Like millions of kids, growing up my parents read newspapers 7 days a week. I know it was 7 days a week because they made me go and fetch them from the shop or bring them home after I finished my
paper round in the morning. They would also read the local paper that would be delivered in the afternoon, The Evening Post. As I got a little older I started to read the Sunday papers (and not just the comics either). During the week, I would scan the back pages for Sports news whilst doing my Paper Round but I didn’t really have time for much else during the week. The only other periodical I would read during the week would be Kerrang the Heavy Metal Bible (back then, I haven’t read that in a while). (more…)
Some days you just listen to something that just stops you dead in your tracks. Something that will make you scratch your head and wonder “where in the hell did that come from?” Usually it’s Jeremy Hardy singing on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. It was Clue that I was listening to today when I had one of those moments except it wasn’t Jeremy Hardy that caused that head scratching, it was someone totally unsuspecting. (more…)
Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf
The Radio Version
BBC Radio 7
In 2006 Doctor Who mania was bubbling up. It wasn’t the massive behemoth we know today, but the undercurrent was there. Christopher Ecclestone had just left and a tall gangly actor from Scotland had stepped up to take over by the name of David Tennant and things were never going to be quite the same again. (more…)
By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
BBC Radio 4
23-27th December 2014
When you have been waiting for an adaptation, any adaptation, of a book you read 20 years ago, when one comes along you get giddy like a school girl on a Friday Afternoon with a Hockey Cup Final to go to. This pretty much sums up how I felt when it was announced that Dirk Maggs was going to be adapting Good Omens for Radio 4. Maggs has long been so far on top of my radio producer mountain that it would take an epic climber of the stature of Hillary to climb to the heights to reach him. Going back to his ground breaking work with his serial work for Radio 1 with the comic book characters Batman, Superman and Spiderman and then on to his work on the remaining Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy productions he has just marked himself out as a producer who is not afraid to take work that “seems” to be unworkable and “make” it work. I don’t really have any other way of putting it other than calling it ART. (more…)
At 1.55 this morning I got a text message. I wasn’t in bed, I rarely am these days. I looked at the message and it was from my Mum, which was odd as I had just wished her good night and heard her walk up the stairs. The message read:
The original War of the Worlds is on Roswell Radio now
Now I don’t know if it was serendipity or whether it was just a random act of fate, but listening to Orson Welles War of the Worlds is just what I needed at 1.55 this morning.
I tuned into the station (Roswell UFO Radio) and just sat back and listened to the show that was the very first OTR show that I had ever heard. I am sure I have mentioned before about how I first heard War of the Worlds, in brief an ex girlfriend bought a magazine that had a cover mount tape of the broadcast. I listened to that tape so many times she would have been well with all realms of sanity to have dumped me there and then. It wasn’t for a few years after that and my introduction to the internet and Napster that I started collecting Old radio shows. It was mostly Goon Shows to start off with, but occasionally I would find an American broadcast that took my fancy. My obsessive collecting habit began when I went to America and had far too much time on my hands and a faster Internet connection.
Fast forward on a decade or so and I now have more radio shows that I have life left to listen to them. I still collect more each week. I am creating a beast of an archive that will probably be use nor ornament to anyone, but it gives me satisfaction knowing that I could probably open one of the many CD cases or boxes that stacked with discs filled with shows and listen to something new each day and not get bored.
As an ending to this short and possibly meaningless post I have something to share with you. Here is a link to the show that started me off. War of the Worlds. Enjoy as I did.. maybe it’ll spark something in you that makes you an obsessive collector. If you want to know where to get more.. just ask.. I’ll be your radio Dr Feelgood.
lt seems that re-imagining of things is not the sole prospect of Hollywood anymore. Taking an obvious lead from the good people over at Big Finish who have been doing new Dr Who stories for a few years now (albeit on CD and charged for) B7 Productions have just released the first three episodes of Blake’s 7. They have teamed up with the Sci Fi channel here in the UK to release a new episode every Tuesday Thursday and Friday. The first three are up and I have listened to them. They sound pretty promising and I suggest to flip over to the site and give em a try. There are going to be 36 5 minute episodes but I think the episodes already uploaded are slightly longer. oh yeah I forgot to mention…..It’s free….so far.
In casting news I give you a cutting from the announcement that was made late last year announcing the whole shebang.
“In what the producers promise to be a radical new re-interpretation of Terry Nation’s original series, DEREK RIDDELL (No Angels, Doctor Who) heads an all new cast as the eponymous rebel leader, Roj Blake. COLIN SALMON (best known for his film roles in James Bond, Alien vs. Predator and Resident Evil), assumes the iconic role of Kerr Avon with DANIELA NARDINI (This Life) as the rebel’s arch nemesis Supreme Commander Servalan.
Other cast members include CRAIG KELLY (Queer as Folk), CARRIE DOBRO (Babylon 5); MICHAEL PRAED (Robin of Sherwood), DOUG BRADLEY (Hellraiser) and INDIA FISHER (Doctor Who).”