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.
1979 Dust in the Sugar House
1980 The Unlit Lamp (Hall), dram
1981 Aurora Leigh (Browning), dram
1981 Precious Bane (Webb), dram
1982 The Ultimate Astonisher
1983 Lolly Willowes (Warner), dram
1984 An Uncommon Love
1984 Friend to friend
1984 Kipps (Wells), dram
1985 Venus Smiles (Ballard), dram
1985 A Consoling Blue
1986 The Nine Tailors (Sayers), dram
1987 Persuasion (Austen), dram
1987 Helbeck of Bannisdale (Ward), dram
1987 Whose Body? (Sayers), dram
1987 Gardens of Eden (play based on own poems)
1988 The Dwelling Place (Cookson), dram
1988 Peter Pan (Barrie), dram
1988 Fanny Burney's Cheltenham Diary, adaptation
1989 The brothers Karamazov (Dostoyevsky), dram
1989 Separation (Kempinski), adaptation
1989 Frenchmen's creek (du Maurier), dram
1991 The Mill on the Floss (Eliot), dram
1991 Killing Orders (Paretsky), dram
1991 The courtier, the prince and the lady
1991 A summer wedding
1991 Ben Venga Maggio
1992 A Question of Courage (Darke), dram
1992 A Rose from Blighty (Darke), dram
1992 The King's general (du Maurier), dram
1992 Love and Friendship
1993 Deadlock (Paretsky), dram
1993 Bitter Medicine (Paretsky), dram
1994 Jane Eyre (Bronte), dram
1994 The Jungle Book (Kipling), dram
1994 Power Cut
1995 Body of Glass (Piercy), dram
1995 The Go-Between (Hartley), dram
1995 The long road to freedom (Mandela), abridgement
1995 Arms and the Man (Shaw), adaptation
1995 The Piano (Campion/Pullinger), dram
1995 Orlando and friends
1996 New for old - 8 retold Greek myths
1996 Pride & Prejudice (Austen), dram
1996 Crumbs: short story
1996 Scarlet and Black (Stendhal), abridged
1996 The Tailor of Panama (le Carre) abridged
1996 Greensleeves: original play
1996 The devil in the cupboard - short story
1997 Ethan Frome (Wharton), dram
1997 Gone to Earth (Webb), dram
1997 The Mill on the Floss (Eliot); different dram
1997 The Queen of Spades (Pushkin), dram
1998 The Moonstone (Collins), dram
1999 Hemlock and After (Wilson), dram
1999 Corridors of Light and Shadow
1999 A lifelong passion
1999 The shade catcher
1999 In the cage (James), dram
1999 The clock of heaven: the story of John Harrison, biog.
1999 Toccata & Fugue - short story
2000 A country house (Edwards), dram
2000 Of Abrupt Self
2000 The diving bell and the butterfly (Bauby), abridged
2001 National Velvet (Bagnold), dram
2001 The Holiday (S.Smith), dram
2002 The Millstone (Drabble), dram
2002 Via Angelica
2002 Out of sweetness
2003 The little photographer (du Maurier), dram
2003 Zuleika Dobson (Beerbohm), dram
2004 Every Eye (Isobel English), dram
2004 The Perfect Courtier
2004 She fell among thieves (D. Yates), dram, 60m
2004 Every Eye (Isobel English), dram
2006 Lady Chatterley's Lover (David Lawrence, dram)
2007 The making of a Marchioness (Burnett), dram
2008 Tulips in Winter
# They do it with mirrors (Christie)
# Cards on the table (Christie)
# The man in the brown suit (Christie)
# They came to Baghdad (Christie)
MUSICAL ITEMS: see listing further down the page
NOTES SUPPLIED BY MICHELENE:
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
Dramatisation of verse-novel by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Radio 3, l981.
70 mins. Starring Sara Kestelman.
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.)
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
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.
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.
The Nine Tailors
Dramatisation of thriller by Dorothy L. Sayers. Radio 4, l986. 120 mins. Starring
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adaptation of play by Tom Kempinski for radio. BBC World Service, l989. 60 mins.
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.
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.
Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4, l993. 30 mins each.
Starring Kathleen Turner and Martin Shaw.
Six-part dramatisation of thriller by Sara Paretsky. Radio 4. 30 mins each.
Starring Sharon Gless. Repeated twice on BBC7: 2003 and Jan 2004.
Four-part classic serial dramatisation of novel by Charlotte Bronte.
Radio 4, l994. 60 mins each.
The Radio Times describes our other classic drama, Jane Eyre,
as an 'atmospheric and faithful' work. This four-part Michelene
Wandor dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's novel can be heard from
14-16 Jan 2004 and the final part on 19 Jan. The play is directed
by Cherry Cookson and stars Sophie Thompson in the lead role and
Ciaran Hinds as Mr Rochester. This classic love story was voted
the tenth best novel of all time in the recent BBC Big Read
competition. (info. from BBC7 newsletter, 10 Jan 04)
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.
Short story. Radio 4, l994. 15 mins.
Body of Glass
Dramatisation of novel by Marge Piercy. Radio 4, l995. 90 mins. Starring Eleanor
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
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.
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.
Short story. Radio 4. 1996.
Scarlet and Black
By Stendhal. Abridged for Radio 4, 10 episodes, 15 mins each. 1996. Audio Book,
The Tailor of Panama
By John le Carre. Abridged for Hodder Headline audio cassette. 1996.
Original radio play, Radio 4, 90 mins. Not yet broadcast.
By Wilkie Collins. Dramatised in 15 x 15 min. episodes for BBC English, World
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
Of Abrupt Self
Programme about John Blow's Ode on the Death of Purcell, docu-drama.
Radio 4, 30 mins. 2000.
Dramatisation of novel by Enid Bagnold; 2 x 45 mins. Radio 4, 2001.
Dramatisation of novel by Stevie Smith. 60 mins. Radio 4. 2001.
Dramatisation of novel by Margaret Drabble. 5x 15 mins. Radio 4. 2002.
Short story. Radio 4. 2002.
Out of Sweetness
Contemporary retelling of the the Samson story. 20 mins Radio 3, 2002.
Starring Eleanor Bron
Original play about passion. 15 mins. Radio 4, 2002.
The Little Photographer
Dramatisation of a story by Daphne du Maurier. 45mins. Radio 4, 2003
Dramatisation of novel by Max Beerbohm. 60 mins. Radio 4, 2003.
They do it with Mirrors
Cards on the Table
They Came to Baghdad
The man in the Brown Suit
-Abridgements of novels by Agatha Christie for Macmillan Audiobooks. (2001-2003.)
Gardens of Eden:
(play based on own poems, with music specially written by Michael
Nyman). Radio 4, l987. 40 mins.
Ben Venga Maggio:
(Poem-play woven round Italian carnival
music from the Renaissance. Music played by Musica Antiqua of London).
Radio 3, l990. 45 mins.
The Courtier, the Prince and the Lady:
(play set in Renaissance Italy, drawing on Machiavelli and Castiglione
as source material.Produced by Piers Plowright. Music by Josquin and
his contemporaries). Radio 3, l990. 40 mins.
A Summer Wedding:
(drama to frame the music written for the
celebration of the wedding of Cosimo de Medici, in Florence in l539.
Produced by Graham Dixon and Piers Plowright. Music played by Musica
Antiqua of London). Radio 3, l991. 90 mins.
Love and Friendship:
(two pastoral plays by Spanish Renaissance writer and composer,
Encina. Recreated with music played by Musica Antiqua of London).
Radio 3, l992. 30 mins.
Orlando and Friends:
play inspired by 'Orlando Furioso', epic
poem by Ludovico Ariosto. Produced by Piers Plowright. Arranged music
from fifteenth century, and played by own group, SIENA. Radio 3, l995.
Corridors of Light and Shadow :
45-minute fantasia to evoke Mantua, past and present. Authentic,
location sound, recorder music (MW), and an encounter between Henry V111
and Isabella d'Este. Producer Piers Plowright. Radio 3, 1999.
Michelene's website is at
where details of her stageplays and other work can be found.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
26 Feb 96:The Piano (notes from RT)
Michelene Wandor 's three-part dramatisation of the book of the film by Jane Campion and Kate Pullinger. At the age of six, Ada McGrath takes a vow of silence and learns to express herself through her piano. 1: Scotland.Ada McGrath: Stella Gonet,
YoungAda: Susan Sheridan,
Deiwar: John Duttine,
Alisdair Stewart: David Bannerman,
Wyston: Robert Robertson,
Mr MacGregor: Andrew Melville, with Eileen Nicholas, Jan Shand and Kim Durham. Original music by Anthea Gomez played by the composer and Christian McKay Producer Sue Wilson.
------The Clock of Heaven by Michelene Wandor (R4 10 Nov 99)
was a play
crammed into about one-half its proper length concerning John
Harrison, the clockmaker who succeeded in producing a clock design
which revolutionised navigation because of its amazing accuracy.
The most surprising thing about this play was that it was still
coherent in spite of the time allocated to it, which says much for
Ms. Wandor's skills as a playwright. (VRPCC newsletter, Dec 99)
THE LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHER, by Daphne du Maurier, dram. Michelene Wandor
R4 19 Mar 03 1415
The local photographer becomes captivated by the young, beautiful
and bored Madame la Marquise when she calls in to be photographed
whilst on holiday. A story of passion, disappointment, and murder.
With Sian Thomas as Madame and John McAndrew as the photographer,
with Nickie Rainsford, Robert Harper, Pauline Whitaker and Alice
Ford. Directed by Geni Hall-Kenny. (VRPCC newsletter)
THE PERFECT COURTIER....2003
Original story about Cellini and his times, told through
the eyes of perseus and Medusa. Radio 3, 20m. With Eleanor Bron
and Oliver Ford.
SHE FELL AMONG THIEVES, by Dornford Yates, dram. Michelene Wandor.
R4 1430 15 May 2004; Saturday play. With Honor Blackman,
William Chandos, Tim Frances, Jessica Lloyd, Robert Whelan,
Jane Collingwood, Harry Myers. Director- Chris Wallis. A Watershed production.
......................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)
Lady Chatterley's Lover....2006
By David Lawrence, dramatised by Michelene Wandor. 2 x 60m, beginning 23 Sep 06.
In Lawrence's classic exploration of the nature of sexual love, young beautiful Constance is married to Lord Clifford, wounded in the 1914-18 World War and now wheelchair-bound. Her life at Wragby Hall is bleak and lonely; until an encounter with Oliver Mellors changes everything.
Constance Chatterley ...... Lia Williams
Clifford Chatterley ...... Roger Allam
Oliver Mellors ...... Robert Glenister
Mrs Bolton ...... Lynn Farleigh
Hilda ...... Jasmine Hyde
Sir Malcolm ...... David Rintoul
Duncan Forbes ...... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Director Marilyn Imrie.
ND comment - excellent dramatisation. The scenes which caused so much fuss in the 1950s and 60s are handled with understanding and sensitivity.
The Making of a Marchioness....2007
1 Apr 07. Classic Serial.
Michelene Wandor's dramatisation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's romance.
Emily Fox-Seton is 34, comes from good stock, and has no money. She supports herself helping the well-to-do ladies of Mayfair with their shopping and other chores. Then Lady Maria invites her to a country house party to help with the guests, and Emily's life changes forever.
Lord Walderhurst ...... Charles Dance
Lady Maria ...... Miriam Margolyes
Emily Fox-Seton...... Lucy Briers
Narrator ...... Joanna David
Mrs Cupp ...... Amelda Brown
Jane Cupp ...... Charlie Brooks
Mrs Brook ...... Lorelei King
Cora Brook ...... Antonia Bernath
Lady Agatha ...... Amara Karan
Cook ...... Jenny Lee
Batch ...... Nicholas Collett
Alec Osborn ...... Colin Tierney
Hester Osborn ...... Anjali Jay
Music composed by Richard Taylor.
Producer Chris Wallis.
Last Night I Dreamed....2007
17 May 07. A reading, not a dramatisation. Appeared in a series of stories celebrating the centenary of Daphne du Maurier's birth.
4/5. The Last Mantegna, by Michelene Wandor, read by Elizabeth McGovern.
The two people sitting at separate tables in a Los Angeles cafe might be writers, but things are not always what they seem. His laptop holds an amazing secret, and the notebook she is reading belonged to her grandmother.
TULIPS IN WINTER....2008
Play about the 17th-century philosopher Spinoza. R3, 5 Oct 08. Spinoza was excommunicated from Judaism by rabbis in Amsterdam after his rationalist philosophy led him to the conclusion that there is no such thing as the immortal soul and that God is made in the imagination.
Moira Petty, in "The Stage", commented: Wandor gave his play substance and energy by imagining that Rembrandt - a stylish cameo by Timothy Spall - was an acquaintance and that Cromwell had sent his diplomat George Downing (John McAndrew) to recruit Spinoza as a spy. Wandor even managed a potted history of Spinoza’s mathematically formulated arguments.
This play made the last 8 for the 2008 Tinniswood Award.
Dramatisation of Nora Ephron's novel, 5 x 15m, for 'Woman's Hour'.
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