I'm most excited that my adaptation of Iain Banks' 'The State of the Art' is going to be broadcast this week, at 2.15pm on Thursday 5th., on BBC Radio 4, as an Afternoon Play. It'll be available afterwards, internationally, on the BBC's IPlayer, and I'll post a link to that as soon as it's up. It forms part of BBC radio's SF season, details of which can be found here:
It seems like we recorded it an age ago. It was in the week when the whole Captain Britain/Gordon Brown thing erupted, and I had to nip up one floor, from the recording studio in Manchester to a news studio, to do interviews. The director/producer is the wonderful Nadia Molinari, who's got a likeable team in place, and almost her own rep company, so we're lucky to have, for example, Brigit Forsyth in a very small role, when she might be the lead next week. I got quite attached to the technicians and sound effects people, and found that, unlike in TV, a writer has a place to sit and stuff to do at a radio recording. Sir Antony Sher was charming, precise, thorough, creating a Ship voice that's a bit beloved headmaster, a bit affronted theatrical, but is entirely, wonderful, the voice Iain put on the page. Nina Sosanya was very enthusiastic, interested to be involved, and provided a Sma who's got this wonderful, brittle outrage to her. And what can I say about Paterson Joseph? He's very charismatic in person, asks brilliant questions, tends to give several different readings, many of which one hadn't thought of but make perfect sense. It was a pleasure to spend that time with them, and, with Nadia offering spot on direction and editing, that we've come up with something of which I'm very proud. Do let me know what you think.
I was remiss in the last blog, in not mentioning, in my account of Gally, the three sisters who presented me with their own award statuette, for Best Doctor Who Episode Ever. It may not be a Hugo, but it's every bit as welcome.
I'm interviewed by the I, Fanboy team, in this, their latest video from the New York Comic Con. It begins with Jim McCann being even more eccentric than usual:
Alex Fitch has just interviewed me for his internet radio show, talking about The State of the Art and a lot more. You can find it here:
And my mate, and distinguished author, Sean Williams, has now put the entire manuscript of one of his fantasy novels on the internet, for free. You can find that here:
Oh, and for those who've asked, yes, that Twitter was right: I killed off a central team member of MI-13 the other day. Had to be done. Phew, now I can get back to having my only day off for a long time past and a long time to come. I think I'm just going to lie on that sofa and read comics with the cricket on. And then possibly fall asleep. Do have a listen on Thursday. Cheerio!