Community Radio UK
Radio Drama
Stephen Shaw

Back in 2007, a little known community FM station broadcast no less than 13 drama productions - the station is still on the air but alas no drama. So- UK radio broadcast drama:

PHOENIX FM 98 in Brentwood
2007 broadcasts at 11.59pm:
June 17: Just a Little Fiddle By Dennis Rookard
June 24: Sherlock Holmes and the case of The Yellow Face*
July 1: Is that Louise’s Mum By Vivienne Allen
July 8: Sherlock Holmes and the case of The Three Students*
July 15: She’ll have to Go By Dennis Rookard
July 22: Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Mazarin Stone*
July 29: Catty Talk By Anne French
August 5: Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Veiled Lodger*

August 12: A Fair Deal By Jill Woods
Glad-to-be-alive builder Bernie resolves to share a lottery win with the person who saved his life following a suicide bid, much to the displeasure of Bernie's wife and family. But a plan to scupper the proposed largesse nearly succeeds, until a most unexpected deal is struck... Directed by Angela Howard Bernie - Marcus Valentino Alma - Jean Donald Darren - Jonathan Blakeley Samantha - Claire Reeve Colin - Patrick Seymour Les - Scott Peters Geoff - Joshua Sher Journalist - Angela Neville

August 19: Bandits at 4 O’clock By Tony Phillips
August 26: Dastardly Deeds By Angela Howard

September 2: Myself and Lady M
By Angela Howard. Will Lynne realise her greatest ambition and play Lady Macbeth in the local Am Dram production? Or will svelte, sophisticated rival actress, Serena Vello, return from Kathmandu in time to dash her dreams? And what are husband Les and his twin brother Laurie up to on their mysterious evening excursions? All is finally revealed in this tale of a tortured quest for the glories of stardom. Directed by Angela Howard Lynne - Pat O’Gorman Bella - Christina Marshall Les - Keith Flack Laurie - Keith Flack Ambrose - Peter Mayn Marge - Frona Mannion

September 9: Waiting for Gordon By Derek Webb

The production company was Essex Audio Theatre and the recording, editing, and presentation were by the late Dennis Rookard (decd 2010), who founded Hosiprog to provide drama and features for hospital radio and community radio stations. He was with Phoenix from 1996-2010 and also with Radio Essex and LBC. See http://essexaudiotheatre.co.uk/productions.html for more of their productions which includes those two.

* The four listed SHERLOCK HOLMES stories are not listed on the Essex website but were produced by Dennis Rookard for Hosiprog by Old Court Radio Theatre Co, directed by Roge rJohnson, Phoenix only broadcast a sample number, presumably the same recordings as the ones I have. The rest were possibly restricted to hospital radio. Plus from Hosiprog I have a Conan Doyle Holmes story and two NON Conan Doyle Holmes stories- these three from Pig Pen Productions (Teeside). Jim Crozier plays Holmes in all of them.


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