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Michael Chaplin

Writer

Agent

Julia Kreitman

Radio

I MUST HAVE LOVED YOU (Big Fish for Radio 4)
Single 90’ play with songs by Sting, in production for transmission in 2022

SOUTH ON THE GREAT NORTH ROAD (Big Fish for Radio 4)
Single 60’play with Jessica Johnson and Stephen Tomkinson transmitted 2021

FOR THE LOVE OF LEO (Catherine Bailey for Radio 4)
On-going series for Radio 4 with Mark Bonnar, transmitted 2019-21
12 episodes

THE FERRYHILL PHILOSOPHERS (BBC Radio 4)
Series of original plays with Alun Armstrong and Deborah Finlay, transmitted 2014-19
13 episodes

TOMMIES (BBC Radio 4)
A major cycle of plays about WW1, transmitted 2014 -2018
8 episodes by Michael Chaplin

TWO PIPE PROBLEMS (Catherine Bailey/Radio 4)
Series of original plays with Stanley Baxter and Richard Briers, transmitted 2007-2013
13 episodes

Original Produced Television

JUST HENRY (ITVP)
TV film adapted from Michelle Magorian’s novel

PICKLES (Impossible/ITV)
Single TV fim

THE WALK (Granada)
Single TV film

MONARCH OF THE GLEN (Ecosse / BBC)
Written and created
Associate producer
7 series

GRAFTERS (Granada/ITV)
Original Series
Written and created

ORIGINAL SIN (United/ITV)
From PD James’ novel

DROVERS GOLD (BBC Wales)
Original Series

Series Contributions

ROBIN HOOD (Tiger Aspect)

FOYLE’S WAR (ITV)

WILD AT HEART (ITV)
2 series

DALZIEL AND PASCOE (BBC)
Four films

Theatre

Michael has a long and fruitful relationship with Live Theatre in Newcastle for whom he most recently wrote TYNE, presented at Live, The Customs House and Newcastle Theatre Royal. His previous hit play was A WALK ON PART based of the diaries of Chris Mullin MP, which enjoyed two runs at Live and successful transfers to the Soho Theatre and the Arts Theatre in London (2011-12). His other work for Live Theatre includes THE HOPE, BEAUTIFUL GAME, an exploration of the history and culture of football on Tyneside, HAIR IN THE GATE and IN BLACKBERRY TIME (with Alan Plater).

Books

NEWCASTLE UNITED STOLE MY HEART: SIXTY YEARS IN BLACK AND WHITE
2021

HAME: MY DURHAM

2016

TYNE VIEW

2012

COME AND SEE: THE BEGUILING STORY OF THE TYNESIDE CINEMA
2011

Before becoming a writer, Michael trained as a newspaper journalist and worked for 15 years in current affairs and documentaries for both ITV and the BBC, before becoming head of drama at Tyne-Tees Television and head of programmes at BBC Wales.

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