Shaun Keaveny guides us through some choice bits of the podcast from the past couple of years. These include appearances from Miriam Margoyles, Ed Miliband, Susannah Reid and London Hughes. Along with many other interesting encounters there’s also tales of Royal Weddings, blow by blow accounts of shoe shop tantrums, reports of unusual cervical inspections and eulogies for Dwarf Hamsters…all courtesy of Fi and Jane.
Ian Rankin reviews Local Hero on stage in Edinburgh.
Listen to the review at: Front Row – Local Hero on stage, the anti-climax in culture, Agnes Varda remembered – BBC Sounds
The Lost BBC: Two-Way Family Favourites
I’M sure that for quite a few readers, nothing will bring back memories of Sunday lunchtimes with the smell of the roast in the oven more than these words: ‘The time in Britain is twelve noon, in Germany it’s one o’clock, but home and away it’s time for Two-Way Family Favourites’, and this tune.
The programme started in 1941 as Forces Favourites, in which requests from families at home could be heard by servicemen overseas. It went out several times a week with the theme tune When You Wish Upon a Star. I can’t discover if it was the Disney version from Pinocchio sung by Cliff Edwards, or by Vera Lynn, who released it in 1940, so I have given both.
The presenters were all women, apparently because the higher pitch of their voices suited short-wave reception. One was Jean Metcalfe, who started work at the BBC as a typist.[ . . . ]
Continue at source: The Lost BBC: Two-Way Family Favourites | The Conservative Woman
Journalist Audrey Gillan’s caring and compassionate radio series wins big alongside Killing Eve, Patrick Melrose and Derry Girls
A six-part series documenting the lives of two rough sleepers has won Radio Programme of the Year at the 2019 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
In Tara and George, which aired on Radio 4 in August 2018 but is still available online and to download as a podcast, journalist Audrey Gillan carefully teased out the complex pasts and precarious presents of rough sleepers Tara and George with compassion and care.
Gillan talked to Tara and George over the course of almost two years in and around London’s Spitalfields, where they were a mainstay of the community, often to be found on the doorstep of another famous duo, artists Gilbert and George (shown, with Tara and George, above).
Tara McKerr and George Crompton found strength and solidarity together after meeting at a Crisis at Christmas dinner. The pair, both in their late 40s, became inseparable and over the course of six episodes, listeners learned about their troubled childhoods, family breakdowns, mental health and addiction issues, with Gillan also tracking down members of their wider family.
The result was compelling, a rare gem of a radio series looking at love and devotion, as well as the everyday realities of life for two people who found companionship on the margins of society.
Listen to the podcast at at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bfykqm
There could only be one location for the global premiere of Derry Girls.
The stars of the hit Channel 4 series were back in Derry last night for the screening of the first two episodes of the forthcoming second series.
The verdict? “Dead on.”
The show – which follows the lives of five teenagers in Derry in the 1990s – is Channel 4’s most successful comedy since 2004.
Fans waited outside the Omniplex Cinema to catch a glimpse of stars Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan and Louisa Harland – who play Erin, Clare and Orla – as well as “the wee English fella” Dylan Llewellyn and writer Lisa McGee.
“I’m super proud to be from Derry, and as a Derry girl it’s amazing to have our global premiere here in Derry,” said Saoirse-Monica Jackson.
“There would be no show without the people here,” said writer Lisa McGee. “They’ve inspired me and I wouldn’t have all the stories and the jokes without the unique people in Derry.”
The actors signed autographs and posed for selfies with their fans before taking their seats in the cinema where cream horns – a reference to an episode in Series 1 – were served along with the usual refreshments.
Earlier in the day the actors were spotted wearing “I Heart J-L O’D” badges in reference to their co-star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell. O’Donnell, who plays Michelle in the series, was unable to attend because of a theatre commitment.
The Derry Girls gang also stopped off to pose for a photo at the new Derry Girls mural in the city centre.
While the audience have been sworn to secrecy until after the initial episodes air on Channel 4, the cinema was “buzzing” after the show.
Great to have the cast and crew of Derry Girls in the Guildhall after tonight’s premiere screening,” said the mayor of Derry, John Boyle. “The viewers are in for a real treat next month.”
“Big half-term laughs with my teenage offspring at Derry Girls Season 2”, said Chris Jones.
Series two of Derry Girls is expected to air in March 2019.