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Category Archives: Drama Reviews

Reviews for shows that broadly fall into the drama category.

The (in) Complete Smiley

What’s this a review?  Sorry for the silence, alas work is too busy and I took on a couple of pet projects which took up my little spare time. That said… I still listened to plenty of plays and documentaries – so where to start? Smiley of course. Well we are 5 programmes in to […]

The Night They Tried to Kidnap the Prime Minister

For the remainder of this review Sir Alec Douglas-Home will be referred to as Baillie Vass. Well maybe not, but Private Eye did have fun with the PM who lasted less than a year. History does not look back too fondly on this period of the Tory parties time in power.  The government was already […]

The Twisted Image – James Follett

Given the fact this site primarily reviews radio programmes, I expect we will see a fair bit of James Follet appearing on this site. Through the seventies and eighties he wrote dozens of radio plays, many with an SF or fantasy feel, several are crying out for a decent review. The Twisted Image is a […]

Outbreak of Fear by R. D. Wingfield

With seemingly endless trips everywhere recently filming people from Brighton to Edinburgh I haven’t had much time to review but a lot of time to listen. So 3 reviews in the works, here is the first… One of the first things I hunted for when I discovered radioarchive was R. D. Wingfield’s Outbreak of Fear.  […]

Beast by Nick Warburton

This was one of those lucky radio listens.  Working late one night I had no access to either my ipod or iphone (shock horror) or my iTunes (shock horror probe) so I was forced to browse BBC7 listen again.  Happily I chose Beast and managed to get no work done for the next 40 minutes… […]

Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitmore

Stars Alfred Molina, Michael York and Terri Garr, directed by Martin Jarvis – interested?  Well you should be. The real stars?  Rosalind Ayres and Hugh Whitmore for a superb performance in a great play. Lying and deceit are at the heart of this drama.  I can’t really call it a cold war thriller because it […]

The Wyndham Case by Jill Paton Walsh

Of all the many programmes I have listened to courtesy of radioarchive (and of course BBC7) the crimes and thrillers have been particularly enjoyable.  Merrison and Williams (later Sachs) make a peerless Holmes and Watson, Carmichael the perfect Wimsey, Moffat a pin sharp Poirot and June Whitfield my favourite Miss Marple and let us not […]

London This is Washington by Mark Lawson

For me MacMillan is Peter Cook.  His devastating impersonation in Beyond the Fringe in indelibly printed on my mind.  What else do I think of? Suez, ‘Never had it so good’ and a certain Christine Keeler  (the famous photo taken at a certain Mr Cooks Establishment Club). Probably not the most balanced view but then […]