April Media were recording local VO talent Jenny Lane for a documentary which airs Sat 4th March at 8PM
BBC Radio 4 – Archive on 4, The Shape of Things That Came
HG Wells’ future history novel looks back from the year 2106. Halfway through the novel’s time span, Sean Street explores what the author got almost right – or terribly wrong.
In 1933, Wells published a novel which purported to be a history of the years 1929 to 2105, received from the future in dreams. He called his book The Shape of Things to Come, a phrase that has since become a part of the English language. Now, 84 years into the time scale of this prophetic book and with 88 more to go to complete the story – poet and professor of radio Sean Street goes back to the text and explores what Wells got right, what he got wrong – and what may be yet to come.
From predicting another world war to a utopian world government, he navigates a journey through Wells’ future past using audio archives and contemporary news bulletins, with expert help from Christopher Frayling, Andy Sawyer and Orson Wells.
Legendary newsreader and TV presenter Angela Rippon dropped by to April Media Productions recording studios in Plymouth.
Angela was recording the voiceover for 9 episodes of ‘Rip Off Britain’ for the current series airing on BBC 1.
Rip Off Britain is a BBC One series which exposes Britain’s rip-offs and helps consumers. It began on 30 November 2009, presented by former news journalists Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville.
English actress Maxine Peake dropped by to record a VO during filming in Plymouth for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary.
‘Northern Spirit’ delves into the extraordinary world of northern clairvoyants, psychics and mediums.
Whether it’s ghosts, energies or auras, millions of Britons are firm believers of the ‘other side.’ This observational documentary follows clairvoyants who are busy responding to the increasing demand for spiritual guidance in the North of England.
Tapping into established psychic practices, professional rivalries, and faithful clients, we will get an authentic insight into this intriguing, ethereal world often shrouded in secrecy. We will meet the clairvoyants, faithful clients and cynics alike.
Of the commission Dom Bird says, “Northern Spirit promises to bring a warm and unique insight into the mysterious world of clairvoyants. With a 360 degree view of this world through the eyes of both the psychics and their loyal clients Northern Spirit will celebrate the characters behind this extraordinary community. From our businesses to our love lives, these modern mediums advise on every facet of life. It’s a fascinating world that raises many profound questions about our innate desire for spiritual guidance.”
The programme will air on Channel 4 late 2015.
Maxine made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, and co-starred in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.
Adam Hart-Davis dropped by to April Media Recording Studios to record a voiceover for a new Weetabix TV advert.
Adam Hart-Davis is an English polymath, comprising scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well known in the UK for presenting the BBC television series Local Heroes and What the Romans Did for Us, the latter spawning several spin-off series involving the Victorians, the Tudors, the Stuarts and the Ancients. Adam was also a co-presenter of Tomorrow’s World, and presented Science Shack. Currently he presents How London Was Built and Just Another Day on History UK.
The undeniable ‘king’ of the voice, Alistair McGowan dropped by to April Media Productions recording studios in Plymouth.
Alistair was recording voices for a series of TV adverts for Paddy Power to be broadcast shortly.
Best known and loved as the man of many voices, BAFTA award-winning Alistair is currently appearing at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth for a week starring as Henry Higgins in a major new revival in a centenary year production of Shaw’s enduring masterpiece, Pygmalion.
Voiceover talent Tony Smith was at April Media productions Recording Studios in Plymouth this week recording the voiceover for the TV advert for the new Playstation game Injustice Gods Among Us, set for launch in November.
Children’s French animation series “Les Crumpets” is coming to the English speaking world and April Media Productions will be recording some of the characters for the series.
April Media Productions recently won the contract to record the first 53 episodes of the English adaptation and having held auditions at the studio with suitable candidates from local children’s stage school company “Stagecoach”. Having discovered the right voices for characters (approved by the producers), recording has commenced.
The Crumpets (formerly Les Crumpets) is an comedy animation about a family (of the same name) and their shenanigans of family life. There are about 20 characters in all in the show, and April media will be recording a few of them. The other characters are being recorded in other UK and New York studio’s.
Joseph Pollock, 11 from Plymouth (shown above) gained the role of the lead character “L’il One”, who’s the mischievous son, and recording of the first episode (of 53) is now complete.
Joseph has recently performed on stage at Torquay and in Belfast as ‘Benji’ alongside Jason Donovan as part of the national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in An Inspector Calls.
The character of “The King” will be played by Alex Luscombe, also 11 from Plymouth.
Recording is expected to take 6 months, and the series will have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in October 2014.
National treasure and comedienne / author Dawn French popped by to Plymouth recording studios, April Media Productions this week to talk to Fiona Lindsay as part of a forthcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary.
The article explores if there is possibly any link between children of military parents (Dawn being one of them!) who were forced to move home on many occasions, and the performer instinct in them.
The programme airs in November and will include other interviews with actors Rupert Everett, Juliette Stevenson, and ex-Libertines frontman Pete Doherty.
Devon Folk hero, and Mercury Prize nominee Seth Lakeman dropped by to April Media Productions.
Remotely directed via phone link, Seth was recording a voiceover piece for a Folk Music documentary produced by Bob Geldolf’s media Production company, titled ‘The Folklorist’ which is set for airing on BBC Radio 4 in the very near future.
Co-incidentally, studio owner John Carter and Seth were both raised in the Devon village of Buckland Monachorum, and schooled together in Tavistock, so 25 years on were long overdue a brief catch up!