “false pretences”:
“I was born in Southport near Liverpool, and I was travelling all over the country doing markets. I ended up living next door to a guy called Doug Briggs who was trying to write for television and we used to talk about it a lot. At some point he said, ‘Maybe you should...
Thursday 30 October 2014, 12:56
Al Booth is Editor, Specialist Music at Radio 2, a role which covers a range of output from the Folk Awards to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and a range of musical genres in between. The first week in November marks one of the highlights of her musical year.
This week I’m heading to Nashville for the 26th time – that amounts to a few hundred hours spent backstage at the Country Music Association Awards, a few dozen live programmes broadcast to the UK, countless sessions recorded for Bob Harris’s radio shows and several country music documentaries made for Radio 2 – not to mention the twenty five cowboy shirts and ten pairs of cowboy boots purchased on late night shopping sprees on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.
It’s a wonderful and unique city which I love, and country music, in all its guises, is its lifeblood. The fortunes of the city are mirrored by the fortunes of the country music industry – and now, more than any other time since my first visit in 1999 Nashville is flourishing. Country music’s popularity is growing, the Nashville TV series is one big advert for the city and Nashville’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the US. Right now Nashville is cool in...
Wednesday 29 October 2014, 16:34
Broadcasting House is one of the world’s largest broadcast complexes situated in the heart of the capital. It houses nearly 6,000 staff, and provides public service broadcasting via three 24-hour television news channels, nine radio networks and 27 international language radio services to a worldwide audience of 265 million people every week. Key to the design was that the building should deliver the best environmental performance possible. No small challenge then for a building broadcasting 24/7.
But we have risen to the challenge and, last month our efforts were rewarded when the building...
Wednesday 29 October 2014, 13:37Neil Pearson and the cast of The Missing Hancocks
Earlier this year five missing episodes of classic BBC comedy Hancock’s Half Hour were discovered. Now, BBC Radio 4 has brought together contemporary comedy talent to create a moment in broadcasting history, recording these episodes. The Missing Hancocks will be on BBC Radio 4, this Friday 31 October at 11.30am. Here, comedian Steve Punt considers Tony Hancock’s legacy.
Stone me - is it really 60 years since the first Hancock's Half-Hour? What's more, he's been dead for 46 of those years. I don't remember him, actually. I was just a nipper...
Monday 27 October 2014, 16:53
BBC Writersroom has published a blog with information on three ways that BBC in-house Drama is supporting new writing and writers. What follows is an extract from that blog:
Kate Rowland, BBC Creative Director, New writing is quoted as saying, "We are delighted to be able to share some news about three initiatives being run by BBC in-house Drama to develop new writing talent. Vital to our work at the BBC Writersroom is the partnerships we have with internal departments, where we champion and promote talent.
"We have worked closely with BBC Drama to support these exciting developments and acted...
Monday 27 October 2014, 12:54
Last night (Sunday 26 October) the BAFTA Cymru 2014 Awards took place in a starry ceremony at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. BBC programmes took home a host of trophies, in 13 of the 28 categories, with veteran BBC Journalist Jeremy Bowen, who hails from Cardiff, presented the Sian Phillips Award.
Sherlock and Hinterland each took home three gongs with Sherlock being awarded Best Television Drama. Sherlock also claimed Best Production Design (Arwel Wyn Jones) and Best Make Up and Hair (Claire Pritchard-Jones). Welsh noir series Hinterland was awarded in the Best Photography and Lighting...
Monday 27 October 2014, 12:10
The BAME Expert Voices day followed the recent successes of the BBC Academy's Expert Women project which saw 73 experts securing 374 different on-air appearances from a potential pool of 164 specialists.
During this week's Feedback on Radio 4, Roger Bolton spoke to two delegates on the recent BAME Expert Voices day. We've clipped up the discussion and embedded it below.
Jon Jacob is Editor, About the BBC website and blog
Sunday 26 October 2014, 11:45
Ahead of Monday's launch of 'Dylan Thomas: The Road to Milk Wood', the ebook's Executive Producer, Robin Moore, explains why BBC Cymru Wales decided to celebrate the poet's life in a free multi-media ebook.
Monday 27 October marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, one of the twentieth century's most important poets. During this centenary year the BBC has broadcast a huge range of programmes about the poet and his work, including the unfamiliar, such as his previously unheard The Beach of Falesa, and the familiar, with a fabulous new adaptation of his most famous...
Friday 24 October 2014, 21:09
This month sees a landmark in the radio career of presenter Colin Bunyan as he celebrates 40 years on air with BBC Tees’ (or BBC Radio Cleveland as it was known until 2007). Bunyan started out on board Radio 270 in 1966 and has been broadcasting ever since, joining the BBC in 1974.
Having also turned 70 this year, he is still as impassioned about radio as ever, and currently presents ‘Vintage Vinyl’ on the station on Sunday afternoons. Here he explains how important the show is to him and his listeners and looks back over his varied career with BBC Tees.
“I was 70 in July but, I...