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Manchester International Festival – Day One

  • Richard Fair
  • 28 Jun 07, 09:25 AM

I’ve been asked to be the eyes and ears of the Manchester International Festival for BBC Radio Manchester.

I can’t remember when I was so excited about a Festival, but there is one heck of buzz around the place as the red carpet gets its final beating over a gigantic washing line across Oxford Road (metaphorically speaking of course).

So here we are on day one, and I was up at the crack of dawn, which may turn out to be a mistake as I’m not due on the radio until 10pm. But before that there’s the opening party (with buffet) to attend and then the small matter of the world premier of Monkey at The Palace Theatre.

And if that isn’t enough excitement to cope with for one day, I’m told that none other than Alan Rickman (Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and that cold-blooded terrorist in Die Hard) will be joining me and Phil Wood on BBC Radio Manchester from 10pm.

I’ll be keeping an eye on what the bloggers think of the Festival. Let us know if you’re going to any of the events as we’d love to link out to you.

Alan Rickman
Due to popular demand I'm pleased to report that the Alan Rickman interviews are now available for all to hear. Just click this link and see how Alan became a BBC microphone stand for the night.
No children were harmed in the creation of this page.

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Hello

Will there be an archive of the Alan Rickman interview available for listening anywhere? Unfortunately I have a conflict at 10 PM your time and will not be able to listen live. It doesn't look as if the Phil Wood show is available to after the fact listening on the BBC site. Hoping you can help?

Thanks!

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  • 2.
  • At 11:29 PM on 28 Jun 2007,
  • Cassandra7 wrote:

And will the longer Rickman interview from earlier in the day be archived or otherwise made available for the many of us who missed it? I join CatsPlay in hoping you can help us.

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  • 3.
  • At 11:39 PM on 28 Jun 2007,
  • Jane wrote:

Please please make the Alan Rickman interview available to listen again!

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  • 4.
  • At 12:47 AM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • Pam wrote:

I would love to hear the Alan Rickman interview and was not able to catch it.
Please can you make it avalible again!

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Hello Again,

I have been appointed the head 'beggar' from a large group of Alan Rickman fans. Not only are we in great need of being able to re-listen to the Phil Woods show with the Alan Rickman interview, but we also understand that there was a separate, longer Alan Rickman interview contained in Natalie Anglesey's - The Show Show, 8-10 from 28 June, 2007.

We would be forever grateful and are lining up a large queue of our firstborn children that we will gladly give you if you could be so kind as to make these recordings available for us to listen to.

Awaiting and hoping for your positive response!

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  • 6.
  • At 11:08 AM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • Charlotte wrote:

Hi there,

I also missed the interviews and would love to hear them.

Are they going to be made available to hear again ?

Please can you make them available

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OK OK!! Don't every say we don't listen to you. Our wonderful webteam are working on it now and I'll let you know when the page and audio is available.

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Wow, I am totally impressed with the intense dedication of Alan Rickman's fans. Who knew?

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Thank you SO MUCH Richard!

Now, where should we send those first born children?

;)

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  • 10.
  • At 03:36 PM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • kinwad wrote:

Richard, I just wanted to extend a heartfelt "thank you" for even attempting to archive the interviews, considering your busy schedule.
Alan Rickman fans around the globe are anxiously awaiting, with bated breath, to hear the interviews in question. No pressure, though! *g*
Seriously, your efforts are very much appreciated.
Thank you!

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Good news folks - see the note at the end of the original posting.

Enjoy!

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  • 12.
  • At 04:57 PM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • Vera wrote:

Hi Richard,

Thank you so much for the two clips.

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No children were harmed in the creation of this page.

ROFL! Thank you again, Richard. If you happen to run into Alan Rickman again at the festival, please do let him know how interested his fans were in hearing his interviews.

;)

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  • At 06:24 PM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • Cassandra7 wrote:

Thank you so very much, Richard!

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  • At 08:02 PM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • AmberDragon wrote:

Thank you very much, Richard! It is so kind of you to provide the two clips.

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  • At 08:30 PM on 29 Jun 2007,
  • kinwad wrote:

Richard, YOU ROCK!!!!!

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OMG! Thank you! THANK YOU! Richard!

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  • 18.
  • At 04:08 PM on 30 Jun 2007,
  • Flutterby wrote:

Thanks a lot Richard! I still need that adress to send you my first born...? ;)

And yes, if you ever get to meet the most talented and brilliant Mr. Rickman again, please tell him how much we loved his interviews! Thanks :)

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