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Sheila Dillon, Presenter, The Food Programme, Radio 4
Sheila Dillon, presenter of The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4, considers the history of the Food and Farming Awards and how they reflect modern Britain, 15 years on from their inception.
winner BBC New Comedy Award 2014
Lee Ridley with the other finalists of the BBC New Comedy Award at The Comedy Store, London
Last week I decided to quit my day job to do the thing that I love doing most – making people laugh. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make. In fact, it’s a massive risk. I’m leaving a well-paid job in the hope that people will laugh at me enough to make a living out of it. Let’s be honest though, I’m disabled (I have Cerebral Palsy and can’t speak) so people tend to laugh at me anyway. At least this way I’ll be getting paid for it!
And, yes, being a stand-up comedian when you can’t even talk is a very strange career choice. I’ve always liked a challenge though. That’s what made me determined to go to university, to be independent, and to become a journalist. And it’s this determination that is now helping me follow my latest dream. If the last three years as a budding comedian have taught me anything, it’s that anything is possible if you truly believe in yourself.
If you’re wondering how I tell my jokes, it’s quite simple really. I carry my iPad on to the stage with me and I...
Metal. Part of the Handmade series broadcast in the BBC Four Goes Slow season
BBC Four has a special series of unhurried programmes airing this weekend. Amongst these unrushed TV shows are three 'Handmade' films. Director Ian Denyer explains how the programmes - Glass, Metal and Wood - were produced.
When the commission for Handmade was first discussed we knew it would be ground-breaking television, in part because the ground itself was old. These films would be a celebration of programme making in a way not attempted since the single-shot interludes seen on the BBC in the early days of TV in the 1950s.
The brief was brief: no words, no music, long, very long held shots. I added my own restrictions to this – no shot less than ten seconds, and no movement. On the first recces I investigated the possibilities of single shots lasting five minutes. Having grown up being constantly asked to move the camera more and cut faster, this was a joy. All the action would come to the frame. This was a chance to celebrate craft on both sides of the camera.
The soundscape -...
Media Scheduler, Red Button
As the UK gears up for the general election, we bring you key moments from across the country. We’ve also got special coverage of the Folk Awards that took place earlier this month in Cardiff. Plus it’s the last weekend of the World Snooker Championship from Sheffield’s Crucible – so stay on cue with our coverage.
Mark Radcliffe and Julie Fowlis present highlights from the 2015 Folk Awards in Cardiff, including performances from Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Loudon Wainwright III, Kate Rusby and 9Bach.
Sun 3 May, 11.10am-7.10pm, 10.45pm-12.45am
Mon 4 May, 10am-6pm, 8.10pm-6am
Tue 5 May, 6am-3.45pm, 5.15pm-6am
Wed 6 May, 6am-6am
Thu 7 May, 6am-9.55pm
Watch a roundup of key moments from around the UK as the votes are counted in the 2015 General Election.
Thu 7 May, 9.55pm-6am
Fri 8 May, 6am-12pm
Eurovision Reveal 2015
Scott Mills meets Electric Velvet, the act representing the UK in Vienna for 2105, as they perform the song Still In Love With You.
Sun 3 May, 7.10pm-7.25pm
Controller, Radio 5 Live
This week BBC Radio 5 live’s sister station - 5 live Sports Extra have put a proposal to the BBC Trust to make some changes. Controller Jonathan Wall explains further.
We’ve been in discussions with the BBC Trust as part of the service licence review they are currently conducting into BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC 5 live Sports Extra.
The main aim of the proposed changes is to give increased airtime and exposure to a wide range of sports that don’t currently receive significant coverage on UK radio.
We want 5 live Sports Extra to be an even bigger driving force for...
Chief Adviser, Politics
Tomorrow night – Thursday 30 April – BBC One will broadcast the last in a series of four party leader events in front of a live studio audience. How are these audiences selected?
The answer is that it depends on the event. For the Question Time Special tomorrow night featuring David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, the audience will be made up of 25 per cent of people who say they will vote for the Conservative party, 25 per cent Labour, 25 per cent Liberal Democrat, 15 per cent other parties and 10 per cent who are still to make up their minds. This means that each party leader faces...
Dame Mary Peters
I’m Dame Mary Peters and I won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, in the Pentathlon event. I broke the world record too, and it still stands because they changed the event after mine. Nowadays I’m running a charity which is in my name the Mary Peters Trust which raises money for the next generation of sportsmen and women in Northern Ireland.
Is breaking a record something you become accustomed to?
I’m always very proud when I’m asked about breaking a world record. It is a rarity for a British woman until 2014 to be able to say that - there are so few who have achieved that...
Director, BBC Proms 2015
In today's Times, Edward Blakeman, Director, BBC Proms 2015, responds to a recent article written by critic Richard Morrison about this year's festival. We've published Edward's unedited response in the post below.
Sir, I really do not recognise Richard Morrison's description of the BBC Proms, which presents a narrow view of the Proms mission to present the best possible music to the widest possible audiences. In concentrating on just a few of the 92 concerts, it ignores around 150 hours of classical music making from the world's greatest musicians - including Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop and Sir...
Controller of English Regions
I’m not sure there’s ever been an election campaign like this one. Too close to call doesn’t quite cover it. Nobody really knows who will win, or if the “winning” party will get to form a government. Polling companies, political commentators and betting shop punters are struggling to predict the outcome.
For BBC English Regions, and the staff at our 39 local radio stations and 12 TV regions, our job is to make sure you can make an informed choice on 7 May. How do we do this? By focusing on the local issues that matter, holding to account those seeking power and producing compelling...
Presenter, The Food Programme, Radio 4
Chas & Momo Bakery - baked in Thornton Heath (photo: Chareon Tapaneyasastr)
In 2011 I went with my fellow judge, chef Richard Corrigan, to the Loch Arthur creamery in Dumfries and Galloway. We knew their cheeses were good because we’d tasted two of them in London, in the process of making up our short list of three finalists for best food producer in the Food and Farming Awards. We also knew that the dairy - supplied with milk from their own farm - was part of a...
Digital Content Producer, About The BBC Blog
Mackenzie Crook, writer and star of Detectorists
The BAFTA Television Craft Awards were held at a ceremony in London last night (Sunday 26 April). If it feels like there are BAFTA ceremonies every month that’s because they’ve awards across lots of different categories – the Television Craft awards are billed as, “Celebrating the very best behind the scenes talent in British Television”.
We’re all smiles here at About the BBC because some of...