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Articles published in December 2009:

Dec 1 Month Roundup: November 2009

Month Roundup: November 2009

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 1st December 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in November 2009. The month in which the Gruffalo became the nation's favourite children's book, Judy Dench went to the dentist in period costume and the town of Darlington appointed someone as village Tweeter.


Dec 6 The State of the Afternoon Play

The State of the Afternoon Play

Simon Pitt | Sunday 6th December 2009

Simon examines what BBC commissioners are looking for when they commission radio plays and begins an investigation into the current state of the Afternoon Play.


Dec 7 Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Review: Zero Degrees of Separation

Simon Pitt | Monday 7th December 2009

The first in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Simon is unimpressed by the first Afternoon Play of the week; a mismash of three short plays by 'community writing groups' (putting the 'ew!' into 'New Writing').


Dec 8 Review: Winter Storm

Review: Winter Storm

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 8th December 2009

The second in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. After a dissapointing start yesterday, Simon's faith in the Afternoon Play is restored by this bleak but haunting tale or words and snow.


Dec 9 Review: One in a Million

Review: One in a Million

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 9th December 2009

The third in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. One part maths whodunnit, one part tale of brotherly sacrifice and one part blatant documentary. Simon examines a rather mixed bag of a play.


Dec 10 Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Review: Getting to Four Degrees

Simon Pitt | Thursday 10th December 2009

The fourth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Today's afternoon play is another play that isn't really a play but leaves Simon thinking after it's finished.


Dec 11 Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Review: Number 10 Immortality at Last

Simon Pitt | Friday 11th December 2009

The fifth in a series of reviews of radio plays considering the current state of the Afternoon Play. Like this review, today's play was the last of a five part series. But with no series stacking and no way of hearing the first four parts now that they're gone, how will this episode fair?


Dec 16 Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Audio Identities: Radio station themes

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 16th December 2009

Despite the increase of musical branding on the visual medium of television, on UK national radio, the opposite seems to be happening. Robert speculates about what's happening, and for nostalgia's sake looks at some old station musical themes.


Dec 24 The Future of Carols?

The Future of Carols?

Robert Weedon | Thursday 24th December 2009

Christmas carols are always heralded as an integral part of the season. However, with increasing secularisation and a suspicion of anything Victorian or traditional, how much longer will they survive? Robert looks at the annual service from King's College, Cambridge, and then, like a hooded harbringer of misery, discusses the future.



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