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The Machine is a radio play by Tony Bagley. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 16 October 1990, and won a Giles Cooper Award that same year. The running time is 60 minutes[1].


In 1602, Ned Prynne invents a machine to record sound. But the Church may accuse him of black magic.


  • Ned Prynne - James Bolam
  • Richard Cornford - Simon Treves
  • Tyler - Paul Nicholson
  • Thomas Blacktin - Stephen Sylvester
  • Heppenstal - Anthony Donovan
  • Constable - David Bannerman
  • Boy - Kim Wall
  • Girl - Josephine Sinclair

Directed by Alec Reid

Critical Reception[]


  1. Best Radio Plays of 1990 Methuen/BBC 1991