The BBC has spilled the beans about a project that occupied a lot of my time in the first half of this year, called Legacy. Devised by BBC Radio drama producer David Ian Neville, BBC Radio 7 broadcasts the first episode by Louise Ironside at 6.30pm this Sunday. I wrote Episode 2, on BBC7 at the same time next Sunday, August 29th. BBC Radio Scotland's repeating them on consecutive Fridays in September, 17th and 24th. [Pictured are Jenny Hulse and Nick Underwood, two of the main actors in the plays.]
There's also an online audio game, linked to the two-part radio drama. The Legacy adventure game will be available at the Radio Scotland website when the radio dramas are broadcast. Like the plays, the game will be released in two parts. Brendan Crowther is producer for the game, and the whole shebang is a BBC Scotland Radio Drama and BBC Scotland New Media co-production. But what's it all about, you ask?
When twins Jules and Harry go in search of their grandmother’s legacy, they uncover a deadly secret from the past. Their grandmother Rose worked for the secret services during WWII and helped develop the Legacy Project - a devastating weapon only to be activated if Britain was invaded. Due for decommissioning after the war, it remains in waiting. Unless Harry and Jules stop Legacy, tens of thousands will die...
By some bizarre coincidence of scheduling, Legacy is just one of three projects by people involved with the Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University that dominate BBC Radio drama schedules for the rest of August. Starting today, Book of the Week on Radio 4 is Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation, by the MA course's Reader-in-Residence Stuart Kelly. Hear extracts from his book at 9.45am.
Starting next week the Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 is And The Land Lay Still by James Robertson, the MA course's Writer-in-Residence. This will be broadcast in 15-minute episodes every weeknight from Monday August 23rd until Friday September 3rd. You can read more about all of these programmes by downloading the latest BBC Scotland Radio drama newsletter as a pdf here. Onwards!