[There is now a Tracks Q&A – found on the menu above – beware it contains spoilers.]

TRACKS is a 9-part conspiracy thriller with a cast led by Romola Garai.

It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4  (August-October 2016.)

It’s now available to download as a Podcast and on the BBC Iplayer until Spring 2017.

(Archive: Here’s a STATEMENT by R4 about the broadcast of the last episode of Tracks)



(9 Episodes x 45 mins)        Trailer


Episode 1 – The Nervus Vagus – is  Here

Episode 2 – The Broca and Wernicke Areas – is Here

Episode 3 – The Pineal Gland – is Here

Episode 4 – The Bridge of Varolius – is Here

Episode 5 – Hippocampus – is Here

Episode 6 – Nociceptors – is Here

Episode 7 – The Accumbens Nucleus – is Here

Episode 8 – Amygdala- is Here

Episode 9 – Habenula – is Here


Review of Episode 1 in  The Guardian

Review of Episode 1 in The Spectator

TRACKS Ep 6 is a R4 – “Pick of Week” – (18/9/16)  – Chosen by Hardeep Singh Kohli.   (Tracks feature is from: 07.30-11.00)

TRACKS Producer, James Robinson was interviewed on Radio 4  Friday  30/10/16 –  discussing audience FEEDBACK


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Episodes 1,2,5,8,9 – James Robinson @mcgrin

Episodes 3,4,6 – Helen Perry @bellaperry

Episode 7 – Abigail Le Fleming @haywarddollerton

Supervising Sound Designer – Nigel Lewis


Tracks theme – (written for the series) by Stu Barker.

Studio Suicide, 1980 – By Tim Hecker.

Prungen – By Jaga Jazzist.

Dido’s Lament (Dido & Aeneas) – Andreas Scholl, William Orbit, & Rico Conning.

Some Absolute End – Bill Ryder-Jones.

A1 – Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm.

I’ll See You In My Dreams – Johnny Mercer (featuring the Pied Pipers.)

Symphony Number 4 in G major: III. Ruhevoll, Poco Adagio – Mahler

Body Eraser – Halls.

Cancer – I Break horses

Readers/Listeners comments for Tracks are both here on the Tracks post, and on the Contact page.

Demon Brother repeat on R4

Demon Brother will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  (1st & 2nd February 2016)

I previously blogged about this 2-part thriller here

Both Parts are now available for download as  Drama of the Week



Critical – Series 1, Episode 4

I wrote the episode of Jed Mercurio’s trauma medicine drama Critical that’s due to air on Sky One next Tuesday (17th March) at 9pm.

It’s Episode 4 in the series of 13


The script, shoot, and editing process were supported by a large team of medical advisers all currently working at the highest level in trauma centres around the country. Each draft of the script was scrutinized by six or seven experts from the departments relevant to the medical staff involved in the story.

Holby City – Love Divided By Three – (Series 17 Episode 18)

Next Tuesday (February 10th) the episode of Holby City is one of mine.


See preview here

White Noise (Rpt)

The BBC are repeating WHITE NOISE next week on Wednesday 24th September – R4 at 2.15pm. I have previously blogged on this play HERE.


This play was written in the weeks leading up to the London Olympics in 2012 – it was a part of the ‘Rapid Response’ strand of radio dramas – a direct response to current stories in the news.

As well as the imminent Olympics, and ongoing austerity – the play was also written at the same time the digital switchover was happening, and reflects the uncertainty of all these events on the residents of one family in Dagenham.

(It seems quite surprising now that we didn’t know whether the Olympics would be a success. But that brilliant opening ceremony was quite a surprise, and relief, at the time.)

White Noise was first broadcast before the Olympics began – so it’ll be interesting to see if it gains or loses anything by now being placed into historical context.

The story is fairly simple – centering on 18 year old FREDDY, 40 something DANNY, and the more mature KATH.

As the Olympics loom young Freddie wants to be an Artist but has no artistic talent. His father Danny, a mechanic, loses his job, discovers his local pub has been taken over, and has an identity crisis. Their mum/nan Kath, an agoraphobic, goes on a necessary fearful walk through the park…

The chimeric day of the opening ceremony provides a day of reckoning for all three…

The play was written very quickly – but came from the heart.

It features the redoubtable acting talents of Ricci Harnett, Louise Jameson, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Ayesha Antoine, and Matthew Gravelle. James Robinson directs/produces.


Burning Both Ends – when Oliver Reed met Keith Moon (Radio 4 Repeat)

Burning Both Ends is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday (24th June 2014.)

Details here

It’ll be available on the Iplayer for a week after that.

I have blogged on this play previously here