The Brig Society Recording – Episodes 1 & 2

11899_635947326420795_1117507062_nYesterday I went to another radio recording. Yay! This time it was for a brand new sitcom; The Brig Society, starring Marcus Brigstocke.

Basically what happens is in each episode, Marcus volunteers to do some work for his local community and ends up being put in charge of whatever he volunteers for. The series (or at least the two episodes I saw) also stars Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Newsjack, 946626_635947469754114_207665429_nJohn Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, Do the Right Thing), William Andrews (Sorry I’ve got no Head) and Rufus Hound (who has most probably been in some stuff).

The show was being recorded at RADA, which is by far my favourite studio out of the two I’ve been too. Being recorded were the first two episodes. The first (and the better) was when Marcus was put in charge of his 525238_635947676420760_474970956_nlocal hospital and the second when Marcus became a local fashion icon.

One of the things I love about radio recordings is that the audience do not just come in, sit down, laugh, clear off. The actors really do try to interact with the audience as much as possible. The producers and that the actors always try to provide added amusement which is very nice, especially as 405854_635947753087419_910051166_nit’s free. At the Now Show for instance, Hugh Dennis conducted the audience in a laughing Mexican Wave and this time Marcus Brigstocke went round the audience being highly critical about what some of them were wearing.

The shows were good, however were both an hour long which meant we were sitting there quite a long time. The show also had a 941768_635947789754082_1721358310_ntendency to spend far too long on certain jokes which made it boring if those jokes weren’t very funny anyway.

After the show we hung around and met some of the cast. I’d already met Mr Marcus Brigstocke so I simply told him that I admired his work on the childrens TV show ‘Stupid’ which was good when I was about six, but looking back it was kind of pathetic. 603740_635947799754081_723385906_nWe also met Rufus Jones (whose script I got) and then Maragret Cabourn-Smith! The actual Maragaret Cabourn-Smith!

(For those of you who don’t know who she is, she’s been in John Finnemore’s Souvinere Programme and comedy Podcast; Do the Right Thing). We had a lovely chat with her. She told me I was too young to listen to Do the Right Thing and then advised me to go to The Edinburugh Fringe Festival. Fair do’s.

Cabin Pressure Series 4 Recording 3

CIMG8653Yesterday I fulfilled one of my long time dreams. I met one of my favourite actors, my role model, my hero. Yesterday I met BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. But let’s start from the beginning, we can’t just skip to the main event.

Me and two friends had journeyed up to London for the recordings of the last two episodes of Cabin Pressure Series 4. CIMG8634We didn’t have tickets but like last time our intention was merely to get into the studios at the end to meet the actors and collect autographs. We also hoped that, like last time, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam would journey down the road to Café Nero to grab themselves a coffee. We positioned ourselves in Pret (‘twas really cold outside) and waited for the chance to see Benedict and Roger. We were half successful as it seems poor little Ben didn’t want a coffee leaving Roger on his own to journey to Nero. We ran ahead to the café where, to look like we were doing something, bought some popcorn and then sat at the window seats. ‘twas then that Roger Allam walked in and ordered a small espresso!!! He then took the window seat next to me!!! Exciting much. However it seems a small espresso is REALLY small and before I had time to take some subtle pictures of him he was gone causing us to rush out a follow him.

CIMG8657The next few hours were quite uneventful. They included wandering round London, using McDonalds toilets and not actually buying anything, looking at the RADA studios from round various corners so we could not be seen and generally passing to time in any way possible.

Soon we knew the recordings would be finis150679_573324692683059_1815122607_nhed so we went up to the RADA studios to see the audience leaving and, taking our chance, walked in.

There we met Anthony Head, Roger Allam, John Finnemore, David Tyler, Stephanie Cole and BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!

They were all lovely people (especially Anthony). I got loads of photos and two new autographs from CIMG8661those I hadn’t seen before. This included Benedict who, although was in a rush, managed to make my day.

BENEDICT: What’s your name (taking autograph book).

ME: Philip, one ‘l’.

Benedict writes autograph.CIMG8670

BENEDICT: (Handing back autograph book and looking at my face) Thank you Philip.

That was a dream come true! On my third recording (I’ve been to all of them this series although only got in once) I met lovely Benedict. That’s my life’s ambition complete!

Cabin Pressure Series 4 Recording

Well S248303_525697564115207_1329467990_nunday was a real blast as me and a friend journeyed up to London to witness the first recording of Cabin Pressure Series 4. We went by a train and then by tube, held up along the way by 20 speaker announcements by the same monotonous women, announcing that there had been a fire alert further down the line, however that did not stop us and we still managed to get to the RADA studios 31/2 hours early. We sat and became (may I quote) busy doing nothing. It really was amazing how the time flew out there. By
far the highlight of the wait was when two men who looked extremely like Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam302704_525698007448496_1824317105_n walked past and I followed them for a bit before deciding that it couldn’t possibly be the two actors of whom I was in awe and gave it up only to find out later that it had been them and I had missed my chance at an autograph. After a few hours we were let into the auditorium where the main part of the day began. We were greeted by producer David Tyler who ran us through the structure of the recording before introducing the cast for the episodes. John Finnemore said a few words, my favourites being ‘God knows what Benedict does on his time off. Mostly stunt work, I hear? Something with jumping off roofs.’ Of182388_525697527448544_634898735_n course I am forever forbidden to reveal the contents of the episodes that were recorded (also John Finnemore jumping on the stage and shouting “No spoilers!”).  However my highlights were:

  • Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephenie Cole getting angry and swearing.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch needing 5 attempts to record the credits without slipping up.
  • A scene needing to be re-recorded due to the audience laughing too much.
  • “I prefer to use the word ‘hat’”. (You will get it when you hear it).
  • and the list goes on and on…

Whilst there I had the pleasure of meeting (and collecting the autographs of) Roger Allam, John Finnemore, two guest stars whose names I can’t remember, David Tyler and Carrie Quinlan (who was’nt in the episodes, just there to watch).

I also collected one more momentum of the day. Each of the actors had a bottle of water to drink whilst recording, John Finnemore left his and I grabbed it and got him to sign it. Such fun!