Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2010 Sony Radio Awards for Drama

Gold award went to Jack Thorne's People Snogging in Public Places, produced by Steven Canny for BBC Radio 3's The Wire. Silver went to John Dryden's docu-drama The Day Lehman Died, script by Matthew Solon and a rare recognition of drama on the World Service. Bronze was shared between Nick Perry's The Loop (producer Toby Swift), Oliver Emanuel's Daniel and Mary (BBC Radio Scotland drama, produced by Kirsty Williams) and Melissa Murray's dramatisation of William Boyd's novel Restless, a Woman's Hour serial.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Modern Masters - major problem

I was so looking forward to Modern Masters on BBC1 last night, especially as the first was Andy Warhol. On the plus side, the production values were superb, the talking heads varied and well-chosen. But the downside - catastrophe! - presenter Alistair Sooke. Now don't get me wrong, he knows his stuff and did nothing objectionable. The problem is he has zero TV charisma - Warhol's paintings had more - the slightly silly plate glass display board that was the presenter's chosen gimmick had more. As I say, it's a shame because I will certainly want to seek out some of Sooke's written work, but I don't think I can face another hour of his TV 'presense'.