I used to work in magazines and one of the things I loved about writing for them was that you had a fixed word count.
Being told a piece had to be 350 words long forced you to be economical with your writing and avoid padding out the piece.
TV has a similar restriction placed upon it – making a BBC sitcom means each episode has to be between 25-27 minutes.
On Sunday I went to see the new JK Rowling-penned wizarding extravaganza Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
It was thoroughly enjoyable, but for one thing: it ran to 133 minutes.
This Friday one small personal life goal will be achieved, as BBC2 airs my appearance as a competitor on Mastermind.
Ever since I realised at a relatively young age that I had the ability to absorb and regurgitate a large number of (mainly) useless facts, I’ve wanted to appear and sit in the big black chair.
However, this isn’t my first appearance on a TV quiz show – oh no.
Since my fledgling outing on Blockbusters as a callow 17-year-old, I have bothered the schedules on a number of occasions, with varying degrees of success. Continue reading
If you’re like me, when you picture a radio presenter in your mind, you see them wearing a big pair of headphones, sitting (or standing) at a desk, speaking into a microphone and occasionally pressing buttons.
Although the age of DJs actually ‘spinning discs’ is long gone, most of the rest still holds true… or so I thought.
Last week, however, while idly browsing iPlayer, I came across Sara Cox’s Sounds of the 80s.
Not such an 80s classic
This goes out on BBC Radio 2 on a Friday night from 10pm – midnight and it seems fairly popular.
Ostensibly, it’s just Sara Cox playing lots of a-Ha, Wham!, Billy Ocean and Madonna to dance around to, or so I thought.
You see, this radio show is also available to watch. Now we’re not talking a webcam in the corner here – I mean Sara Cox standing in a proper TV studio facing a camera delivering her script. Continue reading