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Clive Brill Radio Plays




Clive spent twenty years making Radio and Television programmes for the BBC, as an in-house producer and an independent. He was commissioning editor at BBC Radio Drama for 3 years.


He has been editor of "Citizens", a Radio 4 Soap, and a producer of "The Archers". He has produced plays in Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester and London, and has worked on TV dramas. He works for the independent company Pacificus Productions.


Details of some of his radio work are given below.


9 Dec 2014: The Dog
By Jon Canter. Comedy about a relationship counsellor who is trying to save the marriage of Charlie and Apples, a couple who started out as boss and secretary, but who have ended up as adversaries. Fraser: Richard Wilson, Apples: Jasmine Hyde, Charlie: Patrick Wilson. Produced by Clive Brill, directed by Edward Max. Indie (Pacificus).


1 Aug 2014: Friday Drama - The Right Honourable
Repeat of Mike Bartlett's political drama from 2 Nov 2013. 60m. Nerys Jones is a new MP. When she arrives at the House of Commons, the leader of her party, offers to be her personal tour guide. She can't work out why he is being so generous, until she becomes involved in a series of events testing her integrity and her ability to compromise. Nerys - Alexandra Roach, Mark - Peter Firth, Giles - AntonLesser, Steve - Alun Raglan, Paul - Gerard McDermott, Andrew - Paul Bazely, Constituent - Di Botcher. Indie (Pacificus), produced by Clive Brill and directed by Claire Grove.


18 Jul 2014: Love Virtually
By Dan Glattauer, dram.Eileen Horne. Two people meet online when an email sent by Emmi accidentally ends up in Leo's inbox. An virtual romance ensues which lets them both escape, temporarily, from their day-to-day existence. They eventually plan a face-to-face meeting .... Leo: David Tennant, Emmi Rothner - Emilia Fox, Emmi's husband - Paul Jesson. Produced by Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


13 Jul 2014: Classic Serial - Red Gauntlet
More Walter Scott. Story dramatized by Robin Brooks and is relocated to a fictional future Scotland in the year 2035. Law student Danny disappears after the arrest of Stuart Galloway, the Red Gauntlet. Narrated by David Tennant, with Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Clive Russell, Christian Rodska, Olivia Morgan, Forbes Masson, Robert Hudson, Simon Greenall, Allison McKenzie and Paul Ready. Producer Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


6 Jul 2014: Classic Serial: Ivanhoe
2/3. Another in the series of Walter Scott stories. This one is dramatised by Scott Cherry and narrated by David Tennant. In 1194, after the failed Third Crusade, Richard I is reported to have been captured. Mark Bonnar, Henry Goodman, Christian Rodska, Laura Molyneaux, David Troughton, Sasha Behar, Will Adamsale, Nicholas Murchie, Nigel Cooke, Edward Max. Produced by Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


29 June 2014: Classic Serial: The Bride of Lammermoor
By Walter Scott, dram. Mike Harris. The first of three new adaptations of Scott's work. This tale is a tragic 18th-century romance, set in the Lammermuir hills of south-east Scotland. Narrated by David Tennant, with Roshan Rohatgi, Hugh Ross, Maureen Beattie, Joanne Cummins, Drew Cain, Beth Tuckey, Robert Hudson and Bryan Larkin. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


23 Mar 2014: Classic Serial - The Prince
By Jonathan Myerson. Original broadcast 25 May 2013. 500 years after Machiavelli's death, he appears before an infernal court to appeal against the harsh treatment his works have received. For those not in the know, he was a diplomat and philosopher. Damian Lewis as Machiavelli, with Nigel Cooke, Christian Rodska, Helen McCrory, Meera Syal, Joseph Kloska and Theo Fraser Steele. Producer Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


29 Nov 2013: The Vertigo Trust
By Jon Canter. Multimillionaire businessman Ronnie Sax reveals his greatest phobiamin an interview with an inquisitive journalist. Martin, who says he is a vertigo counsellor, reads the article and offers to help solve the problem. Gerard Murphy as the millionaire; James Fleet as Martin, with Daisy Haggard, Trevor Martin, Kellie Shirley and Helen Ryan. Producer Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus Productions).


      21 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman, based on his novel 'Crime and Punishment' which covers six decades, broadcast in ten episodes in the Afternoon Play slots over a fortnight. As Brian Oldman recounts witnessing the death of his grandfather, a man battered to death in a coal yeard as doodlebugs rained down on London at the end of the war, the scene is set ... a gritty East End crime saga of violence, betrayal, and the allure of power... (Tom Goulding, RT)......Ep. 1: As London celebrates the Festival of Britain in 1951, a boy witnesses a murder which will have lasting consequences for him and his family. Narrator- Ross Kemp, Joey- Toby Jones, Cath - Denise Gough, Brian - Joe Armstrong, Jack - Tom Weston-Jones, Gracie- Ruth Gemmell, Billy - Robert Glenister, with Charlie Davies, Nigel Cooke, Lotte Rice, Michael Eaves, Jonathan Tafler, Lewis MacLeod, Matthew Townshend, Theo Fraser Steele, Catherine Henderson, Oliver Mawdsley, Matthew Marsh, Jasmine Hyde, Charles Davies, Chinna Wodu. Producer Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


      22 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep.2. Jack continues to avoid his call-up, and Joey is desparate to start his own business.


      23 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 3. Jack refuses to leave the house after being attacked by the Krays, but with revenge on his mind, Billy has other plans for him. Meanwhile, Brian gets his first taste of crime.


      24 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 4. Jack is on a 'high' after his first taste of crime, but things begin to go wrong when his mother falls ill. Meanwhile, Joey gets a call from the Inland Revenue.


      25 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 5. Jack refuses to box for his regiment whilst carrying out his national service, and plans to escape after discovering that his mother is ill.


26 Oct 2013: Saturday Drama: Topaz
Comedy drama by Lucy Gannon about the Victorian poet William Topaz McGonagall, a notoriously bad rhymester. When the play starts, he is tired of the ricicule his work has received, and devises a plot to rescue his reputation. Accompanied by his long-suffering son Billy, he walks from Dundee to Balmoral, hooping that an audience with Queen Victoria will be enough to secure him the fame and fortune his literary efforts have been unable to provide. The poet - Brian Cox, Queen Vic - Niamh Cusack, William's son - Sandy Grierson, Jean McGonagall - Maureen Beattie, with Stuart McQuarrie, Andrew Neil, Colette O'Neill, Sean Murray, Ali Craig, Amaka Okafor; producer Bruce Young.


27 Oct 2013: Classic Serial- Sword of Honour
By Evelyn Waugh, dram. Jeremy Front. Unconditional Surrender. 5/7. Third and final novel, in which Guy begins to lose his idealism about the war. Narrator- Tim McInnerney, Guy- Paul Ready, Tommy- Nicholas Boulton, Ludovic- Carl Prekopp, Virginia- Lydia Leonard, Mr. Crouchback- Sean Murray, Kilbannock- Oliver Chris, with Polly Frame, Michael Bertenshaw, Arthur Hughes, John Norton, Carys Eleri, Joel McCormack, David Seddon, Carolyn Pickles. Producer Sally Avens.


      28 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 6. Brian meets MP Tom Driberg and embarks on a new course in life. Narrator- Ross Kemp, Joey- Toby Jones, Cath - Denise Gough, Brian - Joe Armstrong, Jack - Tom Weston-Jones, Gracie- Ruth Gemmell, Billy - Robert Glenister, with Charlie Davies, Nigel Cooke, Lotte Rice, Michael Eaves, Jonathan Tafler, Lewis MacLeod, Matthew Townshend, Theo Fraser Steele, Catherine Henderson, Oliver Mawdsley, Matthew Marsh, Jasmine Hyde, Charles Davies, Chinna Wodu, Kellie Shirley. Producer Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


      29 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 7. Joey is deterimned to find a way for Brian to avoid conscription, and at the same time, he increases his business dealings with Sammy, with disastrous consequences.


      30 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 8. Joey starts investing in property in run-down Notting Hill Gate, but this is the Kray brothers' territory.


      31 Oct 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 9. Brian is hurt in gangland warfare, and after his return from hospital he suspects that the family has been making plans behind his back.


      1 Nov 2013: The Corrupted
      By G.F.Newman. Ep. 10. Brian begins to move in increasingly influential circles, but ends up becoming Jack's rival for Leah's affections. Joey makes bigger deals as he works to secure his future.


17 July 2013: Afternoon Drama - Red Enters the Eye
By Jane Rogers. A young idealistic volunteer with plenty of good intentions heads for Nigeria. She is to teach sewing skills to women in a refuge. Unfortunately she has no idea of the havoc she will cause by going against the rules of the woman in charge. Yewande .................... Adjoa Andoh, Fran .................... Penny Downie, Julie .................... Sian Brooke, Sarah .................... Demi Oyediran, Hanatu .................... Adura Onashile, Simon .................... Chukwudi Iwuji, Rifkatu .................... Aisha Karr. Produced and Directed by Clive Brill. Indie. (Pacificus).


28 Apr 2014: Classic Serial: Waverley
By Walter Scott, adapted by Mike Harris. A tale of love, war and divided loyalties with Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England. It's 1745 and 21-year-old Edward Waverley, a newly commissioned red-coat officer, is posted to Scotland on the eve of Bonnie Prince Charlie's violent bid for power. His father is a rising minister in the ruling Hanoverian state, but the beloved Uncle who brought him up is an old Jacobite, loyal to the exiled Stewart dynasty. Waverley ....... Rupert Evans, Gardiner ....... Christian Rodska, Flora ....... Alison McKenzie, Mrs Bates ....... Alison McKenzie, Rose ....... Olivia Morgan, Fergus ....... Forbes Masson, Evan Dhu ....... Mark Bonnar, Charles Edward Stuart ....... Joe McFadden, Gilfillin ....... Robert Hudson, Walter Scott ....... David Tennant, with Clive Brill. Producer ....... Clive Brill Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve. Indie (Pacificus)


21 Apr 2013: Classic Serial - Rob Roy
By Walter Scott, ad. Robin Brooks. This version of the story dispenses with the Jacobite setting and updates the story to the 20th century. It is 1924, and 20-year-old Frank falls foul of his father. He has spent a year in Paris, supposedly learning the business, but actually hanging out with Imagist poets. When he refuses to join the business his father sends him north to stay with his Uncle - a radical and mixed up in the cause of Irish Nationalism. Frank ...... Paul Ready, Die Vernon ...... Denise Gough, Rob Roy ...... Mark Bonnar, Quentin ...... Christian Rodska, Frank's Father ...... Christian Rodska, Rashleigh ...... Joe McFadden, Owen ...... Michael Eaves, Uncle Hilary ...... Stuart McGugan, Vernon ...... Stuart McGugan, The Post Master ...... Stuart McGugan, O'Brien ...... Paul Reid, Dougal ...... Callum O'Neill, Henry ...... Callum O'Neill, Cummings ...... Callum O'Neill, Walter Scott ...... David Tennant. Producer ...... Clive Brill.


14 Apr 2013: Classic Serial - The Fair Maid of Perth
By Walter Scott. A beautiful glover's daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet-maker in lawless 14th century Scotland. Adapted for radio by Scott Cherry. Catherine Glover ........ Morven Christie, Her father ........ Hugh Ross, Henry Smith ........ Bryan Larkin, King Robert ........ Clive Russell, The Earl of March ........ Kenneth Cranham, Oliver Proudfoot ........ Forbes Masson, Conachar ........ Callum O'Neil, Louise the Minstrel ........ Olivia Morgan, A citizen ........ Richard Hansell, Walter Scott ........ David Tennant. Ruth Wall sings and plays Gaelic Harp. Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve. Produced by Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus production).


7 Apr 2013: Classic Serial - A Larkin Double, A Girl in Winter
By Philip Larkin, dram. Richard Stevens. 2 of 2: A Girl in Winter. Philip Larkin's second and final novel which he wrote in 1946, aged 24, dramatised for the first time on BBC Radio 4 by Richard Stevens. In wintery wartime Britain, Katherine Lind, exiled and alone, endures her job as an assistant in an obscure provincial library with an unpleasant boss and unfriendly colleagues. Frozen in time and tragedy, her past is gone - and with it her family, her friends, her old life. She is living moment by moment. But on this cold, bleak Saturday, news from an English family she once knew forces her to relive the idyllic summer she spent with them six years before. Will Katherine's icy heart finally start to melt? Katherine Lind ....... Carolyn Genzkow, Robin Fennel ....... Jolyon Coy, Jane Fennel ....... Clare Corbett, Mr Anstey ....... Nicholas Woodeson, Miss Brooks ....... Jill Cardo, Miss Green ....... Sinead Matthews, Veronica Parbury ....... Matilda Ziegler, Jack Stormalong ....... Clive Brill. Sound by Alisdair McGregor. Producer/Director: Fiona McAlpine. Indie (Allegra).

1 Apr 2013: 15 Minute Drama - A Small Town Murder, Series 5, 1/5
By Scott Cherry. When married woman, Anna Pyne, is violently abducted from home, Family Liaison Officer DC Jackie Hartwell is tasked to support her husband, Martin - brother of West Midlands drug lord, Jimmy Pyne. Jackie tries to discover if the kidnapping could be related to Jimmy's criminal activities. Is Martin the respectable businessman he makes himself out to be? Has he really had nothing to do with his criminal brother? When an unexpected twist during the ransom drop makes it clear Martin's withholding vital information, Jackie has to work hard to get him to reveal everything he knows - and she soon finds herself uncovering a heart-breaking story of murder, betrayal and revenge. As Jackie supports Martin by keeping him informed of the investigation's progress, she also tries to discover if he has any information which might lead to the identification of any possible suspects. But why should he? He has no criminal convictions. Perhaps he's just being targeted for being Jimmy Pyne's brother. One thing's for sure, the amount of blood at the scene indicates Anna was seriously hurt when she was abducted - so Jackie and her team must do everything they can to find her as soon as possible. Producer - Clive Brill; Writer - Scott Cherry.


14 Feb 2013: Afternoon Drama - Every Seventh Wave
Love Virtually by Austrian novelist Daniel Glattauer, is well on the way to becoming a global publishing phenomenon. Its protagonists, Emmi Rothner and Leo Leike, communicate exclusively by e-mail. They "meet" when Emmi mistakenly sends an e-mail to Leo's inbox. The romance that follows allows them to live out a shared secret life far removed from their day-to-day existences. But Emmi is married.... this play sees Leo returning from Boston having cut-off all email communication with Emmi. Leo Leike ..... David Tennant, Emmi Rothner ..... Emilia Fox, Producer ..... Clive Brill. Rpt. 18 Jul 14. (see other set of RT notes above)


19 Jan 2013: Saturday Drama: Headlong
By Robin Brooks. Martin is asked to value some paintings and, though he's no expert, he is immediately sure one of them is a priceless missing masterpiece. He sets about acquiring it without telling the owner what he thinks he has found and rapidly gets in so deep that he puts everything at risk, including his marriage and the painting itself. With Toby Jones, Gina McKee, Tim McInnerney, Denise Gough. Directed by Clive Brill.


29 Nov 2012: Afternoon Drama - Two Minutes Hate
By Kieran Prendiville. This drama imagines what it is like to be the most hated woman in Britain - fearing the mob and the forces that will lead them to you. The protagonist is a young woman whose partner murdered a child. She didn't believe he could do such a thing, which is why she gave him an alibi. She is inspired by the real life Maxine Carr, girlfriend of Ian Huntley, the Soham murderer. As one broadsheet observed: "It is - and will remain - Carr's particular bad luck to have come to public attention at roughly the same time as Myra Hindley died. There was a gaping Hindley-shaped hole in the tabloids Two Minutes' hate slot, and they have simply used her to plug it". Catherine ....... Jasmine Hyde, Jennifer ....... Jasmine Hyde, Adrian ....... Patrick Marlowe, Jane ....... Sasha Behar, Barry ....... Nigel Lindsay, Giles ....... Edward Max, George ....... Matthew Townshend, Lawyer ....... Matthew Townshend, Policeman ....... Matthew Townshend, Newsreader ....... Alana Ramsey, Secretary ....... Alana Ramsey, Producer ....... Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


23 Aug 2012: Afternoon Drama - Stevenson in Love, The Amateur Emigrant
By Mike Harris. Robert Louis Stevenson ........ David Tennant, Fanny ........ Lizzy McInnerny, Sam ........ Matthew Marsh, Irish Conductor ........ Forbes Masson, RLS Father ........ Nigel Cooke, Joshua ........ Nigel Cooke, Dutch Woman ........ Jane Slavin, Milk Woman ........ Jane Slavin, Belle ........ Lottie Rice, Nose in a Book ........ Danny Webb, Schoffelheimer ........ Danny Webb, NY Conductor ........ Chinna Wodu, Chicago Telegraph Man ........ Chinna Wodu, Ogden Conductor ........ Chinna Wodu. Producer Clive Brill. Indie. (Pacificus).


22 Aug 2012: Stevenson in Love, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
By Mike Harris. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic travelogues, journals and personal letters. Robert Louis Stevenson ........ David Tennant, Fanny ........ Lizzy McInnerny, Peasant ........ Matthew Marsh, Monk ........ Matthew Marsh, Bob ........ Forbes Masson, Saddler ........ Nigel Cooke, RLS Father ........ Nigel Cooke, Auberge Woman ........ Jane Slavin, Belle ........ Lottie Rice, Child's Voice ........ Bethane Cullinane, Lloyd ........ Ned Leadbeater, Producer ........ Clive Brill. Indie. (Pacificus).


18 Aug 2012: Saturday Drama - These Are the Times, Common Sense
First part of Trevor Griffiths' two-part life of Thomas Paine, These are the Times. It starts with Paine's arrival in America in 1774, a penniless immigrant from England. He finds himself in the middle of the ferment of the struggle for American Independence and sets about writing for the cause with such passion and brilliance that General Washington has his words read out to the soldiers before a crucial battle. But he makes enemies as well as friends in high places. Music by John Tams. Directed by Clive Brill. Produced by Ann Scott. Indie. (Greenpoint production in association with Richard Attenborough)


8 Aug 2012: Afternoon Drama - Eight Hundred and Thirty Seven Point Nine
By Kenneth Emerson; first radio play. Conor left Ireland at eighteen. He's lived in England ever since, much to the annoyance of his brother Gareth who still lives back in Newry. It's been a year since Gareth and Conor's younger sister died. Gareth's been talking about doing something to raise some money for a cancer charity in her honour for most of that year. But that's all Gareth does - talk. Colm ........ Kerr Logan, Gara ........ Alan Turkington, Jacinte ........ Denise Gough, Graham ........ Christian Rodska, Malcolm ........ Nicholas Murchie, School kid ........ Sam Fava, School kid ........ Lewis Smith, Producer ........ Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus Production).


23 Feb 2012: Afternoon Drama - Number 10 - Series 5, Episode 4
By Jonathan Myerson. Alan is now wheelchair bound and eating through a tube - yet Simon still cannot find the time he promised to spend with him. Alan is talking about going across the border to the Dignitas Clinic in Glasgow. Meanwhile - Rudolph Media are now gunning for the government at every turn and will stop at nothing in their hunt for stories to embarrass the government. Especially when they uncover something about someone who works very close to the PM. Cast: Simon Laity ...... Damian Lewis, Nathan Toltz ...... Mike Sengelow, Georgie ....... Gina Mckee, Sir Hugo ....... Julian Glover, Amjad Hemmati ....... Arsher Ali, Connie ..... Stella Gonet, Alan ...... John Hollingworth, Mike Plimpton ...... David Troughton, Monica Smith ....... Sasha Behar, Adam Armstrong ....... Antony Sher, Tess, Tannie, Lennie ..... Alana Ramsay. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus Productions).


22 Feb 2012: Afternoon Drama - Number 10 - Series 5, The Emperor's New Speech
By Jonathan Myerson. It's the Party Conference in Brighton...and only 11 hours until the PM is due to deliver his speech with only one problem - it's not yet written. Cast: Simon Laity ...... Damian Lewis, Nathan Toltzn ....... Mike Sengelow, Georgie ...... Gina Mckee, Sir Hugo ...... Julian Glover, Amjad Hemmati ...... Arsher Ali, Connie ...... Stella Gonet, Alan ...... John Hollingworth, Mike Plimpton ...... David Troughton, Rodney Birch ....... Matthew Marsh, Tejan Mahoi ....... Chinna Wodu, Lord Hendrik Rudolph ...... Paul Jesson, Tess, Tannie, Lennie ..... Alana Ramsay. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


21 Feb 2012: Afternoon Drama - Number 10 - Series 5, Democracy in Traction
By Anders Lustgarden. A routine council eviction has blown up into a full scale riot and the police have been heavy-handed resulting in two hospitalised civilians. With a policeman also in hospital - the Met Commissioner is demanding increased police powers. Meanwhile - Nathan is expected to go on a foreign trip with the PM only to discover that his visa has expired. Cast: Simon Laity ...... Damian Lewis, Nathan Toltz ....... Mike Sengelow, Georgie ....... Gina Mckee, Sir Hugo ....... Julian Glover, Amjad Hemmati ...... Arsher Ali, Connie ....... Stella Gonet, Alan ....... John Hollingworth, Mike Holmes ...... Rob Hudson, Dave Pulis ...... Matthew Marsh, The Governer Of The Bank Of England ......Nicholas Woodeson. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


20 Feb 2012: Afternoon Drama - Number 10 - Series 5, See Glasgow and Die
By Jonathan Myerson. Scotland has legalised assisted dying. Now a couple has been arrested on the way to the new Dignitas clinic in Glasgow. Meanwhile, Simon's partner Alan seems to have insulted a visiting Crown Prince - and now a new Oil exploration contract is under threat. Cast: Simon Laity ...... Damian Lewis, Nathan Toltz ...... Mike Sengelow, Georgie ...... Gina Mckee, Sir Hugo ...... Julian Glover, Amjad Hemmati ..... Arsher Ali, Connie ...... Stella Gonet, Emyr Rhys ....... Steven Speirs, Natalie Warren ...... Jane Slavin, Alex/Andy Mcgrue ...... Jasper Britton, Milo Howman/Copper/ Tv Journo ...... Theo Fraser Steele, Crown Prince ....... Chinna Wodu, Chief Constable ...... Steven Speirs, Tess, Tannie, Lennie ..... Alana Ramsay. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie production (Pacificus).


27 Oct 2011: Afternoon Drama - Stevenson in Love, The Amateur Emigrant
By Mike Harris; play 2. For details, see yesterday, but slightly different cast: Robert Louis Stevenson ...... David Tennant, Fanny ...... Lizzy McInnerny, Sam ..... Matthew Marsh, Irish Conductor ..... Forbes Masson, RLS Father , Joshua ...... Nigel Cooke , Dutch Woman, Milk Woman ...... Jane Slavin, Belle ...... Lottie Rice, Nose in a Book, Schoffelheimer ...... Danny Webb, NY Conductor, Chicago Telegraph Man, Ogden Conductor ...... Chinna Wodu. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus Productions).


26 Oct 2011: Afternoon Drama - Stevenson in Love, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
By Mike Harris, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's travelogues, journals and personal letters. Stevenson sets off with a donkey across the Cevennes in France and in the process keeps a journal that later becomes his popular travelogue "Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes." But does his journeying help him to forget the woman he has met and fallen in love with - Fanny Osbourne?.............In 1879 and 1880, three years before he was to write 'Treasure Island', Robert Louis Stevenson was a largely unpublished and unsuccessful writer. Despite his father's wishes, he persisted with writing. In 1876, he met Fanny Osbourne, the woman who was to become his lover and later his wife. At the time of their meeting Fanny was escaping from America with her children, away from a husband who only brought her misery through his infidelities. One of Stevenson's earliest publications was an essay 'On Falling in Love' for The Cornhill magazine.................In 1878 Fanny decided that she had to return to America and to her husband. Stevenson embarked on his walk through the Cevennes and in August of the same year he decided to follow Fanny to America; his account of the journey was published in 'The Amateur Emigrant'................Mike Harris' two plays portray these two journeys and attempt to capture Stevenson's feelings for Fanny and how they affected him on his travels. Cast: Robert Louis Stevenson ...... David Tennant, Fanny ..... Lizzy Mcinnerny, Peasant, Monk ..... Matthew Marsh, Bob ...... Forbes Masson, Saddler, RLS Father ..... Nigel Cooke, Auberge Woman ..... Jane Slavin, Belle ..... Lottie Rice, Child's Voice ..... Bethane Cullinane, Lloyd ..... Ned Leadbeater. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie production (Pacificus).


26 Jul 2011: Afternoon Drama - Dear Writer
By Jane Rogers. Anna Massey plays a writer who is finding it impossible to begin her next book. Her brother has died, and in clearing out his house, troubling memories keep invading her mind. The play was broadcast as a tribute to Anna Massey - one of the UK's most treasured actresses - who died this month. Cast: Anna Massey as The Writer and Leah Verity White as Polly; indie production (Pacificus) produced by Clive Brill.


16 Jul 2011: Saturday Drama - The Purple Land
By William Henry Hudson, 1885, first novel. Hudson was a naturalist, a writer and a thinker on ecological matters. (ND note ...BBC details say "In Davies' hands this 'road novel' becomes a fast paced romp in the tradition of Tom Jones, with a dash of Don Quixote for good measure". I guess, therefore, that the dramatization is by Paul B. Davies.) It is an account of a young Englishman's adventures, set against a background of political strife in nineteenth-century South America. Richard Lamb elopes with an Argentinian girl and makes an enemy of his bride's father in the process. He eventually leaves her behind and goes, ill-prepared, into the interior of the country to seek his fortune. Cast: Richard ..... David Tennant, Paquita ..... Denise Gough, Marcos/Major Domo ..... Danny Webb, Toribia/Grandmother ..... Carol Macready, Isidora ..... Lizzie McInnerney, Herdsman/Allday ..... Nigel Cooke, Paquita's father/Winchcombe ..... Richard Durden , Monica/Donna Mercedes ..... Jacey Salles , Cloud/Blanco Major ..... Nicholas Murchie , Epifanio/Chillingwoth .....Chuk Iwuji , Juez/Bartender/Blass ..... Trevor Martin , Cleta/Mother ..... Jane Slavin , Herdsman's Daughter/Margerita ...... Beth Cooke, Anita ...... Grace Horbury, Herdsman's Boy ..... Danny Concha. Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes, Esben Tjalve. Trumpet - Daniel Weitz. Script Editor - Eileen Horne. Producer: Clive Brill. Indie (Pacificus).


1 May 2011: Classic Serial - Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities, Episode 2
The gentry of Handley Cross look on in horror as the fox hunting craze begins to sweep through their town. In a classic comedic clash between high and low brow - the citizens are thrown into alternate modes of consternation and celebration. Cast: Jorrocks ..... Danny Webb, Nash ..... Clive Swift, Doleful ..... Charles Edwards, Miss Barnington ..... Rebecca Saire, Mello/Moonface ..... Gareth Armstrong, Julia Jorrocks ..... Emma Pierson, Muleygrubs ..... Christian Rodska, Pigg/Bray ..... Rob Hudson, Simpkins ..... Geoffrey Beevers, Barnington ..... Grant Gillespie. Producer: Clive Brill. Pacificus Productions.


26 Apr 2011: Afternoon Drama - The Vertigo Trust
By Jon Canter. Ronnie Sax is a sixty something multi-millionaire businessman, abrasive, cocky, three times divorced but on wife number four. He's egotistical and high energy and very much afraid of heights. He lives in a bungalow. His very large office is on the ground floor. Branson keeps inviting him into his balloon but Ronnie always has an excuse. Enter Martin - a 'Vertigo Counsellor' with a secret which threatens to turn Ronnie's world. Cast: Ronnie ..... Gerard Murphy, Martin ...... James Fleet, Deborah ..... Daisy Haggard , Uncle Ray ..... Trevor Martin, Tanya ...... Kellie Shirley, Mother ..... Helen Ryan. Produced and directed by Clive Brill. Pacificus Productions.


24 Apr 2011: Classic Serial - Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities, Episode 1
Dramatized by Scott Cherry - who previously gave us somewhat irreverent versions of "Humphry Clinker" (Smollett) and "Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour" (Surtees) - once again turns his comic imagination and free inspiration to the recreation of the world of Jorrocks and Handley Cross. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities - 'a noisy, vital, impertinent social satire full of zest and high spirits' - was published in 1838 to great acclaim and introduced Dickens to the style of bold comic writing he went on to make his own. This is a portrait of an innocent, naive England which is only just beginning to register the profound social changes brought on by the industrial revolution. It depicts an almost Shakespearian world-order where everyone happily occupies their place in the scheme of things....a world-order which we see being taken over and transformed by the grasping, shameless Victorian nouveau riche. We have here a gallery of unforgettable comic characters - and, at the programme's heart, a true Falstaff, in the irrepressible, loveable, indefatigable rogue that is John Jorrocks - fighting to preserve the English way of life he knows and loves. Cast: Jorrocks ..... Danny Webb, Nash ..... Clive Swift, Doleful ..... Charles Edwards, Miss Barnington ..... Rebecca Saire, Mello/Moonface ..... Gareth Armstrong, Julia Jorrocks ..... Emma Pierson, Muleygrubs ..... Christian Rodska, Pigg/Bray ..... Rob Hudson, Simpkins ..... Geoffrey Beevers, Barnington ..... Grant Gillespie. Producer: Clive Brill. Made by Pacificus Productions.


28 Jan 2011: Afternoon Drama - Red Enters the Eye
Written by Jane Rogers. When idealistic young volunteer Julie sets off for Nigeria, she's a bundle of nerves. Her project is to teach sewing skills to women in a refuge in Jos; but what if they don't like her - or feel patronised by her attempts to teach them? Once Julie's in Jos, her anxieties evaporate. Sewing class is a roaring success, and Julie's only problems are the stupid caution and lack of enthusiasm of refuge director Fran, and the incomprehensible tensions surrounding the silent Muslim woman, Mathenneh. Inspired by a plan to help the women make money from their sewing, ready to really make a difference to their lives, Julie is on a roll ... blithely unaware that there may be serious consequences to her failure to play by Fran's rules. Cast: Yewande .... Adjoa Andoh , Fran ... Penny Downie , Julie ... Sian Brook, Sarah .... Demi Oyediran , Hanatu ... Adura Onashile, Simon ... Chuk Iwuji, Rifkatu ... Aisha Karr. Produced and Directed by Clive Brill. Pacificus Production.


18 Dec 10 Shirley Valentine
Written by Willy Russell. Shirley Valentine is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who reveals her innermost thoughts and fears in a manner that is both insouciant and poignant. Once an incorrigible anti-establishment rebel, Shirley now chafes under the plodding insensitivity of her husband, Joe and the stultifying pace of her suburban routine. Her life enters a new and exciting phase when, after her best friend, Jane, wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece, Shirley is given the opportunity to travel to faraway places without her husband; she begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. Stars Meera Syal. After a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory the stage play version transferred to The Trafalgar studio. Finishing in theatre on October 30th Meeraimmediately recorded the play (which is a monologue) for Radio 4. Based on the original Menier Theatre production directed by Glen Walford. Producer: Clive Brill.

25 Oct 10 Number 10
1/5. Jonathan Myerson's political drama set at the heart of Downing Street. Simon Laity- the new Tory PM - is trying to enforce across-the-board spending cuts but his ministers have all gone native. Then it's leaked that he has commissioned a report which calculates the gain to be made by slashing the armed services budget in half. And then there's a British woman now married to a suspected senior Al-Qaeda terrorist who has just entered the country. She turns out to be here for an NHS kidney transplant. The hospital goes on strike.
Cast: Simon Laity ..... Damian Lewis, Connie ..... Haydn Gwynne, Nathan ..... Mike Sengelow, Hugo ..... Julian Glover, Amjad ..... Arsher Ali, Lord Copple ..... Ruper Vansittart, Coffee Exec ..... Grant Gillespie, Staff Nurse Melford ..... Rebecca Saire, Zamyad ...... Ayman Hamdouchi. Producer/Director: Clive Brill. (several other episodes in same series also directed by CB)


MURDER IN SAMARKAND....2010
By Chris Murray, dramatised by David Hare. R4, 20 Feb 10. Sex, scandal and politics. Chris Murray was formerly the British Ambassador in Tashkent, which is capital of the central Asian dictatorship of Uzbekistan. This play documents his amazing story; his attempts to oppose those who engaged in torture , the way it affected his career, and his affair and subsequent marriage to a local belly dancer. Much more about this play on the 2010 page.


SEPTIMUS GREABE....2008
13 Jun 08; by Mike Harris. This play is about Victorian hypocrisy; miserable do-gooders who create vices worse than the ones they try to repress. In the early 1800s, the Society for the Suppression of Vice, inspired by William Wilberforce, would stop at nothing to stamp out corruption and sin. The play invents a character to represent such 'forces for good': Septimus Greabe, whose target is prostitues, drunks, lechers, and others down on their luck. Stars David Troughton, Will Keen, Kellie Shirley, Paul Jesson, Nigel Cooke, Perdita Avery. Producer Clive Brill.


NUMBER 10....2007
A drama series for BBC Radio 4 about a fictional British Prime Minister and his staff. The first episode ('Good News Day') was transmitted on 7 September 2007, starring Antony Sher as the PM.


Series created by Jonathan Myerson and produced by Clive Brill of Pacificus Productions; Peter Hyman as Political Advisor. Another series went out in 2008.


Episodes:
7 sep 07 Good News Day, by Jonathan Myerson
14 sep 07 And raise them to Eternal Life, by Jonathan Myerson
21 Sep 07 Who won the Election? by Nicholas McInnerney
28 Sep 07 Rule of Law, by Mike Harris
5 Oct 07 Home & Away, by Jonathan Myerson


A LIFE OF THOMAS PAINE....2008
By Trevor Griffiths


1/2. Common Sense
Tom Paine arrives in America penniless just as the struggle for Independence is beginning. His ideas and his writings take him right to the heart of events and his words are read out to Washington’s army.


2/2. Age of Reason
Tom Paine is again embroiled in revolution, this time in France. During the Terror his best efforts for the new Republic put him in prison, and American help is a slow in coming.

Tom Paine ...... Jonathan Pryce
Benjamin Franklin ...... Alan Howard
Jefferson ...... Kenneth Cranham
Governor Morris ...... Robert Glenister
Marthe Daley ...... Kelly Hunter
Washington ...... Philip Jackson
Rittenhouse ...... Jack Shepherd
Sam Adams ...... Paul Jesson
Joseph ...... Nick Rowe
Mrs Downey ...... Marcella Riordan
House Speaker ...... Hugh Ross
Will ...... Kwayedza Kureya
Lotte ...... Julia Reinstein
Carney ...... Romola Garai
Danton ...... Francois Guetary
Short ...... Will Keen
Lafayette ...... John McAndrew
Edmund Burke ...... Paul Jesson
Bancal ...... Hugh Ross
Clio Rickman ...... Jack Shepherd
Monroe ...... Nick Rowe
Sally Hemmings ...... Clare Perkins
Father ...... Christopher Obi
Thomas ...... Kwayedza Kureya

Music by John Tams; director Clive Brill; producer Ann Scott.


QUINTESSENCE....2007
... a year after the death of her boyfriend, a young woman drives down to Devon to scatter his ashes. In QUINTESSENCE, by Rachel Joyce (R4, 1415, 31 Aug 07), it quickly becomes clear that Faith also wants to take her own life. She stops at five service stations on the way, and at each she meets a retired angel who tries to help her. The angels were played by Trevor Peacock, Trevor Martin, Thelma Barlow, Geoffrey Beevers and Margaret Robinson; Faith was Julie Cox and the director Clive Brill.


REGRESSED, by Chris Sussman and Dan Hine (R4, 1415, 4 Dec 06) had an extraordinary plot; a guy with a psychological problem undergoes regression therapy. Unfortunately the hypnotherapist has a heart attack before he can bring Leo back. Leo was played by David Armand, the couple who look after him were Philip Jackson and Alison Newman, and the director was Clive Brill. .....ND, VRPCC newsletter, Dec 2006.


THE OTHER MAN (R4,1415, 20 Jan 04) was an intensely sad and moving story by Bernard Schlink, adapted for radio by Mike Harris. After many years of marriage a man's wife dies. Shortly afterwards, a letter arrives for her from another man. Obsessed with finding out the truth, he writes back, impersonating his dead wife. He discovers a love which he cannot understand. Anton Lesser was the man, Ciaran Hinds the other man, Stella Gonet was the wife, and the director: Clive Brill. .....ND, VRPCC newsletter, Apr 2004.


ISLAND....2002
Nikki has spent years trying to track down her mother after being abandoned at birth. Now she has found her and it's time for revenge. This is an adaptation of Jane's novel of the same name, starring Kate Ashworth and David Tenant, directed by Clive Brill. It was recorded on location in Skye.

Three more George Lewis stories, in The Man Who Knew Everything, by Robin Brooks (R4, 1415, beginning 3 Oct 01) were very welcome. Lewis was the great 19th century criminal lawyer of Ely Place, Holborn. No man had so wide a criminal experience as Lewis; he was involved in every great murder case from 1868 up to the Whitechapel murders, and before him, his father had owned the largest criminal practice in England. It was said by some that Lewis never went outside his lair for anyone less than a royal duke. Lewis was played by Jack Klaff and Banks by Jonathan Tafler; varied casts played the rest and Clive Brill directed. .....ND, VRPCC newsletter, Dec 2001.


SMOKERS....2001
By Andy Rashleigh, 10 Sep 01.


THE RED ROOM....2000
Series of nine classic ghost stories by various authors, dramatised by Robin Brooks and directed by Clive Brill in the Woman's Hour drama slot, December 18-29 (Radio 4), including:


20 Dec: Casting the Runes.
Starring Sean Baker as Dunning and Charlie Simpson as the Host.


22 Dec: Count Magnus.
Starring Charlie Simpson as Wraxall.


THE BLEEPER MAN....2000
The Bleeper Man , by Mike Harris (R4 23 Jun 2000) was an interesting play about a failing school and how an unusual Head recruits one of his old teachers, a loony leftie past her best and well into retirement, to help him pull it round. This play was full of surprises, and there was a good twist at the end. The oiks were well played too. The head, Pat, was Nigel Cooke, and Beth, his deputy, Alwyne Taylor. The director was Clive Brill. .....ND, VRPCC newsletter, Sep 2000.


Sunny Side Up....2000
A six-part comedy devised by Scott Cherry and written by Dave Sheasby. It's set in the world of barbershop quartets. You either love them or hate them. Stars Keith Barron, Bryan Pringle and Clive Swift; dir. Clive Brill.


THE COMPLETE ARKANGEL SHAKESPEARE....1996-2000
Recorded on 98 CDs. The four and a half year project involved 400 actors, Clive Brill directing all of it. The total total playing time is 102 hours. All of the plays were recorded in studios in London, and almost 400 British actors -- many of them members of the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Royal National Theatre -- were employed, including John Gielgud, (who recorded two roles when very old), Eileen Atkins, Joseph Fiennes, Adrian Lester, Simon Russell Beale, Damian Lewis and Alan Howard.


Clive Brill, who spent seven years producing drama for BBC radio and six more for BBC television, agreed to embark on the entire Shakespeare canon in 1996. He was approached by Tom Treadwell, an academic who specialized in Elizabethan drama. He had just retired but had wanted for years to produce an audio version of all Shakespeare's plays. He formed 'Arkangel Productions' to do this.


Clive already knew many of the 400 actors who participated. Gielgud, who played Time in "The Winter's Tale" a month before his death, was in frail health. Simon Russell Beale played Hamlet, and Imogen Stubbs was Ophelia. Treadwell was disappointed not to get Paul Scofield to play Lear; instead, the role went to Trevor Peacock, highly rated among British actors.


The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare" is released by the Audio Partners Publishing Corp., based in Auburn, California.


About half of Shakespeare's plays were recorded in the early 1960s by Argo and Caedmon, two British companies, on LP.


Beauty & the Beasts....1999
By Mike Harris. rpt. 22 Jun 01; excellent play about some decorators behaving like apes when they work in an intelligent young woman's flat. Just listen to the sound effects...and she's an anthropologist..... Friday play, 60m. With Stella Gonay, Trevor Peacock, Darren Tye. Directed by Clive Brill.


DIARY OF A PROVINCIAL LADY....1999
By E M Delafield, dramatised by Jane Rogers. The everyday 1930s journal of how to run a house, a husband, a cook, a nanny, two children, bothersome neighbours, irritating relatives, and still manage to keep your sanity and your green fingers. With Imelda Staunton, Richard Hope and Susan Brown. Director Clive Brill (15 parts).


LIFE'S LITTLE IRONIES-AN IMAGINATIVE WOMAN....1998
By Eric Pringle. Ella Marchmill longs to meet her favourite poet. The more elusive he remains, the more her desire increases. With Amanda Root, Sean Baker, Shirley Dixon; dir. Clive Brill.


THE AWAKENING CONSCIENCE....1998
By Robin Brooks. William Holman meets Annie Miller, a young beauty who works behind the bar at the local pub..he decides to turn her into the perfect model and woman. With Jonathan Firth, Julie Cox, Alan Cox, Damian Lewis. Dir. Clive Brill.


compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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