World’s Weirdest Weather – More 4 – tonight

World’s Weirdest Weather – More 4 – tonight

Series 2 of World’s Weirdest Weather starts on More 4 tonight. I did a little work on this series – including a very early morning start to film the Severn Bore earlier in the year. Not only the famous wave which goes inland along the River Severn but a surfer – on the wave talking to camera. I was very pleased with the results at the time so I’m hoping there is a good slice of this used in the actual programme. Kit used was an Audio 2040 radio mic in an aquapac with a countryman B3 mic. The actual mic had a small furry windjammer on it and was wrapped as neatly as possible in a cut down un-lubricated condom.   It had to be clipped on the the collar of the surfer so I also tied the clip on to the microphone lead – I’ve lost too many in the past. He was wearing a hat, but as he thought he was likely to lose it at some point during the surf I did not go with that for placement. The transmitter pack was placed between the surfers shoulder blades to minimise the amount of time it would spend under water whenever he came off he board – which was lots! Signal breaks every time the aerial is immersed. It was one of the most hairy boat rides I have ever had but thankfully we had an excellent skipper. Even so it was very wet and very bumpy – particularly as we crossed the wave several times during filming. Worlds Weirdest Weather starts broadcasting in the UK on More 4, 9pm Wednesday 13th...

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Wanted – A family of My Own

Wanted – A family of My Own

Wanted – A Family of My Own is a new ITV series, made by Wall to Wall that I have been working on over the last few months. It’s about the process of placing children for adoption. The team gained fantastic access via social services and it should be an excellent series. First part of four airs on ITV Thursday 24th April at 7pm. More information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2602298/Adoption-making-Nicky-Campbell-adopted-baby-hopes-new-series-inspire-parents-children-home.html http://www.itv.com/wantedafamilyofmyown http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week17/wanted-family-my-own#.U1LhBse7BDY Wanted: A Family of My Own – Episode one The profoundly life changing process of adoption is uncovered in this new four part series. Following the stories of parents desperate to adopt and children who need families, cameras have been granted access into many defining moments of the adoption process from prospective parents’ meetings with social workers and facing adoption panels, to the moment a child leaves their foster carers and meets their new parents for the first time. Presented by Nicky Campbell, himself adopted as a baby, the series sets out to provide an intimate insight into adoption in Britain today, through the experiences of children and couples followed at close quarters as they progress through the proceedings involved. In showing key stages of each child and each couple’s experience, Wanted: A Family of My Own, offers a rare perspective on the impact of adoption on the lives of those involved. Looking at why children need new families, the range of people who want to adopt and how the process operates, the series builds an understanding of adoption today which may challenge preconceptions. Across the series we meet a gay couple who thought they would never become parents, a single mum who is adopting for the third time, a baby boy who was born addicted to crack cocaine and couples who, after struggling with infertility, are finally getting close to having families of their own. The unique access to each story was acquired by working in partnership with local authorities across the UK over a two year period. Nicky was born in Edinburgh in the 1960s. His birth mother travelled there from Ireland to escape the stigma of being pregnant outside of marriage. After being born in the Scottish capital, Nicky was adopted when he was a young baby. The circumstances leading to children being put up for adoption have changed over the years but a large number are still waiting for new families. Nicky explains: “The shame of illegitimacy back then meant thousands of women across the country gave their children up for adoption each year. Today children are rarely given up for adoption, the vast majority are taken away from their birth parents because of a history of neglect or abuse.” Dan and Ania who have been...

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Sounds of the Cinema – BBC 4

Sounds of the Cinema – BBC 4

This series is highly recommended, especially if you enjoy the movies and how a soundtrack – mainly the music is put together. I recorded some of the links for this series and it was a delight to hear Neil Brand talk about the movie soundtracks and bring their creation alive. Finding the correct pitch for a coffee grinder was an unexpected highlight! A really thoughtfully put together series made by people who love film. I was very pleased to be a (small) part of it. The third part of the series is on this Thursday and the previous 2 are still available to watch on the BBC iPlayer....

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Countryfile at 25 – Sunday 28th July 8pm – BBC1

Countryfile at 25 – Sunday 28th July 8pm – BBC1

I’m sure everything this week is going to be completely over shadowed by the news of the royal baby, but this Sunday Countryfile celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special programme featuring a country fayre, with guests at Adam Henson’s farm. It was great fun to film, right at the start of the amazing sunny weather we have been having and one of those rare occasions when many of the crews who have worked on the programme over the years got to be in the same place at the same time. If you are a fan this is going to be an episode not to be...

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