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ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING ....1989
R4, 22 Jul 89, 90min. By Jonathan Myerson. A WW2 bomber is discovered in a marsh. The military want to lose the evidence of how it got there.

.....Another excellent thriller stemming from the discovery of a crashed Spitfire in East Anglia, and the gradual uncovering of the highly secret and highly illegal mission it was engaged in. The ending is reminiscent of the film Defence of the Realm, but it was a well-constructed play. ....Nigel Cropper.

YOU CHOOSE....1993
By Jonathan Myerson,R4,13.2.1993/1950,Amanda Root, Nathaniel Parker, Jonathan Cullen, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Nicholas Hutchinson, Federay Holmes, Jonathan Adams, David Holt, Sandra James-Young, Keith Drinkel, Matthew Morgan. Saturday Night Theatre. Psychological thriller, 90m. Original music by David Chilton and Nick Russell-Pavier; produced by the author.

A GREAT GULF FIXED....1993
Afternoon play, 30 Sep 93.

ANGEL STANDING....1994
6 Aug 94. By Jonathan Myerson; Monday play. A strange adult odyssey across decades and continents; the story of a young woman happy to prostitute herself for science. With Juliette Aubrey, Timothy West, Maggie Whiting, Aiden Gillan, Gavin Muir, Paul Panting, Peter Kenney, Cathy Sarah, Elaine Claxton, Neville Jason, Mark Lambert, Neil Dudgeon, Margaret John, Dan McCorkindale, Peter Whitman, James Taylor; music composed by Elizabeth Parker of the BBC radiophonic workshop. Produced by Peter Kavanagh. Rpt. 24.6.95

Angel brings zeal and commitment to her PhD research into sexuality. But when her supervisor realises she is working as a prostitute to get her statistics. Angel begins a frightening voyage of discovery. (G.L.)

GET WISDOM, GET UNDERSTANDING....1995
Afternoon play, 27 Jul 95. No other details.

THE SILENT SEA....1996
Afternoon play, 29 Aug 96.

My Bed in Darkness ....1997
7 Jun 97. By Jonathan Myerson. London's glitter tarnishes rapidly for those who are young, poor and sleeping rough. But sometimes life on the street is better than any other option. With James Thomas, Clare Isaac, Robert Harper and James Westaway. Director Alison Hindell.

The Write Stuff ....2001
JM as panelist on the popular quiz show, 18 Apr 01. James Walton chairs the game of literary correctness, flanked by captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh. Their guests are Jonathan Myerson and Jane Thynne, and the author of the week is Graham Greene.

The Write Stuff....2001
JM as panelist, quiz show, 9 May 01. James Walton chairs the game of literary correctness, flanked by captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh. Their guests are Jane Thynne and Jonathan Myerson and the author of the week is Harold Pinter.

The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House, by Julie Myerson....2004
3 May 04. Dramatised by Peter Kerry. Hooked on the discovery that the occupants of her Clapham house in 1899 were Henry Hayward, a journalist and author, and his wife Charlotte, and their three children - the same ages as her own - Julie Myerson sets out to discover everyone else who ever lived there.

With Doon Mackichan as Julie Myerson, Michael Maloney as Jonathan Myerson and Chloe, Jake and Raphael Myerson as themselves.

Henry Hayward ...... Michael Fenton Stevens
Florrie Hayward ...... Sara Bispham
Charlotte Hayward ...... Angela Curran
Directed by Chris Wallis.

THE TORTURE WARRANT....2005
29 Sep 05. By Jonathan Myerson,R4,Afternoon Play,27 September 2005,14:15, John Castle/Antonia Bernath/Tim Woodward/Jon Glover/Ben Silverstone. A disturbing play about whether torture can be condoned by Government if the circumstances warrant it. Not in a remote part of the world as part of a corrupt regime but here in the UK. 45M.

A Harlot's Progress....2006
6 Feb 06. 5 x 12m. Woman's Hour Serial. Comedy fleshing out the stories in William Hogarth's famous sequence of engravings. One day in 1732, an impoverished portraitist abandons his classical training and sets out to paint the wicked tale of a country girl's downfall on the streets of London. It's a story which will lead him and his imaginary heroine, Moll Hackabout, to very different ends. Details of first episode:

1/5. Plate 1, Moll arrives in London. Cast: William Hogarth ...... Will Keen, Jane Hogarth ...... Indira Varma, Moll Hackabout ...... Liz White, London Girl 1 /Susannah ...... Amelia Lowdell, London Girl 2 / Floss ...... Annabel Scholey, Mrs Needham ...... Rosemary Leech, Charteris/Keeper ...... Crawford Logan, Gourlay /Gonson ...... Gerard McDermott, Wagondriver/Curate/Francis/Card Sharp ...... Stephen Critchlow, Giuseppe ...... Paul Reynolds, Solomon Nunes/Sir James ...... Nickolas Grace, Bess ...... Amelda Brown, James/Dr Rock ...... Ben Crowe, Client/Joshua/Dr Misaubin ...... Geoffrey Beevers. Director Jonquil Panting.

MIND OUT....2006
Apr 27 06. The members of a family are undergoing self-help cognitive therapy; without letting the others know. Dad is back on the wagon, Mum seems to be sliding into depression and Daughter is becoming ever more anxious. But will the therapist inside their heads take over their lives?

Cast: Voice ...... Lucy Robinson, The Father ...... Philip Jackson, The Mother ...... Maggie O'Neil, The Daughter ...... Beverly Rudd. Director Clive Brill.

Llama Lashes and Grumpy old Gits (Hep C blog)....2006
5 Jun 06. By Anne Edyvean and Jonathan Myerson. Interesting play on the experiences of those with hepatitis C, based on internet blogs, mainly by sufferers. Good radio.

Cast: Ron ...... Kenneth Jay, Lu ...... Tracy Wiles, Jonathan ...... Nicholas Boulton, Martin ...... Gerard McDermott, Sue ...... Barbara Barnes, Wendy ...... Christine Ellerbeck, Paul ...... Kim Wall, Ijaz ...... Harmage Singh Kalirai, Newspaper voice ...... David Holt .

Male Order....2006
Woman's Hour serial, 4 Dec 06. 5 episodes. Details for second episode: "Galina"........ Galina lives with her nine-year-old son Alexei in Moscow. She recently signed up with an internet agency that specialises in setting up social evenings with visiting foreign men. The promise of escape comes in the form of Giles, who works for an insurance company in Basingstoke. But she has to decide whether or not to jettison her independence.

Marriage a la Mode....2007
Woman's Hour serial, 5 episodes. A second series based on a series of William Hogarth's paintings. BBC publicity for the first episode: "The Marriage Settlement" - 26 Feb 07: A marriage made in the Bank of England unites the aristocratic Squanders with the bourgeois Grubpumps, to the disgust of both bride and groom.

Cast:-William Hogarth ...... Will Keen, Jane Hogarth ...... Rebecca Johnson, Charles, Viscount Squanderfield (later Earl Squander) ...... Stephen Mangan, Emily Grubpump (later Countess Squander) ...... Anna Madeley, Grubpump ...... Robin Soans, Sylvester Silvertongue/Sir Andrew ...... John Dougall, Old Squander/Misaubin ...... Sam Dale, Mrs Wisebourne ...... Nichola McAuliffe, Tyers ...... Anthony Glennon, Clarissa ...... Poppy Friar, Missus ...... Rachel Bavidge, Steward ...... Mark Straker, Simmy ...... Jasmine Callan, Little William ...... Jordan Clarke.


Number 10....2007
Series of Friday 60m plays by Jonathan Myerson depicting life inside Downing Street. Details from ep. 1. " Good News Day". Broadcast 7 Sep 07. As the Prime Minister prepares to announce an amnesty for all immigrants working illegally in the UK, a serious tube crash threatens to jeopardise his plans.

Cast: Prime Minister ...... Antony Sher, Monica Smith ...... Sasha Behar, Polly Cairns ...... Haydn Gwynne, Colin Brenner ...... Colin McFarlane, Steve McKay ...... Stephen Mangan, Frank ...... Anthony O'Donnell , Lord Cairns ...... James Laurenson, Nigel Ogden ...... Christopher Ettridge, Rebecca ...... Flora Montgomery, Conrad ...... Nick Rowe, Mrs Austen ...... Claire Perkins, Journalist and News reader ...... Alice Arnold. Directed by Clive Brill.

Number 10....2007
Play 2: 14 Sep 07. The party promised to eliminate Britain's carbon footprint (debateably a fraudulent concept), but poll ratings are plummeting and the unions are cutting up rough. Even the PM's stepson is protesting.

Cast: Adam Armstrong ...... Anthony Sher, Monica Smith ...... Sasha Behar, Polly Cairns ...... Haydn Gwynne, Colin Brenner ...... Colin McFarlane, Steve McKie ...... Stephen Mangan.

Play 4. Rule of Law. ....2007
28 Sep 07 (can''t trace ep. 3) - The PM is launching a new organisation intended to integrate Muslims into British society and prevent radicalisation. But first he has to decide whether to back Turkey's application for EU membership.

Play 5. Home and Away....2007
Crises on two fronts as the Prime Minister faces a backbench rebellion while British troops are being held hostage overseas.

Dr Zhivago....2007
11 Nov 97. Classic serial, six episodes. Jonathan Myerson's dramatisation of Boris Pasternak's epic tale spanning four decades of war, revolution, passion and terror. Details for ep. 1. Set in 1895. Yuri and Lara are coming of age on different sides of Moscow. Their lives are parallel but on very different tracks.

Cast: Voice ...... Ian McDiarmid, Yuri ...... Tom Goodman-Hill, Lara ...... Eve Best, Komarovsky ...... Henry Goodman, Tonya ...... Clare Corbett, Pasha ...... Don Gilet, Alexander ...... Alan David, Amalia ...... Annette Badland, Misha ...... Carl Prekopp, Anna ...... Susan Jameson, Tishkyevitch ...... Jeremy Swift, Olya ...... Katy Cavanagh, Lena ...... Joannah Tincey. Other parts played by John Dougall, Carolyn Pickles, Ben Crowe, Peter Marinker, Sam Pamphilon, Ben Onwukwe, Simon Treves, Poppy Friar and Gagan Sharma. Cello played by Anna Edwards. Directed by Jonquil Panting.

DOMBEY & SON....2007
Woman's Hour drama, dramatised by JM in twenty 12-minute episodes beginning 19 Nov 07.

The Way We Live Right Now....2008
Anthony Trollope's satire about money, greed and dishonesty, updated by Jonathan Myerson. Fifteen episodes, each 12m. Woman's Hour serial.Details for first episode: Former British tennis star Flex Carbury once had a career. Now he has a problem. 16 Jun 08.

NUMBER TEN....2010
Four more plays. Oct-Nov 2010.


DO YOU KNOW WHO WROTE THIS?....2012
By Jonathan Myerson; 29 Aug 12. The BBC's Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones stars as himself in this wicked comedy about internet fakery by the creator of Number 10. Stay-at-home mum Ali finds herself lampooned on a mothers' chat site. She can't help wishing she knew the real identity of her tormentors. But when her wish comes true, she finds she's unleashed an unstoppable global revolution.

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting.

Ali ...................... Lydia Leonard
Himself ................Rory Cellan-Jones
Ned ...................... Ben Crowe
Zoe ...................... Lizzy Watts
Josh ...................... Richard Linnell
Rachel ...................... Liza Sadovy
Mark Z ...................... Chris Pavlo
Archbishop of Canterbury .... Patrick Brennan
Bret ...................... Paul Stonehouse
News Anchor ...................... Stephanie Racine
Reporter ...................... Adam Nagaitis

PAYBACK....2012
15 Sept: Saturday Drama. By Jonathan Myerson. 6th October 1973... Golda Meir has become Prime Minister of Israel in her seventies. Syrian and Egyptian troops are massing on Israel's borders, but despite eleven warnings of impending war in the past month, the Israeli cabinet has not called up the reserve. In Florida, Richard Nixon awaits the final verdict of the Washington Appeal court on his objections to surrendering the Watergate Tapes. In New York, Henry Kissinger is about to be woken at his room in the Waldorf Astoria, with news of a new Middle East War. The drama investigates how domestic and international politics were about to combine, to change the Middle East forever. Henry Kissinger ........ Henry Goodman, Richard Nixon ........ Peter Marinker, Golda Meir ........ Sara Kestelman, Simcha Dinitz ........ Kerry Shale, Al Haig ........ Kerry Shale, Anatoly Dobrynin ........ Ewan Bailey, James Schelsinger ........ Sam Dale, Jacob Javits ........ Sean Baker, other parts:...... Christine Kavanagh. Producer ........ Jonquil Panting.

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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