Trevor Hoyle presented the arts and entertainments programme "What's On" for Granada TV before becoming a full-time writer.
He won the Radio Times Drama Award with his first play GIGO. The actor in the title role of his play RANDLE'S SCANDALS won the Sony Award.
He has published fiction with John Calder - THE MAN WHO TRAVELLED ON MOTORWAYS, VAIL, BLIND NEEDLE - and also THE LAST GASP, which was a Doubleday Book Club Selection in the US and is now under option in Hollywood.
His novel MIRRORMAN was published in 1999, and in June 2003 his novel RULE OF NIGHT, first published in 1975, was reissued by Pomona Books
"a powerfully authentic account of working-class life and gang violence" Time Out.
Currently he is working on a novel The Kingdom of Darkness and compiling a collection of short stories - Hard Shoulders/Soft Verges for Calder Publications.
His own website is at
BBC BROADCASTS: RADIO PLAYS
NOTES ON THE PLAYS
GIGO [60 minutes]
CONFLAGRATION [60 minutes]
Radio 4...... 31/10/91
RANDLE'S SCANDALS [90 minutes]
This play was repeated in July 2007 on BBC7 to mark the 50th anniversary of Frank Randle's death. It was very well-received. Here are two comments from the BBC7 messageboard:
......I enjoyed yesterday's play about Randle, who has just had a blue plaque put up on Blackpool's North pier to commemorate his death fifty years ago. Keith Clifford, who played Randle brilliantly, deserving his Best Actor Sony Award, recently left "Last Of The Summer Wine". Another cast member, Jean Ferguson (Marina) portrayed the late comedienne Hylda Baker in her radio play "She Knows Y'Know" in 1997. Baker wasn't very popular in the business and very few people attended her funeral. Maybe the play tells why.
Any chance of hearing it on BBC7 ?
Another listener replied:
......I too thought the Randle play very well done. A name so very famous then but so little known today. He was featured in a radio documentary by Mark Radcliffe recently. Hylda Baker suffered from dementia in her final years and believed she was Nellie Pledge, her character from the Nearest and Dearest tv series. I know that she and co-star Jimmy Jewel loathed each other. A Baker radio play would be most welcome.
Trevor Hoyle's ghost story, set in a hospital in Rochdale, is driven by
two parallel storylines. One is contemporary while the other is set in
the late 1800s and draws on real events that took place in the Dearnley
Union Workhouse. Producer/Director: Liz Leonard.
I received an interesting message about the broadcast:
Mrs. P.S, Blaby, Leicestershire, 5 May 07.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website.
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