Starring Arthur Darvill.
I’ve previously blogged on this 3-part drama series here.
Tracks Chimera (Tracks Series 3)
The return of Dr Helen Ash and Freddy.
Tracks Chimera is now going out every Thursday at 2.15pm on BBC Radio 4. (The series finale will be broadcast on R4 on 27th December.)
All 9 episodes are also now available online as a boxset and podcast.
EPISODE 3 – (Written by Matt Hartley)
EPISODE 4 – (Written by Lucy Catherine)
EPISODE 6 – (Written by Caroline Horton)
EPISODE 7 – (Written by Timothy Atack)
Podcast (All episodes of Series 3 are now available.)
WARNING: From 26 January 2019 TRACKS: CHIMERA will no longer be freely available to listen to online (The BBC are planning a commercial release later this year).
Tracks Chimera – Previews / Reviews:
(A list of some of the music used in this series)
Black Phase – by Tim Hecker
Toccata – by Jaga Jazzist
E-musik – by Neu!
Satellite Snyper – by Pantha Du Prince
Im Bann – by Pantha Du Prince
Laker Boo – by Portico Quartet
We Move Lightly – by Dustin O’halloran
Shattered Glass – by DJ Food
Turquoise Hexagon Sun – by Boards of Canada
Seoul – by Amiina
Boga – by Amiina
Elephant Gun – by Beirut
September Song – Agnes Obel
Scenic World – by Beirut
Muesli – by Minotaur Shock
Beau Nash – by Minotaur Shock
La Foule – by Edith Piaf
Never Understand – by The Jesus and Mary Chain
The Refused are fucking dead – by The Refused
Barok Main – by Mica Levi and Oliver Coates
Singularity – by Jon Hopkins
TRACKS is a 9-part conspiracy thriller with a cast led by Romola Garai.
It was Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (August-October 2016.)
Series 2 of Tracks – “TRACKS: Strata” – is now available – Info and blog post
(9 Episodes x 45 mins) Trailer
Series 1 – EPISODES 1-9
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
(Archive: Here’s a STATEMENT by R4 about the broadcast of the last episode of Tracks)
Review of Episode 1 in The Guardian
Review of Episode 1 in The Spectator
TRACKS Ep 6 was a R4 – “Pick of Week” – (18/9/16) – Chosen by Hardeep Singh Kohli.
TRACKS Producer, James Robinson was interviewed on Radio 4 Friday 30/10/16 – discussing audience FEEDBACK
TRACKS – DIRECTORS / PRODUCERS:
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
SOME MUSIC USED IN THE SERIES:
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
(12/11/16): An interview with James Robinson (including audio) detailing some of the process of How We Made Tracks
Tracks short-listed for a British Podcast Award
Tracks short-listed for some BBC Audio Drama Awards
Tracks short-listed for a Prix Europa Award
A Tracks Q&A can be found on the menu above – beware it contains spoilers.
I’ve adapted Pauline Butcher’s memoir: “Freak Out – My life with Frank Zappa” for the afternoon drama slot on BBC Radio 4.
The play is called “Frank Zappa and Me” and it goes out at 2.15pm on Tuesday 6th March 2014.
The details are here.
Update: Demon Brother is now available on Audible
My 2-part radio drama Demon Brother is on Radio 4 next week.
(Wed 22nd & Thurs 23rd January 2014 BBC Radio 4 – 2.15pm)
It’s a dark psychological thriller about a pair of twins – Jasper and Eddie – who have been estranged all their lives, until their dad dies – They’re both played by Shaun Dingwall.
Part 1 is Jasper’s Story and from his point of view, Part 2 is Eddie’s – it’s best to listen to them in order – as there is a bigger story going on in there.
Also in the cast we have – Valene Kane, Kenneth Cranham, Vera Filatova, Simon Ludders, and John Norton. It is produced/directed by James Robinson.
We recorded the play in the bbc studio in Cardiff – (lovely team.)
The Radio Times Preview can be found here
The BBC page for the play is here
My play about the uneasy relationship between film director Michael Reeves and actor Vincent Price – on the set of seminal 60s English horror movie “The Witchfinder General” – was first broadcast on Radio 4 in the Saturday play slot in 2010.
It’s now been brought to my attention that the play can be listened to Here
There’s also a very good and insightful review / essay written about the play that is HERE – (Even if they do get the title of the play slightly wrong!)
I remember having a roaring time recording the play in Cardiff. The cast included: Kenneth Cranham as Tony Tenser, Nickolas Grace as Vincent Price, and Blake Ritson as Michael Reeves.
*UPDATE* – 1st March 2013-
“Vincent Price and the Horror of the English Blood Beast” will be repeated on Radio 4 next Friday (8th March) evening at 9pm.
*UPDATE* – 7th November 2015 – just seen that the play is up on Youtube.
Radio 4 are repeating The Rain Maker on Wednesday 4th July at 2.15pm. (It was first broadcast 2 years ago.)
The play tells the story of a father and son who take a trip to a cabin in some remote woods to repair their relationship. It is a kind of psychological thriller… There are references to a supernatural world – and I wrote the play after a re-reading of ‘The Golden Bough’ by Sir James Fraser.
We recorded the play in a real forest – and it was not without incident.
The Producer wrote a blog about it, at the time, that can be found HERE
Kenneth Cranham plays the Father. Joe Dempsie plays the son.
(I have previously blogged on this play HERE.)
**Update** – THE RAIN MAKER is being repeated on Radio 4 Extra next week – Wed/Thurs – 9/10th October 2013
I have a new play on Radio 4 this coming Tuesday (10th April.)
It’s called WHITE NOISE and it is set in current day Dagenham, East London.
The details are here.
Here’s a photo from the studio during recording.
(Ricci Harnett, and Theo Barklum Biggs are the actors pictured playing ‘Danny’ and ‘Freddy’. The back of head belongs to Scott Handcock the production co-ordinator)
The play is part of the ‘Rapid Response’ series. This means that the turnaround time between commissioning and broadcast has been very short (by Radio Drama standards.) This is to ensure that the play is as contemporary as possible – which is what the strand is all about.
(This is Louise Jameson playing ‘Kath’)
Other members of the cast (not pictured) are Matthew Gravelle (Who I’ve worked with on ‘Burning Both Ends’, and ‘Gulliver’s Travels.’) And Ayesha Antoine.
The Director / Producer is James Robinson who I worked with on “The Rain Maker” a couple of years ago. (That was the radio horror play that we recorded on location in a forest in Kent.)