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BBC reveals TV and radio coverage plans for Edinburgh festivals

Tanika Gupta, who's play Death of a Matriarch will feature in BBC Radio 3's Edinburgh coverage. Photo: Adam Bennett Tanika Gupta, who's play Death of a Matriarch will feature in BBC Radio 3's Edinburgh coverage. Photo: Adam Bennett
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The BBC has announced its Edinburgh Festivals coverage and activity – which includes a series of audio dramas from Radio 3.

BBC Radio 3 will open a pop-up studio at the Fringe Festival’s Summerhall venue, where a mixture of audio dramas will be recorded with an audience.

The dramas will include Lulu Raczka’s Of a Lifetime, Tanika Gupta’s Death of a Matriarch, Peter Flannery’s 1963, Nell Leyshon’s Three Letters and Karen Laws’ The Reality Tunnel.

All the plays will be broadcast in the autumn in BBC Radio 3’s Drama on 3 slot, with exact dates to be announced.

Television coverage for the festival will include The Best of the Fest on BBC2, curated by comedian Nish Kumar, which will feature three themed shows focused on theatre, comedy and books.

Other TV highlights include comedian Susan Calman’s Fringe Benefits on BBC2 Scotland and BBC iPlayer.

The Eurovision Young Musicians competition will come to Scotland for the first time as part of Edinburgh International Festival, with the BBC to broadcast it on BBC2 Scotland, Radio 3, BBC Arts Digital and BBC iPlayer.

Highlights from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be shown on BBC1, while artists including Maureen Lipman, Su Pollard, Frank Skinner and Lost Voice Guy will feature on BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt on August 3.

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