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- Audio sketch show to provide comic relief to Bank Holiday / M6 motorists

- EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01hrs Thursday 1st May 2008

Being stuck in traffic is no laughing matter but that's all set to change thanks to a new audio comedy sketch show.

230 Miles of Love, the world’s first 'satcom', launches on Thursday 1st May and promises to take comedy to places it’s never been before – namely the M6 Motorway.

Writer and creator Andrew Shanahan has coined the term satcom which refers to a comedy broadcast via satellite navigation technology.

So, not only is 230 Miles of Love the first audio sketch show about the M6, it’s also the first sketch show on the M6.

People can visit www.230milesoflove.com and download the sketches onto their satnav for free and then when certain points are reached on the M6, a relevant sketch is transmitted via their sat nav.

So, as drivers cruise past Junction 20 they get to hear all about the Thelwall Viaduct’s exhausted poet-in-residence and as they approach the M6 Toll road they hear For Whom The Toll Tolls, the only game show that asks whether you’re going to risk getting stuck in traffic on the original M6, or take the Toll; the sketch even ends differently depending on which way the driver goes.

230 Miles of Love features performances from professional comedians John Warburton and Louise Conran and up-and-coming stars like John Thorp, Chris Rea and Mel Moon.

As well as enlivening the journeys of thousands of people, the show aims to raise £23,000 for The Motivation Charitable Trust, which provides wheelchairs to people in developing countries.

230 Miles of Love is the first in a series of comedies in a project called Moving Audio. Shanahan said:

“The M6 is an ideal location and subject for comedy. Hundreds of thousands of people use the road every day, which gives you a ready-made audience and even better is that nearly every traveller wants to entertained. With the advances in satnav technology, it seemed like a natural progression to look at this as a new medium and explore what it could do to brighten up a long journey.”

With drivers being able to download the show onto their satnavs, PDAs and mobile phones or simply listen at home on their mp3 players and computers, the show couldn’t have come at a better time for drivers who find themselves bored by the monotony of the motorways.

“230 Miles of Love is the first show in a series of programmes I’m writing about transport and location. I’m aiming to deliver them all in different ways, so for example the series culminates in a show that will be broadcast into space, creating the world’s first SETIcom. Basically, the project is all about doing odd things with technology, places and comedy and hopefully doing some good along the way,” explains Shanahan.

The charity chosen to benefit from 230 Miles of Love is The Motivation Charitable Trust, an organisation that works in developing countries to enhance the quality of life of people with mobility disabilities.

“Motivation works with thousands of people around the world who have little or no mobility. We hope that listeners who experience the simultaneous joy and frustration of the M6 through this witty new show will give generously to show their support for those who don’t have the same opportunity to be mobile,” said Lucy Tarallo from the Trust.

Visit www.230milesoflove.com

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Notes to editors:

Media Enquiries:

Visit www.230milesoflove.com

Andrew Shanahan, John Warburton and Louise Conran are available for interview and comment.
- 07792 017766
- 230milesoflove@gmail.com

Higher resolution versions of sketches are available on request for promotional purposes.

Lucy Tarallo – Communications Officer for The Motivation Charitable Trust
- 01275 461946
- tarallo@motivation.org.uk

Andrew Shanahan is a graduate of the BBC Talent scheme and a freelance writer.

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