Posts Tagged ‘news’

The Best of 2010-2015 Wipe | BBC2

28 December, 2019

Crikey.

Have I Got News for You | BBC1

29 September, 2018

Series 56 begins 9pm, Fri 5 October.

Steph McGovern

Hotel California | BBC News

23 August, 2018

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A Smashed Hits about (the) Eagles’ Hotel California:

“Vaguery is the primary tool of songwriters,” Frey told a journalist during a 2003 pro-am golf tournament in California’s Pebbel Beach, where he was partnered with Huey Lewis. “It works, it means whatever the listener wants it to mean.”

Sources: History of the Eagles; Hit Story: It All Started Because Of Rattlesnakes; Rockin’ ‘Round The Round, SF Gate; Jennifer Parker’s McBusted: The Story of the World’s Biggest Super Band and this lovely data collection from Southern California Public Radio.

Trump, double-negatives and politics | BBC News

23 July, 2018
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A quick piece for the BBC about double negatives:

It’s hard to understate how often we find ourselves using two negatives when we don’t mean to – in fact, this sentence begins with a common example

See also:

Masterclass: Craft of Comedy Entertainment | Bafta

7 October, 2017

I’m part of the panel for a Bafta event:

A panel of comedy entertainment producers and writers discuss the recent renaissance in entertainment television, covering programme development, writing, casting, and the role of satire.

  • 6:45pm, Tuesday, 17 October 2017
  • Princess Anne Theatre, Bafta, 195 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EU
  • Tickets
  • Updated with image by @widowedanthem

Alternative Election Night | Channel 4

5 June, 2017

Undated handout photo issued by Channel 4 of David Mitchell and veteran BBC interrogator Jeremy Paxman who will be hosting Channel 4's Alternative Election Night

I have been enjoying working on Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night:

Jeremy Paxman, David Mitchell and Richard Osman present an all-night feast of comedy and comment in Channel 4’s very different take on election night

Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe | BBC2

5 December, 2016

I am a proud member of Team 2016 Wipe, which is broadcast after Christmas.

2016 Wipe

Update 14 May 2017: Bafta winner, Comedy & Comedy Entertainment Programme

Have I Got News For You | BBC1

1 October, 2016

Series 52 begins 9pm, Fri 7 October.

Jo Brand

Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe | BBC2

29 December, 2015

I am a proud member of Team 2015 Wipe, which is broadcast tomorrow.

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Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe | BBC2

30 April, 2015

I am a proud member of Team Election Wipe, the fruits of whose labours will be broadcast shortly before the polls open.

Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe | BBC2

22 December, 2014

I am a proud member of Team 2014 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two on 30 December:

Update 29 Jan 2015: The new series of Weekly Wipe begins tonight:

Charlie Brooker’s 2013 Wipe for BBC Two

28 December, 2013

I am a proud member of Team 2013 Wipe, the fruit of whose toil will be on BBC Two tonight:

Update 6 Jan: And the second series of Weekly Wipe begins on Thu 9 Jan on BBC Two.

Elvis Costello’s Shipbuilding for the BBC

7 November, 2013

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A short-form Smashed Hits piece for the BBC News Magazine about Shipbuilding, pegged to the closure of the Portsmouth shipyards.

It would have sounded very different if Costello had written the song for himself – or written the music. Shipbuilding was originally a piano piece written by Madness’s producer Clive Langer for a gentler performer, Robert Wyatt. Langer bumped into Costello at a party and suggested they go out to his car and listen to a cassette of the tune. Costello subsequently called from an Australian tour to say he had “the best lyric I’ve ever written”. Wyatt’s song was made – and in 1983 Costello recorded it himself.

No room, sadly, for Chet Baker playing at London supper-and-jazz club The Canteen, approached by Costello and offering to play on EC’s version for scale. “I think we probably doubled it,” remembered Costello.