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Summary

Nine gripping dramas featuring military consultant and war game creator Bradley Shoreham.

Ex-army officer Bradley Shoreham is a war game expert. As a soldier, he created a host of mock conflict exercises simulating various disasters - and now, as a civilian, he does it for a living. His scenarios may be fictional, but they're authentic: and that's exactly what the governments and corporations who employ him pay big money for. But as the participants are about to find out, his games can have real, deadly consequences.... 

In 'Hearts and Minds', Shoreham discovers how quickly the politics of his virtual world can spill out into the real world. 'Behind Enemy Lines' sees a team of British Special Forces tested to the limit when Troy goes to war with Sparta. And in 'Terror', an invitation to discuss the ways terrorists might attack London leaves Shoreham wondering just how hypothetical this particular consultation is....

'Sacrifice' finds Shoreham trying to convince an eminent scientist to take part in a scenario exploring a global pandemic outbreak. In 'Ransomware', he tests a City hedge fund's cyber-security to the point of destruction, and in 'Shadow', he wreaks havoc as part of a safety drill on a North Sea oil rig.

'The Futurist' sees Shoreham summoned for an audience with a super-rich international financier - and embroiled in a dangerous game with far-reaching repercussions.... In 'Hazard', his divide-and-rule tactics provoke hostility during a stress test of the emergency services, and in 'Alive', his challenge to a flood-defence team's strategy finds him dealing with the unexpected and forced to rewrite his game plan - while also facing down the powerful woman who wants him dead.

Written by Philip Palmer (Keeping the Wolf Out), these fantastic dramas star Tim Woodward as Bradley Shoreham, with casts including Don Gilet, Bill Paterson, Harriet Walter, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Christine Kavanagh and Sara Kestelman.

Production credits

Written by Philip Palmer

Starring Tim Woodward as Bradley Shoreham

Hearts and Minds

Emma Macintosh - Tracy Wiles

Fergus O'Donnell - Lloyd Hutchinson

Cooper - Peter Hamilton Dyer

Lt. Col. Mackay - Don Gilet

Major General Gibbs - James Lailey

Brigadier Harper - Gerard McDermott

Sergeant Evans - Tom Meredith

Desk Sergeant - Harry Livingstone

Directed by Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 April 2012

Behind Enemy Lines

Tom - Ifan Meredith

Ricky - Warren Brown

Julie - Liz White

Andy - Don Gilet

Jim - Paddy Wallace

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 18 April 2012

Terror

Brigadier Fraser - Bill Paterson

Waiter - James Lailey

Defence Secretary - Christine Absalom

Head of Intelligence - Peter Hamilton Dyer

Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 25 April 2012

Sacrifice

Alicia Hoffman - Harriet Walter

Produced and directed by Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 23 August 2013

Ransomware

Malcolm Pemberley - Michael Bertenshaw

Toby Driscoll - Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Andrea Harwood - Lydia Leonard

Danny Webber - Matthew Watson

Geoff Butcher - David Seddon

Melissa Ryan - Philippa Stanton

IT Analyst - Ben Crowe

Senior Manager - Hannah Wood

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 30 August 2013

Shadow

Tom Wilson - Liam Brennan

Jock - Sean Murray

Claire Patterson - Christine Kavanagh

Sean - Roshan Rohatgi

Linda - Philippa Stanton

Interrogator - Ben Crowe

Billy - David Seddon

Directed by Toby Swift

Produced by Sasha Yevtushenko

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 6 September 2013

The Futurist

Alessandra Pacetti - Sara Kestelman

Mark Longham - Jonathan Bailey

Waiters - Chris Pavlo & Mark Edel-Hunt

Directed by Toby Swift

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 13 August 2015

Hazard

Alessandra Pacetti - Sara Kestelman

Harry Douglas - David Hounslow

Katie Wilson - Jane Slavin

Alan Myerson - Stephen Critchlow

Claire Patterson - Christine Kavanagh

With Chris Pavlo, Jessica Turner, Mark Edel-Hunt, Sam Dale, Rhiannon Neads and Alex Tregear

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 20 August 2015

Alive

Alessandra Pacetti - Sara Kestelman

Billy Tait - Neil Grainger

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 27 August 2015

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gripping and quite magnificent!

wasn't sure what to expect, but these are all very clever/current/poignant. really really good. p.s. casting needs to get an award

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terrible

the story is that its a game! so why get so angry at something thats not real????? weird story not what i thought at all