Melton Theatre to host Mark Steel BBC Radio 4 recording

Mark Steele returns next month to record his Melton-themed show for BBC Radio EMN-150502-145516004
Mark Steele returns next month to record his Melton-themed show for BBC Radio EMN-150502-145516004
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BBC Radio 4 comedian, columnist and author Mark Steel will return to Melton next month to record his recent tour for national radio.

The Mark Steel’s In Town show came to Melton Theatre last October as part of an extensive national tour.

Mark Steel does some research for his second Melton show EMN-151002-104403004

Mark Steel does some research for his second Melton show EMN-151002-104403004

He was asked to select just six of his favourite venues to host a recording of the show for Radio 4.

Steel, a regular face on TV shows such as Have I Got News For You, visited Melton last Wednesday for further research to update his show and delve a little deeper into the town’s history.

Every show is a bespoke production, based around each town’s particular background, characters and quirks to try and work out what makes the place distinctive.

Melton will be the first to host the recordings on Thursday, March 5 ahead of visits to Fleetwood, in Lancashire (March 18), Shrewsbury, in Shropshire (April 8), Barnard castle in County Durham (April 28), Paisley, in Scotland (May 12) and Saint Anne on the Channel Island of Alderney (May 28).

The show is now in its sixth series and Steel has recorded in more than 30 interesting and unusual places from the Isle of Portland, in Dorset, to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney.

In 2010, Mark Steel’s in Town won the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Radio Comedy/Light Entertainment, and also received a silver award for Best Comedy in the Sony Radio Academy Awards. In 2012 it went one better and won the gold.

* Tickets will be available from the following website http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets/radio by next Wednesday.