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Tuesday 25 June 2019

The Boleyn Brothers: Brighton Podcast Wins Best Drama At New York Radio Awards

The Boleyn Brothers, a podcast produced, cast and recorded in Brighton, has been awarded Gold Drama Podcast at the 2019 New York Radio Awards.

The awards celebrates radio content in all lengths and formats and across all platforms from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. 

The annual awards ceremony was held on last Monday, June 24th in New York City with award winners from around thirty-five countries across the globe. 

The Boleyn Brothers is a two-hour full-cast audio drama that tells the story of the "West Ham" Pals Battalion during WW1.  

It was released on The Other 1% podcast channel with the final episode going out on 11th November 2018 - the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 – and is available for free on Audioboom, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and several other channels.

At the core of the podcast is the story of four lads from the borough of West Ham, who sign up for a bit of adventure – "It will all be over by Christmas!" – and go on to fight in some of the most horrific and deadliest battles of the First World War.

Writer Jonathan Williamson drew inspiration for the play from the War Diary of the Battalion and although the central characters are fictitious, the story timeline and many of the supporting characters come from actual events and the people who took part in the battles.

Producer Simon Moorhead of TBC Audio says:

"We wanted to create an audio drama that was authentic with a story that both West Ham and its supporters could be proud of, we also wanted to create a gripping escapade that could be enjoyed by everyone, including listeners who don't like football."

With a cast of over eighteenmostly local actors, The Boleyn Brothers also features original music created by musician and sound designer Ashley Slater, based upon the Battalion march 'Knife, Fork, Spoon'. The music was recorded using original period instruments such as the Ophicleide.

Simon Moorhead adds: 

"Broadcasters and production companies from across the globe compete in these awards, so it is an honour for our Brighton-based audio company to be awarded Best Drama Podcast by an international jury. 

"We hope this award will raise the profile of The Other 1% podcast channel and encourage a new generation to listen to our podcast stories with attitude."

by: Mike Cobley


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