76 posts about BBC Four on this blog
Thursday 16 September 2010, 16:15
I'm about to appear in a BBC Four drama about how Coronation Street started called The Road to Coronation Street, where I play my father, Bill Roache (who plays Ken Barlow in the soap) as a young man. I am about the same age as him when it started.
To get into the role I had some great chats with my...
Wednesday 15 September 2010, 17:21
Eighty-nine-year-old Margaret Frost was one of the one hundred and sixty-eight women in the ATA and features in the programme. She spoke to the...
Friday 3 September 2010, 11:23
Mad Men introduced us to a world of 1960s ad men who smoked like industrial revolution-era chimneys and drank up spirits like whisky-powered Henry hoovers. And, very...
Thursday 26 August 2010, 16:15
Wednesday 4 August 2010, 16:23
I guess I should consider myself very lucky. I get paid to do what most folk have to do as a hobby. But after six series of walks with Julia Bradbury, Dan Snow's Norman Walks has thrown up a fresh new set of challenges - and, it has to be said, a whole new level of walking fascination.
Since the age...
Wednesday 28 July 2010, 13:34
Being a comedy writer is quite a sedentary job, and the advent of email made it worse as we don't even get to nip to the Post Office to send off scripts any more. Eventually they will find a way to make coffee via USB and then we will never leave our chairs again.
But you have to be active - everyone...
Monday 19 July 2010, 13:05
My brother Sam is the brains, or lack thereof, behind BBC Four's On Hannibal's Trail. After a cycling holiday in the Pyrenees his suggestion for our next trip was following the 2,500 mile route Hannibal took when he invaded Italy.
Sam is an archaeologist and one his heroes is Hannibal - the Carthaginian...
Monday 5 July 2010, 15:00
These reports are essentially health checks done every five years to ensure that the channels are delivering the kind of programmes that audiences expect...
Tuesday 29 June 2010, 17:08
When I had the chance to write and present the documentary Disappearing Dad, about fathers in fiction, I immediately knew which way I wanted to go.
I had just been trying to invent a plot for a novel, and I'd been thinking it would be useful if the villain of the piece had been psychologically damaged...
Wednesday 23 June 2010, 12:32
I stick to a routine when it comes to writing. I can't write in a café or a park. I get to my desk around nine and set myself a target for the number of pages to get done in a day.
At the place where I work they take the mickey out of me for always making coffee at exactly 11 o'clock. It's like a...
Thursday 17 June 2010, 20:28
I remember the day my father died. I was suddenly aware that there was no ceiling above me, just the heavens, and I realised that I too would someday die.
Not the cheeriest start to your Father's Day reading and it gets bleaker before (I promise) some sunshine. I then had to go to Germany to sort out...
Monday 14 June 2010, 10:10
People might ask why we made Rude Britannia - well you might!
As is sometimes the case with television projects, Rude Britannia had a long gestation period.
Nearly three years ago we made a series called Comics Britannia in which we celebrated, among other things, the rude genius that was - and still...
Tuesday 25 May 2010, 10:45
I'm approaching the end of a journey which began nearly three years ago. In summer 2007, my company, Wavelength Films, was lucky enough to be working with Stephen Fry on a film for BBC Four about Johannes Gutenberg - the man who invented printing.
As we travelled through Germany in quest of that elusive...
Wednesday 19 May 2010, 14:45
I'm really interested in making documentaries that go into worlds we seldom get to see, so I was thrilled to be asked to work with producer Lucy Cohen on an observational film made inside a psychiatric hospital.
I'd also had an old mate who'd been in and out of psychiatric hospital many times and felt...
Tuesday 30 March 2010, 10:45
A Canoe Man paddles across your horizon only once in a while, so my first reaction to director Norman Hull and producer Magnus Temple's suggestion that we dramatise this story was one of delight.
It is odd, is it not, how every now and again some stories stick in our minds? They are true stories. Real...
Thursday 18 March 2010, 15:37
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