Dave Simpson was born in Salford. He has written plays for about 25 years, mainly for the stage.
He began writing with the BBC and has had a large number of radio plays broadcast, the most recent being NIGHTMARES. More recently he has worked in television, theatre and film.
He was Resident Writer for the Library Theatre in Manchester for two years and wrote several plays for them including THE CHEEKIE CHAPPIE (about the comedian Max Miller) which was adapted for a Radio 4 production, and THE LITTLE PRINCESS (which was also adapted later for BBC radio).
BBC RADIO PLAYS in reverse chronological order:
16/10/04; a creepy thriller.
Serial by Dave Simpson & Diane Whitely, 6 episodes, R5, 12.4.1993 - 17.5.1993. With Maureen Beattie/Jane Dawson/Colin Parry/Jonathan Perkins.
THE CHEEKY CHAPPIE....1989
Biographical play about Max Miller. R4,11.2.1989. Joe Melia/Barbara Marten. SNT. Other plays about the Music Hall are described here .
CHARITY AT HOME....1986
R4, 21.6.1986. Robert Keegan/Geoffrey Banks/Ann Rye. SNT.
12.1.1984. With Jane Hollowood/Diane Whitley. AFT. Repeated 8.10.85, AFT.
22.2.1983 With Diane Whitley/Meg Johnson/Adam Kotz. SNT. Repeated 20.10.84, AFT.
22.10.1981. With Beverly Foster/Stella Tanner/Dinah Handley. AFT.
OVER THE POINTS....1981
15.5.1981; by Ken Blakeson/Dave Simpson. With John Webb/Karen Archer. AFT.
HARMONY WEEKEND. ...1981
3.4.1981. With Diana Flacks/John Jardine. AFT.
SECOND TIME AROUND....1980
18.9.1980. With Ray Moer/Maureen Sidaway. AFT.
15.8.1980 By Ken Blakeson & Dave Simpson. With Gwen Taylor/Russell Dixon. AFT.
THE BOSS'S SON....1978
R4,15.4.1978, with Christian Rodska/Sandra Clark/Kathleen Helme/Ronald Baddiley. SNT.
A QUESTION OF BENEFIT....1977
24.8.1977 With Christopher Martin/Paula Tilbrook/Katharine Stuart. AFT. A social worker and his relationship with an elderly lady in his care.
THE DEATH OF JACK WALMESLEY....1977
12.5.1977 Ronald Baddiley/Peter Wheeler/Geoffrey Banks. AFT. A long time since I listened to this... a supernatural play if my memory serves correctly.
A BITTER ALMOND....1976
15.10.1976 With Carole Turner/John Franklyn-Robbins/Paul Copley/Elizabeth Sladen. AFT. Repeated 20.1.79, also AFT.
Key: AFT=Afternoon Play or Afternoon Theatre; SNT=Saturday Night Theatre, usually 90m; MON=Monday Play.
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