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Richard Nixon: Searchlight Has Left The Building20181013

Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of the Republican Party.

Radio 4 drama

Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents.

Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes.

1970. President Nixon has announced the invasion of Cambodia, and student protests have ignited across the US, with National Guardsmen shooting four dead at Kent State University.

Washington is on high alert.

But when the insomniac President wakes up at 4a.m. to see defiant students gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, he walks over to talk to them, taking his White House butler with him.

The Secret Service are left struggling to catch up, as the night takes a bizarre turn.

Written by Jonathan Myerson

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

Richard Nixon... Jonathan Hyde
Arnold Hutschnecker... Jack Klaff
Manolo Sanchez... Joseph Balderrama
Pat Nixon... Emma Handy
Carrie Moore... Ellen Thomas
Bob Haldemann... Aaron Vodovoz
Secret Serviceman... Ryan Whittle
Young Richard Nixon... Rupert Simonian
Student... Saffron Coomber
Writer... Jonathan Myerson
Director... Jonquil Panting

Gerald Ford: Fascist Insect20181020

Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party.

Radio 4 drama

Entertaining new dramas following the political swings of The Republican Party, through the personal stories of its Presidents.

Closely based on the accounts of those who were there, we imagine the triumphs and disasters which have driven the party's electoral fortunes.

1975. After Nixon’s resignation, President Gerald Ford is fighting for his political survival. But the country is in chaos - and his party is disintegrating.

Challenger Ronald Reagan is attacking in weekly radio broadcasts: “Make America Great Again ? is his big catchphrase.

Saigon has just fallen, the Panama Canal is threatened and détente looks like a sell-out. There’s political fervour on the streets. Even Patty Hearst, celebrity rich-girl kidnap victim, seems to have turned terrorist.

Then a small-time FBI informant decides that she is the woman to catalyse the revolution.

She buys a gun - and aims it at the President.

Written by Jonathan Myerson

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting

Sara Jane Moore... Sian Thomas
Gerald Ford... Nathan Osgood
Betty Ford... Barbara Barnes
Bob Hartmann... Daniel Betts
Jerry terHorst... Kerry Shale
Benton Becker... John Macmillan
Bert Worthington... Philip Desmeules
Richard Nixon... Jonathan Hyde
Detective Callaghan... Stephen Hogan
Kat... Emma Handy
Lud... Sean Murray
Writer... Jonathan Myerson
Director... Jonquil Panting