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RESCUE ME....2010
31 Aug 2010; produced by Jeremy Mortimer. A play about an illegal forced marriage.

RUDOLPHO'S ZEST....2008
R3: Drama on 3. Broadcast: Sunday 6th April 2008 @ 8:20 p.m. Rudolpho is a larger-than-life old man dying in a London hospice. He flirts with the pretty nurse, Susan, and is full of stories, but he has a remarkable secret: he has lived for 192 years.... Producer Tracey Neale. 90 min. For more on this play see Jim's notes .

THE PARTING....2004
R4, 26.07.04. Four men miss the 6.32 train and end up stranded overnight at the station. Sam the station man becomes their confidante as each tells him why he wanted to be on that particular train. With Trevor Peacock, Don McCorkindale, Ewan Bailey, Danny Dyer, Calum Callahagn. Director Tracey Neale.

*THE TRIAL OF WILLIAM DAVIDSON....2002
1 Oct 01; in the series 'Hidden History' - ep. 1.

*STOWAWAY....2001
If you have misgivings each time you hear of large numbers of refuguees heading towards our overcrowded island you need to hear Stowaway (R4, 10 Dec 01), by Tanika Gupta. Vikram's family has been swindled out of its land; Vikram, after half a life in servitude, pays his meagre life savings to a man who promises to stow him away on an airliner. Disaster follows disaster as he fights for survival in the wheel bay. After plays like this one realises that living in the UK is a privilege which one should not take for granted. ....ND, VRPCC newsletter, Dec 2001

*THE ETERNAL BUBBLE....2000
BBC World Service 23/1/00 60min mono
This play is set in India and envisages a world that has been split in two. At the end of the 21st Century, most people live in scientifically controlled environments called Bubbles where death has been 'eradicated'. Bodies are kept alive in special dormitories that keep hearts beating long after consciousness has gone. Some people choose to live in the 'Second World', the world outside the Bubbles, where there is real sea, sky and sun but also disease and death.

Dr. Madhu Kapoor is an eminent Bubble scientist whose work is dedicated to prolonging life at any cost, including that of her son Kiren, kept alive in a dormitory after a childhood accident. When Dr. Kapoor's ex-husband, Professor Choudhury, lures her to the Second World hinting that he can prove that there is life after death, she embarks on a journey that will have profound implications for life in the 'Eternal Bubble'.


THE QUEEN'S RETREAT....1999
1 Jun 99.


COAT....1999
In the 'Women on Love' series; no. 2. 24 Feb 99.


WAISTLAND....1999
18 Feb 99.

*THE WHISPERING TREE....1998
BBCR4 6/8/98 45min
A year after her mother's death, 14-year-old Shamila prefers to escape into a world of Hindu myth and legend rather than confront her guilt and pain.


THE BOUNTY HUNTER....1997
25 Jun 97; afternoon play. The Bounty Hunter rounds up runaway Asian women and delivers them back to their homes - regardless of the circumstances to which he returns them. With Rehan Sheikh and Riz Abbasi.

*SKELETON....1997
R4, 7 Aug 97 , 60min . A medical student is obsessed by a beautiful and unobtainable woman.


ANANDA SANANDA....1996
8 Feb 96.


PANKHIRAJ....1994
R4 22 Mar 94 / 2pm. With Charubala Chokshi, Meera Syal, Souad Faress. Thirty Minute Theatre.


ASHA....1991
20 Oct 91.

Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Asterisked plays known to exist in VRPCC collections

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