I have no information about Katie Hims other than her being the writer in residence at BBC Radio Drama in 2002. Her plays are well-written and full of action. Anyone with information about her - please email.
The BBC drama website contains an interesting quote by Katie: "When I wrote my first radio play I put in a lot of sound effects...I felt they ought to be there......my producer said the script was all right but why were there so many lousy sound effects? Sometimes these detract from the scene....."
Greg Linden sent the following transcription of Jeremy Mortimer's introduction to "The Disappearance of Shirley McGill" on BBC7's "Producer's Choice":
....."Every so often, a writer appears on the scene who just takes your breath away. Katie Hims' first radio play, 'The Earthquake Girl', won a Richard Imison Award in 1998, and since then her work has never failed to make an impression. In Katie's world there is a semblance of normality but underneath all that you can be sure that something strange -- and rather magical -- is going on. I think that radio drama is at its best when it looks at the world through a slightly distorting lens, and Katie uses this to show us her stories of meek people doing heroic deeds and unlikely couples finding love. Stories which can make us laugh, and make us cry." (Jeremy Mortimer on BBC7, 22 January 2004).
The Earthquake Girl, 13 March 1997
*Roberto Sultana, 6 May 1998 (rpt 14 Sep
Bangers and Mash....1999
Child of the Suburbs: Milton and Sylvio's Story ....2000
Cops and Robbers* .............was another excellent play by Katie Hims (R4, 1415, 30 Apr 01). A dry cleaner's assistant falls for a customer but as he crosses the road outside the shop he is knocked down by a car. As she gets to know him it transpires that perhaps this was not an accident. Amanda Root and Philip Jackson were Marion and the Inspector, and the shady Jonny was played by Nicholas Boulton; Peter Kavanagh directed. ND, VRPCC newsletter, Sep 01
Football Stories for Girls .....2002
Tuesday is library day*....2002
Man with Travel Hairdryer*....2002
*The Disappearance Of
27 Feb 2003
+ Apologies -my recording is not very clear and I may have mis-spelled the names of some of the actors; please email any corrections to me.
The Day We Caught The Train.....2003
Two mysterious visitors arrive to pay their respects to the deceased but are horrified to see that her corpse has been dressed in black. Starring Paul McCrink, Duncan Preston and Thelma Barlow. (Woman's Hour drama; series title "Don't Step On The Cracks")
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN....2007
(R4, 1415, 17-20 Sep 07) CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN occupied the afternoon play slot for 4 days, and gave a less indigestible version of the well-known story. It's a romantic tale set during World War II on the island of Cephallonia. Pelagia is engaged to Mandras, an fisherman who has joined the Greek army. But whilst still engaged she falls for Captain Corelli, who is technically the enemy, and they decide to marry. Then Corelli disappears, only reappearing forty years later, during which time Pelagia has remained alone, waiting for him. The cast included Celia Meiras as Pelagia, Daniel Philpott as Corelli; Tom Goodman-Hill narrated. The dramatisation was by Katie Hims, and the producer was David Hunter. .......ND, VRPCC newsletter, Dec 07.....
Five interlinked dramas for Woman's Hour around Valentine's Day. 11-15 Feb 08. The meaning of kissing, with illustrated examples - a boy and girl's goodbye kiss, an old lady's first kiss, an imagined kiss, a father who never kissed his son, and how every girl in the class wants to kiss the class hunk.
ALL THE BLOOD IN MY VEINS....2010
18 Nov 2010. Second of two plays commissioned for BBC Children in Need. Actors and carers tell the story of a young girl with responsibilities beyond her years. Producer Jessica Dromgoole.
Others: (dates nk)
*Word on the night breeze
Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections.
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