Over the past half decade, Foiled has grown from low budget fringe theatre actually staged in a hair salon to being the most popular comedy show ever broadcast by BBC Radio Wales, starring legends of stage and screen including Ralf Little, Miles Jupp, Felicity Montagu, Vicky Vox and Sir Derek Jacobi. That’s all well and … Continue reading How Long Does It Take To Write an Entire BBC Radio Sitcom?
In a year of tumult, it’s been a tumultuous week, all commotion and confusion. Everyone is dealing with their own personal bucket of uncertainty at the moment: for me, that bucket was dumped pretty much all on one day. A fingers-crossed job interview, a month in Bristol cancelled, an injection flooding my bloodstream. But, like … Continue reading BBC Radio Foiled: 2017-2021
Beth Granville and I started working on the scripts for Series 4 of our BBC Radio sitcom Foiled at the end of March, making use of the uncertainty of the first lockdown to produce first drafts of three of the four episodes. We worked remotely, of course, and although we shared script ideas and weekly … Continue reading How to write a BBC radio sitcom during a global pandemic
The scripts are in! We record tomorrow! In our third year of Foiled, I feel like I can say something about the rhythms of writing a radio sitcom. Settle in, this is a long read. Writing a sitcom episode is like building a house (kinda) In reality, Beth and I usually start laying bricks before … Continue reading What does it take to write a BBC radio sitcom?
This is mad, isn’t it? A year ago I was in the London Welsh Centre, watching rehearsals for a hair-based theatre comedy called ‘Foiled’. Being one of the writers, I loved every minute – but I never expected The Stage would call it ‘the perfect comedy’ in a 5-star review. That was dreamy enough, but … Continue reading Foiled Episode 1: Everything’s Kings (BBC Radio)
In January 2016, Beth Granville and I were commissioned to write four episodes of our sitcom Foiled for BBC Radio Wales. I still get goosebumps writing that sentence! Getting a comedy commission from the BBC really doesn’t happen very often in a writer’s life and I feel fantastically lucky. Earlier this week, Beth and I … Continue reading How to get a BBC Radio Comedy Commission
I always knew fame would come some day, but I never imagined it would come like this. After two very countable feature appearances on Iranian PressTV and Singaporean StarSports, and after countless featureless appearances in the background of Midsomer Murders, I’ve finally made it. The BBC has called. Tomorrow, at approximately 10:30am, I shall haul … Continue reading Me & Hitch-hiking on BBC Radio Scotland – Tomorrow!
That’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion! This week, prompted by an app called Zoe, I have been experimenting with my morning repast. On Tuesday, I ate a single bagel, then nothing for three hours. On Wednesday, I devoured a bowl of nothing but avocado. Thursday was … Continue reading On The Lip Of A LionWhat does breakfast do to me?
This year, I have read 38 books — although, for some reason, 2022 has been the year of abandonment. A record six books have been picked up, started, and put down again, never to be troubled by my rigorous scoring system. Perhaps I was unlucky in my choices. Or perhaps I am beginning to value … Continue reading Dave’s 2022 Books Of The Year
Lorenzo looks me in the eye, finger tips pressed together, and delivers his final verdict: Seriously, there’s no point. Why would you even do that? Why? Greetings from the portico-shaded streets of Bologna, where I’ve spent the past week relaxing — and, in peak moments, getting really, really bored. Hence my appearance in the tourist … Continue reading Boredom & The World Heritage Site
The second century followers of the gnostic Carpocrates believed that human souls must go through every possible earthly experience before they are released and return to god’s side in heaven. For most ordinary people, this means reincarnation after reincarnation as they labour through tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich, poor, beggar, thief. But the Carpocratians tried … Continue reading Carpocratian Touring
For the next couple of months I’m cycling to Athens, as part of Europe’s longest charity bike ride. 5,000km, a hundred people, through ten countries, over nine weeks gives me a lot of time to experience things, but not a lot of time to write things. Today I happened to wake up at 5am — … Continue reading Philoxenia and the Magic Cobbler
I’m writing this from the final day of a three-day introductory course in ecopsychology, led by Natural Academy. That wiggly red underlining indicates that my computer doesn’t recognise ecopsychology as a word, so let’s break it down. Eco- comes from the Greek oikos, meaning home or dwelling place — and, by extension, the household or … Continue reading The Dwelling Place Of The Soul
I’ve written about fractal patterns in nature before, about how restorative they are, and just how damn cute. The branching of a tree, for example, is a pattern repeated at every level, from the veins of its leaves to the mycorrhizal networks of the fungi among its roots. But my mind was pleasantly massaged earlier … Continue reading Nature Loves A Broccoli
Nothing propinks like propinquity ~ Ian Fleming, Diamonds Are Forever Propinquity is the property of nearness. On an archaeological dig, the closer together artefacts are found, the more similar their likely provenance. These artefacts are said to have high propinquity and, most likely, nearness in space equals nearness in time. If beads from a lapis … Continue reading The Cataclysmic Event HypothesisNothing propinks like propinquity
Yesterday I finished reading The Men’s Group Manual by Clyde Henry. I’m not a member of a men’s group and I can’t really imagine joining, much less starting one right now, except perhaps in some kind of Temporary Autonomous Zone. Nevertheless, I got a lot out of reading the book because it explains, as if … Continue reading Dream Architecture
Language is fossil poetry. This is a story about scent, that strangest of our senses, which arises when a volatile chemical compound binds to a receptor in our nose and sends a signal through our olfactory system to the deepest seat of emotion, memory and learning in our brain. But because this is also a … Continue reading Towards A Dictionary Of Scent
I hold strong opinions. Dangerously strong opinions. The way that the human brain works, strong opinions like mine can lead to political breakdown, financial collapse and even death 💀 Most human beings hold at least a few strong opinions thanks to something called the confirmation bias. Duh, duh, DUH. Because of, I dunno, evolution or … Continue reading 27 Things I Used To Believe And Now Completely Don’t
Day 1: Kings Lynn to Boston (66km) Resuming where I left off two years ago, today I rode from Kings Lynn to a canalside camp just the other side of the lovely market town of Boston. I’m dressed for Bournemouth, where it’s already summer, and today I froze in a biting northerly wind. Tomorrow I … Continue reading Round Britain IV: Cycling Diaries Kings Lynn to Ravenscar
I’m currently sitting in Sanders Yard Bistro, hidden away in a historic potted plant courtyard, a sharp cobbled descent down the looming cliff of Whitby Abbey. It’s been more than 300km since I rode out of Kings Lynn, picking up from where I left off in 2020. This is the fourth leg of my recapitulation … Continue reading Cycling Connections from Kings Lynn to Whitby
Ravenscar. The last time I was here I was desperately searching, with the help of my dad (long suffering telephonist for round Britain cyclist) for Ravenscar youth hostel. As darkness, rain and sea all closed in on the cliffs below me, I despaired, and threw my bike, my bivvy bag and myself under a bush … Continue reading How To Sleep In A Tent: A Story 11 Years In The Making