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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« Last post by Petejackson on June 05, 2017, 09:29:18 AM »
Hello all. Just wanted to say that Love in Recovery series 1 is due to be repeated, weekly from the 12th of July. Radio 4 at 11pm. Work on series 3 continues apace.
Pete
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The Afternoon Play / Far Side of the Moore - Friday 21/4/2017
« Last post by Albert on April 21, 2017, 12:54:32 PM »
First broadcast 2015. I seem to remember this was interesting and entertaining.

"Sean Grundy's drama is both a moving and at times laugh out loud funny telling of a key moment in the life of Patrick Moore".

Yes, I think I would agree with that. I'll be tuning in again.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nt1vb
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The Afternoon Play / Is it Julie Hesmondhalgh day?
« Last post by Albert on April 07, 2017, 05:43:40 PM »
I don't watch TV but I understand that Julie Hesmondhalgh is a bit of a star on the box. BBC need a national treasure and they've found one, or rather are making one. They did the business on Judi Dench all those years ago helped to string out that career for more decades than may have been strictly necessary. They desperately needed a replacement.

So today we have:

Afternoon Play/Drama The Fix:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kydbq

and 15 Minute Drama Dead Pan:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l7szl

In their efforts to claim a star and self-propel a career with overexposure, I have to say I just see the characters as the same person, with an idiosyncratic voice, blandly reading a script secure in the knowledge that Auntie Beeb is looking after her.

I don't mean to be unkind to Julie, but that''s how I feel. Anyway, I'm off out before the 15 Minute Drama stats.




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Radio 2 / 10K signed so far to reinstate Brian Matthew on SOTS
« Last post by steve_lowman_ on February 18, 2017, 12:34:39 PM »
https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-brian-matthew-as-presenter-of-sounds-of-the-sixties More than 10,000 supporters for this petition so far.

Brian Matthew was sacked, but the Radio 2 managers, BBC press office, and even the BBC Complaints dept have maintained a persistent lie that he "stepped down due to ill health", despite Brian's strong refutations of this.

They seem to have been planning to sideline the show, and took advantage by sacking Brian after he had a fall at home, even though he fully recovered within a few weeks. They have now announced pushing SOTS back to 6 am and bringing in Tony Blackburn to replace Brian. I am sure no one who has signed the petition would approve of this schedule change. Why not put TB where he does best, i.e. POTP, and let Brian do what he does best, i.e. SOTS? And, Gambo could do shows that he's more suited to, of course.

Many listeners are still unaware of any of this story, and so far, the managers have got away with their bullying and lies. We need to call them to account. BBC Radio 4 Feedback will have a major feature next week, and they have requested listeners' comments at https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006slnx/contact . Listener's comments and views will be put to Lewis Carnie, so this is a chance to demonstrate the strength of listeners' arguments to challenge his crass policies and management style.
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Radio 4 / What He Said
« Last post by Albert on February 17, 2017, 04:06:59 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08drk4s

A gentle but nonetheless capturing 15 minutes listen.

I found the story interesting but erm, there is nothing whatsoever that I can identify with Marcus.
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Radio 2 / Re: BBC Radio 2 cuts live overnight presenters
« Last post by radiolad on February 07, 2017, 12:08:03 PM »
Alex has got quite a bit of local radio stuff planned. Janice has a short series on Radio 2.
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BBC Local Radio Board / Re: BBC Norfolk - David Clayton to retire.
« Last post by radiolad on February 07, 2017, 12:06:26 PM »
David Whiteley continues.
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The Afternoon Play / Comment Is Free - Everybody hates Alistair Cooper
« Last post by Albert on January 30, 2017, 03:35:06 PM »
Well first things first, this was an entertaining and thought-provoking enough Afternoon Drama. A thinly veiled parody on real life people? Well that is for the listener to decide, but I'm sure many of us who use the internet will recognise some of the comments made against outspoken commentators on social media.

I knew this one was worth a listen because I had heard it before. I even found myself finishing off some of the sentences. Last broadcast on Wednesday October 5th 2016. Less than 4 months ago. No wonder.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wtd70

Point of interest: Rachael Stirling, playing the lead here, is the daughter of Diana Rigg


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Radio 4 / 15 Minute Drama - Clutch, Throttle, Brake
« Last post by Albert on January 30, 2017, 11:18:56 AM »
Just thought I'd like to say something about this one. Generally, The 15 Minute Drama isn't intended to be taken as a serious literary offering and this one is no different. But this one has Bill Paterson playing what I have to presume is very much himself, the dour Scotsman but with a bit of an edge and possibly with some humour lurking there too.

Mr Paterson's iMDb is impressive http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0665473/ and goes back a long way, beyond the wonderful days of Play For Today.

I think I first 'got to know' Bill in Auf Wedersehen Pet as Ally Fraser, and then as a doctor in The Singing Detective. He certainly brings a presence to a project and this one is no difference.

An easy on the ear gentle comedy.

Alison Steadman is in here somewhere too.

So, that's my morning tea times sorted for the week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08bz7hw



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BBC World Service / amusingly cynical russian commentator - who was he??
« Last post by meezy on January 22, 2017, 12:29:40 AM »
Last Thursday, January 17, I was listening to the World Service and heard a great segment about how peasants in the middle of Russia receive news and what their opinions on Trump were.
Then they interviewed a very amusing russian analyst of some kind that offered some pretty choice comments about Trump and Putin and the US and Russia's future together... i would like to hear this segment again, but can't find it... does anybody know what i'm talking about - or can somebody suggest how to find it? I've done my best and failed to find it.
Thanks,
~M.
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