Friday, November 13, 2015

Ankle Tag - Online Now

Next week Ankle Tag, a sitcom pilot written by myself and Benjamin Partridge and starring Elis James, Katy Wix, Philip Fox, Asim Chaudhry, Alice Lowe and Bryony Hannah will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2. 

However, the show (as well as the other Comedy Showcase pilots) are already available on the BBC Radio iPlayer app and website. 

So the show is available to listen to right now, but if you want to hear it on the radio, you'll have to tune-in to BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday 18th November at 10pm. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rupert Bull After Dinner Speaking

As mentioned in episode 2 of Bull: Rupert Bull's Website.

The show is on Wednesdays at 10pm on GOLD and on SkyGo, Now TV and places like that afterwards.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bull - Wednesday Nights On GOLD (And Saturdays) (And Tuesdays too)

Tonight sees the first episode of Bull go out - A brand new sitcom written by me and John-Luke Roberts starring Robert Lindsay, Maureen Lipman, Naz Osmanoglu and Claudia Jessie - With episode one featuring Matt Lucas and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

You'll find it on GOLD (Sky:110 / Virgin:126 / BT:310) every Wednesday at 10pm for the next 3 weeks. 

If you miss it, it's repeated on Saturdays (10.20pm), Tuesdays (7.20pm) and will also be available on Sky Go.

For more details on the show, do check out the John Stanley Productions website, there's a lovely write-up here by Bruce Dessau, and I've done an interview and written a few words about the show for the Western Mail - concentrating on the props.

Because if you can't do that for a show based in an antique shop, when can you do it?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ankle Tag - Tickets Available! (And more Bull)

Tickets are now available for Ankle Tag - a new sitcom for BBC Radio 2 I have written with Benjamin Partridge and which stars Elis James and Katy Wix.

Details on the show, and how you can be in the audience on the 17th October, are all available from the BBC Tours And Shows website. 

And while we're on the subject of sitcoms, as the 21st October approaches, there are more and more bits from Bull appearing online. Bull is a brand new sitcom for GOLD written by John-Luke Roberts and I and starring Robert Lindsay, Maureen Lipman, Naz Osmanoglu and Claudia Jessie - some of whom you can see in the clip below.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Coming Soon: Bull

Well, there it is! The first trail for Bull, a new sitcom for GOLD written by John-Luke Roberts and I and starring Robert Lindsay, Maureen Lipman, Naz Osmanoglu, Claudia Jessie plus a whole host of guest stars (some of whom I think we are going to try to keep secret - although you can spot Matt Lucas in the trail above). It starts on October 21st and runs for three weeks.

And while you're waiting for that to hit your screens, you'll be pleased to know I've finally updated the "Podcasts and Videos" section of this website, where you'll now find links to the documentaries I've made for BBC Radio 4, my appearances on The Now Show, some bits and bobs from my BBC Radio Wales show and lots of other things that may or may not quite fit the description of "Podcast" or "Video".

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sandi's Final News Quiz

It was Sandi Toksvig's last News Quiz as host this week and I got to make this montage for the end of the show - There are certainly worse ways to spend a day than listening to 9 years of News Quizzes. 

And then, at the end, I put all the master tapes in the wrong boxes to really screw things up for the next person who tries.

And while we're on the subject of archives, both BBC Radio Wales, and BBC Radio 4 Extra have been repeating old episodes of Elis James' Pantheon of Heroes. Producer Sharif Shahwan has taken the opportunity to start a clips page - perfect for people who always wished our show was 2-3 mins long. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

All The Dragons

For the next few days every single episode of Here Be Dragons Series 2 will be available on the BBC Radio Wales website. 

And actually, while you're there, do check out the rest of the BBC Radio Wales' comedy section. As well as repeats of Pantheon Of Heroes (a show I co-wrote with Elis James and Benjamin Partridge), you'll find The Unexplainers, the Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase and Alan Thompson and Rob Brydon Reunited. You'll also find Rhod Gilbert's Saturday morning show, the latest edition of which was presented by myself and Benjamin Partridge (and I think we'll be standing-in for Rhod once again in mid-June).

Away from Radio Wales, I'm working on Sandi's final series of The News Quiz, The XFM Breakfast Show (once Jon returns from his holidays) and a brand new sitcom for GOLD written by myself and John-Luke Roberts - Bull

But I'll bang on about that a lot more closer to the time. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons is back on Saturday afternoons on BBC Radio Wales.

The sketch show features Cariad Lloyd, Elis James, Lloyd Langford, Nadia Kamil, Sian Harries and was written by them together with Benjamin Partridge, Jordan Brookes, Kayleigh Llewellyn and myself - Some of whom are in this photo.

Although Episode 1 only went out on Saturday, BBC Radio Wales have put the first three episodes online already, as well as a short animation featuring a magpie

While you're on the BBC Radio Wales website, you'll be able to listen to my most recent weekend shows, which include interviews with Milton Jones and John Inman - the man behind the rudder of BBC Four's remarkable All Aboard! 

I also took the opportunity to play the cut-ups and clips I'd prepared for the final episode of BBC Radio 4's Vote Now Show which history rendered obsolete... You can hear the jokes and clips that did make it on the BBC Radio 4 website

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Sketchland is a brand new comedy show produced by BBC Scotland showcasing up-and-coming Scottish writers and performers. Together with Jon Hunter, I script edited the show all about leaving home, which is currently available on BBC iPlayer together with all sorts of online extras.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Gareth Gwynn's Little Book Of Welsh Rock

If I've set this up correctly then this post should appear online just after Gareth Gwynn's Little Book Of Welsh Rock has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. 

If you missed it, don't worry - It is now available on the BBC Radio 4 website.

The show is a sort-of sequel to last year's Celtic Media Award Nominated Gareth Gwynn's Little Book Of Welsh Independence (also online, if you haven't heard it), and was an absolute joy to make.

Having said that, the programme has left a permanent mark on my record collection and could be the only radio show where the entirety of the presenter's fee ended up being ploughed back into records (That's proper records. Not downloads. My Welsh is very poor so I really need the lyric booklets). 

It was such a huge topic to cover, and our contributors all so helpful, the show could easily have been an hour - Hours, even. That's why I wanted to write this post, which acts as a cross between "References" and "Further reading".

First of all, I want you to stop what you are doing right now and enjoy Gareth Potter's fantastic S4C documentary "Gadael yr 20fed Ganrif". It's on YouTube and subtitled so you have no excuse.

As it is both about music and subtitled it looks like it was built to be broadcast on BBC Four on a Friday night - Like a cross between their usual Friday night music docs and The Killing. A ratings winner if ever I saw one.

Also, do seek out our impartial American, Sarah Hill's book " Blerwytirhwng? - ... " and if you want to hear a Mancunian take on all this, check out  Andy Vottel and James Hale's BBC Radio 4 documentary from a few years ago Free Wales Harmony.

And finally, a little sample of the sort of thing I'll undoubtedly now be trying to creep onto my BBC Radio Wales shows...

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 2015

On 31st January, Lloyd Langford and I stepped in to cover Rhod Gilbert's BBC Radio Wales show. The whole thing is still available both on the Radio Wales website and as a podcast, where you'll also find plenty of other editions of the show, featuring a perfectly healthy Rhod Gilbert.

I've also been writing for The Now Show, contributing material to sections such as this one, taken from last Friday's show.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Twisted 2014

On the 29th - 31st December, I presented Gareth Gwynn's Twisted 2014 on BBC Radio Wales - A three-part look back at the year featuring myself, Derek Brockway, Chris Day, Clive Roderick and a whole bunch of cut-ups. 

The three editions will be on BBC iPlayer Radio for a month: 

Twisted 2014 - Part 1
Twisted 2014 - Part 2
Twisted 2014 - Part 3

And if wading through the music, or even clicking a link, seems a bit too much - there are some best-bits from the show on the Audioboo playlist below.

With those done, I'm now back to Sunday mornings on Radio Wales. I'll also be back, contributing material to the XFM Breakfast Show with Jon Holmes when that returns on Monday.

And in other news, a second series of the award-winning sketch show Here Be Dragons will be recording in London this month - Tickets are now available.