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Dr Graham White presented with BBC Audio Drama award

His dramatisation of BS Johnson's experimental novel The Unfortunates was broadcast on Radio 3 last year and has now been recognized in the 'Innovation' category by BBC. 

Posted: 30 January 2012

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Dr Graham White, Reader in Drama and Creative Practice, has been awarded an inaugural BBC Audio Drama award in the 'Innovation' category.

His dramatisation of BS Johnson's experimental novel The Unfortunates was broadcast on Radio 3 last year. The Unfortunates follows a sports journalist who travels to a strange city to cover a football match, only to discover it was the city where he first met his friend Tony who has since died young. It follows the journalist from his arrival at the train station, through lunch, to the match and on the journey home, as memories of his friend are triggered by places and events through the day.

The novel was originally published in a box in 27 loose chapters which could be shuffled and read in random order. The sections of the dramatisation (which starred Martin Freeman, currently on screen in BBC TV's Sherlock, and about to star in the film of The Hobbit) were shuffled live on Radio 3's The Verb programme so that the transmitted drama was randomised. The sections were then made available online for the audience to order as they chose.

The awards ceremony was held at the Broadcasting House and Dr Graham White said this of the acknowledgement, “I’m very pleased that the production has been recognized for an award, especially in the Innovation category, as it was a challenge for BBC radio and online to follow the logic of BS Johnson’s idea. And I’m especially pleased that Johnson’s work is getting recognised for innovation, even 40 years on!"

Graham is currently working on an adaptation of The Ambassadors by Henry James for BBC Radio 4. He has written for stage, television and radio. To read more about his work visit Graham's webpage.

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