Television

Going Behind The Scenes at ITV’s Central News Studio

On 22nd June 2015 I appeared on ITV News Central (aka Central News). Central were undergoing one of their periodic studio set ‘refreshes’ in line with all of the other ITV companies across the UK (yes, they still do exist) and their resident fan-of-nostalgia reporter Andy Bevan was looking to include comments from someone who […]

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Lee’s Christmas Radio Programmes – Part Three

Merry Christmas! “And welcome back to your Christmas listening with Lee B on UpAndHappy!” In part one of my Christmas programmes you could hear my original ‘Christmas Number One’s programmes from 2004 and 2008. Then in part two you could hear my Muppets and Beatles Specials. Now it’s time for some of the special Christmas […]

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Lee’s Christmas Radio Programmes – Part Two

Merry Christmas! “And welcome back to your Christmas listening with Lee B on UpAndHappy!” In part one of my Christmas programmes you could hear my original ‘Christmas Number One’s programmes from 2004 and 2008. Now it’s time to get some Muppet action! Here’s a selection of a couple of Muppets Christmas Specials, followed by Christmas […]

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Lee’s Christmas Radio Programmes – Part One

Merry Christmas! “And now for a choice of listening, this Christmas Day…” Whether its Christmas or not wherever you are, whenever you’re reading this, for many people it offers a very special feeling. It certainly always has done for me. One of the things I love about TV and Radio is all of the special […]

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Reading the Television News

At school I was once part of a project in which we had to divide into groups and ‘report’ on a chosen event. I can’t remember whether it was an actual historical event or some kind of pivotal ‘happening’ within one a book we were reading in our English Literature class. Whatever it was, our […]

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Appearing on ‘Inside Tracks’ (a local version of ‘Desert Island Discs’)

On 2nd August 2010, the Chairman of Wolverhampton Community Radio Training (WCRT, the company which ran WCRfm) Pete Whitehouse presented an edition of “Inside Tracks” and the subject of that edition was me! The programme follows a very similar style to the BBC’s long running “Desert Island Discs”, though the WCR version exclusively features local […]

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UpAndHappy! – The Radio Show

UpAndHappy! is the name under which I make my TV and Radio programmes these days – as “UpAndHappy! Productions”. But, it actually started life as the name of my radio show way back in the last century. In 1999 I had been with Beacon Radio for 10 years, and I was at that point working […]

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June 12th 2010 – Our Wedding Day

On June 12th 2010 I married my sweetheart Nikki at Christchurch in Burntwood. We’d known each other since 1993, when she was a guest on the ‘NightSchool‘ programme on Beacon Radio which I’d helped to produce. We’d kept in touch, and finally started seeing each other in 2001. We got engaged that Autumn, and finally […]

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Big Centre – An (Early) Day In The Life

After the excitement of launching Big Centre TV with a first night party at a bar called “The Bureau” on Colmore Row in the centre of Birmingham, we settled down to the day-to-day business of making and broadcasting programmes The station was originally set up to be the local television channel for Birmingham, Solihull and […]

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Worzel Gummidge – A Radio Special

When I was little, in the late 1970s, Saturday afternoons were really special because of Worzel Gummidge, the Southern Television adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s ‘Scarecrow of Scatterbrook’ stories. This TV version starred Jon Pertwee, Una Stubbs and Geoffrey Bayldon and for many is considered the definitive version of the stories, though Mackenzie Crook’s 2019-2020 […]