Thursday, December 10, 2020

December 2020 - Independence From Wales

Gareth Gwynn Declares Independence From Wales - This is a brand new show all about the very concept of independence and the towns that think they can go-it-alone. 
What started out as a look at places like Hay-On-Wye and Llanrwst in Wales or Uzupis in Lithuania ended up with me and the producer speaking to the Honorary Consul for Kiribati, leaving answerphone messages with the UN and asking a former Welsh First Minister for advice on whether I could do this for real - as well as speaking to people who did/would campaign on the "Yes" and "No" sides of national independence campaigns. I also hit the streets (with a mic on a two metre pole) and spoke to the people of Brecon, who were fantastic at entertaining the idea of turning their town into an independent state. 
It's about why towns try and claim independence, what they really mean by it - and what it would take to achieve international recognition. The whole thing is produced by Rosemary Baker (who also drew the picture!) and will be broadcast in two parts on the 10th and 17th of December on BBC Radio Wales and is also available on BBC Sounds.
Felicity Ward: Appisodes
is back on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds for another four part series about mobile phone apps how they claim to change your life. This time we cover those that help with pregnancy, addiction, procrastination and wedding planning - and by downloading the relevant apps for research purposes,
Google now thinks I had a brief but intense interest in pregnancy, quitting smoking and planning a particularly frugal wedding.
The Sink: A Sleep Aid
- All six episodes of Natasha Hodgson's comedy-horror sketch-show is now available on BBC Sounds. It's all about dreams, nightmares and that time a bird man came to your school. Again, I acted as script editor on the show, which bills itself as a sleep aid and I have seen one podcast mailing list not really offering any explanation of the show beyond that. Uh oh.
And as well as all those, these shows are all still available online too:



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October/November 2020 - Available Now (Or Soon)

The Sink: A Sleep Aid is a brand new comedy-horror sketch-show by Natasha Hodgson. It's all about dreams, nightmares and that time a bird man came to your school. I was lucky enough to work as script editor on the show, which is being released weekly on BBC Sounds. At the time of writing it's quite bright outside which doesn't seem right at all, so save it for an evening or maybe just listen while hiding under a duvet.

Felicity Ward: Appisodes is returning to BBC Radio 4, with another four mobile phone apps being put under the microscope. I acted as script editor here too and it's the reason I walked around with a Stop Smoking app on my phone for a week, despite the fact I don't smoke - But I did absolutely smash the targets one-by-one. Series 2 is being edited right now and will be broadcast in November - but in the meantime, you can listen to series 1 on BBC Sounds right now.

And I am currently putting together a brand-new show for BBC Radio Wales with the brilliant Rosemary Baker all about the very concept of independence. I've already spoken to some fascinating people about Hay-On-Wye in Wales, Uzupis in Lithuania as well as people who did/would campaign on the "Yes" and "No" sides of national independence campaigns. It doesn't even have a BBC webpage yet but it will and, unless I act fast, an embarrassing photo to accompany it too.

And as well as all those, these shows are all still available online too:


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.