TRACKS has been withdrawn from BBC Podcast/Iplayer.
It is now available from Penguin.
Or on Amazon.
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.
My adaptation of Jonathan’s Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is currently being repeated on Radio4Extra.
It was originally broadcast on Radio 4 in the Classic Serial slot in January 2012.
It’s an adaptation in 3 parts, each episode 60 mins.
I previously blogged on this here
Info, and listen again link here
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.
I have a new play on Radio 4 this Thursday afternoon (8th December) at 2.15pm…
Set in the Summer of 1974 – “Burning Both Ends” explores the intense, hilarious and very special friendship between English actor Oliver Reed and ‘wild man’ drummer – Keith Moon. It is the story of a “bro-mance” that sprung up when Ken Russell (RIP), playing unwitting match-maker, cast the men opposite each other in his movie version of the rock opera, Tommy.
Keith Moon was the world famous drummer of THE WHO. He had a gargantuan appetite for partying, drugs, alcohol, and pranks – And was looking for a new playmate.
Oliver Reed was the biggest movie star in Britain. His credits included Women in Love, The Three Musketeers, and his iconic role as Bill Sykes in Oliver! He had a beautiful ballerina partner, a huge mansion in Surrey, and a French magazine had voted him ‘the sexiest man’ on earth… Reed had it all… But felt there was something missing from his life… Keith Moon, he decided – “was the path I was looking for”…
It’s a story that I found funny and touching. And the play is a fictionalised account of their time together – mainly set on the south coast while they were on the Tommy shoot.
Sean Pertwee plays Olly – in my opinion, a remarkable transformative performance. (Someone tweeted me that Sean has ‘the most masculine voice in British acting’ And that seems apt for this role!)
Arthur Darvill plays the Keith Moon with a mercurial energy – complex, fun, but with shades of darkness at heart.
Together the actors threw themselves at the roles – playful, funny, joyful, revelatory, naughty, and moving. But that’s just my opinion -and i’m biased.
For details of Burning Both Ends click HERE
[*UPDATE – A feature article I wrote about the play is in today’s Sunday Express. – 4th Dec 2011]
UPDATE – Burning Both Ends is available Here