BBC Radio 4
Short Cuts: Misadventure
10 January 2012
Presented by Nina Garthwaite
Produced by Eleanor McDowall
Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon 'In
the Dark', presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short
In the first edition of Short Cuts, she delves into tales of
misadventure - starting with a chance encounter on a train where a
couple's absorption in the crossword disguises a possible hidden
romance. And encompassing the writer Joe Dunthorne's reminiscences of
his misspent gap year selling door to door in Australia.
From the charged atmosphere on the London underground to distorted
visions on the top of a mountain - Nina navigates tales of love, loss
and wild abandonment.
Intimacy and Distance
Prods Ed Baxter and Chris Weaver
A Corner Seat in a Smoker Facing the Engine
Prod Robin Warren
Prod Pejk Malinovski
A Cold Freezin’ Night for Doomed Lovers
Third Coast Festival - Short Doc Winner
Prod Andrea Silenzi
"...there are ways to lead audiences to new content, beyond the familiar draws of news and music, sport and drama. Short Cuts
(Radio 4, Tuesday) is a new weekly dip into the world of radio
features, with excerpts from documentaries, real life moments of "found
sound" and what we might loosely term art radio. It's immensely cheering
to see this given a mid-afternoon slot on the network, where it can
introduce new listeners to an often marginalised strand of audio.
It would be even more cheering for it to extend beyond this month.
The four programmes, produced by Eleanor McDowall and presented by Nina Garthwaite,
are a stylish, quirky, friendly sampler of this type of radio, with
each themed half-hour
containing heartwarming moments to make you smile, but also slivers of
[...]It's a rich aural kaleidoscope, dotted with extraordinary and ordinary
moments of being relayed in simple and more complex ways. A bit like
Elisabeth Mahoney, The Guardian, 20.01.12
"Short Cuts (Tuesdays) has been buried in the afternoon schedule
and I missed the first programme but was lucky enough to hear a snippet
from it on Pick of the Week and was hooked. [It] made me stop what I was doing to listen because of the quality of the
production (by Eleanor McDowall). It was offbeat, yet acoustically
sharp, and sent me back to iPlayer to hear the other items, lights
dimmed, attention switched on."
Kate Chisholm, The Spectator, 21.01.12
Charing Crossword featured on Radio 4's 'Pick of the Week'