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).

Dead RingersSeries 12 sees impressionist giants Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens return, joined by Lewis Macleod (Postman Pat!) and Duncan Wisbey. I was present at the recording of episode two which featured a number of sketches including David Mitchell popping up in Eastenders. a ‘Great British Bake-Off’ parody, some prank calls to real places and some puns about Barack Obama (which I can’t really remember).

DR 2The episode was ok, perhaps it would have helped if I had know who all the people were. I think i probably prefer news shows such as The Now Show or Newsjack however I wouldn’t be against hearing Dead Ringers again.

After the show I met the delightful cast, including Mr Potman Pat!

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 and impressionist and it was through this that I met him the other day.

???????????????????????????????It was at a recording of his brand new impressions show ‘Lewis Macleod is Not Himself’ for BBC Radio 4. I must admit not being that keen on impressions (mostly because I never know who the people are supposed to be), but I decided to give it a go anyway, it is Postman Pat after all!

The show co-starred Duncan Wisbey, Julian Dutton and Kate O’Sullivan whilst being produced by The Now Show’s Lyndsay Fenner.

???????????????????????????????The format was very odd indeed, a mix between sketch and un-related narration. Whilst the show was ok it would not be something I would listen to at home. The two episodes I heard were just about saved by a love song from Greg Wallace to Mary Berry, a narrate-off between Morgan Freeman and David Attenborough (R.I.P) and an uncanny impersonation of Sean Bean.

Lewis Macleod is Not Himself will be broadcast this September on BBC Radio 4.

Newsjack Recording – Series 9 Episode 2

2013-09-25 21.01.02So it’s that time of year again. The nights are getting earlier, the house is getting colder and, oh yes; Newsjack is back!

For those of you who don’t know/care, Newsjack is a topical radio sketch show with an ‘Open Doors Policy’ which means that anybody can send in their sketches to be recorded.

What with all good radio comedy, the beeb needed some people to laugh in the background and so I got the chance to sit in a room, one half of the only two teenagers in a room of middleaged business men and women.

We saw the return of the main cast which features Justin Edwards from Skins, Lewis Macleod (a.k.a Postman Pat) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith who’s obviously got a good agent as she’s in everything.

tickets 001A great show we had, full of jokes about selfies, the iPhone 5s and the Pope. We were also treated for a fair bunch of spontaneous hilarity from the cast which included Edwards womanising a bit and Macleod getting annoyed with one of the audience after they told him to redo a line.

Got some autographs, got a script, had a talk with Carl Cooper about how to pursue a career in radio producing. Whoppe!

The current series of Newsjack is airing thursday nights at 11pm on BBC Radio .

Newsjack Recording – Series 8 Episode 3

Newsjack Series 8 Episode 3Newsjack is a radio-comedy-news based-sketch show (there is a name for that but I’ve forgotten it) broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra. It is an unusual show it that it is made up entirely of sketches and one-liners sent in by members of the public before being performed by actors.

The stars of the show are Justin Edwards, Lewis MacLeod and Pippa Evans. It also stars The Audiencethe fabulously fabulous Margaret Cabourn-Smith, star of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Program, Miranda and Do the Right Thing. Yesterday I got the pleasure of going to the recording of Series 8 Episode 3 of Newsjack.

I took place at the ever-familiar RADA studios in London, somewhere I had been once to the recording of Cabin Pressure and twice to follow celebrities into coffee shops. The full castHowever the difference here was that instead of the long que of eccentric, middle-aged and single women, the crowed there was that of normal people. Normal people, with lives! It made four small and quite teenagers seem quite out-of-place.

We started off with a little intro from producer Ed Morrish, also producer of Souvenir Program, and then another from Justine Edwards and us!lead actor Justin Edwards. The cast then entered and we were then subjected to a hilarious forty-five minutes of sketch which included Al-Qaeda’s guide to keeping safe during a drone attack, David Bowie popping up everywhere and the familiar Newsjack app.

Afterwards my friends and I stayed around, perilously assessing the risk of going up to My signed ticketsomeone and asking them for 6 autographs (there were four of us). At the end of it we walked out having met Lewis MacLeod, Pippa Evans and Justin Edwards. Unfortunatley we were not able to catch Margaret Caboun-Smith before she left, nor could we pluck up the courage to sneak into a circle of people to get the autograph of Ed Morrish. Oh well.