Episode 320 – The Minister of Chance Visits Paludin Fields

This week we visit the ‘Paludin Fields’ in the return of the Minister of Chance, a lush, imaginatively designed story of war, magic, and science on a strange planet at the edge of the Universe. ‘The Minister Of Chance‘ is an acclaimed ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off, introducing us to  a world where the Ambassador Durian of Sezuan (Paul […]

Episode 305 – Wireless Theatre Company is the BBC

This week on the show we feature the work of Wireless Theatre Company, in their cheeky play about the drama behind radio drama creation We Are the BBC (and a nod out to its predecessor, We are Not the BBC). Rob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave: a celebrated scriptwriter, actor, TV […]

BBC Launches 2012 International Radio Playwriting Competition

Fantastically big news here – the BBC has announced the next round of their International Playwriting Competition with an incredible prize of £2,000 and a trip to London to see their play recorded at the BBC. Each play will then be broadcast on the World Service. Details (and samples of last year’s winners) here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/bbc_world_service_international_playwriting_competition_2012.shtml […]

Episode 272 – The Final Six Suspects, Preparing for Pandemic

This week we wrap our third part of Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup, adapted by Ayeesha Menon and produced by acclaimed BBC Producer John Dryden. Vicky Rai, notorious son of a prominent Indian politician, shoots dead a waitress at a trendy Delhi restaurant. At a lavish society party to celebrate his acquittal, he is himself […]

Episode 268 – A Tour of the Galaxy with Dirk Maggs

A blinding 14-inch snowstorm struck Maine on Wednesday, blitzing Radio Drama Revival host Fred Greenhalgh with the sensation that it muststill be winter and so, a good move to continue our “Sci-Fi February” celebration of original science fiction audio. And what a whopper of an episode we have today! We have an extended interview with […]

Captain Radio Review: New Kids on the Block

Graphic - FunGraphix.com | Theme music - Shane Lamb Title: Wireless Theatre Kids Producer: Wireless Theatre Type: Drama Genre: Children’s Educational and Entertainment Audio Plays Availability: Free and Paid – WirelessTheatreKids.co.uk Title: Sophie’s Adventures in the Dark Producer: Matt Brown / Leo Media Ltd Type: Drama Genre: Children’s Fantasy Availability: Paid – Explaudio.com (Till 5/31/11 – hear […]

Episode 219 – Severed Threads Cut Loose

This week we continue our feature of three lives intertwined by cheap labor in India… an exploration of the undertow of modern globalism and a test of the theory of degrees of separation… Penned by seasoned field recording radio dramatist John Dryden, here is Severed Threads, originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Play write-up: Second […]

Episode 218 – John Dryden’s Severed Threads

This week we feature a spectacular original story of three lived intertwined by cheap labor in India… an exploration of the undertow of modern globalism and a test of the theory of degrees of separation… Penned by seasoned radio dramatist John Dryden, here is Severed Threads, originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4. Play write-up: Jim […]

Episode 190 – BBC Radio’s The Handmaid’s Tale

Oh, dear listeners, today we have a treat for you! It’s a story commissioned by the the gold standard in audio drama – the BBC! The show is producer John Dryden’s inspired adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. The story tells of a dismal future where the lines between church and state are […]

Episode 175 – Norman Corwin Takes an Audience with the BBC

Photo courtesy NormanCorwin.com This week we wrap up our month-long celebration of the poet laureate of radio, Norman Corwin, who celebrated his centennial this month. We tie together a month of great programming with a documentary by the BBC that lets Norman tell us the story of a life in radio – giving us a […]

BBC Reaffirms Commitment to Radio Drama

To follow up on our coverage of BBC announcing the end of the Friday play, today it was reported that the BBC has made a commitment to keeping radio drama free from cuts for the near future. The Stage News quotes BBC head of radio drama Alison Hindell as saying: We are still the biggest […]