Ayrton Senna - The Boy From Brazil

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Ayrton Senna - The Boy From Brazil

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Hello all,

I realise this doesn't, strictly-speaking, count as archive, but it *does* have archive material in it, so hopefully I can be excused a bit of a plug...

As several of you who've been reading my posts here over the years may well have seen me mention before, I'm a radio producer for the BBC, based at BBC Radio Norfolk in Norwich. However, I am incredibly proud and pleased that I will very soon have my very first production for national radio gracing your airwaves!

It's a documentary called The Boy From Brazil, which tells the story of the racing driver Ayrton Senna's early career, and will be going out on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday the 27th of April, at 8.30pm:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041txnv

This is in fact a shorter edit of a 55-minute programme which will be transmitted on BBC Radio Norfolk on the May Bank Holiday, at midday. We wanted to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Senna's death by celebrating some of Norfolk's links to him, and 5 Live have kindly agreed to broadcast a version too.

I hope some of you are able to listen to the programme in one version or another, and find it interesting. As well as the interviews, there are a host of rare archive clips, including Murray Walker and Tiff Needell on 1983 F3 commentary duties, and an F1 qualifying report from a 1985 edition of Sport on Two.

It's narrated by BBC sport stalwart Rob Bonnet, who was working for the BBC in Norwich back in the 1980s when Senna was based in the area.

Both the 5 Live edit and the longer Norfolk version should be available live online internationally, and on-demand for seven days after broadcast.

Apologies for the plug!

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I appreciate it's bad form to reply to your own thread when nobody else has, but I thought as like-minded individuals you might sympathise with my ridiculous over-excitement to find that this Sunday's broadcast of my documentary on 5 Live is a "Today's Choice" in the new Radio Times!!!

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Congratulations, Paul! Well done. Not my thing, so I can't claim to have listened, but I can imagine that you must have got a great kick out of seeing your work highlighted in the RT! Under the circumstances, I don't think anybody would consider the second post to be bad form. The start of a scrapbook collection?

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Mickey wrote: Not my thing, so I can't claim to have listened
Nor can anyone else, since it hasn't been broadcast yet...

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Good point! But it's the thought that counts. ;)

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Thanks for the kind words, both!

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I hope you've interviewed some fo the Team Lotus stalwarts; Bob Dance, Chris Dinneage et al?

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Yes, both Bob and Chris feature prominently in the programme!

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The full 55-minute version of the programme was broadcast today, and is now available on the BBC website for the next seven days:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01y3p2j

There's also a tie-in article written by one of my colleagues at BBC News Online:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-27241760

Another tie-in article, in Portuguese, by my colleagues on the Brazilian desk of the BBC World Service. This also has embedded in the page the Portuguese-language version of the 5 Live edit they prepared for the Brazilian radio network CBN:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/portuguese/noticia ... olk_.shtml

And finally a tie-in piece I wrote for the Eastern Daily Press at the weekend:
http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/formula_on ... _1_3584547

There! I think I've now plugged that to high heaven!

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Just to say this is getting a repeat broadcast today at 5pm on BBC Radio Norfolk, and online for 30 days after transmission. (Followed by my new documentary, about a Norwich band called Eyes of Blond, but I appreciate that's less likely to be of any wider interest!)

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As it was British Grand Prix day and they had a spare half-hour in the schedule, 5 Live repeated the shorter, network version of my Senna documentary this evening... Available online for the next 30 days if anyone fancies a listen!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041txnv

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