Gill Adams Radio Dramas

Gill writes a regular column twice a week for Hull Daily Mail and teaches film and TV at the Lincolnshire and Humberside University. She also founded an all male writing group ‘The Hull Blokes’. Gill was Writer in Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for 2002 and was the Anthony Minghella Writer in Residence at Hull University 1999-2000. She is about to be mentored by Paul Abbot.

Gill has recently finished adapting her play Jump to Cow Heaven into a feature film with Gary Kemp, called Wanted. She is presently working on a commission by UK Productions and Paul Nicholas to adapt Christine Keelers book ‘The Truth At Last’ for the West End Stage Gill has won The Prex Acqueo twice - for "Crush" and "Child of the Boarder". "Crush" won a Sony Silver award and the Mental Health and Media award.


KELLY’S EYE....1996
For BBC R4. Starring Roy Baraclough.

*THE LAST BUS HOME....1996-97 90-minute radio commission for BBC R4, broadcast July ’97. Producer/director Kate Rowland.

THE GREY MAN....1997
60 minute radio play commissioned for BBC R4. Broadcast in September ’97, starring James Bolam.

Rather grim play about a couple whose adopted son, a homosexual, has died of AIDS. The acting in this production is quite superb.

Adapted from Winifred Holtby’s novel; 15 x 15 minute episodes, R4, broadcast May 1999 and starring Sarah Lancaster.

‘Sia Mia’s story’,R4. The commission included research with refugees in Africa. Directed by Kate Rowland.

R4; stars Fiona Shaw.

R4, 6 x 30m,broadcast in late 2000. Directed By Polly Thomas. Adapted for television for Bob Bierman and Sentinel Films .

Play for R3 ‘The Wire’ series. Winner of Silver at the Sony Radio Award 2001. Produced and directed by Kate Rowland. A sensitive portrayal of teenage pregnancy, ably performed by Lucy Beaumont.

-*HEART 60m 2003
A vile murder has been committed.....a repressed young man is arrested on suspicion of murdering a young woman. His parents, an ordinary couple, suddenly find themselves in the middle of a nightmare. This part (the first half of the drama) is told from their point of view. With Brigit Forsyth and Paul Copley as the parents; also with Claude Close, Danny Burns, Sarah Parks. Directed by Kate Rowland. Friday play, 25 Apr 03.

-*ATTACK 60m 2003
The second part of the murder inquiry, from the point of view of the idiosyncratic female detective leading the investigation. The story is set against the backdrop of a small town which wants answers and a quick arrest. Excellent reading of a superb script. With Sarah Parks as D.I. Hard, Danny Burns as Smithy, Brigit Forsyth as Mary, Paul Copley as Bill; also stars Sally Walsh, Des Cummings, Claude Close. A different director... Melanie Harris. Friday play, 2 May 03.

BABY BIRD....2003
60 min R3 drama produced and directed By Kate Rowland.

13.08.04. 60m. Friday play. Russian submarine disaster, 4 years ago. Commission included a trip to Russia to meet the widows and mothers of the men who went down on the Kursk Submarine disaster in 2000. Producer Jeremy Mortimer.

PUZZLE WOMEN ....date nk
R4 Friday Play commission, includes research in Berlin.
28 Jun 07. A young woman tracks down the former Stasi man who spied on her and had her father imprisoned.

Puzzle Woman ...... Carolyn Pickles
Beatrice ...... Gillian Kearney
Cloak and Dagger Man ...... Philip Bretherton
Producer Polly Thomas. 

Big Pies....2012
23 July: Afternoon Drama - Romantic comedy by Gill Adams. Ron runs a successful chippy, but when his wife dies, he loses his heart and half his custom. Elaine is trapped at home caring for her irascible Dad, stuck in Yorkshire when she'd much rather be back in Wales. She feels her failure at school holds her back, and her dad doesn't exactly help her self esteem. Ron is fed up at being nagged by best mate Keith about his soggy batter and lack of interest in romance. Goaded into action, they both reluctantly sign on at local night school. Meanwhile, Keith and Elaine's Dad are caught up with the excitement of local UFO spotters with mysterious crop circles. Keith is adamant that if Ron will only absorb a few cosmic rays, his love life will be transformed. Ron ...... George Costigan Elaine ...... Katy Wix Dad ...... Steffan Rhodri Keith ...... Richard Nichols Linda ...... Claire Cage Producer ...... Polly Thomas. BBC Wales.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections.

I am listing Gill's other work below:


JACK IN THE BOX (1999). 60 minute pilot commission for Carlton Television; FOOTIE WIVES (2001)- A half hour pilot sit com script for the BBC; other TV credits - The Bill, Casualty, Band of Gold and Emmerdale.


FISH ‘N' LEATHER (1992/95). A play premiered in 1992, moving to Hull’s Spring Street Theatre and revived three years later in Hull and Edinburgh;

SHOUT! Hull Truck Youth Theatre - a stage play for 40 kids aged 11 – 16 PAPER GIRL Big Fish Productions. Performed in schools throughout Hull;

OFF OUT (1994). Commissioned by Hull Truck, winning a Fringe First at the ’ 94 Edinburgh Festival, pub. Warner Chappell;

LONELY HEARTS (1995). A Hull Truck commission premiering at Hull Truck’s Spring Street Theatre and moving to the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh for the the festival, pub. Warner Chappell;

‘SILLY BABY’ Commissioned by UK Productions for Paul Nicholas. A West End play about Christine Keeler;

THE SHY GAS MAN (1996/7) Stage play commissioned by The National Theatre Studio, revised to go into production in 2004;

JUMP TO COW HEAVEN (1998). Stage play premiering at Edinburgh Festival and transferring to Riverside Studios. Published By Warner Chappell Winner of the 1997 ‘First of Fringe Firsts’ for best new play at the festival. 2000 - 01 developed as a film by Midhouse/Gary Kemp. Well reviewed in The Sunday Telegraph and the Evening News;

SOMETHING BLUE (2001). Stage play commission for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

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