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Repeat: “Offshore” – Radio Play by Simon Passmore

Posted in radio with tags , , , , on 29 June, 2014 by ambarussa

In case you’ve missed this first time round (2008), here’s your chance to hear Damian O’Hare in Simon Passmore’s thriller “Offshore”.

Fri 4 Jul 2014 11:15 BBC Radio 4 Extra

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Sat 5 Jul 2014 04:15 BBC Radio 4 Extra

As Chris and Sam cruise out of Poole Harbour in a borrowed luxury motor yacht, they are looking forward to a trip across to France for dinner and returning the following day. However the idyllic weekend turns into a nightmare. With Richard Lintern, Nadine Marshall and Damian O’Hare.

Ambarussa’s Big Yuletide Contest!

Posted in taking the flak, tv, Uncategorized, website with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 7 December, 2009 by ambarussa

Not too keen on 600+ hours of repeats?

Then you should enter our


Your friendly neighbourhood Webgnome’s favourites are all you’ll need for a canny night in:

1 x DVD “Taking the Flak”
Martin Jarvis, Doon Mackichan, Bruce Mackinnon, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Joanna Brookes, Lydiah Gitachu and of course Damian O’Hare in the excellent dramedy about a BBC news team reporting from a civil war in a fictional African country.

1 x DVD “A Christmas Story”
Peace, harmony, comfort and joy? Maybe next year. Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but his mother refuses, fearing he’ll shoot his eye out. But neither his mother, Santa Claus nor the neighbourhood bullies can destroy Ralphie’s dream… hilarious Christmas comedy, set in the 1950s and one of my favourites.

1 x L’Occitane en Provence: Bougie parfumée “Cannelle Epices”
Spicy cinnamon scented candle from L’Occitane – this will turn your home into winter wonderland. L’Occitane is a French company, known for cosmetics of best quality. They support local production and don’t test their products on animals. C’est le pied!

And because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without sweets, you’ll also get some chocolate!

And what do you have to do to win this smashing Yuletide package?

Just send an email to

webgnome at ambarussa. net

and answer the following question:

“What is Rory Wallace’s (Damian O’Hare) job in ‘Taking the Flak'”?

That’s all. Even I could answer that!

Deadline: 15 December, 2009, midnight GMT.

Please read the following rules before you send off your mail.


1. By participating in this contest, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the rules.

2. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.

3. Please be fair: only send in one mail per person.

4. No cash pay-out of your prize.

5. No correspondence will be held over the outcome of the contest.

6. If you are the winner, you’ll have to provide us with your name and address.

7. We’ll send your prize out asap, but have no influence on postal services. We hope the DVDs will be with you before Christmas, though.

8. Should, for any reason beyond our control, one of the prizes not be available, we’ll replace it with a different prize of the same value.

“Taking the Flak”: two (p)reviews

Posted in previews, radio, reviews, taking the flak, tv with tags , , , , , , , , on 26 June, 2009 by ambarussa

BBC Radio 4: “Front Row” (audio – BBC iPlayer, also available outside of the UK)

The review by Kirsty Lang and Alex Thomson will give you an idea what to expect when tuning in to “Taking the Flak” on July 8. Overall, the review is positive, despite pointing out some lengths in the script. The portrayal of the characters is praised as being spot on and the way some serious issues (for example child soldiers) are dealt with works. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so please check the link for yourself.
Fictional war-shaken country “Karibu” is 38 times the size of Wales. Wales seems to be the mandatory surface measure for countries, just like time spans in documentaries are always measured in the number of minutes 27 piranhas need to skeletonise a cow.

Broadcast: “Taking the Flak”

We had tents for shade and atmospheric “bush toilets” under canvas for pit stops. But “Team Flak”, a unique blend of UK, Tanzanian and Kenyan artists and crew, had a supremely happy shoot. We hope viewers will enjoy the world of Taking the Flak as much as we did.

Listen to “Man of the Moment” online

Posted in radio with tags , , , on 12 April, 2009 by ambarussa

And luckily, the BBC iPlayer is available outside of the UK as well. The episode will be available for another 6 days.

Saturday Play: “Man of the Moment” (aired on 11 April 2009, BBC Radio 4)

A career criminal, who has written an autobiography and is now a television celebrity, agrees to participate in a reality TV show filmed at his Mediterranean villa.

Jill Rillington – Lisa Dillon
Trudy Parks – Janie Dee
Douglas Beechey – Alex Jennings
Vic Parks – Tim Pigott-Smith
Kenny Collins – Damian O’Hare
Sharon – Ella Smith
Ruy – Alan Shearman
Floor Manager – Michael Simkins
David – John Baddeley
Film crew – Kenneth Danziger, Matthew Wolf
Children – Matilda and Alfie Wickham

Directed by Martin Jarvis

“Man of the Moment”: programme information

Posted in radio with tags , , on 31 March, 2009 by ambarussa

Here’s the programme information straight from the BBC press desk. The cast also includes Damian O’Hare as “Kenny Collins”.

Don’t worry if you miss it: the play will be available online after the broadcast.


Man Of The Moment
Easter Saturday 11 April
2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

As part of BBC Radio 4’s tribute to Sir Alan Ayckbourn, who turns 70 this April, the station broadcasts this dark comedy set around, and in, the swimming pool of a Mediterranean villa.

Vic Parks is, apparently, the man of the moment – a vicious criminal who, having spent nine years in jail for a botched bank robbery, has written his autobiography and is now a popular television celebrity.

Spending time in his idyllic Mediterranean villa, he has agreed to appear, poolside, on a television reality show called Their Paths Crossed.

The programme’s producer, Jill Rillington, plans to reunite Vic with the bank clerk, Douglas Beechey, whose actions unwittingly foiled Vic’s robbery and led to his time in prison.

Jill hopes to exploit the irony that, although Douglas had a brief 15 minutes of fame, the man who has found lasting celebrity is the villain. But the proposed documentary starts to free-fall and events take an extraordinary turn around the swimming pool.

The cast includes Janie Dee as Trudy Parks, Tim Piggott-Smith as Vic Parks, Lisa Dillon as Jill Rillington and Alex Jennings as Douglas Beechey.

Producer/Rosalind Ayres

( source )

“Man of the Moment”: Damian O’Hare on the Radio

Posted in radio with tags , , , on 10 March, 2009 by ambarussa

Mark 11 April, 2009, 2.30pm in your calendars, and tune in to BBC4.

You can listen to Damian O’Hare in the radio adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn’s play “Man of the Moment”. He’ll read the part of “Kenny Collins”. In reviews of the original stage play, the character is described as “(…) Vic’s manager, a languid fellow, at once promoter and parasite (…)” as well as “(…) corrupt and knowing manager (…)”.

For more information on the play, please go here to read the synopsis.

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