Anniversary show

A RADIO sitcom that started off life as an internet download has been snapped up by the BBC and will be broadcast this month.

It’s Grim Up North, which follows the exploits of dodgy Roman auxiliary soldiers building Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland in AD126, has been written by Tyneside writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Supported by Sunderland University, the duo called on actor friends to record the pilot episode in July for their website, which Nigel Dyson, controller of BBC Cumbria, heard and commissioned the lads to write five six-minute episodes.

Starring Dale Meeks, Dean Logan, Gary Kitching, Mat Hobbins, Karen Traynor, Chris Connel and Jackie Fielding, it features characters based around Drizzlewort, a milecastle on the wall.

Mr Dyson said: “I loved the idea, the setting, the script and the passion of Ed and Trevor when pitching this.

“It captures the imagination and uses our own region’s history to suggest just what it might have been like to be a soldier when Hadrian’s Wall was built.”

Trevor said: “Hadrian’s Wall is a fantastic setting for a show and we hope people in radioland find it as funny as the positive responses we got from the website broadcast.

“Apart from further radio broadcasts, our aim is to add more episodes and tour the show along Hadrian’s Wall as a live radio stageshow in a similar manner as we did with Son of Samurai when it was performed at the Latitude Festival and at north east venues.”

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