Blog posts by year and month May 2011

Posts (11)

  1. Jerusalem is perhaps the greatest of England's national songs - familiar at rugby matches and meetings of the Women's Institute, as well as royal weddings and the Last Night Of The Proms. But, unlike Edward Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory, its composer has languished in the shadows, an almos...

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  2. When I convinced the BBC to commission Windfarm Wars, call me naive, but I had no idea it would take seven years of my life to deliver. And doubtless most of the people we've followed with the camera over all those years didn't figure their lives would evolve this way either. And, over that ...

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  3. "Why a road?" people asked when I told them I was presenting this documentary, then, "Why the A303?" Actually it took a while for the questions to occur to me. About 20 years in fact, which is how long I've been driving the road on a regular basis. Like most others I drove it and didn't ...

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  4. I'm on a train on the way home from Carlisle playing reserved seat roulette, hoping like crazy that the elderly couple heading toward me with a steely look in their eyes aren't booked into my seat. I do so hate tears on a train. I'm the senior producer for Radio 1's visualisation team and thi...

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  5. Damn - we've lost Simon Bond. Or more correctly, the wonderful David Sturzaker has decided not to stay with us for the next series of Doctors. This has happened before and it will happen again, but as series producer, one can't help feeling frustrated at creating a successful character, on...

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  6. "So it's like Creature Comforts but with humans instead of animals?" is often what people ask when you say you've just made an animated documentary. It is and it isn't. Yes, animated characters lip-synch the words of real people. But there's more talk of sex problems and extra-marital affair...

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  7. I have a secret concern about the Business Nightmares programme. I worry that you'll enjoy it too much. I worry that you'll revel in the stupidity of the mistakes, laugh at the businesses involved and idly sit back, comfortable in the knowledge that you would never be as daft. Of course,...

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  8. There's no denying it, most people really don't know how fabulous our seas are. We tend to celebrate the coast and our great maritime history and yet we often overlook what's just under the surface in our coastal waters. As a diver for over 40 years, you can imagine that Britain's Secret...

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  9. Scene 1: Aerial shot of two lines of torchlight sweeping across the screen like searchlights. Then they both come together. On a stationary car. CONSTABLE FELIX So what are we looking at? It's 8.07pm on Thursday, 2 September 2010 and we're about to start shooting the opening image...

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  10. "Lest we forget" is the motto of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I have no doubt that after the royal wedding on Friday, tens of millions will forever remember the sight of three World War II planes roaring down the Mall in central London, as a sea of people became a sea of flash p...

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