Friday, July 10, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May/June 2020

Ankle Tag - Series 3 of the sitcom I co-write with Benjamin Partridge starts on BBC Radio 4 on 28th May. Starring Elis James, Katy Wix and Steve Speirs, the previous series has just been repeated on BBC Radio 4 and is also on BBC Sounds.Tom Jones I should say, series 3 differs from the previous two in a couple of key ways. First of all, there are 6 episodes in the run, rather than 4 and also, for these ones, the Evans household doesn't have 300 people in their living room laughing at what they are doing. Bit of a continuity error on our part, but never mind.

The Other Side Of Tom Jones - This spoof documentary starring Mike Bubbins as Tom Jones and narrated by Michael Sheen, featuring heaps of archive clips taken out of context plus a few familiar voices goes out on BBC Radio Wales on 4th June. I wrote and edited the show, which is part of a week of programming dedicated to Sir Tom's 80th birthday... Although I suspect the other shows will be considerably more factual than ours. But, if you want to hear Tom's role in everything from Apollo 11 to Devolution - and with contributions from Colin Jackson, Sian Lloyd and Scott Quinnell - then this is the one for you.

Tourist Trap: The Stay At Home Special - The BBC One Wales TV series about the Welsh tourist board is on BBC iPlayer as a box set right now. However, during a Zoom call with the rest of the writing team, Sian Harries, Tudur Owen and I wondered how the team at WOW Wales would cope with asking people to stay away from the country, rather than inviting them to cross the border. With a TV show well and truly out of the question right now, Tourist Trap: The Stay At Home Special will be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales at 6.30pm on 22nd June (and be on BBC Sounds afterwards) and will follow some of the characters from the show at home, as they ask people to visit Wales... Later.

Tudur Owen: Zoo - And on the subject of tourism, I acted as script editor on Tudur Owen's latest show for BBC Radio 4, based on the true story of how his dad's entrepreneurial spirit led to his farm being dubbed "The Worst Zoo In Britain" by the News Of The World. The two parts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm on the 17th and 24th of June

Saturday, January 25, 2020

January 2020 - Welcome Strangers


Welcome Strangers is a brand new sketch show on BBC Radio Wales starring Sarah Breese, Sian Harries, Kath Hughes, Mali Ann Rees, Beth Granville and Ruth Madoc as the narrator. 

I wrote some sketches and also worked as script editor on the show, three episodes of which are currently online - and will soon be joined by a fourth.








Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2020 - O'r Diwedd 2019

O'r Diwedd 2019: It may be January 2020, but if you're already feeling nostalgic about 2019 then the latest edition of O'r Diwedd is currently available (with English subtitles, if required) on BBC iPlayer. 

Presented by Sian Harries and Tudur Owen, it's our annual sketch show looking back at the year- and I'm even in this one, very briefly, as a Welsh learner. Which is apt.

Tourist Trap: There's also still to time to catch-up on Tourist Trap Series 2 - Just like Christmas decorations, the semi-improvised sitcom written by Sian, Tudur and I will be taken down on Sunday evening - so if you haven't seen it yet, now's your chance. 

Funny Nation: Also available on iPlayer is this documentary about the history of Welsh comedy presented by Elis James and directed by Iwan England. The three episodes cover stereotypes, live comedy and TV and Radio. I pop up here and there talking about shows that finished long before I was born - And, rest assured, should you ever need three hours of me banging on-and-on about Harry Secombe, Iwan really does have those out-takes safely tucked away somewhere. 

And if you are an Audible subscriber, you can still get hold of The Goodies - The Big Ben Theory Written by John-Luke Roberts and me with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie and based on a plot by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, it's a new, hour-long audio edition of the show available to download now.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

October 2019 - Tourist Trap Series 2


 
Tourist Trap is back! The semi-improvised sitcom/sketch-show* returns on Monday 28th October at 10.35pm on BBC One Wales and runs for six weeks - But all six episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer website afterwards.

And if you're the sort of person who enjoys a peek-behind-the-curtain, Sian Harries, Tudur Owen and I gave an interview to the British Comedy Guide about how we write the show which raises existential questions about what even is a script. You can find it here.

I have also been working behind the scenes on the first two editions of this series of The Now Show as well as helping out on Gary Slaymaker and Debra Humphries' show The Joy Of Text - all of which are now available on BBC Sounds.

*I co-write it and I'm not quite sure which it is.

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 2019 - The Goodies in The Big Ben Theory




If you head over to Audible now you can find a brand new audio episode of The Goodies. The Goodies - The Big Ben Theory is written by John-Luke Roberts and me - with Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie and based on a plot by Barnaby Eaton-Jones.

In the show The Goodies return to run the country in a plotline which seems even more relevant now than when we first sat down to write it. They're joined by Jon Culshaw, Kate Harbour, Philip Pope, Barnaby Eaton-Jones and Joanna Lumley. It's produced by Barnaby Eaton-Jones and directed by Dirk Maggs

If you head to the show page now you can hear a small audio-sample from around the opening of the show - and you can hear the whole thing for free if you sign-up for Audible's 30-day trial which, by my maths, should let you listen to it 720 times.


I also recently appeared on James King's podcast Cinema Stories in which guests chat about their three favourite cinemas - and as someone who once worked in a cinema (The Coliseum in Brecon) I was more than happy to provide a peek behind the heavy, red curtain.

Before long I found myself admitting to a professional film critic that I have seen the first Pirates Of The Caribbean film over 26 times as well as covering The Piglet Movie and a Rugrats film that was scratch-n-sniff. 

The whole show is currently available on Acast, Spotify and Apple... And once you've listened to the show, it might be worth you checking out this BBC Radio 4 documentary by Michael Sheen in which he provides an altogether more positive spin on the Port Talbot Plaza than the one I was able to provide.