Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, gives an honest, and humorous, take on life behind the scenes at Westminster in her new tour kicking off at The Soho Theatre. Using her experience of working as a Special Adviser for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband in the Labour Party, Ayesha looks at the State of the Nation as it stands now and what's next for British politics - intertwined with comedy, it's sure to give you some relief from everyday life. To find out more and to book tickets to a show near you, visit here.
Natasha Magigi performs with Shakespeare's Globe at Westminster Abbey
Natasha Magigi joins Shakespeare's Globe once again in celebrating Shakespeare's birthday. She will be performing a selection of sonnets and scenes in the extraordinary setting of Westminster Abbey for Shakespeare Within the Abbey on 21st and 22nd April, and then will be appearing in Shakespeare's Sonnet Walks on 22nd and 23rd April. For more info click here.
Emily Maitlis nominated for 'Broadcast Journalist of the Year' Award
We are pleased to announce that Emily Maitlis has been nominated for the London Press Club 'Broadcast Journalist of the Year' Award for her work on Newsnight at the BBC. The winner will be announced on 27th April. Good luck Emily! More info here.
Jake Yapp narrates 'Ronnie's Redneck Road Trip' on Dave. The series started last Friday 14th April and is on every Friday at 8pm from now on.
"Jake Yapp's funny narration is like caviar on a corndog" The Guardian
For more info or to catch up if you've missed any episodes, visit here.
Helen Arney presents 'Did the Victorians Ruin the World?' on BBC Radio 4
Helen Arney and her sister, Kat, presented revisionist revelations about our Victorian forebearers on BBC Radio 4. Each day they took a topic that the Victorians made popular and examined its impact on modern life. From beards to squirrels, they dissected the dark underbelly of this “golden” era; combining sharp wits, true facts, and tiny top hats, in a show that respectfully begs to differ. 'Did The Victorians Ruin The World?' Catch up here to decide.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Nelufar Hedayat Shortlisted for One World Media Awards
It is with great pride we announce the shortlisting of both Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Nelufar Hedayat in the One World Media Awards for which nominations will be announced in early May and the awards ceremony will take place on 6th June.
Krishnan has been shortlisted for the esteemed award, "International Journalist of the Year", for his incredible work with both Channel 4 News and Unreported World.
Nelufar and her colleagues at Lightbox have been shortlisted for the acclaimed categories of "Television Documentary Award" for their work on The Traffickers: Dark Side of Adoption, and "Corruption Reporting Award" for The Traffickers: Fake Pharma. The team have also been chosen...
Nelufar Hedayat awarded the prestigious Gracie award for 2017 Reporter/Correspondent for her work on Fusion
The Alliance For Women In Media Foundation has announced Nelufar as the winner of the Reporter/Correspondent Gracie Award for her work with Fusion TV. The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women, and about women, in all facets of media and entertainment. They also acknowledge the individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry. Nelufar has worked at Fusion for over a year making hugely important films for them including The Traffikers and Black Mamas Matter. This follows on from her work with the BBC and Channel 4. Huge congratulations to Nel on this very...
'The Jeremy Vine Texture Garden' announced by Chelsea Flower Show
Radio 2 is taking part in the world famous Chelsea Flower Show as part of its fiftieth anniversary celebrations. The new category, ‘BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens’, will include five gardens, each named after a Radio 2 presenter. The 'Jeremy Vine Texture Garden' is an immersive tactile garden for interaction and relaxation. More information available here.
Gemma Arrowsmith's "What were you wearing?" sketch goes viral
Gemma Arrowsmith's incredible “What were you wearing?” sketch, written for Tracey Ullman’s Show, has been a global success. The sketch has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Mirror, Metro and Daily Mail, and has had over 31 million views on Facebook, with over 500,000 shares. Catch the sketch here if you haven't already seen it!
Make sure you catch up with the final episode of the series on BBC iPlayer, which features even more of Gemma’s brilliant writing.
Now is your chance to fulfill that dream of solving a crime! Join Jeremy Vine every Monday at 9pm on BBC One for the new series of Crimewatch; with dramatic reconstructions, CCTV footage, and wanted faces - you could be the one to help put a guilty person behind bars.
For more information about the episodes, visit here.
Jenny Kleeman investigates Sleepless Britain on Panorama
Jenny Kleeman is Panorama's reporter for their investigation into how sleepless nights affect the children of Britain and the effects it has on the education and health systems. Jenny looks at children's rocketing use of technology coupled with more lax modern parenting as some possible causes for the sleeping problems. The episode aired Monday 6th March but you can catch up here and see what her investigations came up with.
Dr. Sue Black OBE has been identified by Universal Channel as an inspiration for her determination and extraordinary character throughout her career. She set her goals and achieved them wonderfully, gaining a PhD and an OBE along the way. Sue talks about her journey in "Meet Sue: 100% Character Uncovered" and what it took for her to get to where she is today.
Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today with over 20 years’ experience, over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, social entrepreneur and public speaker. Sue continues...
Multi-talented Morgan Brind and his company Little Wolf Entertainment have received three nominations in the first Great British Pantomime Awards for their extraordinary production of Cinderella at Loughborough Town Hall over Christmas.
He and the rest of the team, including our Ashley Tucker, have been nominated for Pantomime of the Year (under 750 Seats). Morgan’s design has been nominated for Best Staging and Set, and his gag-laden script has been nominated for Best Script. For an indication why, watch the trailer here.
The ceremony, hosted by Christopher Biggins, will take place on Sunday 12th March. Visit here for more information about the awards.
It is with great sadness we report the death of our great friend and client for more than thirty years, Peter Skellern, who passed away this morning after a long illness. He will be sorely missed. The loveliest and most brilliant man. He was a wonderful musician, singer, performer and writer of some most loved and beautiful songs. Our hearts go out to Diana and his family at this sad time.
Be sure to catch up on Nicki Chapman's wonderful contribution to this five-part series, Britain's Home Truths, in which celebrity presenters delve into the places Britons choose to call home. Nicki met the people developing new towns across the UK; she took a trip to her home town of Herne Bay and visited the country's garden cities. For more information or to catch up if you missed it, visit here.
Here are some lovely behind the scenes photos from Nicki's time filming:
Gemma Arrowsmith and Laurence Howarth write and star in Tracey Ullman's Show
The second series of Tracey Ullman's incredibly funny sketch show, Tracey Ullman's Show, is now on Friday nights. So far you've been treated to the wonderful writing of our very own Gemma Arrowsmith and Laurence Howarth, they are also showing off their comedy skills alongside Tracey Ullman now that the series is underway. If you missed any episodes catch up here. Tracey Ullman's Show is on every Friday at 9:30pm.
Danny Baker's brilliant 'Cradle to Grave' repeats Monday nights!
If you enjoyed it the first time around, or sadly missed it, you're in for a treat as Cradle to Grave has started its run of repeats on BBC Two at Monday nights at 10pm. Catch it every Monday from now on to get your fill or catch up here! If you simply can't get enough of Danny Baker, his comedic genius, and anecdotes, make sure you get tickets to his tour now.
Alys Torrance stars in The Thing That Came From Over There!
Alys Torrance and the rest of the hugely talented Gonzo Moose Theatre Company kicked off their tour of The Thing That Came From Over There! last Friday 27th January at Pegasus Theatre in Oxford. This brilliant show mixes paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths inspired by the movies of the 1950s. To find out more visit here.
Danny Baker, acclaimed broadcaster, author, funnyman and writer of celebrated BBC sitcom Cradle to Grave is going on tour.
Following on from the hugely successful Cradle to Grave, based on his first autobiography Going to Sea in a Sieve, we are please to announce that Danny is now on tour for the first time ever in his illustrious and varied career. Cradle To The Stage will begin in Leeds at the City Varieties on 1 February 2017, as part of a 35 date tour across the UK, culminating at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 1 April.
No two nights will be the same, with the audiences' questions leading the way for Danny...
Daniel Naddafy is now puppeteering until March 5th 2017 in The Iron Man. With the use of paper-cut silhouettes, puppetry and stop-motion animation, Daniel will be part of this incredible visual style of storytelling at the Unicorn Theatre for the next couple of months - to find out more, visit here.
ANNALIESE DAYES HOSTS NON-STOP CLUB CLASSICS ON HEART RADIO
Now that the secret is out, we are pleased to announce that Annaliese Dayes is the new host of Non-Stop Club Classics every Friday and Saturday from 9pm until 1am on Heart Radio. In its 2017 makeover, Non-Stop Club Classics will feature fresh sounds and new mixes with Annaliese as part of a few changes at Heart Radio for this year. To find out more visit here.
We would like to congratulate our very own Katie Derham as she will be receiving a Latin America Travel Association (LATA) award this February for her significant contribution to the positive image of Latin America in the media. Katie's BBC documentary, 'The Girl From Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova And The Beach' was indicative of her work, capturing the true beauty and culture of Rio De Janeiro. To find out more about her fantastic documentary, click here.
Mary Nightingale is solo anchor of ITV News at 6.30 pm
We're thrilled to announce that Mary Nightingale is now fronting ITV's flagship early evening News at 6.30 pm, solo.
Having been part of ITN's Evening News presenting team since 2000, and after her triumph heading up the US Presidential Election coverage from Washington last year, she now takes on the mantle of sole anchor.
Follow Mary on twitter or have a look at her website here.
Jeremy Limb is an irritating robot in Time Spanner
Jeremy Limb plays a robot in a supernatural universe on BBC Radio 4. His universe contains the most powerful tool, the Time Spanner, allowing whomever possesses it to span time. If you missed it or simply want to listen to it again, use your own Time Spanner tool and catch up here. You won't want to miss this time-travelling comic adventure.
Jake Yapp's new Radio 4 pilot is now available on catch up and will be repeated on Tuesday the 7th of February at 18:30. Using the power of stand up comedy, sketches and satire Jake will attempt to save us from the perils of our world. In this episode he tackles TV advertising and all of its evils. Make sure you catch the repeat of this brilliant new show on Radio 4 or catch up here.
Nicki Chapman presents Operation People Power on BBC 1
Going out nightly the week of 12th December at 9:15pm on BBC One, Nicki Chapman and a team of presenters including Dave Myers work with volunteers to transform their community. By visiting charities and volunteer groups in Easton, Bristol; Nicki and the team meet incredible individuals who go extra mile to make sure these projects thrive. Nicki is also tasked with finding and recruiting new volunteers as well as speaking to local businesses and corporations to see how they can help the community. This incredible show will track their work and see what a difference the volunteers make to the...
Festival of the Spoken Nerd join QI for series 'N'
QI is back for series N, and what starts with N? NERDS!
Festival of the Spoken Nerd will be joining Sandi Toksvig and the QI team to show how quite interesting facts can be turned into very entertaining experiments.
They'll be popping up on extra special episodes across the series - the first of which airs on December 9th on BBC Two where they will be demonstrating the power of parabolas.
For more information, and to watch the episode after it airs please check out the programme website.
Jeremy Limb to appear in The Death of Stalin and Walliams and Friend
Jeremy Limb has just finished filming a guest spot in Armando Iannucci's new film The Death of Stalin. The film, based on best selling graphic novel of the same name, chronicles the events that transpired after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Currently in production, it is set for release next year.
Before that, you can see Jeremy in the new BBC One series Walliams and Friend. Alongside David Walliams, and a new celebrity guest each week, Jeremy joins a small group of comedy performers that populate the sketches. The first episode with Jack Whitehall airs tomorrow - Friday November 25th...
Kas Darley is starring in Teatro Vivo's The Residents.
A site-specific ghost story staged in real homes across South London, The Residents reveal how the echoes of a place’s past can be felt in the present.
This event is taking place from the 14th – 26th November in New Cross Gate and from the 28th November to the 3rd December in Hither Green.
For more information or to book tickets please click here.
Over the Christmas holidays many of Noel Gay's clients will be spreading the joy in theatres across the UK.
In Cinderella at Loughborough Town Hall, Ashley Tucker and Morgan Brind will be bringing the sparkle as Cinderella and Suki, an Ugly Sister (above, left), from 26th November 2016 to 8th January 2017.
Over in Huddersfield at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Natasha Magigi will be making wishes come true as the Fairy Godmother, as well as playing the Baroness, in their production of Cinderella running 9 December to 31 December 2016.
Meanwhile at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth, Robert Traynor is the fabulously...
Half a century on from Ken Loach’s ground-breaking TV drama, Cathy Come Home (above), which revealed the desperate state of housing in 1960s Britain, Sarah Montague hears the harrowing personal stories that resonate behind today’s headlines.
In After Cathy, Sarah charts the journeys of three homeless people over the course of 2016, capturing through powerful audio diary recordings, a story that is both grim in its stark reality and uplifting in the strength of spirit of its subjects.
Tune in tonight at 8pm on BBC Radio 4.
Listen back after broadcast on the iPlayer, or it is repeated on Sunday at 5pm.
Nelufar Hedayat presents The Traffickers for Fusion
Nelufar Hedayat goes deep into the global black market to meet The Traffickers in an exciting new series for Fusion.
Nelufar, investigates the fine line between the legitimate market and the black market. She exposing extraordinary stores, seeing first-hand how illicit goods and people move from consumer to source. As Nel travels off-the-grid and under-the-radar she discovers that while everything has a price, these underground networks are not as black and white as they seem.
The series builds on Nelufar’s extraordinary catalogue of projects including working for Unreported World, Newsround, BBC Radio 4 and Channel 4 News as well as they...
Joshua Rozenberg is back with a new series of Law in Action
Joshua Rozenberg is back presenting the new series of Radio 4's long-running legal magazine programme, Law in Action, Tuesdays at 4pm.
In the third instalment, which aired on Nov 8th, Joshua explores how the courts have dealt with Brexit and how this latest chapter in Britain's exit from the EU - the fallout from which has seen highly personal attacks on England's most senior judges, as the ideological divisions seen in the run up to the referendum vote were exposed once more.
In the first programme of the new series, Joshua spoke to the head of the Crown Prosecution Service - the Director...
Amy Lamé named as first ever Night Czar for London
Amy Lamé has been unveiled as London’s first night czar by Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The performer and broadcaster will be working closely with Khan, the Night Time Commission, businesses, councils, Met Police and Transport for London to make London a "24-hour city". There will be a series of monthly “night surgeries” to meet businesses, workers, residents and revellers to shape her action plan.
With Amy's background in co-presenting on BBC London for more than a decade, running for selection as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2014 and as mayor of Camden between 2010-11, while also being an...
Festival of the Spoken Nerd are coming to the Soho Theatre
Tickets have just gone on-sale for Festival of the Spoken Nerd at The Soho Theatre.
The Nerds are at last bringing the best of their science, songs and spreadsheets to the Soho Main House in a laugh-a-minute extravaganza (rounded to nearest whole laugh; actually 1.12 laughs per minute).
Together, experiments maestro Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, who have been featured on the new series of QI, have created a genuinely “experimental” comedy show for BBC Radio 4, played the Hammersmith Apollo with Professor Brian Cox, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and to an audience of 15 kilo-people around...
US Presidential Election on the BBC with Emily Maitlis and Jeremy Vine
Emily Maitlis and Jeremy Vine will be part of the core team for the BBC reporting on the US Presidential Election on Tuesday November 8th.
Along with Andrew Neil and Katty Kay, Emily and Jeremy will be announcing the live results, as they come in.
Emily Maitlis is live in New York City with her giant touchscreen showing each and every result as the race to be president of the United States reaches its dramatic conclusion. Meanwhile, Jeremy Vine is in a virtual Washington DC, in London, looking at how the night was won, how the campaign was lost, and the impact...
Simon Jack exclusively interviews The Prime Minister for BBC News
On tonight's BBC News, BBC Business Editor, Simon Jack will exclusively interview the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Simon will be sitting down with the PM in New Delhi, where the inaugural India-U.K. Tech Summit is taking place. They will discuss the economy, Britain's ongoing trade deal with India, and building a stronger relationship in regards to science, technology and innovation.
The interview will be shown on both the 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock News on BBC One this evening - Monday 7th November.
Steve Punt is back on Radio 4 this evening co-presenting Series 49 of The Now Show!
Steve, and his presenting partner Hugh Dennis, are joined by Andy Zaltzman, Kiri Pritchard McClean, Adam Kay, Xenia Wickett and Gemma Arrowsmith to present the news via topical stand up and sketches.
Steve will be back every Friday, for the next 6 weeks, to bring a comedic and satirical spin to the worlds' news.
For more information, listen live or on the iPlayer, please click here.
Jake Yapp and Jeremy Vine nominated for an Audio Production Award
The nominations for the Audio Production Awards 2016 have been announced and both Jeremy Vine and Jake Yapp have found themselves shortlisted.
Jake has been nominated for the New Voice Award for his work on his Sunday morning TalkRADIO show. The award is presented to an exceptional presenter who may already be established in the audio/radio sector, but have great future potential to achieve mainstream recognition.
Jeremy has been nominated for Best Presenter
for his week-day BBC RADIO 2 show. This is presented to someone with exceptional on-mic talent and a great rapport with the production team, creativity and the willingness to regularly go above and beyond the call of...
It's Press Night for Comus featuring Natasha Magigi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Tonight is the Press Night for John Milton's Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity featuring Natasha Magigi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Directed by Lucy Bailey, Milton’s Comus opened last month to fabulous audience reviews with its twists on the conventions of masque, leading the audience on an unpredictable and volatile journey.
This production is part of The Globes' Winter Noir Season, about which The Globes' Artistic Director Emma Rice has said "As the nights draw in, my Wonder Season moves indoors and slips sensuously into ‘noir’. I’ve been itching to get into the magical den that is the Sam Wanamaker...
This week on Heart Radio Kent - listen out for Annaliese Dayes from 10pm. She's covering the evening shift until 1am every night until Thursday, playing great tunes and keeping all the night owls company.
For more information and to listen live, click here.
Thomas Gilbey begins rehearsals of Babe, The Sheep-Pig
Thomas Gilbey starts rehearsals this week for Polka Theatre's new children's show - Babe, The Sheep-Pig.
The show, based on the hit children's novel by Dick King-Smith, has been adapted for the stage by playwright David Wood. The show uses a cast of actors and life size puppets and begins it's run at the end of November, continuing into February 2017. He then takes the show on tour until September 2017.
Thomas will be playing many roles, including some of the animals, so keep yours eyes out for him when you go to Hogget's farm this winter.
Louise Mai Newberry guest stars in Radio 4's The Good Listener
Louise Mai Newberry will be guest starring in Radio 4's Afternoon Drama next week - The Good Listener.
The audio drama will be returning to BBC Radio 4 next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will feature Louise Mai in episodes 2 and 3. Playing opposite Owen Teale, Louise Mai can be heard as Katie, a journalist, plus multiple other characters including the teacher and a Russian - via Essex - call girl!
To find out more information, listen live, or listen to the episodes after broadcast, please click here.
Jason Eddy stars in Twelfth Night at Vienna's English Theatre
Jason Eddy is off to Vienna next week to star in Twelfth Night at Vienna's English Theatre.
Jason will be reprising his role as Orsino in the Honey-Tongued production at Vienna’s English Theatre, which he has performed previously at Midsummer Scene – an annual open air theatre festival that takes place at Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik. If you are lucky enough to be heading to Bermuda in January 2017, the show will also be part of their Festival of the Performing Arts.
The show opens in the Austrian capitol on November 7th, and runs until December 22nd. For more information and to purchase...
Nominations announced for first UK Audio and Radio Industry Awards
The nominations for the 2016 Audio and Radio Industry Awards were announced last month, and the ceremony will take place later today.
The newly launched awards, aim to recognise talent, innovation and excellence across the entire audio and radio industry.
There's a strong showing for Noel Gay, with an interest in 4 categories and Jeremy Vine himself being nominated for Speech Broadcaster of the Year. Below are all the categories we'll be looking out for when the winners are announced in the ceremony taking place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Best National Speech Breakfast Show
Today – BBC Radio 4 (Sarah Montague)
Gareth Tunley guest stars on Crackanory and new BBC comedy White Gold
Gareth Tunley will once again be gracing our screens as a live action player in the new series of Dave's adult story telling series - Crackanory. Following on from his appearance in last series, Gareth will no doubt be back playing another eccentric character in a weird and wonderful tale. Keep an eye on our twitter for the transmission date.
Gareth will be following on from Crackanory with a guest star appearance on BBC's new comedy, White Gold. Written by Damon Beesley, who created The Inbetweeners, White Gold is the story of a double-glazing showroom in Essex in 1983, led by charismatic...
Robin Ince has won a prestigious award for science journalism.
The Crick award – named after the Nobel-winner who co-discovered the structure of DNA – is handed out by the University of Northampton to the writer/journalist who has presented a scientific issue effectively to a lay audience. Professor Nick Petford, vice-chancellor of Northampton University, said: "Strictly speaking, Robin is neither a scientist nor a journalist – he’s a comedian. However, as a writer, entertainer and commentator Robin has done as much as anyone in the UK to bring scientific issues and subjects to a wider and younger audience. We are pleased...
Krishnan Guru-Murthy presents Unreported World - Yemen: Britain's Unseen War
Krishnan Guru-Murthy is back presenting the first episode of a new series of Unreported World on Channel 4.
After commentating the Rio Paralympics Opening Ceremony earlier this month, Krishnan has travelled to Yemen to reveal the catastrophic effect of a Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign - which uses British-supplied weapons - with millions of people consequently facing starvation. The bombing, together with a naval blockade on Yemen's major port, has resulted in a humanitarian emergency. Krishnan, and his director Patrick Wells are the first international crew to film in Hodeidah port, which is critical to Yemen's food supply. The port used to handle 70...
Tonight, do not adjust your TV sets - Jeremy Vine will be simultaneously on BBC One and BBC Two for half an hour this evening.
It start's at 18:45 with the grand final of Make Me an Egghead on BBC Two, then on BBC One Jeremy will be presenting The One Show live from 19:00. Viewers flicking back and forth will be treated to double-trouble Vine until 19:30 when both shows finish.
In the last Make Me an Egghead Jeremy will be crowning two new Eggheads after the toughest 45mins of quizzing of their lives, making a couple of dreams come true in the...
Brona C Titley and Laurence Howarth write for the new series of Newzoids
The second season of Newzoids has well and truly kicked off with the forth episode on ITV tonight at 21:50. Brona C Titley, along with her writing partner Tony Cooke, and Laurence Howarth have contributed sketches to the satirical puppet sketch show.
Brona C Titley
If you missed any of the episodes they're available over on the ITV Hub now.
Jeremy Vine is back presenting the third episode of new look Crimewatch alongside Tina Daheley on BBC One tonight at 9pm.
Crimewatch is now broadcast live from a mobile incident studio at the site of an incident that is the focus of the show. Tonight's show comes from Thames Valley Police HQ in Oxfordshire and features a special investigation into the recent spike in knife crime, particularly involving teenagers. Plus there is the inside story of how detectives caught a schoolboy killer.
Before joining the series, Jeremy said: “I grew up watching Crimewatch. It is one of the most powerful programmes the BBC has ever...
Paralympics opening ceremony with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy was in Brazil to commentate on the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. The ceremony was broadcast live on Channel 4.
Following on from the BAFTA award-winning efforts of London 2012, Channel 4 was back with the UK exclusive broadcasting of up to 165 hours of sport, over the course of 11 days hosted by the largest number of disabled presenters ever seen on UK television. The presenting team was joined by some new faces as well as established Channel 4 names including Krishnan, who helped guide viewers through the Opening Ceremony.
Coverage continued for the duration of the Games,...
Katie Derham presents All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge
Katie Derham will be presenting All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge, on BBC Four. This four part series, started on the 30th August at 9pm with the final being broadcast on BBC Two, Saturday 17th Sept at 8pm.
Katie is joined by renowned conductor Paul Daniel and celebrated double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku.
Together they scoured the country for the UK’s best amateur Orchestra, celebrating their breadth, diversity and quality. Katie will be using her passion for music to steer the contestants through the challenges and guiding them through the experience. Her conducting experience from BBC’s Maestro is sure to come in handy...
Robin Ince to co-star in The Entire Universe this Christmas on BBC 2
Following their sell-out UK and Australian tour Robin Ince will once again join forces with Brian Cox to star in Eric Idles' The Entire Universe this Christmas on the BBC.
The Entire Universe will be a unique collaboration, combining fascinating facts about the birth of the universe with larger-than-life comedy characters penned by the legendary Eric Idle. Set in the infamous Rutland Weekend Television studio, what starts out as an auspicious scientific Christmas lecture soon becomes a major musical, choreographed by Arlene Philips. Robin will at the centre of it all attempting to keep order, surrounded by a cast which includes...
Country music specialist Baylen Leonard talks to country music icon Dolly Parton for BBC Radio 2's Tennessee Boy Meets Tennessee Girl.
In the programme, Baylen invites you back home, which for him and a certain Miss Dolly Parton, are the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee where Dolly reveals her memories of the area she calls home and her love of the local dish squirrel gravy. They discuess her triumphant performance at Glastonbury 2014; and how she wants superstar singer Adele to sing I Will Always Love You – all interspersed with a selection of Dolly’s best music. She also talks about the inspiration...
Jeremy Vine - Make Me an Egghead. The search begins tonight!
Jeremy Vine begins the search for 2 new Eggheads this evening on BBC2. The new 25-part series, Make Me an Egghead will see who is worthy to join the brainy team.
The chosen two will join the multi-quiz champions, to take on teams of laymen and women daily in a bid to defend their intellect and prove they are the biggest brains in Britain.
The hunt begins tonight at 18:30 on BBC2. For more information and to catch up after broadcast, make sure to check out the iPlayer.
This August looks set to be full of great shows, performances and appearances by many Noel Gay clients across the city of Edinburgh.
Now that the festival is in full swing - the reviews are starting to come in!
Adam Kay: The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay) - Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15:45
- Counter Culture UK
- Broadway Baby
- The Reviews Hub
- The Chocolate Ocelot's Pouch
- Herald Scotland
Tickets available here
Adam Kay: Live at the Cabaret Bar - Pleasance Courtyard, 18:40
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND - EXTRA SHOW - August 25th @ 22:45 - tickets here
Aaron Roach Bridgeman presents One Punch Killers on Channel 5
Aaron Roach Bridgeman is presenting a special one off documentary for Channel 5 exploring the devastating effects of how one punch can change so many lives.
Violence is a major problem on Britain's streets, but what happens when a single punch takes a life? Aaron documents a number of sobering cases in which one punch, thrown in the midst of a drunken argument, unprovoked, or in self-defense, has killed. He speaks to the families of the victims, and those who have been convicted.
Watch the trailer below:
One Punch Killers airs Monday 15th August 10pm on Channel 5.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Domestic Science on Radio 4
The maths, science and comedy trio Festival Of The Spoken Nerd have been given a 4 episode series to be broadcast in July and August 2016 on BBC Radio 4.
Domestic Science will look around the landscape of the home for inspiration and give you a bite size blast of science to make sense of it all.
Join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney as they bring you a smash-and-grab science education. They’re all equal parts award-winning comedians and fully qualified science nerds, making them the perfect combination of wit and wisdom.
Recorded in front of a live audience,...
Last Friday, Katie Derham returned to The Proms, presenting shows across the season including The First and Last Night of the Proms.
She will be donning her dancing shoes and ball gown again for a very special Strictly Prom on Friday 22nd July which will see Katie reunited with some of the professional dancers and performing routines accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Proms Extra's will also return to BBC Two with Katie at the helm discussing the days events with studio guests. Make sure you follow our twitter to keep up to date with the latest news on Katie presenting at The Proms.
Jeremy Vine co-hosted World Cup '66 Minute by Minute Live from Wembley
On Saturday July 30th a spectacular live stage show took place celebrating England's World Cup victory in 1966.
Recalled in real time, minute by minute, the ground breaking stage show hosted by Jeremy Vine and Louise Minchin was broadcast live and relayed to cinemas from The SSE Arena, Wembley, yards from where the original game was played. Exactly 50 years on – music, fashion and football combined into a once in a lifetime event as the story of the historic day England football fans will never forget is retold.
You can watch the whole show back on the iPlayer.
World Cup '66 Live from...
BBC Four's The People's History of Pop with Danny Baker
In the second episode of the BBC Four series The People's History of Pop writer, journalist and broadcaster Danny Baker looks at the years of his youth - 1966 to 1976 - and the music that helped shape his future.
The People’s History Of Pop is a four part series with each episode covering a decade, featuring an evocative collage of memories in the form of unseen video, images and audio. The series will journey through Ready, Steady, Go, The Beatles final gig in 1966, Northern Soul in Wigan, Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols’ first gig at Central St Martins’ in 1975, 100 Club’s...
Egyptian-Welsh comedian and presenter Omar Hamdi has joined the team of BBC Wales' X-Ray for their sixth season.
The consumer show is back at the end of the month on BBC One Wales with an episode celebrating summer, by exploring everything to do with holidays. Among the investigations, Omar will be looking into the rights of the consumer if you can't take your holiday because of civil unrest or terrorism.
The episode airs on Friday 22nd July at 19:30 and will be available to view shortly after broadcast on the iPlayer.
Documentary film-maker and journalist Jenny Kleeman will host the 5th Annual Brilliant Minds Showcase on July 13th at the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge.
Organised by Harvey Thorneycroft Ltd. this event aims to enable companies to get closer to their existing clients or future prospects with rich content and inspiring discussions. These events are highly sought-after, and are attended by some of the most influential and top-level people working across all fields.
Jenny will be introducing an eclectic line-up of speakers which includes rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward.
For more information check out the event page here.
Ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 final, Amy Lamé sets out on a musical journey across the host nation of France.
Join Amy on her French Voyage as she celebrates the rich and diverse nature of French popular music, from the classic sounds of Serge relaxing on the Riviera, the North African-tinged hip-hop of the Parisian suburbs through to the crossover from cult to mainstream of Christine & The Queens.
She'll be joined by St Etienne's Bob Stanley for this 60 minute journey of glorious musique française.
You can listen to the trailer now on SoundCloud and listen live to the full show on...
After the result of the UK's EU referendum, the world now looks to the other important vote this year - the US Presidential Election in the autumn. Sarah Montague spoke to political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz on the latest edition of HARDtalk, on BBC Radio4.
Frank has spent his career listening to how Americans think and feel about politics and politicians. He thinks that voters are angrier than ever before, and that the fracturing of the right and left in American politics means that any outcome is possible. With a month until the US Republican and Democrat parties formally nominate their...
Election heavyweights Emily Maitlis, Jeremy Vine and Sarah Montague guided you through the night and into the early morning as the UK voted in one of the most important referendums in the country's history, while our fabulous political pundit Ayesha Hazarika joined ITV as part of their all night commentary. Gavin Esler and BBC Business Editor Simon Jack took part in the wider discussion reporting live from Edinburgh and the economy, respectively.
As the country headed to the polls, no matter how you voted, there was a Noel Gay client to help analyse the information as it came in.
In the lead up, Emily Maitlis was one of the chairs of...
Charles Michel hosted FEED 2: GastroPolitics on July 2nd.
Produced and curated with the support of The Institute of Philosophy of London University, FEED 2: GastroPolitics 'will ignite the debate around the methods of collective and individual action to promote positive change in our food system.'
Charles, resident chef of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, University of Oxford, was at the centre of the discussion with experts and scientists, artistic performances and immersive experiences to illustrate the debate about the future of food in the Crossmodalist style.
This was an all-day event at Senate House on July 2nd with guest speakers and events. For more information on the event as a whole click here.
Cal McCrystal directs 'The Royal' at Liverpool's Royal Court
Following the hugely successful opening of Giffords Circus' Paint Your Wagon last month, director Cal McCrystal has followed it up with what is sure to be a fantastic show - Liverpool's Royal Court production of The Royal.
Cal directs Lindzi Germain, Angela Simms and Lynn Francis who have also written this brilliant comedy set in the old Royal Liverpool Hospital on the day that the shiny new one is set to open its doors. All they need to do is get out before the Royal turns to rubble!
Opening June 17th and running until July 16th, this is one trip to the hospital you'll be...
The Now Show EU Referendum and 1916 Commemorative Specials
Steve Punt and The Now Show team returned this June with two new specials on BBC Radio 4.
On Sunday 19th at 7:15pm Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present a-near-to-live-as-you-can-get special on the EU Referendum - The Vote Now Show: EU and Yours and then on June 30th The Now Show: 1916, a non-topical special edition based around the First World War.
The Vote Now Show: EU and Yours and will be recorded and broadcast on the same day. With the polls opening on June 23rd it is sure to have the most up-to-date satirical take on all the goings on from the Leave and Remain camps. Featuring Gemma Arrowsmith as a guest...
Joshua Rozenberg presents new series of Law in Action
Joshua Rozenberg returns to Radio 4 with a new series of Law in Action.
This week Joshua discusses why prisons are good at keeping prisoners in but bad at keeping contraband out, and a victim of the new controlling and coercive behaviour offence speaks about her experiences.
To listen live, hear past episodes and more information on any of the topics please click here.
Gemma Arrowsmith co-hosts a new podcast - Hayley & Ruth: Two Stars
Hayley & Ruth: Two Stars is a new podcast where Hayley Danks and Ruth Goodchild review everything... but they don't feel they actually have to see a film or play in order to review it.
This new podcast has been devised and completely improvised by brilliant comic actor Gemma Arrowsmith and Susan Harrison, so sit back, relax, and let them tell you what to think.
The first episode, about the phenomenon of Summer Blockbusters is now available to listen to - British Comedy Guide and iTunes.
If you would like to suggest something for Hayley and Ruth to review, tweet them: @twostarspodcast.
Emily Maitlis presents new BBC current affairs programme - This Week’s World
This Week’s World offers in-depth analysis of topical world issues as well as dissecting one current global problem that affects ordinary lives.
Since the first episode aired on May 14th, it has focused on the worlds' issue with Growth and Poverty, a promised return of World-Wide Prosperity, Radical Islam (which was topped off with a interview with ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair), and the financial crisis in South Africa following Mandela's passing. Catch up here.
Emily will combine her new series with her roles on BBC News Channel and anchoring Newsnight.
Steve Punt is back as host and question-master for the 6th series of the hit Radio 4 quiz show 'The 3rd Degree'. Each episode of the series is recorded at different universities around the country, with the latest coming all the way from Birmingham City University. Previous episodes this series have come from The Universities of York, Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Glasgow. Each week two teams, one consisting of students and the other of lecturers, go against each other to see if teacher truly knows best.
To listen to most current and past episodes all the information can be found here.
Steve was most recently seen playing the Narrator...
Dr Sue Black presented with OBE and guests on Woman's Hour
The same day she was presented with her OBE for her services to technology Dr Sue Black was a special guest on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She spoke to Jenni Murray in the studio about her ambitions for her social enterprise, Tech Mums, and why she believes that mothers should move to understand their children's interest in social media rather than trying to limit their use of it.
If that wasn't exciting enough she was then whizzed off to Buckingham Palace to officially receive her Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), which was presented to her by HRH Prince...
Gareth Tunley guests as Oliver Cromwell on The Windsors
If you were watching the fifth episode of The Windsors last Friday on Channel 4 you may have spied a familiar face playing the English political leader Oliver Cromwell, our very own Gareth Tunley.
Gareth appeared to Prince William (Hugh Skinner) to provide some vital advice and guidance when it comes to the modern day monarchy.
If you missed it you can always catch up here.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy guests on Channel 4's Superhumans
Krishnan Guru-Murthy joined The Superhumans (Channel 4) on Saturday 28th May. Krishnan talked all things Paralympic sport in the lead up to Rio 2016.
For more information and to watch the show click here.
To find out more about the games, taking place 7-18th September later this year please check out the official website.
Krishnan will be covering the Paralympics for Channel 4 from Rio, so be sure to keep up to date with all the action.
Resident culinary whizz Charles Michel was in Ibiza last week taking part in Futuro, hosted by Beta Beach. Charles closed the first day of inspiring talks with a speech entitled 'Exploring the human experience' which aimed to look at Crossmodalism and how it can enhance a business via non-traditional collaboration,
Futuro, "an intimate, invite-only gathering of pioneers in the business of creativity" took place over 3 days on the island of the Ibiza and consisted of 30 keynote speakers sharing stories and experiences with each other to help stimulate"a new intellectual community".
For information on the event please click here.
Toby Longworth begins rehearsals for Present Laughter
Having just guest starred in the BBC sitcom Boomers, Toby Longworth has started rehearsals for Theatre Royal Bath's production of Present Laughter by Noël Coward.
Toby joins acclaimed actors Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge) and Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) in what is widely acknowledged to be Coward’s funniest play. Directed by Stephen Unwin, whose production of Coward's Hay Fever in 2010 received great critical acclaim.
And if you missed Toby on Boomers you can catch up here.
Dr Sue Black named on RichTopia's 250 Most Influential Women Leaders 2016
Richtopia has named their 250 Most Influential Women Leaders from around the world, with Dr. Sue Black OBE placed at 155. This is a fantastic honour and Sue is thrilled to be named one of the most pro-active powerful women of 2016.
The list is compiled by recognising the most inspiring social media accounts by looking into the activity and engagement across all social networks. The full list can be found here.
Last night on BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine took a very personal look at the 'Beast of Bolsover'.
When his mother developed dementia in the 1980s, MP Dennis Skinner witnessed the power of singing and its effects on the illness.
In the touching documentary, as part of the BBC's Dementia Awareness Week, Jeremy talks with Dennis about the disease and it’s ramifications, and gets a front row seat as the MP flexes his vocal chords at the Shire Vale Resource Centre in Derbyshire, where he is a regular visitor.
For more information and to listen to the programme click here.
Giffords Circus' 'Paint Your Wagon' directed by Cal McCrystal, feat. Nancy Trotter Landry
Cal McCrystal (left) directs the fabulous Giffords Circus for the 5th time this summer with their national tour of The Painted Wagon. This high energy, visually stunning Western just opened to a wonderful reception at their home base in Stroud before going on a nationwide tour throughout the summer.
Cal's previous work for Giffords has been described as "a glamorously bonkers riot of a show, full of colour and music"
The show once again features "saucer-eyed" Nancy Trotter Landry performing her fabulous clowning with spectacular physicality and humour.
For information on dates and locations, and to book tickets to one of the "the most English...
Natasha Magigi - Operation Black Antler - **** The Guardian
With The Brighton Festival underway, reviews are starting to come in for one of the most talked about productions this year - Operation Black Antler, in which performer Natasha Magigi is part of the highly talented cast.
Created by four-times BAFTA nominated artists' group Blast Theory and critically-acclaimed immersive theatre company Hydrocracker, is a fully immersive, site-specific piece that takes an in-depth look at undercover cops and the world of modern surveillance we now find ourselves in. Participants are given new identities and are tasked with infiltrating, befriending and learning valuable information from those around them.
★★★★ The Stage
'... one of the more thoughtful and sensitive examples...
As part of the BBC's continued celebration of Williams Shakespeare, Nikki Bedi travelled to India for BBC Radio 4 in search of the bard's world-wide appeal and influence. Nikki played Desdemona in a production of Othello in Bombay (now Mumbai) earlier in her career and travels back to see what today's India thinks about Shakespeare and his impact on modern day Bollywood.
Have a listen here.
Jeremy Vine brought you the latest statistics and figures from all the local elections across the UK as part of the Super-Thursday elections on May 5th 2016, as he once again was the BBC's go-to graphics guy. He reported on the English Council Elections, which included the hotly contested Mayor of London decision ending in a Labour win for Sadiq Khan. He will of course be back on June 23rd when Britain votes on whether or not to remain part of the EU.
Over the next few months Jeremy Vine will be informing and entertaining the public across the BBC by being the voice of the...
PRESENTERS: Unreported World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy
In a moving episode of Unreported World (originally broadcast on Friday April 22nd 2016 on Channel 4) Krishnan Guru-Murthy travelled to Israel to speak to the last remaining Holocaust survivors.
In an episode titled 'The Forgotten Holocaust Survivors', Krishnan meets many elderly people who survived one of the most horrific times in human history who are now forced to live off scraps and charity in order to live.
You can catch up here.
PRESENTERS: On the Green Sofa with Mary Nightingale
The Royal Academy will be playing host to a series of intimate and inspiring conversations between Mary Nightingale and an array of individuals from the art world; spanning music, painting, history, etc. These talks will be only available to members of the Academicians' Room and are sure to be inspirational and entertaining.
The first in this run will be with multi-award winning and highly acclaimed musician Nitin Sawhney.
There are more to be announced.
PERFORMERS: Joyce Henderson in 'Running Wild' at Regents Park
This summer be sure to catch Joyce Henderson as 'Grandma' in Running Wild at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, which is in the midst of rehearsals.
In this new adaptation by Samuel Adamson, Michael Morpurgo’s novel is one “that you know from the start is going to break your heart” (Times).
Joyce is a highly accomplished actor and movement director. She has worked extensively with The Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, English National Opera, National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal Exchange and Chichester Festival Theatre.
Running Wild runs from May 13th - June 12th 2016.
PRESENTERS: Katie Derham presents live from The Globe
Katie Derham was right in the epicentre of the celebrations for William Shakespeare's 400th birthday when she presented LIVE from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 23rd April. From the Sonnet Walks to The Winter's Tale, Katie lead the proceedings on the BBC Live webpage throughout the day.
For more information on the day as whole click here.
To celebrate the Forest Hill Society’s Tenth Birthday, and Shakespeare's 400th, Kas Darley took part in Much Ado in Forest Hill. Following Shakespeare through the streets of Forest Hill as he composes a brand new sonnet inspired by SE23, with a performance in the pub after. This free event was sure to have been entertaining and helped audiences experience Forest Hill in a new dramatic light and hear how Shakespeare continues to inspire us today.
PERFORMERS: Natasha Magigi - Sonnet Walks at the Globe
As part of the Globe's celebration of William Shakespeare's 400th birthday Natasha Magigi was one of the actors transporting audiences back to Shakespeare's London through the use of speeches and sonnets.
The annual Sonnet Walks, created by Mark Rylance, took place all over London, ending at the Globe Theatre. This was an amazing opportunity to experience London like you'd never seen it before, especially in such a special year.
PERFORMERS: Festival of the Spoken Nerd - London, Southbank
Festival of the Spoken Nerd are back with “Just For Graphs 2” stacked full of fresh, XY-rated material. With performance dates in April, May, June and July you have no excuse to miss this highly educational and enormously fun show, in an upside down cow on the banks of the River Thames... As you do.
Grab your tickets here.
Alys Torrance (on the left in the above image) has most recently been filming the Bollywood movie Baar Baar Dekho in India, with Arc Light Productions. She's now back in the UK and straight into the new epic, anarchic comedy from Gonzo Moose - Great Scott!
Based on the last few days of Captain Scott's life this mind-boggling adventure aims to find out exactly what happened on that ill-fated Arctic journey. The answer may surprise you!
PERFORMERS: Thomas Gilbey in 'Goosebumps Alive!' and 'King Arthur'
Noel Gay client Thomas Gilbey has a busy few months ahead as he is appearing in both Goosebumps Alive! at the Vaults until June and King Arthur as part of Gilded Balloon's Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme in August.
From London's newest immersive experience based on R.L. Stine's classic spine-tingling books, to an epic tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo - there's something for everyone.
Thomas has a huge variety of experience, being as equally strong in traditional theatre as he is physically.
Jake Yapp will be presenting the Sunday morning breakfast show on new station talkRADIO from the 27th March. Jake will be casting his satirical eye over the weeks news with a fellow guest. Expect a mixture of sketches, discussions, mayhem as well as his inimitable fast paced monologues. Away from the world of radio Jake is currently preparing for his Edinburgh Fringe Show One in a Million which will see Jake return to the festival for the first time in years. Keep an eye out for news of future shows but in the meantime tune into talkRADIO every Sunday...
Directors: Cal McCrystal Comedy Director Don Quixote
Cal McCrystal is the comedy director on the new production on Don Quixote at the RSC starring Rufus Hound and David Threlfell. This glorious new production has been newly adapted for the stage to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervante's death. Cal has developed and directed the comedy throughout the show using his expertise as seen on previous projects including One Man Two Guvenors, Paddington and World's End. Later this year Cal is directing new shows for Gifford's Circus and The Liverpool Royal Court but in the meantime make sure you catch this brilliant new show at the Swan Theatre...
Presenters: Nelufar Hedayat presents new series The Traffickers on Fusion
During these amazing films Nelufar follows illegal trades of precious minerals, counterfeit drugs, endangered species and even people around the globe. She will travel through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas as she chronicles the profit-driven dealers, compliant middlemen, bribe-taking officials, poachers and smugglers and comprising vast transportation networks, packaging factories, safe houses. Previous to this Nelufar has presented films for Channel 4's Unreported World as well for BBC Three. The Traffickers is being broadcast on American channel Fusion but please contact us if you are keen to see the episodes in full.