Michael Davies was an instrument technician at AWCO (the Aluminium Wire & Cable Co1.) in Swansea during the 1980s. He is well known for his radio plays; he also wrote the story lines for the Welsh language soap Pobl y Cwm.
Many of his plays, written between 1966 and 1989, are radio classics. "The Flight of the Arrow" is a thriller about quality control; a riveting story set in the aircraft industry. There is a trilogy of plays about a turf accountant, written with wry humour and a light touch. There are spy stories set in the time of the Cold War : "The Killing of Martin Hoffnung" and "Harry Rolt is Missing". There are lots more which don't fit into neat categories. - N.D.
Many of the plays are still missing, especially those broadcast in the afternoons. Please contact us if you can fill in any of the gaps. The list has been updated. (Mar 2010)
13.07.66 Something in the City*
08.03.67 Try Your Strength
13.12.67 What to do when the Time Comes*
17.07.68 Keeping up with Father*
20.11.68 Farm on a Headland
SATURDAY NIGHT THEATRE
15.04.89 Who, Me?*
19.11.88 The Day We Lost The War
02.02.85 The Killing Of Martin Hoffnung*
31.12.83 The Geneva Run*
17.07.82 An Offshore Wind
27.03.82 I, Said The Sparrow
20.10.79 Flight Of The Arrow*
08.10.77 Lord Of The Dance
04.11.1982 Overnight Success
16.07.1982 The Killing Of Billy
22.03.1982 Flight Of The Arrow*
21.02.1980 Molly Fisher & Her Donkey
23.06.1979 The Wild Horses
22.05.1975 Hard To Be A Hero
16.06.1972 Keeping Up With Father*
27.05.1972 How To Get Away With Murder
02.06.1971 Sweet Song of the Morning
30.05.1970 No Extra Charge
09.04.1966 Farm on a Headland
date nk ... Harry Rolt is Missing*
asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
Based on information supplied by Roger Bickerton
NOTES ON SOME OF THE PLAYS
Something in the City, Keeping up with Father,
and What to do when the time comes are all light comedies
where the central character is a highly respectable turf
The killing of Martin Hoffnung....1985
A sinister story about double agents and double-crossing.
The plot progresses slowly, like a game of chess. One is
left at the end in a daze, and wondering, in the espionage game,
if there are any winners...a really excellent play. With George Baker,
Ian Seinor, Monica Grey, James Benson, Ray Handy, Nigel Graham,
William Roberts, Anist William (sp?), E. Roberts, Anthony Morse,
Roger Knott, Erica Eirea (sp?).
Directed by Adrian Mawby.
Clive Lever adds: .....
"I've just finished listening to
"Harry Rolt is Missing" after "Who? Me?".
They're interesting, because they both feature Harry and Maggie Rolt, but
the actors and producers are totally different.
"Who? Me?" featured David Timpson and Moir
Leslie as the Rolts, and was a Gerry
Jones production. Harry Rolt Is Missing featured Peter
Richards and Marie
Phillips, and was produced in Wales by Alison Hindell, now Head of Radio Drama at
Harry Rolt has difficulty explaining why the woman to whom he gave a lift
late one night is attacked and put in intensive care, and her handbag is
missing presumed stolen. Is he telling the truth when he says the girl had
accidentally left it behind in his car, or have the crew of a ship got more
sinister motives, having , illegally dumped chemical waste into the sea?
Harry Rolt is missing....date nk
In the small hours, Harry Rolt and his wife awake to the sounds of someone
breaking and entering their house. Harry goes downstairs to confront the
burglars, first locking his wife in the bedroom for safety..but then there
is the sound of a struggle, and shortly afterwards, a car drives off, and
Harry Rolt is missing. But is everything quite as it seems, and why has
Harry been kidnapped and by whom? And just who sent the ransom demand for
£3 million to the company where Rolt has been working to develop a
super-conductor that will work at room temperature?
These are both fine thrillers, but a sense of comedy bubbles constantly
below the surface. .........Thanks Clive........ND...
AN OFFSHORE WIND....1982
Interesting story set in the offices of an engineering company. An inventor has spent a lot of his own time on company premises developing a revolutionary idea - an underwater welding torch. The question is - does the idea belong to him, or to the company? Producer Gerry Jones. 90m.
THE FLIGHT OF THE ARROW....1982
Another 'engineering mystery'. There's a plane accident, and company XYZ was involved in supplying the materials for building the plane. Whose fault was it, and who is to pay? Fascinating story.
1. The company made overhead conductors and power cables and were part of the TI group. They had two factories in Swansea. MD worked at the Port Tennant factory. The other site (Jersey Marine) is now the location of a huge Amazon warehouse.
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