Module Identifier TFM1630  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Terence F Bailey  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 2,500 words:  30%
Semester Assessment 10/15 minute collaborative playscrips to be performed and recorded in class30%
Semester Assessment First 10 minutes of a long-form radio play with full synopsis40%
Supplementary Assessment Resits of assignments, when necessary, will follow the same structure but will not include assessment two and will follow a different topic/creative structure. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:


The course will involve listening to a number of radio plays and analysing their effectiveness for the medium.

Seminar Topics

  1. Finding a strong idea and identifying where it will take you at the end of a radio play
  2. Creating landscapes
  3. Finding a holding form: Structure
  4. Characterisation
  5. Language. Making Choices
  6. Having something to say. Telling a story
  7. Leaving room for the listener
  8. Adaptation
  9. Readings of student work
  10. Two tutorials


This module provides the student with the means to explore the creative process of writing for Broadcast Radio Drama. The course will explore and critique the different techniques involved specifically for writing a piece of drama for the ear

Brief description

The student will be given the specific skills to develop short form radio drama scripts. It is expected that a selection of these students will choose to develop their ideas into a long-form script in semester three of the degree scheme.

Module Skills

Research skills The essay and script writing assignments will reflect the student¿s ability to read widely and to listen critically to radio broadcasts. They will have to apply this knowledge to make informed decisions about their own work.  
Communication Person to person communication and presentation skills will be actively developed in the seminars. The collaborative production of a radio play will be the most obvious example of this  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches  
Team work This is indirectly assessed through the production of the radio play in class.  
Information Technology Students will be required to make full use of the library facilities and master the computer-based script formats.  
Personal Development and Career planning For those students wishing to develop the craft of radio script writing, they will be encouraged to develop their ideas onto a broader canvas of a 45 minute play in semester three of the degree scheme.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Ash, W. The Way to Write Radio Drama Elm Tree Books
Crissell, A., (1986) Understanding Radio Methuen
Crook, T., Radio Drama Theory and Practice Routledge
Drakakis, J., (1981) British Radio Drama Cambridge University Press
Gough, L., Three Plays ( Crossing the Bar, Head, Our Lady of Shadows) Seren
Guielgud, V., (1981) British Radio Drama Cambridge University Press
Guralnick, E.S., Sight Unseen Ohio University
Horstman, R., Writing for Radio Black
McWhinnie, D., (1959) The Art of Radio Drama Faber and Faber
Rattigan, D., Theatre of Sound. Raio and th Dramatc Imagination Garysfort Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7