Behind SouthWaves: Creating The Hudsons

Hello and welcome to another edition of the weekly Behind SouthWaves blog. In this edition, I would like to spend a little bit of time explaining how I am creating and writing SouthWaves Audio’s new drama series, The Hudsons. The idea for this post stems from many words of encouragement from people in the community, who are always asking for further details; hopefully, this will satisfy the curiosity surrounding the project.

The Hudsons will be a four day a week drama series, detailing the everyday life of Helen and Harry Hudson. Initially a two-hander, the series will explore everyday occurrences, worries, and fascinations, through the daily works of a married couple in their early 30s. Think of it as being like The Archers, but with just two people…and no cows. Episodes will run at around 10 minutes, including advert and promo.

I have chosen to write just two characters, as I have found it difficult to find a space for multiple actors to record in. I have also tried taking recordings from actors all over the place, but that method is far too unreliable and time consuming for the format of the show. I have always believed that just a couple of actors in front of a microphone can create many weeks of content in just a few hours using very basic equipment, I hope to test this theory.

While some may label the project as ‘boring’ because there are only two speaking characters, it will get more elaborate as time goes on. I am hoping that the initial success of this series will spawn more interest, and thus build the world gradually. Contacts within the radio industry keep telling me that if I build it, they will come; let us test this theory!

My inspiration for the series comes from the work of Goodman Ace and Peg Lynch. Lynch, whose famous work includes Ethel and Albert, had a knack of making an entertaining drama out of the most ordinary of situations. With such a simple approach, I believe that it is possible to create an easy going regular drama that is relatable and intriguing. 

I hope this post helps to answer any questions that anyone may have had about the creation of the project. In the next blog, I will discuss the distribution of the podcast, and how I hope to grow the marketing potential of the show. Thank you for reading.

Jamie Dyer

University Of Chichester alumnus Jamie Dyer, is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He is the founder of the SouthWaves brand. In his spare time, he enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, watching Basketball and collecting vinyl records.

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