Trip to BBC Manchester

On arrival at BBC Manchester, our very able tour guides whisked us off into a maze of corridors, navigating us ably between various sets and studios. Although I’ve never had much of an interest in radio drama, after a behind the scenes look at how they’re created I may just have to tune into The Archers in future! Not only did we learn how the sound effects of a lamb being born are produced, as well as that of a flock of birds taking flight, but also that cold water being poured into a cup sounds very different to hot water, apparently! I’m going to have to give that one a try, I think, just to be sure… Next, it was on to the set of Northwest Tonight and it’s amazing how a clever bit of lighting can transform a small and shabby set into something that appears much more spacious and glamorous than it actually is! I think we all came away with a new-found respect for weather presenters too, who have to fill any remaining time at the end of the show, however much or little that may be, and all without the benefit of an autocue! One of the braver members of the tour group had a go at this for herself, whilst others starred in a radio drama – no lambing required in this particular scene, thankfully! Regardless, I have to confess, I was more than happy to just be a spectator for that one…

Being one of the hottest days of the year so far, we also managed to squeeze in a welcome drink in a nearby beer garden and make the most of the sunshine, so a big thank you to the chair for a great trip!

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