Image shows from L to R: John Paul Hurley, Richard Conlon.

Rough Magick

BBC Radio 4 comedy drama. 1 episode in 2012. Stars John Paul Hurley, Richard Conlon and Sally Reid.

Rough Magick

A comedic drama set in 1605 in which, fearing terrorist activity, King James transports his court to the Scottish Highlands

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 4
John Paul Hurley, Richard Conlon and Sally Reid
Marty Ross
David Ian Neville

A comedic drama by Marty Ross set in 1605 in the Scottish Highlands, in which the Royal playwright saves King James from assassination and attempts to save a girl from being burnt as a witch.

Fearing further terrorist activity following the gunpowder plot, King James transports his court to the Scottish Highlands, complete with The King's Men, his favoured theatre company.

This includes middle-aged, careworn, neurotic and pox-troubled playwright William Shaxberd - although he prefers 'Shakespeare'.

When the Royal wagons get bogged down on the moors and a seemingly supernatural attempt is made on the life of the paranoid, superstitious James, a local woman, Shona, is accused of witchcraft.

Yet Shaxberd owes Shona a debt and uses all his ingenuity and gift for theatre to help her escape the gallows.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 12th April 2012 on BBC Radio 4 at 2:15pm
Episode length
45 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 9th October 2014 at 2:15pm