The enjoyment many of us feel when watching the birds in our garden, receives a boost over the winter months with colourful and characterful species from the north. Join Ben Waddams in a hunt for our ‘winter visitors’.
camera - Tony Lewis
I'm a freelance cameraman. The son of a farm manager, I was born in Knighton Staffordshire, though I call myself an adopted Salopian having moved to Shropshire at around seven years old, settling as a family in Pontesbury. My education took me to Priory Grammar School for Boys (now the Shrewsbury Sixth Form College) and after a few years trying out many different jobs I decided to retrain & follow my dream to become a cameraman. I enrolled on the BTEC performing arts course at Shrewsbury College before gaining a BA(Hons) in Media Arts at Royal Holloway University of London. Following my graduation I began working in the television industry with VMI Broadcast LTD, a facilities hire company. Here I got to know how TV cameras worked & assisted on TV shoots before going out as a cameraman. After four years at VMI, I went freelance as a cameraman & my clients have included the BBC, Eagle Media Productions & IPM TV, shooting mainly in TV studios, filming interviews, live events and concerts. I have also worked freelance in the theatre industry during this time. Having spent ten years in London I returned to Shropshire with my young family in 2008. I love Shropshire & I have always wanted to make creative & interesting programmes about our beautiful county. So I am delighted to be living my dream & filming programmes for County Channel TV.
Fight The Bear perform their headline set at the Unheard Shropshire event in aid of the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.
Originally broadcast live on County Channel TV on November 30th.
Vicki & Robert discuss young adult book Rebel Heart by Moira Young, and Man Booker Prize longlisted Philida, by Andre Brink, plus your review of Boy by Roald Dahl. And we get lost in the magic and mystery of Shropshire’s landscape.
Artist and writer Ben Waddams visits the quarry and landfill site at Wood Lane near Ellesmere, and finds out how a big hole can be turned into a wetland haven for bird life.
We met up with John Challis in Ludlow to talk about his second part of his autobiography, Boycie and Beyond. Plus we have reviews of some books from our children’s book list.
Wildlife artist and writer Ben Waddams begins his exploration of Shropshire’s wild places and the wildlife that can be found there by searching for one of Britain’s most ferocious predator fish, the Pike.
Vicki meets blacksmith Roy Abbot and test her metal in the heat of his South Shropshire forge, and we hear from international artist Beverley Fry.
Tom has a problem on the day of the show. Jack find’s somewhere just about big enough for his model to put on his outfit but will Kayley manage all those quick changes.
There’s a long tradition of vicars doing rather interesting things in their spare time. Presenter Vicki Archer talks to local vicar Rev Murray McBride, who’s probably the only person in the country with this particular artistic past time.
Just a week is left before the fashion students have to be ready for their very first catwalk show at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.