Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 2018 - Tiny Scriptwriter



The Dave Berry Breakfast Show started this week on Absolute Radio, and I was asked by legendary producer Dave Masterman to write an advert for its launch, featuring… Actually, I won’t say who’s in it. That really is half the fun. Just give it a watch and you'll see.

Sue Perkins’ Earpedia - Series Two of this Audible Original show is now online, presented by Sue Perkins, featuring Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Simon Kane and written by Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch, Jon Hunter and myself.

Series 1 was all about animals, so with that done we've now moved on to plants. Honestly, I don’t know how David Attenborough has spun this out into a 60+ year career. We’ve done two series and absolutely nailed the lot.


Elis James: Cic Lan Yr Archif - All six episodes of this rummage through the S4C archive have now been broadcast, and most of them are still available through BBC iPlayer (with subtitles if required) (which I do) (despite being on the writing team for the show).

We Need To Talk About - Presented by Jolyon Rubinstein, there’s a new edition of Spotify's topical podcast uploaded every Friday, with the host’s script written by me, Jon Hunter or Jenny Laville (but I won’t say who wrote which ones as I am all for collective responsibility).







BBC Cymru Fyw – While I'm here, I'll mention this recent article about me on the Cylchgrawn (Magazine) section of the BBC Cymru Fyw (BBC Wales Live) website. As you have probably guessed, it's in Welsh, so I popped it through Google Translate (owing to my own limitations in the language) and was genuinely thrilled to see that at one point I am described as "...one of the tiny scriptwriters". Welsh speakers have offered to explain the translation, but I really am more than happy to remain in-the-dark for the time being.

In addition to the above, I am also script editing two series for BBC Radio 4 – Felicity Ward’s Appisodes and Tudur Owen’s Where On Earth Is Anglesey – both of which will be broadcast later in the year and one of which was subject to a technical error so brilliantly catastrophic, we literally had to come back another day to record the whole show again. (I say that having only recorded one of the shows so far, so this really is a terrible example of tempting fate).

I’ll also be heading to Llandudno for this year’s Craft Of Comedy Conference, where I shall be conducting a Topical Comedy workshop, speaking on a panel with the BBC Writers Room, making the most of the fact I've recently joined Instagram and remembering where I have parked.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 2018 - We Need To Talk... Again

We Need To Talk About...Series 2 of Spotify's topical podcast is now well underway, with 6 episodes currently available and a new edition uploaded every Friday.

The show is presented by Jolyon Rubinstein with writing duties split between Jon Hunter and I, recording locations split between London and LA and writing locations split between London and other bits of London. 

Earpedia - Sue Perkins presents facts about animals, with assistance from Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Simon Kane, in this Audible Original series which I wrote with Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch, Jon Hunter.

I mentioned this on my blog before Christmas, but it turns out they hadn't actually been officially released back then and weren't really meant to be online - but now they are. It sounds like the sort of thing a record label might do to spark an underground hit, so it's good to see the technique applied to a bunch of facts about the Naked Mole Rat
Top Gear - I'm also doing a little bit of work behind the scenes on the current series of Top Gear on BBC Two. After one recording, I returned to the car-park to find I had a flat-tyre and was given special permission to drive across the test track in my 8-year-old, bird-poo covered Ford Focus, in order to get to the garage to get air. Pretty sure that bit won't make the edit.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2018 - Just A Magic Minute

Just A Minute: 50 Years In 28 Minutes, a show I produced to celebrate 50 years of Just A Minute, is now available on BBC Radio 4's Comedy Of The Week podcast, through the BBC Radio iPlayer and also as a short animation...



A few other shows I've been working on went out over the festive period and links to all of them are in the previous blog post which, depending how you're reading this, will almost certainly appear below...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas 2017


We Need To Talk About... - I've been working as a writer on Jolyon Rubinstein's Spotify podcast and the final episode of series 1 is available now.

Just A Minute: 50 Years In 28 Minutes - I got to produce an episode of Just A Minute - It isn't like other episodes of Just A Minute. Based on an idea by Paul Merton, this one-off to celebrate 50 years of the show goes out on Christmas Day at 6.30pm on BBC Radio 4 and will also be available on the Comedy Of The Week podcast and through the BBC Radio iPlayer.

O'r Diwedd 2017: I co-wrote this look-back at the year together with Sian Harries and Tudur Owen, which will be broadcast on S4C on Boxing Day at 9pm, after which you'll be able to find it on S4C Clic / BBC iPlayer (with subtitles).

Twisted 2017: Another look back at the year, this time in english, without pictures and on BBC Radio Wales. Broadcast on 30th December, the show will feature Melangell Dolma, Vern Griffiths, a healthy dolop of the BBC archive and some fantastic contributions from stand-up Sarah Breese.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Birthday BBC Local Radio


Last week, I was on The Now Show on BBC Radio 4, talking about 50 years of BBC Local Radio. You can catch the full thing on the Radio iPlayer/Podcast but someone working in the online team (who clearly really likes old jingles) has clipped together the best bits here...

Friday, October 27, 2017

We Need To Talk About... Tony Law

At 7.15pm on Sunday 29th October (and online for 30 days after that) you can catch a brand new sitcom pilot written by John-Luke Roberts and I for BBC Radio 4. 

Tony Law: 21st Century Adventurer stars Adjoa Andoh, Nina Wadia, Freya Parker, John-Luke Roberts, Helen Lederer and Tony himself - who, brilliantly, came dressed for the part. Gosh, I hope he realised it was for radio.


I've also been working behind the scenes on a brand new show for Spotify Premium subscribers. We Need To Talk About... is presented by Jolyon Rubinstein and features panelists from comedy, music and journalism who pick through the week's news and try not to get too down about it all. At the time of writing there are 5 episodes available, with plenty more on the way. 

Finally, Elis James' Pantheon Of Heroes was nominated for Best Entertainment Or Comedy Production at the Radio Academy's ARIAS 2017. We saw didn't win, but we got to go to Leeds for the ceremony - so here's some photos of Busted, looking like they are on the set of Tron. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Comedy Of The Week

All four episodes of Ankle Tag are now available on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Written by Benjamin Partridge and I, the show stars Elis James, Katy Wix and Steve Speirs - all three of whom you can see in the incredible iPlayer photo on the left which, after four episodes, is still being used. 

Ankle Tag is also this week's BBC Radio 4 Comedy Of The Week podcast - So download it now (or listen below if I can make the embed thing work*) to hear episode 1 - plus Elis and I being interviewed by Cariad Lloyd about the show (although they seem to have cut my bit on exactly how to disable an Ankle Tag. Probably very wise).

In other news, Series 4 of Elis James' Pantheon Of Heroes, written by Elis, Ben and myself and starring Elis, Ben and Nadia Kamil, has been nominated for a Radio Academy ARIAS award. The show isn't on iPlayer any more, save for this smidgen of it on Twitter and a couple of clips from Series 1-3 on the BBC Radio Wales website. 

(*I can't).