17.08.78 Some say John the Baptist 60m
23.08.79 All too Human 60m
22.11.79 The Dog's Life 60m
10.07.80 *The Pot of Gold (Plautus), dram.
03.10.81 *Warren 30m
09.11.81 *The House of Learning
24.06.82 Over the Hills and Far Away
24.06.82 *Creative Writing
27.12.82 *Over the hills & far away (Percy Grainger)
02.06.84 The trade of man SNT
29.10.84 *Young Coleridge
09.11.84 The House of Learning, rpt
15.06.85 *Behavioral Sciences
23.09.86 *An impression of Mr. d'Arcy 30m
01.07.87 *Another way of living 45m
15.12.87 *Aristophanes against the world
26.03.89 *Goodnight to Flamborough (Wm.Baines)
26.03.89 Soul Searching 30m
30.12.90 *The Birds
12.07.90 Happy Families
07.02.91 *A Routine Operation (Fear on Four)
12.07.92 *Burn the Aeneid 60m
10.08.92 The new party
22.11.92 *A routine operation 30m
21.12.92 Gondal (E.Bronte)
06.04.93 Lover come back 30m
20.08.95 Before and after summer
11.05.96 Peter Grimes 90m SNT
01.09.96 *Before and after summer 120m (Gerald Finzi), rpt
30.06.97 Secure Within 90m
20.07.97 The small house at Allington (Trollope), dram. 4 x 60m
06.08.97 *Wesley, biography, 3 progs. "Love Divine"
01.02.98 The Last Chronicle of Barset (Trollope), dram 5 x 60m
07.06.98 The ceremony of innocence 100m (Ben Britten)R3
07.11.98 The Warden (Trollope), dram. 2 x 60m
29.06.99 Bodies and Souls rpt. 8.5.01
07.01.00 Bookcases. 30m - 2 series.
19.04.00 *Another Shakespeare 45m
25.08.00 *Dogged Persistence 45m
09.01.01 *Miss Kilmansegg and her precious leg (T.Hood), dram
01.02.01 Book Lovers
16.06.01 *Wakefield (Hawthorne), dram
24.06.01 My Last Duchess (Browning), dram. 60m.
11.11.01 *The Woman in White (Collins), dram. 4 x 60m
28.01.02 Hell: An Anthology 20m R3
23.12.02 *Blue veils and Golden Sands 45m
30.08.03 The Book of Love (Hazlitt) 2 x 60m Classic Serial
25.01.04 *The Pallisers (Trollope), 10 x 60m Classic Serial
17.05.04 *Hermit Lucas
22.06.04 *The Other Constance Chatterley, 45m
01.08.04 *Bartelby the Scrivener, 55m
28.03.05 On Earth, in Heaven
22.04.05 *Alias George Eliot, 45m
05.08.06 Pepita's Daughter, Saturday Play
29.08.06 *Keeping the Score
24.01.07 The Bringer of Peace, 45m
26.11.10 *Moeran's Last Symphony
28.11.12 *The Healing of Sergei Rachmaninov, 45m
date nk Life after death
date nk The King who made a Magic Carpet
Compiled by Barry Pike
asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
NOTES ON SOME OF THE PLAYS
THE POT OF GOLD....1980
by Titus Maccius Plautus,
translated and adapted by Martyn Wade,
produced by Cherry Cookson. 10 July 1980, Radio 4,
rpt 26 March 1982. Cast:
MCSTAY Michael.............Anthrax / Cashier
RYE John...................Congrio / Man in Queue
KIDD Josie.................Flute Girl
THE HOUSE OF LEARNING....1981
With Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, Mary Wimbush,
Philip Voss, Bill Nighy, Lockwood West. 90m.
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY....1982
The life of Percy Grainger - concert pianist and composer.
Grainger had enormous ability as a performer
and as a composer when arranging folktunes. His two-piano music is
excellent; sometimes a superb realization of the tune (as in
"Spoon River") or sometimes way over the top (e.g. "Blithe Bells),
but above all, it is fun. This play is based on the biography by
One of the most surreal radio plays I've heard. Identical twins go through some bizarre experiences at the local Poly. Meanwhile, at a family committee meeting, Dad drops a bombshell. He is leaving.
ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING....1987
A rather peculiar comedy of manners. A couple find that friends are
moving house, and offer to put them up when there's a delay in the
chain....that's when the problems start.
GOODNIGHT TO FLAMBOROUGH....1989
-A wonderful biographical play about William Baines, the
Huddersfield composer who showed such promise and who died
very young of tuberculosis. Baines combined an
impressive pianistic technique with a most unusual
keyboard style; conservative but with a unique
use of dissonance. Some of his earlier pieces owe something
to Chopin, but his later work is very atmospheric - "Tides",
"The Lone Wreck", and "Goodnight to Flamborough"
are outstanding works. He did a very original setting for piano solo
of "Cherry Ripe"; richly dissonant, but withdrew it just after
publication, perhaps because Cyril Scott had published a
similar (slightly less interesting) version a year or two
earlier. His studies are only for the technically very able.
Few have heard of Baines but Eric Parkin has recorded some,
and he is very good. About fifteen years ago a friend
and I found a big pile of Baines' music outside Batley library-
for sale, for a pittance, because no-one had borrowed it.
A ROUTINE OPERATION....1992
An unpleasant little tale in the "Fear on Four" series.
THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE....1998
The life of composer Ben Britten: his personal and professional life
, the foundation of the Aldburgh Festival, and some of the people who
appeared in his works. With Julian Wadham, Anna Massey,
John Wood, Alan MacNaughtan, dir. Cherry Cookson.
MY LAST DUCHESS....2001
Based on a Browning poem, which was inspired by a fresco of an
Italian aristocrat's wife. With Roger Allam, Emily Mortimer,
Tim McInnerney and Robert Hands; dir. Marilyn Imrie.
BODIES AND SOULS....1999
Harry has been married to Joyce for longer than he cares to remember...
and now she is starting to experience reincarnation...with David Horovitch,
Marcia Warren, Gerrard McDermott. Dir. Cherry Cookson.
A light comedy - a young man convinces his father that he has great literary skills,
by finding a heap of Shakespearean manuscripts, including an unknown play.
With James Grout and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Dir. Cherry Cookson.
An excellent doggy comedy, written for Joan Sims. A lady inherits a
troublesome, vicious dog. When she takes him to obedience classes, things
develop in a way that no-one could have foreseen. Stars Elizabeth Spriggs,
with James Grout and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Dir. Cherry Cookson.
MISS KILMANSEGG AND HER PRECIOUS LEG....2001
Based on Thomas Hood's satirical poem about the corrupting influence of
money. A famous lady is found clubbed to death with her own prosthetic
leg. With James Grout, Rachel Atkins and Stephen Critchlow. Dir. Cherry
Follows the fictional adventures of a small book club. With Geraldine
James, Maggie Steed, Roger Lloyd Pack and Stephen Critchlow. Dir. Cherry
A man devises a plan to leave his wife for a short while and observe her
behaviour from the flat opposite. But after a while - does he really want to
go back? With David Haig, John Rowe, Richenda Carey and Jonathan Keeble. Dir.
The story of Olive Garnett, sister of a Russian translator, and her
association with revolutionaries and other nonconformists, including a
Russian who is on the run.
THE WOMAN IN WHITE....2001
An adaptation of the Victorian thriller by Wilkie Collins; an
excellent tale which went out in Radio 4's Classic Serial
slot, and which was rebroadcast by BBC7 in the April
2003. The drama begins with the main character, Walter,
meeting the woman in white on Hampstead Heath. This is a
story of love and deceit, around a plot to force two
women to change identities, with Toby
Stephens, Juliet Aubrey, Emily Bruni and Jeremy Clyde. There have
been two other dramatisations of this story broadcast
as serials by the BBC in 1960 (with Beryl Calder,Simon
Lack,Monica Grey, Philip Leaver) and in 1969 (with Denys
Hawthorne, Margaret Wolfit, Jan Edwards and Patricia
HELL: AN ANTHOLOGY
The representation of hell in literature. With Alex Jennings and
Gerard McDermott. Compiled by Martin Wade.
BLUE VEILS AND GOLDEN SANDS....2002
Biographical play about the rediscovery of Delia Derbyshire, composer
of electronic music, and famous for her realisation of the
"Doctor Who" theme. Interesting perspective on the BBC Radiophonic
Workshop. With Sophie Thompson.
THE BOOK OF LOVE....2003
A two-part dramatisation of William Hazlitt's "Liber Amoris".
Hazlitt, the essayist, was 43 when he fell passionately in love with
a young woman half his age. He became paranoid and jealous in his
pursuit of her, and if he was like the production
suggests, was not an
Tim McInnerney was Hazlitt, Claire Skinner
was Sarah, and the other cast members were Alison Steadman, Imelda
Staunton, Julian Wadham, William Houston and John Bett. The producer
was Marilym Imrie.
.........I have never read
any of Trollope's novels, but I listened to the first episode of this
serial and thought how well-done it was. Here's what RT said about
the series of ten 60-minute episodes, before the first one was
broadcast, slightly paraphrased:
It's taken Cherry Cookson ten years to transform THE BARCHESTER
CHRONICLES and THE PALLISERS into radio dramas. Cookson and Martyn
Wade have given themselves a freer hand with the later, political
novels. "It seemed sensible to tackle the Palliser novels as a
sequence", says Cookson, "because there are characters who run
right through, and there are long chunks one wants to leave out,
so this gave us the freedom to concentrate more on four of the
six original novels". The result is this 12-part Classic serial
which owes something to a recent TV adaptation but which
is significantly different from it.
Cookson believes that a factor in Trollope's popularity os
the strength of his women characters. "He portrays men of that
time as feckless whereas the women are strong, feisty and could
easily do their husbands' jobs.......the whole thing sets off
with a Victorian lady being forced to abandon-quite rightly- a
reckless young man and marry someone who, at first sight, seems
rather dull. Their story is dominant and the novels are all
about the consequences of marrying for position or money rather
than for love...............after recording PALLISERS in November,
my resolution was not to do another serial"......however, Cookson
is lined up to produce three Women's Hour serials this year.
Cast -David Troughton, Ben Miles, Sophie Thompson, Anastasia
Hille, Adrian Lukis, Frances Jeater, Mark Bazeley, Bertie Carvel,
Chris Moran. Music by Elizabeth Parker. First episode was broadcast
on 25th Jan and it's going out on Sundays at 3pm, R4.
ALIAS GEORGE ELIOT....2005
22 Apr 05. Mary Ann Evans took the pseudonym George
Eliot when she started her career as a novelist. But she found that
someone else claimed to have written her work. This is
the story of her imposter - a man called Joseph Liggins.
With Deborah Findlay as Evans and Adrian Scarborough as
Liggins. Also stars Nicholas le Prevost, John Bett,
David Collings, John Rowe. Rpt. BBC7, Feb 08. (below)
...excerpt from BBC7 newsletter, Feb 08:
Alias George Eliot...Many of you have let us know how much you are enjoying our current broadcast of Middlemarch, a dramatisation of George Eliot's novel. Now you can hear Martyn Wade's play of the curious tale of Marian Evans, the woman better known as George Eliot. Starring Deborah Findlay, Nicholas Le Prevost, Adrian Scarborough and David Collings.
MOERAN'S LAST SYMPHONY.....2010
26 Nov 2010; R4. Another excellent biographical play by Martyn Wade about a little-known English composer who died in 1950 from the after-effects of injuries incurred during the First World War. Moeran's first symphony was well-received by the public, and he was commissioned to write a second. The play goes from there.
It starred Tim McInnerney as Moeran, Kate Binchy as his landlady, Sean Froudist Walsh, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Nicholas Boulton and Geoffrey Whitehead. The producer was Cherry Cookson.
THE HEALING OF SERGEI RACHMANINOV....2012
28 Nov 2012: Afternoon Drama - Biographical play about Rachmaninov, by Martyn Wade. It tells the story behind the composition of his 2nd Piano Concerto. At 22, Rachmaninov composed his 1st Symphony and awaited its premiere with nervous anticipation. He was in a state of heightened emotion, having dedicated the piece to his lover Anna Lodyzhenskya, the wife of his best friend. His passion for her inspired the work. Glazunov, who conducts the piece, is drunk and the premiere is a disaster. Rachmaninov fears he will never compose again. He has a long period of writer's block. Eventually his cousin Natasha suggests a visit to a hypnotherapist who claims he can cure the composer and enable him to start work on the piece he wants to write next - a second piano concerto.
Rachmaninov ....... Jamie Glover,
Anna ....... Lydia Leonard,
Natasha ....... Alison Pettitt,
Tolstoy ....... Philip Voss,
Glazunov ....... Stephen Critchlow,
Dr Dahl ....... Ian Masters,
Producer: Cherry Cookson. Indie (Goldhawk Essential).
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