Andy Cartwright


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Programme Leader for MA Radio

I’m an award-winning Radio Producer with over 30 years of production experience making programmes for BBC radio including Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra and Radio 5 Live. My programmes range from DJ shows to quizzes, from live concerts to radio dramas, from documentary series to experimental features. I have worked as a sound recordist and mixer in TV and radio, a reporter, producer and executive producer for BBC local and network radio and was an instructor in the BBC’s former Radio Training Unit.

After leaving the BBC, I founded my own independent radio production company Soundscape Productions which is now 21 years old and has made over a hundred programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. We are continually being commissioned to produce programmes and I have also pitched student’s ideas which have resulted in them being commissioned to make their documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

I joined the University as a part-time member of staff in 2002 so I could continue to produce radio programmes alongside my teaching. For the past 8 years, I have been Programme Leader on the MA Radio degree which is firmly embedded in professional practice through Spark and our links with broadcasters.

I am a board member of RIG (Radio Independents Group) the trade body that looks after the interests of independent producers and a Trustee of the Charles Parker Archive Trust. For the past eight years, I have organised the annual celebration of the radio feature – past, present and future, The Charles Parker Day, and co ordinated the annual Charles Parker Prize for the Best Student Radio Feature which is presented at the conference.

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for MA Radio and teach documentary, feature and radio drama production at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I am Module Leader for:

MAC358 Radio Drama
MAC359 Radio Documentary and Feature Production
RADM02 Radio Programme Making
RADM04 Advanced Radio and Audio Production

Research interests for potential research students

  • My research interests lie in the development of creative production techniques within feature and radio drama production – aspects of which are reflected in my own BBC commissions.


  • Radio Documentary and Feature Production
  • Radio Drama
  • Experimental Radio/Sound Art
  • Sound Design
  • Research and Compliance
  • Professional Radio Practice

Productions/Publications

As Producer:

  • A Symphony of Psalms – BBC Radio 3 – TX 01/04/18 (in Production)
  • The Charles Parker Prize 2017 – 1x60’ BBC Radio 4 Extra TX  10/06/17
  • The Shape of Things That Came -1 x 60’ BBC Radio 4 TX 27/10/17
  • Bringing Holly from the Bongs – 1x30’ BBC Radio 4 Extra TX 25/12/15
  • Time Travel – the Politics of Time -1 x 60’ BBC Radio 4 TX 27/10/12
  • Mysteries From the Pas' -1 x 30’ BBC Radio 4 TX 06/08/12
  • The Exile Returned -1 x 43’ BBC Radio 3 TX 30/06/12
  • Saying Goodbye Again and Again -1 x 20’ BBC Radio 3 TX 30/06/12
  • Home Recorded Voices – 1 x 60’ BBC Radio 4 TX 20/12/08
  • Drama on 3: Scandinavian Dreams  - 1 x 90' BBC Radio 3 TX 21/10/07
  • Final Curtain - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 03/05/07
  • The CIA and the Avant-Garde? - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 26/09/06
  • Then-Now - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 09/01/06
  • Voyages - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 15/08/05
  • John Meade Falkner's Bag of Paradoxes - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 11/05/05
  • A Shoddy Business - 1 x 60' BBC Radio 4 TX 13/11/04
  • Oh No It's Not! Oh Yes It Is!! - 5 x 15' BBC Radio 4 TX 29/12/03-02/01/04
  • Excluded - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 13/03/03
  • Going the Rounds - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 18/12/03
  • Stories in Light and Sound -1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 13/12/02
  • The Box - 5 x 15' - BBC Radio 4 TX June-July 2002
  • The First Song - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 11/04/02
  • On the Trail of Swallows and Amazons - 5 x 15' BBC Radio 4 TX 01-05/04/02 


As Executive Producer:

  • Drawing in the Dark – BBC Radio 4– TX tbc  (in Production)
  • A Journey Through English – 1x30’ BBC Radio 4 – TX 03/09/16
  • Stig at 50 – 1x30’ BBC Radio 4 TX  25/12/13
  • Houses that Fall into the Sea  1 x 30 BBC Radio 3 TX 16/06/12
  • Cow Dust Time  1 x 30 BBC Radio 3 TX 14/01/12
  • Nightingales and Roses – 1 x 23’ BBC World Service  TX 04/06/10
  • The Two Minutes Silence 1 x 15’ BBC Radio 4 TX 12/06/09
  • Meet the Patels -1 x 30’ BBC Radio 4
  • Music from the Dark - 1 x 45' BBC Radio 3 TX 29/11/08
  • Planning for Destruction: The D-Villages of County Durham - 1 x 30' BBC
  • Radio 4 TX 08/05/08
  • Opened Ground - 1 x 15' BBC Radio 4 TX 10/12/06
  • The Lying Game - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 25/11/06
  • The Life of the Secret Gardener - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 06/04/06
  • Voices at the Door - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 24/12/05
  • The British on Top of the World - 1 x 60' BBC Radio 4 TX 24/08/05
  • Reading Between the Lines - 1 x 30' BBC Radio TX 04/11/04
  • Trimming Pablo 1 x 30 BBC Radio 3 TX 03/07/04
  • Turning the Tide - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 07/06/04
  • It's My Story - Getting the Trip - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 19/01/04
  • The Pub Carols - 1 x 30' BBC Radio 4 TX 25/12/02


Conference and workshops:

Rediscovering the Imagination: A Practical Exploration into Teaching Audio Drama. (2014) Audio Drama Seminar - Histories, Aesthetics, Practices, University of Copenhagen, 19-20 August 2014.

Radio is Dead: Long Live Radio (2013) Radio – The Resilient Medium Conference, University of Sunderland, London, September 11-13.

The Fight Game: the Radio Ballad fights back. (2013) Charles Parker Day, University of Salford, 22 March 2013.

Editing the Radio Ballads. (2008) Charles Parker Day, Bournemouth University, 4 April 2008.

Then-Now: turning a single minute into half an hour! (2007) Charles Parker Day, Bournemouth University, 7 April 2006.

Last updated 11 June 2019