So I promised _solaeris
that I'd talk about attending the workshops and recordings that the BBC took to my university, and now's as good a time as any to write it up, I suppose! First things first, I didn't actually
end up getting to see the News Quiz being recorded. Apparently Sandi Toksvig was too ill to travel that day so they recorded it up in London instead. As you can imagine, this was incredibly annoying, but as it turned out the workshops turned out to be pretty good so I suppose it evened out in the end!
The Torchwood workshop was all about the radio plays that had been commissioned to promote Children of Earth
, and they focused on Asylum
in particular. It was a little embarrassing because I hadn't actually listened to the play in question, but they played enough clips throughout that I was pretty familiar with it by the end! The writer (Anita Sullivan) was there, as well as the commissioner for Wales and Tom Price, who plays PC Andy (he was pretty important in Asylum
, so that was why he was there). It was really interesting, AND I got to keep a copy of the script at the end! I was also filmed afterwards for a vox pop thing for the BBC- that may go up on youtube sometime, so if it does I'll link to it here and you can all hear how stupid I sound/see what I look like in real life.
The journalism workshop today was also really interesting, although at first the guy holding it started to talk about statistics and I began to glaze over because maths is definitely Not My Thing. However it turned out to be more about analysing what statistics are really telling you, and ways in which the media uses statistical data to create a story. It turned out to be pretty fascinating, actually, and I'll certainly never take figures at face value again! After that I got another cool freebie, which was a bright highlighter-orange BBC Radio 4 Students t-shirt. I shall wear it with pride!
Well, that's all that happened, I guess (it would have been much longer if the News Quiz hadn't been canceled ):). I'm sorry I don't have pictures for you but I don't think they allowed photography at the events anyway. I hope it was fairly interesting, anyway. Somewhat gratifyingly, two of the BBC people I met had English Literature degrees! So you never know, I could be helping out with Torchwood 2015 or something.