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Jeremy Mortimer is a British director and producer of radio dramas for BBC Radio.[1] He is the son of John and Penelope Mortimer and the half-brother of Emily Mortimer. His credits include The Pattern of Painful Adventures (BBC Radio 3, 2008) and radio adaptations of Daphnis and Chloe (BBC Radio 4, 2006), Philomel Cottage (Radio 4, 2002) and The Time Machine (Radio 3, 2009).[2] His production of the Troy Trilogy, which featured Paul Scofield and was first broadcast on Radio 3 in 1998, was lauded as "the greatest radio drama [anyone] could ever hear."[3][4]

He won the 2012 Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama with A Tale of Two Cities.[5]

Radio PlaysEdit

Radio Plays Directed or Produced by Jeremy Mortimer
Date first broadcast Play Author Cast Synopsis
19 September 1990
(Recorded on 18 April 1990)
Something Happened Mike Walker Ben Onwukwe, Diana Bishop, Jonathan Firth, Mmoloki Chrystie, Kelda Holmes, Lizzie McInnerny and Trevor Nicholls How does a family recover from the kidnapping of a child, and how does the child cope? BBC Radio 4
6 April 1995 Charley Tango[6] David Lan Jade Buckland, Danielle Fraser Boam, Ndumiso Mvula, Yvonne Scicluna, Desmond Taylor, David Antrobus, David Calder, Rowena Cooper, Louis Mahoney, T-Bone Wilson, Colin McFarlane, Joan-Anne Maynard, Ewen Cummins, Cyril Nri, Claire Benedict and Otis Munyang 'Iri Richard rides as photographer on convoy trucks returning African children to their families. Months later his photographs shatter the peace of an ordinary summer afternoon. BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
4 June 1999 Tiananmen Square Paul Godfrey David K S Tse and Jennifer Lim In June 1989 thousands of students gathered in Tiananmen Square demanding change. In this drama, citizens of Beijing add their support as the students stage a hunger strike. Unless the students agree to evacuate the square, the military will be drafted in. On 4 June 1989, time runs out for the students. BBC Radio 4 Friday Play[7]
25 October 19993 December 1999 Nicholas Nickleby[Note 1][8] Charles Dickens dramatised by Mike Walker and Georgia Pritchett Oliver Milburn, Alex Jennings, Nicola Radcliffe, Ken Campbell, Anna Massey, Richard Johnson, Tom Baker and David Bamber The story is of Nicholas's triumph against adversity: he defeats his wicked Uncle Ralph and the loathsome Squeers in order to carve out a life for himself, his family and the pitiful boy, Smike. Eventually he wins the hand of a beautiful girl, Madeline Bray. BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama[9]
14 January 2002 Philomel Cottage[10] Agatha Christie updated and dramatised by Mike Walker Lizzie McInnerny, Tom Hollander, Adam Godley and Struan Rodger When Alex meets Terry she is swept off her feet. He persuades her to leave her job and set up a business with him. BBC Radio 4
17 March 2003 The Case of the Perfect Carer

retitled from The Case of the Perfect Maid[11]
Agatha Christie dramatised by Mike Walker Richenda Carey, Joanna Monro, Carla Simpson, Richard Firth and Joan O'Norman[Note 2] Renting a flat to elderly sisters in a converted dower house should be a simple job for an estate agent, but Kate finds Bernice anything but easy.
Then valuables start to disappear.
BBC Radio 4
5 December 200530 December 2005 David Copperfield[Note 3] Charles Dickens adapted by Mike Walker Robert Glenister, Michael Legge, Gerard McDermott, Deborah Findlay, Colleen Prendergast, Susan Jameson, Amy Marston, Harry Myers, Paul Bradley, Richard Firth, Geoffrey Whitehead, Adrian Scarborough, Shaun Dingwall, Diana Quick, Eve Best, Emily Wachter, Flaminia Cinque, Nicholas Le Provost, Alex Tregear, Carl Prekopp, Geoffrey Streatfield, Joanne Froggatt, Helen Longworth, Selina Griffith and Steven Williams A new dramatisation of the semi-autobiographical novel which Dickens called "his favourite child". BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
23 November 2008 The Pattern of Painful Adventures[12] Stephen Wakelam Antony Sher, Will Keen, Stephen Critchlow, Chris Pavlo, Helen Longworth, John Rowe, Robert Lonsdale and Joseph Kloska It is 1607 and Shakespeare's life is at a turning point. Business is going well, but the playwright urgently needs a collaborator for his latest play. His daughter is getting married. His brother has a sick child and is in need of a job. BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3[13]
22 February 2009 The Time Machine[14] H. G. Wells dramatised by Philip Osment
Music by John Nicholls
Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Gunnar Cauthery, Donnla Hughes, Stephen Critchlow, Chris Pavlo, Manjeet Mann, Jill Cardo, Robert Lonsdale, Inam Mirza and Dan Starkey H. G. Wells' classic story of a time-traveller's journey to the future, where mankind has diverged into two species – the Eloi and the Morlocks. BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3
26 December 201130 December 2011 A Tale of Two Cities[Note 4][15] Charles Dickens dramatised in five parts by Mike Walker
Music by Lennert Busch
Robert Lindsay, Jonathan Coy, Alison Steadman, Karl Johnson, Lydia Wilson, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready, James Lailey, Tracy Wiles, Simon Bubb, Carl Prekopp, Adjoa Andoh, Daniel Cooper, Clive Merrison, Gerard McDermott, Paul Moriarty, Christopher Webster, Adam Billington, Rikki Lawton and Alex Rivers In London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, these five episodes show the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following.

Won the Bronze Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Drama in 2012.[5]
BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
25 November 201217 December 2012 The Count of Monte Cristo[Note 5][16] Alexandre Dumas dramatized in four parts by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
Music by David Tobin and Jeff Meegan
Iain Glen, Jane Lapotaire, Paul Rhys, Toby Jones, Josette Simon, Richard Johnson, Zubin Varla, Robert Blythe, Amber Rose Revah, Kate Fleetwood, Stephanie Racine, Will Howard and Adam Nagaitis It is 1838. The Count of Monte Cristo has arrived in Paris. Baron Danglars, Gerard de Villefort and Fernand de Morcerf have no idea that Edmond Dantes, who they betrayed in Marseilles a quarter of a century earlier, is plotting to destroy them. BBC Radio 4 Classic Serial
2017 Deep Time Walk Peter Oswald and Stephan Harding Chipo Chung, Paul Hilton, Peter Marinker A Scientist is lost, alone, somewhere in the distant present. She feels she has run out of answers, her way of working and her kind of knowledge, misused by the world, seems to destroy all it touches. Someone approaches her – a Fool, escaped out of a Shakespeare play perhaps, a holy joker. He offers to walk with her from the formation of the Earth to the present, to see if they can find anything out that will change things. They take one great step back and then start walking forwards, from the clumping together of the material of the Earth, through the long ages of the evolution of bacteria. As they go, the Scientist explains to the Fool the scientific meaning of the wonders he is seeing.

Best Mobile App award, Script nominated for Ted Hughes Award.



  1. ^ Directed by Marilyn Imrie and Jeremy Mortimer
  2. ^ Joan O'Norman was included in the cast credits but is an anagram of Joanna Monro used to conceal one "character" being a disguise
  3. ^ Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Mary Peate
  4. ^ Directed by Jessica Dromgoole and Jeremy Mortimer
  5. ^ Directed by Jeremy Mortimer and Sasha Yevtushenko