Award-winning student radio drama series

Friendly Creatives’ Ian Kennedy was a co-founder of Lenton Boulevard, which became the first successful student radio soap opera and won Best Entertainment Show at the 2003 Radio 1 Student Radio Awards… The series springboarded Ian into his radio drama and radio production career, and also began several other successful media careers.

Ian was Head Writer of the series, achieving 17 weekly episodes of 15 minutes each, and managing a team of up to 10 writers, many of whom went on to successful careers as journalists. Ian also produced several episodes of the award-winning student soap opera and its successful Radio 1 Student Radio Awards entry for URN 1350 (2003).

Ian wrote and produced the successful Lenton Boulevard entry to the 2003 Radio 1 Student Radio Awards, which resulted in the series winning ‘Best Entertainment Show’ – click here to download the sampler compilation (MP3, 9MB) and press release (Word, 20KB). The bid was greatly enhanced by the involvement of BBC Radio Nottingham – prior publicity work resulted in a live interview with Ian and the series Executive Producer in the popular Karl Cooper Breakfast Show, an online feature, and the entire series becoming promoted and hosted by the BBC online (above left).

Publicising the show’s award-winning success earned significant industry praise and media exposure. The series was given a major colour third-page feature in The Nottingham Evening Post, and earned interest and praise from industry professionals including The Archers Editor Vanessa Whitburn, who consequently provided Ian with contacts at the BBC who provided him with dozens of commissions over the next six years.

You can download the ten-minute sampler compilation (9MB), which featured in the series’ successful Radio 1 Student Radio Awards entry and promotional CD. You can also download the full episodes from the BBC’s Lenton Boulevard website, at

Extracts on the compilation (9MB) – click here to listen to:

  • FRICTION among the housemates (Episode 03)
  • The STUDENT JAPE to end all student japes (17)
  • EARLY MORNING in Lenton (13)
  • DOCUMENTARY introduction to show (Autumn season)
  • ROB’S NARRATION on student life (04)
  • English professor’s ESSAY ADVICE (10)
  • Trip to Leeds, and TERI’S CONCERN (07)
  • Philosophy in STUDENTS’ UNION BAR (12)
  • Landlord LOCKED IN BATHROOM (05)
  • Passing the time, WATCHING TV (05)
  • For whom THE BELL TOLLS (17)

Also available are: press releases for our Launch promotion (Word, 20KB), and Student Radio Award (Word, 31KB)

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