Bert Coules

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Bert Coules
Born London, England
Occupation Playwright
Nationality English
Genre Radio, TV, stage
Subject Science fiction

Bert Coules is an English writer, mainly for the BBC, who has produced a number of adaptations and original works. He works mainly in radio drama but also writes for TV and the stage.

Early years[edit]

Bert Coules worked in radio drama for ten years, gaining experience as a recording engineer, sound-effects technician, script reader and producer-director before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.[1][2]

Coules began writing without any previous training, saying that he only heard a bad radio drama and felt he could do better. He wrote his first script in 1977 and had it accepted, a 45-minute docu-drama called "Wagner in Hell".[3]

Writing career[edit]

Coules specializes in mystery and science fiction audio and radio drama, and has written a number of adaptations, most notably the Sherlock Holmes radio series starring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams/Andrew Sachs as Watson. He also produced original scripts for this series, which was also issued on CD.[4] He has also written adaptations of several of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael novels, starring Philip Madoc as Cadfael, and of works by Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Isaac Asimov and other best-selling genre authors. He is an avowed Arthur Conan Doyle and Doctor Who fan.


Original pieces include:

Dramatisations include:

Television appearances[edit]

In 2008 Coules appeared in a television documentary titled Decoding Cadfael which detailed the process of producing the series.


  1. ^ Bert Coules
  2. ^ Alison Deacon, Nigel Deacon. "Bert Coules radio drama, Sherlock Holmes, radio plays - DIVERSITY WEBSITE". Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Miniscule, Caroline (7 December 2005). "Bert Coules, radio dramatist". Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bert Coules: Holmes writer and dramatiser for Radio 4". September 2005. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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