Sebastian Baczkiewicz

Writer for televsion and radio
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Biography

Sebastian Baczkiewicz writes for theatre, radio and television. He has written over 40 plays for Radio 4 since being their first writer in residence in 2000. He also has co-commissions with Somethin’ Else, CBC Canada, World Service and Radio 3.

His long-running series for Radio 4, Pilgrim, drawing on the myth and folkore of the British Isles and starring Paul Hilton as the immortal protagonist, was nominated for the Prix Italia and awarded silver at the Prix Europa.

Other recent work includes a four-part adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo featuring Iain Glen, Toby Jones, and Jane Lapotaire. .His work for theatre which includes The Lives of the Saints, Hello Paris, The Man Who Shot the Tiger and Dancing Under the Bridge, has been presented in London, Rotterdam and Warsaw.

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Mr Rainbow fuses elements of drama with real voices and is inspired by The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Part of Radio 3's series "In the Shadow of Kafka" exploring the enduring power of the writer's work. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC 3 Radio 3
 
Pilgrim Series 6
4 X 45
2015
 

The return of Sebastian Baczkiewicz's dark fantasy drama following the exploits of William Palmer, who as wanderer Pilgrim is cursed with immortality and must navigate the dangerous world of the supernatural. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Jessica Dromgoole
 
Ambitious drama serial charting life on the Home Front during the First World War. The project will run in real time over the four years from 2014 to 2018 to mark the full centenary of the Great War.
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
 

This is the story of the search for the Manhattan Bee Man. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Pilgrim: Series 5
4 x 45"
2013
 

Fifth series of Sebastian's original modern fantasy adventure, featuring William Palmer who has been cursed to immortality by the Faerie Kingdom.

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Creator Alexandre Dumas
Starring
  • Iain Glen
  • Toby Jones
  • Jane Lapotaire
  • Richard Johnson
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    Sebastian's four part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale of the man, unjustly imprisoned, who escapes to exact his revenge
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Pilgrim Series 4
    4 x 45
    2012
    Producer Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole
    Director Marc Beeby
    Starring
  • Paul Hilton
  • Joe Dempsie
  • Rachel Davies
  • Kim Wall
  •  
    Series of four modern-day fantasy adventures by Sebastian Baczkiewicz
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    In development
     
    Pilgrim Series 3
    4 x 45'
    2012
    Director Jessica Dromgoole / Marc Beeby
    Starring
  • Paul Hilton
  • Paul Rider
  • David Calder
  • Anna Wing
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    The third series of modern-day fantasy adventures by Sebastian Baczkiewicz

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Pilgrim Series 2
    4 x 45'
    2010
    Starring
  • Paul Hilton
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    Second series following Pilgrim, who was cursed to immortality by the Faerie King in the middle ages
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Pilgrim: Series 1
    4 x 45'
    2009
    Director Marc Beeby
    Starring
  • Paul Hilton
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    Pilgrim, cursed to immortality by the Faerie King when he says the church will put an end to the Faerie world, has spent 900 years trying to protect mankind
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Director Jessica Dromgoole
    Starring
  • Daniel Cerqueira
  • Robert Glenister
  • Lyndsey Marshal
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    Sebastian Baczkiewicz’s modern retelling of Ovid’s Zeus and Semele myth

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Celluloid Extras
    1 x 45'
    2008
    Starring
  • John Dougall
  • Claire Grove
  • Patricia Kerrigan
  • Tracy Wiles
  •  
    When Joan Webster insists on heading out to sea towards a marriage of convenience, Catriona and local girl Bridie have a tense wait as the boat heads into a storm. Series exploring the lives of minor characters in major films
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    House Rules
    1 x 45'
    2008
    Director Marc Beeby
    Starring
  • Jamie Foreman
  • Christopher Fox
  • Roy Marsden
  • Stuart McLoughlin
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    Burnt out gambler Spike just wants a quiet life. But when his own son comes to him a proposition for one last big stakes game, how can he refuse? Even if the game is with the devil.
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Jeremy Mortimer
    Starring
  • Joss Ackland
  • David Calder
  • Michael Feast
  • Greg Hicks
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    A play focusing on the mystery surrounding Socrate's trial and execution. On the eve of his execution his chief accuser Meletus is murdered.
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    The Influence
    1 x 45'
    2007
    Director Steven Canny
    Starring
  • Lucy Akhurst
  • Jason Merrells
  • Tom Ward
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    An investigative play about a village being shut down by the military because of an outbreak of avian flu for which there is no antidote
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Steve O'Something
    1 x 45'
    2006
    Producer Tracey Neale
    Starring
  • Ayesha Antoine
  • Tom Brooke
  • Patricia Kerrigan
  • Chris Moran
  •  
    Galen, a talented and successful choreographer, likes order in her life. But then one day Galen's world is turned upside down. She meets the man of her dreams at a party but when she starts to ask about him no-one knows who he is.
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    The Employee
    1 x 45'
    2006
    Director Marc Beeby
    Starring
  • Kate Buffery
  • Ron Cook
  • Ray Fearon
  • Carl Prekopp
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    A dark comedy about the pressures of modern life. Iain Adam is Head of Maintenance in the intelligent building, The Elm, and his life is beginning to unravel.
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    The Orchid Grower
    1 x 90'
    2006
    Producer Greg DeClute
    Director Toby Swift
    Starring
  • Emma Campbell
  • John Cleland
  • Michael Murphy
  • Leo Vernik
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    In 1964, KGB officer Yuri Nosenko defected to the USA where he then suffered years of torture and imprisonment as civil war raged within the CIA
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
    Starring
  • M. Emmet Walsh
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Nathan Osgood
  • Helen Longworth
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    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Arthur
    3 x 45'
    2004
    Director Jeremy Mortimer and Gordon House
    Starring
  • Eve Best
  • Jane Lapotaire
  • James Laurenson
  • Ian McDiarmid
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    Three plays inspired by Arhurian Legend set in Britain between 493 AD and 515 AD
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Stalingrad Kiss
    1 x 60'
    2003
    Producer Jeremy Mortimer
    Director Mark Burman
    Starring
  • Gillian Bevan
  • Jimmy Chamberlain
  • Raymond Coulthard
  • Anton Lesser
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    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Kings
    3 x 45'
    2002
     
    Three of a week of five plays retelling stories from the reign of the biblical King David. True Anointed, Hazar's Chicken and The Loved One which sees the King on the brink of defeat to the Philistines
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Jeremy Mortimer
     
    Multipart adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    2000 Tales
    5 x 15'
    2000
     
    A series of short plays set over a week, updated versions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     
    Mary Jane Cooper wins a trip to fifties Hollywood to meet her favourite film star

     
     
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
     
    Original play for Radio 4 set in Berlin after WWII; a sergeant, traumatised by his experiences during the war becomes desperate to evade death
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    TV

    Writer

     
    Sebastian has written across four series of the long running drama set in the fictional Bristol hospital