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November (32 posts)

  1. Fecundity and mortality on The Archers

    Monday 30 November 2009, 09:21

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    Archers studio yoghurt pots

    At the end of last week I had my annual Archers plotlines meeting.

    Those present - Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn and two trusty Archers senior producers, the Head of Radio Drama (England) and the Commissioning editor for R4 Drama - and R4's press officer.

    A few days in advance I get a brown package and...

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  2. The BBC National Short Story Award

    Friday 27 November 2009, 19:45

    Di Speirs Di Speirs Editor, Readings

    Hurrah! At last. After all the waiting, and the reading, and the deliberating we have at last reached the moment when we can reveal this year's short-list of five contenders for the BBC National Short Story Award (BBC NSSA). These five have survived the turbulent and exacting examination of first our...

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  3. Five more perspectives for Archers Week

    Friday 27 November 2009, 17:35

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Archers studio sign

    I'm quite new at the BBC but I've been listening to The Archers since I was a small child. Its characters have been companions for decades. Events from Archers episodes are mixed up with those from my early life in a quite confusing way. I don't listen every day but the fine grain of life in and around...

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  4. A script with a view

    Friday 27 November 2009, 16:10

    Tim Stimpson Tim Stimpson

    Archers-Graph1024.jpg

    Tim Stimpson is an Archers scriptwriter (the youngest ever). Here he shares with us some of the tricks of his trade, including the unique visualisation above - SB.

    Whilst episodes written in September are now being broadcast and episodes written in October are being recorded. I'm now working on scripts...

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  5. Crossing Continents is back

    Friday 27 November 2009, 13:15

    Hugh Levinson Hugh Levinson edits BBC Radio current affairs programmes, including Crossing Continents and From Our Own Correspondent

    Karakoram highway

    The message on my voicemail was garbled. Not surprising perhaps, as the producer was speaking over a dodgy satellite phone connection and was not in the calmest of moods. Something about the Taleban, risky flights, the Pakistani intelligence services and an 18-hour road trip through the notorious Northwest...

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  6. Being Nic

    Friday 27 November 2009, 12:15

    Becky Wright Becky Wright

    Archers oak counter

    I was in the studio yesterday recording two episodes for December. The first episode was at 0915 and the second at 1445, leaving me with a chunk of time in the middle to catch up with cast members I haven't seen in ages. It was great to see Ros Adams (Clarrie) as we haven't been in an epidode together...

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  7. Tales of the Unexpected - Lives in a Landscape 5 years on

    Friday 27 November 2009, 09:19

    Alan Dein Alan Dein

    Alan Dein on Canna

    Editors note: Alan Dein is a historian and he makes extraordinary radio features, many of which are on my list of favourites of all time. I asked him to write a piece introducing series five of Lives in a Landscape which is on-air now - SB.

    "You canna see Canna, it's hidden beyond Rum", explained the...

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  8. Finding an excuse to go into the cubicle

    Thursday 26 November 2009, 16:31

    Sarah Morrison Sarah Morrison

    Archers studio phone

    It's been a strange old day! Having spent a year on attachment covering Sonja Cooper (Sonja wrote a blog post as part of Archers Week yesterday), in our Technical Broadcast's Assistant's role, it's my first day back in my old role of Broadcast Assistant. It's quite a change going from compiling the programme...

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  9. Our Mutual Friend - sound design - Colin Guthrie

    Thursday 26 November 2009, 15:50

    Colin Guthrie Colin Guthrie

    Right from the start it was clear that the sound of water would feature heavily in the soundscape of the production - the river Thames could be considered the central character of the piece as so much of the story is woven in and around it. Drownings and near drownings, Lizzie Hexam and her father earning...

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  10. A day spent producing (and directing) The Archers

    Thursday 26 November 2009, 10:40

    Rosemary Watts Rosemary Watts

    cubicle

    A straight hit into studio today after not having been in the office for a week, all a bit of a shock and I gave myself an hour and a half to get into work - I only live 12 miles away! Just as well I did, the traffic is always heavy on a Monday morning, and I got in with 20 minutes to spare; time to...

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