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Matt James Shrubs Up Nicely

Matt James

Acclaimed Falmouth based landscape gardener, shrub specialist and TV presenter Matt James dropped by to April Media Productions recording studios in Plymouth. 

Matt was recording the voiceover for The Great British Garden Revival for an episode on “Shrubs” in the forthcoming series to air on BBC2 in December.

Matt is perhaps best known as the face of The City Gardener and Selling Houses, aired on Channel 4 from 2002 to 2006. Matt also contributes to Radio 4’s long running series, Gardeners’ Question Time.

The series brings together Britain’s biggest TV gardening talent in a bid to inspire  viewers to save the UK’s garden heritage.

Great British Garden Revival will see Matt plus 13 of Britain’s other top TV gardeners including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Rachel  de Thame, Chris Beardshaw, Alys Fowler and James Wong – teaming up.

In each episode, two presenters will focus on an endangered aspect of gardens which they feel passionately about, and offer advice to viewers on how they can  restore and look after their gardens.


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Dawn French Interview for BBC

Dawn French & Fiona Lindsay

National treasure and comedienne / author Dawn French popped by to Plymouth recording studios, April Media Productions this week to talk to Fiona Lindsay as part of a forthcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary.

The article explores if there is possibly any link between children of military parents (Dawn being one of them!) who were forced to move home on many occasions, and the performer instinct in them.

The programme airs in November and will include other interviews with actors Rupert Everett, Juliette Stevenson, and ex-Libertines frontman Pete Doherty.

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Seth Lakeman Talks About Greenwich Folk for BBC Radio 4 Documentary

Seth Lakeman

Devon Folk hero, and Mercury Prize nominee Seth Lakeman dropped by to April Media Productions.

Remotely directed via phone link, Seth was recording a voiceover piece for a Folk Music documentary produced by Bob Geldolf’s media Production company, titled ‘The Folklorist’ which is set for airing on BBC Radio 4 in the very near future.

Co-incidentally, studio owner John Carter and Seth were both raised in the Devon village of Buckland Monachorum, and schooled together in Tavistock, so 25 years on were long overdue a brief catch up!

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Voicing Concerns To Fix Social Issues

Sarah, one of "The Fixers" records a voiceover for a promotional video

Fixers is a movement of young people tackling issues they feel strongly about to make a difference to others.

‘Fixers’ are young people who want to change things for the better. Many have been through difficult times, and have used that experience to campaign on issues that matter to them, like being homeless, domestic abuse, or drink and drug misuse. As part of their campaigns, and working with professional producers, they are creating some fantastic films, songs, music videos and other resources. Several have won awards.

To date, more than 8,400 Fixers from all over the United Kingdom have started (and are continuing) over 1030 unique projects. More than 201,000 hours of Fixer effort has been contributed across the UK, with Fixes addressing issues ranging from drink, drugs, homelessness, and mental health, through to unemployment, bullying, and much more.

Thanks to a recent grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Fixers is expanding over the next three years throughout the UK – including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – recruiting up to 20,000 new Fixers to tackle issues affecting everyone today, often based on ideas from their own experiences.

With help from ITV, over 375 Fixers projects have been showcased on regional news programmes across the country, providing more than 25 hours of peak-time exposure to their projects.

Sarah, Tarin, Mike and Katie popped by to April Media Productions studios to record and film a voiceover which raised concerns about how those coming out of rehab are not receiving the support they need at this most critical time.


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