Series 3 – Thank you

That’s it then, the final episode of Series 3 has been released and with it, 4am CAB closes it’s doors on another series.

It’s been emotional.  It’s also been a full on experience.  This year Rachel took a back seat – I think she actually got out and ran off when I wasn’t looking – so I decided to carry on as a solo project.  Not only did I take over compete control of everything, I also decided to release the episodes weekly rather that monthly. I have RSI from banging my head against the wall for making that choice.

Against all the odds, however, I did it. But, of course, I didn’t do it completely alone.

A very big thank you must first go out to all the writers who sent in their work for consideration.  I had almost 200 sketches to read and from them I was able to choose 50 that had potential for series 3.  I then gave individual feedback to all those writers and ended up with about 40 sketches which made it into the final cut of the six episode.

The next big thank you goes out to my brilliant company of actors.  Chris, Anna, Will & Helen all signed up for more punishment while Ian was brought back after his debut in series 1.  Finally, CJ was the bright eyed newbie. It was a pleasure to work with all of them, with wholeheartedly apologies for attempting to “act” myself.

The last thank you goes out to all the listeners of the show.  Since we began just over two years ago, 4am CAB has attracted over 20,000 downloads. That is massive!  Thank you so much. It really justifies the many, many hours spent pouring over my laptop writing, redrafting and then editing the show. Please, do keep spreading the word, we want more listeners and many more downloads.

And so, to the future.  Who knows what we shall do next.  There are rumblings of taking the show to a live arena (not literally) though we may need to change the name as we wouldn’t want people turning up at four in the morning and missing the show!

Keep your subscription in place on iTunes and check us put on twitter and Facebook. We will return.

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S3Ep6: The End

Could this be the end of the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau?

Ian and our merry band of creatives have been called to the Chairman’s office, this can’t be good?  Will the plug be pullled?  Will they all be made to reapply for their jobs?  Will the coffee machine ever get fixed?  All may be revealed in this thrilling finale to series 3.  Or something.

Elsewhere, Lennard and Darby are trying to diffuse the situation, Helen and Ian are struggling with information overload and Derek takes an unappreciated call.  Meanwhile, poor Tim can’t seem to get the wording right and Live Tweeting takes on a whole new level.

Don’t miss the final episode of 4am CAB… or you’ll have to buy the Boxset. The end is Nigh, or is that near?

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S3Ep5: The Future?

Things are changing at the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau.

Fleur is wide awake in the small hours and making cupcakes when she learns her future is uncertain.  Ian attempts some firefighting but it might be too late. Does this mean that Brett will have to fall back on being a Doctor?  Well, at least there are baked goods.

Meanwhile in the future, Chris is getting lost, Dez & Charlie are finishing each other’s sentences, Sharkov and Chang may (or may not) have developed the greatest achievement of mankind and Steven Frost has woken from a very long sleep and is feeling a bit woozy.

Roll up, roll up get your fags and tech products here. It’s time to go back to the generic MP3 device for the penultimate episode of Series 3 (not including the Christmas Special – if we decide to do one.)

Oooh, would you close that door, there’s a terrible stink coming in!?

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S3Ep4: Classy

The 4am Creative Advertising Bureau have a new assignment.

The Japanese want to take an English delicacy and rebrand it.  Fleur and Martin are ready to take on the considerable challenge but Brett has been listening to chinese whispers. This could all go to pot if they’re not careful.

Rupert and Beryl are breaking up whereas Mr Darcy is about to the pop the question and our roving reporter ventures oop north.  Debbie, meanwhile, is finding James a bit hard to swallow.

4am CAB puts on it’s airs and graces before embarrassing itself by using the wrong fork.  It’s time for the fourth episode of Series 3 – what oh!

Watch out for the Angry priest!

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S3Ep3: Work It Out

It’s very quiet at the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau today.

Cheryl calls in a favour from Martin who takes his new responsibilities very seriously.  With great power comes a great deal of arsing around, especially when the coffee machine is still knackered.  Meanwhile, Brett has lost his passport, Fleur has lost the plot and Ian has lost the thing he finds most precious.  Oh and what do you think of when you hear Turkey Timeshare?

We have an extremely limited range of actors for hire, we eavesdrop on a couple of unconventional interviews and all the while James is struggling to pick up his daily perk me up.   Also, if they can get their act together, The Mob might just have the answer to all their problems.

4am CAB dusts off it’s best suit and joins the sweaty commute for the third episode of Series 3

Oh, and watch out for Nigel.

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S3Ep2: Puppy Love

Another day dawns on the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau.

New kid on the block, Martin, is very excited.  Today he joins the 4am CAB team – not that he’s getting paid though, much to his mothers annoyance.  It’s a dog eat dog food world out there.

We unleash the trailer for the next big summer blockbuster, Tim has a date but is struggling to tell the time and Gav ‘n’ Trixie are bashing their heads together and seeing stars.   There are a pair of hot blooded slugs, the eternal search for the potato peeler and we get lovey-dovey in the poetry club.

We get crazy in love for the second episode of Series 3 – maybe you should buy your man some flowers?

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S3Ep1: Creatively Speaking

Welcome to the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau.  Brett is enduring a self-inflicted mid-twenties crisis, Cheryl is having a bakery emergency, Fleur just wants the coffee machine to work and all the while Ian is living in his own little world.  The 4am CAB is open for business, just.

Meanwhile, there’s a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions, the local constabulary is piloting a new identity concept, and there’s nothing but repeats on the radio.

4amCAB returns, just like it’s never been away.

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Series 3 Tease

4am CAB returns on the 15th July 2014 with Series 3.

Ian has commissioned an advert to tell you all about the 4am Creative Advertising Bureau, or 4am CAB as it’s know in the industry.  The Voice Over guy has an attitude but thankfully there’s a spare hanging around.  Ian thinks it’s a good idea to be in the advert himself.

We’re gearing up for the new series, what could go wrong?!

Episode 1 is almost here.

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Drive by Alex featuring cdk & Darryl J is licenced under Attribution (3.0)

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All going to plan

It’s a strange feeling for everything to be going to plan, but, everything is. I’ve done four recording sessions so far for series 3 with various cast members and everything is backed up as far as Episode 3 (and a few sketches beyond). The editing is the big labour intensive task now and I’m please to report that that too is coming along nicely.

A little bit of news, I have secured two guest voices for series 3, one of which is Radio 4’s Kathy Clugston. I felt ashamed that I’d only used Kathy for the voice of a Sat Nav in previous series and I’m thrilled to say that the performances she’s given for series 3 are totally fab! The other voice is a closely guarded secret and I’ll reveal that halfway through the run as the scene he is in approaches. Hint: he’s delirious to be on board.

So, we’re on target for the first episode to be released on 15th July. Hoorah! I realise that pride comes before a fall but hopefully this time I won’t be holding the hard drive when that happens.

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