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19/02/2017
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    Blog posts by year and month March 2009

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    1. 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 di...

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    2. 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...

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    3. 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 doi...

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    4. 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...

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    5. 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 adde...

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    6. 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... The...

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    7. 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 th...

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    8. 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 th...

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    9. 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...

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    10. 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...

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