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Half a Tomato

Writer and actress Katy Wix creates a fictional response to the week's news. A 15 minute stand-alone drama created from scratch during the week.

To complement Radio 4's News and Current Affairs output, our weekly series presents a dramatic response to a major story from the week's news. The form and content is entirely led by the news topic - so drama can come in many guises, as well as poetry and prose.

It's uniquely radio - an instant reaction to the mood of the moment - a concept impossible to imagine in any other medium.

The breadth of approach is echoed in the range of writers that have participated so far. They include: David Edgar, Amelia Bullmore, Mark Lawson, Bonnie Greer, Laura Solon, Will Self, Alistair Beaton, Lemn Sissay, April de Angelis, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Adrian Mitchell, Stewart Lee, John Sergeant, Jo Shapcott, Ian McMillan, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kate Mosse, Marina Warner, Gurpeet Kaur Bhatti, A.L. Kennedy and Lin Coghlan.

FF2F presents writers with the creative opportunity to work in a bold and instinctive way as they respond to events in the news, beginning on a Monday when an idea is selected through to Friday when the programme is recorded and edited.

The high-profile series also attracts big names from the acting profession. Philip Glenister, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Samuel West, David Soul, Henry Goodman, Anne-Marie Duff, Alistair McGowan, Robert Bathurst, Stephen Mangan, Ken Cranham, Brendan Coyle, Haydn Gwynne and Sally Hawkins are just some of the names who have featured so far.

Comedy actress Katy Wix is probably best known as Tim Vine's ditzy girlfriend Daisy in BBC One sitcom, Not Going Out, or as Rhiannon Davies in Torchwood. She was also a regular cast member in Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder for ITV, and has appeared in Extras, Time Trumpet and Miranda. Katy is also in a surreal double-act with Anna Crilly, originally called Penny Spubb, but now simply Anna And Katy. They have performed at Edinburgh three times, and made a pilot for Radio 2. Anna and Katy was commissioned a series by Channel 4 and was first broadcast March 2013.

Producer: Polly Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Scott Handcock

BBC Radio Drama, Wales/Cymru.

Release date:

13 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 Jun 2013 17:40


Role Contributor
ProducerPolly Thomas
WriterKaty Wix