BBC Radio 3 airing ‘The Skriker’ starring Maxine Peake – 20 March 2016

BBC Radio 3 airing ‘The Skriker’ starring Maxine Peake – 20 March 2016


“Long before that, long before England was an idea, a country of snow and wolves where trees sang and birds talked and people knew we mattered…”

In a broken world, two sisters Lily and Josie meet an extraordinary creature. The Skriker is a shape-shifter, an ancient fairy. She can be an old woman, a child, a man, a death portent. She has come from the Underworld to pursue, seduce and entrap them, through time and space, through this world and her own.

Whilst speaking English in its human incarnations, the Skriker’s own language consists of broken and fragmented word play. Blending naturalism, horror and magical realism, it is a story of love, loss and revenge.

The Skriker….Maxine Peake
Lily…. Danusia Samal
Josie…. Laura Elsworthy
Choir Master…. Stuart Overington
The Hag…. Jessica Walker
Choir….Alaka Prodhun, Charlie Green, Charlotte Beale, Elizabeth Barry, Joanna Griffins, Justina Aina, Olivia Avouris and Rebekah Davies

The Skriker by Caryl Churchill was first produced by The Royal Exchange Theatre as part of the 2015 Manchester International Festival directed by Sarah Frankcom. It was adapted for radio by Caryl Churchill and directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Producer/Susan Roberts for the BBC


Maxine Peake in Katie Him’s BBC Radio 4 Extra play ‘Lilo’ – 27 February 2016


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Saturday 27 February

Starring Maxine Peake and Trystan Gravelle, Lilo is Katie Him’s play about love, loss and trying to make sense of the past.

Childhood sweethearts meet up after nearly 20 years, wondering should they have stayed together? But a childhood act of violence somehow attracts and repels them in equal measure.

Trystan and Simone haven’t seen each other for 18 years. They went to school together, grew up together and fell in love, but it ended badly and then Trystan went off to university. To Trystan’s disappointment Simone is still married, to his arch enemy no less – they even have kids.

Trystan has no family but a successful career. They both claim to be happy; they both claim to have no regrets. But as the evening progresses they get down to the heart of the matter. Have they wasted the last 18 years? Should they be together now? And how much did Simone’s childhood act of violence in the swimming pool change the shape of both their lives?

When the pub kicks them out they make their way to Trystan’s hotel room. They have never slept together – are they going to sleep together now?

We meet Trystan and Simone at 11, 18 and 36 and piece together the story of their friendship which seems to have foundered on an incident in the pool that completely alters the course of their lives.

Katie Hims writes for radio, stage and television. She has written on the BBC’s long-running series Casualty as well as penning numerous radio plays, including her award winning debut, Earthquake Girl, which won the Richard Imison Award 1998, and an adaptation of the best selling novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Producer/Melanie Harris
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio

First heard on Radio 4 in 2011.


Maxine Peake on the Radcliffe and Maconie Show – 13 January, 1pm on BBC Radio 6 Music

Mark and Stuart are joined by Maxine Peake Talking about her new comedy role

Plus, you could possibly gain victory during Teatime Themetime or try your chances on The Chain, where you yes YOU AT THE BACK might even get your voice on the actual 6 Music DABwaves!


BBC Radio 4 – Loose Ends, Saturday (2 January 2016) – 6.15pm

Clive Anderson with a sparkling array of some of the best guests and music from Loose Ends in 2015, including John Cleese, Juliette Binoche, Christopher Eccleston, Maxine Peake, Mark Rylance, Catherine Tate, Paul O’Grady, Mick Hucknall and Simply Red, Noel Fielding, Squeeze, Benjamin Clementine & Jimmy Somerville.

Producer: Sukey Firth.


Upcoming BBC Radio 6 Music session with the Eccentonic Research Council featuring Maxine Peake

Where? BBC Radio 6
When? Thursday, 19th November, 2:30am

The broadcast will be available afterwards.

String Driven Thing in concert at the Golders Green Hippodrome in 1974, plus BBC sessions from Ella Guru and the Eccentonic Research Council featuring Maxine Peake. Presented by Chris Hawkins.


Maxine Peake to narrate BBC Four’s ‘How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank’ – 16 Nov, 9pm

Maxine Peake to narrate BBC Four’s ‘How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank’ – 16 Nov, 9pm

The unlikely story of how one man with some ex-WWII army equipment eventually turned a muddy field in Cheshire into a key site in the space race. That man was Bernard Lovell, and his telescope at Jodrell Bank would be used at the height of the Cold War by both the Americans and the Russians to track their competing spacecraft. It also put Britain at the forefront of radio astronomy, a new science which transformed our knowledge of space and provided the key to understanding the most mind-bending theory of the beginnings of the universe – the Big Bang.


Maxine Peake reveals reasons she wrote play about cyclist Beryl Burton which comes to Birmingham Rep

The actress has written her first play about sporting heroine

She’s the unsung sporting heroine who is finally getting her time in the spotlight, thanks to Maxine Peake.

The actress and star of Silk, The Village and Shameless has written her first play about Beryl Burton, a champion cyclist in the 1950s.

Beryl, now coming to Birmingham Rep, is a thrilling play about the trials, tribulations and loves of the Yorkshirewoman who was five times world pursuit champion, twice road-racing world champion and won an astonishing 96 national titles.

Asked in the 1980s why she continued to ride long distances every week and race against men and women half her age, Beryl replied “because I like cycling”.

In 1967 when she overtook Mike McNamara in a trial on her way to setting a record, she nonchalantly offered him a Liquorice Allsort.

The play Beryl was originally written for Radio 4 in 2012, then staged last year at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

It’s directed by Rebecca Gatward and stars Samantha Power (last seen in Coronation Street as Dev’s friend Talisa) in the title role and Rebecca Ryan (Debbie Gallagher in Shameless) as her daughter Denise, also a cyclist.

Maxine Peake says: “I do a bit of cycling myself and had just gone on to a racing bike.

“But I’d never heard of this inspiring woman before my boyfriend gave me a copy of Beryl’s autobiography, with the inscription ‘Get yourself a tight perm and there’s a film in this for you’!

“I’d never done any writing, but I was fascinated by this story. I started wondering if it would work better on radio, with the whirr of bikes, the click of chains and the sound of tyres on the open road, so I was a bit cheeky and asked the commissioner of BBC radio drama if he would commission me to do it.

“I expected him to say ‘no’, so I could say at least I’d tried, but then he told me to go ahead, so I had to keep at it.

“I wanted to introduce people to Beryl and for them to go away thinking ‘wow, she was some woman’.

“I want more and more people to know about Beryl because I just think she’s so inspiring. So it’s fantastic that the play is going further afield out on tour because her story does have this universal appeal.

“If I ever get another writing commission, I know there are more stories out there of forgotten women, whether it’s in politics or sport or wherever, and if I had a daughter, they would be the sort of role models I’d like her to have.

“Writing for the radio and the stage are things I might not have had a go at when I was younger and scared that I might not be any good at them. But as you get older you get more fearless.”

Beryl plays Birmingham Rep from November 24-28 2015. Get your tickets here