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This website is devoted to reviews of the best radio drama productions, including book-readings and short stories. They include classics, new books and plays, and contemporary works from Great Britain and the United States.


Queens of the Coal Age by Maxine Peake, Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4


Olivier by Philip Ziegler, abridged by Eileen Horne, Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4


The Road to the National theatre, documentary series on BBC Radio 4


Pravda by Howard Brenton and David Hare, adapted by Richard Wortley on BBC Radio 4 Extra


The Outsider by Albert Camus, adapted by John Retallack from a translation by Sandra Smith, Drama on 3 on BBC Radio 3

Twelve by Mike Murphy on The Drama Pod.Com

Falling by Chet Siegel from The Truth

The Father by August Strindberg in a new version by Laurie Slade, Drama on 3 on BBC Radio 3

The Tree by Eric Yaffey on Encore Audio

The Broken Word by Adam Fould, Friday Drama on BBC Radio 4

Rumours by Colin Shindler, Saturday Drama on BBC Radio 4

Star Trek Outpost by Daniel McIntosh and Tony Raymond from Giant Gnome Productions

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, dramatized by Chris Harrald, Classic Serial on BBC Radio 4


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Coverage of audio drama is pitiful in Radio Times and so independent reviews are most helpful to me...and others (Geoff Dodd).

I just wanted to thank you for putting together a Website that gives attention to the modern audio drama movement. It can be really hard, sometimes, to work for weeks or months on a project, only to see that, not only hasn't anyone heard it, NO ONE even seems to know your art form exists at all! Sites like help sheds light on a storytelling medium that badly needs some.
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"Thanks for the review, Laurence. It?s very good to know that someone takes Radio Drama seriously, and your commitment to documenting contemporary plays is much appreciated." Matthew Broughton, author of White Noise (Radio 4, 2012), and adapter of Gulliver's Travels (also Radio 4).

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"Laurence Raw is doing great work to promote radio drama with his thoughtful and prolific reviews" (Fred Greenhalgh, Radio Drama Revival (
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