Having experienced terrible reviews for his first West End production of Mr Whatnot, Alan left the theatre - apparently with no intention of writing again - and joined the BBC in Leeds working with the highly respected producer Alfred Bradley, who was key in championing northern writers.
During his time at the BBC, Alan was responsible for directing dozens of radio dramas as well as evaluating new scripts and sending script reports; all skills which proved to be essential when he took over as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in 1972.
Although basic details about Alan's work at the BBC have been known (and can be found in the BBC pages of the Careers section of www.alanayckbourn.net), there has been a notable gap in information.
For many years, next to nothing has been known about the many radio dramas Alan produced nor who he worked with during these years. Thanks to the BBC's Project Genome, light has been shed on this area of Alan's career for the first time.
Thanks to the Genome resource, Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website has basic details of more than 70 radio productions directed by Alan whilst at the BBC. At some point, the website will also carry more comprehensive details of all these productions for future research.