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Half Time pilot

Top Dog has been filming a tv pilot called 'Half Time' which is a project that has been bubbling under for many years. It's a comedy drama about two commentators at the small but heroic non-league club Bromsfield Town. Ben is the seasoned commentator trying to resurrect his career after a catastrophic panic attack during an FA cup final while commentating for the BBC.

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Big Heart - Big Record

Three days in the studio with Richard Tyrone Jones has netted three episodes of the brand new spoken word sitcom, Big Heart. Following heart failure on his 30th birthday, we follow the eponymous Richard as he learns to live with this new normal, and work out just how hard he can push his life before his implanted cardioverter defibrillator electrocutes his heart.

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Brain Food

Some might think that we here at Top Dog HQ have jettisoned our tax-payer subsided university education in order to make cheap gags on late night radio. Far from it, with a grant from the Wellcome Trust we are currently R and D-ing a brand new drama-documentary series called Neurostories which will explore the function of some of the different parts of the brain.

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Summer Radio Daze

So now the transmission dates are in, it seems we have a perfect storm in week 29, which, in normal parlance is the week of the 8th July. This means that for hyper-supportive Top Dog radio fans (basically our mums, though some are a little bit on-the-fence) they can enjoy The Music Teacher on the 10th, Hobby Bobbies on the 12th and Richard Tyrone Jones's Big Heart on the 14th.

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Big Heart - blood pumping

Yesterday saw the first readthrough of Richard Tyrone Jones' Big Heart which will air later in the summer (if summer ever comes). We at Top Dog like to have a preparatory bash at the script with the actors in advance of recording to make sure that the script is as shiny as can be, and some excellent discoveries were made in the room with our smart and savvy cast.

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New Drama Commission

We're pleased to announce our first Drama commission for BBC Radio 4. Stormchasers is a comedy drama written and produced by Top Dog's own Nick Walker. It will broadcast in Autumn 2012 in the Afternoon Play slot. The 45 minute drama features the exploits of three troubled and disillusioned West Midland stormchasers who believe that one 'tornado scoop' will compensate for their stalled lives.

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