The Script Department

CINEMA FOR YOUR EARS. Welcome to The Script Department, a place to showcase great original short and feature-length screenplays from our global network of screenwriters. Featuring guest readers including Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Dylan Kussman (Jack Reacher) and Pip Torrens (The Crown). New episodes every fortnight.

A Ball in the Brain | Period War

In Khartoum, General Gordon, a devout Christian and the ablest commander of his day, is besieged by the army of the Mahdi. Gordon courageously faces his end, guided by his faith in a war film that links the past and the present, the political and the spiritual. Written by Stuart UrbanRead by Pip TorrensFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

01-22
02:48:20

Trailer | A Ball in the Brain: General Gordon's Last Stand

Coming January 22nd.In Khartoum, General Gordon, a devout Christian and the ablest commander of his day, is besieged by the army of the Mahdi. Gordon courageously faces his end, guided by his faith in a war film that links the past and the present, the political and the spiritual.Written by Stuart Urban (The Secret)Read by Pip Torrens (The Crown, Preacher, Poldark)For more, visit our website at www.thescriptdepartment.net or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

01-11
02:20

The Armadillo Takeover | Prison Comedy

When a middle-class woman is imprisoned for fraud, she struggles to establish a presence in her cell to avoid becoming the beta dog. She becomes increasingly worried that her nervous habit of oversharing will make her seem like a pushover to her seasoned cellmate; instead, her chatter betrays her psychopathic tendencies and malevolent past.Written and Read by Belinda LeesVisit www.thescriptdepartment for more great stories.

01-10
35:41

Two Pounds | Personal Drama

It is a normal quiet night at the Red Lion for bartender Amy, until a mysterious stranger emerges from the darkness with impossible knowledge. As the night wears on, Amy must choose whether to trust a man she has never met, or risk everything for the chance of something better.Performed by Ruth Hayes, Marcus Armstrong & Belinda LeesWritten by Marcus ArmstrongSupport The Script Department by visiting our website at www.thescriptdepartment.net.

01-01
23:05

I is for Ida | Personal Drama

Whilst house sitting for their parents, Hadley and Ida’s home is intruded by burglars causing them to take refuge in the attic. The twins wake up and realise they are locked in. They will have to put aside their differences and find a way out or, wait two weeks for the return of their parents.Written by Laura OwenRead by Ruth HayesVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more stories.Follow us on Instagram @thescriptdepartment and Facebook for updates and news.New episodes every fortnight.

12-20
25:05

FAO Fiona | Workplace Romance

Fred and Fiona are tasked with operating the last fax machines and find themselves locked in hand-drawn conversation; but as the company tries to move into the future, a shadowy figure threatens to end their conversation for good.Written by Marcus ArmstrongRead by Ruth HayesFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

12-06
30:51

Doctor Daffort & The Planet of the Ballythwackers | For Kids

Two short children's stories. A moustache-driven rivalry and an extra-terrestrial conspiracy involving knitting and the Australian Prime-Minister.Written and Read by Belinda LeesFor more episodes, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

07-19
20:31

I'm Alright | Pandemic Story

A story about Jack, a young man struggling to adapt to life under lockdown rules.Written by Ben JonesRead by Ruth Hayes and Marcus ArmstrongFor more great stories, visit www.thescriptdepartment.net

06-21
18:06

Episode 6 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 6: "You'll have to pay to find out."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

06-06
52:05

Episode 5 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 5: "You're not here to ask me about Jack, are you."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-30
49:49

Episode 4 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 4: "Not tonight. Not ever."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-23
52:13

Episode 3 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 3: "So much for trying to forget."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-16
50:10

Episode 2 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 2: "You're a Man of Your Word."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-09
46:55

Episode 1 | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

Episode 1: "I know why you are in Italy."A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller.Written by John Finnegan & Michela CorteseRead by Dylan KussmanAdditional writing by Daniel C. TuckProduction support from Brett Nolan and Simon NichollsVisit www.thescriptdepartment.net for more great stories.

05-02
54:59

Trailer | Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast

A young woman washes ashore on the Amalfi coastline. An Italian socialite seeks closure for her dead sister. A private detective is coaxed out of retirement to get answers.A six-part investigative thriller coming to all podcasting platforms on May 3rd.Written by Michela Cortese & John FinneganRead by Dylan KussmanSubscribe to The Script Department wherever you get your podcasts so you don't miss the thrilling first episode.www.thescriptdepartment.net

04-25
01:09

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04-10
01:40

Rank | Personal Drama

A cabbie trying to make a better life for himself has to battle his past addictions when his wife leaves him for a richer man. He has no idea what he’s going to do next until the man she’s run off with gets into the back of his cab.Written and Read by Ben JonesListen to more episodes like this at www.thescriptdepartment.netThanks for listening!

04-05
25:30

Viewing | Thriller

A self-assured estate agent goes above and beyond to try and find the perfect home for his dull and thankless client. However, with each unsuccessful viewing, the agent unwittingly wanders into a much more sinister plot.Written by Brad BrookesRead by Marcus ArmstrongFor more episodes, visit our website, www.thescriptdepartment.net.

03-15
16:47

Part 2 | Hydrangea

As humanity comes to an end, leaving robots to follow their programming to eternity, one forestry robot experiences an emotional awakening and gains a new perspective on its world.Written for research, this screenplay explores what it means to be human through a blending of Japanese and British storytelling techniques, developed during the 2015 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Summer Fellowship.Written and read by Max GeeRecording and production support by Jo TylerFor more episodes, visit our website, www.thescriptdepartment.net.Please support our Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for our upcoming episodic thriller, Italia Noir: Murder on the Amalfi Coast. Visit the link below and make a £10 donation.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/italianoir/italia-noir-murder-on-the-amalfi-coast

02-10
27:28

Part 1 | Hydrangea

As humanity comes to an end, leaving robots to follow their programming to eternity, one forestry robot experiences an emotional awakening and gains a new perspective on its world.Written for research, this screenplay explores what it means to be human through a blending of Japanese and British storytelling techniques, developed during the 2015 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Summer Fellowship.Written and read by Max GeeRecording and production support by Jo TylerFor more episodes, visit our website, www.thescriptdepartment.net.

02-03
27:43

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