Category Archive: BBC Radio Plays

Paines Plough at 40 on BBC Radio 3

Rosyln Hill and Clare Corbett perform HAPPINESS by Nick Payne.

Rosyln Hill and Clare Corbett perform HAPPINESS by Nick Payne.

Tune in to BBC Radio 3 this Sunday 21 December at 10pm to hear the live recording of three brand new plays to celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

You’ll hear James & George introduce affairs as we premiere new short plays by three of our favourite writers – Katie Douglas, Robin French and Nick Payne.

The plays were recorded live in front of a studio audience and star a stellar cast including Susan Brown, Clare Corbett, Monty d’Inverno, Bryan Dick, Roslyn Hill and Karl Johnson.

BBC Radio 3 have created a microsite where you can see photos of the live recording and watch videos of interviews with James & George, Katie, Robin and Nick.

So this Sunday night at 10pm get yourself settled on the sofa with a bottle of port and a plate of mince pies and celebrate 40 years of Paines Plough with us.

(If by any chance you can’t tune in, you can always listen again on iPlayer…)

Introducing the cast for BBC Radio 3 evening of new plays

As you might know, we’re rounding up celebrations of our 40th anniversary by hosting an evening of new plays with BBC Radio 3. The evening will feature short plays by three of the UK’s most exciting writers – all of whom are PP alumni:

РREUNION by Katie Douglas, directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

– THE SILVER DRILLS by Robin French, directed by George Perrin.

– HAPPINESS by Nick Payne, directed by James Grieve.

It’s the first day of rehearsals at HQ today, and we’re delighted to be welcoming such a super talented cast…


The plays will be recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC this Friday 7 November then broadcast on 21 December 2014, at 10pm.

We hope you’ll be tuning in.