Nigel Kneale’s The Road has long been the Holy Grail of lost TV plays and many have tried to mount remakes. For some reason, I was successful and my Radio 4 version was promoted to the Saturday Play slot after originally being conceived as a late night chiller. With a lovely two page spread in the Radio Times, it stars Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough and was broadcast on October 27th on Radio 4.
“PICK OF THE DAY : Toby Hadoke’s eerie adaptation” – The Guardian
“PICK OF THE DAY : **** – Stay tuned to the end for the haunting climax” – The Daily Mail
“PICK OF THE WEEK – a spooky drama – a response to living in terrifying times” – Radio Times
“Toby Hadoke’s chilling adaptation. An excellent rendition of a deservedly hailed classic. Unmissable. 10/10” – Sci-Fi Bulletin
“Toby Hadoke’s skilful adaptation … makes for a thought-provoking Halloween chiller – ****½” – SFX Magazine
Adrian Scarborough and Mark Gatiss star in The Road on Radio 4. They’re not alone in the woods…
Radio 3 celebrated the centenary of Spike Milligan with a trilogy of plays (under the umbrella I Told You I was Ill and presented by John Hegley) inspired by his life and work – they were written by Lee Mattinson, Jessica Hynes and, um, me! Mine, Going, Going, Goon – about Spike Milligan at the gates of a Heaven he deosn’t believe in – was also chosen as Pick of the Week on Radio 4. It starred Mark Heap, Pippa Haywood, Jonathan Keeble, Stephen Wight and, um, me.
The Radio 4 play Grand Designs of the Third Kind starred Jonjo O’Neill, Danielle Henry, Arthur Bostrom and Krissi Bohn. It was about a wheelchair user whose house renovations turn out to be literally out of this world.
My previous play was called The Dad Who Fell To Earth. It got some lovely reviews, including as the Radio Choice of its days in The Independent on Sunday, The Independent and The Sunday Telegraph and Pick Of The Week in The Daily Mail. Oh, and look:
“PICK OF THE DAY – Toby Hadoke stars in his own quirky, tender drama” – Stephanie Billen, The Observer
“PICK OF THE WEEK – an intriguing play” – The Daily Telegraph
As well as the Sony nominated radio script for Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf (see the appropriate page) I wrote a play for From Fact To Fiction strand for Radio 4. Entitled The Public Purse it was a response to the bankers’ bonuses scandal and conceived on the Monday, written on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and recorded on the Friday before being broadcast on the Saturday. Talk about a roller coaster! It was something of an honour to be asked to contribute to this illustrious series.