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Atching Tan

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 23 November 2010

Atching Tan by Dan Allum

Lovvie Arkley is torn. Does she marry childhood sweetheart Nelius and live a traditional, yet isolated Traveller life? Or does she renounce her culture to pursue a career in the outside 'Gorgia' world? Drama teacher John threatens to tip the balance. Recorded on location on a Traveller site, with all Traveller parts cast from the Traveller community.

Music by Howard Jacques

Written by Dan Allum
Producer: Charlotte Riches
Director: Fiona Kelcher.

  • Cast and crew on location

    Cast and crew on location

    Atching Tan first started life as a 15 minute radio drama pilot on BBC Three Counties. After positive feedback it was then commissioned by BBC East as a 36 part x 15 minute series to run over three years across eight counties in Eastern England on six BBC local radio stations including BBC 3-Counties, BBC Essex, BBC Suffolk, BBC Norfolk, BBC Cambridgeshire & BBC Northamptonshire.

    The successful series has helped develop Traveller writers and actors, many of whom have never written or acted before and indeed come from a culture that views drama as an alien world. Several of the Travellers developed through the local radio series were cast in the Radio 4 play, and a number of the writers and performers have since gone on to work at the Bristol Old Vic, Channel 4, Soho Theatre and The Royal Court.

    To find out what happens to Lovvie and Neilus next, click on the above Atching Tan link where you can listen to Series 3 which follows on directly from where the Radio 4 play ends.


Candis Nergaard
Charlotte Riches


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