BBC Radio 7
BBC Radio 7
However, programmes made exclusively for the station are exempt from this rule. The schedule spans the decades, from The Goon Show (1950s) and Round the Horne (1960s), through Radio 2 favourites like The News Huddlines, Castle's On The Air and Listen to Les to recent Radio 4 shows such as Little Britain and Dead Ringers. As a speech network, BBC Radio 7 was unique from the start in carrying no news, with the exception of a daily bulletin aimed at younger listeners presented by the Newsround team at 07:55 on weekdays. Adopting a very informal style of presentation, its continuity announcing team are associated with themed blocks of programming and are promoted as personalities & presenters in their own right. This was taken one step further on 14 February 2005, when an hour long strand of comedy was introduced between 08:00 and 09:00, initially presented by Richard Bacon, now with sister station 5 Live. Current regular presenters are Penny Haslam, Jim Lee, Etholle George, Joanna Pinnock, Alex Riley and Michaela Saunders, with cover presenters Alan Smith and Helen Aitken. There is speculative fiction of various kinds, science fiction, fantasy or horror seven days a week in a regular slot called The 7th Dimension which is broadcast on Radio 7 twice a day, at 18:00 and midnight.
In early 2007, this slot featured a series of original Doctor Who audio dramas, starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor. Paul Merton launched the station at 20:00 on 15 December 2002 in a simulcast with Radio 4. It was originally codenamed Network Z. The station's remit requires it to carry children's programming, which, until 2007, came in the form of two daily shows: The Little Toe Radio Show which was aimed at younger children and consisted of short serials, stories and rhymes that ran from 07:00 to 08:00 and was repeated at 15:00 to 16:00. Big names like Roger McGough were regular contributors; and The Big Toe Radio Show which aired from 16:00 to 18:00 and consisted of phone-ins, quizzes as well as stories intended for the 8+ age group. In February 2007 the schedule changed and Big Toe Books took over the 07:00 slot, but dropped the phone-ins and quizzes for children aged 8 and up while Cbeebies Radio replaced The Little Toe Show and now runs in a longer slot from 14:00 to 17:00.
These programmes consist almost entirely of original material. Radio 7 also broadcasts some original programming. Spanking New on Seven is a stand-up comedy programme, and they have broadcast the BBC New Comedy Competition, a competition for new stand up comedians. People who have taken part in BBC comedy competitions have gone on to have their own series on Radio 7, such as John-Luke Roberts with Spats and Miriam Elia with A Series of Psychotic Episodes. The Mitch Benn Music Show features comedy songs introduced by Mitch Benn.
Colin and Fergus' Digi Radio is a comedy sketch show which ran for two series in 2005–2006. Serious About Comedy was a weekly show, now decommissioned, presented by Robin Ince where comedians and comedy critics discuss comedy television, radio, DVDs, and films from the last week. Tilt is a satirical sketch show which looks at the week's news of views other than the norm. Knocker is a sitcom about a market researcher, written by and starring Neil Edmond. The flagship comedy section on Radio 7 is The Comedy Club, hosted by Alex Riley (Monday to Friday) and Penny Haslam (Sunday).
Pitched as "two hours of contemporary comedy", it is broadcast from 22:00 to midnight Sunday to Friday, and repeated between 03:00 and 05:00 the following morning. Comedy that has previously been commercially available as cassettes on the Laughing Stock label is also broadcast. The network also features output from North America such as the American series Garrison Keillor's Radio Show and The Twilight Zone, and Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe from Canada. BBC 7 won the Sony Radio Academy Award for Station Sound in 2003, was nominated for the Promo Award in 2004, and in 2005 received a Silver for the Short-Form award, plus nominations in the Speech Award and Digital Terrestrial Station Of The Year Award. The station can be heard worldwide on the Internet, across northern Europe via the Astra 2A satellite (including via Freesat and Sky), and in the UK on DAB digital radio, cable television, IPTV and Freeview digital terrestrial television. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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