Peter Bowker

BBC commissions Barbara Windsor biopic

Eastenders star Barbara Windsor (Credit: BBC/Nicky Johnston)

Set in the 1990s, Babs sees Windsor preparing to perform in the theatre that evening, where she talks us on a journey of the events and people that shaped her career, from her lonely childhood and complicated relationship with her father, to capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and being cast in the Carry On films.

The A Word: A dramatic take on disability

The A Word (credit: BBC)

Within a few minutes of taking tea with television writer Peter Bowker, it becomes clear why he writes such effective dramas on subjects close to his heart. He is a people person: curious, observant and fascinated by family dynamics and human quirks. At one point, he suddenly directs a question at me, and I realise how easy it would be to open up to him.

Aged 57, born in Stockport – his strong northern accent is still intact – he also tends to end every other sentence with laughter. When he talks about his fictional characters, it is as if they are real.

Radio Times hosts its first festival

Radio Times Festival

Radio Times has announced the line up for its inaugural festival, which will be held at Hampton Court Palace in September.

The programme includes talks from RTS award-winners Sir Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg and Peter Bowker, alongside masterclasses ranging from drawing with Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross to learning how to act on radio with The Archers’ Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge).