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ARTICLES ON RADIO DRAMA
2014 RADIO DRAMA REVIEWS.. 2013 and earlier

NOTES ON 2014 PLAYS..2013 and earlier..

Radio Dramas
by WRITER.. TOPIC.. YEAR.. PRODUCER

Lost
Plays
Jim's Notes on
Popular Plays
The
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Jim's R3
Drama List
Giles Cooper
Awards
Imison Radio
Drama Award
Sony Radio
Drama Award
Alfred Bradley
Award
Fear on
Four
Tinniswood
drama award
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Prix
Italia
Unidentified
Plays



Radio Drama Listings
Saturday Night Theatre 1943-1960... 1960-1970 ... 1970-1988 ... 1988-1996
...Afternoon Theatre 1961-1984... 1984-2002... 2003... 2004... 2005... 2006... 2007... 2008... 2009... 2010... 2011... 2012... 2013... 2014...
Thirty Minute Theatre 1960-1998 .... Midweek Theatre 1961-1976.... Serials 1945-1997
Saturday Playhouse 1990-1998.... Saturday Play 1998-2007.... Saturday Play 2008 - 2014 ....
The Monday Play 1945-1998 ....Just Before Midnight 1964-1980
Mysterious Circumstances 1958-78

We are grateful to Roger Bickerton who compiled most of these lists
- an enormous amount of work over many years.

    Complete Year Lists: Radio 4 plays:
    These lists were started by Bob Thirsk in 2003 and are now being improved by Barry Hodge and Professor Sheila Wigmore.

    1997.... 1998.... 1999.... 2000.... 2001.... 2002.... 2003.... 2004.... 2005.... 2006.... 2007.... 2008.... 2009.... 2010.... 2011.... 2012.... 2013.... 2014....

    Notes on a few of the recordings known to exist in VRPCC collections.
    2014.... 2013.... 2012.... 2011.... 2010.... 2009.... 2008.... 2007.... 2006.... 2005.... 2004.... 2003.... 2002.... 2001.... 2000.... 1999.... 1998.... 1997.... 1996.... 1995.... 1994.... 1993.... 1992.... 1991.... 1990.... 1989.... 1988.... 1987.... 1986.... 1985.... 1984.... 1983.... 1982.... 1981.... 1980.... 1979.... 1978.... 1977.... 1976.... 1975.... 1974.... 1973.... 1972.... 1971.... 1970.... 1969.... 1968.... 1967.... 1966.... 1965.... 1964.... 1963.... 1962.... 1961.... 1960.... 1959.... 1958.... 1957.... 1956.... 1955.... 1954.... 1952.... 1950.... 1946.... 1945.... 1942.... 1940.... other....

    Radio 3 Plays
    Jim's R3 List 1946-2008 (about 500 plays)..... 2009-2012..... The Wire, 2000-2013
    BBC R3 Drama....
    1997.... 1998.... 1999.... 2000.... 2001.... 2002.... 2003.... 2004.... 2005.... 2006.... 2007.... 2008.... 2009.... 2010.... 2011.... 2012.... 2013....

    World Service Drama
    The World Service Drama listings are being compiled by Barry Hodge.
    intro .... 1980-1989 .... 1990-1999 .... 2000-2011 ....

    World Service Radio Archive

    'Diversity' listing of World Service Drama Archive
    This listing covers the drama part of the World Service Radio Archive; around 700 plays from 1972-2005, which was online, briefly, during early 2013. These are mainly different from the 500 listed by Barry Hodge. By my estimation there were roughly 1600 plays broadcast by WS over the 40 years from 1980-2011.

    Finding information on 'Diversity'
    This website is not a database, but you can go back to Google and find any play listed here by typing suttonelms followed by the title of the play, or the author.

    For example, to list plays by John Smith, type "suttonelms" "John Smith" into the search box. Note that because of recent changes to 'Google', both bits (suttonelms and the author's name) must be inside separate sets of quotation marks.

    Working in Radio Drama:
    RICHARD WORTLEY.. GRAHAM GAULD.. DAVID SPENSER.. DON HAWORTH.

    Archiving
    Recent Finds.... Fun items.... Top Ten .... ****We are looking for...****

    Audio Drama Awards
    ..2011.. ..2012.. ..2013..

    RADIO DRAMA ARTICLES : INDEX
    Lots of articles; the ones below are just a sample. Click on INDEX above for the full list.

    My Ten Radio Plays Top Ten - Clive Lever
    News broadcast from 50 years ago: Home Service, 23 Nov 1963
    Stephen Williams & the development of Radio Luxembourg - Roger Bickerton
    Index to Moira Petty's Radio Drama reviews, on 'The Stage' website
    Notes to Maeterlinck's Radio Play "The Betrothal", 1928 - J.C.Squire & A.G.MacDonnell
    Somebody's Sister, Somebody's Daughter - Mike Harris
    Early Warning - Richard Monks
    Children's Hour: Beware the Hunter - Howard Jones, 1960
    Olwynne Macrae, radio drama writer, interviewed in 1979
    The Magic of Radio Drama - Youtube
    A.J.Alan's Short Stories
    Shouting Quietly - Mike Bartlett
    Archiving: How long does a CD last? Nigel Deacon
    Beyond Borders - Mike Walker
    The Song of Roland: Alan Garner's Elidor- Roger Howe
    Martin Jenkins talks to Mike Lloyd of VRPCC
    Radio Drama - Mike Harris
    Independent Radio Drama in the 1980s -Roger Harvey
    Bringing a Radio Drama script to life - Bert Coules
    Working as a Radio Writer - Michelene Wandor

    You only listen to comedy? Try these Plays - Nigel Deacon
    The Brilliant Darkness of Radio Drama- Steve Walker

    Richard Wortley's production of "The History Boys"
    Radio Drama at the BBC in the Fifties: Jocelyne Tobin
    London Rules - Catherine Czerkawska
    Jeremy Stevenson Archive.
    The Cast: Actors.
    Digital Cleanup of sound recordings
    More RADIO ARTICLES


    External Links
    A listener in Turkey: Laurence Raw's Reviews
    A BBC fan in New York - Larry Slade's reviews
    Radioindies Site ('Indies' or independent producers)

    DIGITAL AUDIO CLEANUP
    We carry out digital audio cleanup: both speech recordings and music. Examples: recovering recordings from old, broken or stuck cassettes, removing background noise from old tape recordings so they can be broadcast ; improving the quality of soundtracks; sound recovery from surveillance tapes and mobile phones (e.g. for court cases and tribunals); cleaning up recordings for archiving, pitch correction, rebalancing bass/middle/treble, transferring treasured cassette recordings onto CD; we have even produced samples for a rock group and improved wedding video soundtracks...... email if you have recordings which need sorting out.

    Here's an example of what can be done: a snip from an unidentified radio play, before and after cleanup.

    ......................................................................................................

      From DB, USA: I just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for the great job you did cleaning up a voicemail message from my Tampa Answering Service . The caller recorded the message while I was out of my office, but the phone line was bad and the person spoke very softly, so the crackling and static overpowered whatever they were trying to say. You did a fantastic job taking out the crackle and hiss, raising the volume of the person's voice and giving me something I could actually hear! It was the acceptance of a business proposal, so I'm thankful that you were able to work your magic on the recording , and also for your speedy turn around time. Thanks again!

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    BBC RADIO PLAYS
    The best radio plays in the world are from the BBC. Around three hundred have been commissioned each year for as long as I can remember. Watch out for new plays by Nick Warburton, John Dryden, Michelene Wandor, Katie Hims, Mike Bartlett, Stephen Wyatt, John Fletcher, John Peacock; always good, sometimes memorable....

    The actor Ken Cumberlidge had a big pile of scripts which he'd kept (for Performing Rights reasons) and I've persuaded him to share some of the information with us. He's typed out play titles, studios used, and the SMs involved... thanks, Ken. This is online at :

    http://www.steamingaudio.myzen.co.uk/rdc

    The 'Old SMs' website has reappeared and can be found at http://www.oldsms.co.uk .

    'Diversity' Radio Drama Reviews 1997-2014
    2014. 2013. 2012. 2011. 2010. 2009. 2008. 2007. 2006.
    2005. 2004. 2003. 2002. 2001. 2000. 1999. 1998. 1997.

    If you are not listed but would like to be, please send an email.

    Crimson Cats Audio Books

    Missing Radio Drama
    Over the years, thousands of radio plays were discarded by the BBC. Before the year 2000, most radio plays (well over 90%) were not kept; if they still exist it will be in private collections only. Here are lists of missing plays ... please email if you can supply recordings. Those marked "FOUND" have been located and safety copies made.

    lost afternoon theatre 1961-1984 (4000 entries -big file)
    lists of more missing items: Saturday Night theatre, Thirty Minute Theatre, etc...

    Test Match Special
    "View from the Boundary" .... Test Match Special.



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