Radio series about the lives of homeless duo Tara and George wins BPG Award



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

Source: Radio series about the lives of homeless duo Tara and George wins BPG Award

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Derry Girls series two premiere leaves audience ‘buzzing’

Derry Girls Premiere PartyThe stars of the hit Channel 4 show hit the red carpet in Derry for the global premiere

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.

Derry Girls Premiere Party

“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.

Source: Derry Girls series two premiere leaves audience ‘buzzing’

Aha! Watch the first trailer for Alan Partridge’s return to the BBC

We get our first glimpse into the studio of Steve Coogan’s gloriously ghastly creation as he partners up on a new show with Susannah Fielding’s Jennie Gresham on new show This Time

Someone rather familiar has slipped out of his Pringle jumper and golfing slacks and put on a proper suit and tie and bright green shirt for his return to the BBC.

Yup, it’s Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge, back with a glimpse at his new show, This Time, in this first look trailer:

Described by the BBC as a “heady mix” of consumer affairs, news, “highbrow interviews and lightweight froth”, it sees Alan join Jennie Gresham (Susannah Fielding) on the sofa after her usual sidekick – a character called John – is hospitalised after a heart attack. John’s misfortune sees Alan trying to “worm his way back into the BBC”.

“It’s about hanging on,” says Coogan.

As fans know, the last time Alan appeared live on the BBC he managed to shoot a guest dead on chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.

The new series will also see a return for Tim Key as Simon ‘formerly Sidekick Simon’ Denton, who appeared in his Sky Atlantic Partridge shows Mid Morning Matters and the film Alpha Papa. Felicity Montagu will also return as Alan’s assistant Lynn.

Source: Aha! Watch the first trailer for Alan Partridge’s return to the BBC