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Ready Player Marx

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama unionising video gamers. 1 episode in 2021. Stars Nell Barlow, Hollie Edwin, Jennifer English, Matt Addis and others.

Ready Player Marx

Satire about a group of workers in the video game industry trying to form a union. Inspired by real events

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
Nell Barlow, Hollie Edwin, Jennifer English, Matt Addis, Paul Panting, Jonathan Aris and Elizabeth Carling
Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings
Liz Anstee

Nell Barlow and Hollie Edwin star in a satirical and emotional drama by Sean Grundy and Cara Jennings about the battles, firings and dirty tactics a group of video game workers face trying to unionise in the £50 billion gaming industry. Inspired by real events.

Video game workers Laura in the UK and Rachel in the US are close to breakdowns with their 100-hour weeks, making violent game content, dealing with industry racism and sexism. They want to start a union to protect themselves and start secret meetings inside virtual gaming worlds where they attract a group of like-minded protestors. But all is not what it seems when the mysterious Marx-XXX appears on the scene. And in the real world they see just how nasty the industry can get when bosses want to bring them down.

It's a story of love, betrayal, socialism and dark secrets when two young people fight for their rights and take on capitalism as they journey through online gameworlds - a bank heist in AutoPimp, undersea adventures in Noctopus, laser battles in Astrattack, beach fun in VolleyUppy, shoot and score in Glasshouse, and fighting demon dragons in Spangenhelm. The couple bring to life the fun of gameworlds and celebrate gaming having a positive role in the world.

Production Details

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Also known as
  • Drama: Ready Player Marx (Other official name)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 3rd July 2021 on BBC Radio 4 at 3pm
Episode length
1 hour