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SELECTED PRODUCTIONS

COMING UP

ANGELA
BBC RADIO 3 / 16 May 2021
produced by Polly Thomas
Mark Ravenhill

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A modern production Anthony Burgess‘ never-produced screenplay of the iconic 19th century Memoir of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Schreber, seminal text for Freud et al. Adaptation by Jeff Young.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE FISHERMEN
BBC RADIO 3 / 74 APRIL 2021
written by Chigozie Obioma, dramatised by Ghbloalahn Obiesesan, directed by Jack McNamara and produced by Polly Thomas and Ravelle-Sadé Fairman

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An original Danish/UK co-production about two half sisters in a race against time.
a Naked production for BBC Radio 4

KILLER
BBC RADIO 3 / 18 APRIL 2021
produced by Polly Thomas

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Madhur Jaffrey’s iconic first cookbook made into drama by Anjum Malik.
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

PARIS 2021
BBC RADIO 3 / 3 – 7 MAY 2021
produced by Polly Thomas
Dan Rebellato revisits the Paris Commune 150 years later …

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A bold update of the classic Ben Jonson text, set in modern Britain by Paul Sirett. A co-production with Graeae Theatre.
a Naked production for BBC Radio 4

JAZZ AND DICE
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 JUNE 2021
produced by Polly Thomas and Krishna Istha …a very modern romance….

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As part of the 20th anniversary of Beethoven’s death, a series of very personal essays exploring the relevance of Beethoven today outside the world of classical music — from an exciting mix of essayists, including Inua Elams and Sophie Stone.
a Naked production for BBC Radio 4

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Leading radio writer Dan Rebellato‘s emotional, gripping two-hander tackling a key issue of our time: the predatory behaviour of men. It isn’t a story about powerful rich old men and film stars, it’s a story of ordinary people, of everyday sexism, and the pain of living in an unequal world. It’s a play for the #metoo and #timesup generation and will genuinely confront the spaces between us and the lies we tell ourselves.
a Naked production for BBC Radio 4

DRAGONS OF THE POOL

BBC Radio 4 / 7th March 2024, 1415

DRAGONS OF THE POOL is a drama inspired by the true story of the Chinese seaman who were forcibly repatriated from Liverpool in 1945-46, written by Kathryn Golding featuring Liz Sutherland, Lucy Speed, Jeremy Ang Jones, Jon Chew and Gabby Wong..

Inspired by the true story of the Chinese seamen, forcibly repatriated from Liverpool in 1945-46, Dragons of the Pool is a fictional account based on the history of the “Compulsory repatriation of undesirable Chinese seamen” following their service during World War 2, back to Hong Kong, and China, which was on the brink of Civil War.

Set over the course of 50 years, the drama follows the journey of middle aged Leigh and her long lost father, Haoyu, as he tries to make his way back to the child he was forced to leave behind in Liverpool.

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor and original music by Ruth Chan. Directed by Shan Ng and produced by Polly Thomas,

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4


Image credti: YanKi Darling

THE FAREWELL GLACIER

BBC Radio 3 / 4th February 2024, 1930

In 20120, writer Nick Drake visited the Arctic. On his return home, he wrote a collection of poems (published by Bloodaxe) in the voices of the many Westerners who had come to the land over the centuries and giving voice to the future, a wake up call to how the damage being done to the Artic by POPs is a pressing global issue. Originally read at COp 26 in Glasgow, the poems are transformed into an audio drama, intercut by interviews with Sheila Watt Cloutier, human rights and Indigenous rights activist, cultural preservation advocate, politician, writer and educator. She has received international recognition and acclaim in the areas of rights activism, environmental and climate change awareness and social justice, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Performed by Adjoa Andoh, Jude Coward Nicoll, Kevin Harvey, Paisley James, Peter Mullan, Urmila Patel and Chloe Ragrag.

Original music was written and performed by Emma Jean and Isbel Pendlebury.

Inuit throat singing was performed by Sylvia Cloutier and Akinisie Sivuarapik.

Inuit pronounciation advisor was Leslie Qammaniq

Produced by Polly Thomas, with sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production in collaboration with Edel Rae for BBC Radio 3

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT…? VARIETY AND ME

BBC Radio 3 / 8th – 12th January 2024, 2245

Five essays by writer Amanda Dalton about the old time Variety acts that have fascinated her since childhood. In particular, those ‘speciality’ acts that disturb even as they entertain, designed to bamboozle the audience and mess with the mind. The essays delve in detail into each kind of act – factually, personally and in terms of their cultural and psychological meaning and symbolism.

Amanda Dalton is currently a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Associate Artist at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and a Visiting Teaching Fellow (Script and Poetry) at MMU’s Writing School.

Amanda has two poetry collections with Bloodaxe, How To Disappear and Stray, and Notes on Water came out in 2022. Her poetry has won awards and prizes in major competitions including the National Poetry Competition and  she has been selected as one of the UK’s top 20 “Next Generation Poets”.

Amanda writes regularly for BBC Radio 3 and 4, both original dramas and adaptations of novels and films.

Produced by Polly Thomas,

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

Photo credti: Claire McNamee

LOOKING AT LEEDS

BBC Radio 3 / 11th – 15th December 2023, 2245

Five essays on key Leeds public sculptures or paintings, from five writers who know the city inside out. Each essay examines the history and current identity of the artwork, as well as it significance to the writer and the wider Leeds population.

Writers are Jeremy Dyson (co-creator and co-writer of the multi-award winning comedy show The League of Gentlemen, the BAFTA-nominated comedy drama Funland and the Rose-d’or winning all female sketch show Psychobitches. His play Ghost Stories, co-written with Andy Nyman was nominated for an Olivier award);

Malika Booker (international writer, double winner of Forward Prize for Poetry and Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at University of Leeds) ;

Ian Duhig (worked with homeless people for fifteen years, published eight collections of poetry, held several fellowships including at Trinity College Dublin, won the Forward Best Poem Prize once, the National Poetry Competition twice and been shortlisted four times for the T.S. Eliot Prize. His New and Selected Poems was awarded the 2022 Hawthornden Prize for Literature);

Michelle Scally Clarke (writer and performer of drama, creative writing, and poetry to music and performance. Work includes BBC Contains Strong Language 2023, Space2 2016 performance and workshop focusing on mental health ‘Suitcase’ [link] , 2018 cross-cultural play ‘Jeans, Whose Genes?’ and now peer-led Clear Out Your Closer poetry group, focusing on writing for wellbeing);

and Khadijah Ibrahiim (literary activist, theatre maker and published poet/writer. She is the Artistic director of Leeds Young Authors, and executive producer of the award winning documentary ‘We Are Poets’.  Recently commissioned work includes writing and directing ‘Sorrel & Black cake’ A Windrush Story, a Heritage Lottery funded program as part of GCF. ‘Dead and Wake’ Opera North 2020 Resonance and Leeds Playhouse Connecting Voices).

Produced by Polly Thomas,

Looking at Leeds is a co-commission between BBC Radio 3 and The Space with funding from Arts Council England.

a Thomas Carter Project for BBC Radio 3

The Times, 12th December 2023

HOW TO BUILD A DJ

BBC Radio 4 / 13 November 2023, 1415

Michael Southan’s BBC Radio 4 afternoon drama debut about Ben, who wants to be a DJ; Gwen, his mum who want him to be a coder, Seem his best mate who want ot be an actor; wannabe msuic promoter Tamsin, who wants him to be her ticket to success; and Dennis his grandad, who died 6 months ago but really wants Ben to be the best DJ in the world

Cast includes Callum Mardy (Our Generation, Big Boys), making his Radio 4 drama debut alongside Priyasasha Kumari (Waterloo Road) , David Crellin (Years and Years, Emmerdale), Carla Henry (Queer As Folk, Betty – a musical) and Nadia Emam (Love Across the Ages, Everything I Know About Love, Playing Dead).

Nickie Miles-Wildin director and Polly Thomas, executive producer

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4 ” />

SLOW AIR

BBC Radio 4 / 18 September 2023, 1415

Dan Rebellato’s new BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations marking the first audio drama broadcast.

In the 1980s, Paul and Zoe, a newly married couple go to Stromboli, a volcanic island off Sicily, on their honeymoon, visiting a cave that miraculously boasts a 32 year echo….they whisper their secrets. 32 years later, Paul, now a widower, doggedly resists his daughter Penny’s attempts to take him back to the cave and hear what they said….why? Delicate family drama with a science fiction twist about memory, history, and sound, exploring the joys and pains of listening and not listening

Directed by Polly Thomas

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

JANEY TAKES OFF

BBC Radio 4 / 7 September 2023, 1415

Leanne Allen’s second BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama is all about wheelchair using Janey going on her first foreign holiday with Matthew, her non disabled boyfriend, PA Kayleigh and Daniel Kayleigh’s accident prone boyfriend. Nothing could possibly go wrong….could it?!

Hannah Quigley director and Polly Thomas, executive producer

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

Description: A colourful illustration depicting characters Janey, Matthew, Kayleigh and Daniel. A promenade setting with the sea and sun setting in the background and cafes with tables and orange umbrellas in the picture. Centre – 4 characters walking and Janey using her powered wheelchair along cobbled pathway. Signage in Spanish directing to the beach, hotel, airport and love. Janey a white woman with long brown hair using her wheelchair nearest to us in the image, with Matthew a tall white man with darker brown her to her side, then Kayleigh a woman from the Global Majority wearing sun glasses and with black hair in a pony tail. Daniel with his head buried in a book is from the Global Majority and has short black hair. All wear summery clothing, are smiling and are could be in their 20, early 30s.


Radio Times, 28/8/23

Requiem

BBC Radio 4 / 4th July 2023, 1415

Harrison Knights and Misia Butler’s debut BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama!

Inspired by true events, Requiem follows young priest Paul as he navigates the prejudice and pain surrounding the setup of a care and education centre for AIDS sufferers in the 80s. The drama is set around the structure of a requiem mass, woven with traditional and contemporary choral music.

Performed by Jonathan Case, Olugbeminiyi Bammodu, Rosa Hesmondhalgh, and Nadia Albina.

Singers Emilia Bertolini, Venetia Iga, Laurence Kilsby,Oscar Hansen, MD/original music composition Oscar Osicki . Additional vocal arrangements by Harrison Knights .

The poem, Jesus at the Gay Bar, was written by Jay Hulme.

Sound design by Paul Cargill, illustration by Ed Duffill, production management by Darren Spruce and the Executive Produce was Eloise Whitmore.

Directed by Harrison Knights and Misia Butler, produced by Polly Thomas,

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

Radio Times, 18/7/23

HAPPY HOUR
BBC RADIO 4 /BROADCAST 24th MAY 2023, 1415
After broadcast, available on BBC Sounds

New writer Liv Fowler’s bold debut drama. Two young women in a pub, discussing life, love, class friendship and how to get rid of the man they have killed and stashed behind the bins…… A dark, funny meditation on 21st century female friendship.

Cast Ami Metcalf and Shvrone Marks.

Recorded at Sonica Studios. Sound design was by Paul Cargill

HAPPY HOUR was directed by Jelena Budimir and produced by Polly Thomas

“….With her own kind of poetry and flashes of wit, Liv Fowler conjures a world rarely visible, where subjects include which life to live, the financial inaccessibility of university and the problem that is men…”

Jane Anderson, Radio Times 24th May 2023

“…In a two-hander written by relative newbie, Liv Fowler, Shvorne Marks and Ami Metcalf , who play Em and Chloe, are fun and believable, their interaction snappy; even the in-between scenes music is good…….it was lovely to hear genuine South London accents, as well as listen to a drama that tackles the problems between men and women in an original way…’

Miranda Sawyer, The Observer 28th May 2023

a A Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

KUKUTIS IN THE DARK
SUNDAY 14th MAY 2023. 7.30pm (doors and bar from 7pm)
Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EE
Audio playout plus Q and A with the production team

Kukutis In The Dark is an anarchic, political, playful audio adaptation of The Ballads of Kukutis, created by Amanda Dalton based on the iconic poetry sequence by Lithuania’s leading poet, Marcelijus Martinaitis, written in the last days of Soviet rule in Lithuania.

Its hero, the trickster figure Kukutis, is like a Shakespearean fool on acid…. He is a folk hero in Lithuania, symbolising the ‘little’ people rising up against the elite. When Lithuania broke away from Soviet rule in 1988, in what became known as the ‘Singing’ Revolution, thousands of people gathered on the streets singing and shouting the name of Kukutis as a symbol of a free, independent Lithuania.

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/arc-publications, concessions £5.00, full price £8.00. Tickets also available on the door.

Written by poet and playwright Amanda Dalton and directed by Polly Thomas, the piece stars Paterson Joseph (Vigil, Peep Show), Guy Rhys (Mary Queen of Scots, The Witcher) and Kristina Buikaite (Lithuanian Theatre Company).

Produced by ARC Publications https://www.arcpublications.co.uk/- and supported by the Lithuanian Culture Institute.

AVAILABLE ON RESONANCE FM Replay https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/

KAFKA’S DICK
BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 2nd April 2023 2030

Iconic modern comedy by Alan Bennett.

Starring Toby Jones, Mark Heap, Jason Watkins, Fenella Woolgar, Jim Broadbent and Don Warrington.

Directed and produced by Polly Thomas and Dermot Daly, sound design by Alisdair McGregor
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a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4 Monday 20th March 2023 1415

A unique ghost story from leading radio dramatist. Dan Rebellato.

On one level a sequence of simple ghost stories, featuring seven ghosts; on another, a poignant and compelling look at death, love and the edges between our lives, looking at the way the past shapes the present, and how someone’s present happiness might literally be built on someone else’s despair.

Cast includes Kobna Holbrook Smith, Ani Nelson, David Annen, Don Gilet, Sarah Berger Max Runham and Fanta Barrie.

directed and produced by Polly Thomas, original music by Jeremy Warmsley, sound design by Eloise Whitmore

Illustration by Tessie Orange-Turner.

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

BESS 💓 PORGY
BBC RADIO 4 / 11th and 12th March 2023, 1500 and BBC RADIO / 9th April 2023 1930

A musical love story for today by award winning writer Roy Williams, inspired by the novel ‘Porgy’ by Edwin Du Bose Heyward

Cast includes Gabrielle Brooks, Reece Pantry, Fehiniti Balogun, Idris Debrand, Erin Doherty, Jade Anouka, Ray Fearon, Shobna Gulati, Jumoke Fashola, Jocelyn Jee Essien and Phil Daniels.

Original music by Swindle, lyrics by Eva Lazarus and TEE, photograph by . Performed by the cast with the BBC Concert Orchestra; arranged and orchestrated by Neil Waters; and conducted by Tom Kelly.

Sound design was by Lucinda Mason Brown

BESS 💓 PORGY is directed by Michael Buffong; conceived and produced by Gilly Parry; exec produced by Polly Thomas and supported by the PRS Foundation.

a feral inc production for BBC Radio 3 and 4

THE ULTIMATE CHOICE
BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 19th February 2023 1915, weekly for 6 weeks

A brand new panel show, hosted by Steph McGovern plus two celebrity guests being asked to solve a series of fiendish, mischievous and downright daft dilemmas, like:

Would you rather…. Have eyes the size of mangoes or the size of peas? Would you rather always look your best or always wear your most comfortable clothes? Would you rather be itchy or sticky for the rest of your life?

It’s a forum for playful flights of fancy, complete with testimonies from scientific experts to help steer our panellists’ decisions, which they’ll then have to live with for the rest of their lives…
written by Jon Harvey and Joseph Morpurgo, exec producers Polly Thomas and Ed Morrish

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

THE CHATTERLEYS
BBC RADIO 4 / 29th January and 5th February 2023, 1500

The Chatterleys is adapted from D H Lawrence’s classic written by award winning writer Mike Kenny

The drama was developed by working closely with members of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men Association), to inform the story and perform in the production.
The Chatterleys is set in contemporary Redcar, North East England, an area with strong military links, tough economic conditions and spectacular coastal landscape. It offers a dynamic insight into modern life, in particular the challenges of becoming disabled and learning to create a ‘new normal’ It is also, at heart, a love story.
A transcript of the drama for deaf and hard of hearing people is on BBC Radio 4 website on broadcast.

Cast includes David Proud, Ashleigh Wilder and Mark Holgate. Sound design was by Eloise Whitmore, with

original music by Megan Steinberg, additional mastering by Alex Armstrong-Holding, photograph by Sonya McGhee.

With thanks to Christine Landess and the team at BLESMA.

The piece is directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey

a Naked Production and Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4


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LISTEN HARDER
BBC Radio 3 / 28th November – 2nd December 2022, 2245
A new essay series about communication, acting and Deaf identity written and read by leading actor Sophie Stone. Animated transcript by Phoenix Stone and BSL translation films by Marcel Hirshman of Weald BSL available on BBC Sounds website. Co produced by Polly Thomas and Mina Anwar .

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

RISE
BBC RADIO 4 / 28th November 2022, 1415

Rise is written by double Alfred Fagon winning writer Lorna French. Set in Bolton, the story follows 15 year old looked after child, Aimee, as she learns more about her rich family story. As a Black child in care, she assumed that it would be impossible to find out more about her familial story, but with the help of a life story worker and her very attentive key worker she begins to learn more about who she is and where she comes from. With every new piece of information she rises, metaphorically and maybe a little physically, into a hopeful future.

The piece will be directed by Dermot Daly and exec produced by Polly Thomas

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

ARIA AWARDS 2023 FINALIST

LOVE ACROSS THE AGES
BBC Radio 4 / 13 September 2022, 1415

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s BBC Radio 4 afternoon drama debut tackles love between two Muslim men from Iran in 815 through to modern day Bradford using classical poet Abu Nawas as our guide, our Cupid.

Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī c. 756 – c. 814) was a classical Arabic poet, and the foremost representative of the modern (muhdath) poetry, famous for his wine, hunting and homo erotic oeuvre. He also entered the folkloric tradition, appearing several times in One Thousand and One Nights.

Starring Raad Rawi (Spy, Coronation Street, Tuman Bay), Esh Alladi (Ordinary Love, A Confession) Darren Kuppan (Bangla Bantams, Coronation Street ) and Nadia Emam (Everything I Know About Love, Playing Dead). Original muisc by Sarah Sayeed.

Nickie Miles-Wildin director and Polly Thomas, executive producer

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

EXEMPLAR
BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds / 19th, 26th August, 2nd, 9th and 16th September 2022, 1400
A new series about an audio forensic expert with her own dark secret played by leading actor Gina McKee featuring Shivrone Marks, Juliet Stevenson, Fenella Woolgar, Babara Marten, Don Gilet, Chetna Pandya, Dekka Walmsley, Charlie Hardwick and Asif Khan written by award winning dramatists and composers Ben and Max Ringham,with award winning dramatist Dan Rebellato, music by Ben and Max Ringham, directed by Polly Thomas and Jade Lewis . Sound design by Lucinda Mason Brown and David Chilton

a Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

” A baleful thriller…..over the course of the series, expect Jess’ personal and professional ghosts to overlap. Sinister, nuanced and very promising.”

The Guardian Review, Saturday 13th August 2022
Phil Henderson

JASON’S MATES
BBC Radio 4 / Monday 23rd May 2022, 1415
Sharp new statire about local politics and corruption written and directed by Peter Strickland, leading film maker, produced by Polly Thomas, featuring Toby Jones, Richard Bremmer, Stephanie Racine, Leo Bill , Hugh Dennis, Fatma Mohammed and Leo Bill music by Jon Fletcher and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

“…this is one classy, contemporary satire with a savage bite…”

Radio Times Pick of the Day,
Jane Anderson

MIDDLEMARCH MONOLOGUES
BBC Radio 3 / Sunday 20th March 2022, 19.30
George Eliot’s iconic novel reinvented for 21st century Coventry, written by Amanda Dalton, Leanne Allen, Tanika Gupta, Liz Mytton, Debris Stevenson, Ellice Stevens and Sabiha Monk, directed by Polly Thomas and Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, featuring Meera Syal, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Ashley Gerlach, Sinead Matthews, Sharan Phull, Julia Rounthwaite, Calvin Demba and Ellie Turner music by Ellie Gowers and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3 and Warwick Arts Centre

NIGHT OF THE LIVING FLATPACKS
RESONANCE FM, COMMUNITY RADIO / 27th – 31st DECEMBER 2021, 1345 – 1400 every day
a sparkling new drama series about love, flatpacks and living with different disabilities, written by Michael Southan, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Kathryn Golding, Anita Karla Kelly, Leanne Allen, produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore, starring Amy Conachan, Paislie Reid, Kirsty Johnson, Tachia Newall and Jonathan Keeble and directed by Polly Thomas, Nicola Wildin, Cheryl Martin and Hannah Quigleywith original music by Oliver Vibrans
a Naked Production with Graeae, supported by Audio Content Fund

LITTLE MISS BURDEN
BBC RADIO 4 / 8th NOVEMBER 2021, 1400
a fun filled, music heavy coming of age drama combining 90s nostalgia, Nigerian family and an East London childhood to tell the sometimes tricky often funny and always engaging truth about growing up with a physical impairment, written by Matilda Ibini, produced by Polly Thomas and Debbie Hannan
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

JAZZ AND DICE
BBC RADIO 4 / 7th June 2021, 1415
Drama tackling love and families, with a witty, warm touch, from new writer Leanne Allen. Her protagonist is a wheelchair user (like Leanne) but the drama is not about disability, its about love in the 21st century, featuring Claire Rushrbook, Carly Houston, Lucy Fallon and Garry Robson, produced by Polly Thomas and Krishna Istha
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

PARIS 2021
BBC RADIO 3 / 26th – 30th APRIL 2021, 2245
a series of Essays marking the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune in Spring 1871, a cornerstone of radical culture, politics, social movements in Europe and the American States. written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

KILLER
BBC RADIO 3 / 18th APRIL 2021, 1930
in a new translation by Dan Rebellato after Eugene Ionesco, starring Toby Jones, Christine Bottomley and Liz Carr directed by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

ANGELA
SOUND STAGE / 26th – 28th MARCH and 1st – 2nd April 2021, 1930 and BBC RADIO 3/ 16th May 2021, 1930
written by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Polly Thomas , music by Alexandra Braithwaite , sound design by John Scott , starring Pam Ferris, Toby Jones, Joseph Mllson, and Matti Houghton

Five star reviews eg:

“Angela Ravenhill died with dementia in 2019; and what Ravenhill achieves – over an exquisite 95 minutes of sonic theatre, directed by Polly Thomas of associate producers Naked Radio – is an extraordinary sense of a life that is somehow seen steadily and whole, even though its truth is partly conveyed through the fragmenting prism of Angela’s mind, in the final months of her illness.”

The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan

Sound Stage is a new digital platform from Royal Lyceum/Pitlochry Festival Theatre in partnership, in association with Naked Productions

THE FISHERMEN
BBC RADIO 3, 4th APRIL 2021, 1930
A powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate. Radio 3 debut of New Perspectives Theatre’s stage production of Man Booker shortlist novel by Chigozie Obioma, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan, starring Valentine Olukoga, David Alade, and Michael Ajao
directed byJack McNamara, produced by Polly Thomas and Ravelle-Sadé Fairman
a New Perspectives and Naked Productions co-production for BBC Radio 3

AN INVITATION TO INDIAN COOKING
BBC RADIO 4 / 1 – 5 FEBRUARY 2021
written by Madhur Jaffrey dramatised by Anjum Malik, produced by Polly Thomas starring Archie Panjabi, Raj Ghatak and Balvinder Sopal
a Somethin Else Production for BBC Radio 4

YOU & ME
BBC RADIO 4 / 4 JANUARY 2021, 1400
written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas, starring Rachael Ofori and Robert Lonsdale
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

BARTHOLOMEW ABOMINATIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 NOVEMBER 2020, 1500
written by Paul Sirett after Ben Jonson, directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
a Graeae and Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

CONNECTIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 10th NOVEMBER 2020, 1415
written by Anita Karla Kelly, Kathryn Golding, Leanne Allen, series advisor Sarah Daniels directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey , sound design by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4, originally funded by the Audio Content Fund and broadcast on 20 UK community radio stations .

24 HOURS OF PEACE
RESONANCE FM,1055 7th NOVEMBER until just after 1100 8th NOVEMBER 2020
A unique 24 hour non stop audio event of 237,000 words from 100 peace workers, performed by 48 professional and community performers, including Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Adjoa Andoh and Liz Carr
created and directed by Neil Bartlett , produced by Polly Thomas
a Thomas Carter Projects production for Resonance FM

FIVE KINDS OF BEETHOVEN
BBC RADIO 3 / 21 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
written by Inua Ellams, Sophie Stone, Andrew Biswell, Nitin Sawhiney, Thangam Debonnaire and produced by Polly Thomas

BBC RADIO 4 Pick of the Week, 27th September 2020;

” Beautifully written and deeply felt, this was one of the highlights of my listening week. It wasn’t lost on Sophie that she wouldn’t be able to hear her own talk broadcast on Radio 3, and its not lost on me either that she can’t hear me shout my praises and lift the rafters of my tiny house. But an animated transcript of her talk is available on the programme website, making it more accessible for a D/deaf and hard of hearing audience.”

Cathy Fitzgerald

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3.

THE PORTAL
Acast / 25th September 2020
written by Martin Green , directed by Wils Wilson , sound design by Eloise Whitmore and executive produced by Polly Thomas
— a Lepus Production, with Naked Productions, commissioned and presented with Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Oxford Contemporary Music, National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland Arts, The North Wall, MacArts Galashiels and funded by Creative Scotland.

RELATIVITY SERIES 3
BBC RADIO 4 / 11.30AM FRIDAY 17TH, 24TH, 31ST JULY, 5TH, 7TH, 14TH AND 21ST AUGUST 2020
produced by Polly Thomas
Third series of inter-generational family comedy drama, starring Richard Herring, Alison Steadman, Fenella Woolgar and Phil Davies.
written by Richard Herring
an Avalon production

CONNECTIONS
RESONANCE FM, ALL FM, RADIO VERULAM, CANALSIDE AND RADIO LAB/ 8- 12 JUNE 2020
written by Anita Kelly, Michael Southan, Leanne Allen, Shaihd Iqbal Khan and Kathryn Golding, produced by Polly Thomas
support by the Audio Content Fund
a Naked Production for community radio UK wide

ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE
BBC RADIO 3 / 7 JUNE 2020
written by David Greig, directed by Elizabeth Newman and exec produced by Polly Thomas
a Pitlochry Festival Theatre co production for Culture in Quarantine
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE WILL
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 APR 2020
written and produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Danish/UK co-production
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

SCHREBER
BBC RADIO 3 / 22 MAR 2020
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A modern production Anthony Burgess‘ never-produced screenplay of the iconic 19th century Memoir of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Schreber, seminal text for Freud et al. Adaptation by Jeff Young.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THREE SISTERS REWIRED
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 14 + 21 DEC 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Chekov as he has never been done before … Three Sisters with varying degrees of D/deafness, refreshing the original in a bold new version with Graeae Theatre. Cast includes Genevieve Barr, Lara Steward, Alexandra James, Tachia Newell, Kay Purcell, Alexandra Mathie and Jonathan Keeble.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4

PASS + THE GRAPE THAT ROLLED UNDER THE FRIDGE + OUT OF YOUR MIND
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 13 OCT 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Three new plays — a psychological drama by Naomi Sheldon that take explores sound and the supernatural, a funny modern drama about family relationships by award-winning performer and writer Kate O’Donnell, and an Afrofuturist tale about identity/family and the ever-encroaching surveillance state by award-winning writer Matilda Ibini. Casts include: Sue Jenkins, Kate O Donnell, Naomi Sheldon, Lois Chimimba, Shvrone Marks and Rebecca Humphries.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A WOMAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 23-27 SEP 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The ups and downs of being a young transgender woman, turning 18 and ready to explore the world. Fifth in the series by Mark Davies Markham (see Just a Girl). Amy is ready to fly the nest … a trip to Amsterdam and maybe some romance. A 15 Minute drama. Cast includes: Tigger Blaize, Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Michael Garner, Don Gilet and Bettrys Jones.
a Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

RAGE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 8 + 11 MAY 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The third Teodor Szacki mystery, adapted by Mark Lawson from Zygmunt Milosewszki‘s book, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones. When fresh bones stripped of all flesh are discovered on an historic site, Szacki is forced to confront the issue of domestic violence within Poland’s traditionally machismo culture. Cast includes: Bryan Dick, Alexandra Mathie, Rachel Austin, Claire Benedict and Mina Anwar.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

LORENZACCIO
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A new version by Dan Rebellato of the French classic by Alfred de Musset. Cast includes Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Tanya Moodie. A grand, epic political drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

HEAR LISTENING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 1 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas
Writer and performer Alex Bulmer compares her modern travelling experiences with that of 19th century blind traveller, James Holman. Holman’s writings are extraordinary. He risked everything by leaving the UK to travel alone across the world. Alex retraces his journey across Europe and America.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

GRAEAE’S AMY DORRIT
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 30 DEC 2018 + 5 JAN 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Adapted by April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Graeae Theatre Company present a radical new imagining of the classic story.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

DEATH OF A MATRIARCH
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 14 OCT 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
What’s a good way to die? What are the last moments filled with — regret, joy, best times, worst times, love? Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta explores the final moments of Sita, a true matriarch. Starring Meera Syal.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OF A LIFETIME
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 SEP 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
Two young women travel round Europe, when a painful past tests their friendship. Can they grow together, or will they fall apart? A bold new drama by Lulu Rackza — an insightful exploration. Cast: Lois Chimimba, Dani Heron
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
Imison Award for Best New Audio Drama, 2019

A GRAIN OF TRUTH
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 12 + 19 AUG 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Taut crime thriller by leading Polish writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones and dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson. The complexities and frustrations of the modern Polish legal system are the setting for this bestselling crime novel, featuring long-suffering State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Cast includes Bryan Dick, Rachel Austin and David Fleeshman.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSES
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 4-8 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A personal exploration of writers’ unexpected muses — places, people and memories. Dramatist Jeff Young considers the unusual array of muses that inform his and other writers, work.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 20 MAY + 27 MAY + 3 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Gill Parry, directed by Polly Thomas
Adapted for radio by Ayeesha Menon. Dickens’ novel is a powerful portrayal of personal sacrifice set against a turbulent backdrop of political change. This version updates it to contemporary London and war-torn Syria, with two women as the driving force. Cast includes Fatima Adoum, Shaun Parkes, Raad Rawi, Khalid Abdalla and Nadim Sawalha.
a Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

CLAUDIA RODEN: A BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
An entertaining dramatisation by Anjum Malik that shines a light on an extraordinary, influential cookery writer. Cast includes Tracy Ann Oberman. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

GRAEAE: MIDWICH CUCKOOS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 31 DEC 2017 + 7 JAN 2018
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
A bold new version by Roy Williams of the iconic science fiction story by John Wyndham. What if we heard the story from the children’s perspective? And what if there were deaf children in the village who could communicate better with the Cuckoo children than their own families could? Tune in and find out …
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

RELATIVITY
BBC RADIO 4 / SERIES 1 – 3 / BROADCAST SEP 2017 (1) + JAN 2019 (2) + SPRING 2020 (3)
produced by Polly Thomas
A sharp, funny warm comedy by Richard Herring about four generations of a family. Cast includes Alison Steadman, Phil Davies, Fenella Woolgar and Richard Herring.
executive production by Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner
an Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST MAY 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Anthony Bourdain‘s searing exposé of the restaurant trade brilliantly dramatised by Marcy Kahan. Funny, no holds barred and a good reason to never order fish on a Monday. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
executive production by Robert Abel
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

THE HOURS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 16 APR 2017 + 23 APR 2017
directed by Polly Thomas and Judith Kampfner
The first radio dramatisation of Michael Cunningham‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, dramatised by Francis Byrnes. A transatlantic production recorded in New York and London. Cast includes Rosamund Pike (Clarissa), Fenella Woolgar (Virginia, Kitty), Teresa Gallagher (Laura), Lia Williams, Corey Johnson, Jack Towbin, David Annen, Rachel Atkins and Haley McGee.
original music by Gene Pritsker, sound design by Steve Bond
— produced by Judith Kampfner for Corporation for Independent Media

“I am so thrilled by the BBC’s production of my novel The Hours and believe me, a novelist does not thrill easily!” Michael Cunningham

SOUNDS LIKE SHE
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
A Between the Ears feature about gender identity and voice. Creative consultant Alex Bulmer, music by Errollyn Wallen.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
shortlisted for ARIA Awards 2017

BURGESS AT 100
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 27 FEB – 3 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays by writers on their relationship to Anthony Burgess. Contributors: A.L. Kennedy, Tash Aw, Simon Rennie, Rhoda Koenig and Kevin Jackson. For Radio 3’s The Essay.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OEDIPUS THE KING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 26 FEB 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
First UK performance of Anthony Burgess‘ ’70s bold version of Sophocles’ classic text, performed as part of Radio 3’s Burgess Centenary programming. Music by Obie-winning composer Stanley Silverman. Cast includes Christopher Eccleston, Fiona Shaw, Adjoa Andoh and Don Warrington.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE EXCEPTION
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2-4 JAN 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Office politics become deadly serious in a tense Danish thriller by Christian Jungersson set in a genocide research centre. A unique Danish/English collaboration (Reading Europe series). Co-dramatised by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph and recorded on location in Copenhagen.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A GIRL
BBC RADIO 4 / FOUR SERIES / BROADCAST 2014-2017
directed by Polly Thomas (series 1), produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore (series 2)
Mark Davies Markham‘s long running series about Amy, a transgender teenager. Developed through consultation with transgender children, their families and clinicians, the drama charts the high and lows of a typical pre-teen — who happens to be transgender — and her family. Authentic and contemporary family drama. A 15 Minute Drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4 (series 2)

NEWS FROM NOWHERE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A modern reversioning by Sarah Woods of Wiiliam Morris’ classic utopian vision first published in 1890. Part of the Dangerous Visions BBC Radio 4 season.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

A WOLF IN THE WATER
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 22 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A gripping response to Shakespeare‘s Merchant of Venice, created by Naomi Alderman, writer of the global phenomenon that is Run, Zombies!. Cast includes Tracy Ann Obermann and Philippa Bennett-Warner.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

A GIRL CALLED JACK
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Jack Monroe’s first book about eating well on a budget. Brilliant dramatisation by Sarah Daniels. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes. Cast includes Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

DON’T START series 3
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JAN 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Frank Skinner‘s gem of a radio drama series, starring Frank and Katherine Parkinson as an ever-sparring, ever-devoted couple.
an Avalon production for BBC Radio 4

EMILE ZOLA: BLOOD, SEX AND MONEY three-part series
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST from 2015 into 2016 + RELEASED BY PENGUIN BOOKS 31 DEC 2019
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Three-part BBC epic adaptation of Emile Zola’s saga of the Rougon Macquart families, dramatised by Dan Rebellato. Cast includes: Glenda Jackson, Samuel West, Anna Maxwell Martin, Robert Jack, John Heffernan, Mina Anwar, Robyn Skeet, Yusra Warsama and Lucy Moss.
a Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4

THE STONE TAPE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST OCT 2015 + AVAILABLE ONLINE IN BINAURAL
executive production by Polly Thomas
The Nigel Kneale ’70s horror classic, reinvented by Peter Strickland and Matthew Graham. Cast includes Romola Garai, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Julian Barratt.
directed by Peter Strickland, produced by Russell Finch
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

WHEN ELVIS MET THE BEATLES
BBC RADIO 2 / BROADCAST 31 AUG 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Dan Cocker
31st August 1965: the Beatles finally get to go round to Elvis’ house and meet the man who started it all for them. In a new fly-on-the-wall drama by Jeff Young, we get to find out what might have happened. Cast includes Tom Hughes and Kevin Mains.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 2

THE LEN CONTINUUM
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 18 JUN 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Russell Finch
Written and directed by filmmaker Peter Strickland. Cast includes Toby Jones, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Ralph Ineson.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

AMICABLE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25-29 MAY 2015
directed by Polly Thomas
Is it possible to split up and still be friends? A well-observed thoughtful exploration by Mark Davies Markham, developed from interviews with real people. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IN THE SHADOW OF KAFKA: ESSAYS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11-15 MAY 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays for Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season: By Margaret Atwood (Kafka: Three Encounters), Hanif Kureishi (His Father’s Excrement), Karen Leeder (Waving or Drowning: Kafka and Meaning), April de Angelis (Kafka’s Castle) and Jeff Young (Transformer).
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

THE PROCESS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAY 2015
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
A new adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s The Trial, dramatised and updated by Mark Ravenhill. Part of Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

FRAGMENTS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST FEB 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
By Laura Lomas. Recorded on location at Runswick Bay, Yorkshire.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

Fragments
Fragments : recording at Runswick Bay, December 2014

EATING FOR ENGLAND
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST DEC 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
By Nigel Slater, dramatised by Sarah Daniels. Cast includes Julian Rhind-Tutt and Celia Imrie. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

LIFE IN THE TOMB
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 6 JUL 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
From the book by Stratis Myrivilis, dramatised by April de Angelis, part of Radio 3’s WWI progamming.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

Life in the Tomb
Errolyn Wallen and the cast recoding the music for Life in the Tomb

THE GOLDEN RECORD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUN 2014
directed by Polly Thomas
By Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods. Cast includes Kerry Shale.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IS YOUR LOVE BETTER THAN LIFE?
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 FEB 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
An original drama by Frances Byrnes. Cast includes Don Gilet, David Annen and Mariah Gale.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

NAPOLEON RISING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 DEC 2012
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Epic drama from the novel by Anthony Burgess, adapted by Anjum Malik. Cast includes Toby Jones, Jenny Jules, James Norton and Alex Jennings.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

THE GRADUATE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUL 2012
adapted by Polly Thomas
By Charles Webb. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production, directed by Kate McAll

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST NOV/DEC 2008
co-produced and developed by Polly Thomas and Graeae Theatre Company, directed by Polly Thomas
By Victor Hugo, dramatised by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

WRITING THE CENTURY
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST started 2008, ongoing
created by Polly Thomas and Vanessa Rosenthal
Long-running Women’s Hour drama series charting the the 20th century through real letters and diaries. A 15 Minute Drama.
a BBC Radio Drama series

VIRGINIA WOOLF – THE WAVES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST SEP 2007
produced by Polly Thomas
Dramatised and directed by Terence Davies. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Radio Drama

THE UNEXPECTED EUROPEAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2007
devised and produced by Polly Thomas
A collaboration between six European radio companies to make one play, broadcast in all six countries and on the EU Parliament Intranet in Strasbourg.
a BBC Radio Drama, supported by the European Broadcasting Union

THE ROYAL COURT: 50 YEARS ON
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 APR 2006
produced by Polly Thomas and Steve Canny
Five new plays commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Court Theatre to mark the theatre’s 50th anniversary. Broadcast live from the stage. Playwrights: Wole Soyinka, Joe Penhall, Laura Wade, Arnold Wesker and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
a BBC Radio 3 and Royal Court Theatre co-production

KAFKA’S DICK
BBC RADIO 3 Sunday 2nd April 2023 2030

Iconic modern comedy by Alan Bennett.

Starring Toby Jones, Mark Heap, Jason Watkins, Fenella Woolgar, Jim Broadbent and Don Warrington.

Directed and produced by Polly Thomas and Dermot Daly, sound design by Alisdair McGregor
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a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

BBC RADIO 4 Monday 20th March 2023 1415

A unique ghost story from leading radio dramatist. Dan Rebellato.

On one level a sequence of simple ghost stories, featuring seven ghosts; on another, a poignant and compelling look at death, love and the edges between our lives, looking at the way the past shapes the present, and how someone’s present happiness might literally be built on someone else’s despair.

Cast includes Kobna Holbrook Smith, Ani Nelson, David Annen, Don Gilet, Sarah Berger Max Runham and Fanta Barrie.

directed and produced by Polly Thomas, original music by Jeremy Warmsley, sound design by Eloise Whitmore

Illustration by Tessie Orange-Turner.

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

BESS 💓 PORGY
BBC RADIO 4 / 11th and 12th March 2023, 1500 and BBC RADIO / 9th April 2023 1930

A musical love story for today by award winning writer Roy Williams, inspired by the novel ‘Porgy’ by Edwin Du Bose Heyward

Cast includes Gabrielle Brooks, Reece Pantry, Fehiniti Balogun, Idris Debrand, Erin Doherty, Jade Anouka, Ray Fearon, Shobna Gulati, Jumoke Fashola, Jocelyn Jee Essien and Phil Daniels.

Original music by Swindle, lyrics by Eva Lazarus and TEE, photograph by . Performed by the cast with the BBC Concert Orchestra; arranged and orchestrated by Neil Waters; and conducted by Tom Kelly.

Sound design was by Lucinda Mason Brown

BESS 💓 PORGY is directed by Michael Buffong; conceived and produced by Gilly Parry; exec produced by Polly Thomas and supported by the PRS Foundation.

a feral inc production for BBC Radio 3 and 4

THE ULTIMATE CHOICE
BBC RADIO 4 Sunday 19th February 2023 1915, weekly for 6 weeks

A brand new panel show, hosted by Steph McGovern plus two celebrity guests being asked to solve a series of fiendish, mischievous and downright daft dilemmas, like:

Would you rather…. Have eyes the size of mangoes or the size of peas? Would you rather always look your best or always wear your most comfortable clothes? Would you rather be itchy or sticky for the rest of your life?

It’s a forum for playful flights of fancy, complete with testimonies from scientific experts to help steer our panellists’ decisions, which they’ll then have to live with for the rest of their lives…
written by Jon Harvey and Joseph Morpurgo, exec producers Polly Thomas and Ed Morrish

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

THE CHATTERLEYS
BBC RADIO 4 / 29th January and 5th February 2023, 1500

The Chatterleys is adapted from D H Lawrence’s classic written by award winning writer Mike Kenny

The drama was developed by working closely with members of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men Association), to inform the story and perform in the production.
The Chatterleys is set in contemporary Redcar, North East England, an area with strong military links, tough economic conditions and spectacular coastal landscape. It offers a dynamic insight into modern life, in particular the challenges of becoming disabled and learning to create a ‘new normal’ It is also, at heart, a love story.
A transcript of the drama for deaf and hard of hearing people is on BBC Radio 4 website on broadcast.

Cast includes David Proud, Ashleigh Wilder and Mark Holgate. Sound design was by Eloise Whitmore, with

original music by Megan Steinberg, additional mastering by Alex Armstrong-Holding, photograph by Sonya McGhee.

With thanks to Christine Landess and the team at BLESMA.

The piece is directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey

a Naked Production and Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4


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LISTEN HARDER
BBC Radio 3 / 28th November – 2nd December 2022, 2245
A new essay series about communication, acting and Deaf identity written and read by leading actor Sophie Stone. Animated transcript by Phoenix Stone and BSL translation films by Marcel Hirshman of Weald BSL available on BBC Sounds website. Co produced by Polly Thomas and Mina Anwar .

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

RISE
BBC RADIO 4 / 28th November 2022, 1415

Rise is written by double Alfred Fagon winning writer Lorna French. Set in Bolton, the story follows 15 year old looked after child, Aimee, as she learns more about her rich family story. As a Black child in care, she assumed that it would be impossible to find out more about her familial story, but with the help of a life story worker and her very attentive key worker she begins to learn more about who she is and where she comes from. With every new piece of information she rises, metaphorically and maybe a little physically, into a hopeful future.

The piece will be directed by Dermot Daly and exec produced by Polly Thomas

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

LOVE ACROSS THE AGES
BBC Radio 4 / 13 September 2022, 1415

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s BBC Radio 4 afternoon drama debut tackles love between two Muslim men from Iran in 815 through to modern day Bradford using classical poet Abu Nawas as our guide, our Cupid.

Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī c. 756 – c. 814) was a classical Arabic poet, and the foremost representative of the modern (muhdath) poetry, famous for his wine, hunting and homo erotic oeuvre. He also entered the folkloric tradition, appearing several times in One Thousand and One Nights.

Starring Raad Rawi (Spy, Coronation Street, Tuman Bay), Esh Alladi (Ordinary Love, A Confession) Darren Kuppan (Bangla Bantams, Coronation Street ) and Nadia Emam (Everything I Know About Love, Playing Dead). Original muisc by Sarah Sayeed.

As part of Naked Productions initiative to introduce more diverse audio drama directors to BBC audio drama, Nickie Miles-Wildin makes her debut as director. Nickie is a freelance director, specializing in theatre, making work that challenges, connects and is full of hope.

Polly Thomas, as executive producer

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

EXEMPLAR
BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds / 19th, 26th August, 2nd, 9th and 16th September 2022, 1400
A new series about an audio forensic expert with her own dark secret played by leading actor Gina McKee featuring Shivrone Marks, Juliet Stevenson, Fenella Woolgar, Babara Marten, Don Gilet, Chetna Pandya, Dekka Walmsley, Charlie Hardwick and Asif Khan written by award winning dramatists and composers Ben and Max Ringham,with award winning dramatist Dan Rebellato, music by Ben and Max Ringham, directed by Polly Thomas and Jade Lewis . Sound design by Lucinda Mason Brown and David Chilton

a Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

” A baleful thriller…..over the course of the series, expect Jess’ personal and professional ghosts to overlap. Sinister, nuanced and very promising.”

The Guardian Review, Saturday 13th August 2022
Phil Henderson

JASON’S MATES
BBC Radio 4 / Monday 23rd May 2022, 1415
Sharp new statire about local politics and corruption written and directed by Peter Strickland, leading film maker, produced by Polly Thomas, featuring Toby Jones, Richard Bremmer, Stephanie Racine, Leo Bill , Hugh Dennis, Fatma Mohammed and Leo Bill music by Jon Fletcher and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

“…this is one classy, contemporary satire with a savage bite…”

Radio Times Pick of the Day,
Jane Anderson

MIDDLEMARCH MONOLOGUES
BBC Radio 3 / Sunday 20th March 2022, 19.30
George Eliot’s iconic novel reinvented for 21st century Coventry, written by Amanda Dalton, Leanne Allen, Tanika Gupta, Liz Mytton, Debris Stevenson, Ellice Stevens and Sabiha Monk, directed by Polly Thomas and Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, featuring Meera Syal, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Ashley Gerlach, Sinead Matthews, Sharan Phull, Julia Rounthwaite, Calvin Demba and Ellie Turner music by Ellie Gowers and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3 and Warwick Arts Centre

NIGHT OF THE LIVING FLATPACKS
RESONANCE FM, COMMUNITY RADIO / 27th – 31st DECEMBER 2021, 1345 – 1400 every day
a sparkling new drama series about love, flatpacks and living with different disabilities, written by Michael Southan, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Kathryn Golding, Anita Karla Kelly, Leanne Allen, produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore, starring Amy Conachan, Paislie Reid, Kirsty Johnson, Tachia Newall and Jonathan Keeble and directed by Polly Thomas, Nicola Wildin, Cheryl Martin and Hannah Quigleywith original music by Oliver Vibrans
a Naked Production with Graeae, supported by Audio Content Fund

LITTLE MISS BURDEN
BBC RADIO 4 / 8th NOVEMBER 2021, 1400
a fun filled, music heavy coming of age drama combining 90s nostalgia, Nigerian family and an East London childhood to tell the sometimes tricky often funny and always engaging truth about growing up with a physical impairment, written by Matilda Ibini, produced by Polly Thomas and Debbie Hannan
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

JAZZ AND DICE
BBC RADIO 4 / 7th June 2021, 1415
Drama tackling love and families, with a witty, warm touch, from new writer Leanne Allen. Her protagonist is a wheelchair user (like Leanne) but the drama is not about disability, its about love in the 21st century, featuring Claire Rushrbook, Carly Houston, Lucy Fallon and Garry Robson, produced by Polly Thomas and Krishna Istha
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

PARIS 2021
BBC RADIO 3 / 26th – 30th APRIL 2021, 2245
a series of Essays marking the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune in Spring 1871, a cornerstone of radical culture, politics, social movements in Europe and the American States. written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

KILLER
BBC RADIO 3 / 18th APRIL 2021, 1930
in a new translation by Dan Rebellato after Eugene Ionesco, starring Toby Jones, Christine Bottomley and Liz Carr directed by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

ANGELA
SOUND STAGE / 26th – 28th MARCH and 1st – 2nd April 2021, 1930 and BBC RADIO 3/ 16th May 2021, 1930
written by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Polly Thomas , music by Alexandra Braithwaite , sound design by John Scott , starring Pam Ferris, Toby Jones, Joseph Mllson, and Matti Houghton

Five star reviews eg:

“Angela Ravenhill died with dementia in 2019; and what Ravenhill achieves – over an exquisite 95 minutes of sonic theatre, directed by Polly Thomas of associate producers Naked Radio – is an extraordinary sense of a life that is somehow seen steadily and whole, even though its truth is partly conveyed through the fragmenting prism of Angela’s mind, in the final months of her illness.”

The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan

Sound Stage is a new digital platform from Royal Lyceum/Pitlochry Festival Theatre in partnership, in association with Naked Productions

THE FISHERMEN
BBC RADIO 3, 4th APRIL 2021, 1930
A powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate. Radio 3 debut of New Perspectives Theatre’s stage production of Man Booker shortlist novel by Chigozie Obioma, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan, starring Valentine Olukoga, David Alade, and Michael Ajao
directed byJack McNamara, produced by Polly Thomas and Ravelle-Sadé Fairman
a New Perspectives and Naked Productions co-production for BBC Radio 3

AN INVITATION TO INDIAN COOKING
BBC RADIO 4 / 1 – 5 FEBRUARY 2021
written by Madhur Jaffrey dramatised by Anjum Malik, produced by Polly Thomas starring Archie Panjabi, Raj Ghatak and Balvinder Sopal
a Somethin Else Production for BBC Radio 4

YOU & ME
BBC RADIO 4 / 4 JANUARY 2021, 1400
written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas, starring Rachael Ofori and Robert Lonsdale
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

BARTHOLOMEW ABOMINATIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 NOVEMBER 2020, 1500
written by Paul Sirett after Ben Jonson, directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
a Graeae and Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

CONNECTIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 10th NOVEMBER 2020, 1415
written by Anita Karla Kelly, Kathryn Golding, Leanne Allen, series advisor Sarah Daniels directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey , sound design by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4, originally funded by the Audio Content Fund and broadcast on 20 UK community radio stations .

24 HOURS OF PEACE
RESONANCE FM,1055 7th NOVEMBER until just after 1100 8th NOVEMBER 2020
A unique 24 hour non stop audio event of 237,000 words from 100 peace workers, performed by 48 professional and community performers, including Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Adjoa Andoh and Liz Carr
created and directed by Neil Bartlett , produced by Polly Thomas
a Thomas Carter Projects production for Resonance FM

FIVE KINDS OF BEETHOVEN
BBC RADIO 3 / 21 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
written by Inua Ellams, Sophie Stone, Andrew Biswell, Nitin Sawhiney, Thangam Debonnaire and produced by Polly Thomas

BBC RADIO 4 Pick of the Week, 27th September 2020;

” Beautifully written and deeply felt, this was one of the highlights of my listening week. It wasn’t lost on Sophie that she wouldn’t be able to hear her own talk broadcast on Radio 3, and its not lost on me either that she can’t hear me shout my praises and lift the rafters of my tiny house. But an animated transcript of her talk is available on the programme website, making it more accessible for a D/deaf and hard of hearing audience.”

Cathy Fitzgerald

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3.

THE PORTAL
Acast / 25th September 2020
written by Martin Green , directed by Wils Wilson , sound design by Eloise Whitmore and executive produced by Polly Thomas
— a Lepus Production, with Naked Productions, commissioned and presented with Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Oxford Contemporary Music, National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland Arts, The North Wall, MacArts Galashiels and funded by Creative Scotland.

RELATIVITY SERIES 3
BBC RADIO 4 / 11.30AM FRIDAY 17TH, 24TH, 31ST JULY, 5TH, 7TH, 14TH AND 21ST AUGUST 2020
produced by Polly Thomas
Third series of inter-generational family comedy drama, starring Richard Herring, Alison Steadman, Fenella Woolgar and Phil Davies.
written by Richard Herring
an Avalon production

CONNECTIONS
RESONANCE FM, ALL FM, RADIO VERULAM, CANALSIDE AND RADIO LAB/ 8- 12 JUNE 2020
written by Anita Kelly, Michael Southan, Leanne Allen, Shaihd Iqbal Khan and Kathryn Golding, produced by Polly Thomas
support by the Audio Content Fund
a Naked Production for community radio UK wide

ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE
BBC RADIO 3 / 7 JUNE 2020
written by David Greig, directed by Elizabeth Newman and exec produced by Polly Thomas
a Pitlochry Festival Theatre co production for Culture in Quarantine
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE WILL
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 APR 2020
written and produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Danish/UK co-production
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

SCHREBER
BBC RADIO 3 / 22 MAR 2020
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A modern production Anthony Burgess‘ never-produced screenplay of the iconic 19th century Memoir of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Schreber, seminal text for Freud et al. Adaptation by Jeff Young.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THREE SISTERS REWIRED
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 14 + 21 DEC 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Chekov as he has never been done before … Three Sisters with varying degrees of D/deafness, refreshing the original in a bold new version with Graeae Theatre. Cast includes Genevieve Barr, Lara Steward, Alexandra James, Tachia Newell, Kay Purcell, Alexandra Mathie and Jonathan Keeble.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4

PASS + THE GRAPE THAT ROLLED UNDER THE FRIDGE + OUT OF YOUR MIND
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 13 OCT 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Three new plays — a psychological drama by Naomi Sheldon that take explores sound and the supernatural, a funny modern drama about family relationships by award-winning performer and writer Kate O’Donnell, and an Afrofuturist tale about identity/family and the ever-encroaching surveillance state by award-winning writer Matilda Ibini. Casts include: Sue Jenkins, Kate O Donnell, Naomi Sheldon, Lois Chimimba, Shvrone Marks and Rebecca Humphries.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A WOMAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 23-27 SEP 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The ups and downs of being a young transgender woman, turning 18 and ready to explore the world. Fifth in the series by Mark Davies Markham (see Just a Girl). Amy is ready to fly the nest … a trip to Amsterdam and maybe some romance. A 15 Minute drama. Cast includes: Tigger Blaize, Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Michael Garner, Don Gilet and Bettrys Jones.
a Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

RAGE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 8 + 11 MAY 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The third Teodor Szacki mystery, adapted by Mark Lawson from Zygmunt Milosewszki‘s book, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones. When fresh bones stripped of all flesh are discovered on an historic site, Szacki is forced to confront the issue of domestic violence within Poland’s traditionally machismo culture. Cast includes: Bryan Dick, Alexandra Mathie, Rachel Austin, Claire Benedict and Mina Anwar.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

LORENZACCIO
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A new version by Dan Rebellato of the French classic by Alfred de Musset. Cast includes Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Tanya Moodie. A grand, epic political drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

HEAR LISTENING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 1 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas
Writer and performer Alex Bulmer compares her modern travelling experiences with that of 19th century blind traveller, James Holman. Holman’s writings are extraordinary. He risked everything by leaving the UK to travel alone across the world. Alex retraces his journey across Europe and America.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

GRAEAE’S AMY DORRIT
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 30 DEC 2018 + 5 JAN 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Adapted by April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Graeae Theatre Company present a radical new imagining of the classic story.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

DEATH OF A MATRIARCH
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 14 OCT 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
What’s a good way to die? What are the last moments filled with — regret, joy, best times, worst times, love? Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta explores the final moments of Sita, a true matriarch. Starring Meera Syal.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OF A LIFETIME
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 SEP 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
Two young women travel round Europe, when a painful past tests their friendship. Can they grow together, or will they fall apart? A bold new drama by Lulu Rackza — an insightful exploration. Cast: Lois Chimimba, Dani Heron
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
Imison Award for Best New Audio Drama, 2019

A GRAIN OF TRUTH
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 12 + 19 AUG 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Taut crime thriller by leading Polish writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones and dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson. The complexities and frustrations of the modern Polish legal system are the setting for this bestselling crime novel, featuring long-suffering State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Cast includes Bryan Dick, Rachel Austin and David Fleeshman.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSES
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 4-8 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A personal exploration of writers’ unexpected muses — places, people and memories. Dramatist Jeff Young considers the unusual array of muses that inform his and other writers, work.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 20 MAY + 27 MAY + 3 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Gill Parry, directed by Polly Thomas
Adapted for radio by Ayeesha Menon. Dickens’ novel is a powerful portrayal of personal sacrifice set against a turbulent backdrop of political change. This version updates it to contemporary London and war-torn Syria, with two women as the driving force. Cast includes Fatima Adoum, Shaun Parkes, Raad Rawi, Khalid Abdalla and Nadim Sawalha.
a Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

CLAUDIA RODEN: A BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
An entertaining dramatisation by Anjum Malik that shines a light on an extraordinary, influential cookery writer. Cast includes Tracy Ann Oberman. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

GRAEAE: MIDWICH CUCKOOS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 31 DEC 2017 + 7 JAN 2018
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
A bold new version by Roy Williams of the iconic science fiction story by John Wyndham. What if we heard the story from the children’s perspective? And what if there were deaf children in the village who could communicate better with the Cuckoo children than their own families could? Tune in and find out …
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

RELATIVITY
BBC RADIO 4 / SERIES 1 – 3 / BROADCAST SEP 2017 (1) + JAN 2019 (2) + SPRING 2020 (3)
produced by Polly Thomas
A sharp, funny warm comedy by Richard Herring about four generations of a family. Cast includes Alison Steadman, Phil Davies, Fenella Woolgar and Richard Herring.
executive production by Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner
an Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST MAY 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Anthony Bourdain‘s searing exposé of the restaurant trade brilliantly dramatised by Marcy Kahan. Funny, no holds barred and a good reason to never order fish on a Monday. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
executive production by Robert Abel
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

THE HOURS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 16 APR 2017 + 23 APR 2017
directed by Polly Thomas and Judith Kampfner
The first radio dramatisation of Michael Cunningham‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, dramatised by Francis Byrnes. A transatlantic production recorded in New York and London. Cast includes Rosamund Pike (Clarissa), Fenella Woolgar (Virginia, Kitty), Teresa Gallagher (Laura), Lia Williams, Corey Johnson, Jack Towbin, David Annen, Rachel Atkins and Haley McGee.
original music by Gene Pritsker, sound design by Steve Bond
— produced by Judith Kampfner for Corporation for Independent Media

“I am so thrilled by the BBC’s production of my novel The Hours and believe me, a novelist does not thrill easily!” Michael Cunningham

SOUNDS LIKE SHE
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
A Between the Ears feature about gender identity and voice. Creative consultant Alex Bulmer, music by Errollyn Wallen.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
shortlisted for ARIA Awards 2017

BURGESS AT 100
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 27 FEB – 3 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays by writers on their relationship to Anthony Burgess. Contributors: A.L. Kennedy, Tash Aw, Simon Rennie, Rhoda Koenig and Kevin Jackson. For Radio 3’s The Essay.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OEDIPUS THE KING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 26 FEB 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
First UK performance of Anthony Burgess‘ ’70s bold version of Sophocles’ classic text, performed as part of Radio 3’s Burgess Centenary programming. Music by Obie-winning composer Stanley Silverman. Cast includes Christopher Eccleston, Fiona Shaw, Adjoa Andoh and Don Warrington.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE EXCEPTION
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2-4 JAN 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Office politics become deadly serious in a tense Danish thriller by Christian Jungersson set in a genocide research centre. A unique Danish/English collaboration (Reading Europe series). Co-dramatised by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph and recorded on location in Copenhagen.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A GIRL
BBC RADIO 4 / FOUR SERIES / BROADCAST 2014-2017
directed by Polly Thomas (series 1), produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore (series 2)
Mark Davies Markham‘s long running series about Amy, a transgender teenager. Developed through consultation with transgender children, their families and clinicians, the drama charts the high and lows of a typical pre-teen — who happens to be transgender — and her family. Authentic and contemporary family drama. A 15 Minute Drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4 (series 2)

NEWS FROM NOWHERE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A modern reversioning by Sarah Woods of Wiiliam Morris’ classic utopian vision first published in 1890. Part of the Dangerous Visions BBC Radio 4 season.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

A WOLF IN THE WATER
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 22 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A gripping response to Shakespeare‘s Merchant of Venice, created by Naomi Alderman, writer of the global phenomenon that is Run, Zombies!. Cast includes Tracy Ann Obermann and Philippa Bennett-Warner.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

A GIRL CALLED JACK
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Jack Monroe’s first book about eating well on a budget. Brilliant dramatisation by Sarah Daniels. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes. Cast includes Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

DON’T START series 3
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JAN 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Frank Skinner‘s gem of a radio drama series, starring Frank and Katherine Parkinson as an ever-sparring, ever-devoted couple.
an Avalon production for BBC Radio 4

EMILE ZOLA: BLOOD, SEX AND MONEY three-part series
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST from 2015 into 2016 + RELEASED BY PENGUIN BOOKS 31 DEC 2019
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Three-part BBC epic adaptation of Emile Zola’s saga of the Rougon Macquart families, dramatised by Dan Rebellato. Cast includes: Glenda Jackson, Samuel West, Anna Maxwell Martin, Robert Jack, John Heffernan, Mina Anwar, Robyn Skeet, Yusra Warsama and Lucy Moss.
a Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4

THE STONE TAPE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST OCT 2015 + AVAILABLE ONLINE IN BINAURAL
executive production by Polly Thomas
The Nigel Kneale ’70s horror classic, reinvented by Peter Strickland and Matthew Graham. Cast includes Romola Garai, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Julian Barratt.
directed by Peter Strickland, produced by Russell Finch
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

WHEN ELVIS MET THE BEATLES
BBC RADIO 2 / BROADCAST 31 AUG 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Dan Cocker
31st August 1965: the Beatles finally get to go round to Elvis’ house and meet the man who started it all for them. In a new fly-on-the-wall drama by Jeff Young, we get to find out what might have happened. Cast includes Tom Hughes and Kevin Mains.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 2

THE LEN CONTINUUM
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 18 JUN 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Russell Finch
Written and directed by filmmaker Peter Strickland. Cast includes Toby Jones, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Ralph Ineson.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

AMICABLE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25-29 MAY 2015
directed by Polly Thomas
Is it possible to split up and still be friends? A well-observed thoughtful exploration by Mark Davies Markham, developed from interviews with real people. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IN THE SHADOW OF KAFKA: ESSAYS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11-15 MAY 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays for Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season: By Margaret Atwood (Kafka: Three Encounters), Hanif Kureishi (His Father’s Excrement), Karen Leeder (Waving or Drowning: Kafka and Meaning), April de Angelis (Kafka’s Castle) and Jeff Young (Transformer).
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

THE PROCESS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAY 2015
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
A new adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s The Trial, dramatised and updated by Mark Ravenhill. Part of Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

FRAGMENTS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST FEB 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
By Laura Lomas. Recorded on location at Runswick Bay, Yorkshire.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

Fragments
Fragments : recording at Runswick Bay, December 2014

EATING FOR ENGLAND
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST DEC 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
By Nigel Slater, dramatised by Sarah Daniels. Cast includes Julian Rhind-Tutt and Celia Imrie. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

LIFE IN THE TOMB
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 6 JUL 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
From the book by Stratis Myrivilis, dramatised by April de Angelis, part of Radio 3’s WWI progamming.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

Life in the Tomb
Errolyn Wallen and the cast recoding the music for Life in the Tomb

THE GOLDEN RECORD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUN 2014
directed by Polly Thomas
By Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods. Cast includes Kerry Shale.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IS YOUR LOVE BETTER THAN LIFE?
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 FEB 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
An original drama by Frances Byrnes. Cast includes Don Gilet, David Annen and Mariah Gale.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

NAPOLEON RISING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 DEC 2012
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Epic drama from the novel by Anthony Burgess, adapted by Anjum Malik. Cast includes Toby Jones, Jenny Jules, James Norton and Alex Jennings.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

THE GRADUATE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUL 2012
adapted by Polly Thomas
By Charles Webb. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production, directed by Kate McAll

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST NOV/DEC 2008
co-produced and developed by Polly Thomas and Graeae Theatre Company, directed by Polly Thomas
By Victor Hugo, dramatised by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

WRITING THE CENTURY
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST started 2008, ongoing
created by Polly Thomas and Vanessa Rosenthal
Long-running Women’s Hour drama series charting the the 20th century through real letters and diaries. A 15 Minute Drama.
a BBC Radio Drama series

VIRGINIA WOOLF – THE WAVES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST SEP 2007
produced by Polly Thomas
Dramatised and directed by Terence Davies. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Radio Drama

THE UNEXPECTED EUROPEAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2007
devised and produced by Polly Thomas
A collaboration between six European radio companies to make one play, broadcast in all six countries and on the EU Parliament Intranet in Strasbourg.
a BBC Radio Drama, supported by the European Broadcasting Union

THE ROYAL COURT: 50 YEARS ON
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 APR 2006
produced by Polly Thomas and Steve Canny
Five new plays commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Court Theatre to mark the theatre’s 50th anniversary. Broadcast live from the stage. Playwrights: Wole Soyinka, Joe Penhall, Laura Wade, Arnold Wesker and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
a BBC Radio 3 and Royal Court Theatre co-production

THE CHATTERLEYS
BBC RADIO 4 / 29th January and 5th February 2023, 1500

The Chatterleys is adapted from D H Lawrence’s classic written by award winning writer Mike Kenny

The drama was developed by working closely with members of BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men Association), to inform the story and perform in the production.
The Chatterleys is set in contemporary Redcar, North East England, an area with strong military links, tough economic conditions and spectacular coastal landscape. It offers a dynamic insight into modern life, in particular the challenges of becoming disabled and learning to create a ‘new normal’ It is also, at heart, a love story.
A transcript of the drama for deaf and hard of hearing people is on BBC Radio 4 website on broadcast.

Cast includes David Proud, Ashleigh Wilder and Mark Holgate. Sound design was by Eloise Whitmore, with

original music by Megan Steinberg, additional mastering by Alex Armstrong-Holding, photograph by Sonya McGhee.

With thanks to Christine Landess and the team at BLESMA.

The piece is directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey

a Naked Production and Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4


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LISTEN HARDER
BBC Radio 3 / 28th November – 2nd December 2022, 2245
A new essay series about communication, acting and Deaf identity written and read by leading actor Sophie Stone. Animated transcript by Phoenix Stone and BSL translation films by Marcel Hirshman of Weald BSL available on BBC Sounds website. Co produced by Polly Thomas and Mina Anwar .

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

RISE
BBC RADIO 4 / 28th November 2022, 1415

Rise is written by double Alfred Fagon winning writer Lorna French. Set in Bolton, the story follows 15 year old looked after child, Aimee, as she learns more about her rich family story. As a Black child in care, she assumed that it would be impossible to find out more about her familial story, but with the help of a life story worker and her very attentive key worker she begins to learn more about who she is and where she comes from. With every new piece of information she rises, metaphorically and maybe a little physically, into a hopeful future.

The piece will be directed by Dermot Daly and exec produced by Polly Thomas

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

LOVE ACROSS THE AGES
BBC Radio 4 / 13 September 2022, 1415

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s BBC Radio 4 afternoon drama debut tackles love between two Muslim men from Iran in 815 through to modern day Bradford using classical poet Abu Nawas as our guide, our Cupid.

Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī c. 756 – c. 814) was a classical Arabic poet, and the foremost representative of the modern (muhdath) poetry, famous for his wine, hunting and homo erotic oeuvre. He also entered the folkloric tradition, appearing several times in One Thousand and One Nights.

Starring Raad Rawi (Spy, Coronation Street, Tuman Bay), Esh Alladi (Ordinary Love, A Confession) Darren Kuppan (Bangla Bantams, Coronation Street ) and Nadia Emam (Everything I Know About Love, Playing Dead). Original muisc by Sarah Sayeed.

As part of Naked Productions initiative to introduce more diverse audio drama directors to BBC audio drama, Nickie Miles-Wildin makes her debut as director. Nickie is a freelance director, specializing in theatre, making work that challenges, connects and is full of hope.

Polly Thomas, as executive producer

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

EXEMPLAR
BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds / 19th, 26th August, 2nd, 9th and 16th September 2022, 1400
A new series about an audio forensic expert with her own dark secret played by leading actor Gina McKee featuring Shivrone Marks, Juliet Stevenson, Fenella Woolgar, Babara Marten, Don Gilet, Chetna Pandya, Dekka Walmsley, Charlie Hardwick and Asif Khan written by award winning dramatists and composers Ben and Max Ringham,with award winning dramatist Dan Rebellato, music by Ben and Max Ringham, directed by Polly Thomas and Jade Lewis . Sound design by Lucinda Mason Brown and David Chilton

a Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

” A baleful thriller…..over the course of the series, expect Jess’ personal and professional ghosts to overlap. Sinister, nuanced and very promising.”

The Guardian Review, Saturday 13th August 2022
Phil Henderson

JASON’S MATES
BBC Radio 4 / Monday 23rd May 2022, 1415
Sharp new statire about local politics and corruption written and directed by Peter Strickland, leading film maker, produced by Polly Thomas, featuring Toby Jones, Richard Bremmer, Stephanie Racine, Leo Bill , Hugh Dennis, Fatma Mohammed and Leo Bill music by Jon Fletcher and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

“…this is one classy, contemporary satire with a savage bite…”

Radio Times Pick of the Day,
Jane Anderson

MIDDLEMARCH MONOLOGUES
BBC Radio 3 / Sunday 20th March 2022, 19.30
George Eliot’s iconic novel reinvented for 21st century Coventry, written by Amanda Dalton, Leanne Allen, Tanika Gupta, Liz Mytton, Debris Stevenson, Ellice Stevens and Sabiha Monk, directed by Polly Thomas and Anastasia Osei-Kuffour, featuring Meera Syal, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Ashley Gerlach, Sinead Matthews, Sharan Phull, Julia Rounthwaite, Calvin Demba and Ellie Turner music by Ellie Gowers and sound design by Eloise Whitmore

a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3 and Warwick Arts Centre

NIGHT OF THE LIVING FLATPACKS
RESONANCE FM, COMMUNITY RADIO / 27th – 31st DECEMBER 2021, 1345 – 1400 every day
a sparkling new drama series about love, flatpacks and living with different disabilities, written by Michael Southan, Shahid Iqbal Khan, Kathryn Golding, Anita Karla Kelly, Leanne Allen, produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore, starring Amy Conachan, Paislie Reid, Kirsty Johnson, Tachia Newall and Jonathan Keeble and directed by Polly Thomas, Nicola Wildin, Cheryl Martin and Hannah Quigleywith original music by Oliver Vibrans
a Naked Production with Graeae, supported by Audio Content Fund

LITTLE MISS BURDEN
BBC RADIO 4 / 8th NOVEMBER 2021, 1400
a fun filled, music heavy coming of age drama combining 90s nostalgia, Nigerian family and an East London childhood to tell the sometimes tricky often funny and always engaging truth about growing up with a physical impairment, written by Matilda Ibini, produced by Polly Thomas and Debbie Hannan
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

JAZZ AND DICE
BBC RADIO 4 / 7th June 2021, 1415
Drama tackling love and families, with a witty, warm touch, from new writer Leanne Allen. Her protagonist is a wheelchair user (like Leanne) but the drama is not about disability, its about love in the 21st century, featuring Claire Rushrbook, Carly Houston, Lucy Fallon and Garry Robson, produced by Polly Thomas and Krishna Istha
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

PARIS 2021
BBC RADIO 3 / 26th – 30th APRIL 2021, 2245
a series of Essays marking the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune in Spring 1871, a cornerstone of radical culture, politics, social movements in Europe and the American States. written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

KILLER
BBC RADIO 3 / 18th APRIL 2021, 1930
in a new translation by Dan Rebellato after Eugene Ionesco, starring Toby Jones, Christine Bottomley and Liz Carr directed by Polly Thomas
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

ANGELA
SOUND STAGE / 26th – 28th MARCH and 1st – 2nd April 2021, 1930 and BBC RADIO 3/ 16th May 2021, 1930
written by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Polly Thomas , music by Alexandra Braithwaite , sound design by John Scott , starring Pam Ferris, Toby Jones, Joseph Mllson, and Matti Houghton

Five star reviews eg:

“Angela Ravenhill died with dementia in 2019; and what Ravenhill achieves – over an exquisite 95 minutes of sonic theatre, directed by Polly Thomas of associate producers Naked Radio – is an extraordinary sense of a life that is somehow seen steadily and whole, even though its truth is partly conveyed through the fragmenting prism of Angela’s mind, in the final months of her illness.”

The Scotsman, Joyce McMillan

Sound Stage is a new digital platform from Royal Lyceum/Pitlochry Festival Theatre in partnership, in association with Naked Productions

THE FISHERMEN
BBC RADIO 3, 4th APRIL 2021, 1930
A powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate. Radio 3 debut of New Perspectives Theatre’s stage production of Man Booker shortlist novel by Chigozie Obioma, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan, starring Valentine Olukoga, David Alade, and Michael Ajao
directed byJack McNamara, produced by Polly Thomas and Ravelle-Sadé Fairman
a New Perspectives and Naked Productions co-production for BBC Radio 3

AN INVITATION TO INDIAN COOKING
BBC RADIO 4 / 1 – 5 FEBRUARY 2021
written by Madhur Jaffrey dramatised by Anjum Malik, produced by Polly Thomas starring Archie Panjabi, Raj Ghatak and Balvinder Sopal
a Somethin Else Production for BBC Radio 4

YOU & ME
BBC RADIO 4 / 4 JANUARY 2021, 1400
written by Dan Rebellato produced by Polly Thomas, starring Rachael Ofori and Robert Lonsdale
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

BARTHOLOMEW ABOMINATIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 NOVEMBER 2020, 1500
written by Paul Sirett after Ben Jonson, directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
a Graeae and Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

CONNECTIONS
BBC RADIO 4 / 10th NOVEMBER 2020, 1415
written by Anita Karla Kelly, Kathryn Golding, Leanne Allen, series advisor Sarah Daniels directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey , sound design by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4, originally funded by the Audio Content Fund and broadcast on 20 UK community radio stations .

24 HOURS OF PEACE
RESONANCE FM,1055 7th NOVEMBER until just after 1100 8th NOVEMBER 2020
A unique 24 hour non stop audio event of 237,000 words from 100 peace workers, performed by 48 professional and community performers, including Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Adjoa Andoh and Liz Carr
created and directed by Neil Bartlett , produced by Polly Thomas
a Thomas Carter Projects production for Resonance FM

FIVE KINDS OF BEETHOVEN
BBC RADIO 3 / 21 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
written by Inua Ellams, Sophie Stone, Andrew Biswell, Nitin Sawhiney, Thangam Debonnaire and produced by Polly Thomas

BBC RADIO 4 Pick of the Week, 27th September 2020;

” Beautifully written and deeply felt, this was one of the highlights of my listening week. It wasn’t lost on Sophie that she wouldn’t be able to hear her own talk broadcast on Radio 3, and its not lost on me either that she can’t hear me shout my praises and lift the rafters of my tiny house. But an animated transcript of her talk is available on the programme website, making it more accessible for a D/deaf and hard of hearing audience.”

Cathy Fitzgerald

— a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3.

THE PORTAL
Acast / 25th September 2020
written by Martin Green , directed by Wils Wilson , sound design by Eloise Whitmore and executive produced by Polly Thomas
— a Lepus Production, with Naked Productions, commissioned and presented with Edinburgh International Festival, Southbank Centre, Oxford Contemporary Music, National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland Arts, The North Wall, MacArts Galashiels and funded by Creative Scotland.

RELATIVITY SERIES 3
BBC RADIO 4 / 11.30AM FRIDAY 17TH, 24TH, 31ST JULY, 5TH, 7TH, 14TH AND 21ST AUGUST 2020
produced by Polly Thomas
Third series of inter-generational family comedy drama, starring Richard Herring, Alison Steadman, Fenella Woolgar and Phil Davies.
written by Richard Herring
an Avalon production

CONNECTIONS
RESONANCE FM, ALL FM, RADIO VERULAM, CANALSIDE AND RADIO LAB/ 8- 12 JUNE 2020
written by Anita Kelly, Michael Southan, Leanne Allen, Shaihd Iqbal Khan and Kathryn Golding, produced by Polly Thomas
support by the Audio Content Fund
a Naked Production for community radio UK wide

ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE
BBC RADIO 3 / 7 JUNE 2020
written by David Greig, directed by Elizabeth Newman and exec produced by Polly Thomas
a Pitlochry Festival Theatre co production for Culture in Quarantine
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE WILL
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 APR 2020
written and produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Danish/UK co-production
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

SCHREBER
BBC RADIO 3 / 22 MAR 2020
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A modern production Anthony Burgess‘ never-produced screenplay of the iconic 19th century Memoir of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Schreber, seminal text for Freud et al. Adaptation by Jeff Young.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THREE SISTERS REWIRED
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 14 + 21 DEC 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Chekov as he has never been done before … Three Sisters with varying degrees of D/deafness, refreshing the original in a bold new version with Graeae Theatre. Cast includes Genevieve Barr, Lara Steward, Alexandra James, Tachia Newell, Kay Purcell, Alexandra Mathie and Jonathan Keeble.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae collaboration for BBC Radio 4

PASS + THE GRAPE THAT ROLLED UNDER THE FRIDGE + OUT OF YOUR MIND
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 13 OCT 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Three new plays — a psychological drama by Naomi Sheldon that take explores sound and the supernatural, a funny modern drama about family relationships by award-winning performer and writer Kate O’Donnell, and an Afrofuturist tale about identity/family and the ever-encroaching surveillance state by award-winning writer Matilda Ibini. Casts include: Sue Jenkins, Kate O Donnell, Naomi Sheldon, Lois Chimimba, Shvrone Marks and Rebecca Humphries.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A WOMAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 23-27 SEP 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The ups and downs of being a young transgender woman, turning 18 and ready to explore the world. Fifth in the series by Mark Davies Markham (see Just a Girl). Amy is ready to fly the nest … a trip to Amsterdam and maybe some romance. A 15 Minute drama. Cast includes: Tigger Blaize, Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Michael Garner, Don Gilet and Bettrys Jones.
a Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 4

RAGE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 8 + 11 MAY 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
The third Teodor Szacki mystery, adapted by Mark Lawson from Zygmunt Milosewszki‘s book, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones. When fresh bones stripped of all flesh are discovered on an historic site, Szacki is forced to confront the issue of domestic violence within Poland’s traditionally machismo culture. Cast includes: Bryan Dick, Alexandra Mathie, Rachel Austin, Claire Benedict and Mina Anwar.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

LORENZACCIO
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A new version by Dan Rebellato of the French classic by Alfred de Musset. Cast includes Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Tanya Moodie. A grand, epic political drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

HEAR LISTENING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 1 MAR 2019
produced by Polly Thomas
Writer and performer Alex Bulmer compares her modern travelling experiences with that of 19th century blind traveller, James Holman. Holman’s writings are extraordinary. He risked everything by leaving the UK to travel alone across the world. Alex retraces his journey across Europe and America.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

GRAEAE’S AMY DORRIT
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 30 DEC 2018 + 5 JAN 2019
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Adapted by April de Angelis and Nicola Werenowska from Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Graeae Theatre Company present a radical new imagining of the classic story.
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

DEATH OF A MATRIARCH
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 14 OCT 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
What’s a good way to die? What are the last moments filled with — regret, joy, best times, worst times, love? Award-winning writer Tanika Gupta explores the final moments of Sita, a true matriarch. Starring Meera Syal.
part of BBC Radio 3’s new-audio-play showcase, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
recorded with an audience at the Summerhall arts venue
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OF A LIFETIME
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 SEP 2018
produced by Polly Thomas
Two young women travel round Europe, when a painful past tests their friendship. Can they grow together, or will they fall apart? A bold new drama by Lulu Rackza — an insightful exploration. Cast: Lois Chimimba, Dani Heron
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
Imison Award for Best New Audio Drama, 2019

A GRAIN OF TRUTH
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 12 + 19 AUG 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Taut crime thriller by leading Polish writer Zygmunt Miloszewski, translated by Antonia Lloyd Jones and dramatised for radio by Mark Lawson. The complexities and frustrations of the modern Polish legal system are the setting for this bestselling crime novel, featuring long-suffering State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki. Cast includes Bryan Dick, Rachel Austin and David Fleeshman.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSES
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 4-8 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A personal exploration of writers’ unexpected muses — places, people and memories. Dramatist Jeff Young considers the unusual array of muses that inform his and other writers, work.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 20 MAY + 27 MAY + 3 JUN 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Gill Parry, directed by Polly Thomas
Adapted for radio by Ayeesha Menon. Dickens’ novel is a powerful portrayal of personal sacrifice set against a turbulent backdrop of political change. This version updates it to contemporary London and war-torn Syria, with two women as the driving force. Cast includes Fatima Adoum, Shaun Parkes, Raad Rawi, Khalid Abdalla and Nadim Sawalha.
a Goldhawk production for BBC Radio 4

CLAUDIA RODEN: A BOOK OF MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2018
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
An entertaining dramatisation by Anjum Malik that shines a light on an extraordinary, influential cookery writer. Cast includes Tracy Ann Oberman. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

GRAEAE: MIDWICH CUCKOOS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 31 DEC 2017 + 7 JAN 2018
directed by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
A bold new version by Roy Williams of the iconic science fiction story by John Wyndham. What if we heard the story from the children’s perspective? And what if there were deaf children in the village who could communicate better with the Cuckoo children than their own families could? Tune in and find out …
produced by Eloise Whitmore
a Naked Productions/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

RELATIVITY
BBC RADIO 4 / SERIES 1 – 3 / BROADCAST SEP 2017 (1) + JAN 2019 (2) + SPRING 2020 (3)
produced by Polly Thomas
A sharp, funny warm comedy by Richard Herring about four generations of a family. Cast includes Alison Steadman, Phil Davies, Fenella Woolgar and Richard Herring.
executive production by Jon Thoday and Richard Allen Turner
an Avalon Television production for BBC Radio 4

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST MAY 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Anthony Bourdain‘s searing exposé of the restaurant trade brilliantly dramatised by Marcy Kahan. Funny, no holds barred and a good reason to never order fish on a Monday. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
executive production by Robert Abel
a Somethin Else production for BBC Radio 4

THE HOURS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 16 APR 2017 + 23 APR 2017
directed by Polly Thomas and Judith Kampfner
The first radio dramatisation of Michael Cunningham‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, dramatised by Francis Byrnes. A transatlantic production recorded in New York and London. Cast includes Rosamund Pike (Clarissa), Fenella Woolgar (Virginia, Kitty), Teresa Gallagher (Laura), Lia Williams, Corey Johnson, Jack Towbin, David Annen, Rachel Atkins and Haley McGee.
original music by Gene Pritsker, sound design by Steve Bond
— produced by Judith Kampfner for Corporation for Independent Media

“I am so thrilled by the BBC’s production of my novel The Hours and believe me, a novelist does not thrill easily!” Michael Cunningham

SOUNDS LIKE SHE
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
A Between the Ears feature about gender identity and voice. Creative consultant Alex Bulmer, music by Errollyn Wallen.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3
shortlisted for ARIA Awards 2017

BURGESS AT 100
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 27 FEB – 3 MAR 2017
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays by writers on their relationship to Anthony Burgess. Contributors: A.L. Kennedy, Tash Aw, Simon Rennie, Rhoda Koenig and Kevin Jackson. For Radio 3’s The Essay.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

OEDIPUS THE KING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 26 FEB 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
First UK performance of Anthony Burgess‘ ’70s bold version of Sophocles’ classic text, performed as part of Radio 3’s Burgess Centenary programming. Music by Obie-winning composer Stanley Silverman. Cast includes Christopher Eccleston, Fiona Shaw, Adjoa Andoh and Don Warrington.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 3

THE EXCEPTION
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2-4 JAN 2017
produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Office politics become deadly serious in a tense Danish thriller by Christian Jungersson set in a genocide research centre. A unique Danish/English collaboration (Reading Europe series). Co-dramatised by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph and recorded on location in Copenhagen.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

JUST A GIRL
BBC RADIO 4 / FOUR SERIES / BROADCAST 2014-2017
directed by Polly Thomas (series 1), produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore (series 2)
Mark Davies Markham‘s long running series about Amy, a transgender teenager. Developed through consultation with transgender children, their families and clinicians, the drama charts the high and lows of a typical pre-teen — who happens to be transgender — and her family. Authentic and contemporary family drama. A 15 Minute Drama.
a Naked Production for BBC Radio 4 (series 2)

NEWS FROM NOWHERE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A modern reversioning by Sarah Woods of Wiiliam Morris’ classic utopian vision first published in 1890. Part of the Dangerous Visions BBC Radio 4 season.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

A WOLF IN THE WATER
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 22 MAY 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
A gripping response to Shakespeare‘s Merchant of Venice, created by Naomi Alderman, writer of the global phenomenon that is Run, Zombies!. Cast includes Tracy Ann Obermann and Philippa Bennett-Warner.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

A GIRL CALLED JACK
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST APR 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Jack Monroe’s first book about eating well on a budget. Brilliant dramatisation by Sarah Daniels. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes. Cast includes Jaime Winstone and June Whitfield.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

DON’T START series 3
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JAN 2016
produced by Polly Thomas
Frank Skinner‘s gem of a radio drama series, starring Frank and Katherine Parkinson as an ever-sparring, ever-devoted couple.
an Avalon production for BBC Radio 4

EMILE ZOLA: BLOOD, SEX AND MONEY three-part series
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST from 2015 into 2016 + RELEASED BY PENGUIN BOOKS 31 DEC 2019
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Three-part BBC epic adaptation of Emile Zola’s saga of the Rougon Macquart families, dramatised by Dan Rebellato. Cast includes: Glenda Jackson, Samuel West, Anna Maxwell Martin, Robert Jack, John Heffernan, Mina Anwar, Robyn Skeet, Yusra Warsama and Lucy Moss.
a Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4

THE STONE TAPE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST OCT 2015 + AVAILABLE ONLINE IN BINAURAL
executive production by Polly Thomas
The Nigel Kneale ’70s horror classic, reinvented by Peter Strickland and Matthew Graham. Cast includes Romola Garai, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Julian Barratt.
directed by Peter Strickland, produced by Russell Finch
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 4

WHEN ELVIS MET THE BEATLES
BBC RADIO 2 / BROADCAST 31 AUG 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Dan Cocker
31st August 1965: the Beatles finally get to go round to Elvis’ house and meet the man who started it all for them. In a new fly-on-the-wall drama by Jeff Young, we get to find out what might have happened. Cast includes Tom Hughes and Kevin Mains.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 2

THE LEN CONTINUUM
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 18 JUN 2015
produced by Polly Thomas and Russell Finch
Written and directed by filmmaker Peter Strickland. Cast includes Toby Jones, Belinda Stewart-Wilson and Ralph Ineson.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

AMICABLE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 25-29 MAY 2015
directed by Polly Thomas
Is it possible to split up and still be friends? A well-observed thoughtful exploration by Mark Davies Markham, developed from interviews with real people. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IN THE SHADOW OF KAFKA: ESSAYS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 11-15 MAY 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
Five essays for Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season: By Margaret Atwood (Kafka: Three Encounters), Hanif Kureishi (His Father’s Excrement), Karen Leeder (Waving or Drowning: Kafka and Meaning), April de Angelis (Kafka’s Castle) and Jeff Young (Transformer).
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

THE PROCESS
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 10 MAY 2015
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
A new adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s The Trial, dramatised and updated by Mark Ravenhill. Part of Radio 3’s In the Shadow of Kafka season.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

FRAGMENTS
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST FEB 2015
produced by Polly Thomas
By Laura Lomas. Recorded on location at Runswick Bay, Yorkshire.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

Fragments
Fragments : recording at Runswick Bay, December 2014

EATING FOR ENGLAND
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST DEC 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
By Nigel Slater, dramatised by Sarah Daniels. Cast includes Julian Rhind-Tutt and Celia Imrie. A 15 Minute Drama, five episodes.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 4

LIFE IN THE TOMB
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 6 JUL 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
From the book by Stratis Myrivilis, dramatised by April de Angelis, part of Radio 3’s WWI progamming.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

Life in the Tomb
Errolyn Wallen and the cast recoding the music for Life in the Tomb

THE GOLDEN RECORD
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUN 2014
directed by Polly Thomas
By Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods. Cast includes Kerry Shale.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production for BBC Radio 4

IS YOUR LOVE BETTER THAN LIFE?
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 16 FEB 2014
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
An original drama by Frances Byrnes. Cast includes Don Gilet, David Annen and Mariah Gale.
a Somethin’ Else production for Radio 3

NAPOLEON RISING
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 DEC 2012
produced and directed by Polly Thomas
Epic drama from the novel by Anthony Burgess, adapted by Anjum Malik. Cast includes Toby Jones, Jenny Jules, James Norton and Alex Jennings.
a Somethin’ Else production for BBC Radio 3

THE GRADUATE
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST JUL 2012
adapted by Polly Thomas
By Charles Webb. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Cymru/Wales production, directed by Kate McAll

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST NOV/DEC 2008
co-produced and developed by Polly Thomas and Graeae Theatre Company, directed by Polly Thomas
By Victor Hugo, dramatised by Alex Bulmer and Jack Thorne. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC/Graeae Theatre collaboration for BBC Radio 4

WRITING THE CENTURY
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST started 2008, ongoing
created by Polly Thomas and Vanessa Rosenthal
Long-running Women’s Hour drama series charting the the 20th century through real letters and diaries. A 15 Minute Drama.
a BBC Radio Drama series

VIRGINIA WOOLF – THE WAVES
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST SEP 2007
produced by Polly Thomas
Dramatised and directed by Terence Davies. Two-part Classic Serial.
a BBC Radio Drama

THE UNEXPECTED EUROPEAN
BBC RADIO 4 / BROADCAST 2007
devised and produced by Polly Thomas
A collaboration between six European radio companies to make one play, broadcast in all six countries and on the EU Parliament Intranet in Strasbourg.
a BBC Radio Drama, supported by the European Broadcasting Union

THE ROYAL COURT: 50 YEARS ON
BBC RADIO 3 / BROADCAST 2 APR 2006
produced by Polly Thomas and Steve Canny
Five new plays commissioned by Radio 3 and the Royal Court Theatre to mark the theatre’s 50th anniversary. Broadcast live from the stage. Playwrights: Wole Soyinka, Joe Penhall, Laura Wade, Arnold Wesker and Timberlake Wertenbaker.
a BBC Radio 3 and Royal Court Theatre co-production