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The Music Teacher

Series 2 Episode 3

Nigel is tasked with running a choir containing recently convicted youths.

Nigel is tasked with running a choir for recently convicted youths. Stars Richie Webb and Vicki Pepperdine. From April 2012.

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel is offered a reconciliation meeting with local youths after they have run riot in the Arts Centre. And asked to teach them three part harmony into the bargain.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

John Shuttleworth invites the stars to sing his songs. This week, it's Mari Wilson.

John Shuttleworth invites Mari Wilson and her beehive to his home to perform one of their songs – and one of his! From 2016.

John Shuttleworth invites singer Mari Wilson to his Sheffield home to perform one of her own songs and also, more importantly, one of his.

Joan Chitty gets very excited about Mari's visit as she used to have a wonderful beehive and Joan would like Mari to give her the same look. John is not convinced this is a good idea as Joan has very short spiky hair and far too much hair lacquer would be required.

Anyway, there are more important things to be done. Mari needs to sing one of John's songs and John has to prepare for a medley of Mari's songs and get Top Tips on the Telephone from Tony Burrows who famously appeared on Top of The Pops three times in one show!

Written and Performed by Graham Fellows.

With special guests Mari Wilson and Toni Burrows

Producer: Dawn Ellis

A Chic Ken production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in December 2016.

Credits

Performer
Graham Fellows
Interviewed Guest
Mari Wilson
Interviewed Guest
Toni Burrows
Writer
Graham Fellows
Producer
Dawn Ellis

Genre

Unplucked

Proms 2016: Only Fools and Orchestras

Vikki watches football in a park, a Prom in a car park, and Simon Rattle explains Boulez.

Credits

Presenter
Vikki Stone
Featured Artist
Kamasi Washington
Interviewed Guest
Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest
Christopher Stark
Featured Artist
Pierre Boulez
Featured Artist
Steve Reich

Series

Unplucked

The Music Teacher

Series 3 Episode 6

An interesting offer from Belinda leaves Nigel reeling.

After an incident at the staff party, Belinda has an offer for Nigel. Stars Richie Webb and Vicki Pepperdine From October 2013.

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

As the local church's bicentennial concert bears down on all at the Arts Centre, Nigel finds himself with an interesting offer from Belinda and a room gradually filling with instruments to boot.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

The Music Teacher

Series 2 Episode 6

A rival music teacher starts work at the arts centre.

A rival music teacher starts work at the arts centre, and Nigel starts losing pupils. Stars Richie Webb. From May 2012.

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel finds himself losing pupils as a new music teacher who is able to get outstanding exam results starts working at the Arts Centre.

Meanwhile Belinda is keen to put the new income stream to good use.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

The Music Teacher

Series 1 Episode 6

Musical comedy starring Richie Webb as put upon music teacher Nigel Penny.

With Letchington Arts Centre on the brink of closure, Nigel's roped in for a protest song. Stars Richie Webb. From June 2010.

Written by Richie Webb.

Shut away in a tiny practice room in the bowels of Letchington Arts Centre Nigel endures a steady stream of challenging pupils: a tone deaf Priest struggling to sing mass, a highly-strung harpist with a over-strung harp and the world's most flatulent tuba player rank among the most trying.

Particularly as Nigel is in the middle of an OFSTED inspection - the impending results of which prey heavily on his mind. Almost as heavily as the prospect of the closure of Arts Centre, which Belinda is convinced is on the cards. So much so that she has started a 'Save Letchington Arts Centre' campaign - and she wants Nigel to front a protest song live on the local TV news.

Cast:

Nigel Penny ..... Richie Webb

Belinda ...... Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Directed by Nick Walker

Produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4

The band's future is threatened when Bret goes on a date.

The band's future is threatened when Bret goes on a date. Stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. From September 2005.

Genre

The Music Teacher

Series 2 Episode 5

Nigel finds himself agreeing to join an unusual Simon and Garfunkel tribute act.

Nigel agrees to join an unusual Simon and Garfunkel tribute act. Stars Richie Webb and Vicki Pepperdine. From May 2012.

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel finds himself agreeing to join an unusual Simon and Garfunkel tribute act. Meanwhile Belinda is attempting to keep a coachload of pensioners captive in the Arts Centre Gift Shop.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

The Music Teacher

Series 3 Episode 1

Nigel inherits a life-changing sum of money and considers jacking it all in.

4 Extra Debut. Music teacher Nigel inherits a life-changing sum of money. Should he jack it all in? Stars Richie Webb. From September 2013.

Richie Webb returns for a third series as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Nigel inherits a life changing sum of money from a distant relative leading to him considering jacking it all in and starting again. A consideration consistently reinforced by the constant stream of useless pupils.

Meanwhile Belinda is keen to keep Nigel on at the Arts Centre to run free taster sessions. At any cost.

Directed by Nick Walker

Audio production by Matt Katz

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

The Music Teacher

Series 1 Episode 1

Nigel Penny has to contend with an atonal barbershop quartet and a depressed timpanist.

Music teacher Nigel Penny tackles an atonal Barbershop Quartet and a depressed timpanist. Stars Richie Webb. From April 2010.

An aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring Richie Webb as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

Shut away in a windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, music teacher Nigel endures a succession of pupils: the middle-aged bachelor with his homemade Moog; the six year old trombonist who's arms aren't quite long enough; and the female student who's forever in a state of tearful crisis and never gets her oboe out - all these and more enter Nigel's airless little room.

Nigel also has to contend with the panicked manager of Letchington Arts Centre, Belinda, who's continued struggle to keep the Arts Centre a going concern impacts bizarrely on Nigel's world.

Nigel suffers from crippling stage fright. He hasn't performed in public for years and frankly, he's not looking to rectify this. Belinda, however, is. And not because she appreciates his rare talent, but mainly because she always seems to have some act that's cancelled and needs Nigel to fill in.

We are privy to Nigel's thoughts: conversations and musical performances are littered with the 'real' Nigel's asides, which flit from commenting on what is happening to wandering off on a tangent to becoming consumed with the prospect of performing again.

Musically, though, the show sounds like no other: Accordians; singing dogs; death metal guitar - we hear them all. And the entire show takes place in Nigel's tiny, windowless room. The claustrophobia is audible.

This opening episode sees Nigel having to contend with an atonal Barbershop Quartet and a depressed orchestral timpanist - whilst Belinda is desperate to fill the slot vacated by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Nigel Penny ...... Richie Webb

Belinda ...... Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles: Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Producer: Richie Webb

Director: Nick Walker

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2010.

Credits

Producer
Producer Norris

John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music

Series 1 Episode 4: Leee John of Imagination

John's guest is Leee John from Imagination.

Imagination's Leee John is invited to sing one of John's songs - and one of his own. But should he be taking it easy? From August 2014.

Aspiring singer/songwriter John Shuttleworth has been posting audio cassettes of his "finest songs to date" to pop stars throughout the land, in the hope that someone would record his material. But all to no avail.

However, the BBC has very kindly given John a series and asked him to invite pop stars to bring their music to his Sheffield home. So it is that Chas and Dave, Heaven 17, Toyah Willcox and Leee John find themselves in John's lounge having tea with wife Mary, being flirted with by Mary's friend Joan and hassled by John's agent Ken Worthington, as they try and perform not only one their greatest hits but more importantly, one of John's.

It's the last show in the series this week but John is feeling a little stressed despite the fact all the jingles are recorded. John's final guest is Leee John from Imagination who's a very busy man involved with charity work, singing, acting and making a documentary - and John is worried that Leee is doing too much and should take things a bit easy. Maybe they could take a trip to the reservoir to check the levels as that's a very relaxing thing to do?

But Leee has been working since the age of 13 and is still full of energy so he's ready to sing one of John's songs, and indeed one of his own. As Leee prepares to sing Body Talk, John settles down to listen and by the end of it feels quite relaxed. But things get tense once more as Ken tries one last desperate attempt to woo a star to his stable. Will Leee be interested? And will Ken finally get to present the item Ken in the Konservatory?

Also, there are top tips on the telephone from Anita Harris.

Written and Performed by Graham Fellows with special guests Leee John and Anita Harris.

Producer: Dawn Ellis

A Chic Ken production for BBC Radio 4.

Credits

John Shuttleworth
Graham Fellows
Interviewed Guest
Leee John
Interviewed Guest
Anita Harris
Writer
Graham Fellows
Producer
Dawn Ellis

What iS Music Videos?

The Last One, We Promise

After a year of data gathering AiPlayer offers conclusive results on what music videos is

This is the show about music videos, hosted by the world's worst artificial intelligence. In this final month, AiPlayer offers it's results, revealing what music videos is… are.

This is the show about music videos, hosted by the world's worst artificial intelligence. In this the final month, AiPlayer offers it's conclusive results, finally revealing to the world what music videos is… are.

Radio 1's brand new artificial intelligence bot, the AiPlayer, is attempting to teach us a thing or two! This groundbreaking technology serves as an online educational tool for Radio 1 listeners, offering music fans the chance to hear the real behind-the-scenes stories about the latest music videos and the megastar artists behind them. 'What iS Music Videos?' is the world's first TV programme created entirely by artificial intelligence, so expect the unexpected as one or two glitches get ironed out.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast

You're A Winner, Baby! feat. The Vivienne

Scarlett Moffatt and Baby Lame get all the tea from the UK's first Drag Race Superstar!

Scarlett Moffatt and Baby Lame get all the tea from the first UK Drag Race Superstar – The Vivienne! Plus we're joined by extra special guest, Layton Williams.

Gurl... If you're not listening to this podcast, then you're only getting HALF the story.

Watch Series 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK, exclusively on BBC iPlayer. Listening outside of the UK? Here’s where you can watch it: https://bit.ly/2ldz44

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast

"The Hole is Opening Up" Ft. Cheryl Hole and Tamal Ray

Scarlett Moffatt and Baby Lame spill the tea on episode 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Scarlett and Baby are joined by doctor and former Bake-Off contestant, Tamal Ray, to spill the tea on episode seven of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Plus, Cheryl Hole gives an exclusive interview after sashaying away.

Gurl... If you're not listening to this podcast, then you're only getting HALF the story.

Watch a new episode of RuPaul's Drag Race UK every Thursday from 8pm. Exclusively on BBC iPlayer. Listening outside of the UK? Here’s where you can watch it: https://bit.ly/2ldz44I

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast

"Posh On A Penny" Ft. Vinegar Strokes and Nicola Coughlan

Scarlett Moffatt and Baby Lame spill the tea on episode 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Scarlett and Baby are joined by Derry Girl and Drag Race UK super fan, Nicola Coughlan, to spill the tea on episode 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Plus, Vinegar Strokes gives an exclusive interview after sashaying away.

Gurl... If you're not listening to this podcast, then you're only getting HALF the story.

Watch a new episode of RuPaul's Drag Race UK every Thursday from 8pm. Exclusively on BBC iPlayer. Listening outside of the UK? Here’s where you can watch it: https://bit.ly/2ldz44I

The singer heads for the Australian capital. Will she get a warm reception?

The singer heads for the Australian capital. Will she get a warm reception? Stars Christopher Green. From October 2008.

Country singer and US presidential hopeful Tina C, the comic creation of Christopher Green, looks at the Australian obsession with country music.

Tina performs for the state opening of Parliament. However, problems arise when she finds out seconds before the gig that Waltzing Matilda is not the national anthem.

The Music Teacher

Series 2 Episode 1

A famous ex-pupil of Nigel comes back to the arts centre where it all began for him.

4 Extra Debut. A famous ex-pupil of music teacher Nigel comes back to the Arts Centre where it all began. Stars Richie Webb. From April 2012.

Richie Webb returns as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny.

A famous ex-pupil of Nigel's pitches up at the Arts Centre to make a 'where-it-all-began-for-me' documentary, and is keen to interview Nigel.

Whilst Nigel's preparations for the reunion are hampered by the usual array of frustrating pupils, Belinda attempts to use this tenuous connection to a celebrity to generate some much needed revenue for the Arts Centre.

Audio production by Matt Katz

Directed by Nick Walker

Written and produced by Richie Webb

A Top Dog Production for BBC Radio 4.

The band want to pen a song for a teen idol without selling out.

The band want to pen a song for a teen idol without selling out. Stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. From September 2005.

Genre

The Music Teacher

Series 1 Episode 3

Nigel Penny has to share his tiny room with an unwanted boorish guest.

Nigel Penny has to share his tiny room with an unwanted boorish guest. Stars Richie Webb and Vicki Pepperdine. From May 2010.

Another week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room for music teacher Nigel Penny in this aural feast of a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 3 sees Nigel suffering his usual succession of bizarre pupils - an asthmatic flautist and a thrash metal guitarist proving particularly trying. And though Belinda is demanding to use his tiny room to hide booze from the Peruvian Pan Pipe band booked into the Arts Centre that evening, it's having to share his tiny room with an unwanted boorish guest that threatens to take the gloss off Nigel's already rubbish day.

Cast:

Nigel Penny ...... Richie Webb

Belinda ...... Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson

Written by Richie Webb

Produced by Richie Webb

Directed by Nick Walker

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4.

The Music Teacher

Series 1 Episode 4

Musical comedy starring Richie Webb as long suffering music teacher Nigel Penny.

Music teacher Nigel Penny has to come up with a radio jingle. And fast. Stars Richie Webb and Vicki Pepperdine. From May 2010.

Written by Richie Webb.

Another tough week shut away in a tiny windowless practice room enduring challenging pupils for music teacher Nigel Penny, in this new musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild Award winner Richie Webb. Featuring Vicki Pepperdine as Arts Centre Manager Belinda.

Episode 4 sees Nigel faced with the usual bizarre array of pupils: the midlands answer to Bob Dylan, a homemade keyboard hobbyist and a singing dog prove to be fairly hard going. But it is Arts Centre manager Belinda - so usually the cause of much of his misery - who offers Nigel the chance of a lifetime: to write a jingle advertising the Arts Centre to feature on local radio. This is the chance Nigel has been looking for. This is his way out. This is his ticket to the fame and fortune that he so nearly tasted as a Young Musician of the Year Finalist in 1975. If only he could get The Beatles 'Eight Days A Week' out of his head he'd be fine. But he can't. And the deadline is approaching fast.

Cast:

Nigel Penny ...... Richie Webb

Belinda ...... Vicki Pepperdine

Other roles by Dave Lamb, Jim North and Jess Robinson.

Produced by Richie Webb

Directed by Nick Walker

A Top Dog production for BBC Radio 4

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