Alan Ayckbourn: Television & Radio Documentaries

This page offers an at-a-glance guide to some of the major television and radio documentaries which have featured Alan Ayckbourn over the years. It is by no means comprehensive and does not include the vast quantity of minor features on Alan Ayckbourn particularly on regional television and radio stations. Many thanks to John O'Rourke, Jenny Macleod and the BBC’s Genome Project for their help in compiling this list.

Note: This website / archive does not hold or have access to any of the programmes listed below - this page is intended purely as a research and reference tool. If you are interested in the programmes listed, contact the original broadcaster or the British Film Institute for further information. Extracts from a number of the BBC radio and television documentaries can also be found on the BBC's Alan Ayckbourn: In His Own Words digital download available via iTunes.

Title

Profile
Alan Ayckbourn
Desert Island Discs
Woman’s Hour
Aquarius
Summer Interview
Man Of Action
Calendar People
Arena
Tonight
The Playwrights
Talking About Theatre
The Northerners
With Great Pleasure
Nationwide Goes North
Calendar: The Best Sellers
A Sense Of Theatre
Man Of Action
On Location
Newsnight
Drama Up To Now
Various Stages
Omnibus
Backstage
Northern Lights
Kaleidoscope
Sixty Minutes
The Levin Interviews
Kaleidoscope
Pebble Mill At One
Brian Matthew
Today
Celebrity Interview
Review
Talking Theatre
Wogan
Kaleidoscope
Meridian
The Tingle Factor
Third Ear
Omnibus
Arena
Radio 2 Arts Programme
Kaleidoscope
Kaleidoscope
Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement
Ayckbourn In Conversation
Ayckbourn Godber
Junkin’s Jokers
Radio 2 Arts Programme
The Michael Parkinson Show
The Lowdown
A View From The Boundary
Kaleidoscope
The Tingle Factor
Kaleidoscope
The South Bank Show
Kaleidoscope
Radio 2 Arts Programme
Ayckbourn's Ambition
The South Bank Show
Woman's Hour
Front Row
Newsnight
Radio 2 Arts Programme
HARDTalk
Changing Stages
Biography
Songs Of Praise
Masterclass
Backstage
Filling The Empty Space
Woman's Hour
The Green Room
The Green Room
American Theatre Wing
The Culture Show
Fossilised Fish-Hooks!
Surrounded!
Front Row
Front Row
Front Row
With Great Pleasure
The Strand
Front Row
Nightwaves
LA Theatre Works
American Theatre Wing
Ayckbourn In Action
Imagine
HARDtalk
One On One
In Confidence
Profile
Front Row
Front Row
Front Row
Essential Classics

Date

04 / 09 / 1973
01 / 09 / 1974
02 / 11 / 1974
21 / 08 / 1974
— / — / 1974
26 / 08 / 1975
13 / 12 / 1975
28 / 01 / 1976
04 / 02 / 1976
18 / 05 / 1976
06 / 09 / 1976
27 / 08 / 1977
06 / 09 / 1977
31 / 12 / 1977
25 / 01 / 1978
07 / 08 / 1978
12 / 10 / 1978
06 / 01 / 1979
31 / 01 / 1979
04 / 06 / 1980
15 / 05 / 1981
31 / 10 / 1981
24 / 01 / 1982
11 / 04 / 1982
27 / 01 / 1984
08 / 05 / 1984
18 / 06 / 1984
01 / 07 / 1984
21 / 11 / 1984
10 / 12 / 1984
13 / 11 / 1986
30 / 07 / 1987
-- / -- / 1987
06 / 03 / 1988
20 / 07 / 1988
14 / 06 / 1989
15 / 06 / 1989
05 / 09 / 1989
31 / 12 / 1989
12 / 02 / 1990
13 / 02 / 1990
23 / 03 / 1990
15 / 06 / 1990
29 / 06 / 1990
05 / 10 / 1990
24 / 12 / 1990
01 / 05 / 1991
-- / 06 / 1991
10 / 07 / 1991
12 / 07 / 1991
-- / -- / 1991
07 / 04 / 1992
25 / 07 / 1992
20 / 08 / 1992
-- / -- / 1992
22 / 01 / 1994
30 / 10 / 1994
12 / 01 / 1996
26 / 04 / 1996
-- / 04 / 1996
28 / 07 / 1996
01 / 09 / 1999
07 / 08 / 2000
09 / 08 / 2000
11 / 08 / 2000
21 / 10 / 2000
03 /12 / 2000
-- / -- / 2000
12 / 08 / 2001
-- / -- / 2001
-- / -- / 2001
12 / 05 / 2002
14 / 12 / 2002
30 / 04 / 2004
18 / 03 / 2005
01 / 06 / 2005
02 / 06 / 2005
22 / 10 / 2005
24 / 11 / 2005
21 / 10 / 2006
23 / 05 / 2007
23 / 06 / 2008
02 / 04 / 2009
09 / 04 / 2009
10 / 04 / 2009
13 / 04 / 2009
01 / 01 / 2011
05 / 01 / 2011
15 / 09 / 2011
16 / 11 / 2011
28 / 03 / 2012
29 / 06 / 2012
03 / 09 / 2012
05 / 04 / 2014
29 / 08 / 2014
25 / 12 / 2014
11 / 07 / 2016
18 / 07 / 2016

Channel

BBC Radio
BBC2
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
ITV
TV
BBC Radio 3
TV
BBC2
BBC1
ITV
BBC Radio 3
BBC1
BBC Radio 4
ITV
ITV
HTV
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 3
BBC1
BBC2
BBC1
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC2
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
LBC
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC Radio 4
ITV
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 3
BBC1
BBC2
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 2
Unknown
ITV
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
LBC
BBC1
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
ITV
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 2
BBC1
ITV
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC Radio 2
BBC News
BBC2
Artsworld
BBC 1
Artsworld
Artsworld
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
iTunes
BBC2
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 3
www.latw.org
iTunes
BBC Radio 4
BBC1
BBC News
BBC Radio Leeds
Sky Arts 1
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 3

Subject

Career
Career
No details known
No details known
The Norman Conquests
No details known
Favourite music
Writing
Just Between Ourselves
Career
Career
Scarborough
Career
Favourite poetry & prose
Joking Apart
No details known
No details known
Favourite Albums
Yorkshire
Sisterly Feelings
‘Well Made’ theatre documentary
Way Upstream
Career
Behind the scenes at SJT
The 7 Deadly Virtues
A Chorus Of Disapproval
Intimate Exchanges

Career
Career
Artistic Director
Scarborough
Henceforward…
Interview with Bob Holness
’Tis Pity She’s A Whore
In conversation with Robert Cushman
Career
The Revengers’ Comedies
Career
Favourite music
No details known
Career
His agent Margaret Ramsay
In conversation with Austin Mitchell
Man Of The Moment
Othello
No details known
No details known
Writing
What makes people laugh
No details known
No details known
Documentary about invisible friends
Cricket / career - recorded at Headingly
Time Of My Life
Favourite music
Communicating Doors

Playwriting
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Playwriting
Comic Potential
House & Garden
House & Garden
House & Garden

Career
Career
Career
Scarborough
Directing masterclass
GamePlan
Discussing
The Empty Space 30 years on
The Jollies
Drowning On Dry Land
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Career
Improbable Fiction
Anthony Buckeridge /
Jennings novels
Theatre-in-the-round
Career
Early career
Interview with Mark Lawson
Favourite readings
International popularity
Career
The Norman Conquests
Henceforward…
Career
Directing career
Career
Career
Career at BBC
Career
Life
Roundelay
Career /
Roundelay
The Karaoke Theatre Company
Career
Original research for the Ayckbourn Adaptations in Film, Television, Radio & Other Media pages is by Simon Murgatroyd and copyright of the author. Please credit this website if reproducing any information.