Week starting 26th January 2008.
Welcome to the 'China Radio Stories' section of the China Production Stories' website!
We have just finished making 8 radio programmes looking at the themes of Food, Respect for the Elderly (Ghost and Ghost 2), Sport and Getting to Know You.
The first thing you need to know about the radio schedule is that the way that you plan for programmes is back-the-way.
We started by looking at when the programmes needed to be finished. The China programmes needed to be finished by BBC week 18 which is the week starting the 28th of April.
We had to count backwards and work out how much time we needed in the studio for each programme. And one of the most important things we had to do was work out when we had to have our child actors in place, because we always have to apply for child licences for younger actors, and these can take quite a long time to arrange.
So, as a radio producer, what you do is work back-the-way; you put these major milestones in place and you work everything around them.
Read on to learn about the whole process of making a radio programme, from comissioning the writers to the final edit.
Watch some video of the actors recording on set in the studio.
Jo : Has an initial meeting with Jude Ho, at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay (PQ) buildings. Jude will be writing the plays 'Ghost' and 'Ghost 2' about elderly people and respect.
The meeting is a chance to talk about the theme, and ideas for getting that theme across in the programme.
Jude currently works for the BBC as a director on 'The Culture Show' and has written for radio before. This is the first time Jude and Jo have worked together.