For BBC R4 and BBC Radio Sheffield
1980 The Drowned Village
1980 Unlucky for Some (R.Sheffield)
1990 There's a Valley in Spain
1993 Dear Nobody
1994 The Snow Queen
1999 The Water Babies, by C. Kingsley (dram)
Plays for BBC Schools:
1979-1983 Short plays for Radio Sheffield
1982-1994 Short plays for Radio 4 (see below)
Berlie Doherty writes:
My first plays were all for radio, and happened at about the
time I began writing, in the late 70's. At the time I had been
seconded to BBC Radio Sheffield to write and produce programmes
for schools, and in those two years I learnt a great deal from
the Education Producer Dave Sheasby about radio drama. I soon
began writing plays for BBC Radio 4 as well, starting with
original plays and then moving on to dramatisations of my own
novels, then on to adaptations of children's classics. I think
radio is a wonderful medium to write for, inviting as it does
both writer and listener to use their imaginations, to 'see'
with their mind's eye. Later I began writing for theatre and
television too, and they all have their own challenges and
For BBC radio 4:
THE DROWNED VILLAGE....1980
BBC Radio 4 1980 My first radio play.
This was a thirty minute play directed by Kay Patrick, and is
a fantasy based on the drowned village of Derwent under Ladybower
reservoir in Derbyshire.
BBC Radio 4 1982 Directed on location by Kay Patrick.
This play began as a short story and later became a full-length
novel (Penguin group). An Irish girl rejects her Catholicism,
her home and her family as she tries to discover who she really is.
BBC Radio 4 1985 Directed by Kay Patrick. Began as a
short story for Radio 4. A group of young people hold a weekend
party in remote Scotland. They intend to sacrifice a pig, but
one of the children goes missing.
THERE'S A VALLEY IN SPAIN....1990
BBC Radio 4 1990 Directed by Kay
Patrick. An adaptation from my theatre play RETURN TO THE EBRO,
about a Manchester man, Sam Wild, who joins the International
Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. As an old man, he looks
back on what mattered to him in his life.
BBC Radio 4 1993 A dramatisation from my novel.
THE SNOW QUEEN....1994
Directed by Janet Whitaker. With Diana Rigg
and Dirk Bogarde. A dramatisation from the Hans Andersen story.
BBC Radio 4 1994. Rpt. 28 Dec 2015, R4Extra.
Directed by Janet Whitaker, dramatisation from the
Johanna Spyri novel BBC Radio 4 1996.
THE WATER BABIES....1999
Directed by Janet Whitaker, with Tim West.
Dramatisation from Charles Kingsley 1999.
UNLUCKY FOR SOME....1980
BBC Radio Sheffield 1980
Numerous short plays for BBC Radio Sheffield schools from 1979-1982
For BBC schools radio:
Radio 4 schools 1982 (published) Unwin Hyman Education Stage
THE WHITE BIRD OF PEACE
BBC Radio 4 schools 1983
MORNING COACH TO MORGANTOWN
BBC Radio 4 schools 1983
A CASE FOR PROBATION
BBC Radio 4 schools 1983 Hutchinson
BBC Radio 4 schools 1985
THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD
(dramatisation of Russell Hoban's novel)
schools BBC Radio 4 1986
DREAM OF UNICORNS
(later my novel SPELLHORN) BBC Radio 4 schools
THE SAD POET
BBC Radio 4 1982
CHILDREN OF WINTER
BBC Radio 4 schools 1988 (dramatisation of my
GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL
BBC Radio 4 schools 1990 (dramatisation
of my novel).
BBC Radio 4 schools 1994
Information supplied by Berlie Doherty and used by permission.
THE BAD BOY....2018
5 Apr 2018: A reading on r4x: Kathryn Hunt reads berlie Doherty's tale of a girl forbidden from seeing a boy.
Berlie's's website is at
where details of her other work (novels, plays, children's books
and poems) can be found.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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