Laurie has established a reputation through BBC Radio as a talented and versatile broadcast presenter, but also has several areas of special knowledge or interest.
Taylor Newspapers, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Berkshire & the Super Bailey Bros podcast have given Laurie three years of regular columns and segments as a film reviewer, industry commentator and interviewer. He is a reliable, insightful and enthusiastic contributor with an analytical perspective, and is known to studios & distributors on the screening circuit.
- Many more examples of Laurie’s film work can be heard on the Listen page, including his weekly segments for Tony Blackburn.
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Friday evenings on BBC Radio Oxford now cover Oxfordshire’s cultural scene, thanks to Laurie’s weekly 3-hour programme. He is well-regarded as an interviewer and advocate for art, theatre, music, exhibitions and self-development, having created an entertaining blend of eclectic and wide-ranging interests and on-air features.
With a degree in English literature and years of experience as a film critic, Laurie balances depth of analysis and insight with awareness about what makes accessible and entertaining audio.
- Hear further interview highlights from Laurie’s Friday arts & culture show on the Listen page.
Laurie has consulted on several podcasts for private organisations, and produced & presented his own successful film review podcast for 2 and a half years. He is an avid listener and discoverer of new media, and champions its integration with traditional media.
A regular feature on his BBC Oxford arts programme is the ‘New Media Review’, where comedians or other guests specifically recommend a podcast or YouTube channel they have been enjoying. Laurie also invites listeners to send their own created content to his radio show, to showcase some of the best independent creators.
This feature specifically led to an interview with Gavin Free, creator and star of the Slow-Mo Guys YouTube channel and a director with Rooster Teeth.
Gaming & Game Music
Though still regarded as a niche interest in mainstream media, Laurie has been a composer, remixer and fan of game music for 20 years. He is plugged into the scene and passionate about its wider potential thanks to the growth of the gaming market, and is currently recording and developing a new gaming music podcast.
He has been a regular gamer since the days of the SEGA Master System, and is steadily increasing BBC Oxford’s gaming coverage. Alex Graham, a journalist from BBC Solent, currently contributes gaming reviews and industry news to Laurie’s Friday show on a regular basis.
- Hear some of Laurie’s game remixes and other compositions on the Music page.
Laurie has been a long-time admirer of many Japanese filmmakers, writers and musicians, first inspired by his love of gaming.
Shibuya-Kei is also a specific interest, and he has been developing documentary pitches on this influential musical genre.
- To make an enquiry or pitch related to any of these areas, please use the form on the Bookings page.