Red and Blue Two

Bradley Shoreham returns!!!!

 

ACOUSTIC: THE CYBER SUITE IN PEMBERLEY FINANCE

A ROOM FULL OF ‘TECHIES’ HARD AT WORK; TYPING ON COMPUTERS.  CHIEF GEEK TOBY DRISCOLL IS IN CHARGE.

BRADLEY: (VOICEOVER) My name is Bradley Shoreham. I used to be a soldier.  Now I work for a large private company that runs wargames.

MORE TYPING; FAINT BREATHING.

BRADLEY: (VOICEOVER): I spent years as a wargame exercise writer in the army.  I created a number of major exercises, including a mock conflict between Turkey and Kurdistan which threatened to become a Third World War.  The simulation of wars and disasters:  that’s my métier.

MORE TYPING.

BRADLEY: How’s it going?

GEEK 1: Hel-lo?

BRADLEY: Sorry, sorry.

GEEK 2: (SOTTO VOCE) I’ve got something.

GEEK 3: (SOTTO VOCE) What is it?

GEEK 2: I’m forwarding it.

SILENCE AS A MESSAGE IS SENT AND READ, SILENTLY.

BRADLEY: (VOICEOVER): These days I specialise in civilian wargaming.  Because everyone does it now: corporations, government departments, laboratories, factories, power plants. They plan and act out potential catastrophes in structured roleplay exercises like children playing cowboys and Indians.  Because that’s the best way to contain or even prevent major crises….

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That’s an excerpt from RANSOMWARE,  Episode 2 of the the new series of RED AND BLUE,  which starts next week on Radio 4 on  Friday 23rd August.

Bradley Shoreham  - played by the astonishing Tim Woodward – is a man who writes exercise briefs for wargames; and who loves to plays mindgames.  He pushes people to their limit, so they know what those limits are. And, as a professional wargamer, he gets involved in a startlingly wide range of disaster scenarios, from the battlefield to the conference room.  In Series 1 (available for download HERE for a paltry £2.99!) Bradley wargamed a conflict between the Turks and the Kurds; he sent the SAS out into the deserts of Arizona; and he plotted the destruction of London over lunch with the charming Bill Paterson.

In series 2, I’ve explored the world of civilian wargaming.  All big construction companies wargame disasters; power plants and factories wargame to guard against terrorist threats and disasters; corporations, banks, they’re all at it . Play-acting disaster movies. The Government does it too – the sinisterly named committee known as COBR has a yearly calendar of wargames, including the flooding of London; pandemics; and terrorist attacks.

Do explore these worlds with Bradley…Episode 1 is broadcast next Friday, 23rd August; Ep 2 is the following week; Ep 3 the week after that.

This is what’s in store:

SACRIFICE: Friday 23rd August, 2.15pm Radio 4.  Starring Tim Woodward and Harriet Walter.  Directed by Toby Swift.  (Harriet Walter!!!! She really is a legend…)

RANSOMWARE.  Friday 30th August, 2.15pm, Radio 4.  Starring Tim Woodward, Michael Bertenshaw and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.

SHADOW.  Friday 6th September, 2.15pm Radio 4.  Starring Tim Woodward, Liam Brennan, Sean Murray. Directed by Toby Swift.

 

Thanks to Toby Swift and Sasha Yevtushenko for their wonderful work in getting this series on air.  Toby superbly directed two of the episodes – he and I  been working together since he bought and directed my two-hander GIN AND RUM, and though I’d never tell him so, he’s a star.  Thanks also to the ubane and lovely Eoin O’Callaghan for doing such a fab  job on RANSOMWARE, with my favourite actor from MISFITS and UTOPIA, Nathan Stewart- Jarrett.

This show is SO damned hard to write – it means researching a huge number of different worlds,  and the books I’ve bought as research fill a rucksack that sits in the corner of my room, totally mucking it up.  But it’s been a joy; not least because of Tim Woodward’s mellifluous brilliance in bringing to life a character who is the master of the mind-fuck; but always in a good cause…

 

 

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