There is a lot on this page, as one might expect from such a prolific and experienced writer: a list of radio credits, a synopsis of each (plays, dramatisations, and musical broadcasts - for Michelene is also a musician), and finally my own remarks on a few of them. Michelene has written an interesting piece for us entitled "Working as a radio writer", and this can be found on the RADIO PLAYS page (click the icon on the left) under ARTICLES3. Nearly all of the following recordings exist in VRPCC collections.
MUSICAL ITEMS: see listing further down the page
NOTES SUPPLIED BY MICHELENE:
Correspondence A divorced woman becomes a mature student. Radio 4, l978. 45 mins. Starring Maureen Lipman.
Dust in the Sugar House Feature on the life and work of writer Antonia White. Radio 3, l979. 45 mins.
The Unlit Lamp Dramatisation of novel by Radclyffe Hall. Radio 4, l980. 90 mins. Starring Caroline Mortimer.
Aurora Leigh Dramatisation of verse-novel by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Radio 3, l981. 70 mins. Starring Sara Kestelman.
Precious Bane Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Mary Webb. Radio 4, l981. 55 mins each. Starring Miriam Margolyes.
The Ultimate Astonisher Feature about the life, work and ideas of writer Dorothy Richardson. Radio 3, l982. 45 mins. (Copy in National Sound Archives.)
Lolly Willowes Dramatisation of novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Radio 4, l983, 45 mins.
An Uncommon Love Play based on the diaries of Victorian man-of-letters Arthur Munby, and his secret love and wife, maid-of-all-work, Hannah Cullwick. Radio 4, l984. 90 mins.
Kipps Five-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by H. G. Wells. Radio 4, l984. 55 mins each. Starring Paul Daneman.
Friend to Friend Feature about friendship of two working-class women at the turn of the century. Radio 4, l984. 45 mins.
Venus Smiles Dramatisation of short story by J. G. Ballard. Radio 4, l985. 45 mins.
A Consoling Blue Feature about Jean Rhys and her writing of Wide Sargasso Sea. Radio 4, l985. 30 mins
The Nine Tailors Dramatisation of thriller by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radio 4, l986. 120 mins. Starring Mary Wimbush.
The Brothers Karamazov Eight-part classic serial dramatisation of the novel by Dostoyevsky. Radio 4, l989. 55 mins each. Starring Stuart Wilson, Michael Malone, Eleanor Bron.
Persuasion Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Jane Austen. Radio 4, l987. 55 mins each. Starring Juliet Stevenson.
Helbeck of Bannisdale Dramatisation of novel by Mrs Humphry Ward. Radio 4, l987. 90 mins.
Whose Body? Dramatisation of thriller by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radio 4, l987. 90 mins.
The Dwelling Place Dramatisation of novel by Catherine Cookson. Radio 4, l988. 90 mins.
Peter Pan Adaptation of play by J. M. Barrie for radio. BBC World Service, l988. 60 mins.
Fanny Burney's Cheltenham Diary Adaptation of diaries about the King's visit to Cheltenham in l788. Radio 3, l988. 40 mins.
Separation Adaptation of play by Tom Kempinski for radio. BBC World Service, l989. 60 mins.
Frenchman's Creek Six-part dramatisation of novel by Daphne du Maurier. Radio 4, l989. 30 mins each. Issued as BBC Enterprises Cassette.
The Mill on the Floss Five-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by George Eliot. Radio 4, l991. 60 mins each.
Killing Orders Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Starring Kathleen Turner. Radio 4, l991. 30 mins each.
A Question of Courage Five-part dramatisation of novel about suffragettes by Marjorie Darke. Radio 5, l992. 30 mins each.
A Rose from Blighty Five-part dramatisation of sequel by Marjorie Darke. Radio 5. 30 mins each.
The King's General Dramatisation of novel by Daphne du Maurier. Radio 4, l992. 90 mins.
Deadlock Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4, l993. 30 mins each. Starring Kathleen Turner and Martin Shaw.
Bitter Medicine Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4. 30 mins each. Starring Sharon Gless. Repeated twice on BBC7: 2003 and Jan 2004.
The Jungle Book Five-part dramatisation of stories by Rudyard Kipling. Radio 5, l994. 30 mins each. Issued on BBC Enterprises Cassette. Starring Eartha Kitt.
Power Cut Short story. Radio 4, l994. 15 mins.
Body of Glass Dramatisation of novel by Marge Piercy. Radio 4, l995. 90 mins. Starring Eleanor Bron.
The Go-Between Abridgement of novel by L.P. Hartley. Radio 4, l995. 10 x 15 mins.
The Long Road to Freedom Abridgement of autobiography of Nelson Mandela. BBC World Service, l995. 12 x 15 mins.
Ethan Frome Dramatisation of novel by Edith Wharton. Radio 4, l997. 90 mins.
Arms and the Man Adaptation of play by G.B. Shaw for radio. BBC World Service, l995. 60 mins.
The Piano Three-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Jane Campion and Kate Pullinger. Radio 4, l995. 60 mins each. Audio Cassette: BBC/Polygram
New for Old Myths retold; eight re-written Greek myths, in modern settings. Radio 3, l996, 13 mins each.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen. Dramatised for the World Service English programme. Fifteen parts, l5 mins each. 1996.
Gone to Earth By Mary Webb. Three-part classic serial. Radio 4. 60 mins each.
The Mill on The Floss 15 episodes dramatised for BBC English World Service, l997.
The Queen of Spades Original play based on Pushkin short story. Radio 4, 90 mins, l997.
Crumbs Short story. Radio 4. 1996.
Scarlet and Black By Stendhal. Abridged for Radio 4, 10 episodes, 15 mins each. 1996. Audio Book, BBC.
The Tailor of Panama By John le Carre. Abridged for Hodder Headline audio cassette. 1996.
Greensleeves Original radio play, Radio 4, 90 mins. Not yet broadcast.
The Moonstone By Wilkie Collins. Dramatised in 15 x 15 min. episodes for BBC English, World Service. 1998.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly By Jean Dominique Bauby. Abridged, with sound, for World Service Drama. 60 mins. 2000. Starring Tim Piggott-Smith.
Hemlock and After By Angus Wilson. Dramatised for Radio 4's Classic Serial slot; 2 x 60 mins. l999. Starring Derek Jacobi and Anna Massey.
Corridors of Light and Shadow A fantasy encounter between Henry VIII and Isabella d'Este, during a weekend in Mantua. Location sound, and fictional script. Produced by Piers Plowright. Radio 3, 45 mins, l999.
A Lifelong Passion Impressionistic story of the relationship between Nicholas and Alexandra, based on memoirs, diaries and letters. 45 mins, Radio 4, l999.
The Shade Catcher The search for Charlotte Mew. Impressionistic feature on early 20th century writer. Starring Fiona Shaw. 45 mins. Radio 4, l999.
In The Cage By Henry James. Dramatised for Radio 4. 60 mins. 1999.
The Clock of Heaven The story of the discovery of Longitude and the life of John Harrison. 45 mins. Radio 4, 1999. Starring Barbara Flynn, Nicky Henson, Finetime Fontayne.
A Country House Dramatisation of short story by Dorothy Edwards. Radio 4, 2000. 45 mins. Starring Jane Lapotaire.
Of Abrupt Self Programme about John Blow's Ode on the Death of Purcell, docu-drama. Radio 4, 30 mins. 2000.
National Velvet Dramatisation of novel by Enid Bagnold; 2 x 45 mins. Radio 4, 2001.
The Holiday Dramatisation of novel by Stevie Smith. 60 mins. Radio 4. 2001.
The Millstone Dramatisation of novel by Margaret Drabble. 5x 15 mins. Radio 4. 2002.
Via Angelica Short story. Radio 4. 2002.
Out of Sweetness Contemporary retelling of the the Samson story. 20 mins Radio 3, 2002. Starring Eleanor Bron
Enchantment Original play about passion. 15 mins. Radio 4, 2002.
The Little Photographer Dramatisation of a story by Daphne du Maurier. 45mins. Radio 4, 2003
Zuleika Dobson Dramatisation of novel by Max Beerbohm. 60 mins. Radio 4, 2003.
They do it with Mirrors
Gardens of Eden:
Ben Venga Maggio:
The Courtier, the Prince and the Lady:
A Summer Wedding:
Love and Friendship:
Orlando and Friends:
Corridors of Light and Shadow :
Michelene's website is at
where details of her stageplays and other work can be found.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
THE LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHER, by Daphne du Maurier, dram. Michelene Wandor
THE PERFECT COURTIER....2003
SHE FELL AMONG THIEVES, by Dornford Yates, dram. Michelene Wandor.
......................One of our most experienced radio dramatists, Michelene Wandor, was responsible for Every Eye (R4 1415 26 Aug 04) by Isobel English. This was a complicated love story set in London and Ibiza. Hatty is a pianist, young and ambitious and desperate to fall in love. She meets Cynthia, an older woman who encourages her to follow her heart, and Jasper, a friend of her uncle. There were some surprises in this gentle and interesting story, and it was well-cast and produced. Cyn was played by Jennie Stoller. (N.D., VRPCC newsletter, 2004)
Last Night I Dreamed....2007
TULIPS IN WINTER....2008
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