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Gregory Evans Radio Plays

Since his first television play was shown on BBC-2 in 1990, Gregory Evans has had about forty TV drama scripts produced. He's also written approximately thirty radio dramas - original plays, dramatizations, series and serials based on work by other writers, e.g. Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy, Martin Amis ,H. E. Bates. His dramatization of Greene's THE QUIET AMERICAN was shortlisted for a Sony Award. He adapted FAIR STOOD THE WIND FOR FRANCE for the theatre.

He's written a bestselling children's book; song lyrics (including some for a CD by the American soprano Roberta Alexander); feature articles, reviews and short stories for The Observer, Harper's & Queen, Woman's Journal and various little magazines.

Gregory is a long-time member of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, and has served on its Executive Council; a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts; and an interdisciplinary studies advisor for the MFA Creative Writing course at Lesley University in Boston, Mass.

BBC Broadcasts:
1981 The Hex
1982 Farenheit 451 (Bradbury), dram
1989 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Tressell), dram
1997 Pet Sematary (Stephen King), dram, 6 x 30m
1999 Secret Window, Secret Garden
2001 The Polish Soldier
2001 The Gold Bug (Poe), dram
2004 Ghosting

NOTES

The Hex....1981
2 Jan 81, (based on "Casting the Runes"). Play, written by Gregory Evans. Starring Conrad Phillips, Peter Copley, Edward Atienza. (Radio 4) A cracking play.

Fahrenheit 451....1982
By Ray Bradbury;dramatised for radio by Gregory Evans.
BBC Radio Production Information:(BBC Radio 1982) “Sometime in the future, the fireman’s role has changed from stopping fires to starting them: the material being all books or printed matter of any kind. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which books burn. But Montag the fireman is beginning to have doubts about his role… “

Cast:
Montag - Michael Pennington
Millie - Pamela Salem
Beatty - Peter Miles
Narrator - Jonathan Newth
Clarisse - Patience Tomlinson
Medic/Announcer - Spencer Banks
Stoneman - Michael Simkins
Woman - Susan Dowdall
Faber - Peter Tuddenham
Granger - Hugh Dickson
Simmons - Alan Dudley
Director - Brian Miller


OUR MAN IN HAVANA....1983 From the novel by Graham Greene, dramatised for radio in 3 parts by Gregory Evans. Produced by Brian Miller. Originally broadcast 23 Oct, 30 Oct and 6 Nov 83

A black comedy set in Cuba during the Batista regime. James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner retailer, is approached by Hawthorne, who offers him work for the British secret service. Wormold's wife had divorced him and now he lives with his sixteen year-old devoutly Catholic daughter Milly. Since Wormold does not make enough money to pay Milly's extravagances, he accepts the offer. Because he has no information to send to London, Wormold fakes his reports using information found in newspapers and invents a fictitious network of agents. Complications ensue.

Wormold..............................................Jack Watling
Hasselbacher........................................George Pravda
Milly.................................................Julia Hills
Hawthorne.............................................James Kerry
Chief...........................................Geoffrey Matthews
Miss Jenkinson.................................Elizabeth Havelock
Lopez................................................Scott Cherry
Beatrice.............................................Eleanor Bron
Segura............................................Edward De Souza
Teresa.................................................Petra Leah
George................................................Hubert Rees
MacDougall............................................Clive Panto
Dr Braun.............................................Nigel Graham
American Consul...................................Peter Tuddenham
British Ambassador....................................Nat Brenner


THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS..1989
By Robert Tressell, dramatised in 6 parts by Gregory Evans. Weekly, Fri 7 Apr-12 May. 60m episodes. The classic of working-class literature about a group of exploited builders renovating a house in the early 1900s. A shock is in store for the workmen as their ruthless boss Old Misery singles out one of the group. There are some wonderful names for the characters. Cast: Sean Barrett.........Robert Tressell, Brian Glover.........Bob Crass, Bryan Pringle........Hunter, Mark Straker.........Frank Owen, Peter Vaughan........Adam Sweater, Robin Summers........Fred Harlow, Norman Jones.........Joe Philpot, Richard Tate.........Bundy, Donald Gee.........Will Easton, Peter Craze........Newman, Geoffrey Matthews......Amos Grinder, John Moffatt.........Jeremiah Didlum, Denis Lill.........George Rushton, Joan Walker........Nora Owen, Alice Arnold.........Mary Linden, John Bull..........Drunk / Landlord, Philip Newman........Jack Linden, Eva Stuart.........Secretary / Mrs. Dupe, Landlady, John Warner........Dr Weakling, Michael Graham Cox.....Councillor / Sawkins, Kate Lock..........Ruth Easton, Andrew Mulquin.......Frankie Owen, Philip Sully.........Speaker, Richard Pearce.......Bert White, Christopher Good.......Newsagent / Driver / Conductor, David Goudge.........Alf Slyme Mortuary Keeper, Peter Craze........Collector / Parson, Nicholas Courtney......Sir Graball D'Encloseland, Susan Sheridan.......Miss Wade / Rosie Newman, Joanna Mackie........Mrs. Newman, Jo Kendall.........Barmaid. Technical presentation by David Greenwood. Produced by Michael Bakewell. The song heard at the start of the episodes is Gus Elen's 'Wait Till The Work Comes Round'.

PET SEMATARY....1997
By Stephen King...a man who has everything going for him: a loving wife, a happy family, and a successful career. But close by his beautiful new home lies an ancient Indian burial ground - a place of strange and sinister power. Dramatised by Gregory Evans. Directed by Gordon House for BBC Radio Drama. Repeated on CBC Radio National, 19 May 01. Excellent dramatisation. With John Sharian, Bryony Glassco, Lee Montague.

SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN....1999 BBC R4,3eps x 30min. By Stephen King; dramatised by Gregory Evans. Best selling novelist Morton Rainey is astounded when accosted on his doorstep one morning by a man who claims to that Rainey has stolen a story from him.
1/3: (17/5/99)
2/3: (24/5/99)
3/3: 31/5/99)

THE POLISH SOLDIER....2001
24 Jan 01, R4, 1415. A disturbing memory from his childhood of a man in unifirm sets James on a search for what really happened in his childhood.

THE GOLD BUG....2001
I like the original too much to enjoy this adaptation. It's been made politically correct. 15 Dec 01, R4. Saturday play, 58min.

STING IN THE TALE....2004
Thu 22 Jan 04, 23:00 - 23:30, 30 mins. 5/5 Ghosting By Gregory Evans. A rising young novelist doesn't really want to do any ghostwriting. But he agrees to write the autobiography of a model, and he finds her life very seductive. With Jimi Mistry as Jimi, Honeysuckle Weeks as Vita; also stars Frances Jeater and Francine Stock (as herself). Director Ned Chaillet.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity Website

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