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SELECTED PRODUCTIONS

COMING UP

SCHREBER
BBC RADIO 3 / 22 MAR 2020
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
Anthony Burgess screenplay …

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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 WILL
BBC RADIO 4 / 7 APR 2020
written and produced by Polly Thomas and Anders Lundorph
Danish/UK co-production …

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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

AN INVITATION TO INDIAN COOKING
BBC RADIO 4 / DEC 2020
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

BART FAIR
BBC RADIO 4 / DEC 2020
produced by Polly Thomas and Jenny Sealey
Ben Jonson in modern Britain …

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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

WHAT DOES BEETHOVEN MEAN?
BBC RADIO 4 / DEC 2020
produced by Polly Thomas

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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

YOU/ME
BBC RADIO 4 / 9 JAN 2021
produced by Polly Thomas and Eloise Whitmore
A Dan Rebellato two-hander …

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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

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