Blog posts by year and month February 2009

    Posts (12)

    1. JAM, produced by Claire Jones, is a supreme example of re-invention.

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    2. One of the reasons we started the Radio 4 blog is to draw attention to the huge variety of programmes that go out on Radio 4, very often with no attention from the professional media at all. Radio doesn't get the attention it deserves and speech radio is especially neglected. Station Controller...

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    3. It was nice to think that Humphrey Lyttelton would live forever. When - alas - he died last April I was confronted with the sort of dilemma that R4 faced when John Peel (Home Truths) and Ned Sherrin (Loose Ends) died. Should we take the programme out of the schedules forever in the belief that...

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    4. It would not be true to say that "It was Radio 4 Wot Won It" for Slumdog Millionaire but Radio 4 brought Vikas Swarup's story to the airwaves quite a while ago - with tremendous flair. It ran as a ten part Woman's Hour drama serial in late July/early August 2007 - 15 minutes a day over ten day...

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    5. The Moral Maze is 500. Tonight's programme at 8 p.m. is thus somewhat special - taking place in front of an audience. It is almost always live (and then repeated on Saturday nights at 2215) which gives it a certain sort of crackle. The subject tonight is suitably large - "Can a post-religious so...

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    6. ...and I should have added we are also running a series on Oscar winning films called And The Academy Award Goes To... presented by Paul Gambaccini, and produced by Paul Kobrak and Sara Jane Hall, on Saturdays at 10.30 - the biggest feature slot of the week. The aim is to exploit the heightene...

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    7. For a while we've been thinking about film on Radio 4. We do a fair amount about film - but I think we could do more without toppling over. So that's why The Film Programme (podcast) now has a Sunday repeat in addition to the Friday origination. Francine Stock presides. I like the programme mo...

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    8. Several of you have raised the matter of repeats - and others trails. I'll write about the vexed subject - and it is - of trails later this month. I'll deal with repeats in this one. Yes - we repeat a fair amount - about 19% of the schedule. It can feel like more - because if you strip out th...

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    9. Thank you for these richly informative thoughts and comments. Some of them reveal significant expertise and personal experience. The programme has received over 350 emails so far about the interview. Tomorrow (Wednesday) there will be discussion on Woman's Hour about the nature of management ...

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    10. We did something on Saturday's Weekend Woman's Hour we have not done for a very long time - by running at great length (about 43 minutes) the interview between Jenni Murray and the former head of Haringey Social Services - Sharon Shoesmith. Normally the programme is a compilation of some of th...

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