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BRADLEY SHOREHAM....2013
......There have been other memorable plays; I enjoyed Philip Palmer's three 'war-games' stories; his ex-military war games expert Bradley Shoreham setting up emergency scenarios with an 1) expert in pandemics, 2) a young maverick in a financial dealing house and 3) the crew on an oil rig. (.....ND, Diversity website review, Sep 2013)


INVASION....2013
.......the following afternoon we had INVASION (R4, 1415, 18 Jun 13) by Philip Palmer. An astronaut wakes up in quarantine on Earth after being the first person to walk on Mars. It's not clear why he has been isolated; his only company is a computer program which talks to him. It slowly emerges why he is on his own, and how how long he has been there. Kadian was played by Edward Hogg and the virtual woman by Amita Dhiri. The producer was James Robinson. (.....ND, Diversity website review, Sep 2013)


RED AND BLUE....2012
By Philip Palmer. 11,18 and 25 Apr 2012. Red and Blue, Philip Palmer's trilogy of plays, focuses on Bradley Shoreham. After leaving the British Army, Shoreham became a Consultant Subject Matter Expert. He spends his working life creating war games for training purposes. Fictional they may be but the higher the level of authenticity the greater their value to the participants. And when governments are paying for training they expect a high return for their money. Bradley Shoreham ..... Tim Woodward, Emma Macintosh ..... Tracy Wiles, Fergus O'Donnell ..... Lloyd Hutchinson, Cooper ..... Peter Hamilton Dyer, Lt.Col. Mackay ..... Don Gilet, Major General Gibbs ..... James Lailey, Brigadier Harper ..... Gerard McDermott, Sergeant Evans ..... Tom Meredith, Desk Sergeant ..... Harry Livingstone. Produced by Toby Swift.

In 'Hearts and Minds' , Shoreham discovers how quickly the politics of his virtual world can spill out into the real world.

In the second play, 'Behind Enemy Lines', Shoreham has decreed that Troy is at war with Sparta. Special Forces are involved in a field exercise as part of larger simulated war game. A squadron of British soldiers faces a challenge that will test them to the limit. Cast includes Warren Brown, Liz White and Ifan Meredith.

The third play, 'Terror', finds Shoreham having lunch with a Brigadier (Bill Paterson) on secondment to the Ministry of Defence. He has been invited to discuss war game scenarios involving terror attacks on London. But just how hypothetical is this consultation?


THE ART OF DECEPTION....2009
5 part Radio Drama Radio 4 , Broadcast July 2009.

    BBC blurb for ep. 1: Detective drama by Philip Palmer. Notorious art forger Daniel Ballantyne; newly released from prison but now dying; agrees to help art critic Jessica Brown to write a book about forgery. So begins a game of cat-and-mouse that will have deadly consequences. Daniel Ballantyne ...... David Schofield Jessica Brown ...... Indira Varma Ben ...... Matt Addis Andrew Jarrold ...... Jonathan Keeble Claire de Vere ...... Belinda Lang DI Grimwood/Art Dealer ...... John Biggins Stavros Persakis ...... Malcolm Tierney Museum Curator ...... Philip Fox DS Ruckley/Taxi Driver ...... Benjamin Askew Directed by Toby Swift. Broadcast Mon 22 Jun 2009 19:45 BBC Radio 4



GAZA ....2007
15 minute BBC Radio Drama (Fact to Fiction Broadcast June 2008)


BREAKING POINT ....2007
10 Aug, R4, Friday Play. You couldn't fail to get the message in the muscular drama, Breaking Point, in which the effect of a man's recruitment to military intelligence rubbed off on his personal life. Elliot Cowan and Naomi Frederick played the couple for whom married life became a brutal game of cat and mouse. Author Philip Palmer and producer Toby Swift cleverly subverted expectations by imbuing domestic scenes, such as the wife in labour, with a sinister air while giving comic undertones to interrogation sessions. (shortened excerpt from review by M.P., in "The Stage")
RT: Philip Palmer's powerful drama tells the story of Jon Starkey as he undergoes training to become a British Army interrogator. A career soldier with a young family, Starkey is about to join the front line in the so-called war against terror.


BLAME ....2005
Friday Play. Starring Ann Mitchell, Caroline Catz & Tanya Franks.


RUBATO....2005
11 Feb 05. A childhood prodigy of a violinist goes on strike - even parental bribes won't get her playing. By Philip Palmer. This was a well-written play, showing lots of musical know-how: techniques, tensions, and how to overcome them (I know- I'm a musician). A pleasure to hear it , and it was well-cast. Stephanie Fearon was the prodigy, Tilly Vosburgh was Mum, and Ray Fearon and Nicholas Farrell were the concert violinist and the father. Sonia Slany played the violin, Carol Bayne directed. -N.D.


THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO ....2004
Starring Paul Rhys and Conleth Hill. 18 Feb 04.


THE KING'S COINER ....2002
True life detective drama about Isaac Newton. By the 1690s Isaac Newton, already the world's greatest mathematician, was hungry for a new challenge and became Warden of the Royal Mint. His pursuit of London's most notorious counterfeiter, William Chaloner, confirmed him as a man prepared to go to any lengths to solve a problem.

Isaac Newton ...... Ian McDiarmid
Catherine Barton ...... Katy Cavanagh
William Chaloner ...... Barnaby Kay
Lord Halifax ...... Jeremy Swift
Tom Holloway ...... Freddie Annobil-Dodoo
Mr. Secretary Vernon ...... Peter Marinker
Thomas Carter ...... Colin Adrian


FALLEN ....2001
Radio drama. Starring Owen Teale and Robert Pugh.


THE FAERIE QUEEN ....2001
2 part adaptation of Spenserís epic poem for BBC Radio. Directed by Toby Swift. Starring Simon Russell Beale and Holly Aird.
    The Leicestershire composer Ben Burrows wrote a set of six piano pieces inspired by Spenser's "Faerie Queen", which I transcribed from the manuscript held by Leicester University Library about twenty years ago - N.D..



GIN AND RUM ....2000
Radio drama. Every weekday Judy and Bob meet on the roof of a London office block for their lunch break. This romantic ghost story scratches beneath the surface of two lonely lives, offering a tantalising glimpse of the secrets of the city. With Caroline Catz and Philip Whitchurch. Director: Toby Swift.

compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

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