Archives for September 2011

Roath Lock Opens For Business

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 16:08 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

Roath Lock, the BBC's new Drama Centre in Cardiff, Wales


The BBC’s Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff have opened in record time.  In just 13 months, 175,000 square foot of HD-ready studios have been constructed and fitted out to provide a permanent, purpose-built home to four flagship BBC dramas – Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, Doctor Who and Upstairs Downstairs – as well as new productions in the future.

This is the quickest BBC build of its size ever and marks an exciting new chapter for drama production in Wales.  BBC1’s Casualty began its move from Bristol to its new set in Cardiff at the start of the month and by Christmas the facility will be full with 500 to 600 people working on site.

Congratulations to all those involved with the construction and fit-out.

Day 4 - We made it!

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 15:34 UK time, Saturday, 3 September 2011

The fourth day of my Pedal for Pudsey 2011 cycle challenge didn't start at all well. We were scheduled to depart from our overnight base in Newcastle-under-Lyme at 8am sharp. However after a bad night's sleep I only woke up at 7.35am having forgotten that my two alarms were set to go off on weekdays only!

Nevertheless, after a somewhat frantic scramble to get myself together I joined the rest of the gang and we departed on schedule, filled with hope that we might avoid the forecasted rain showers.

Only forty something miles today and after yersterday this should be a walk in the park. But the efforts of the three days and 180 miles have taken their toll and I wasn't at all optimistic about the last stage of the journey.

I kept saying to myself 'keep going until the next refreshment break'. The climb to Congleton was the most challenging and I'm glad we had to face up to it early in the day. The rest of the trip thankfully did not provide too many hills.

The welcome sight of MediaCityUK eventually came into view and we crossed the finish line around lunchtime.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the challenge so far. We've reached 178% of our £10k total - close to £18k. There's still time to donate and give all those who took part a big pat on the back, as well as the really special fact that you would be helping BBC Children in Need change children's lives for the better.

You can also see more photos and read more about our adventure at

I can honestly say it has been an exhausting, challenging, gruelling, yet exciting and delightful four days, and I'm now off to put my feet up for what I would say is a well-earned rest!

Day four - the team is on the way

Chris and the team on the way

At the finish line!

Day 3 - am I glad that it's over!

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 16:36 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

Writing this from a hotel room in Newcastle-under-Lyme I feel very happy that we have completed the lion's share of the 210 miles.

I'm really looking forward to seeing MediaCityUK and Salford tomorrow and I may never sit on a bike again!

Today's 56-mile jaunt took us from Nuneaton to Newcastle-under-Lyme using a mix of A-roads, B-roads and some country lanes, but for most of them it involved going up hill.  The superfit merchants took this in their stride, but for some of us, the efforts of the prior day almost finished us off. But of course we soldiered on and the three musketeers Mark, Ian and myself crossed the line around 3.35pm today.

Personally the effort of cycling 210 miles is starting to take its toll. The legs started cramping around lunchtime and when you added this to the injury to my big toe of yesterday it made it a tough and tiring day.

But ultimately, every mile has been worth it as we have blown our £10,000 fundraising target out of the water by hitting £17,500 for Children in Need. Let's keep going and surpass £20k! Only a few more miles to go!

Day three on the road


Day 2 on the road to Salford - what have I got myself into?!

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 07:05 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

Day 2 of our Pedal for Pudsey marathon cycle was a tough one - I had never cycled much more than 5 to 10 miles prior to undertaking this challenge... yesterday I pedalled 87!

It was an amazing day made all the better by good weather which enabled us to travel the highways and the byways of our route from Hemel Hempstead to Nuneaton.  We passed through some beautiful villages although we had little time to soak it all up and didn't get the chance to stop off at the many interesting and inviting hostelries on the way. It did bring back to me the line of poetry - this green and pleasant land.

It was tough and although we have now hit the half way mark, day 2 will remain in my memory for some time, especially some of the hills (see photo below).

For more photos and further insight into the trip, have a look at the Pedal for Pudsey blog, where Alice Webb has been busy chronicling our adventures.

pedal for pudsey hill

 pedal for pudsey day 2 stop


We're on our way!

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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 10:24 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011

We're underway and heading along the highways and byways of Hertfordshire, with Richard Seago leading the charge!

We arrived safe and well for our first stop at Hemel Hempstead last night and were up bright and early this morning to get ahead. We're now en route to our second night stop-over in Nuneaton tonight.

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