Tracks Abyss

The COMPLETE TRACKS BOX SET.

All episodes of all 5 series of TRACKS are now available here:

Series 1 – Tracks ORIGIN (9 x45 mins)

Series 2 – Tracks STRATA (6 x 15 mins)

Series 3 – Tracks CHIMERA (9 x 45 mins)

Series 4 – Tracks INDIGO (10 x 15 mins)

Series 5 – Tracks ABYSS (9 x 45 mins)

All episodes available on iTunes, Spotify, and BBC Sounds.

(and probably elsewhere too.)

WRITER’S NOTE:

40+ episodes. More than 24 hours of drama.

Now the full series has been been broadcast, here are a few THANKS.

The main Producer/Director on TRACKS is James Robinson. (James and I have worked together on this series for over 6 years. There’s no better creative collaborator.)

The main Sound Designer throughout has been the amazing Nigel Lewis of BBC Wales in Cardiff. (He was given the Best Use of Sound award at the Audio Drama Awards for his work on Tracks Series 1.)

Our sound engineer has been the terrific Cathy Robinson of BBC Wales in Cardiff.

The production team in Cardiff, Eleri, Lindsay, Willa have been supportive, good humoured, and brilliant throughout.

Our leading actors have been extraordinary and a dream to work with: Romola Garai, Fiona O’shaughnessy, Hattie Morahan, and Olivia Poulet.

And, of course, our Freddy – Jonathan Forbes. (A force of energy, and creativity every step of the way.)

We’ve also had an incredibly strong guest and support cast- too many to mention.

We’ve had other writers on some episodes in series 3 and 5 – who have all embraced the show and done amazing work – Lucy Catherine, Caroline Horton, Timothy X Atack, Matt Hartley, and Katherine Chandler.

And a number of Directors on episodes in series 3 and 5:

John Norton, Rebecca Lloyd Evans, Carl Prekopp.

And Helen Perry, and Abigail Le Fleming in Series 1 who both helped set up the show.

Thanks also to the commissioners Alison Hindell, and Jeremy Howe (who took the punt on Tracks in the first place.) Without them it wouldn’t have happened.

In the top menu there’s a link to some Q&As I did after Series 1 aired. If there are more questions I’ll add to this list as and when.

Finally – thanks for listening! Especially those of you who have stuck with us throughout. Your engagement has meant so much. MB

Trailer for Episode 9

PRESS FOR SERIES 5 – TRACKS ABYSS:

Radio Times
Total TV Magazine
The Guardian
The Times
Express
The Observer

Observer Review – 8th November 2020

INTERVIEW: An interview with Matthew Broughton for Sci-fi Bulletin.

TRACKS ABYSS has been shortlisted in “The Creativity Award” category at the British Podcast Awards 2021.

A Fortunate Man by John Berger

I’ve adapted John Berger’s book A FORTUNATE MAN for BBC Radio 4.

It was broadcast on R4 Saturday 27th June 2020 at 3pm.

It’s now available on BBC SOUNDS for a month.

It’s a book I’ve known and loved for many years.

In the 1960s writer John Berger was living in the Forest of Dean, and became friends with his extraordinary local GP John Eskell in the village of St Briavels.  Interested in this talented and complex man, Berger asked the doctor if he could shadow him for some weeks to observe his working methods and his relationships with his patients in the forest.

Along with photographer Jean Mohr, Berger turned this experience into a remarkable book – A FORTUNATE MAN.  It describes many patient case studies, asks how we value human life, and meditates on the role of the doctor in society.  (To protect Eskell’s identity, Berger changed his name in the book to John Sassall.)

For me it’s a fascinating, intelligent, and challenging book. It’s filled with poetry, unsentimental emotion, and is ultimately extremely moving.

While the book was published in 1967, it feels modern, relevant and resonant to the world now (and particularly this country and the NHS.)

The last sections could have been written this year.

“There are such things as national crises of such an order that they test all those who live through them. There are moments of truth in which, not everything, but a great deal is revealed about individuals, classes, institutions, leaders…”

(From A FORTUNATE MAN – JOHN BERGER.)

Set in the Forest and  the somewhat isolated Forester community – it speaks directly to today.

And there is a bitter twist to the ending.

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Although I can’t claim I knew John Berger, I did meet him on a few occasions while working with the Theatre Company ‘Complicite’ in the early 2000s.  (While adapting Torgny Lindgren’s novel ‘LIGHT’ with the company.)   He was a great observer, listener, and thinker – often surprising and passionate, always insightful.  (His death 3 years ago was a great loss.)

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A FORTUNATE MAN the AUDIO DRAMA:

My radio adaptation of A Fortunate Man – is an hour long.

(It was written and recorded under lock down conditions in March/April.)

It’s produced/directed by John Norton.

Sound designed by Nigel Lewis.

Cast:

Adrian Scarborough

Peter Marinker

Barbara Flynn

Joe Sims

Carys Eleri

Scarlett Courtney

And the voices of Dorothy Burley, Kevin and Karen Wellham, Anne Childs and Robin Harris, recorded by the Reading the Forest project.

(The latter are real village voices recorded in recent years as they remember their Dr. Eskell.)

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PRESS:

radio times review

Radio Times (27th June-3rd July)

guardian

Guardian (27/6/20)

The Times