Tag: Dirk Maggs

The Goodies Ep. 1: The Big Ben Theory

The Goodies Ep. 1: The Big Ben Theory

by Gareth Gwynn & John-Luke Roberts; dir. Dirk Maggs (Audible, 10 October 2019)

Goodies 01 - Big Ben Theory

The Goodies are dusted off in audio form to tackle some of today’s social and political crises. Though occasionally breaking the fourth wall into ISIHAC territory, the script is largely faithful in reproducing that zany spirit of old. Guest villain: Joanna Lumley.



The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase

by Eoin Colfer; adapted by Dirk Maggs (BBC, 2018)

Colfer_Hexagonal Phase

Colfer’s contribution to Hitchhiker’s probably works better in adaptation—as a continuation of the seminal radio series—than as a novel. Forty years on, the original actors have returned to their recording booths and sound ever-young, still invested in Adams’ cosmic zaniness.



Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome

Batman: The Lazarus Syndrome

by Simon Bullivant & Dirk Maggs (BBC Radio 4, 1989)

Bullivant_Maggs_Batman Lazarus Syndrome

A nostalgic fiftieth anniversary celebration, authenticated by Michael Gough’s appearance as Alfred but with a storyline more suited to comic book form than audio drama. Commissioner Gordon hears word that the Batman is dead. Bruce Wayne, meanwhile, seems not to be himself…



Good Omens (2014)

Good Omens

by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

radio dramatisation by Dirk Maggs (BBC Worldwide, 2014)

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Dirk Maggs has adapted Pratchett and Gaiman’s comedic novel of the apocalypse with apposite exuberance, yet for all the well-pitched sound design and the cast’s astute voice work, this zany and enjoyable dramatisation does perforce forego the original book’s drollery of prose.