Drama

Ebola

BBC Radio 4, 18th December 2014

Written by Mike Walker.

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by David Morley.

Length: 45 minutes

Mike Walker’s powerful telling of the true story of the discovery of Ebola in 1976. Narrated by Professor Peter Piot, one of the party who investigated the outbreak in Zaire.

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Tom Alexander  …  GUIDO
Samantha Beart  …  MYRIAM
Ben Crowe  …  PETER PIOT
William Hope  …  BREMAN
Nathaniel Martello White  …  McCORMICK
Jude Owusu  …  DR MUAMBA
Martin T Sherman  …  JOHNSON
Tracy Wiles  …  SISTER VERONIKA


By a Young Officer: Churchill on the North West Frontier

The story of Winston Churchill’s adventure as a war correspondent in the hostile mountains of the Afghan/ Pakistan border.

BBC Radio 4, July 2014

Written by Michael Eaton.

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by David Morley.

Length: 58 minuteschruchill

“a thundering dramatisation starring Douglas Booth as our hero, which manages to combine Flashheart appeal with sage observations of how little actually changes in the world” David Hepworth, The Guardian

“Douglas Booth is excellent as a headstrong young Winston in Michael Eaton’s exciting one-off drama…” Paul Sexton, The Sunday Times

 

Douglas Booth … WINSTON CHURCHILL
Kenneth Cranham … SIR BINDON BLOOD
Jonathan Bailey … BROWNE-CLAYTON
Stephen Critchlow … MAJOR DEANE
Lorelei King … JENNIE CHURCHILL
Toby Longworth … COLONEL RAMSEY
Abdullah Afzal … RAILWAY CLERK

 


The Iraq Dossier

The dossier “Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction”, lead to the headline “just 45 minutes from attack”, persuaded MPs to vote for an invasion of Iraq, and hardened public opinion against Saddam Hussein. Fall outfrom accusations by the BBC that the claims had been “sexed up” led to the death of Dr David Kelly and the Hutton Inquiry.

This drama goes behind the scenes of MI6, the Ministry of Defence and Downing Street to dramatise one of the most controversial episodes in British politics.

The author, David Morley, has created the script from the mountain of emails, memos, and first hand testimony submitted to the various inquiries into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as well as from first-hand interviews with Dr Brian Jones, who died in 2012 and was the MoD’s leading expert on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, concerned that exaggeration should not creep into the dossier.

BBC Radio 4, March 2013

Written by Michael Eaton.

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by Richard Clemmow.

Length: 58 minutes

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“Morley’s dramatic juxtaposition of verifiable fact against political will was irresistible” Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph

Richard E Grant … DR BRIAN JONES
Peter Firth … RICHARD DEARLOVE
Anton Lesser … JOHN SCARLETT
Andrew Dunn … ALASTAIR CAMPBELL
Lindsay Duncan … NARRATOR
David Caves … ROBERT GREEN
Felicity Duncan … SALLY MORGAN
Tom Goodman-Hill … JONES’S BOSS

 


A Cold Supper Behind Harrods

50 years after the end of the war that first brought them together, three Special Operations Executive agents meet once again to record interviews for a TV documentary investigating the murder of their colleague Patricia at the hands of the Gestapo.

BBC Radio  4, 7th September 2012

Written by David Morley.

Directed by Philip Franks, produced by Richard Clemmow.

Length: 45 minutes

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“This was a compelling piece with a genuinely unexpected ending. Well worth a listen.” Radio Drama Reviews Online

David Jason … JOHN HARRISON
Stephanie Cole … VERA ATKINS
Anton Lesser … LEO MARKS
Sophie Roberts … CHLOE WOLFE

 


Beyond Borders

1950, much of Europe still lies in ruins from the Second World War. Germany is crushed and the Allies are divided about allowing the country to rebuild in the face of a growing Soviet threat.

Jean Monnet is charged with planning the reconstruction of France.  Appalled by the devastation of two world wars, he is a highly efficient technocrat and a thinker who knows how to influence politicians.  For years he has believed in European collaboration to secure a peaceful and prosperous future. Monnet’s vision is for a radical realignment of Europe, not by one nation asserting itself over another, but by negotiation, integration and ultimately, through political and economic unification.

BBC Radio 4, 30th December 2011

Written by Mike Walker

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by Richard Clemmow.

Length: 45 minutes

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“A pacy and well-told tale of Britain’s first wary steps towards closer ties to Europe” Elisabeth Mahoney, Guardian

Timothy West … JEAN MONNET
Silvia Monnet … MANVILLE
Daniel Weyman … ETIENNE HIRSCH
Philip Jackson … PAUL REUTER
Simon Jones … ROBERT SCHUMAN
William Hope … DEAN ACHESON


Washington, 9/11

How the White House responded to the 9/11 attacks – based on original sources.

Michael Eaton’s drama reconstructs a chaotic day, when communications failed, protocols were abandoned; radar signals were misinterpreted and rescue aircraft came close to being shot down. It was a day that united America and saw tremendous acts of personal sacrifice and courage, but alongside the immediate response to the crisis there was also a hidden tussle for power and control, with some of Bush’s key lieutenants moving swiftly to press an agenda that would determine US foreign policy for the remainder of the Bush presidency and put in place – ‘The War on Terror’.

BBC Radio 4, 10th September 2011

Written by Michael Eaton

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by Richard Clemmow.

Length: 60 minutes

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“Tense and vivid…The casting is excellent…Dirk Maggs directs tautly.” The Guardian

William Hope … PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH
Stuart Milligan … DICK CHENEY
Garrick Hagon … DONALD RUMSFELD
Tanya Moodie … CONDOLEEZZA RICE
Richard Laing … ANDREW CARD
Philip Rosch … MAJOR ROBERT DARLING
Lorelei King … LAURA BUSH
Bill Roberts … GEORGE TENET
Nathan Osgood … COLIN POWELL

 


The Death of Tom Inglis

The true story of Frances Inglis, convicted of murdering her brain damaged son, Tom. Starring Lesley Manville and Phil Daniels.

When 22 year old Tom Inglis falls out of the back of a moving ambulance and suffers terrible head injuries he is brain damaged and unable to communicate. His family struggle to cope with his disablement, and his mother believes he is in constant pain. Set against the doctors, she becomes increasingly desperate to relieve his suffering. She begins a journey that leads her to action no mother would ever want to contemplate.

BBC Radio 4, 20th May 2011

Written by David Morley

Music: Chris O’Shaughnessy

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by David Morley

Length: 45 minutes

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Lesley Manville … FRANCES (FRANKIE) INGLIS
Phil Daniels … ALEX INGLIS
Sid Mitchell … AJ INGLIS
William Gaminara … PROFESSOR DERICK WADE
Samantha Beart … MIRANDA MOORE QC
Rupert Degas … DR ARVIN
Felicity Duncan … SACHA WASS QC
DeNica Fairman … KATIE WHEATLEY
Imran Khan … MR VINDLACHERUVU

 


Mugsborough 1917 & Mugsborough 1926

The residents of Mugsborough hold wildly differing views of the Great War. The politically aware favour peaceful solutions, others are determined to avoid being sent to the Western Front. One returns from Flanders terribly injured and cannot find work and one child is still unaware of the tragic circumstances of her parentage.

24th and 31st May 2009, 3-4pm, BBC Radio 4

Writer: Andrew Lynch

Director: Dirk Maggs

Producer: Johnny Vegas & David Morley

Co-produced with Woolyback Productions

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Johnny Vegas … EASTON
Paul Whitehouse … OLD MISERY/HUNTER
Shirley Henderson … RUTH
Raquel Cassidy … NORA
Iain McKee … FRANKIE
Des O’Malley … BERT WHITE
Tony Pitts … BUNDY
Tom Goodman-Hill … BARRINGTON
Carl Rice … CHARLIE LINDEN
Nicola Stephenson … ELSIE
Rupert Degas … SWEATER
Kevin Eldon … SLYME
Arthur Smith … CRASS
Bill Bailey … RUSHTON
Yasmin Garrid … YOUNG ELIZABETH
Jody Latham … FREDDIE
Joanne Neary … OLDER ELIZABETH
Anne Waggott…MRS MEADOWS

 


The Johnny Cash Hi-Jack Roadshow

When a couple of Sheffield lorry drivers steal a petrol tanker and aim is south at the House of Commons, they start to question their lives and past events set them against each other. As they speed south, pursued by the police, their increasingly desperate protest at fuel prices careers to a dangerous climax.

BBC Radio 4, 14th November 2008

Written by Michael Butt

Directed by Dirk Maggs, produced by David Morley

Length: 60 minutes

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Ray Fearon…PAUL
Philip Jackson…VIC
Des O’Malley…DOUGIE
Rupert Degas…ROBERT AND ANDY
DeNica Fairman…SUSAN AND MANDY
Rosalyn Wright…MARIE AND IRIS