Imagination Theatre is American radio's premiere drama series, now heard coast to coast on well over a hundred radio stations in North America and by satellite on XM Radio. Click here for a radio affiliate in your area. These hour-long weekly broadcasts feature mystery, suspense, fantasy and adventure, produced by Jim French Productions before live audiences on a state-of-the-art recording stage.
These shows began airing in Seattle, Washington in 1972, with performances by major Hollywood guest stars, including John Astin, Eddie Bracken, Hans Conreid, Bob Crane, Patty Duke, Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan's Island), Kurt Kasznar, Ruta Lee, Roddy MacDowall, Richard Sanders (of WKRP in Cincinatti), Tom Smothers, and Keenan Wynn. National syndication began in 1996. This led to coveted media awards and honors by BBC Radio.
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WRITING FOR IMAGINATION THEATRE
By M. J. Elliott
It's never a quiet life, writing for Imagination Theater. I just delivered the script for the latest Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes episode, but that doesn't mean I can sit back and rest. Next, I'll start work on another Harry Nile, which will be a sequel to the episode It's More Complicated Than You Think, itself a sequel to It's Complicated. I'll let you in on a secret: I never expected I'd ever write a sequel to the original episode, and at this point, until I sit down and start plotting it, I'm really not sure what you can expect from this one, except that it'll probably have the word "complicated" in the title again.
After that, it'll be time to start a new Hilary Caine mystery. Hilary's been with me for about as long as I've been writing; the idea for her came to me as I drove to and from the hospital, visiting my wife after she'd given birth to our daughter. It's harder devising the plot for a Hilary story than any of the other shows – try devising a foolproof murder some time. Then try and figure out a way to solve it. At least I can always rely on Hilary to be her effervescent self. Most of the time, she seems to be writing her own dialog.
I finished off a new Strangeseeker script a few weeks ago, but it'll soon be time to start work on another one, which will probably be a sequel to the popular Dead in the Water. Remember the possessed Australian lady with her collection of "stones" at the end? I'll let you in on another secret: I never expected to write a sequel to that episode either. I guess I should learn my lesson and quit leaving unresolved plot-points. I'm very grateful to Jim French, the greatest radio dramatist in the US, for trusting me with his creation, and for his invaluable input on the recent reworking of the Strangeseeker format.
Once those scripts have been submitted, it's back to Sherlock (if I can't fit him in between other assignments). With only a few adaptations of the Conan Doyle originals to record, we're making a concerted effort to finish off the canon, which means no Further Adventures from me in the meantime (although other IT writers, Jim included, will doubtless be scripting fresh episodes). This is a unique and exciting project: never before have all sixty Holmes originals been recorded with the same main cast and the same dramatist. To make a couple of the episodes extra-extra special, I'm working in material from Doyle's stage versions of his own stories. Thus, The Mazarin Stone contains extra dialog and scenes from the play The Crown Diamond. There's so much additional stuff in the stage play of The Speckled Band that the radio dramatisation will likely run to double the length of an ordinary episode.Once all the canon adaptations are done, I'll return to the Further Adventures, in between Hilary, Harry and Kincaid. Maybe I'll find time to write a new Raffles, too. Like I say, it's never a quiet life, writing for Imagination Theater. But I'll let you in on another secret: It's also the best life.
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