Bringing old favourites to life: illustrating Radio 4 drama
A while back I posted about why we use illustrations on iPlayer for key radio programming ... In short we want to avoid galleries of largely unknown faces which don't really hook the listener as much as a well-executed illustration.
When we come to illustrate dramas which feature popular and loved characters we are posed with a dilemma - we want to give depth and feeling to the drama without personifying the character too much. The mind's eye is a wonderful thing which conjures up its own distinct image of how Arthur Dent in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Ruth Archer from The Archers look - it's not the job of the illustration to give a face to the characters, its job is to nod to their characteristics.
Ashley Stewart-Noble is a Senior Content Producer at BBC Future Media & Technology