6 Aug 94. By Jonathan Myerson; Monday play. A strange adult odyssey across decades and continents; the
story of a young woman happy to prostitute herself for science.
With Juliette Aubrey, Timothy West,
Maggie Whiting, Aiden Gillan, Gavin Muir, Paul Panting, Peter Kenney, Cathy Sarah, Elaine Claxton,
Neville Jason, Mark Lambert, Neil Dudgeon, Margaret John, Dan McCorkindale, Peter Whitman, James Taylor;
music composed by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC radiophonic workshop. Produced by Peter Kavanagh.
THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS....1994
R4, 8.1.94, 7.50pm. Thriller.
R4, 10.1.94. Described by Radio Times as a Jewish black comedy.
THE COURTS OF THE MORNING....1994
R4, 29.1.94. Dramatised by Guy Slater. The republic of Olifa
is rich in minerals, and ripe for revolution. With Ian McDiarmid and
Fiona Francis. Director - Patrick Rayner.
CLOSED TO VISITORS....1992
31.1.94. Afternoon Play. By Dawn Lowe-Watson. In rural Cumbria, Reedback Hall, once an artists' colony, is now run as a museum. One afternoon when the hall is closed, a young man turns up asking to be shown around. The curator, Sally, wants to spend some time with her son, but the visitor is very persuasive.
Cast: Deborah Findlay [Sally], John Duttine [Frank] and Jill Lidstone [Crispin].
With: Ann Windsor [Pat], Steve Hodson [Policeman 1] and John Webb [Policeman 2].
Directed by Cherry Cookson.
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT....1994
R4, 1.2.94. By Ray Hartshorne. Two men visit their late friend in a chapel of rest.
R4, 12.2.94, by Joe Dunlop. A thriller set in the ancient tunnels of London.
Two plays can be confused with it - "Underworld", by Don
Taylor (a metaphysical adventure through the different parts of Hell),
and "The Great Subterranean Adventure", by Joe Turner - about
an amusement park built in a disused mine.
R5, 7.3.94. A repeat of a sci-fi story from the famous X minus One
series from America. I'd put it second to "A Gun for Dinosaur". A
civilisation's planet is doomed...their only means of escape is into
a microscopic world. It's a radio adaptation of a well-known
(to sci-fi fans) short story. Unfortunately I do not know the author.
R4, 10.3.94. My notes for this one are a bit short. They just say "an
optimistic drama". 55m.
R4, 21.3.94. Recorded on location at Strangeways Prison. The play
lasts an hour and is followed by a discussion about the production.
A SECOND SUMMER....1994
R4, 4.4.94. 55m. Family story. With Gwen Watford, David Calder, Joanna Myers,
Elizabeth Mansfield, Barbara Atkinson. Directed by Marion Nancarrow.
R4, 16.4.94. Murder mystery by Ruth Rendell, dramatised by Betty Davies. With
Jamie Glover, Rachel Lewis, Francis Jeater, Rachel Atkins. Produced
by Tracey Neal.
ICE IN WONDERLAND....1994
R3, 24.4.94. Radio Times prizewinning drama script 1992.
See "Ice" page. Stylish script and a good story by a wordsmith
who knows his job.
GABRIELLE AND THE GARGOYLES....1994
R4, 25.4.94. Interesting play set in medieval times about a
woman who has a passion and a talent for stone carving.
THE CAMPDEN WONDER...1994
R4, 28.4.94. By Richard Derrington and Roger Hume, of "Archers"
fame. The true account fo the disappearance of William Harrison, a rent collector
in the service of the Campden family in Chipping Campden in 1660.
ANORAK OF FIRE....1994
A hilarious play about life, love and trainspotting. By
Stephen Dinsdale. 28 Jun 94.
THE PIRATES ARE COMING....1994
22 Aug 94A broken romance makes Daniel turn to his sister for comfort. Once close, can their drifting relationship be rekindled? Monday Play. By David Morgan, rpt. 10.6.1995. Sylvestra le Touzel/Sean Murray. (....GL)
Marking the 80th Oscars....when Oliver asks for more and is sent into the big wide world from the workhouse, his troubles are only just beginning. With Edward Long, John Grillo,Tim McInnerny, Richard Peace, Adjoah Andoh and Peter Jeffrey. July 94 I think .... Written by Charles Dickens and dramatised and produced by Nigel Bryant. BBC7 rpt. Feb 08.
By Julia Kearsley. 8 Oct 94, SNT. Mari, an Estonian immigrant after the Second World War, struggles with her own sense of belonging and the tensions within her family.
With Sheila Steafel, Victoria Carling, Peter Kenny, Tina Gray, Anthony Keetch, Kristin Milward, Margaret John, Natasha Pyne, Michael Tudor Barnes, Tom Bevan and Gavin Muir. Directed by Matthew Walters
THE ROCK STATION....1994
24 Oct 94; Monday Play. In Ger Fitzgibbon's powerful radio debut, set in October 1866, a mysterious death on a fragile timber-frame lighthouse located on an offshore rocky island outcrop off the west coast of Ireland reunites two estranged brothers, causing them to confront their personal and political differences with explosive consequences....
Adapted for radio from Ger Fitzgibbon's stage play, "The Rock Station", which was premiered by the Soho Theatre Company at The Cockpit Theatre, London, in 1992.
With Tom Hickey [Peter] and Niall Cusack [Eddy, Peter's Brother]. Produced by Michael Quinn in the BBC Belfast Studio.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN....1994
19 Nov 94; By Roger Danes. Superb nautical tale where a descendant of the original 'Flying Dutchman' undergoes an adventure at sea. With Owen Teale as William Van der Dekken, with Elaine Claxton (not sure about the spelling; had to get names from the recording). Producer Adrian Bean.
A QUICK KILLING IN THE CITY
By Ed Thomason, 26 Nov 94, SNT.
An adoption, a young girl, a merchant bank, life in the fast lane,
multi-million pound deals, and a web of lies come together in London
at the time of Black Wednesday, October 1992.
Penny ... Deborah Findlay,
Michael ... David Bark-Jones,
Joanne ... Teresa Gallagher,
Sheila ... Jane Hazlegrove,
Nick ... Christopher Bramwell,
Buck ... Garrick Hagan,
Gavin ... Oliver Senton,
Rupert ... Michael Troughton,
Danny ... Terry John,
Heather ... Frances Jeater,
Mrs Digby ... Jilly Bond,
Sevvie ... George Parsons,
Pauline ... Annabel Mullion,
Alan ... Neville Jason,
Sister Gerard ... Kristin Milward,
Radio DJ ... David Jarvis.
Producer Tracey Neale.
THE EMPRESS WU, THE CONCUBINE WANG....1994
The play takes us back thirteen hundred years to
694 A.D., to the wastes of Mongolia and the
terrifying splendours of the Imperial Chinese court. When General Gao is
summoned to return from the battle-lines, for an audience
with the all-powerful, "immortal" Empress Wu, Gao's young adjutant, Li Shen
Ch'I fears the worst. But Gao has no such worries; he
recognises that the summons has been written in the form of a coded love
poem, and that far from wishing him harm, the ageing
Empress seeks a suitor. Nonetheless, to win the hand of an Empress -
particularly the all-powerful Wu - requires wisdom and
cunning of a high order. Gao and Li are required to pass the Four Great
Tests and, as in all the best fables, the final test, proves the
most difficult. But were he to fail, the consequences for him would be too
appalling to imagine.
The play, which is written by Rex Harrison's son Carey, won a Sony Silver
Award for Best Drama and a Sony Gold Award for best
With Geraldine McEwan [The Empress Wu], Daniel Massey [General Gao], Timothy
Stark [Li Shen-Ch'I], Julia Hills [Concubine
Wang], Peter Whitman [Wei Cheng], Joshua Towb [The Imperial Messenger],
Carey Harrison [The Grand Physiognomist], and
Jilly Bond, Deborah Berlin, David Antrobus, Oliver Senton [The Chorus].
Broadcast dates: WS, Sunday 18th December 1994 @ 1:00 am, 12.00pm and 7.00pm. Repeated Sun 25 Dec 94; same three times. Finally re-broadcast on WS: Saturday 4th Feb
2006 @ 6:30 p.m.
Music composed by Matthew Scott; directed by Gordon House. (...notes by Jim)
Compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections.
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