16th March 2001

 

BBC JOURNALISTS SWAP NEWS FOR LAUGHS

 

Top BBC journalists Sophie Raworth and Tanya Beckett took a break from reading the news yesterday (Thursday) to show another side to their talents… as actors in a student radio comedy.

 

Sophie, anchor presenter on BBC1’s ‘Breakfast’ programme, and Tanya, who presents the show’s business news slot, relived their student days by agreeing to appear in a comedy drama to be broadcast on SIREN FM, the radio station of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

‘Glory Days’, a drama about university life written by final-year Journalism student Stuart Goodacre, will be broadcast on SIREN FM in May.

 

“We were very pleased to take part in the recording, which was great fun,” said Sophie, who was initially contacted by Stuart via email.

 

“I asked her to take part and joked that she might want to invite Tanya to avoid any jealousy,” said Stuart, who travelled down to London with seven other students yesterday to record the episode. “To my amazement she agreed to both suggestions!

 

“It was a superb day,” he added. “They were both very generous – Sophie came halfway across London to take part – and they were extremely professional.

 

“They were a credit to the corporation and I could tell they enjoyed doing it.”

 

In the episode Sophie and Tanya appear at a university graduation ceremony at Lincoln Cathedral and give an impromptu musical performance when the scheduled band fails to turn up.

 

“We’re constantly surprised and delighted by the amazing projects our students get up to,” commented university spokesman Jez Ashberry. “To persuade two senior BBC journalists to give their time to a student project like this is a tremendous achievement. Now we look forward to hearing the broadcast!”

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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