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Once Upon a Time in Zombieville wins GOLD at British Podcast Awards!

May 20, 2018

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Once Upon a Time in Zombieville, a comedy serial drama for all the family, has won in two categories at the British Podcast Awards – Gold in Best Family and Bronze in Most Original. This is great news for everyone involved: for BBC Learning in Scotland who commissioned it, Bigmouth Audio who produced it and all the actors who worked on it (both young and old, in Scotland and Canada).

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Hallowe’en: Between Worlds but mainly heading in the otherworldly direction…

November 1, 2017

I’m becoming increasingly paranormal. It’s not just the long beard and the long hair and the casual conversational, ‘yeah, I’m a WIZARD‘ (although, that helps), but if everyone has to find a niche, then mine is probably an anomalous one. Certainly judging by my recent diary.

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Once Upon a Time in Zombieville

November 30, 2016

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So, at the 11th hour – 2016 hath delivered! I’m writing a serial radio comedy drama for BBC Schools Radio! WOO HOO!! Isn’t that great!? Yes. It is. It really is.

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The Testament of Innes Smith

October 13, 2016

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Cheers! Or more appropriately Slàinte!

Well, another autumn after another summer of fruitless pitching and another BAFTA nomination. This time for ‘Animation’ and it’s a BAFTA Scotland up for grabs. It’s for this film! A film summarising the plot of ‘The Testament of Gideon Mack’.

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The Trial of The Franz Kafka Big Band

January 1, 2016

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The Franz Kafka Big Band – the Radio Sketch Comedy group that I had the pleasure of working with for many years – has returned to Radio Scotland. There’s a half hour of classic sketches from our two series – and a whole new half hour of documentary exploring what really happened when our show was banned.

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Procrastination & Biscuits

November 22, 2015

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I’m a BAFTA nominee. That’s nice.

A film I made with Once Were Farmers has been nominated for a BAFTA – the Children’s Short Form Award. It was designed and animated by Scott Morriss – and doesn’t it look great? I wrote and voiced it – not in my usual avuncular Dr Baker style – but as Danny Fizzpants, a rather excited and excitable Hollywood Gossip Columnist. It helps to do voice overs consistently, if you create a little character for the voice to come out from.

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30th Biennial of Graphic Arts

November 15, 2013

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This is a review of an art show. If writing or talking about art doesn’t interest you, then fair enough – I don’t like it much either*. So much of how we respond to anything – whether it’s art, music or food is down to taste. We don’t quibble or debate with someone over their choice of ice cream, so why do art critics end up fighting with each other on late night talk shows? Art is not Science. Art will always be about objects which also exist subjectively. Yet the art world is obsessed with evaluating and valuing – and thus the constant haggling, the attacking and the defending, in the social sphere. Dragging the subjective into the objective is always a painful process.

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