OKRE’s Experimental Stories: Commissions

Experimental Stories is a unique workshop series from OKRE, in collaboration with Wellcome and the BBC. Working primarily with BBC Radio 4, the workshops bring together scientists, researchers, audio producers and writers to create drama inspired by science. The workshop series has been running since 2012, resulting in a diverse range of award-winning Radio 4 drama including those listed below:

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  • Posted: 7 Nov 2023

BBC Radio 4 commissions from Experimental Stories

Experimental Stories 2012

  • Five Fever Tales (BBC) by Lavinia Greenlaw, producer Tim Dee with Julian Rayner, Sanger Institute, March 2014.

Experimental Stories 2013

  • My Life with Flu (BBC) by Sarah Woods, producer James Robinson with Paul Kellam and Sarah Smith, 27th Oct – 31st Oct 2014
  • Fugue State (BBC) Sweet Talk by Julian Simpson produced Karen Rose with Paul Fletcher, 29th Oct 2015. Winner of Best Use of Sound, BBC Audio Awards and Tinniswood Best Audio Drama Award, 2016

Experimental Stories 2014

  • Ecco (BBC) Sparklab by Chris Harrald producer Melanie Harris with Daniel Bor, 6th March 2017.
  • The Liberty Cap (BBC), Holy Mountain by Hattie Naylor, producer Boz Temple Morrie with Robin Carhart Harris, 23rd Oct 2015
  • State of Mind by Jane Rogers/The Sky is Wider (BBC) by Linda Marshall Griffiths. BBC producer Nadia Molinari with Anil Seth, 6th July 2016. Winner of the Best Single Drama and Best Actress for Christine Bottomley, BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017, Finalist Prix Europa and Aria Awards 2017.

Experimental Stories 2015

  • Resistance (BBC) by Val McDermid producer Susan Roberts with Christopher Downs, March 2017
  • The Truth About Hawaii (BBC) by Oliver Emanuel producer Kirsty Williams with Adam Roberts and Joanna Coast, 22nd Jan – 2nd Feb 2018 Winner of Best Original Drama series, BBC Audio Awards, 2019

Experimental Stories 2017

  • Senescence (BBC) Pier Productions by Amelia Bullmore, producer Celia de Wolff with Lynne Cox and Lizzie Ward, 2020
  • Tracks series 3 and 4 (BBC) by Matt Broughton producer James Robinson with Lucy van de Wiel and Kedar Natharajan. 2018/2019
  • Body Horror (BBC) by Lucy Catherine, producer Toby Swift with Adam Kampff, Tom Douglas, Sita Popat, 11 March 2020
  • Eight Point Nine Nine BBC by James Fritz, producer Rebecca Ripley with Hugh Montgomery, Emily Ryall, 2 Jan 2020 

Experimental Stories 2019

  • An Artificially Intelligent Guide to Love – Afonica by Hannah Silva – producer Nicolas Jackson, with James Carney, Feb 2021
  • The Goldilocks Zone BBC by Tanika Gupta – producer Nadia Molinari with Adam Kampff and Caswell Barry, Oct 2021
  • What’s Love Got to Do With It (BBC) by Tom Wainwright – producer Sasha Yevtushenko with Ricky Nathvani and Maxine Mackintosh, Dec 2021