'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 1970-2011.
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.
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,
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!
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 :
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.