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Jonwo (previously Jonwo87) 915 posts since 20 Sep 2007
With the TV soaps stopping production, I see The Archers has reduced from six to five episodes a week.

I wonder whether we'll see a podcast version of EastEnders (produced with actors at home) on BBC Sounds once episodes in the can run out?


I'm surprised The Archers needs to reduce, surely that can be recorded without the need of a studio?
thegeek5,361 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
With the TV soaps stopping production, I see The Archers has reduced from six to five episodes a week.

I wonder whether we'll see a podcast version of EastEnders (produced with actors at home) on BBC Sounds once episodes in the can run out?


I'm surprised The Archers needs to reduce, surely that can be recorded without the need of a studio?

Radio drama studios are pretty specialised places, with a variety of carefully designed acoustic treatments. I think Archers fans would probably live with fewer episodes than ones that didn't sound right.
See their studio here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mwrh5/p01mwrdh
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Inspector Sands14,483 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Some radio dramas are produced on location though, it helps to get the atmos and the acoustics sounding authentic.


Not something they'd want to do in the current situation though
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 24 March 2020 8:15am
noggin14,763 posts since 26 Jun 2001
With the TV soaps stopping production, I see The Archers has reduced from six to five episodes a week.

I wonder whether we'll see a podcast version of EastEnders (produced with actors at home) on BBC Sounds once episodes in the can run out?


I'm surprised The Archers needs to reduce, surely that can be recorded without the need of a studio?


I suspect they are reducing the number of episodes each week to preserve the stockpile of already-recorded episodes in case they have to stop production.

There is no doubt a scenario where the definition of 'essential' workers in broadcasting will presumably only include those in production of news and factual output, and those keeping the channels on-air.
JamesWorldNews8,796 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
With the TV soaps stopping production, I see The Archers has reduced from six to five episodes a week.

I wonder whether we'll see a podcast version of EastEnders (produced with actors at home) on BBC Sounds once episodes in the can run out?


I'm surprised The Archers needs to reduce, surely that can be recorded without the need of a studio?

Radio drama studios are pretty specialised places, with a variety of carefully designed acoustic treatments. I think Archers fans would probably live with fewer episodes than ones that didn't sound right.
See their studio here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01mwrh5/p01mwrdh


That’s a very interesting link, actually. Even although there’s a lot of digital work in the production, the programme requires rather a lot of mechanical real props for the end product. Fascinating.

I’m not a listener: do they have a lot of bicycle scenes on The Archers? 🤔
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Capybara184 posts since 24 Jul 2018
Granada North West Today
Did any other regions get two regional evening bulletins last night? On North West Tonight, BBC One crashed out of the news at around 6:10, just as the News Channel went to an iPlayer promo, and crashed back into the NC at the end of the news during a VT. After that I switched to BBC One HD and went upstairs, but around 6.30ish I heard Oneness so I went back down to see if there were any special announcements and it was the "Programme not available in HD" screen. So, I switched back to SD and there was another North West Tonight bulletin? Any idea why this might have happened?
Aspiring continuity announcer.
Andrew14,248 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Graham Norton will be strange, doing interviews via Skype maybe? And British Tv stars rather than Hollywood types promoting the latest cinema release?

HIGNFY will be odd as well, so far we’ve only seen audience shows do one or two episodes without an audience, so it’s a one off novelty, not an whole series.
JKDerry2,455 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
BBC Two should devote their afternoon from 1.00pm until 6.00pm with classic shows from the archive - they used to do this some years a go.

Are You Being Served? - Allo allo - Some Mother's Do Ave Em - Dad's Army - You Rang M'Lord - 2 Point 4 Children - Only Fools and Horses - Grace and Favour - The Brittas Empire - May to December are just some of the sitcoms they have which they could air

Duchess of Duke Street - Colditz - Secret Army - The Pallisers - are just some of the classic dramas which could be repeated

Just a thought, but I am sure BBC Two will not bother
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