About the Ninja Marmoset….

I’m a writer for TV, radio and theatre. I direct and produce… teach a bit. I’ve even made the odd short film. If you listen to BBC Radio drama at all then you are bound to have heard some of my plays (and if you haven’t then there are some links to sites where you can download them via my Radio Page). If you’re a regular viewer of Holby City, Casualty or Emmerdale, you have seen my work. I started out in theatre as an actor, musician and director – working at Nottingham Playhouse, The Young Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and dozens of other companies – and then fell out of love with it for nearly twenty years. Recently, I found my theatre mojo again – it was down the back of the sofa – so these days I’m mixing it up a bit, working in all my disciplines across all three media (or is it mediums??), across all the different genres, and trying to find a few more before I keel over. I like to rant a bit about politics, and dissect the shows and movies and programmes I see, which helps when I do odd bits of reviewing for the radio and such like. Of late I’ve become a regular contributor to the excellent genre website Sci-Fi Bulletin. Well worth checking out.

If radio’s your bag then you might have caught some of Glenda Jackson making her return to acting in the 27 part adaptation of Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money on BBC Radio 4 – which won Best Adaptation at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards…


Sir Lenny Henry & Tom Goodman-Hill make the presentation

– and if not that then the recent ten part epic series of Stone for which I penned the two series openers – which picked up Best Radio Drama at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards…

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…or even the five part series First World Problems which imagined civil war breaking out in the UK some time in the next five years.


But if you missed all of those then you can catch my latest (pre-lockdown) episodes of BBC’s Holby City… called ‘Bell Jar‘ and ‘Kintsugi‘ – a sort of double bill featuring a stand out performance from Rosie Marcel as the fictional hospital’s lead cardio-thoracic surgeon as she battles a major mental health crisis. They’ll be around on the iPlayer for a while, and even if you’ve never seen the show, they are worth a watch for some extraordinary acting by Rosie and her fellow cast members.

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The extraordinary Rosie Marcel and Alex Walkinshaw in ‘Bell Jar’ – one of my recent episodes of BBC drama Holby City.

And to keep right up to date don’t miss Prostrate – my recent five part comedy drama recounting (fictionally) my own tussle with Prostate cancer; iPromise – a tech heist movie for radio; the ninth and final series of the Radio 4 Manchester police procedural Stone; and lastly, Angst! a set of satirical ‘what-ifs’, starring Hugh Dennis and Reece Shearsmith, exploring our collective contemporary fears – all four available now on BBC Sounds – and great company if you’ve run out of stuff to watch on Netflix.

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