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Dirk Maggs - Director
Dirk Maggs
By evolving radio drama into an atmospheric visual experience using tightly written scripts, talented casts, layers of cinematic sound effects and carefully crafted music, Dirk Maggs' productions have won many awards, including most recently the 2004 Mark Time Grand Master Award For Science Fiction Radio, voted by the American Society For Science Fiction Audio.

From 2004-2005 Dirk is adapting, directing and co-producing two brand new Above The Title/BBC Radio 4 series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, who originally chose Dirk for the job in 1993. Also in 2004 Pathé Pictures is releasing the animated feature film of the cult TV show, The Magic Roundabout, for which Dirk directed early voice sessions with Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Jim Broadbent and Joanna Lumley. In the field of TV animation Dirk also voice-directed and sound-designed the worldwide hit series The Animated Mr Bean starring Rowan Atkinson for Tiger Aspect Animation.

Dirk directed the Above The Title/BBC Radio 4 series, Night Class, for Johnny Vegas, which won the 2003 Sony Bronze Award for Best Comedy. The 2002 Best Comedy Award from the Spoken Word Producers Association was awarded to Goon Again, which he produced and directed for Celador Productions/BBC Radio 2, with the active support of the late Spike Milligan KBE.

Dirk’s BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Voyage, Dr Stephen Baxter’s bestselling novel about a NASA Mars mission, was awarded the 2000 Sony Bronze Award for Best Drama and the Talkie Award for the Best Use of Music. His updated version of John Landis's An American Werewolf in London for BBC Radio 1 won the 1997 Talkie Award for Best TV/Film Adaptation. This was the third year in succession that Dirk won a Talkie; in 1996 his Independence Day UK won the 1996 Talkie for Best Production, and his productions of BBC Radio 1’s 80-episode (honest!) Judge Dredd won the 1995 Talkie for Best Production. Dirk’s series The Amazing Spider-Man was nominated for the 1995 Writers Guild Award for Best Dramatisation, and in 1993 his classic Batman: Knightfall reached No 1 in the Spoken Word Charts in the UK. In the United States, the Time Warner Audiobooks release of Dirk’s 1993 production Superman Lives! was voted Publisher's Weekly Spoken Word Audio of the Year, and won 1994’s American Booksellers Associataion Audie Award for Best Dramatisation. Finally one of Dirk’s favourite projects, the BBC Radio 4 re-creations of classic Marx Brothers' radio shows, Flywheel, Shyster & Flywheel won the 1992 Gold Medal at the New York International Festival.

Most weekends Dirk can be found playing drums in a very noisy band. He is married with three sons and a cat. His hairdresser died in 1973.


Read Dirk's Behind the Scenes account of the birth of the Tertiary Phase and Dirk & Bruce's monthly Production Diary.
 
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