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Martin McNamara

London writer
Our adaptation of Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy coming to BBC Radio Four and BBC Sounds in April, starring Brendan Coyle

How Sean was transformed into James 

A Modern Pygmalion tale

When Sean became James tells the story of the making of Dr No and of the unique and very different groups of men who came together to accidentally create one of the most influential films of all time.


As Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of Cubby, and producer of the current Bond franchise recalled. ‘The original filmmakers were (producers) Cubby and Harry, (writer) Ian Fleming, (director) Terence Young and Sean Connery. They all created something extraordinary. They changed cinema history. They pushed the envelope.’

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Rita McGrinder Is Still Here 

An original one woman play coming to a stage near you in 2023


October 1936. Tensions are rising in the streets of East London as Oswald Mosley and his fascists prepare to march through the Jewish and Irish ghetto


BBC Play of the Week                                            Critic's choice, Daily Telegraph

"Compelling drama" Mail on Sunday               "Engaging" Spectator

The story behind the play                                                                        Listen here


Fifteen gets its television premiere on ShortsTV in the US

Paul Hill was gaoled for 15 years for crimes he did not commit.  This  is his

story.  Written by Martin McNamara.  Directed by  Sebastien Blanc. Starring

Stefan McCusker.   "Graphic, painful to watch, but very well done.  A shocking story."  -              Chris Mullin,  former MP and human rights campaigner 

The story behind the film                                   IMDB link

Official selection at festivals around the world including Taos Shortz Film Fest, New Mexico, 8 Firenze Film Corti International Festival, Florence, Dalmatia Film Festival, Croatia, Ontario International Film Festival, Lift Off Global Network Manchester Film Festival, Festival Angaelica, Duluth, MN, America  and Belfast Film Festival.


My short monologue Dennis available from Green Curtain Theatre  Dennis is performed by the excellent Irish actor Donal Cox.   

A monologue for anyone who has ever attended an Irish funeral, or who knows the name Count John McCormack.

STILL AVAILABLE TO LISTENERS Archive on 4. From Inside: The Guildford 4 BBC Radio 4

Radio documentary telling the story of Paul Hill and The Guildford Four, based on Hill's prison letters, includes interview with Paul and readings from Jonjo O'Neill.

Produced by Mary Ward Lowery. Presented by Martin McNamara

Listen to the documentary here                                            The story behind the letters

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My Cambodian Twin - radio drama by Martin McNamara


The true story of Annie Caulfield and her determination to complete      her final travel book as she battled illness. Starring Pippa Haywood &    Paul Ritter. Producer Emma Harding. BBC Radio 4, broadcast 2019

'Pick of the Week' The Observer             'Pick of the Week' Radio Four

'An uncompromising and moving paean to love, friendship and bloody-

mindedness'  The Times

Learn about Annie & buy her book, My Cambodian Twin

Annie's book available 
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