At the next ScriptTank meeting on 7 February we will hear Star Struck, a radio play by Katharine Way.
Two astronomers, Cal and Sarah, spend a fortnight at a remote observatory, watching a distant cataclysm: thousands of light-years away a star is ripped to pieces by a black hole. But as they wait for the main event, Cal detects a mysterious signal from deep space, both of them start to question everything they have ever believed…
Star Struck is a radio play, previously broadcast in the Afternoon Drama slot on Radio 4, which Katharine is considering re-adapting for other media.
The studio will be open from 7pm, but the reading will start at 7.30pm so the room can be set up.
If you’d like to bring guests to this reading, please let Katharine and Richard know.
On Thursday, 10 September, the BBC will be featuring two works by Katharine Way – one of ScriptTank’s founder members. Including a very special episode of one of its longest-running dramas.
At 1.45pm, BBC1 will be showing Katharine’s latest episode of Doctors – The Heart of England. Katharine was picked to write the hour-long 3,000th episode of the long-running continuing drama.
Katharine says this episode concludes a long-running storyline. “A paedophile network known as Treehouse has been operating in Birmingham and Letherbridge – sometimes grooming and exploiting children, sometimes keeping them imprisoned in houses. Our characters are trying to tackle this, but it’s not easy…”
This special edition of Doctors also features special ‘red button’ features, which include an interview with Katharine.
And if you’d like to see what goes into making an episode of Doctors, check out this video from BBC Midlands Today.
See on Afternoon Drama
The same day, at 2.15pm, Katharine’s latest radio play – See – will be featured on Radio 4’s Afternoon Drama slot.
See is a psychological thriller, in which Danny is torn between his love for Cassie, who is going slowly blind, and his older brother, who thinks Cassie is faking her disability.
Both Doctors and See will be on BBC’s iPlayer service for 30 days after they’re broadcast: so you don’t have to pick between them.