BBC Radio 4

The Man Who Wore Sanitary Pads

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…)

Tim Brooke-Taylor Sings Mr Boombastic

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 – BBC Radio 7 – 2007

Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf
The Radio Version
BBC Radio 7

Toby-1In 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…)

Good Omens – Radio 4 – December 2014

Good Omens
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…)

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