May 24, 2015
by MrD
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Series 4 Episode 1: Dial M for Customer Service

"Well, I guess that fly was bigger than I first thought."

“Well, I guess that fly was bigger than I first thought.”

Yes, at last, it’s here! Episode 1 of Series 4, in which we examine small scale over-specific British manufacturing, contemplate buying a new universe, go behind the scenes on a new dinosaur movie, and look at the effects of government cut backs on infant tooth collection.

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Watching the skies so you don’t have to.

Don’t forget you can subscribe via itunes, or any other good podcast delivery service. Episode 2 will be released on May 31st 2015.

May 17, 2015
by MrD
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We Are Not Alone Series 4 – YANWANA Trailer

WANA-s4-credits_miniThere’s one week to go until series 4 begins! And then five weeks to go until it ends!

What? The gap between the announcement of the series release and the actual release was too long? You didn’t like the other trailer? It had nothing to do with the show? Well, hang on there just a minute, mister. Who says we don’t listen to criticism. Here’s another trailer. Now, let’s see you laugh that one off.

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May 9, 2015
by MrD
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We Are Not Alone – Series 4

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We Are Not Alone series 4 – scheduled for splash down 24th May 2015, somewhere in the UK…
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February 16, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 7 – The Lost Child

Part 7 of Tallington – a 7 part audio drama series.

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Well, this is it, the final part. Marjorie has attempted to destroy the portal to save her husband, Eugene and Catherine are caught in the blast from the explosion, George is stranded in ancient Pompeii. Is it all over for the Tallington team, or will they uncover the truth behind the project? I’m thinking the latter. What do you think?
For a full list of cast and credits see here

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February 9, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 6 – Other Alternatives

Part 6 of Tallington – a 7 part audio drama series.

Verity Neeves as Marjorie

Verity Neeves as Marjorie

Eugene stumbles upon the existence of parallel universes, and tries to put theory into practice in order to return Catherine to her own time. How could he have foreseen the mess Rupert would create? It’s not as if he had a time machine. Meanhwhile, George is starting to have second thoughts about the entire project, which shortly extend into third and fourth thoughts. By the time he gears up to fifth thoughts, there’s a serious risk he might actually do something about it.cast

For a full list of cast and credits see here

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February 2, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 5 Extras – How to Make a Podcast

People ask us, how do you go about making a high quality, popular podcast? Well, I have no idea. But here’s how we made ours.

1. Step 1 – Planning.

The Producer was always supportive of our changes to the script

The Producer was always supportive of our changes to the script

Now, there’s almost certainly something you should do in this stage. Almost certainly. We invested a lot of time and money in trying to figure out what it was, and came up empty, so you if you work out what we should have been doing, then do let us know. While all this was going on, we put a load of dates in the diary, and booked some studio time.

2. Step 2 – Concept Development

In February 2013, five of us got together in an attic room of an office building, and set about filling up post-it notes with ideas and sticking the on the walls. This is apparently how wallpaper designers work too. We quickly gravitated towards the time travel idea, and began working out the characters and stories. After a few sessions we had an eccentric cast of characters each with their own desires and frustrations, but enough about the writers. Regardless, we worked out six story-lines for twenty five minute episodes, and nearly four jokes.

The creative team work on the "teapot" scene

The creative team work on the “teapot” scene

Step 3 – Writing the Scripts

The musical theatre elements were mostly edited out

The musical theatre elements were mostly edited out

Three people were in the frame to write the scripts. The team set off working from the story lines they were given. and produced some drafts that had a running time of about twice that wanted. Briefly, Tallington looked like it would be a nine hour cycle, with a cast of two hundred and seven, that could only be performed on a forty foot revolving raft in the centre of the Thames. There was a short discussion which led to a rewrite with the raft being cut, along with most of the musical theatre elements, and the scene where all the Orcs charge the burning castle. This was felt to be out of keeping with the rest of story, which was set in 1950 and didn’t have any Orcs at all. Not even small ones. A team of highly trained script editors were hired and issued with pencils. Their main role was to poke the writers in the ribs with the pencils every time they slumped forward onto the keyboard.

Stage 4 – The Readthroughs

The cast in rehearsal

The cast in rehearsal

Now it was time for the script to meet the cast and directors in the first read through. The aim of this session is to finalise the casting, and work out what still needs to be done to the script. The actor’s aim is therefore to get all the best lines for themselves, and the writer’s aim is to avoid any changes to the script whatsoever. The strategy of the writers was to provide so much alcohol that the actors were too drunk to criticise the scripts. Disputes were usually resolved amicably. At this stage we also worked out the rehearsal and recording schedule, which involved three computers working round the clock to determine all the millions of permutations of possible characters, scenes, and availability. Unfortunately, the answer will remain forever unknown to science, as a rabbit ate through the power cable minutes before the answer was expected. Instead we went for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Stage 5 – Rehearsal

A Good turn out in the Rehearsal Room

A Good turn out in the Rehearsal Room

This year, we took the unprecedented step of rehearsing. This is the process by which the episode directors attempt to get the cast to stop drinking, and to read the script in advance of the the recording session. It was a no score draw. Due to scheduling conflicts, the rehearsals had to be held after the recordings, which resulted in a reduced turnout.

Stage 6 – Recording

The race was now on between the directors and the writers to get as much as possible recorded before the writers could change it. The role of the script editor was now changed, and they were to stand over the scripts and physically defend them from being changed by the writers.

The studio equipment was easy to use

The studio equipment was easy to use

At this point, the recording schedule became so complex that we took to recording anything we could using the people who showed up, which analysis shows correlated more strongly with phases of the moon than the original call sheets. Also a factor was that the studio was well insulated both in the infra-red as well as sound, and so scenes had to be chosen alternating small and large numbers of people to avoid overheating.

Stage 7 – Editing

Editing was pretty straightforward, all the editor had to do was to take the completely rewritten scripts (the writers got hold of them again) and reassemble words from the original recordings to match the new script, and then source some simple sound effects (such as an Edwardian horse drawn carriage colliding with a fruit stall, for which original I’m told recordings are widely available on the internet). After only four months, the episodes are available to release.

 

February 2, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 5 – The Wormhill Witch Hunt

Part 5 of Tallington – a 7 part audio drama series.cast

Lucy Brownhill as Ruby

Lucy Brownhill as Ruby

The year is 1612, and in Wormhill a terrible tragedy has fallen upon the village. A local man has been murdered, and there are whispers of witchcraft abroad. It’s a bit like Broadchurch but with witches. And time travel. And set in the seventeenth century.

For a full list of cast and credits see here. For extras relating to this episode, see here.

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January 26, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 4 Extras – A Brief History of Time Travel

untitled (31 of 207)_1An article by George Smyth

When the people at We Are Not Alone got in touch with me and asked me to write an article on time travel, I was delighted. Even better, due to the wonders of time travel, I had over seventy years in which to write it. Just as well, really, as I only just got it done in time.

“You people – it’s a time machine…”

The Tallington team routinely use their portal for time travel, but is such a thing ever a possibility? And if it is, why are we not continually visited by time travellers from the future? Perhaps they’ve looked at the downloads chart. Physicists remain dividied into two main groups – those who don’t think time travel is physically possible, and those who are fans of Doctor Who. Some think that time travel into the past seems at least to be a theoretical possibility, but it is beset by numerous practical difficulties. What colour should the time machine be? And as for controlling a time machine, well I have enough trouble reversing my car. I don’t know how Eugene does it.

As a historian, I’m ill qualified to discuss the science of time travel, its practicalities, most types of art, fashion, sex and the social sciences. Instead, I have gathered a selection of historical accounts that represent the experiences of time travel people have reported over the years.

Time Slips

Marie Antoinette, from a recent photograph

A time slip is a paranormal event experienced by one or more people (rarely fewer) who find themselves experiencing events from a different time period. Often, they are unable to interact with people around them, and the experience has been compared to shopping in Halfords. The classic example of this is the Moberly–Jourdain incident in which two ladies in 1901 travelled to Versailles and saw Marie Antoinette. So what was Marie Antionette doing in 1901? (Sketching, I think.) Or were the two ladies transported to the time of the French Revolution? And if so, what was the food like? A further time slip occurred on returning home, and it was 1911 before they recorded their experiences in print.

There are many more modern incidents, some of which have been scientifically explored in prime time television lash-ups. (Mock ups? – ed).  Some are trivial, such as the incident where Veranda Front-Botham was browsing in a branch of Hobbs and suddenly found herself terribly out of fashion. Others tales are more complex, such as that of the Simpson family, who while exploring the South of France in the 1970s were caught out by an unexpected fall of night. They decided to stay in a nearby hotel, which by all accounts was rather basic, lacking such mod-cons as glass in the windows and electric light. They were from Britian in the 70s, so this sort of thing was normal to them, along with poor customer service and prawn cocktail, so they stayed. The following morning, they ate their breakfast, paid the extremely low bill, and left. Afterwards, mystified by the old fashioned clothes and customs of the staff, and drawn by the extremely low cost, they tried to return 10 years later, only to find the hotel gone, and the area levelled and flooded to make way for a marina.

Time Travellers

I have also come across many accounts of people who claim to have travelled through time deliberately. These usually adopt the same pattern. For example, a man in a silver suit calling himself Xylum appeared in New York in 1929, claiming to be from the future, although most experts agree this was just to cover up a fashion faux-pas. Xylum went on to make a number of dark predictions of the future, all of which turned out to be incorrect, a fact he attributed to poor handwriting in his notebook. To deepen the mystery further, Xylum disappeared at around the time someone claiming to be his mother contacted the press.

In conclusion, it is difficult to establish the objective reality of any of the events described, and no evidence exists other than that which is easily faked, or palpably false. In the short term, there is no hope of any of us travelling in time beyond our daily drift forwards. That is, unless you happen to have a 2000 tonne time machine sealed in a stone mine. Which reminds me, I’m due back in 1950.

 

January 26, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 4 – Suffragette

Part 4 of Tallington, a 7 part audio drama.

Matt Nation as Rupert

Matt Nation as Rupert

The mysterious caller this time leaves only a name for the Tallington team to track down, and their increasing use of the time portal is starting to have unexpected effects on the time lines.  Can they locate the real Emily Stanton, and save her before it’s too late?

For a full list of cast and credits see here. For extras relating to this episode, see here.

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January 19, 2014
by Jon Thrower
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Tallington – Part 3 – The Real Mr Fawkes

Part 3 of Tallington, a 7 part audio drama.

Tim Hounsome as George

Tim Hounsome as George

Catherine is still struggling to come to terms with her relocation to the 1950s, while the team investigate the unexplained removal of Bonfire night from the British calendar. Only Catherine retains a memory of it. Can she and time traveller George Smyth put history back on track?

For a full list of cast and credits see here. For extras relating to this episode, see here.

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