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BBC Wiltshire = Excellent

The BBC logo. Well, I couldn't be arsed looking for an old radio logo. Sorry.Pretty simple. Go here for a radio interview with Rob Grant. Pity it's in bloody Real Audio, but never mind. Being the excellent journalist that I am, I've not actually listened to all of it yet, but the presenter Graham Seaman sounds an excellent fellow, and the interview would appear to cover Grant's ENTIRE CAREER, as opposed to simply someone who co-created the word smeg. And Rob Grant himself sounds lovely as well.

Have fun!

Comments

Can yu give us a summary please? I can't use RA files.

Posted by AJW at January 13, 2004 07:47 PM

Yes, I'll post a summary when I've listened to it properly; probably tomorrow.

You see, this is the problem with Real; not everyone *can* listen to the files, as the file format is closed. It's annoying.

Posted by John Hoare at January 13, 2004 07:49 PM

Excellent! I'm going to rip (and edit) this I think.

What's wrong with RealAudio by the way? It's an excellent format in terms of high compression still resulting in good audio quality. Unfortunately most of the people that use it to encode don't seem to know how to do it properly, thus its bad reputation.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 13, 2004 08:34 PM

Bloody hell, Rob's gone all depressed and started slagging off series 7. He claims never to have watched series 8.

Ooh err.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 13, 2004 08:35 PM

See the first comment, Darrell. That's what's wrong with RA.

Posted by Tanya Jones at January 13, 2004 08:43 PM

> He claims never to have watched series 8.

Jammy bastard!

Posted by Ian Symes at January 13, 2004 08:50 PM

Well, you can't play RealAudio if you haven't downloaded RealPlayer.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 13, 2004 09:01 PM

But with other formats, you can play the files with almost any old software. Thus they are superior. It's like making websites entirely in Flash - nice for a lot of people, but what's the point if there are a number of people who can't use it?

Posted by Ian Symes at January 13, 2004 09:05 PM

My problem with Real Audio is that it's a closed file format. Therefore people using alternate operating systems (RISC OS, Linux running on ARM processors, etc) can't play the damn things, as nobody can write the software to play them.

Apart from the practical limitations for those people, there is also the philisophical one - the net should be open and free, not using formats tied to a particular company.

Posted by John Hoare at January 13, 2004 09:09 PM

Meanwhile, it appears that I should start listening to this interview IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by John Hoare at January 13, 2004 09:10 PM

There are other programs which play Real Audio supposedly, Real Alternative and JetAudio come to mind, however they are still Windoze only :(

Posted by Daff at January 13, 2004 09:16 PM

The main reason I use RealAudio is that it's bandwidth-friendly. I couldn't have made that Lucas and Walliams site with MP3s, it would have swallowed my bandwidth in one go. And 32kbps MP3s sound worse than smaller Realaudios.

It's purely a case of practicality regarding bandwidth. There are RealMedia > MP3 converters out there if it becomes a major problem.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 13, 2004 09:18 PM

Ogg Vorbis is apparently a very good, open, bandwidth-friendly format - but I don't know much about it.

http://www.vorbis.com/faq.psp

Don't know how good the compression is, apart from it being better than MP3; so I'm not sure how it compares to RA. I'll do some proper investigating at some point, as I'll need to know for G&T.

Posted by John Hoare at January 13, 2004 09:31 PM

I'd Like it better if it didn't inlude every other part of the show...

Posted by MJN SEIFER at January 14, 2004 05:01 PM

Rob Grant interview fans!

http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/entertainment/arts/literature/stories/Detail_LinkStory=78271.html

Reveals that Rob is working on an animated TV series, but very little else. Thanks to Matt Drizzly Miller for the link.

Posted by Ian Symes at January 15, 2004 02:15 PM

> I'd hate to think that there will never be any more Red Dwarf," he says. But a much-touted film version has never materialised, and Rob doubts it ever will.

MAN!

> Since the series finished, he and Doug have ended their professional relationship and now rarely see each other.

Ignoring the VII/VIII situation, there.

The animated series sounds interesting. I vaguely remember something on reddwarf.co.uk about an animated series Rob and Doug were planning at some point (anyone else remember, or am I being stupid?) - I wonder whether the two are linked...

Posted by John Hoare at January 15, 2004 03:37 PM

Just listening to the Rob Grant interview now.

a) He likes DEAD RINGERS?
b) Speed camera warnings from BBC Wiltshire? Pathetic.
c) I disagree with MJN; I like having all of that section of the programme rather than just the Rob Grant bits - it's how the interview went out, after all. And it's nice hearing a bit of BBC Local Radio.

Posted by John Hoare at January 15, 2004 04:30 PM

The VII/VIII bit: ouch.

Posted by John Hoare at January 15, 2004 04:42 PM

Is he doing (or has he done) any other local radio appearances? It seems a bit odd for him to turn up on Radio Wiltshire, via ISDN it seems, but not anywhere else.

Posted by Simon at January 15, 2004 05:32 PM

I don't know. I do know that someone at BBC Wiltshire is a DWARD fan - they ran a DVD compo a while ago, and someone named bbcwiltshire@hotmail.com advertised the online interview on Red Dwarf Zone and alt.tv.reddwarf (and has posted on atvrd in the past, too). Maybe it was them who got the interview.

Meanwhile, I've discovered that makro Nottingham doesn't stock any Dwarf DVDs. Seeing as I'm an order clerk, I'm trying to rectify this for the IV release...

Posted by John Hoare at January 15, 2004 06:08 PM

You work in a cash and carry?

They're great! :D

Tubs of sweeties for 2, yes please.

Posted by Joey at January 15, 2004 07:10 PM

He used to stack shelves there; now he works in stock control. It's a classic success story, and I hear that Danny Boyle is interested in making the film.

Posted by Ian Symes at January 15, 2004 08:27 PM

You cunt.

Posted by John Hoare at January 15, 2004 09:42 PM

"The VII/VIII bit: ouch."

Actually I found he could have been more harsh. He only said what everybody else thinks. I found it nice that those two series weren't to his taste, as it invalidates them as a part of the original concept. I really wanted to hear more though about exactly what he didn't like. Also, I think he's right about the movie, so there.

Posted by General Custer (with horse and some straw for it to eat) at January 17, 2004 02:02 AM

"> Since the series finished, he and Doug have ended their professional relationship and now rarely see each other.

Ignoring the VII/VIII situation, there."

What? The series ended with VI, and that's when Rob and Doug split up. What was ignored?

Posted by General Custer (with horse and some straw for it to eat) at January 17, 2004 02:04 AM

Is that all he said?

Posted by AJW at January 18, 2004 02:03 PM

No.

I'll tell you what I'll do - I'll try and get it converted into an MP3 and get it uploaded.

Posted by John Hoare at January 18, 2004 02:14 PM

Great thanks or a summary maybe whatever's easiest

Posted by AJW at January 18, 2004 02:24 PM

I'll do one or the other next week.

Posted by John Hoare at January 18, 2004 02:27 PM

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