For plays broadcast from
1 Oct 2022-31 Oct 2023


  • Benny and Hitch by Andrew McCaldon, producers Neil Varley and Tracey Neale, BBC Audio Drama London.

    Congratulations to the writer! Well done. ... -ND .

    30 Mar 24 ....


  • Benny and Hitch by Andrew McCaldon, producers Neil Varley and Tracey Neale, BBC Audio Drama London
  • In Moderation by Katie Bonna, producer Sally Avens, BBC Audio Drama London
  • Happy Hour by Liv Fowler, producer Jelena Budimir, Naked Productions.


    R3. By Andrew McCaldon. Play about the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and the film composer Bernard Herrmann. Recorded live at Alexandra Palace with the BBC Concert Orchestra playing some of Herrmann's film music - from Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho. By the late 1950s Herrmann and Hitchcock had become a famous partnership. The collaboration came to an abrupt end at a recording session for the film Torn Curtain. From beyond the grave, Benny and Hitch set out to determine whose fault it was. Recorded in front of an audience at Alexandra Palace. Bernard Herrmann .. Tim McInnerny, Alfred Hitchcock .. Toby Jones, Alma Hitchcock .. Joanna Monro, Lucy Anderson/Tippi .. Tara Ward, Lew Wasserman/Cary/Paul .. Jonathan Forbes, BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer. Produced by Neil Varley and Tracey Neale. Directed by Tracey Neale. Production Co-Ordinators, Ben Hollands, Ayesha Labrom & Hannah O'Reilly. Technical & Outside Broadcast Team: Chris Rouse, Alison Craig, Gilly Chauhan, Simon Nicklinson and Jon Wilson.

    R4. By Katie Bonna. Esther's sister has taken her own life after watching self harm videos online, so Esther is on a mission to clean up the internet. Esther ..... Aisling Loftus, Connor ..... Jonathan Forbes, Issam ..... David Mumeni, Alison ..... Dorothy Atkinson, Nick ..... Hughie O'Donnell, Pamela ..... Ruth Everett, Voice of the Internet ..... Tom Kiteley, Co-Worker ..... Chloë Sommer. Produced by Sally Avens.

    R4. By Liv Fowler; her first radio play. Chloe and Emily are catching up at the pub. Close friends since they were 15, Chloe just got her big break as a graphic designer in Central London; Emily recently got her first pet with her partner Ben. But the substance of the play is about Emily's response to being sexually harassed. There's an accident... Chloe ..... Shvorne Marks, Emily ..... Ami Metcalf. Production team: Producer, Jelena Budimir, Sound Designer, Paul Cargill, Production Manager, Darren Spruce, Executive Producer, Polly Thomas. Indie (Naked Productions).

    Call for entries – Audio Drama Awards 2024

    Entries are now open for two of the BBC Audio Drama Awards – the Imison and Tinniswood – celebrated annually and administered by the Society of Authors and the WGGB.

    Help us continue to celebrate the best audio drama by sending in your entries for 2023. To be eligible, scripts will have to have been broadcast or made available online in the UK between 1 October 2022 and 31 October 2023.

    Please apply with all supporting materials by Tuesday 4 October 2023.

    Imison Award - £3,000

    Best original script by a writer new to audio drama with the £3,000 prize sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. The 2023 judges were Committee members of the Society of Authors Scriptwriters Group: David Morley (Chair), Ian Billings, Ben Carpenter, Imogen Church, Trish Cooke, Jamila Gavin, Sean Grundy, Robin Mukherjee, Barney Norris and Rhiannon Tise.

    Tinniswood Award - £3,000

    Best original script of the year with the £3,000 prize sponsored by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). The 2023 judges are yet to be confirmed. The prize is this year administered by the SoA.

    With thanks to:

    The Peggy Ramsay Foundation which seeks to perpetuate Peggy Ramsay’s ideals, by directly helping dramatists at very different stages of experience in ways which it is determined to keep as quick and unbureaucratic as possible.

    The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS); this is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, to ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 110,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers (www.alcs.co.uk).


    Imison Award: Sophia A Jackson, Society of Authors, at sjackson@societyofauthors.org

    Tinniswood Award: Theo Jones, Society of Authors, at tjones@societyofauthors.org

    2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1997 1995 1994

    A summary of past Imison winners is shown below. Note that 2016 is not missing; there was a change in the way the year was worked out.

    2023 Making of a Monster, by Connor Allen
    2022 The Lemonade Lads, by Faebian Averies
    2021 Maynard, by Fraser Ayres
    2020 Bathwater, by Vicky Foster
    2019 Of A Lifetime, by Lulu Raczka
    2018 The Book of Yehudit, by Adam Usden
    2017 Comment is Free, by James Fritz
    2015 Thirty Eggs, by Eoin O'Connor
    2014 How To Say Goodbye Properly, by E.V.Crowe
    2013 The Loving Ballad of Captain Bateman, by Joseph Wilde
    2012 Do You Like Banana, Comrades? by Csaba Székely
    2011 Amazing Grace, by Michelle Lipton
    2010 The Road Wife, by Eoin McNamee
    2009 Girl from Mars,by Lucy Caldwell
    2008 Adam Beeson, for The Magician's Daughter
    2007 Mike Bartlettt, for Not Talking
    2006 Nazrin Choudhury, for Mixed Blood
    2005 Steve Coombs, for Mr. Sex
    2004 Stephen Sharkey, for All You on the Good Earth
    2003 N.Leyshon & S. McAnena for Milk; Celia Bryce for The Skategrinder
    2002 Rhiannon Tise, for The Waltzer
    2001 Murray Gold, for Electricity
    2000 Peter Morgan, for A Matter of Interpretation
    1999 Ben Cooper, for Skin Deep
    1998 Katie Hims, for Earthquake Girl
    1997 John Waters, for Holy Secrets (jt); Rosemary Kay, for Wilde Belles
    1996 Lee Hall, for I Love You Jimmy Spud
    1995 Gerry Stembridge, for Daisy the Cow who Talked (jt) and James Stock, for Kissing the Gargoyle
    1994 Gabriel Gbadamosi, for The Long Hot Summer of '76


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