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MADELEINE....2002
Saturday Play. By John Clifford. 15 Jun 02. R4. In the early hours of the morning on 23 March 1857, warehouse clerk Emile L'Angelier staggered through the dark Glasgow streets towards his lodging house, doubled over in pain. By the next morning, he was dead of arsenic poisoning. Within hours, stacks of illicit love letters were discovered, suggesting that the young man had been involved in a highly passionate secret affair -- and Madeleine Smith, the upper-class daughter of a wealthy Glasgow businessman, was arrested for Emile's murder. .....info. from 'radiofans'.....many thanks.


BRACKEN HILL....2002
Afternoon play, 22 May 02. By Kyoko Murata, dramatised by Hideo Takeuchi. Translated by Kyoko Tanaka. Adapted for radio by Lavinia Murray. During a period of food shortage in 18th-century England, seven elderly villagers find joy as well as hardship in a hilltop retreat where tradition has forced them to seek survival. Cast: Elizabeth Bell [Ruth], Helen Longworth [Judith, Ruth's daughter-in-law], Marcia Warren [Martha], Marlene Sidaway [Christine / Sue], Bridget Turner [Anne], Philip Jackson [James], Gerard McDermott [Thomas / Daniel, Ruth's son] and Geoffrey Whitehead [Joseph]. Producer Lucy Baldwyn.

FAMOUS....2002
22 Feb 02. An absorbing story about a daughter who vanishes...then years later her parents hear her voice from a most unexpected quarter. By Paul Dodgson, and yes, he is the well-known composer. 45m.

WHEN....2002
By Vaya Naidu. 21 Feb 02. Rekha needs to come to terms with the death of her son. 45m.

ROB ROY....2002
By Walter Scott, adapted by Judith Adams. 2 x 60m. 22 & 27 Jan 02.

THE TUNER....2002
By Kevin Fagan, 25 Jan 02, Friday play, 55m. Chocker is an ex-miner who is also a radio ham. He hears "the radio girl" on his receiver. Directed by Patrick Rayner.

WHO GOES THERE?....2002
By John W. Campbell, R4 11pm, 24 Jan 02. 6 men are trapped by a snowstorm in an Antarctic research Station. They find a strange creature in the snow. In the "Chillers" series.

THE SKATEGRINDER....2002
21 Jan 02, by Celia Bryce. Immigrant Irish in Canada in the thirties. 45m. This play won the Imison Award - it's very good indeed. See the IMISON AWARD page if you want more information: go there via the RADIO PLAYS page.

JOHN GLEN STOLE MY SPACE SUIT....2002
18 Jan 02, by Louise Ironside. NASA's female astronauts in the 1960's, when middle-class women stayed at home. 45m afternoon play.

CLEARING THE RUBBLE....2002
By Mahesh Dattani, 17 Jan 02. About the earthquake in Gujurat on 26 Jan 01.

THE HAPPY GATHERING....2002
10 Jan 01. Above-average play about an Asian wedding. By N. Ahmed.

A RAIN OF STONES....2002
7 Jan 01. By Wole Soyinka. About religious fanaticism, deception, and some ancient tablets.45m.

THE CONDITION OF THE VIRGIN....2002
4 Jan 02, by Boothby Graffoe, his first radio play. Gentle comedy about a statue which shows some odd changes. Dir. Toby Swift.

THE STONE DIARIES....2001-2
31 Dec 01, daily for 5 days, by Carol Shields, dram. by Claire Luckham and Bryony Glassco. The fictional biography of Daisy Goodwill. With Liz Ross as Daisy. Fractions of Zero....2002 (date nk)
By Bill Murphy. "Lifeís a lottery but deathís a certainty"...... An exciting detective story about the hunt for a serial killer obsessed with numbers. DS Sue Manson is grounded behind a desk at the Metís Missing Personís Bureau after accidentally shooting a man in an undercover operation. However, she soon uncovers a potential serial killer who is mocking the police around Britain by sending them cryptograms on the back of missing personís photos.

With the help of Maths professor James Ellstrom and criminal profiler Fred Johnston, they decipher the codes into riddles. Unravelling the riddles leads to the whereabouts of four dead bodies. Who is this man obsessed with numerical puzzles? How does he select his victims? These are the questions that Sue has to solve to locate her man and prevent any more deaths.

About Bill Murphy: This is Billís radio drama debut. He was also BBC Northern Ireland Dramaís first winner of our television writersí bursary, The Tony Doyle Award (2001). Bill has written two novels Tin Kickers and Fractions of Zero (pub Hodder & Stoughton). The latter formed the basis for this radio drama adaptation, which relocates the story from the US to London. He is currently writing a third novel and adapting his work for television.

CAST:
Sue Manson: Susan Lynch (credits include the film Mapmaker and on television Revenge)

James Ellstrom: Philip Glenister (credits include Lloyd in Lloyd and Hill and Mac in Clocking off as well as Vanity Fair, My Wonderful Life and Roger Roger)

Fred Johnston: Clive Merrison (credits include The English Patient, Heavenly Creatures, Up at the Villa and on television Care and How do You Want Me.)

Notes by "S-J" ....to whom, my thanks......N.D.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections

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