First Minister Nicola Sturgeon battles alien invasion terrorising UK in new BBC drama debut…

NicAndValPHIL MILLER / 00:07 Thursday 25 February 2016
Herald Scotland

She has obtained sweeping new powers for Scotland, leads a party poised to dominate Holyrood for years – and is now set to restore order to a UK invaded by aliens.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to make first foray into radio drama – playing herself as a calming voice of authority as Britain is besieged by extra-terrestrials.

Ms Sturgeon appears in the BBC Radio 4 production, The Kraken Wakes, a modern retelling of John Wyndham’s classic 1953 apocalyptic novel, which has been adapted by the Scottish crime writer and dramatist Val McDermid.

The two-part drama stars Tamsin Greig and Paul Higgins as reporters Mike and Phyllis Watson, who are on a honeymoon cruise when they see strange red lights falling out of the sky and into the sea.
The lights are aliens who are invading the earth and destroying its environment by raising sea levels.

“There’s chaos in London, there’s no police force, and the British Government has collapsed, but its the Scottish government that survives and tries to re-establish civic order,” said Mr Higgins.

The lights are aliens who are invading the earth and destroying its environment by raising sea levels

“So mine and Tamsin’s characters are always twiddling with the radio, trying to get a signal, and they hear Nicola Sturgeon saying the Scottish Government is going to take control.”

Val McDermid, who is a fan of Wyndham’s works, retells the story “in the light of contemporary fears of climate change”.

Read the full article on the Herald Scotland website…

The Kraken Wakes

Join the BBC Philharmonic for a rare chance to see a radio drama recorded for BBC Radio 4!


Join the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Radio 4 for radio drama The Kraken Wakes. This modern retelling of John Wyndham’s 1953 apocalyptic novel is adapted by crime writer and radio dramatist Val McDermid and stars Tamsin Greig, Paul Higgins and Richard Harrington.

This is a rare chance to see a radio drama recorded for Radio 4 with a live orchestral accompaniment from the BBC Philharmonic.


Composer Alan Edward Williams has created a brand new orchestral score that will ‘play the part’ of the great sea monster during the performance.

The Kraken Wakes will be recorded as a live performance in two parts. The drama will then be broadcast later in the year on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets will be allocated via random draw with 30% of the tickets going to Salford postcodes and 70% going to the rest of the UK.

You can register at any time until 11pm on Sunday 27 December.

You can apply for a maximum of two tickets.

CLICK HERE to go to the BBC webpage to apply.

Good luck!

Interview about Val’s radio drama


BBC Radio 4 – ‘Deadheading’  by Val McDermid

Cast of 'Deadhead' - radio drama

Interview about Deadheading

Crime writer Val McDermid turns her hand to radio drama with a comic thriller set amongst the plots and sheds of a Lancashire allotment in Deadheading (15 Minute Drama – Mon – Fri 1045, rpt 19.45). The drama stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes.  Here Val McDermid answers some question about her writing, recording the drama and her next project.

Val McDermid was talking to Deadheading programme Producer Justine Potter

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