Andrew Gower and Manjinder Virk to Attend The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School

According to Broadway World, Andrew Gower will be united with his former co-star Manjinder Virk (Monroe, Out Of Darkness) in a new audio play called The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School. It is part of the Written On The Waves series, which was developed by the women-led production company 45North in cooperation with Ellie Keel Productions after the Covid-19 pandemic brought many creative possibilities to a halt in March 2020.

Written On The Waves is described as “a celebration of storytelling, which shares stories to spark listeners’ imaginative worlds, and enables us to connect with each other while we are apart.” The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School will be the “first family friendly piece (and trans-Atlantic collaboration)” and penultimate audio play of the eight-part series, written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by 45 North CEO and Creative Director Jessica Rose McVay.

Andrew Gower will play a character named Guy, with the rest of the cast including Adjoa Andoh (Emma), Sam Crerar (Ilya), Amita Suman (Priya) and Manjinder Virk (Seema).

The Giant Pacific Octopus Maritime School will be available on the 45North website for free on 8 April 2021. If you liked the programme, please consider making a donation to this small, independent company.

Speak: Andrew Gower on BBC Radio 4

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s another chance to listen to Philip Palmer’s audio drama Speak starring Andrew Gower and Pippa Haywood.

Lucian [Andrew Gower] has a vocabulary that is limited to a core 1500 words, but Clara [Pippa Haywood] wants to teach him those that are forbidden. A dystopian love story about the power of words, set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish – a reduced version of English. […] A gripping two-hander about the power of words; how words – and even more, the absence of words – can control, confine, leach emotion and trap minds.

(Source: BBC Radio 4)

The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 17 October 2020 at 9:00pm and will be available online afterwards for 30 days.

Follow this link to listen to Speak.

Andrew Gower Joins Tracks

Andrew Gower joins the cast of multi-award winning radio drama Tracks in its 4th season. The conspiracy thriller written by Matthew Broughton will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 28 October and 8 November 2019 with a new episode every day.

Andrew appears in episodes 1, 2, 7 and 8 of the radio drama, which is available as a Podcast for a limited time on the BBC website.

Tracks: Indigo

Dr Helen Ash is involved in a road accident. But where was she going in such a hurry? And why can’t she remember?

The answer lies in the riddle of Helen’s daughter, Frances, who’s older than she should be. And a mysterious ‘child-mother’, who’s younger than she should be….

Romola Garai returns as Helen Ash in the compelling fourth series of Tracks.

Cast of Tracks: Indigo

Helen … Romola Garai
Freddy … Jonathan Forbes

Other parts played by Andrew Gower, Georgia Henshaw, Sally Orrock, Carys Eleri, Sion Pritchard, Joanna van Kampen, Scarlett Courtney, Adam Courting, Lucy Reynolds, Ashleigh Hadadd, David Hounslow, Sinead MacInnes, Juliet Cowan and Marc Danbury

Written by Matthew Broughton
Produced and Directed by James Robinson

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The fourth Series of Tracks: Indigo is now available.

10 Episodes of 15 minutes each.

Details Here.

The entire series (and all 3 of the previous series) are available on BBC SOUNDS and as a PODCAST.

(Be aware that the episodes are often out of order on BBC SOUNDS (I have no idea why) – so double check or use the Tracks Homepage:)



Dr Helen Ash – Romola Garai

Freddy Fuller – Jonathan Forbes

Helen is involved in a serious car accident – but why did the car hit her? Where was she going? What is wrong with her baby daughter Frances? And what’s wrong with time?


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Speak, Andrew!


Andrew Gower stars in the radio play Speak, an episode of BBC4 Radio’s series Dangerous Visions, which will be broadcast on Monday 18 June 2018.


A dystopian love story about the power of language, written by Philip Palmer. Set in a near future where the language spoken is Globish – a version of English, which has been reduced to just 1500 core words (and a real language developed in 2004 as an international means of communication).

(Source: BBC Radio 4 – Dangerous Visions)

Speak is available to listen to online for 30 days and you can also download it via the BBC Radio iPlayer app.