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NEWS

2020 Productions

OUT NOW    

NEW YORK TIMES #1 AUDIO BESTSELLER, JULY/AUGUST 2020

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Torn from his realm, The Sandman – Morpheus, the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination – was imprisoned on earth for decades. On escaping he must restore his power, descend into hell to face Lucifer, chase rogue nightmares, visit a serial killer convention and cross paths with characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history.

Audible and DC present the first in a series of audio adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling graphic novels, adapted and directed by multi-award-winner Dirk Maggs, performed by an ensemble cast with James McAvoy (X-Men; It) in the title role, and accompanied by an original score by James Hannigan. As narrator, Neil Gaiman will lead you through this dark, literary world in a twisting fantasy journey of myth, imagination and terror.

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2019 Events

December 2019

SPIKE MILLIGAN’S PUCKOON

A PERFECTLY NORMAL PRODUCTION Starring BARRY CRYER, ED BYRNE, PAULINE McLYNN, WILF SCOLDING, JANE MILLIGAN, KATE HARBOUR, DAVID SHAW-PARKER, COLM GLEESON and TOM ALEXANDER

Adapted from Spike’s novel by IAN BILLINGS

Produced by DAVID MORLEY

Directed by DIRK MAGGS

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THE CAST OF PUCKOON

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with PAULING McLYNN and JANE MILLIGAN

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BARRY CRYER as ‘The Author’

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WILF SCOLDING and TOM ALEXANDER

November 2019

HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR DIRK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BOURNEMOUTH

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Dirk with his wife Lesley at the Investiture

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With Kate Adie, Chancellor of Bournemouth University

HONORARY DOCTORATE – NEIL GAIMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER    (Dirk is an Honorary Fellow there)

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Dirk and Neil in Winchester Cathedral

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With Neil’s Mum, Sheila

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With Alan Titchmarsh, Chancellor of the University of Winchester

May 2019

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY VINYL COLLECTIONS

Through 2018 and 2019 the DEMON MUSIC GROUP released a series of beautifully designed and put-together vinyl collections in deluxe bindings of THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, signed by those of us most closely connected with Douglas Adams’s epic work. I was happy to sign copies of THE TERTIARY PHASE with a little help from Marvin The Paranoid Android.

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The latest (and last) of these collections is the HEXAGONAL PHASE, being released to celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of Hitchhikers in May 2020

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April 2019

U.S. AUDIE AWARD FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION PRODUCTION                                     THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY HEXAGONAL PHASE

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ALIEN III

The unmade movie script by WILLIAM GIBSON

Adapted and directed for AUDIBLE by DIRK MAGGS

Starring MICHAEL BIEHN and LANCE HENRIKSEN

Michael and Dirk

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March 2019

THE GOODIES RETURN

TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR, GRAEME GARDEN and BILL ODDIE return as the Fun Chaps Three.

Special Guest Stars JOANNA LUMLEY, JON CULSHAW and KATE HARBOUR.

Produced by BARNABY EATON-JONES and Directed by Dirk.

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030 Tim Brooke-Taylor and Dirk Maggs (Tech Run)

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February 2019

VOYAGE

Dirk’s 1999 adaptation of Stephen Baxter’s ground breaking ‘what if’ novel about the first manned mission to Mars is released digitally.

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2018 Events

December 2018

Dirk talks to the London RadioTechCon about making the final Hitchhikers Radio Series 

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March 2018

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY HEXAGONAL PHASE

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Written, produced and directed by Dirk Maggs, based on “And Another Thing” by Eoin Colfer                     with unpublished material by Douglas Adams.

Starring Simon Jones as Arthur Dent,  Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson as Trillian and John Lloyd as The Voice Of The Book

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Starring Simon Jones as Arthur Dent , Geoff McGivern as Ford Prefect, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Sandra Dickinson as Trillian, Samantha Béart as Random, Toby Longworth as Wowbagger and Andy Secombe as Constant Mown, with Tom Alexander, Theo Maggs and Philippe Bosher, with music by Philip Pope. Special guest stars include Jim Broadbent as Marvin, Ed Byrne as Hillman Hunter and Lenny Henry as The Consultant.

The Radio Times press release is here.

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July 2018                                                               Terry Pratchett’s                                                     UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

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Adapted by Bev Doyle & Richard Kurti

Starring David Jason, Matthew Horne, Jaime Winstone, Phil Davis, Josie Lawrence, Ray Fearon, Stephen Briggs,  Keith Wickham and Jon Culshaw

April 2018                                                               ALIEN – SEA OF SORROWS

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Starring Stockard Channing, John Chancer, Laurel Lefkow,              Tom Alexander, Mark Arnold, Sagar Arya, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Laurence Bouvard, Philip Bulcock, Cedric Cirotteau, Simon Darwen, Andrea Deck, Oris Erhuero, Tony Gardner, Walles Hamonde, Andrew James Spooner, Lorelei King, Tayla Kovacevic Ebong,  Sandra-Mae Luyck, Theo Maggs, Alan Marriott, Gary Martin, Pauline Mclynn, Eric Meyers, Naoko Mori, Sarah Pitard, Kerry Shale, Thomas Stroppell, Emma Swan, Martin T Sherman, Steve Toussaint and Ryan Wichert.

January 2018                                                               The Final Take:                                               BOWIE IN THE STUDIO

RADIO ACADEMY 2018 ARIA AWARDS  BRONZE WINNER                                                                by David Morley                                                                                                 Starring Jon Culshaw                                                                                         Directed by Dirk Maggs

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2017 Events

 

Christmas 2017

ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman             Adapted for BBC Radio 4 by Dirk Maggs    Winner of British Fantasy Society Award                      Best Audio 2018

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Starring Lenny Henry, Jacob Anderson, Earl Cameron, Tanya Moodie, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Julie Hesmondhaugh, Nathan S Jarrett, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Sheila Atim and Adjoah Andoh.

THE X-FILES – COLD CASES

Starring DAVID DUCHOVNY and GILLIAN ANDERSON

Released from July 2017 – Adapted and Produced by Dirk Maggs

with MITCH PILEGGI, WILLIAM B. DAVIS,   TOM BRAIDWOOD,  DEAN HAGLUND and BRUCE HARWOOD

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APRIL 2017 – ALIEN: RIVER OF PAIN

Released on April 26th 2017

Starring

ANNA FRIEL, COLIN SALMON, MARC WARREN,                    MICHELLE RYAN, LORELEI KING, MAC McDONALD, STUART MILLIGAN, ALIBE PARSONS, LAUREL LEFKOW and WILLIAM HOPE as Lt. Gorman

Adapted, Directed and Produced by Dirk Maggs

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2016 Events

DECEMBER 2016 – STARDUST

Broadcast 17th / 18th December 2016

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NEIL GAIMAN’s fantasy epic became an immersive audio adventure in two 60’00 parts,  adapted and co-directed by DIRK MAGGS.

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Narrated by ELEANOR BRON and starring MATTHEW BEARD, SOPHIE RUNDLE, FRANCES BARBER, MAGGIE STEED, NICHOLAS BOULTON, SANJEEV BHASKAR, BRIAN DICK, CHARLOTTE RILEY, AISLING LOFTUS and ALEX MACQUEEN

NOVEMBER 2016 – NEIL GAIMAN’S      HOW THE MARQUIS GOT HIS COAT BACK

From the novella by NEIL GAIMAN, adapted and co-directed by DIRK MAGGS

Broadcast 4th November 2016

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Broadcast 4th November 2016

Returning to the world of NEVERWHERE, this sequel to our 2012 audio movie stars PATERSON JOSEPH, ADRIAN LESTER, BERNARD CRIBBINS, DON WARRINGTON and MITCH BENN,  with a guest appearance by JAMES McAVOY



Released on April 28th 2016:

ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Adapted, Directed and Produced by Dirk Maggs

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“Great sound effects; chilling story, on the edge of your seat suspense mixed in with hollywood-class acting … it really is like playing a movie in your head.”   (Audible webpage review)

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Dirk writes and directs for audio theatre, the stage, games, film and television.