Caught by the River

New nature programmes on BBC Radio 4

26th January 2010

SHINGLE STREET. BBC Radio 4, Tue 26 January at 11.02

An unusual and haunting sound portrait written and narrated by Paul Evans about the watchers and the watched on the shingle spit of Dungeness.

Dungeness is place to listen and to watch. It’s a place to watch new land being made by the sea’s shovelling of shingle; a place to watch the manufacture of power, a place to watch migrating birds and moths find a transitory refuge. But watching is about far more than just looking, as writer and naturalist Paul Evans reveals in this powerful and haunting sound portrait of one of Britain’s most unsettling landscapes; the shingle flats of Dungeness

Sound recordings by Chris Watson and Andrew Dawes
Producer Sarah Blunt

BRIDGING THE GAP. BBC Radio 4, Wed 27 January at 11.02

The sounds of the river, the wind and the wildlife are combined with local voices to tell the story of the Tyne Bridge, which spans the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead; providing a link between north and south, past and present. The Bridge is both an engineering triumph and an icon of the North East.

Sound recordist: Chris Watson
Producer: Sarah Blunt