The Now Show Recording – Series 40 Episode 5

IMG_1289Ok, time for another Radio Recording Post!

It was a few weeks now that I went to a recording of the Now Show (specifically Series 40, Episode 5). It starred regulars Steve Punt, Hugh Denis, Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn with the addition of Marcus Brigstocke and Pippa Evans.

Recorded at RADA, the show was hilarious IMG_1292however I do think my very limited political knowledge stopped me from understanding quite all the sketches. Pippa Evans wrote sung an excellent song which beat that of The Now Show’s resident guitarist; Mitch Benn.

At the end of the show I met some of the stars, sorry, ALL of the stars! I even got producer Colin Anderson’s autograph who seemed very shocked that I wanted it. If BeFunky_null_1.jpgsomeone asks you for your autograph you don’t say no!

I even managed to get one of the actor’s scripts which brings my collection up to three.

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.

Newsjack Recording – Series 8 Episode 5

156083_612439188771609_1176274895_nA few days ago I went to, yes, another radio recording. This time it was for Series 8, Episode 5 of BBC Radio 4 Extra program, Newsjack.

However there was one significant difference to this recording than the others I have been too, for it took place at the BBC Broadcasting House rather than the usual RADA Studios.

CIMG9009However it was a nice change for the Broadcasting house is many things that RADA sadly isn’t. Those are big, clean, bright and well-staffed.

There are floors upon floors of offices with people updating the weather or editing the news footage. The place was nicly furbished (having had a multi-million pound 296507_612439325438262_1306766627_nrefurbishment a few years ago). It also has life-size models of both the TARDIS and a dalek, which were quite fun to pose for pictures in front of.

However being big a new, the broadcasting house had a slightly artificial tone and was definitely not as friendly as RADA. The women on reception’s forehead reflected the light above and she spoke with an American ac164396_612439332104928_776312710_ncent! You have no idea how much I hate American accents.

The show itself was excellent however two famialiar faces were missing; Host Justin Edwards and actress Pippa Evans. Some great jokes were cracked including the workings of the new Pope’s mind and a ‘Mind the Gap’ CD.

Me, and some friends, and a TARDIS

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.

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’.

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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!

Smashed bottle of Tipp-Ex

Whilst hanging around the RADA studios, venue of the Cabin Pressure recordings, my friend and I spotted a strange occurrence in the middle of the road.

This occurrence, which from a distance looked like bird poo, turned out to be a smashed bottle of Tipp-Ex. I mean what’s going on there? A bottle, lying in the road, completely smashed.

So you know whenever you find something weird you have to take a picture of it, well me and my friend knelt down and started taking loads of photos of this bottle of Tipp-Ex whilst those in the queue for the Cabin Pressure recordings looked on and laughed.

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Cabin Pressue Series 4 Recording 2

WCIMG8573hen you mix together being a massive Cabin Pressure fan and not getting tickets to the second recording of Cabin Pressure Series 4, the result is 5 hours standing in the middle of London waiting to sneak into the studios and meet the cast.

Me and two others arrived at the RADA studios at about 10:30, fully aware that we had n603217_562125397136322_1142332086_no tickets and yet even more determined to meet the actors (in particular Benedict Cumberbatch). As soon as we got there opportunity meet us with the sight that I had already seen before, just two weeks before. This sight consisted of two men who looked very too much like Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam and, not wanting to miss that chance I had missed before (img_1285See here), I and my friends started following them.

We followed them to a coffee shop (turns out Benedict and Roger prefer Caffé Nero over Starbucks), followed them inside the coffee shop and then backed out again quickly whilst they sat down and drank with us pacing outside waiting for them to leave.

So that was the main event of the day how525875_562125610469634_1125895506_never I have plenty more anecdotes. These include:

  • Being chucked out of the RADA bar and later off the premises by the same man.
  • Running round London.
  • Walking round pretending to be Benedict and Roger.
  • Meeting Goeff Posner in the break between recordings and getting his aut293238_562125680469627_2032441693_nograph.
  • Sneaking into RADA when the recordings had finished to meet the actors.
  • Meeting John Finnermore for the second time and Anthony Head for the first.
  • Standing outside all day was also fun.

Oh what fun I did have. The best thing is that it over as there is another recording on the 6th of January. Shall we go or not?