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November (32 posts)

  1. Capturing the everyday sounds of Ambridge

    Wednesday 25 November 2009, 16:14

    Sonja Cooper Sonja Cooper

    Archers straw

    Only last week I was fretting about my return to work, after having had time off to have my second baby. But why should I worry? Of course I would remember how to sound-edit the programme, and I would never go into a blind panic when I had to point that microphone for the latest sound effect needed in...

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  2. A History of the World in 100 Objects

    Wednesday 25 November 2009, 10:00

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    Today we unveiled details of the most ambitious and exciting factual project since I became Controller of Radio 4. It's 'A History of The World in 100 objects' presented and written by Neil MacGregor - the Director of the British Museum.

    In 100 separate 15-minute programmes Neil talks about a single object...

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  3. When do they start playing Christmas music in the shops?

    Tuesday 24 November 2009, 15:27

    Julie Beckett Julie Beckett

    drama cubicle sign

    Just been into studio where Producer Rosemary Watts is directing with the usual tight schedule - she's making an episode for mid-December so it's full of Christmas cheer. When I went in she had the whole cast plus some of the team (and Blog Supremo Steve) all doing some 'wild track' sound effects. That...

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  4. The editor's morning

    Tuesday 24 November 2009, 13:06

    Vanessa Whitburn Vanessa Whitburn

    steering wheel

    Editor's note: Vanessa wrote this post yesterday - SB

    Started the day with a bit of a staffing crisis as we are mid-way through casting the double-up and sickness in the office meant we were a bit short to phone the actors to secure their bookings for the January and February studios. (Some people do...

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  5. Hooray for Henry!

    Tuesday 24 November 2009, 08:37

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    Lenny Henry plays Othello

    Lenny Henry has won the 'Outstanding Newcomer' award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards - one of the best known drama awards in the U.K. He won it for playing Othello - his first Shakespearean role. Indeed his first drama role.

    It is great news for him - but also for us. I saw him do it in...

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  6. Life outside The Archers

    Monday 23 November 2009, 18:37

    Tim Bentinck Tim Bentinck


    Well here I am back in Ambridge after a two month stint Educating Rita at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury - I popped up to Birmingham to do four episodes in that time but was otherwise immersed in the discipline and rigour of theatre. Most of my life as an actor involves doing something different every...

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  7. ...and the ironing board

    Monday 23 November 2009, 12:47

    Felicity Finch Felicity Finch Radio Presenter and Actor

    Archers toys

    I've just come out of the studio where I've been recording three scenes in the first episode of the day which starts at 0915 with my daughter Pip and husband David. I always like scenes with Pip, played by Helen, as although I haven't got a daughter of my own I do have two nieces who live up in Newcastle...

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  8. Wearing a cravat

    Monday 23 November 2009, 12:16

    Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood

    Cravat man

    Editor's note - Charles Collingwood, landed lothario Brian Aldridge in The Archers, stopped by my borrowed desk in the Birmingham Mailbox this morning and, while pacing up and down, dictated this short diary piece to me. And this, for some reason, seemed entirely appropriate - SB.

    I stayed overnight in...

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  9. Listening to Norman's last episode

    Monday 23 November 2009, 11:09

    Julie Beckett Julie Beckett

    Norman Painting

    A quick look at the message board on the Archers website tells me that many of you were there and listening to Norman Painting's last appearance as Phil last night. So indeed were the production team. It was lovely to hear his voice again, in an episode that was completely unchanged from the one we recorded...

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  10. Next week is Archers Week

    Friday 20 November 2009, 19:03

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Ambridge map

    It's a rather benign coup. The fascinating and varied people of Ambridge are taking over. For five days only you'll be able to read about every aspect of the creation of The Archers here on the Radio 4 blog. Blog posts from behind the scenes at The Archers - by the cast, producers, engineers, writers...

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