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It was 30 Years Ago
Saturday 27 December 9am
Dave Leonard along with Steve Fox and those who were members of the station in 1984 remember the start of HRB in a revised repeat of this special show first broadcast live in March 2014.
We are Not the BBC
Saturday 27 December 12pm
A light-hearted look at the radio drama production process as seen by the members of an amateur dramatics society in a sleepy suburb of Swansea.
It can’t be difficult to make your own play for radio can’t it? And with a LAMDA-trained professional actor at the helm, surely nothing could go wrong? After their attempt at Mike Leigh-inspired improvisation doesn’t exactly produce satisfactory results, things start to look up when a visiting celebrity agrees to step in and play the lead role.
Starring : Adam Hall, Susan Casanove, Andrew Macbean, Nick Lucas, Katharine Waugh, Ceri Gifford and Christopher Timothy.
The Christmas Truce
Saturday 27 December 1pm
Christmas 1914, the first Christmas of The First World War and an event that one British soldier at the time described as "a day unique in the world's history." There are many accounts of that day and many disputes about what really happened, but what we do know is that British and German soldiers in various places along the front line put down their weapons, exchanged simple gifts, sang Christmas carols and buried their dead. There are even accounts of football matches. In this programme, Nelufar Hedayat explores what is really known about The Christmas Truce – through accounts of the men who were there and the reactions of children hearing the story for the first time. We'll also be hearing how the story has been used in pop songs and a TV commercial, how present-day Germans respond to it (among them the great-great-grandson of Emperor Wilhelm II, Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia) and how young footballers from across Europe are experiencing the spirit of the Christmas truce at Ypres, re-creating the kick-about on the battered land above the trenches.
Queen – We Will Rock You
Saturday 27 December 2014 3 – 5pm
It’s hard to believe that its now over 20 years since the passing of vocalist Freddie Mercury, but in the past two decades the music of Queen has remained very much alive, and remains as fresh as it did decades ago.
In this two hour special, original members Roger Taylor and Brian May talk about the making of some of their biggest hits including Radio Gaga, We Are The Champions, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Don't Stop Me Now and of course the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody.
Brian May also talks about the formation of the band, his first meeting with Freddie and the how the band's sound evolved over the years.
Packed with lots of great music and some great stories, this is the perfect 2 hour tribute to one of Britain's finest rock bands.
David Blower and Steve Fox with Graham Seaman
Sunday 28 December 9 – 10am
Another chance to hear former CMMR member Graham Seaman's surprise visit to Steve and David in May with plenty of memories of his time at the station.
Mary Tamm: The Original Doctor Who Girl
Sunday 28 December 12.30pm
Mary Tamm was perhaps mostly known for her role as Romana in Dr. Who, but she had had a long and varied career in TV, film and theatre.
Fellow actress and friend Jenny Runacre speaks here with Mary about her work in this touching and funny interview – one of the last she did before sadly passing away in 2012.
We Are The BBC
Sunday 28 December 5pm
We Are The BBC is the sequel to We Are Not The BBC
Rob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, TV personality, the new doyen of Just a Minute, and apparently, Stephen Fry’s new best friend. But all isn’t quite as it seems, and when Stephen discovers that Rob’s BAFTA-winning script was stolen, he undertakes to expose Rob for the fraud he is.
We Are The BBC is the follow-up to We Are Not The BBC, and features Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry as themselves.
Starring: Adam Hall, Susan Casanove, Simon Stanhope, Andrew Macbean, Nick Lucas, Ann Theato, Alison Mead, Claire Wyatt, Cheska Moon, Katharine Waugh and Silas Hawkins with Nicholas Parsons and Stephen Fry.
The Springheel’d Saga
Sunday 28 December 10pm Episode One
The Ghost of Clapham Common
“Wonderfully confident and full of bravura.” Dirk Maggs
The Springheel Saga, Series One
Episode 1, The Ghost Of Clapham Common.
London, 1837. A terrifying apparition stalks the night! Constable Jonah Smith must avoid a pair of vicious killers in his hunt for the mysterious figure who will come to be known as… Springheel Jack!
Starring: Charlie Adams, Andrew MacBean, Christopher Finney, Matt Jure, Lizzie Goodall, Catlin Birley, Jack Bowman Ben Whitehead, Simon Cruise, Colin Holt, Jonathan Hansler, Ceri Gifford and Julian Glover
WINNER! Silver Ogle Award Best Fantasy Audio Production of the Year 2013!