Torchwood Radio Behind the Scenes

Before we get to Children of Earth however, we’ve had the three rather interesting audio adventures on Radio 4’s Afternoon Play strand this week – and would you believe there’s some behind the scenes stuff available related to the three productions?

This is mint content though – it’s by the producer and director of the three plays, Kate McAll and gives a rare insight into the nightmare of organising the talent on a radio drama into a schedule that can then be rehearsed and recorded. John Barrowman for instance was pretty tricky to book…

Negotiations begin with John Barrowman’s agent. ‘Can it be done in one day?’ they ask, optimistically. ‘No,’ we reply, ‘it can’t! We need him for six.’ ‘Ok,’ they counter, ‘How about one and a half?’ In the end we have to settle for two days, the only two days available in fact between the end of John’s Saturday night television show and the start of his nationwide concert tour. We grab them and sign him up.

Fantastically all three of the Torchwood Afternoon Plays are available as permanent downloads form the BBC!

These DRM-free mp3 versions of the 3 episodes are available to download until the end of their alloted “7 days after broadcast” – so act quickly!

(Thanks to Sonic_Tangobat)

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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