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.
Acclaimed Falmouth based landscape gardener, shrub specialist and TV presenter Matt James dropped by to April Media Productions recording studios in Plymouth.
Matt was recording the voiceover for The Great British Garden Revival for an episode on “Shrubs” in the forthcoming series to air on BBC2 in December.
Matt is perhaps best known as the face of The City Gardener and Selling Houses, aired on Channel 4 from 2002 to 2006. Matt also contributes to Radio 4’s long running series, Gardeners’ Question Time.
The series brings together Britain’s biggest TV gardening talent in a bid to inspire viewers to save the UK’s garden heritage.
Great British Garden Revival will see Matt plus 13 of Britain’s other top TV gardeners including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame, Chris Beardshaw, Alys Fowler and James Wong – teaming up.
In each episode, two presenters will focus on an endangered aspect of gardens which they feel passionately about, and offer advice to viewers on how they can restore and look after their gardens.
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!
Fixers is a movement of young people tackling issues they feel strongly about to make a difference to others.
‘Fixers’ are young people who want to change things for the better. Many have been through difficult times, and have used that experience to campaign on issues that matter to them, like being homeless, domestic abuse, or drink and drug misuse. As part of their campaigns, and working with professional producers, they are creating some fantastic films, songs, music videos and other resources. Several have won awards.
To date, more than 8,400 Fixers from all over the United Kingdom have started (and are continuing) over 1030 unique projects. More than 201,000 hours of Fixer effort has been contributed across the UK, with Fixes addressing issues ranging from drink, drugs, homelessness, and mental health, through to unemployment, bullying, and much more.
Thanks to a recent grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers is expanding over the next three years throughout the UK – including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – recruiting up to 20,000 new Fixers to tackle issues affecting everyone today, often based on ideas from their own experiences.
With help from ITV, over 375 Fixers projects have been showcased on regional news programmes across the country, providing more than 25 hours of peak-time exposure to their projects.
Sarah, Tarin, Mike and Katie popped by to April Media Productions studios to record and film a voiceover which raised concerns about how those coming out of rehab are not receiving the support they need at this most critical time.