Following the sad news of the passing of Tenko writer Jill Hyem (left) I just wanted to alert you to the fact that, thanks to the efforts of radio producer and director Jane Morgan, her final radio play will receive a special airing on Radio 4 Extra later this month as a tribute.
The play in question, Backtrack, was reviewed very favourably on its first broadcast in 2007 and stars Maxine Peake. It will be broadcast at both 10am and 5pm on Monday 21st September.
The teaser for the play runs as follows:
‘Jill Hyem’s play begins in a temporary centre for the homeless over a Bank Holiday weekend where Jan (Maxine Peake) is roped in as volunteer: as the organiser says “It’s not only at Christmas that you can feel lonely”. The weekend brings her in contact with Fiz (Joseph Kloska), a young down-and-out with whom she becomes almost obsessed, though she is a woman who is very much determined to walk her own path, with no commitments. But, for once, she follows her instincts.’
Jan: Maxine Peake; Fiz: Joseph Kloska; Matt: Mark Straker; Molly: Marcella Riordan; Alec: Andrew Woodall; Nancy: Rachel Atkins; Mr Sykes: Sam Dale; Neighbour: Christine Kavanagh.
I hope you manage to catch it.