FUGUE STATE by Julian Simpson
Official press release from the Writers' Guild, kindly sent by Jo McCrum of the Society of Authors.
Pictures on the BBC site from the audio drama awards ceremony .
PRESS RELEASE, 5 Jan 2016: The Tinniswood Award Shortlist
The shortlist will be announced on 5 Jan 2016.
The Tinniswood Award is presented annually to the best original audio drama script.
30 Mar 2015: Far Side Of The Moore
The astronomer Patrick Moore was commemmorated in FAR SIDE OF THE MOORE (R4, 1415, 30 Mar 15), a play by Sean Grundy about the early life of Patrick Moore, the astronomer, and the events surrounding the origins of the programme "The Sky At Night", which he presented for fifty-five years. This received very good reviews from many quarters, including the Daily Telegraph's Gillian Reynolds, the website of "The Sky At Night", and the British Astronomical Society website.
It's set in 1957, and the little-known Patrick is living with his mother in East Grinstead. He studies the heavens and writes popular factual works on astronomy, and science fiction under a pseudonym. When his latest book Suns, Myths And Men gets a bad review from the academic Henry King, Patrick is in despair and, when the phone rings, he expects more bad news. Martin Mobberley said that although the play is fiction, loosely based on facts, they had gone to great lengths to get the certain details right; for example, they recorded one of Patrick's typewriters to get the Woodstock typewriter key-pounding correct. Essentially, this was the story of how a self-taught astronomer and eccentric became the presenter of The Sky At Night. It also talks about Patrick's lost love, who died in a german air raid when he was still a young man. Overall it is a story of triumph against the odds; he would never have been hired without producer Paul Johnstone (Daniel Weyman) having faith in his scientific expertise and natural gift for communication.
Patrick was played by Tom Hollander and his mother by Patricia Hodge. Felicity played Lorna, Daniel Weyman was Paul Johnstone, and Anton Lesser was Dr. Henry King, the jealous academic. Dirk Maggs directed, for Indie producer Perfectly Normal Productions. (ND, Diversity Website review, Apr 2015)
30 Nov 2014: Dream of White Horses
By Linda Marshall Griffiths. Radio 3. Two friends release a film onto the internet exposing a military operation which (they think) constitutes murder. The truth however is more complicated and there are consequences as a result of their action. Chris: Derek Riddell, Sean: William Ash, Sarah: Christine Bottomley, Stevie: Sam Hattersley, Paul: Jonathan Keeble. Producer: Nadia Molinari.
19 Apr 2015: Vampyre Man
By Joseph O'Connor. Radio 3. A drama about the collaboration between Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and Henry Irving, the famous Shakespearian actor, who provided the inspiration for Stoker's vampire. Stoker: Darragh Kelly, Irving: Anton Lesser, Florence: Eva Birthistle, Jonathan Harker: Patrick FitzSymons, Ellen Terry: Amanda Redman, detective: Dan Gordon, actor: Peter Ballance. Producers: Jenny Thompson and Gemma McMullan. 90m.
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