Not Going Out Recording – Series 8

When it was announced that Lee Mack’s long running sitcom ‘Not Going Out’ was to end after its seventh series, audiences breathed a sigh of relief. The show may have won the BBC millions of viewers, been praised by critic for its multitude of one liners, and propelled he careers of its stars Lee Mack,…

Tim Vine’s Chat Show Recording – Series 1

Last year my friends and I attended the recording of ‘Time Vine’s Chat Show’ a half hour comedy made for BBC Radio 2’s annual Comedy Showcase. The show was an immediate success, with the BBC investing in a full series of the show to air this summer (now on BBC Radio 4). We returned to hear…

Some Famous People

My blogging activity has sadly decreased recently, however that’s not to say I haven’t attended plenty of radio recordings at the BBC. To summarise, here are a few of the famous people I’ve met in the last few months. Tim Vine I met comedian Tim Vine in October, when he was recording ‘Tim Vine’s Chat…

The Lentil Sorters Recording – Episodes 3 & 4

So Cabin Pressure’s finished, My First Planet too by the looks of things. Milton Jones is slowly going out of fashion and Bigipedia is forgotten by pretty much everyone. So what is Pozzitive Productions, the company behind this excellent array of radio sitcoms, to do with itself now? The answer is of course create new…

It’s Not What You Know Recording – Series 3

One mild mannered host, three or four vaguely amusing guests, and a nice table. The format for panel shows is pretty frickin’ generic, probably the reason they appear so much in Radio 4’s comedy schedule. It was therefore quite nice for me, to attend the recording of a panel show, which actually had some individuality….

News Quiz and Newsjack Recordings

The thing with growing older and starting to care about the fate of the world, is that you actually understand the political jokes on Radio 4!… or so I’ve been told. So I’ve been to two more radio recordings recently; The News Quiz and Newsjack, and I’ll be reviewing both of them here in a…

Chain Reaction Recording – Olivia Colman and Sharon Horgan

Back in October 2014 (I have oft said that my writing habits are somewhat irregular) I visited the Beeb once again to see a recording of Chain Reaction, featuring comedian Sharon Horgan and the face of British television; Olivia Colman. The producers of Chain Reaction call it a ‘tag team interview show’ with each interviewee…

Start/Stop Recording – Series 2

So yeah, went to another recording last week met the cast, met Olly Murs and got myself on the One Show! Not a bad evening.  So the show was called Stop/Start and its romantic comedy from BBC Radio 4. It focuses on three failing marriages and the situations the couples find themselves in with each other,…

Dead Ringers Recording – Series 12 Episode 2

Dead Ringers is a topical impressions show, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It ran for eleven series between 2000 and 2005. On July this year, seven years after the last full series, Dead Ringers made a high profile return to our screens (well radios, whatever). Series 12 sees impressionist giants Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens…

Lewis Macleod is Not Himself Recording – Episodes 1 & 2

Lewis Macleod; know to Radio 4 listeners for being part of the satirical news show ‘Newsjack’, to children for being the voice of Postman Pat, and to die-hard Harry Potter fans for voicing Dumbledore in the series of video-games. However not many people know that ‘the voice of Postman Pat’ is actually a great comedian…

Not Going Out Recording – Series 7 Episode 8

After a year and a half of regularity attending BBC Radio Recordings, I decided to try something different, the recording of a TV show. The show in question was the BBC 1 sitcom ‘Not Going Out’. The show focuses around Lee (played by comedian Lee Mack) who spends his life doing nothing and getting on…

The News Quiz Recording (sort of) – Series 84 Episode 7

So a new episode of the News Quiz was being recorded last week and, despite not having tickets to sit in the studio audience of the show, I went along anyway, to wait outside to meet the cast. #funlife The News Quiz is a radio panel show in which panellists look over the weeks news…