Annie Caulfield has been writing radio plays for about twenty years. They cover a wide range of subjects; one of them ('Almost Always African') was the first radio play in which Lenny Henry appeared.
YOUR ONLY MAN....2009
27 Dec 09, R3. Based on the life of Irish writer Flann O'Brien / Myles na cGopaleen, this 90 minute comedy drama on BBC Radio 3 starred Dara O'Brian, Ardal O'Hanlan, Pauline McLynn, Dermot Crowley and Lloyd Hutchinson. Producer Gordon Kennedy. (note- Eric Ewens also did some dramatizations about thirty years ago based on Flann O'Brien's writing)
Broadcast: Sunday 31st August 2008 @ 9:45 p.m; Annie Caulfield's "Your Only Man" is a new, anarchic, surreal comedy about the world of Irish writer Flann O'Brien,
Born in 1911, Brian O'Nolan – author of "The Third Policeman", "At Swim Two Birds", "The Poor Mouth" and countless comic newspaper columns – wrote under the pseudonyms Myles na Gopaleen and Flann O'Brien. He was academically brilliant and, despite an image as a hard-drinking, dissolute genius, held a respectable post in the Irish civil service for most of his adult life, never quite giving up on his faith in the Catholic Church.
Flann O'Brien regarded himself as a failed writer. "The Third Policeman" wasn't published in his lifetime and his anger at himself and the world was vented in his newspaper columns.
He eventually lost his civil service job in the Fifties, which is when he really started drinking to excess, but still managed to churn out comic journalism until his death in 1966. He made fun of Dublin trendies and religious hypocrisy. A fluent Gaelic speaker, he loathed anything that smacked of the fashionable Celtic revival. He mocked rural stupidity and city snobbery; he hated ignorance and intellectuals with equal venom. Nothing happened in Irish politics that he didn't have a scathing opinion about, but there wasn't much he believed in.
"Your Only Man" focuses on the crushed and alcoholic Brian on the day he's fired from his job, wandering Dublin trying to find the courage to tell his wife what's happened. All the time he's arguing and reminiscing with his alter egos – the pub wit and satirist Myles and the raving, frustrated genius Flann. The three of them, and his wife Evelyn, look down from the world beyond to see the folly of his life and at last discover the truth of it all.
With Ardal O'Hanlon [Brian O'Nolan], Dara O'Briain [Myles na gCopaleen], Dermot Crowley [Flann O'Brien], Pauline McLynn [Evelyn O'Nolan, Brian's Wife / Miss Fahy], and Lloyd Hutchinson [Mr. Garvin / The Brother / Eddie Fahy / The Policeman and the Other Male Characters].
Directed by Marilyn Imrie.
Produced by Gordon Kennedy.
A comedy about art and political asylum at at the seaside, with Stephen Critchlow, Ashvin Kumar Joshi and Layla Farzad.
ON THE FIELD - ON LEAVE....2009
30 Jan 09; rpt. 28 Sep 10. Part 3 of this dark comedy series about British soldiers sees an unexpected renuion with an old Iraqi friend in Istanbul. Cast includes Paul Chahidi, Osi Okerafor, Carl Prekopp, Paul Mundell, Sal Ozbay and Hakian Silahsiz.
"A high water mark in radio drama" - Observer.
ON THE FIELD - ENDGAME....2009
1 May 09. Part 2: starring Paul Chahidi, Rasmus Hardiker, Paul Rider, Ricardo Coke Thomas, Endy McKay and Stephen Critchlow. The British soldiers and Iraqi personel leave Basra.
THE VON TRAPPS AND ME....2009
3 Oct 09. The Sound Of Music story from the point of view of the jilted baroness. Was Maria really that nice? What was the true story about Captain Von Trapp? What did the children think about it all?
The famous story of the Von Trapp family singers from the perspective of the Princess Yvonne; the woman Captain Von Trapp jilted in order to marry Maria. Princess Yvonne ...... Helen Froggatt, Helena ...... Helen Baxendale, Captain Von Trapp ...... James Fleet, Maria ...... Helen Ayres, Boy ...... Benjamin Askew, Girl ...... Lizzy Watts, Reverend Mother ...... Caroline Guthrie, Sam ...... Mark Meadows. Producer Mary Ward-Lowery.
28 Sep 07, afternoon play, based on a true memoir by Bruce Chatwin, caught up in a revolution as the small African republic of Benin erupts into chaos.
Bruce Chatwin ...... James Purefoy
Colonel ...... Ben Onwikwe
Commander ...... Mo Sesay
Amazon Colonel ...... Clare Perkins
Domingo ...... Christopher Simpson
Consul ...... Ben Onwukwe
Jacques ...... Olivier Breuils
Young soldier ...... Christopher Simpson
Driver ...... Aryon Bakare
Directed by Marina Caldarone.
ON THE FIELD....2007
10 Sept 07, rpt. Jan 09. A dark comedy about life among the Iraqi personel and soldiers on the Basra base.
Craig has joined the army to get away from football; but somehow the game has followed him all the way to Basra. Has he got what it takes to be a hero?
Craig ...... Daniel Abelson, Mahmoud ...... Paul Chahidi, Limping Ibrahim ...... Hassan Calaph, Padre ...... Alan Coveney, Julie ...... Sheila Hannon, Laundry Ibrahim ...... Stephan Kalipha, Hamilton ...... Chris New, Sergeant Billy ...... Jonjo O'Neill, Dave ...... Freddy White. With Mike Ingham as himself. Directed by Mary Ward-Lowery.
DICKENS CONFIDENTIAL: CAPTAIN SWING....2007
23 May 07, Afternoon Play. A series of plays looking at how Charles Dickens, as the head of a daily paper, would have tackled bringing the news to the masses.
4/6. Captain Swing, by Annie Caulfield.
Staying at her father's country residence, Agnes finds herself at the centre of a story when her father's beloved steam plough is destroyed. Dickens begins an investigation but Agnes realises that there is much more at stake than broken and burnt property.
Dickens ...... Jamie Glover
Agnes ...... Jasmine Hyde
Jack ...... Freddy White
Patty ...... Jasmine Callan
Tom ...... Anthony Glennon
Joseph Paxton ...... John Dougall
Mrs Drake ...... Ann Beach
Directed by David Hunter.
LONDON LABOUR, LONDON POOR....2007
A drama-doc for BBC World Service,updating Mayhew's study of 1830, written and presented by Annie Caulfield and Timothy West. Producer Marina Calderone.
12 Mar 06; Classic Serial, 2 episodes, by Nella Larsen, dramatised by Annie Caulfield.
BBC note for first episode: Novelist Larsen's mixed parentage gave her a profound insight into racial issues in 1930s America. This story deals with these issues in the context of middle class Black families, their passions and ambitions, and the remarkable phenomenon of 'passing for white'.
Narrator ...... Bonnie Greer
Irene ...... Andrea Harris
Brian ...... Paterson Joseph
Clare ...... Nicole Charles
John Bellew ...... Martin McDougall
Hugh Wentmore ...... Robert Jezek
Gertrude ...... Tanya Moodie
Saxophonist ...... Adam Waldmann
Director Marina Caldarone.
31 Mar 05; Feature programme by Annie Caulfield, who visits Fespaco, an African film festival held in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
PIAF AND COCTEAU....2003
5 Aug 03, afternoon play. We often associate Edith Piaf with the streets and dingy clubs of Pigalle. But her most enduring friendship was with one of France's most respected artists and aesthetes, Jean Cocteau, author of 'Les Enfants Terribles'. Annie Caulfield's touching play charts their relationship until their deaths, within hours of each other.
Jean Cocteau ...... Simon Russell Beale
Edith Piaf ...... Frances Barber
Paul ...... Patrick Baladi
Producer: Peter Kavanagh.
STAGE MOTHER, SEQUINNED DAUGHTER....2002
29 Jul 02; series of 5 vignettes by Annie Caulfield, based on the life of 50s pop star Alma Cogan. BBC note for ep. 1: With strong parental support, Alma begins her singing career in bleak postwar Britain.
FOR RICHER, FOR POORER....2001
24 Mar 01 The Saturday Play: a comedy of manners by Martha Gellhorn, adapted by Annie Caulfield. Attractive Rose Answell has spent ten years manoeuvring her husband up the political ladder - and nothing is going to stop her reaching the top. With Simon Russell Beale, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Gordon Reid and Selina Cadell. Directed by Claire Grove.
17 Jan 01. By Annie Caulfield, six 15m episodes. BBC note for ep. 1: The rubbish safari continues - until the grouchy driver reveals some terrible news about the truck. With Melanie Hudson, Stuart Graham, Vincent Ebrahim and Richenda Carey. Directed by Toby Smith.
A six part comedy series about an ill-matched group of tourists in Africa. - AC
10 Jan 01, Afternoon Play. The second of three plays charting the history of the peace movement looks at how thousands of women took to Belfast's streets in the summer of 1976, following an incident in which the car of an IRA gunman - who had been shot by British soldiers - killed three children. With Diane O'Kelly, Dillie Keane, Anny Tobin and David Thorpe. Directed by Claire Grove.
MY CAREER GOES BUNG....2000
18 Sep 2000. By Miles Franklin, adapted by Annie Caulfield. Ten 15m episodes. BBC note for ep. 1: Possum Gulley, Southern Australia, 1902. Would-be adventuress Sybylla Melvyn leaves school and embarks on her career as an imitation autobiographer. With Nicola Quilter, Peta Lilly and Danny Webb.
DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST....2000
14 Feb 00. A Paolo Baldi story; series 1 no. 6; a murder mystery based on the sleuthing Franciscan prior.
The last of six murder mysteries set in Ireland. `Devil Take the Hindmost' by Annie Caulfield. Paolo and Tina investigate the death of a student on campus, following the trail to an arrogant clique that dabbled in the occult. Is there a rational explanation, or was the Devil really involved? With David Threlfall, Tina Kellegher and T P McKenna. Created by Barry Devlin. Director: Lawrence Jackson. Rpt. 26 Oct 01.
POISONED BY A TREE....1999
10 Dec 99, Afternoon Play: Sarah frets in hospital over a minor operation. A bittersweet comedy about healing a divided family. With Margaret D'arcy and Alison Pettit. Director: Claire Grove.
LIKE THAT ....1997
29 Nov 97 Late Night Theatre: When two childhood friends are reunited, their friendship begins to crack under the strain of secrets and lies. Perhaps they never really knew each other at all. With Linus Roache, Lenny Henry and Adjoa Andoh. Director Sally Avens. Martha Burne, David MacFarlane and Ken James. Director Gregory J Sinclair. (Repeat)
ELSIE, DORIS, GERT AND DAISY....1996
23 Mar 96; Saturday Playhouse, 90m.
WON'T CHANGE MY LIFE....1995
Drama about the first National Lottery winner. With Suad Farres and Kulvinder Ghir.
AFTER YOU'VE GONE....1992
A play about the singers Layton & Johnstone. With Lenny Henry and Clarke Peters. This play won a Race in the Media Award from the Commission for Racial Equality . R4 2.02pm, 1.11 92, rpt. 11 Nov 93.
ALMOST ALWAYS AFRICAN....1991
The first radio play in which Lenny Henry appeared. An African superstar musician props up the career of a British Rock Legend. With Lenny Henry,Curtis Walker and Bill Nighy.
DATES NOT KNOWN
FOR BBC WORLD SERVICE
Annie was one of the originating writers. Westway was a medical drama with audience of 11m which ran for 7 years worldwide.
THE OTHER WAR
Adaptation of play by Eritrean writer Alamgaset Tesfai.
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