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GARY BROWN RADIO PLAYS

BBC BROADCASTS AS WRITER:
1998 Hidden identity: 3 part political thriller
2000 Work in Progress
2002 Fat Camp
2003 My Dad Knows
2004 The Spire (Golding), dram, 2 x 60 min
2007 Bitter Batter
2010 Beat the dog in his own kennel
2011 Market: Loco Parentis

Gary Brown is a well-known radio drama producer who has also written a number of excellent plays (above). His production of 'Lost and Found' by Ian Kershaw, with Tom Courtenay and Sally Carman, has just been nominated for a Sony Award. (Apr 2014).

A few of the plays where Gary has worked as producer are listed lower down the page.



NOTES ON SOME OF THE PLAYS


AS PRODUCER

Hidden Identity....1998
A taut, three-part political thriller by Gary Brown. With Daniel Isaacs, Stuart Richman, Linal Haft, Lloyd Peters and Thelma Ruby. Producer Andy Jordan.

RADIO REVIEW Sep 03 / VRPCC newsletter
The last few months has been an unusual period for radio drama since it marks the return of Guy Meredith, Jonathan Smith, Barry Keefe, Alick Rowe, and Moya O'Shea, all of whom had new plays broadcast after a long interval. One hopes that other well-known names will find their way back into the schedules. There have been lots of other things too; another one-man play by Mike Mears, some well-produced Friday plays on rather serious issues, and good work by Marcy Kahan, Peter Kerry, Gary Brown (see below) and Val Syms, as well as by a number of younger writers.

MY DAD KNOWS....2003
A fast-paced comedy about football, sex and sacred Jewish scriptures, with some double-dealing thrown in. R4, 19 Jun 03, 1415. As Mark prepares for his bar mitzvah in 1973 he starts to realise that his father has a dark secret. With Sue Jenkins,Adam Paulden, Terence Mann, Lloyd Peters, Malcolm Raeburn, Naithan Arlane, Mark Chatterton, Laurence Josephson, Stuart Richman, Gregg Baines, Asad Waheed, George Feld, Ian Oster; director Jim Poyser.

The Spire, by William Golding, dram. Gary Brown....2004
R4 Classic Serial, 2 x 60 min, beginning 26 Sept: Oliver Cotton/David Fleeshman/John McArdie/Kathryn Hunt/Rob Pickavance/Deborah McAndrew /Lloyd Peters/Russell Dixon/Brigit Forsyth/Deka Warmsley/Rosie Fleeshman. Good dramatisation of an excellent story.

TAKE-AWAY...BITTER BATTER....2007
5/5. By Gary Brown. In 1936; the business is run by a Jewish family. Melvyn's batter is limp and lifeless until a stranger arrives with a new recipe. Narrator ...... Stephen Greif Melvyn ...... David Fleeshman Malcolm ...... Jeff Hordley Jean ...... Olwyn May Bobby ...... Vanessa Rosenthal Rachel ...... Julia Rayner Harvey ...... Richard Jackson Rabbi ...... Lloyd Peters. Produced by Peter Leslie Wild.

23 Oct 2010 Saturday Play - Beat the Dog in His Own Kennel
By Gary Brown. In recently released secret documents it was revealed there was a plot initiated in the Middle East to kill the British Foreign Secretary just after the Second World War. In this fictionalised account, East End market trader Harry becomes caught up in these events and quickly finds himself out of his depth as he comes under the spell of a mysterious visitor from Palestine. Harry - Jonathan Tafler, Dov - Richard Katz, Thompson - Robert Lister, Sarah - Amy Shindler, Joey - Dan Crow, Avi - Stephen Greif, Len - Ben Crowe. DirectorPeter Leslie Wild.

24 Jan 2011: Afternoon Drama - Market: Loco Parentis
Jim can't sleep because his daughter's left for uni, his business is going belly up, and his father is going gaga. To top it all, he suspects his wife is having an affair with her boss. He needs to escape - but where to? By Gary Brown. Jim...Reece Dinsdale, Market Manager...Gerard Fletcher, Ken...Bobby Knutt, Lisa...Sue Kelly, Robin...Kathryn Hunt, Jenny...Ellie Meigan-Rose, Steve...Joncie Elmore, Nurse...Szilvi Naray Davey, Student...Sam Hevico. Original Music by Steven D Reid. Produced by Peter Leslie Wild.


AS PRODUCER

Callum ....2005
.......(R4, 1415, 21 Feb 05) was an entertaining comedy-drama by F. Todhunter, produced by the playwright Gary Brown. Set in a vocational college for the disabled, it starred Callum, who wants to keep his head down and get his gardening qualification, Mr. Gough, who doesn't like him, and a young disabled lady who's just been taken on as a new teacher and who's determined to end the status quo, especially if it means that Gough will have to do some work. Callum was played by Deka Walmsley and Sara by Emma Hughes Jones. (ND, VRPCC newsletter)

Blind Eye....2006
By Sharon Oakes.17 Mar 06. Carl is a policeman who is about to get a medal for bravery. Yet he is troubled: he can't go near his wife and he avoids all physical confrontations. Has he lost his bottle? Is he now afraid of violence? Or is it something deeper? Cast: Carl ...... Shaun Dooley, Trish ...... Sue Kelly, Phil ...... Deka Walmsley, Niamh ...... Sinead Douglas, Lorna ...... Lois Taylor, Callum ...... Jack Hanson, Micky/Jim ...... Russell Shaw, Darren ...... Greg Milburn, Charlie/Craig ...... Geoffrey Wilkinson. Original music composed and performed by Tom Kirkpatrick. Director Gary Brown.

EXCLUDED....2007
29,May,2007, by Michael Stewart. The headmaster of a failing comprehensive is flapping during inspection week. He comes up with a great idea to hide the problem by getting all the bad pupils out of school and into the dales. Unfortunately; the teacher he asks to lead the expedition has enough problems of his own. Nick ...... Leigh Symonds Ashley ...... Mikey North Khalid ...... Sascha Dhawan Becky ...... Lucy-Jo Hudson David ...... Howard Chadwick. Produced by Gary Brown.

THE PROSPECT....2007
R4, Friday Play slot, beginning 25 May 07. Three-part political drama in which G.B. was heavily involved.

1/3. By Avie Luthra. Newly-elected MP Bobby Khan is forced to question his own motivations and political and personal values. His cousin is arrested on a terrorism charge and Bobby himself becomes involved in a murder case in his constituency. Bobby Khan ...... Nitin Ganatra Elizabeth Khan ...... Barbara Marten Imran Khan ...... Vincent EbrahimWasim Khan ...... Christopher BissonTerry ...... John McArdle Ayesha ...... Archie Panjabi Lucy ...... Gillian Kearney Paul Deacon ...... David Fleeshman Rashid Choudhry ...... Amer Nazir Robina Choudhry ...... Rani Moorthy Craig Williams ...... Sam Curtis Jerome ...... Aaron Cobham Plus Martha Kearney as herself. Directed by Pauline Harris.

2/3. By Avie Luthra and Gary Brown.Bobby Khan's cousin is in prison after Bobby reports him to the police; and the local community are pressurising him to get involved in a murder case. Bobby Khan ...... Nitin Ganatra Elizabeth Khan ...... Barbara Marten Imran Khan ...... Vincent Ebrahim Terry ...... John McArdle Ayesha ...... Archie Panjabi Lucy ...... Gillian Kearney Paul Deacon ...... David Fleeshman Rashid Choudhry ...... Amer Nazir Harry Choudhry ...... Sacha Dawan Detective Inspector Brown ...... Seamus O'Neill Music consultant ...... Philip Tagney Directed by Pauline Harris.

3/3. By Avie Luthra and Gary Brown. Bobby Khan discovers the truth about businessman Paul Deacon and his involvement in murder. He also has a showdown with his Cousin Wasim when they both have to face hard truths. Bobby Khan ...... Nitin Ganatra Elizabeth Khan ...... Barbara Marten Imran Khan ...... Vincent Ebrahim Terry ...... John McArdle Ayesha ...... Archie Panjabi Lucy ...... Gillian Kearney Paul Deacon ...... David Fleeshman Wasim Khan ...... Christopher Bisson Rhobina Choudhry ...... Rani Moorthy Rashid Choudhry ...... Amer Nazir Hanif Choudhry ...... Sacha Dawan Detective Inspector Brown ...... Seamus O'Neill Music consultant ...... Philip Tagney. Directed by Pauline Harris.

A SECOND TO MIDNIGHT (R4, 2102, 13 Jul 07 and 20 Jul 07) was an exciting two-part Friday Play by Andrew Walker and Christopher Reason about the oil industry in Nigeria and some of the conflicts of interest between the indigenous people and those, like us, who use the oil. This play attracted much comment on the BBC messageboard, from drama enthusiasts and energy experts, and was well-received. It had a feel of Saturday Night Theatre about it, with good pacing and plot development over the two episodes. It starred Ian Puleston-Davies, Charlotte Emmerson, Cyril Nyi, Brigit Forsyth ("Thelma" from "The Likely Lads", I recently discovered) and was produced by Susan Roberts (ep.1) and Gary Brown (ep.2).

BBC blurb: A contemporary thriller set in Nigeria in two parts. Western Governments and global oil companies have long predicted that the 'Peak'; when oil reserves become finite and the markets begin to panic; is as far off as 2030. But oil company geologist Dr Rob Turner wrote a report trashing this timescale; saying that we had already reached the 'Peak'. But then he was forced to bury it.

2/2. Kidnapped by gunmen in the Nigerian Delta; Rob is floored when he discovers Helen is alive. Can she persuade him to back her cause? Rob ...... Ian Puleston-Davies Helen ...... Charlotte Emmerson Kolo ...... Cyril Nri Liz ...... Brigit Forsyth Joseph ...... Richard Pepple Geraldine ...... Sue Jenkins Henry ...... David Fleeshman David ...... James Nickerson Alice ...... Abi Eniola Directed by Gary Brown.


EAST COAST GIRLS ARE HIP....2007
9,Aug,2007,Thursday,Radio 4,14:15:00,Afternoon Play East Coast Girls Are Hip Comedy by Ian McMillan. What would have happened if Grimsby; rather than Liverpool; had been the cradle of pop music in the 1960s? John ...... Fine Time Fontayne Janice ...... Sue Kelly Tommy ...... Gerard Fletcher Olive ...... Eileen O'Brien Norman ...... David Fleeshman. Produced by Gary Brown. .

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS....2007
13,Aug,2007,Monday,Radio 4,14:15:00, Afternoon Play August Birthdays By Frances Byrnes. On Katherine's 39th birthday; she walks the streets where she grew up and is drawn back to an earlier and more eventful birthday. Young Katherine ...... Lucy Worrall Older Katherine ...... Caroline Small Mrs Fernie ...... Gillian Waugh Mrs Horrax ...... Sue Kelly Mr Cook ...... Geoffrey Wilkinson Mrs Cook ...... Olwen May Miss Lord ...... Rita May Girl ...... Hayley Hunt. Produced by Gary Brown.

FOUR STEPS TO HEAVEN....2007
21,Aug,2007,Tuesday,Radio 4,14:15:00,comedy by Lloyd Peters. Can mild-mannered actor Chris Batty convert to Judaism and win the love of his girlfriend's parents? Chris ...... Graeme Hawley Caroline ...... Julia Rayner Ruth ...... Kate Antony Sid ...... David Fleeshman Rabbi ...... Jonathan Tafler Danny ...... Iddo Goldberg Betty ...... Vanessa Rosenthal Soapy Joe ...... Hamilton Berstock Produced by Gary Brown.

TAKE-AWAY....2007 (Five plays)
15,Nov,2007,Thursday,Radio 4,14:15:00; Series of comedy dramas depicting the history of a fast food shop in Leeds. 1/5. Goodbye Mr Gherkin By Lloyd Peters. The chip shop is currently run by Poles. Ailing Uncle Victor's nephew's wife can't stand him; but she refuses to say why. Victor ...... Stuart Richman Antosz ...... Jonathan Tafler Zita ...... Szilvi Naray Davey Jan ...... Rad Kaim Martha ...... Kay Purcell Alex ......

2/5 22 Nov. Produced by Peter Leslie Wild.

3/5. 29 Nov. If You Can't Stand the Heat By Tajinder Singh Hayer. It is 1979 and Harpal can't wait to pack his parents off on holiday. Surjit ...... Kulvinder Ghir Maninder ...... Shobna Gulati Harpal ...... Sacha Dhawan Des ...... Reece Noi Monique ...... Rhea Bailey Paul ...... Parvez Qadir Produced by Gary Brown. .Dermot Daly Stefan ...... Matt McGuirk Nurse ...... Lisa Moore. Produced by Gary Brown.

4/5. Ciao Chapeltown. 6 Dec 07. By Sharon Oakes. It is 1953 and Vito is expecting his mother from Italy for the coronation celebrations. So why is he dreading her visit? Eileen ...... Sue Kelly Gianni ...... Joseph Alessi Caterina ...... Flaminia Cinque George ...... Russell Dixon Vito ...... Andonis James Anthony Fred ...... Seamus O'Neill. Produced by Gary Brown.

5/5. Bitter Batter. 13 Dec 07. By Gary Brown. In 1936; the business is run by a Jewish family. Melvyn's batter is limp and lifeless until a stranger arrives with a new recipe. Narrator ...... Stephen Greif Melvyn ...... David Fleeshman Malcolm ...... Jeff Hordley Jean ...... Olwyn May Bobby ...... Vanessa Rosenthal Rachel ...... Julia Rayner Harvey ...... Richard Jackson Rabbi ...... Lloyd Peters. Produced by Peter Leslie Wild. (Also listed above)

WEDNESDAYS WITH STRANGERS....2009
Comedy by Nick Leather. A Latvian worker tries to come to terms with living in the UK. His welcome pack to the UK leads him down a trail of misadventures. With Matt McGuirk, Eddie Capli, James Quinn, Greg Wood, Sue Kelly. Producer Gary Brown.

29 Jan 2010 Higher
(R)Joyce Bryant's satire on tertiary education. Karen is the new head of the Geography Department - renamed Geographical Tourism - at Hayborough University, which isn't quite part of the elite Russell Group of top universities. In fact it ranks 132nd. It is open day for the department and Karen is keen that she attracts the right students. Karen ...... Sophie Thompson, David ...... Mark Heap, Jim ...... Jonathan Keeble, Barbara ...... Sue Ryding, Maura ...... Maggie Fox, Angela ...... Sue Kelly, Harry ...... Ben Hood. Directed by Gary Brown.

8 Feb 2010 Raft to Bondi
Bittersweet comedy by Ian Kershaw. It's July 4th 1990 and the country is football crazy because England are playing West Germany in the semi final of the World Cup. Everyone is glued to the TV, except for 15-year-old Jim who's got other things on his mind. He's ripe for a bit of an adventure. Jim ...... Stephen Hoyle, Carol ...... Shannon Flynn, Dad ...... Mark Jordon, Kath ...... Naomi Radcliffe. Producer Gary Brown.

9 Feb 2010 Buffalo Bill and Little Matty Dyer
By Peter Spafford. A boy's life is changed by the arrival of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Matty ...... Christian Foster, Buffalo Bill/Small Bear ...... Kerry Shale, John ...... Gerard Fletcher, McConnell ...... Andrew Westfield, Jess ...... Julia Malham, Wind in Face ...... Demetri Goritsas, Sid ...... Ryan Greaves, Street Shouter ...... Howard Chadwick. Producer Gary Brown.

17 Mar 2011 Walking on Sunshine
Comedy by Leah Chillery. Why do you rarely see a black face in the country - apart from the sheep? Elijah is a black man who likes to go for lovely walks in the countryside. One day his girlfriend points out the obvious - that he was the only black face she saw all day. Elijah ...... Nicholas Bailey, Tina ...... Nadine Marshall , Vernon ...... Dermot Daly , Malachi ...... Marcus Hercules , Boasie ...... Marlon G Day , Frank ...... Lloyd Peters. Producer Gary Brown.

28 Apr 2010 Brief Lives
Series 3. (four programmes) 1/4. Frank Twist and his bunch of legal reps return for another series of adventures on the mean -ish streets of Manchester. Frank's best mate Mickey has finally met a young Russian woman who will put up with him, his music and his socks. But is she just using him? Frank.......David Schofield, Debbie........Emma Atkins, Sarah..........Tracey- Ann Oberman, Doug.......Eric Potts, Micky.......Deka Walmsley, Simon........Andonis James Anthony, Burnett......Becky Hindley, Magda........Miranda Keeling, Registrar.....Beatrice Kelley. Producer Gary Brown. Original music by Carl Harms.

5 May 2010 Brief Lives
2/4. Debby is representing a posh, middle aged good time girl who has been held at the airport on suspected drugs charges. She says she has friends in high places. But will they help her? Frank ..... David Schofield, Debbie ..... Emma Atkins, Sarah .....Tracey- Ann Oberman, Rebecca ..... Jessica Blake, Caroline ..... Kathryn Hunt, Sumner ..... Malcolm Raeburn, Alex ..... Jake Norton, O'Brien ..... David Corden. Producer Gary Brown.

12 May 2010 Brief Lives
3/4. Continuing the legal drama set in Manchester. Sarah is called to an army base to deal with a violent incident between two female soldiers. Who is telling the truth? And Doug goes to bat for Frank's son Louis when he's accused of being a serial biter in the nursery. Frank ..... David Schofield, Debbie ..... Emma Atkins, Sarah ..... Tracey- Ann Oberman, Doug ..... Eric Potts, Jane ..... Beth Palmer, Norton ..... Jonathan Oliver, April ..... Lisa Allen, Barratt ..... James Quinn, Louis ..... Isaac Whitmore. Producer Gary Brown. Original music by Carl Harms.

19 May 2010 Brief Lives
4/4.Last in the current series of legal dramas set in Manchester. Frank is chipper; he's finally got his own parking space at the local nick. Life doesn't get any better. Frank .....David Schofield, Debbie ..... Emma Atkins, Sarah ..... Tracey - Ann Oberman, Doug ..... Eric Potts, Lilah ..... Pavla Beier, Kyle ..... Greg Wood, Policeman ..... Robert Garrett. Producer Gary Brown. Original music by Carl Harms.

9 Jun 2010 Prospero, Ariel, Reith and Gill
Gary Brown's comedy about artist Eric Gill's clash with the BBC over his famous sculpture of Prospero and Ariel. The argument was caused by the size of Ariel's genitals, believe it or not. No matter that you actually need a telescope to see the sculpture clearly...it even provoked a question in the House of Commons. Gill became quite a celebrity as he carved the statue in situ on scaffolding in front of Broadcasting House. In his trademark smock and beret, he drew the attention of the tabloid papers and became known as the "Married Monk". The play imagines conversations between Sir John and the artist as he passes him on his way into Broadcasting House each morning. It also looks at how Gill, the artist, struggled with reconciling his unusual beliefs and lifestyle with a major commission from the heart of the Establishment. Eric Gill . . . . . Anton Lesser, John Reith . . . . . Tim McInnerny, Newsreel Reporter . . . . . Jon Glover, Lady Snowden . . . . . Tina Gray, Charlie . . . . . David Seddon, Father Sean . . . . . Stephen Darcy, Nanny . . . . . Alison Pettitt, Producer/Director . . . . . Peter Leslie Wild.

25 Jun 2010 Bell in the Ball
Comedy drama by Lloyd Peters about blind cricket. Danny was blinded in a fight on New Year's Eve 2008. He's angry about it - in fact he's angry about everything. So his long suffering girlfriend suggests he joins a blind cricket team. It's surprisingly competitive and skilful. There's only one problem - Danny hates cricket. Comedy drama by Lloyd Peters. Danny......Jason Done, Beth......Victoria Brazier, Floyd.......Julia Rounthwaite, Brian.......Robert Hudson, Derek...David Acton, Roger......Greg Wood. Producer Gary Brown.

2 Aug 2010 "Higher" - Partners
(R) The first of two plays chronicling the comic chaos of the Geography department at Hayborough University - ranked 132nd in the academic league table. When neurotic and emotionally stunted lecturer David Poll is delegated the task of finding partners in industry he blunders into a scheme which doesn't quite benefit the department. By Joyce Bryant. Karen..............Sophie Thompson, David..............Robert Daws, Jim...............Jonathan Keeble, Alannah.............Kathryn Hunt, Fiona...............Lisa Allen, Joselyn.... .Natasha Byrne. Producer Gary Brown.

3 Aug 2010 "Higher" - Inspection
The Geography department at Hayborough University, where if you have a pulse you can have a degree. In these straightened times there have to be cuts. So it does seem a bit of a coincidence that when David Poll is earmarked for disciplinary measures leading to possible dismissal the Quality Assurance Inspectorate turns up. Karen.....Sophie Thompson, David......Robert Daws, Jim......Jonathan Keeble, Maura.......Maggie Fox, Sadie.....Fiona Clarke, Dick......Malcolm Raeburn. Produced by Gary Brown.

24 Sep 2010 We Happened to be Passing
By David Nobbs. It is a quiet Saturday morning in the Hinchcliffe home. Tony and Sal, tired after a week of work, have time on their hands. Then the doorbell rings. It is an American couple - Monty and Janey - a rather loud duo they stayed with in Delaware years ago. They said "If ever you happened to be passing...". Well, the Americans are passing and they have no hotel booked. To Tony's horror Sal invites them to stay..... Older readers may remember that David Nobbs wrote 'Reginald Perrin' many years ago......cast for the radio play as follows: Tony.....James Nickerson, Monty.....Kerry Shale, Jan.....Malcolm Raeburn, Sal.....Olwen May, Hilda.....Maggie Fox, Janey.....Melissa Jane Sinden, Collette.....Szilvi Naray-Davey, Pierre/French Chef.....Hugo Chandor. Directed by Gary Brown.

15 Oct 2010 Every Child Matters
By Christopher Reason. The second linked drama dealing with the fall out of the case of Debbie Hurst who was vilified as the most repulsive woman in Britain for allowing her ten year old daughter to dance semi-naked on the internet for paedophiles. It is six months since the case exploded on to the red tops and Joanne was the social worker who took the flak. She feels as though she was hung out to dry and wants to know why. Joanne.....Sarah Lancashire, David.....George Costigan, Producer Gary Brown.

11 Nov 2010 The Man Who Jumped From Space
The real life story of Captain Joe Kittinger and Project Excelsior. As jet planes flew higher and faster in the 1950s, the USAF became increasingly worried about the safety of flight crew who had to eject at high altitude. So Project Excelsior was initiated to perfect a parachute system that would allow a safe, controlled descent after a high-altitude ejection. Francis Beaupre, a technician at Wright Field, Ohio (today Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), devised a multi-stage parachute system to facilitate manned tests. To test the system, staff at Wright Field built a 200 ft high helium balloon with a capacity of nearly 3 million cubic feet (85,000 m³) which could lift an open gondola plus pilot into the stratosphere. Joe Kittinger, who was test director for the project, made three ascents and test jumps. This is the story of the three jumps. Joe Kittinger.....Simon Lee Phillips, Beau.....David Fleeshman, Stapp.....Garrick Hagon, Bobby.....Kerry Shale, Grubitz.....Andrew Westfield, Technician.....Hamilton Berstock. Producer Gary Brown.

25 Jan 2011: Afternoon Drama - Miracle Worker
Hannah Bradley's only 17, but she's a spiritual healer. It doesn't seem strange to her; it's what she was brought up to be. She's healed many people; but maybe there's one person she really needs to heal. Hannah.........Beth Palmer, Maxine.......Sue Jenkins, Sam......Lucy-Jo Hudson, Lucy......Kate Crossley, Paul........Daniel Pape, Robbie.....Luke Broughton. Producer/Director Gary Brown.

7 Feb 2011 Afternoon Drama - Market, The Joey
Sean's family own a fish stall down the market. Except Sean doesn't want to join them. He's become a 'Joey' for his best friend Darren who's a highly paid footballer. A Joey is a sort of friendly factotum, a 'Go to Guy'. No way is he dogsbody. A comedy by Jim Poyser. Sean.... John Catterall, Darren.... Greg Wood, Tony.....Ben Crompton, Shaneice/Sharon.... Danielle Henry, Dad/Halibut.....Peter Slater, Ronny....Bernard Wrigley. Original Music by Steven D Reid. Produced by Gary Brown.

14 Feb 2011 Afternoon Drama - Market, Castaway
Andrew is proud of his beard and his liberal attitudes. Then Akram Khan buys some computers off him. Akram is a successful businessman; he lives in a house Andrew admires. Andrew is sanguine about this - until he fits a wi-fi router in Mr Khan's house. Andrew.....Kevin Eldon, Tom.........Marshall Lancaster, Sarah.......Deborah McAndrew, Akram......Ian Aspinall, Mrs Khan...Balvinder Sopal. Original Music by Steven D Reid. Produced by Gary Brown..... not sure who wrote the script - Ed

21 Feb 2011 Afternoon Drama - Market, Eclipse
Carrie runs a flower stall. She also has a birthmark on her face. Maybe that's the reason she has never married. But Mrs Kaminsky knows she has an ardent admirer. A tender romantic comedy by Sharon Oakes. Carrie.....Michelle Holmes, Gordon....Andrew Westfield, Mrs Kaminski....Melissa Jane Sinden, Maurice......Ian Champion, Lisa.........Claire Lever. Original Music by Steven D Reid Produced by Gary Brown.

28 Feb 2011 Afternoon Drama - Market, An Imam and a Rabbi
Imam Jawad and Rabbi Greenberg can't stand the sight of each other. But then something strange and spooky occurs. Something that needs cross cultural co-operation. Can they do it? A supernatural comedy by Shakeel Ahmed. Rabbi.....David Fleeshman, Imam.....Muzz Khan, Narrator...Wylie Longmore, Imran.......Peter Singh, Deborah.....Jessica Manley, Afzal.........Nakib Narat, Bernstein....Roger Butcher, Marcus......Lloyd Peters. Original Music by Steven D Reid. Produced by Gary Brown.

2 May 2011: Afternoon Drama - Star Struck
By Katharine Way. Sarah has got the job of her dreams. Working with Cal, an Astronomy Professor at a remote observatory in New Zealand, watching the destruction of a planet by a black hole. But then the Professor registers a message from the dying planet. Can it really be genuine? Sarah.........Julia Haworth, Cal.............Philip Bretherton. Producer Gary Brown.

6 May 2011: Afternoon Drama - The Janitor
By Ed Jones. Kevin is struggling to keep his new restaurant afloat in posh Salford Quays. But then Jonno turns up. The boy he was a dad to for a couple of years when he was shacked up with his mother. He couldn't save the mother, can he now save the kid? All fifteen stone of him? Kevin............Jason Done, Jonno............Tachia Newall, Sandra..........Naomi Radcliffe, Mikey............Chris Jack, Amy..............Catherine Kinsella, Scotty...........Gerard Fletcher. Producer Gary Brown.

12 May 2011: Afternoon Drama - Every Child Matters
The second linked drama dealing with the fall out of the case of Debbie Hurst who was vilified as the most repulsive woman in Britain for allowing her ten year old daughter to dance semi-naked on the internet for paedophiles. Six months ago, Joanne found herself at the centre of a major scandal. Her client Debbie Hurst was caught exhibiting her ten year old daughter over the internet to paedophiles. Joanne was suspended on full pay, pending a disciplinary tribunal. But then worse, much worse, her name and identity were leaked to the press and she found herself in tabloid hell. Today, the client is back in court for sentencing. She will probably get at least eight years. Joanne.....Sarah Lancashire, David.....George Costigan, producer Gary Brown.

29 Jun 2011: Afternoon Drama - A Bobby's Job
By Don Webb. A young detective gets pulled in to investigate some thieving at a local firm. But every step he takes, tugs him slowly into places he shouldn't be. Mark...... Mark Jordon, Helen..... Lisa Brookes, Lynda..... Fiona Clarke, Joby...... Ian Redford, Richrad..... Christopher Corcoran, Stefan...... Liam Fox.. Directed by Gary Brown.

9 Aug 2011: Afternoon Drama - Higher - Series 3, The Price of Partnership
Ep 1......Teaching has become a dirty word at Hayborough University. When a new Dean of Research Development comes on board she urges partnerships abroad. So an international research centre for Pier and Wharf ethics is suggested. The only problem: the person sent to set it up is an academic snob and sociopath, Professor David Poll. Karen.........Sophie Thompson, Jim.............Jonathan Keeble, David, the snob..........Jeremy Swift, Cherry.........Caroline Burns Cooke, President......Cyril Nri, Abdi.............Marlon G. Day. Produced by Gary Brown.

23 Aug 2011: Afternoon Drama - Higher - Series 3, Rebrand, Relaunch
Higher: Ep 3. By Joyce Bryant. To Jim's dismay Roland becomes Vice Chancellor and image consultants 'Harsover Tutt' are brought in to rebrand the university. Jim feels he's being forced out. Will he find an ally in Karen? Karen.....Sophie Thompson, Jim.........Jonathan Keeble, Roland....Lloyd Peters, Dame Sheila....Brigit Forsyth, Clive.....Malcolm Reaburn, Radio Announcer....Luke Jerdy. Producer Gary Brown.

17 Oct 2011: Afternoon Drama - Brief Lives - Series 4, Episode 1
Brief Lives by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly 1/6. The return of Frank Twist and his team of Manchester legal eagles. When a pop entrepreneur is arrested for alleged fraud Frank discovers a personal connection. Frank.....David Schofield, Sarah.....Kathryn Hunt, Declan....Jonjo O'Neill, Doug......Eric Potts, Phineas....Hugo Chandor, Laura.......Sue Jenkins, Mickey....Jim Barclay. Producer Gary Brown. (five other episodes in this series, at weekly intervals. See 2011 listing - Ed)

18 Oct 2011: Afternoon Drama - All the Dark Corners, The Desk
By Andrew Readman. A chiller; first in a series of three. Davis Finch is a hack TV writer with aspirations to write a novel. In order to be a real writer he feels he needs a proper desk. Hestarts to write. Then he finds a secret drawer. Finch.............Graeme Hawley, Harrison.........Tim McInnerny, Rachel...........Karen West, Morris............Greg Wood, Valerie...........Melissa Jane Sinden, Shopkeeper....Russell Richardson. Producer Gary Brown.

18 Nov 2011: Afternoon Drama - Wednesdays with Strangers
When a welcome pack to the UK offers advice on how to talk to strangers, a migrant worker decides to spend his one day off each week attempting to get to know the people of Britain and prove to his disillusioned flatmate that there is such a thing as the British Dream after all. A gentle comedy of manners by Nick Leather. Mirek...............Matt McGuirk, Alex............... Eddie Capli, Andy..............James Quinn, Frank...............Greg Wood, Joy.................Sue Kelly. Producer Gary Brown.

28 Nov 2011: Afternoon Drama - Sleeping Dog
By Peter Roberts. Dave is an uptight architect who's fed up with designing public lavatories. He needs to impress the boss, who likes blues music. So he hires an old busker who had a hit in the sixties. And what should improve his prospects actually starts to unravel his life. Mitchell......David Shaw-Parker, Dave..........Conrad Nelson, Karen.........Natasha Byrne, Paul............Paul Greenwood, Anastasia....Kathryn Hunt, Jonathan.....Adam Billington. Producer Gary Brown.

11 Dec 2011: Classic Serial - Gargantua and Pantagruel,1
Rabelais, dram. Lavinia Murray. The bawdy, exuburant adventures of medieval giants. A blend of fantasy, comedy, philosophy and scatological humour. The world's a messy place. The first episode depicts the young life of the giant Gargantua, who is reduced to laughable insanity by an education at the hands of paternal ignorance, old crones and syphilitic professors. Rabelais...David Troughton, Gargantua..Robert Wilfort, Grangousier..Eric Potts, Gargamelle..Melissa Jane Sinden, Holofornes/Friar Jean..Jonathan Keeble, Panochrates..Malcolm Raeburn, Eudomon/Sun..Kathryn Hunt. Producer Gary Brown. (2 episodes to this Classic Serial)

2 Feb 2013: Saturday Drama - Boots on the Ground
Thriller by Don Webb. Danny Marks arrives at a Military Research centre. He's a volunteer for speed reaction testing; trying to improve reaction times under duress. His mate Billy Rogers was on the same course, but he's gone missing. Has he just done a bunk? Or is it something more sinister?A dark, contemporary thriller by veteran TV writer. Marks ..... Lee Ingleby, Joanie ..... Sue Kelly, Dr Callard ..... Gillian Kearney, Dr Ainsworth ..... Malcolm Raeburn, Tasker ..... Jonathan Keeble, Rogers ..... Greg Wood, Producer ..... Gary Brown.

10 Mar 2013: Classic Serial - Esther Waters
By George Moore. Dramatised by Sharon Oakes. Ep. 1. Set against a background of gambling and horseracing; Esther Waters is a tale of how a servant girl makes her way in Victorian England. Forced to leave the home of her stepfather, Esther takes a job as a maid at 'Woodview', a country estate owned by a nouveau riche racing family. Esther's tale is a slice of Victorian life that is rarely shown; single parenting, wet nursing, divorce, gambling, and religious zealotry. Through her we discover exactly what it feels like to be poor and powerless. The book was banned until Gladstone revoked the ban, saying that it was compassionate, moral and humane. After that it became a best seller. Esther ...... Lyndsey Marshal, William ...... Matthew McNulty, Sarah ...... Joanne Froggatt, Mrs Rivers ...... Joanne Froggatt, Leopold ...... Hugh Simon, George ...... Hugh Simon, Demon ...... Stephen Hoyle, Peggy ...... Lisa Brookes, Mrs Latch ...... Melissa Jane Sinden, Mrs Barfield ...... Melissa Jane Sinden, Anne ...... Fiona Clarke, Mrs Spires ...... Fiona Clarke. Producer - Gary Brown.

9 Apr 2013: Afternoon Drama - Chopin in Manchester
By Jim Poyser. Chopin's agent gets him a gig in England to escape the revolting peasants in Paris. Except it isn't London, it's Manchester. A zany comedy, based on a true event, about how Chopin might have reacted to industrial Manchester and its citizens. Chopin ........ Neil Stuke, Julia ........ Verity-May Henry, Salis ........ Ian Puleston-Davies, Simon ........ Ben Crompton, Old Man ........ Ben Crompton, Delabiliere ........ Eric Potts, Bright ........ Eric Potts, Producer Gary Brown.

1 May 2013: Afternoon Drama: Love, War and Trains
By Ian McMillan. "This is the story of my mum and dad's wedding in October 1943 in Peebles in the Scottish Borders. They wrote to each other for a few years, met a couple of times and then got married on a forty-eight hour pass.......My dad's ship docked at Plymouth and he got the train to Peebles; my mother had applied for leave but they wouldn't give her any so she went AWOL, over the fence and away to the nearest station. They arrived in Peebles, got married, had one night together in the Tontine Hotel and then my dad went back to his ship and my mother went back to base and got arrested and spent two weeks in the glasshouse. Arrested for love! Fantastic!". John ....... Billy Boyd, Olive ....... Verity-May Henry, Archie ....... Henry Devas, Chorus ....... Henry Devas, Bella ....... Natalie Grady, Chorus ....... Natalie Grady, Guard ....... Hamilton Berstock, Redcap ....... Hamilton Berstock. Producer Gary Brown.

3 May 2013: Afternoon Drama - Dead Man's Suit
A strange loner buys a suit in a charity shop and it changes his life. He secures a powerful new job and women notice him for the first time. Does the suit possess some sort of supernatural power? Or is it something more sinister? A black comedy by Michael Stewart, a former winner of the Alfred Bradley Award. This is his third Afternoon Drama. His novel 'King Crow' was published in 2011. Ian ....... Jeremy Swift, David ....... Conrad Nelson, John ....... Conrad Nelson, Nicky ....... Kate Coogan, Helen ....... Natalie Grady, Chardonnay ....... Lisa Allen, Waiter ....... Hamilton Berstock, Ben ....... Isaac Whitmore, Maisie ....... Jenna Addinall. Producer Gary Brown.

17 May 2013: Afternoon Drama - IOU
By Jaden Clark; her first play for radio. (She already writes for TV). A bailiff, who's lost everything in his personal life goes to collect on a female shoplifter and loses the one thing he didn't know he still had in his possession. His heart. But in gaining his heart, is he also prepared to lose his liberty? Jack ......... Don Gilet, Chrissie ......... Sally Carman, Donna ......... Natalie Grady, Rob ......... Luke Broughton, Tyson ......... Ellis Hollins, Ruby ......... Molly Peters. Producer ......... Gary Brown.

26 Aug 2013: His His Father's Wife
By Mike Harris, based on an idea by Robert Louis Stevenson, who in 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson claimed that his stories came to him fully formed in dreams. He wrote down the outline of one such story from memory. This drama is based on that outline, and is therefore the world premiere of a story that Robert Louis Stevenson never wrote. It is a dark tale of love and filial hate set in nineteenth century Scotland. Benedict -Robin Laing, Milly- Fiona Clarke, Garth -Seamus O'Neill, Hannah -Natalie Grady, Ben's mother -Natalie Grady, Native servant -Chris Jack, Producer - Gary Brown.

LOST AND FOUND (R4, 1415, 2 Dec 13)
by Ian Kershaw, had a very simple plot; an elderly man suffering from dementia tries to connect with his daughter; essentially a two-hander between Tom Courtenay and Sally Carman. We meet Stan during an ordinary day at work, in his lost property office at Manchester Piccadilly railway station, when a middle-aged woman comes in to reclaim a missing item. He can't find it.....however, it is gradually revealed that he is not at work; furthermore, she has not lost anything. Gary Brown was the producer, and this was a most moving and affecting production. (ND, Diversity website review, Dec 13)

9 Jan 2014: A Bobby's Job
Crime drama by Don Webb. A detective constable fears for his livelihood as job cuts are imposed. His father-in-law's security company offers him work uncovering a thief at the company, but it causes him some problems. Mark Jordan as the policeman, with Lisa Brooks, Fiona Clarke, Ian Redford, Christopher Corcoran, Liam Fox. Producer Gary Brown.



Nigel Deacon / Diversity website.

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