Leeford Village drama serial to be broadcast over the airwaves
Two writers are getting ready to hear the first episode of their drama serial broadcast over the airwaves for the first time.
Leeford Village has been penned by Mike Hands, from Wordsley, and his friend Jon Markes, who is originally from Wolverhampton but now lives in York.
They describe the serial as “a cross between the 44 Scotland Street stories written by Alexander McCall Smith and The Archers but without the farming”.
It follows the lives of 31 characters living in the village, located in the fictional Midland town of Banfield, which is based on Kingswinford.
Catch up on episodes here:
- Episode 19: One, two, three, four
- Episode 18: Opportunity Knocks
- Episode 17: Ted, the magician
- Episode 16: Frank
- Episode 15: Questions, Questions
- Episode 14: Double trouble
- Episode 13: The Bald Facts
- Episode 12: Arrested Development
- Episode 11: Arson? Really?
- Episode 10: Give peas a chance
- Episode 9: Back again, my dear?
- Episode 8: Happy birthday to you and you and you…
- Episode 7: Keeping the Emergency Services Busy
- Episode 6: We seek’m here, we seek’m there
- Episode 5: Pay your dues
- Episode 4: A right old pickle
- Episode 3: Ring of fire
- Episode 2: Signor Jesus here
- Episode 1: No Place Like Gnome
- Meet the creators of serial drama Leeford Village
- For more details visit www.michaelbraccia.co.uk
So far they have written 38 episodes of the drama, which are being published on the Express & Star website every fortnight.
Now a pilot episode of audio recordings they have made for Leeford Village will be broadcast on Black Country Radio this Sunday on Billy Spakeman's The Omma 'n' Chain Show between 4pm and 6pm.
Mr Hands, who writes as Michael Braccia, said: "We are both very excited about the prospect of our work being broadcast.
"We run a Facebook group called 'Leeford Village Readers' Group' and I offered a preview of the recordings to our members a couple of weeks ago.
"This helped me to get into the routine of recording the episodes and I have even written a theme tune - a very short piano piece, which, hopefully, will become as famous as the Archers' theme tune
"Anyone who is interested in reading Leeford Village can apply to join the group. Although we promote Leeford Village through general postings on Facebook and Twitter, we put more detailed information, and, of course, copies of the audio files, on the Readers' group.
"The next stage for us is to find an agent or publisher who is prepared to take on the publication and promotion of Leeford Village,the novel,, which will be based on the serial. There will, however, be additional chapters that have never been published, developing the characters who live in the village. The stories will be the same, but the novel will contain much more than just a re-print of the episodes."