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March (23 posts)

  1. Caryl Churchill's 'Seven Jewish Children'

    Monday 16 March 2009, 13:08

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    The Guardian has a piece today about our decision not to commission a short piece, written by Caryl Churchill, about the recent war in Gaza.

    The piece ran for a fortnight in February at The Royal Court Theatre in London - and it was sent to us, unsolicited, to consider. It was powerful but I did not think...

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  2. Gerry Anderson's Walls and Peace

    Monday 16 March 2009, 08:33

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

    Protection, a photograph of a Belfast peace line by Grytsje Klijnstra from flickr.com

    I've just been listening to a programme on Belfast transmitted last Monday - Walls and Peace - presented by Gerry Anderson. It was made before the murders of the last seven days but it's a very revealing and disturbing portrait of a Belfast phenomenon - the many walls that divide Protestants and Roman...

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  3. Angus Deayton rounds the day off

    Friday 13 March 2009, 18:25

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    Rounding off a really exciting day up on the bridge at HMS Radio 4, Angus Deayton's contribution may have been the shortest - at a bit less that two minutes on-air - but I think he sounds most like a real continuity announcer of the five comedians.

    It was fascinating to listen to the comics doing their...

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  4. Liza at the helm

    Friday 13 March 2009, 15:50

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    Nicely spoken, polite, respectful: Liza Tarbuck's spot - between the end of Feedback and the start of the afternoon play (another in the brilliant BBC Science Fiction drama season) - must have been a relief for the continuity team. No threat of a harassment suit from the Met Office at least (you'll...

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  5. Paul Whitehouse crashes the weather

    Friday 13 March 2009, 14:48

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    The 35 minutes bewteen the end of You & Yours and Feedback at 1330 were definitely the most chaotic in the continuity studio today - just ask Tom Schafernaker, hapless weatherman, whose 1255 forecast was riotously cut to ribbons in support of Comic Relief.

    Pictures of Whitehouse have been added to the...

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  6. Arthur Smith: semi-professional comedian, yodeler...

    Friday 13 March 2009, 12:52

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    Kathy Clugston, newsreader, listening from home to Arthur Smith for his stint in the booth, says (on Twitter)

    Hate to talk myself out of a job, but would like Arthur Smith to be on announcing the programmes every day please

    He did crash the pips spectacularly but nobody seems too upset...

    There are more...

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  7. Jo Brand at the mic

    Friday 13 March 2009, 10:47

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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    Jo was the first of five fearless comedians-turned-announcers to enter the Radio 4 studios for 'Comics in Con', Radio 4's most unpredictable contribution to Red Nose Day. Listen to Radio 4 between now and PM today and you'll hear, in turn, Jo herself, Arthur Smith (crashing the pips as I type this)...

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  8. Rory Cellan-Jones's Red Nose

    Thursday 12 March 2009, 16:33

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Unnamed announcer wearing her red nose, taken by Rory Cellan-Jones

    Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent, is wandering the land wearing a red nose and taking photographs of otherwise innocent people wearing theirs. His goal is to raise £2,500 for Comic Relief today and, as of about five minutes ago, he was half way there. Inevitably he's twittering the whole...

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  9. Waving farewell to Genius

    Thursday 12 March 2009, 13:01

    Mark Damazer Mark Damazer

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    Some more Radio 4 comedy is transferring to BBC television. There is a long tradition of some of R4's best shows (but by no means all of them) moving across - and thus we wave farewell (for a while at least) to Dave Gorman's 'Genius' (which will start on BBC2 on 20th March) and Marcus Brigstocke's ...

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  10. Round-up of reviews

    Monday 9 March 2009, 16:51

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    This week the BBC's Science Fiction drama season, with programmes going out on Radio 4, Radio 3, Radio 7 and BBC 4, is getting a fair amount of attention in the media and on the blogs.

    Kate Chisholm, in The Spectator, laments the absence of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's audio magic from last week's...

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