Funded Projects

The Audio Content Fund holds several funding rounds per year, and requires all projects to be produced and broadcast within 12 months. This page lists all funded projects, and provides links to hear the output where available.

Broadcasting Now

Space Is The Place
Space Is The Place
Five dramas, written by Jeff Young and Fraser Ayres, telling the stories of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong and Sun Ra.
Scotland's Greatest Song
Scotland's Greatest Song
A series of 10 mini-docs profiling great Scottish songs, concluding in a special show on St Andrews Day to finally determine Scotland’s greatest song of all time.
Story Explorers
Story Explorers
A daily radio series produced in partnership with The National Literacy Trust, that will feature children interviewing the authors they love.
Our Journey
Our Journey
A six-part documentary series capturing the voices of the Windrush Generation in Bristol, celebrating activism, determination and civil rights, through the story of the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott.
Tough Talks
Tough Talks
A series of 20 intimate talks between two people, reflecting on a past, more difficult conversation, with a focus on LGBTQ+ issues.

Coming Soon

Can Independent Music Survive Coronavirus?
Can Independent Music Survive Coronavirus? (starts December 2020)
The story of how indie changed music forever, but may be devastated by the current health crisis. This 4-part series asks what the live music world could look like in the future.
One Voice
One Voice (starts February 2021)
A series from the Manchester Chinese community, exploring Chinese identity and culture and what it means to be British Chinese in a post Covid-19 environment.
The Definitive Guide to Jazz in Britain
The Definitive Guide to Jazz in Britain (starts February 2021)
A landmark series celebrating 100 years of jazz in Britain, by charting the history of the genre from the eve of the 1920s to the present day, as part of Jazz FM's 'Est.1990' season.
Hometown Stories
Hometown Stories (starts April 2021)
Six documentaries that take Virgin Radio artists back to their hometowns, fronted by the artists themselves, followed by an intimate acoustic gig with invited guests.
Magic at The Oliviers
Magic at The Oliviers (starts April 2021)
(Date of Olivier Awards TBC) Short factual pieces shining a light on the diverse talent behind the scenes in UK theatre, in the build-up to the Olivier Awards.
Rockanory
Rockanory (starts May 2021)
A short-form, scripted comedy format, with a celebrity narrator telling apocryphal tales of rock’n’roll – all enhanced, re-enacted and brought to comedy life by diverse new talent.
Are You Aware We Care?
Are You Aware We Care? (starts May 2021)
6-part series, profiling the work of young carers, hearing their stories, giving them a voice and learning about the daily challenges at different stages of life.
The Rainbow Road to Tokyo
The Rainbow Road to Tokyo (starts July 2021)
Short-form series profiling the record number of out-LGBT athletes due to take part in the (rescheduled) 2020 Olympics. Celebrating achievements, and inspiring LGBT listeners.

Completed Projects

The Adventures of Captain Bobo
The Adventures of Captain Bobo
Fun, nautical, team-building stories for children aged 4-8, told in English and Gaelic. A celebration of Britain’s coastal communities, featuring vessels of all shapes and sizes.
Coming In From The Cold
Coming In From The Cold
The History of Black Footballers in the English Game. A 7-part documentary series spanning two centuries of injustice and accomplishment.
Equal Britain?
Equal Britain?
As 2020 marks ten years since the UK passed the Equality Act - legislation meant to make us more equal - this season asks “How equal is Britain”?
Magic With The Musicals
Magic With The Musicals
Exploring the real effects of Covid on UK theatre, with a special 3hr show and a full day of activity. Including profiles of people and live music from shows across the West End.
Cities Of Sound
Cities Of Sound
Harnessing the talent of a struggling student community, and the passion of local listeners, to create a series of original music-based programmes targeting a 50+ audience.
Kick Off: Added Time
Kick Off: Added Time
Football discussion show, with guests and presenters from underserved and under-represented audiences.
Carnival On KISS
Carnival On KISS
Two days of virtual Carnival output, replacing the annual carnival gatherings in London, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, with live music and DJ sets.
The F Word
The F Word
A 6-day campaign, challenging the taboos and debunking the myths around fertility problems, with a 2hr music show to round off the week.
Monty Panesar In Lockdown With…
Monty Panesar In Lockdown With…
Cricketer Monty Panesar celebrates and profiles inspirational British Asians in a series of one-hour specials.
Step Up
Step Up
Support for Year 6 pupils transitioning to secondary school, provided by older kids who have been there and done it before.
Undiscussable
Undiscussable
Stories from survivors of domestic abuse, from often unheard and under-represented voices, with a live follow-up discussion and expert interview.
Team Talk
Team Talk
Weekly magazine programme for Forces families, about the triumphs and trials of forces family life.
UK Radio Pride
UK Radio Pride
18 hours of live music, mixes, debate, comedy, and remembrance, to replace LGBT Pride events across the country that were cancelled due to the pandemic
Prison Bag
Prison Bag
Audio adaptation of the blog written by Josie Bevan, whose husband was jailed in 2016, describing the impact of his incarceration on her and their children.
The Show Must Go On
The Show Must Go On
Bringing together stars of sport and comedy to explore how some of the country’s biggest sporting names are managing their time during isolation.
The Space Programme
The Space Programme
Gripping new soap opera for children, as a tiny island in the Irish Sea is surprised to find itself the base for a new space programme.
Unheard Voices
Unheard Voices
A series of features giving a voice to disabled and visually-impaired people in South Wales.
Sporting Memories
Sporting Memories
Conversations recorded in partnership with the Sporting Memories Foundation which tackles dementia, depression and loneliness through the power of sports reminiscence.
Essential Voices
Essential Voices
A series of powerful, emotional, revealing short stories, shining a light on key-workers around the country.
Loneliness Awareness
Loneliness Awareness
A week-long campaign exploring loneliness through age, ethnicity, and locality, focussing on the stories of 12 people from a range of backgrounds.
Sports Squad
Sports Squad
An entertaining, inspiring and educational sports show, hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Ayo Akinwolere and teenage YouTuber Chanel Kakareko.
Buddyline
Buddyline
Over-60s meet under-28s, that wouldn’t normally meet, get to know each other remotely, in phone calls recorded for broadcast
Connections
Connections
An engaging new series of radio dramas by new writers with disabilities, performed by a mainly disabled cast.
Young and Cool: A Brief History of Country
Young and Cool: A Brief History of Country
Documentary examining the current great renaissance in country music, told through the passion of first-time presenter Kerri Mcilroy.
Virtual Strawberry Fair
Virtual Strawberry Fair
12-hour “virtual festival” to replace East Anglia's annual, free arts and music event which normally attracts up to 50,000 people.
Lockdown Love Letters
Lockdown Love Letters
Key-workers and their families send letters of appreciation to each other, voiced by actors and crafted into beautiful soundscapes.
All Together Now
All Together Now
Two-hour live evening show for older listeners, Monday-Thursday for 8 weeks, with guests, experts, and a regular community of callers.
Caring For Carers
Caring For Carers
A series of short-form interviews with carers and those they care for, hosted by Gyles Brandreth.
Heart's Hometown Heroes
Heart's Hometown Heroes
Daily short audio blogs from local keyworkers in Yorkshire, Hertfordshire, and North Wales.
Prime Timers
Prime Timers
15-min programmes for the over-70s, produced by the over-70s, and broadcast weekly on small stations across England during lockdown.
The Manchester Adventures of Brian Hovis
The Manchester Adventures of Brian Hovis
Daily comedy-drama transforming the empty streets of the ten boroughs of Manchester into a thrilling virtual adventure for a hapless treasure hunter.
60 Second Support
60 Second Support
Daily mental health advice packages, to help millions of listeners deal with a range of mental health challenges being amplified by the coronavirus crisis.
Absolute Radio 40s
Absolute Radio 40s
24hr pop-up radio station of 1940s music and historical content, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
On The Land / Ar Y Tir
On The Land / Ar Y Tir
Short-form series in English and Welsh highlighting people, groups and enterprises at the centre of rural communities in West Wales.
The Hidden History of Place Names
The Hidden History of Place Names
A 12-part history series, presented in the Irish and Ulster Scots languages, revealing the hidden and shared past of the streets and towns of Northern Ireland.
Self-Isolating with Lee and Dean
Self-Isolating with Lee and Dean
12-part, short-form comedy series about two builders keeping in touch while keeping their distance during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Central FM Comedy Hour
The Central FM Comedy Hour
Late-night comedy show, with sketches, sitcoms, and stand-up, written and performed by new talent from the central belt of Scotland
Absolute Radio's Front Room Festival
Absolute Radio's Front Room Festival
A multi-generational live music festival, with tracks throughout Easter Monday culminating in 3-hours of live music in one show.
Jazz FM's Virtual Jazz Festival
Jazz FM's Virtual Jazz Festival
A virtual extravaganza of exclusive live performances from some of the UK and world’s biggest jazz stars.
Kerrang! Radio's Lockdown Sessions
Kerrang! Radio's Lockdown Sessions
Live performances recorded remotely around the world, and compiled for broadcast on Easter Saturday
Planet Rock's Lockdown Sessions
Planet Rock's Lockdown Sessions
Live music from some of the world's freshest new rock artists, compiled for broadcast on Easter Saturday
KISSFest
KISSFest
The world's biggest radio rave, with 99 hours of DJ Sets across 36 hours of continuous radio, on three radio stations
Scala Radio Sessions
Scala Radio Sessions
Live classical music performances, recorded in the homes of some of Scala's favourite artists at the start of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Open Forum
Open Forum
Free-flowing discussion programmes covering a range of social issues, crafted from workshop recordings of young people aged 16-25
Patches of Land
Patches of Land
Exquisitely small radio features, each one a different perspective on our relationship with the land throughout Devon and Cornwall.
Time To Listen
Time To Listen
Short-form series, where guests open up in frank conversations about mental health and wellbeing, selecting tracks that helped them through tough times.
The XS Manchester Music Tour
The XS Manchester Music Tour
A series of ten outside broadcasts, one from each Greater Manchester borough, celebrating the past, present and future of the music and social history of the area.
Minds Over Matter
Minds Over Matter
A week-long focus on men's mental health, explored through live music and comedy, with interview packages throughout the week, in partnership with the Men In Sheds Network.