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  1. When Chris met Sir Paul Smith

    Sunday 21 September 2014, 16:58

    Chris Hawkins Chris Hawkins

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    chrishawkins_paulsmith_2.jpg 6 Music's Chris Hawkins with Sir Paul Smith.. Sir Paul Smith has no idea why he gets sent so much “stuff” but his office is more like an overstocked thrift store. I’m interviewing the legendary designer for BBC Radio 6 Music’s Sound of Style Season at his Covent Garden HQ.

    The reception area is small and informal, decorated with framed art work and four floors below the 69 year old’s office, come conference room, come treasure trove. The immaculately turned out company PR delivered me to the great man and no sooner had she dutifully introduced us than she disappeared, leaving Sir Paul and I to bond and later, sit down for a half hour recorded conversation. It’s worth noting that often in this situation, a PR will hover over their client ensuring the interviewer sticks to agreed subject matter or even butt-in with an 'on message' response rather than honest but ‘off message' response.

    The welcome to the world of Sir Paul is warm, charming and funny. Less Ugly Betty, more Betty Turpin as he guides me around his high ceilinged office which is piled high with books, records and rabbits. He inexplicably gets sent half a dozen porcelain rabbits EVERY WEEK. And he doesn...

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  2. Our Girl: Recreating Afghanistan in South Africa

    Friday 19 September 2014, 15:11

    Ken Horn Ken Horn Producer, Our Girl

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    Our Girl

    In 2013, Our Girl, a single drama starring Lacey Turner as Molly Dawes, an East End girl who joins the army, was broadcast on BBC One to critical and audience acclaim. Now Molly is back for a five-part series starting this Sunday. In this post, producer Ken Horn talks about some of the challenges the team faced when filming, recreating Afghanistan in the South African countryside.

    I’ve just had to make some clips for The One Show ahead of Lacey Turner’s appearance this week. One of the clips shows Lacey’s character Molly arriving at the FOB (Forward Operating Base) for the first time and we see the place through her eyes. I’m reminded of the location where we actually filmed this sequence, in the stunning area north of Cape Town in the Bonte Bok mountain range at a place called Serra Della Camp, a beautiful wildlife reserve.

    Though beautiful, the area was deceptive in its charms, and we quickly learnt what the Cape Winds meant. There were days during the construction period where work was impossible and on two occasions large parts of the set we were building were blown over. We had to bring in specialist teams to attach steel hawsers to act as guy ropes to prevent any...

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  3. What’s on BBC Red Button, 20-26 September

    Friday 19 September 2014, 14:04

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    What’s on BBC Red Button, 20-26 September

    Join us for more on Red Button this week as we once again step through the doors of the TARDIS to see what Doctor Who’s been up to, get the best seat in the house for the Asian Network Big Comedy Night and get all the latest action from the Rugby Union Live: Pro 12.

      Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

    Doctor Who Extra

    In this week’s edition, step into the most secure bank in the universe as the Doctor and Clara attempt to break in. Peter Capaldi and guest-star Keeley Hawes are on hand to reveal the secrets of the Time Heist

    Sat 20 September, 6am-7am, 9:10pm-1am
    Sun 21 September, 7:30pm-7:55pm, 9pm-9:55pm
    Mon 22 September, 7:25pm-8pm
    Wed 24 September, 10:30pm-12am
    Thu 25 September, 3pm-5:30pm
    Fri 26 September, 7:15pm-8:30pm, 11:30pm-12am


    Asian Network Big Comedy Night
    Tommy Sandhu is our host for a night of belly laughs thanks to brilliant performances from Imran Yusuf, Nish Kumar, Shazia Mirza and sketch duo In Cahoots


    Sat 20 September, 6pm-8:20pm
    Sun 21 September, 11pm-6am
    Mon 22 September, 6am-7am, 8pm-6am
    Tue 23 September, 6am-7am, 10:30pm-6am
    Wed 24 September, 6am-7am, 4:20pm-7pm
    Thu 25 September, 12am-6am, 6am-7am, 7:15pm-6am
    Fri 26 September, 6am...

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  4. BBC in the North East

    Friday 19 September 2014, 10:47

    Peter Salmon Peter Salmon Director, England

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    I have spent the morning at BBC Newcastle talking to members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) about what the BBC has been doing in the North East over the past six months and how can we work together with them and others across the region to continue to champion this vibrant part of the country.

    I will share with you what I told them and what I have written in the Newcastle Journal today, as the BBC has not been standing still – far from it. 

    CBBC Live Blue Peter presenters Radzi Chinyanganya, Lindsey Russell, Barney Harwood at CBBC Live

    It’s been a big year for BBC Children...

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  5. Sole Music: Meeting 'The Rock 'n' Roll Cobbler'

    Friday 19 September 2014, 09:01

    Gemma Cairney Gemma Cairney Presenter, Radio 1

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    Radio 1's Gemma Cairney switches station to 6Music to present a documentary about shoe designer Terry de Havilland as part of The Sound of Style season.

    You might think that bringing ‘fashion to the radio' might be somewhat tricky – how to bring to life the designs, the colours, the looks? But it’s the kind of challenge I love and hope to achieve with my BBC Radio 6 Music documentary, Never Mind the Cobblers, about legendary shoe designer, Terry de Havilland.

    People know me today as a presenter, but I actually had a brief stint working in fashion in my early twenties. I mostly worked as...

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  6. BBC Bristol at 80

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 14:04

    Peter Salmon Peter Salmon Director, England

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    Eighty years ago today, the Lord Mayor of Bristol officially opened the BBC’s Whiteladies Road base in Bristol. Few on that date, 18 September 1934, could have seen how BBC Bristol would grow. It sits not just at the heart of a hugely creative city and the wider West but it is also the envy of the UK production sector and a world-leading brand.

    Anyone like me who has spent a substantial amount of time working and living in the city knows how much Bristol has contributed to the BBC’s success and creativity - from the world famous Natural History Unit to The Antiques Roadshow, Points West to...

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  7. BBC Singers at 90

    Tuesday 16 September 2014, 15:19

    Olivia Robinson Olivia Robinson Soprano, BBC Singers

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    BBC Wireless Singers in 1927

    As the BBC Singers prepare to enter their 90th year, soprano Olivia Robinson reflects on life as a BBC Singer whilst on tour in France.

    I can still feel the effect on my calves of the BBC Singers’ latest trip: a visit to the hilltop village of Vézelay in Burgundy, France, to take part in the annual four-day festival, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay. Our concert venue was the stunning 11th Century Romanesque Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine, perched on the very top of the hill at the end of a steep 10 minute walk from the closest spot that our coach could park.

    Happily we had time...

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  8. Marking 30 years of Crimewatch

    Monday 15 September 2014, 16:16

    Georgina Lee Georgina Lee Producer, Crimewatch

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    Clip from the 30 years of Crimewatch programme.

    Since its first broadcast in 1984, Crimewatch has appealed for help with thousands of cases, featuring over 4,500 appeals including 758 murders, 339 rapes and 926 robberies. Crimewatch’s track record shows that around 1 in 3 cases featured lead to an arrest with 1 in 5 leading to a conviction. 

    Georgina Lee, a producer on the programme, writes about her experiences making a film sequence for a special edition to mark the programme's 30 years of crime solving, Living with Murder.

    A major part of working for Crimewatch involves meeting the families...

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  9. What’s on BBC Red Button, 13-19 September

    Friday 12 September 2014, 12:55

    Marc Jones Marc Jones Media Scheduler, Red Button

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    There’s plenty coming up on Red Button this week, with everything from Radio 2 rocking Hyde Park to the classical crescendo that is the Last Night of the Proms. There’s also drama with EastEnders star Lacey Turner and a stunning collaboration between chart-toppers Clean Bandit and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Revellers enjoying Radio 2 in Hyde Park in 2013 Revellers enjoying Radio 2 in Hyde Park in 2013

    Radio 2 in Hyde Park

    Now in its seventh year, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park returns on Sunday 14 September for what promises to be a highlight in London’s live summer music calendar.

    Sun 14 September, 1pm-6am  
    Mon 15 September, 6am...

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  10. One of the best jobs I could have imagined

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 09:35

    Chris Jackson Chris Jackson Presenter of Inside Out NE & Cumbria

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    Inside Out

    Regional news programme Inside Out has returned for its 26th series. Here, presenter Chris Jackson shares his experiences working on the show.

    There can’t be a more privileged job than that of a journalist. Each day is different and we get to meet people from every background and share in their joy, desperation, hopes and dreams.

    As job descriptions go it’s pretty irresistible, but it was never offered to me as an option by a careers advisor. “How about air traffic controller?” came the suggestion. Luckily I ignored it and followed my own path. As a result I have one of the best...

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