‘The Battle of Waterloo’ – photo by Willoughby Gullachsen

The Battle of Waterloo

Photograph by Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission.

The photo features (left) Martin Carthy, playing ‘Wolfhound’ and (far right) Peter Benson as ‘Sniffer’.  Please add a comment if you can identify the middle actor.  Other actors to star were Warren Clarke as ‘Slewpot’, Dave Atkins as ‘Bamber’, and Dai Bradley as ‘Ferris’.

‘The Battle of Waterloo’ was a live studio drama, written by Keith Dewhurst and produced at Pebble Mill in 1983.  It was produced and directed by Robin Midgley, the production associate was Dawn Robertson, with Bob Jacobs as the production manager.  Phyllida Lloyd (who went on to direct the film Mama Mia) was the AFM, Jenny Brewer the PA, Peter Ansorge & Roger Gregory the script editors, Roger Sutton the vision mixer and Dave Doogood the camera supervisor.

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  • There were a series of live dramas, done in Studio A. Phillida and I had gone to university together and got our FA jobs on the same day, but she went into drama (her degree subject) and I joined Radio 4 talks & docs. However, I did loop back into the FA role intermittently and it was during one of these periods that I found myself doing live drama.
    It was quite a buzz. I recall one show with Connie Booth (as a doctor I think).

  • I worked on Battle of Waterloo as a camera assistant. I worked with Keith Schofield, tracking the Elemac dolly. I’ll try to dig out my picture that Gus took at the time.

  • Hi Toby, it would be great if you can find the photo, and email it to me at [email protected], and then I can post it on the website. I can easily scan it for you if necessary. Thanks.

  • I was Sound Supervisor on this and it was one of the most taxing shows I had worked on – but what a terrific buzz; actually doing live drama again.

    Working with me were other Audio Unit colleagues Mark Decker, Nick Johnson and John Pierce.

    Robin Midgley was an inspiring Producer/Director to work for – full of helpful ideas and suggestions.

  • I remember seeing this play on television. Is it available on DVD or for upload?

  • Hi Ian

    I don’t know of it being available on DVD. Sorry.

    Best wishes


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