Monday, January 19, 2015

Seaside special

Congratulations to Sioned Wiliam, who's just emerged as comedy commissioner for Radio 4 and 4 Extra, picking up part of the responsibilities of the departing Caroline Raphael.

Sioned has served her time as supplier - joining radio light entertainment as a producer in 1988, and working on the old Radio 4 warhorse Weekending, as well as Coogan/Partridge vehicle Knowing Me Knowing You. She also gained an executive producer credit on Dirk Gently, Douglas Adam's Holistic Detective. In tv, she worked on the Jonathan Ross chat show when it ran three days a week on Channel 4, and was an associate producer on Drop the Dead Donkey.

She's from Barry, and goes back often. Her 2013 novel, Dal i Fynd, is self-evidently in Welsh, but she has lived in London for 25 years; partner is comedy writer Ian Brown. Sioned has recently been reviewing tv shows on BBC London with Gaby Roslin.

Will she order 4 Extra re-runs of Girls Will Be Girls, where she shared top billing with Rebecca Front for two short series in 1989 and 1991, the first produced by Paul Spencer and the second by Oxford Revue chum Armando Ianucci ?

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