Radio Drama: Little Bexham
Preview: Little Bexham
The excitement mounts as BBC Radio Norfolk reveals that their home-grown drama Little Bexham, starring the people of Norfolk, will air from Tuesday, 30 October, 2007. If you can't wait that long though, then listen to our exclusive sneak preview.
"What's that you've dragged out of the dyke?"
Listeners are left dangling with this tantalising cliff-hanger after the first episode of Norfolk's newest radio drama, Little Bexham.
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Created by Norfolk author Sue Welfare, Little Bexham features people from across the county selected from auditions held in May 2007.
"I'm really excited that we've a home-grown radio drama project off the ground, using local people," said Sue.
"As a writer born and bred in Norfolk, I'm hoping to reflect local concerns and local issues while at the same time turning a realistic eye on rural life in the 21st century.
"All of which sounds a bit heavy, but Little Bexham isn't preachy nor precious. It's great fun with lots of characters people can identify with and plot lines that hopefully will get listeners hooked," she added.
More than 50 people attended the casting call, each hoping to land one of the 12 parts.
It's the first time that BBC Radio Norfolk has produced and broadcast its own drama, which will run on Roy Waller's afternoon programme.
"This is an exciting venture and I'm so pleased it's finally come to fruition," said Roy.
Months of hard work have gone into making the radio drama come to life. Despite the preparations, broadcasting the first programme will still be an anxious moment for the production team.
"I'm looking forward to sharing Little Bexham with everyone, but there is a degree of nervousness about how it will be received," added producer Amy Barratt.
Little Bexham will be broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk on Tuesday and Thursdays at 1.30pm, with an omnibus edition on Sundays at 1.45pm. The final episode of the series is broadcast on Tuesday, 27 November, 2007.
We regret that due to rights issues, we are not able to make the drama available 'on demand' but you can 'listen live' at the time of broadcast using the links on this page.
last updated: 07/11/07