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11.01.99 Lady Susan
08.04.00 A Marble Woman 60m
08.05.00 As it is in heaven, reading, 5 parts, abridgement.
17.07.00 Love is where it falls. 5 parts. Abridgement.
16.10.01 Mary Barton, dram. in 20 12m episodes.
24.06.02 5 x 12m The Love Child
26.12.02 Edward Lear: Abominable Bestiary 45m
04.01.03 Northern Lights (Philip Pullman, dram), 150m
11.01.03 The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman, dram), 150m
18.01.03 The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman, dram), 150m.
14.02.04 Man of all work
28.02.03 Lottie the Mermaid
05.08.04 Ammo (R3), 58m
08.08.04 A Certain Smile (Francoise Sagan), dram, 60m "Classic Serial"
30.05.05 5 x 12m The Nocturnalist
30.11.07 The Tiger Hunt (about William Blake)
10.04.08 Tarzan of the Antirrhinums
28.06.09 Confessions of an English Opium Eater, Classic serial (de Quincey)
11.12.11 Gargantua & Pantagrua (Rabelais)
03.07.12 The Beautiful Ugly (about Hans Christian Andersen)
11.04.13 Once upon a Time...Beatrix Potter, 45m
date nk......A Distinctive Child
R4, 11.01.99; by Jane Austen. Adapted by Lavinia
Murray. Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful society widow
decides to visit her brother-in-law. Will she be a
welcome guest? Her friend Alicia Johnson narrates
her story. With Harriet Walter and Maggie Steed.
Director Jocelyn Boxall. In ten parts.
A Marble Woman....2000
By Louisa May Alcott, dramatised by Lavinia
Murray. Sexual repression, opium addiction and love
collide in this gothic tour de force. Recently
orphaned Cecilia Stein turns up at the door of
brilliant sculptor Bazil Yorke. Jilted by the child's
mother many years ago, Yorke decides to use the
daughter to punish the sins of the mother. With Bill
Paterson, Amanda Root and John McArdle. Director:
As It Is in Heaven....2000
By Niall Williams, read by Owen Roe and abridged
by Lavinia Murray. A passionate and haunting love
story of isolation and renewal set in Venice and the
west of Ireland.
Love Is Where It Falls ....2000
17 Jul 00; late book. Simon Callow reads his moving
account of his extraordinary friendship with the
legendary literary agent Peggy Ramsay and his love
affair with Aziz, a tragic young Egyptian film-maker.
Abridged by Lavinia Murray.
16 Oct 01.
By Elizabeth Gaskell, dramatised in 20 parts by Lavinia
Murray. With David Calder, Emma Rydal.
The Love Child....2002
By Edith Olivier, adapted by Lavinia Murray.
Agatha Bodenham's imaginary child becomes more and
more visible, and after a trip to the seaside she
returns with Agatha. Woman's Hour serial; rpt. 7.45 pm.
Abominable Bestiary: By the Coast of Coromandel....2002
26 Dec 02. Featuring Edward Lear's nonsensical
characters on a quest to find their creator. With
Derek Jacobi, Floella Benjamin, Samantha Spiro,
Lottie The Mermaid....2003
R4, 28 Feb 03.
By Lavinia Murray and Susan Vale.
A surreal adventure comedy in which Lottie the mermaid
swaps her tail for legs and is sent on a mission to
save the people of seaside town Doursby-on-the-Turn
from the evil machinations of Mayor Alfred Big.
Lottie the Mermaid ...... Alison Pettitt
Simeon ...... Ben Crowe
Mayor Alfred Big ...... Martin Hyder
Grenville ...... Jonathan Keeble
Shamela/Mrs Morhua ...... Joanna Monro
Directed by Marc Beeby
Our heroine, 11 year old Lyra Balacqua, goes on a journey through
the frozen Arctic, parallel universes, and even the world of the dead.
Director David Hunter. (...Penny Fabb; Complete guide to science fiction on British Radio
THE SUBTLE KNIFE....2003
The second book of "His Dark Materials" starts in our world, when
12 year old Will accidentally kills a man. He escapes into a
parallel world where he meets 11 year old Lyra, and together they acquire
the most powerful weapon in the world - the subtle knife. Director -
Janet Whitaker. (...Penny Fabb; ib.)
THE AMBER SPYGLASS....2003
A colossal war is brewing in heaven, and Lyra and Will have been
separated. They must find each other and journey onward - for only together
can they protect the future of the cosmos. Director - David Hunter.
(...Penny Fabb; ib.)
Man of all Work....2004
by Richard Wright, rev. Lavinia Murray.
Just how far will a man go to provide for his family?
Richard Wright's bitingly funny play centres on Carl,
a black man in 1950s America struggling to make ends
meet for his family.
Turning on its head the view held by some whites that
'blacks all look the same', Carl adopts the name of
his wife, Lucy, and poses as a female maid, securing
a position in a white family. The performance is all
too convincing for the father of the house, who tries
to make Carl submit to the sexual advances that have
driven away his predecessor. Through the wife's
outrage, which turns to violent retribution, Carl
identifies the articulation of race and gender
that characterises this period of America's history.
Saturday Play. 14 Feb 04.
Carl ...... Paterson Joseph
Dave ...... John Sharian
Lucy ...... Nicola Hughes
Rosie ...... Josie Kook-Clark
Henry ...... Anton Rice
Anne ...... Barbara Barnes
Revised for radio by Lavinia Murray;
produced by Pauline Harris.
R3, 5 Aug 2004.Part of the series "The
Wire". The unthinkable happens in a Manchester inner city secondary school; a teenage girl who, bullied and an outcast, takes two of her fellow students hostage at gunpoint. But is it all real or imagined? (58m)
Martha/Gun ...... Joanne Froggatt
Finolla ...... Rhea Bailey
Faq ...... Charlie Ryan
Russell ...... Gary Damer
Directed by Pauline Harris
A CERTAIN SMILE....2004
R4, 8.8.04. In the "Classic Serial" slot, 55m. A sensual
love story, written by Francois Sagan, set in Paris in the 1950s.
When Dominique meets her boyfriend's married uncle, mutual attraction
soon leads to an intense affair. Dram. by Lavinia Murray.
With Kate Maberly, Robert Glenister, Carl Prokopp, Adjoa Andoh,
Katherine Parkinson, Joanna McCallum, John Rowe. Directed by
Woman's Hour serial, 5 x 12m.
Part verse, part comic, fairly surreal and spookily
atmospheric. This is the tale of two zoo-keepers on
the night shift during a power failure.
Keeper Triggs ...... Bernard Wrigley
Keeper Hardwick ...... Rachel Davies
Directed by Pauline Harris.
info from Hans Olsson, Stockholm
THE TIGER HUNT....2007
This play had peculiar spelling of the word "tiger" in the radio Times; they might have updated the spelling..... a day in the life of the young William Blake,
played by Barney Clarke. Broadcast as part of the Blake season to mark
the 250th anniversary of his birth. Contains some vivid scenes of London as it was
two and a half centuries ago. Produced by Pauline Harris. Rpt. 29.7.08.
TARZAN OF THE ANTIRRHINUMS....2008
10 Apr 08. Comedy; a meteor crashing into one of his greenhouses is the final straw for Marx's failing garden centre. Tarzan; a man raised entirely by pot plants; emerges from the bushes and announces that he will save Marx from financial ruin. Unfortunately; MI5 get involved. Marx ...... Mark Chatterton, Tarzan ...... Reece Dinsdale, Engels ...... Graeme Hawley, Trotsky ...... James Nickerson, Catherine ...... Rina Mahoney, Scientist ...... Julian Eardley.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ENGLISH OPIUM EATER....2009
28 Jun 09: Classic Serial, dramatized by Lavinia Murray. Thomas De Quincey's account of his consumption of the liquid opiate laudanum; a legal painkiller of the time; and his painful and surreal descent into addiction. Published 1821. Older Thomas ...... Oliver Cotton, Younger Thomas ...... James Nickerson, Brunnel/Tutor ...... Mark Chatterton, Able Big/Ong ...... Eric Potts, Betsy ...... Lisa Allen, Groaty/Wordsworth ...... David Fleeshman, Edith ...... Gemma Harvey, Ann ...... Sara Bahadori. Producer Gary Brown.
GARGANTUA & PANTAGRUEL....2011
Rabelais, Classic serial, 2 episodes beginning11 dec 11. Dramatized by Lavinia Murray.
THE BEAUTIFUL UGLY....2012
3 Jul 12 Play about Hans Christian Andersen.
ONCE UPON A TIME ... BEATRIX POTTER....2013
11 Apr 13. An imaginary day in the life of Beatrix Potter, when she was a teenager living with her parents in Kensington. The date is 1888 and Beatrix is 14 years old. She visits a cemetery and finds herself at the centre of a hunt for a young rabbit. This play gives an interesting insight into the life of one of our best-known children's writers. Cast: Amelia Clarkson as Beatrix, with Fiona Clarke, David Fleeshman, Conrad Nelson, Brigit Forsyth. Producer Pauline Harris.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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