Aims to entertain and present bright, new drama.
Our ambition is to become the benchmark for those providing drama reflecting the enormous role rural Britain plays in the nation’s life and the cultural assets it provides. This is not about perpetuating a comfortable, unrealistic view, but articulating the stories, concerns and issues that have the same validity as those drawn from our cities.
Graham Harvey Writer
A townie by birth, Graham has had a life-long fascination with the countryside and those who live and work within it. In the mid-1980s he joined the script-writing team of the long-running radio series The Archers, since when he has written more than 600 episodes. He spent twenty years as Agricultural Storyline Editor, creating some of the best-loved characters and most memorable plots.
His stage plays include No Finer Life, The Process, and The Darkness of the Sun, the story of writer Henry Williamson. For TV, he has written episodes of The Bill and the space adventure, Jupiter Moon.
Graham’s journalism includes writing for The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, New Scientist, and Country Life and for three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye. His books include The Killing of the Countryside, The Forgiveness of Nature, We Want Real Food and The Carbon Fields.
Alastair Collingwood Musical Director & Composer
Alastair has been a composer for over 30 years and has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London’s West End, directed by Kathy Burke. He also wrote the music for Cora with Dana Gillespie, which played the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and toured the USA.
His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1); the sitcoms, Mad About Alice (BBC 1) and Rhona (BBC 2); plus Vanessa’s Real Lives (ITV 1), and How Clean Is Your House? (Channel 4), amongst many others. He’s written and played live with comedienne Jackie Clune, and in the radio comedy shows The Day The Music Died (BBC Radio 2) and Happy Families (BBC R4).
Antony Bellekom Producer/Director/Lyricist
A former Director of BBC Radio 4‘s The Archers, his No Way Back production won the Silver Medal at the New York Radio Festival. Amongst his radio drama productions is Michael Eaton’s acclaimed A Chorus From The Gallows. His theatre work includes Chicane’s Law at The Gate, Troubaritz for Framework Theatre, The Promise, a ballad opera that toured cathedrals, and a devised piece, Radio, Radio that was created for and performed in the hold of a converted cargo ship. Amongst his writing is No Petal Falling which appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Antony is a former Managing Editor of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and a Visiting Professor at Bucks New University.