A series of plays about the impact of communication and information technology on our lives.


0101The World In My Ear20060506By Paul Farley.

Fiddling with his MP3 player and not looking where he was going, a man in his 40s has fallen down the stairs of Oxford Street Underground Station in central London.

He seems to have died and gone to some sort of radio heaven where the sound history of the world is kept, or at least will be as long as the analogue transmitters are switched on.

Voice....Robert Glenister

Guardian Analogue....Harriet Cass

Director Tim Dee.

Produced in association with The Open University.

0102Call Waiting20060509By Katie Hims.

Carol is worried.

Her husband Phil has been sent to Uzbekistan by his company - a communications technology firm based in Reading - and she can't get in touch with him.

What has happened to him? What exactly is the nature of the job he's doing in Uzbekistan, and how much does his company know about his disappearance? Is the government representative telling her the truth? When Carol does finally hear from Phil, in a text message, all it says is 'Help me'.

As Carol desperately tries to find answers, it seems that instant communication across the world is simply a cruel illusion.

0103Last Call20060510By Mike Walker.

Sara is head of PR, in line for a directorship if she can prove herself with the company's plans to expand in Africa.

But first she's got to handle a problem with the firm's contract in Uzbekistan.

Sara begins to suspect the company could be involved in some sinister ways of using its technological know-how.

She has to decide where her loyalties lie.

Sara....Su-lin Looi

Gray....Patrick Bridgman

Tim....Oliver J Hembrough

Richard....Mark Meadows

Carol....Lisa Coleman

Patrick....Robert Gwilym

Herrenvolk....Paul Humpoletz

Director Mary Ward Lowery.

0104 LASTNetwork Failure20060511By Sarah Woods.

Ian is on his first trip to Africa, his work in IT is sending him as a trainer to a media-centre in a village outside Maputo in Mozambique.

He is keen to help, but not really prepared for what he finds.

Ian....David Birrell

Martha....Sonia Pateguana Pinto Romao

Orlando....Jorge Clemente

Matilde....Denise de Castro

Sebastio....Higino Octavio

Sara....Su-lin Looi

Ndindazi....Nathemba Sambo

Young man....Fred Ezekiel Dias

Director Tim Dee