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Audio Movie Dramas, Let your imagination supply the pictures to these excellent movies with full cast audio plays produced and directed by Dirk Maggs, a freelance writer and director working across all media, is principally known for his work in radio, where he evolved radio drama into “Audio Movies,” a near-visual approach combining scripts, layered sound effects, cinematic music and cutting edge technology. He pioneered the use of Dolby Surround in BBC Radio. He was among the first nominees for the Directors Guild of Great Britain Outstanding Achievement in Radio Award, and in 2005 he was invited to become one of the first Honorary Fellows of the University of Winchester for his work in the dramatic arts. (The university, when King Alfred’s College, was where Maggs trained as a teacher in the late 1970s.)
From 2003 to 2005, Maggs produced new episodes of Douglas Adams’ science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, adapted from the novels based on the original radio series that Adams wrote. The books that Maggs adapted were written after the radio series ended its original run.
Maggs directed many leading actors in often award-winning productions, including Tom Hollander, Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Rowan Atkinson, Leslie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Laurie, Juliet Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Patricia Hodge, Alison Steadman, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan.