University College Falmouth has teamed up with BBC producer and director Paul Dodgson to create the new radio comedy sketch show Off the Rails   

Paul Dodgeson

The offbeat comedy, that will be broadcast from Source FM’s studios at Falmouth and streamed live on the web, was written in just three days by students studying for their MA in professional writing.  The show currently being engineered in the studio ready for broadcast this afternoon.  

The team is being lead by producer Paul Dodgson who has spent 15 years at the BBC and has made more than 400 programmes that have been broadcast over BBC networks.   In 2001 Paul left the BBC to work as a freelance writer, producer and composer.  Since then Paul told the student guardian that he has written twelve plays for BBC Radio 4 including, most recently, Binge Drunk Briton - the musical, and Winscale famous.  Paul also spent eighteen months as part of the East Enders writing team and wrote Monsters We Met the award winning drama documentary series for BBC 2 whilst continuing to produce BBC drama and documentaries for the BBC.     While directing Off the Rails Paul was delighted to say that has his Radio 4 play, Ivan and the Dogs written by Hattie Naylor has won the 2010 Tinnisswood Award for best radio play. 

The Off the Rails manuscript was recorded at University College Falmouth’s state of the art studios at their Tremough campus with the help of four professional actors.  The show is currently being engineered for broadcast this afternoon.   Susan Appleton, also studying for her MA in professional writing said, "It was a shock to the system.  I was expecting a gentle introduction and not to be thrown in at the deep end, but I am excited by the finished result.   I never expected that after only one week I would be telling my friends and family to listen out for a piece of my work and going public."

Course Leader Christina Bunce says, “Today is the day after a long week of hard work that MA students finish their radio play.  We hope you're all looking forward to listening to it as much as I am".

Off the rails will be broadcast today at 3pm and streamed live by Source FM and keep an ear out for Military Ron, the hapless Security Guards andthe Marmosets.

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