The Trip. GENTLEMEN, TO BED!

Here’s a clip from the improvised BBC2 sitcom The Trip.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/emp/external/player.swf

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play “loose versions of themselves” as they travel around the Peak District, Lake District, Scotland, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Dales writing food reviews for a national newspaper. Read more about it here.

Love it.

A Few Cosmic Mind Bogglers

I watched a great episode of Horizon last night – asking the biggest questions that science can possibly ask: where did everything in our universe come from? How did it all begin? What followed was a dizzying exploration of cosmic bounces, rips and multiple universes. If you like that sort of stuff I can’t recommend it highly enough. Proper BBC documentary film making.

BBC iPlayer – Horizon: 2010-2011: What Happened Before the Big Bang?

http://bbc.in/cw5ZVL

If you want more, here’s a couple of others that might help blow your fragile mind fully apart.

Powers of Ten

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

Cosmic.

Great idents for BBC Sport

I saw this at the weekend for the Winter Olympics.. and loved it.

BBC Sport – Winter Olympics Animation 2010

Marc Craste was briefed by agency RKCR/Y&R to create a film based around a legendary quest, where an Inuit hero retrieves a spiritual stone that has been stolen from a mystical totem by a giant bear. While performing his mission, our hero reveals some pretty nifty sporting skills that would prove useful at the Olympics, including skiing, snowboarding, and curling. The film was commissioned via Red Bee Media, agency: RKCR/Y&R, prod co: Studio AKA, director Marc Craste.

The beeb have a habit of commissioning smart promos for these kind of big events. Remember these?

BBC Sport – World Cup Promo 2002

BBC Sport – Olympics 2008

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Delia Derbyshire – 4 deck reel-to-reel beat matching

Carl Cox eat your heart out.

Delia Derbyshire was born in Coventry, England, in 1937. Educated at Coventry Grammar School and Girton College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a degree in mathematics and music.

In 1959, on approaching Decca records, Delia was told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so she went to work for the UN in Geneva before returning to London to work for music publishers Boosey & Hawkes.

In 1960 Delia joined the BBC as a trainee studio manager. She excelled in this field, but when it became apparent that the fledgling Radiophonic Workshop was under the same operational umbrella, she asked for an attachment there – an unheard of request, but one which was, nonetheless, granted.

Delia remained ‘temporarily attached’ for years, regularly deputising for the Head, and influencing many of her trainee colleagues.

A recent Guardian article called her ‘the unsung heroine of British electronic music’, probably because of the way her infectious enthusiasm subtly cross-pollinated the minds of many creative people.

She had exploratory encounters with Paul McCartney, Karlheinz Stockhausen, George Martin, Pink Floyd, Brian Jones, Anthony Newley, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson.

More about Delia:
http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/

A newly found dance track – 20 years ahead of its time:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7512072.stm

Advertising trends explained… via the BBC Creative Department. Pt2

Part 2 of my all-new essential guide to trends in advertising; aka “popular+creative YouTube videos brought to terrestrial TV in the form of advertising”.

This time it’s the BBC creative department, again. Spotted this trailer on TV last night.

1/ BBC Sport – We Support Your Team!

2/ Matt McAllister setting the Guiness World Record for the most t-shirts worn at once. (8 million views)

3/ Weezer – Pork and Beans (15 millions views)

More coming soon I’m sure.

Advertising trends explained… via the BBC Creative Department

Here’s the new Radio 2 promo using the snazzy editing and sound production shown off by Hyperactive / VW Golf.

There’s also a new one circulating for Radio 1 (I think) going with the Minilogue / Carphone Warehouse hands moving pictures animation styleee. Keep an eye out for it.

Btw I’m not knocking them.. It’s kinda reassuring to know that someone at the Beeb still has an eye on nice creative output.