My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson. It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th. It is one of my proudest achievements. Nigel Kneale’s widow Judith Kerr (a writer of great repute herself : Mog, The Tiger Who Came for Tea etc) attended the recording and had a lovely time talking about “Tom” (Kneale’s actual first name) and his work.
I have jumped in at relatively short notice to play Doc in West Side Story at the Royal Northern College of Music at the end of February. There’s a terrific young cast and it’s a great show. Ticketshere.
The Guardian asked me to add a positive note to their coverage of the death of actor Peter Wyngarde which I was more than happy to do. The result ishere.
Please vote for XS Malarkey as Best Comedy Club (that runs weekly or has a capacity of 150 or more) in the Chortle Awards. Stiff competition this year so please help!!Here.
The forthcoming DVD release of The Enemy of the World has an hour long documentary produced by Ed Stradling in which I try to find out some brand new facts about the making of this once lost Doctor Who serial. I interview some hitherto unheard from folks, and get some insights into the leading man who, in this story, plays a dual role.
The Dad Who Fell To Earth has been nominated for a prestigious BBC Audio Drama Award. It made the initial shortlist of six, which was to be boiled down to three on January 5th 2016. Rather delightfully, it stayed on, alongside the acclaimed Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore and In And Out Of The Kitchen by Justin Edwards who is an old friend from university days. So it’s stiff competition but also splendid, flattering company to be in.
The ceremony is on January 31st at Broadcasting House and will be presented by Lenny Henry.I have everything crossed, which is going to make a call of nature somewhat more difficult to answer than usual.
As I type this you have just over three weeks to catch The Dad Who Fell To Earth on iPlayer.It is a play I wrote for Radio 4 about a man who discovers that his recently deceased father wasn’t a door-to-door salesman as he thought but in fact an alien from a distant world charged with preventing the destruction of mankind. It’s about grief and loss and a purple planet with clever cats.
The play stars Ronald Pickup as Russ, Cherylee Houston as Jan, Alexandra Mathie as Wendy, Lee Fenwick and Pete/Steve, and Zoe Iqbal and Chelsea. Oh, and me. The producer os the fabulous Charlotte Riches. Most of us are pictures below.
I can honestly say that is has been the most rewarding engagement of my professional life so far – the writing process was smooth, the cast are fabulous and Charlotte has done an amazing job with the edit (Sound by Sue Stonestreet, one of the unsung heroes of the radio department at the BBC in Salford). I’m delighted to say the the play received Pick Of The Week in The Independent, The Observer, The Telegraph and The Mail.
You can listen on it here (depending on what date you read this):