BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
On Saturday we ended our two week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which, for the first time, saw BBC television, radio and online come together under one roof at our own pop-up venue on Potterow in the heart of the world's largest arts festival.
Over the course of the last fortnight over 100 hours of radio and 200 hours of TV and red button content has been produced from our temporary home at the Fringe with more than 10 BBC networks involved and over 20,000 fringe-goers visiting our venue. I'm very proud that we've had every nominee from the Comedy Awards on our stage at some point during the last fortnight including the winner Adam Riches.
This venue was something of a pilot for us as we look to join up our Fringe coverage as well as the BBC's overall Edinburgh Festivals programming.
As the person responsible for bringing all of the production teams together at this single venue it was great to see Radio 1's Fun and Filth Cabaret hosted by Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw, with guest hosts Dappy from N-Dubz and The Hoff, crossing paths with the team from BBC Radio 4's Fringe favourite Just a Minute, chaired by the legendary performer Nicholas Parsons, who not only recorded radio shows at the BBC venue but also hosted his own daily chat show and appeared in a play at the Pleasance during the Festival.
Under the careful eye of Headmaster Arthur Smith, and new for 2011, the Comedy School at the Fringe included masterclasses with some of the most respected names in comedy including the team behind BBC Three's Mongrels, Miranda Hart and Ricky Gervais.
In addition, with a host of performance and comedy writing workshops and the BBC Three Funny in 15 seconds video booth, we hope to have found a few stars of the future.
For a taste of the last two weeks from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe our short film and website will, I hope, whet your appetite for Edinburgh 2012.
Sophie Taitt is Project Director, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011