Saturday 18 May 2013
BBC Cymru Wales will double the amount of network radio drama it produces in the next two years, confirming its growing status as a centre of excellence for drama.
Building on the strength of its radio and TV drama reputation, which includes plans for a drama village due to open in 2011, the boost for Wales is part of a wider strategic move by the BBC to increase production outside of London.
Welcoming the news, BBC Wales Head of English Language Programmes Clare Hudson said: "Drama is a key genre for BBC Radio 4 and also for BBC Radio 3. It requires exceptional talent and very specialist skills and I'm really proud of the track record we have in our Wales drama team.
"It's a major tribute to their hard work over the past few years that we're getting this boost to our radio drama slate."
As part of the radio drama move, the BBC's Head of Radio Drama Alison Hindell will return from London to BBC Wales where she was formerly a senior producer.
As Head of Audio Drama, she will lead all in-house audio drama production across the UK from her new Wales base.
"Alison Hindell comes back to Wales to lead a very strong team which includes major production talent in Kate McAll," said Clare Hudson.
"Alison is herself an exceptional talent and will play a major role in the development of the BBC's radio drama strategy across the UK in the years to come.
"We are really thrilled to be welcoming her back to BBC Wales."
BBC Wales currently produces a range of radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3. Productions include a number of Radio 4 Afternoon Play dramas – among them the Torchwood series Asylum, Golden Age, Lost Souls and The Dead Line.
BBC Wales has also produced award-winning writers such as Stef Penney, whose Classic Serial adaptation of The Worst Journey In The World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard included music specially composed by Goldfrapp, played by the National Orchestra of Wales.
Others include Mark Gatiss's Saturday play Murder Every Monday; Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes, who adapted his own novel Snobs for a BBC Wales Woman's Hour production; plus Gillian Clarke, Catrin Clarke, Gwyneth Lewis and Lynne Truss are among those who have written several original plays produced by BBC Wales radio drama.
Alison Hindell is a Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (FRWCMD), an honour she was awarded in 2006 for services to drama in Wales.
BBC Wales' new drama centre at Roath Basin, Cardiff Bay will be central to a growing stable of network TV drama produced in Wales – recent productions have included the award-winning Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.