Big Town All Stars (rpt)

 

BBC Radion 4 Extra will be repeating this wonderful radio programme again, on Friday, 27 July 2012 at 23:00 GMT. If you cannot tune in at the time, or you don’t live in the UK, you can catch this programme on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast, i.e from shortly after midnight on Saturday, 28 July 2012 until about 23:00 GMT on Friday, 3 August 2012.

Don’t like radio shows? Never heard one before? Don’t think you can multi-task by listening to a radio show and doing something else at the same time? Well, tune into this one and I’m sure Nicola’s performance will astonish you and change your mind completely about this genre!If you’ve heard this programme before, then its time for your annual fix of Nicola singing :D

Here is what we said on 3 July 2011 when this programme was repeated on BBC Radion 4 Extra :

BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly known as BBC Radio 7) will repeat the Big Town All Stars as from Friday, 8 July 2011, at 23:30 GMT. We have an episode guide, cast list and more details to this programme HERE . One episode will be repeated in each week.

This is easily one of the best radio shows which Nicola has done. The writing is sharp and full of zippy one liners. As the show revolves around an acappella group, cast members (including Nicola) get to sing snippets of their repertoire throughout the show. Its “Glee” for grown-ups, except that the show was years ahead of its time and has shown no signs of aging. And yes, Nicola has a brilliant singing voice, though she told us that she did have difficulties with the four part harmonies on one or two songs. It would be brilliant if the powers that be could turn this into a TV show, since “Glee” has now paved the way for TV singing shows.

For now, you can listen to this radio show via the internet, no matter which part of the world you live in. Just log on to the BBC Radio 4 Extra website HERE at the appropriate time. If you are unable to catch the show on its first broadcast because of time zone differences or other reasons, you will be pleased to know that each episode will remain available on the BBC Radio iPlayer for seven days after its first broadcast.

On 1 July 2011, we logged a tweet about this show being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. We were really chuffed that our tweet was retweeted by the radio station itself a few minutes afterwards! However, we have not been able to confirm with the radio station whether or not they will be including episode 3 of Series 2 in this re-broadcast. For copyright or other reasons, that particular episode was not included each time the show was rebroadcast in 2009 and 2010. For those of us who have been lucky enough to have heard this missing episode, we would say that there is no great loss if it is not rebroadcast since (a) it is possibly the weakest episode in the entire two Series and (b) Nicola has only a few lines in this episode.

Don’t miss this broadcast. It is mandatory listening for any card carrying NOG (that would be “Nicola Obsessed Girls/Guys”)!

Update : 10 November 2012

BBC Radio 4 Extra has just started repeating Series 2 of this how. Back in July 2012, it repeated only Series 1. Tune in, wherever you are!