Tuesday, March 28, 2006

In the new Radio Times

Can I tell you about this? I'm particularly pleased with a feature I've just had published in Radio Times. It's the issue that came out today, covering 1-7 April, and with the Coronation Street cast on the front.

Which reminds me: that cover's got RT a lot of attention today and RadioTimes.com has a video of the cover photography shoot. I've only been to a couple of shoots for anyone, just a single time for RT, so I find that video fascinating. If you've been to a million, your mileage may vary.

But could we get back to me? On page 27 there's a piece about BBC4's 1973 week. The week's pegged around a repeat run of the drama Life on Mars and BBC4's done quite brilliantly to cover every angle of this year.

My job was to research a) 1973 and b) BBC4's plans.  The former was easy enough, the latter harder because - as I understand it - plans and schedules were being negotiated for quite a time so in theory anything could drop out or be added.

I had a really good time doing this. But I'd been warned that the feature would be primarily a photographic one; in the initial stage I purely delivered a list of items I recommended we get pictures for. (Did you know the Toy of the Year 1973 was the Mastermind board game? Nor did I, but I do now.)

Later it was changed and I was asked to provide effectively picture captions for a sequence of these shots. I wrote the amount I was asked for but with the expectation that it would be cut down to fit the room left on the page.

It was. But hardly anything was cut at all, I'm amazed how much the production desk squeezed onto this page. 

That's it. I think the piece is funny, though if it is it's because BBC4's schedule is well done and the subs desk at RT added a nice gag for me. But I wanted to tell you while the issue was on sale.

And hang on, I'm in the issue for my usual seven On This Day pieces plus the TV Stat short so this week I get nine bylines in Radio Times. Blimey.

3 comments:

Piers said...

One day soon I shall be able to say "I knew him when he just wrote for the Radio Times. Perhaps he'll lend me money?"

LFCC said...

(Piers don't be crazy - he can't lend you money until he's payed back what he owes me.)

Disappointed to see that my arrival in the UK in February 1973 did not make the article. It was a momentous event for the United Kingdom.

William Gallagher said...

Laura, you'd be amazed how much RT cut.

Okay, you wouldn't, they didn't cut much. But way back in the research stage I was finding 1973isms rather than TV and I'm sure I had a line about "February - Laura's UK debut".

It was surprising how much went on in '73. Did you know that was when the first mobile phone call was made?

William