Iain McLaughlin

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A wonderful medium to work in

Radio and audio are more or less the same discipline. Why have I split them in two? Partly so that none of the radio and audio projects got lost and partly because this is my favourite medium to work in. There's that old cliche, the pictures are much better on radio... and it's true. It just is. Put a good radio or audio drama on, focus on that (with headphones and in the dark improves the experience for me) and let the story take you away. 

It's possible I'm so taken with radio because it's always been there. When I was a kid my Mum listened to a radio soap, Waggoner's Walk. As a teenager, I heard The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy on the radio (after I'd seen the TV version and read the first two novels so I did it all out of order). From there I started hearing radio comedy, some radio plays caught my interest, and then Doctor Who started arriving on cassette, CD and radio so I was hooked. I also have to say I'm addicted to Test Match Special, which remains one of the greatest comedy chat shows you'll ever hear. 

At my desk here I have hundreds - really hundreds - of radio and audio productions: Doctor Who, The Goon Show, Blake's 7, Round The Horne, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Sherlock Holmes... I also have collections from Imagination Theater, a Seattle-based producer of radio drama for whom Claire and I have written more than 20 plays. We created and write the historical mystery series, Kerides the Thinker, set in ancient Egypt. We've contributed to the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series and we have written a number of horror plays, each with a nod to horror films from the past.



written with CLAIRE BARTLETT

Imagination Theatre, 2006-

In Alexandria 286BC, a penniless young student fresh off the boat finds himself hauled regularly into mysteries, and into a relationship with former slave Adrea.

Half hour (with occasional hour-long) episodes.


written with CLAIRE BARTLETT

Imagination Theatre, 2012-

Occasional episodes of the continuing adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.


written with CLAIRE BARTLETT

Imagination Theatre, 2008-

An occasional series of hour long horror plays, usually influenced by the great horrors of the past. Without riffing on their stories we have homaged Hammer, Amicus and Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations,