Two other audio dramas I produced this year made their debut on BBC Radio 4 in November 2021 and February 2022 respectively; Barred, a legal drama based on the experiences of female black barrister Thandi Lubimbi and Mahabharata Now, a two part modern adaptation of one of the stories in India’s epic poem, The Mahabharata.

Barred was recorded in June 2021 at the height of one of the Covid pandemic’s peaks, resulting in the loss of a lead cast member with just 48 hours notice and several other cast due to illness or being required to isolate.

Mahabharata Now was recorded entirely in Mumbai over four days. The Director and UK producers dialled into the Mumbai studio from the UK via Zoom (my alarm went off every day at 3:20am!) which was tough on the body clock, but the advancements in communications technology are so incredible, that we only lost connection once. It was almost – almost – like being there in person!

The UK’s first radio soap since Waggoner’s Walk ended in 1980 and the BBC World Service soap Westway which ended in 2005, Greenborne made its debut on 21st March 2021 across the UK via a network of fifty community radio stations.

Supported by the Audio Content Fund, Greenborne is a B7 Media production devised by Colin Brake (Writer) and Andrew Mark Sewell (Director). Helen is the Series Producer.

Greenborne is now available as a podcast via Acast. You can subscribe here.