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Red’s Under the Beds!

Well my ageing-Lefty activist activities are getting out of hand. I’ve launched a new undergraduate module in Drama and Creative Activism at Bath Spa along with a season of Lefty films called Fighting Films

And last week I launched The Bear Pit, a debating forum in association with the Student’s Union.

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Well, it appears I’m a proper lecturer now. I’ve been awarded a Bath Spa University Teaching Fellowship……in the ‘Rising Stars’ category. It’s been a long time since I’ve been called a ‘rising star’, rising anything if truth be known.

Still, it comes with a nice bit of dosh and I can put it after my name. Beats having to put my unemployment number after my name.

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They’re churning Lovejoy out again twice a day at 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. I’ve had the first royalty cheque and apparently there’s 2 more to come, loveley jubbly!

Only one sobering factor, the channel is called…….Yesterday. Marvellous, I’m in a TV show being broadcast nationally but on a channel called Yester-bloody-day.

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This made me laugh.

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Complete Lovejoy Out On DVD

On the 29th August a new collectors box set of all 6 series of Lovejoy was released. At a modest £76.99 on Amazon it’s a bargain at half the price!

If you need convincing there’s a very flattering review to be found here

And an interview with me about the series here

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My New Spotlight Photo

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Arts In Society Conference Berlin

I’m was off to Berlin for a week in May to deliver my first ever academic paper at the Arts In Society conference. The paper was on the logical inevitability of moral meaning arising from a coherent narrative and has now been accepted for publication in the Journal For the Arts In Society. I’m a published academic!

Arts in Society Website

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Play Reading At York Theatre Royal

The play is called Shame written by David Schaal. The story was originally found by me and I have worked as Dramaturg to develop the script with the writer over the last 2 years. The reading will was on the afternoon of February 23rd in the studio theatre at York Theatre Royal with a professional cast including Duncan Preston. Tickets £4.

Play Blurb :

‘In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes’ Andy Warhol

An aging, alcoholic tabloid journalist, Dave, brings the sons of the ‘Lowestoft Lazarus’ to a London hotel in order to keep them from the clutches of other newspapers and to secure the exclusive he needs to save his job. Standing in his way is the beautiful, ambitious Belinda, a prodigy of the ferocious tabloid editor, Colin Hunt.

In the wake of the X Factor and Big Brother culture, Shame explores the lengths many young people are prepared to go to in order to get fame and fortune. It also looks at the tense relationship between the new young, middle class, professional reporter and the old hard drinking, sleazy style of hack that once inhabited the newsrooms of the red top papers.

http://www.davidschaal.com/

http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/

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New Political Philosophy Blog

What does it mean to be a free citizen in a free society? To what extent should an individual obey orders or follow their own conscience? Can we reconcile man’s social nature with an individuals psychological craving for autonomy? Can we pursue the common good without infringing on the liberty of individuals?

I Am Not a Number, is my humble attempt to work these questions out as they arise in the real world.

I Am Not A Number

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New Radio Show

My new radio show, Agitpop, launched in April 2010 with 3 consecutive Election Specials in which the Cotswold Constituency candidates for the three main parties discussed the songs and music that have inspired them and influenced their politics.

After the election the 7 x 2 hour first series of Agitpop, at 19.30 on Sunday evenings in June/July 2010, included a location special on the Levellers Day celebrations in Burford, plus guests such as – actor & singer/songwriter Dudley Sutton; Professor of Philosophy at Reading University, Brad Hooker; novelist and Observer columnist, Henry Porter; local district Councillor, Lynden Stowe; Editor of the Guardian Newspaper, Alan Russbridger and the Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Warwick University, Angie Hobbs.

You can support this attempt to present politics and the world of ideas in an accessible, entertaining and innovative format by simply listening to the show on the NCCR website – either live or by listening again.

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Or you can join us on Facebook at

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Nearly Dr Who

Seems back in the Nineties I was nearly Dr Who! First I’ve heard of it. A friend found this on the BBC website.

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Liquid Soap Wins RTS Award

On Thurs 11th Feb 2010 the webcast comedy series I devised and have been producing has won the Royal Television Society Best Fiction award in the South West heats of the RTS National Student awards.

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August 7th-31st 2009

Reality Chokes transfered to the New Town Theatre on George Street, Edinburgh for the duration of the festival. Financed by Producer and co-author, Al Gregg, my original production was remounted by co-writer, David Schaal, directing and myself as Exec Producer.

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22nd June 2009

This week we shot the BSU in-house comedy TV series Liquid Soap.

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The 29th April 2009 saw the live internet launch of the webcast Bath Spa University in-house comedy TV series. I am Series Producing and this was a nerve wracking day aswecoped with live webcasting on a budget.

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In November 2008 I shot an NVQ training film for Heinemann/Pearsons Educational Publishing. The 3 day shoot was produced by VPTV in Chipping Norton.

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I am delighted to say that on the 1st of July I joined the team at Bath Spa University’s School Of Music & Performing Arts as a Drama Lecturer. This is a wonderful opportunity for me as it combinines teaching and research with continued professional practice.

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The full production of Reality Chokes directed by yours truly at Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead from Tuesday 13th May to Saturday 31st May was a real buzz. We got some great reviews but more importantly the whole experience reminded me why I went into the business in the first place. A great experience I wouldn’t have missed for the world.

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I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue: In April I directed the DVD of this popular Radio 4 comedy quiz. The Manchester shoot was produced by VPTV in Chipping Norton.

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I directed a play reading at Pentameters in Hampstead, London, on Monday March 10th at 14.00. The play was Reality Chokes a black comedy about middle-aged punk rockers coming to terms with their mid-life crisis. It’s written by David Schaal and Al Gregg and is hilarious. This reading led to the full production mentioned above.

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On 29th of January 2008 I finished directing another block of 3 episodes of Doctors for BBC Birmingham.

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For 4 weeks in November/December 2007 I was teaching drama directing at The Northern Film School at Leeds Metropolitan University. Gawd’ help ’em!

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On Sunday 28th October at 11.30 am I will be taking part in a debate ‘Political Theatre: Political animal?’ at the annual Battle Of Ideas.

Battle Of Ideas Website

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From August through to mid-November I am in Leeds directing 2 pilot blocks for Yorkshire TV of the new ITV daytime drama, The Royal Today.

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At the beginning of September 2007 I finally did it and enrolled on an MA course in Philosophy at the Open University. It starts in February 2008 and will take 3 years! There’s nothing in it for me except the joy of studying. I never thought those words would ever pass my lips but it just shows you – I’m really excited by this as much as anything else at the moment.

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On 26th Sep 2007 Public Domain received the disappointing news that our application for the £200,000 to mount the multi-faith theatre project The Children Of Abraham, was not successful.

As no other funding is currently available I am sad to announce that the project has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. The letter from the Big Lottery Fund praised the quality of our application and the many qualities of the project. However they pointed out that there were only funds available to finance less than 23% of the applications they received.

For me personally developing this project was a fantastic experience and one I would not have missed. I learned a lot about the three Abrahamic faith communities in the W.Midlands and met many people of good will dedicated to reconciliation and peace. It was an honour to meet them all. More details can be found on the Public Domain website:

Public Domain Website

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In July 2007 I directed my first block of ‘Doctors’ for the BBC. The old BBC Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham were very dear to me so I was delighted to finally get to direct a BBC Birmingham drama show. I enjoyed the experience very much and have been asked back so overall one couldn’t ask for more.

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At the end of June 2007 I was teaching for ten days on a film-makers summer school in Lithuania. What a great trip! Spent a couple of days sightseeing in Vilnius then up to the Baltic coast for the actual course. I met some lovely suicidal Finns and had a really fulfilling time. The gig came about because of my teaching at Thames Valley University.

Lithuania Summer School Website

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After my gobby first appearance on Claire Fox TV, the Institute Of Ideas invited me to be a Judge for the West Midlands heat of the Debating Matters school debating competetion. The regional heat took place at Leicester University on 27th April 2007.

Debating Matters

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I had a great time on the 19th Feb 2007 appearing as a pundit on Claire Fox News discussing the Jade Goody/Big Brother phenomena. The show is an internet broadcast on 18 Doughty Street .Com a political website with the tag line “politics for adults”. It’s actually run by a bunch of right wing neo-cons led by Iain Dale but they have a couple of token lefty shows like Claire Fox News and Talking With Tatchel an environmental show hosted by Peter Tatchel. It’s worth taking a look at:

18 Doughty Street Website

Claire Fox is the Director of The Institute Ideas, an organisation I have a lot of time for. Take a look at the website using the link below. Each year they organise the Battle Of Ideas a fabulous weekend of debate, politics and philosophy that I highly recommend.

Institute oF Ideas Website

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From Feb – June 2007 I ventured into academia by becoming course tutor on the Writing For Television module of the MA in Screenwriting at Thames Valley University. Just a toe in the water at 3 hours a week but I have to say I really, really enjoyed it and will be looking to increase my activity in this area.

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Just before Xmas 2006 Dudley Sutton got me roped into acting in a Russian film for a couple of days. The film, Season Of Fogs, written and directed by award winning Russian director Anna Tchernakova, was shooting in Moscow and Leicestershire. With a Russian speaking camera team and a truly international cast & crew it was a unique experience. Nice one Dudley!

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After a trip to Italy on the Arista Story Development Workshop at the end of September 2006 I started working on my feature film screenplay, Nothing To Fear, a Hitchcokian political thriller about the civil liberty implications in the post 9/11 world. This trip was financed by a training grant from Screen West Midlands.

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On Wed 6th September 2006 at 20.00 I performed as ‘Phil’ at The Bush Theatre in a rehearsed reading of a new Alun Williams Play, Angel Meadow, as part of the Try These On For Size season

I haven’t been on a professional stage since 1987!!!! So I was cacking my pants big time. but it was great fun and the audience seemed to love it. Here’s to lot more thesping to come.

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Over the summer of 2006 I developed a number of television projects with Greycat Productions & Chameleon TV in Leeds.

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In February 2006 I completed a third draft of my screenplay, Human Resources, a satire of corporate management, which is now being represented in London and the USA by my agent Louise Tam at Macfarlane Chard Associates. I worked on the development with script editor Stevie Lee (previous Head of Development, Contagious Films) and the development was funded by Screen West Midlands through their Lottery Scripts Grants Scheme.

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In February – March 2006 I wrote another episode of ‘Doctors‘ for BBC Birmingham.

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Autumn 2005 – Autumn 2006, I was developing a number of comedy and drama projects including comedies The Watsons and Khazie, and dramas, Seven ‘Til Eleven and Moonstomping.

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Aug – October 2005, I directed three episodes of Hollyoaks for Mersey TV.

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7 thoughts on “News

  1. My goodness that takes me back! For those who don’t get it this refers to a series of Harp lager adds I did in the ’90’s that were only shown in Ireland. I became a bit of a cult…….well, I think that’s what they said anyway.

  2. Glad LOVEJOY is back – great stuff !!!

    Richard Wattis starred with Ian McShane and Joanna Lumley in DEVILS WIDOW in 1970 :

  3. Really sad to see the last LOVEJOY episode on YESTERDAY [16/05/12] – really enjoyed them, as I never really watched them first time round. It was a great series, with great actors = great characters. It was good how series educated the viewer also using people and places from the past within the plots. I hope some channel repeats it again sometime, but it is for all to see again on YOU TUBE from begining to end !!!

    By the way Just noticed Dudley’s website on-line also :

    http://www.dudleysutton.com/

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