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.... beautiful and unexpected radio...

  • About Us [+]
    Rockethouse is a small production company that makes radio and other delights. The company was founded by Matt Thompson and takes its name from the old building on the Scottish coast where he works. Below is the view from the office of the Bass Rock.

    Director Matt Thompson worked for many years with the late Nigel Acheson.
  • News... [+]

    Every BBC Radio 4 and World Service documentary produced by The Rockethouse in the last 12 months has been selected for BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week.

    In Production and Recent TX's

    Woods Beyond a Cornfield Radio 4 23 Nov 2014 About a girl who goes missing. Poem by Stanley Cook. Frances Byrnes production.

    Night Fishing Radio 4 02 Nov 2014 About the poet Tom Rawling and how he fished at night for sea trout. With Grevel Lindop and Finlay Wilson.

    Paul is Dead Radio 4 14 Oct 2014 About the rumour that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car accident and replaced by an impostor.

    How to Dig a Grave Radio 4 08 Oct 2014 About how to dig a grave. Cathy FitzGerald as presenter and producer.

    Skylarking Radio 3 05 July 2014 About day dreaming of the sky when you are in it or looking at it. Cathy FitzGerald as presenter and producer. Music by Joe Acheson. Nominated for Prix Europa 2014.

    Radio 3
    Between the Ears about a retired US forensic investigator is in production.

    No Hot Ashes
    - short film now in post production. Cinematography by Holger Mohaupt. Madeline Brolly and Sandy Grierson star.

    Strawberry and Vanilla - sound mastering for film documentary about an ice cream seller. Co-directed by Tracey Fearnehough and Holger Mohaupt.

    Semi - Recent

    British Library Enduring War exhibition - sound design. (5.1 surround installation)

    North Berwick
    Coastal Communities Museum - sound design

    Immigrant cabbies in NYC for BBC World Service. Excellent
    reviews. Can be heard here: Yellow Cab Blues

    Two intervals for BBC Radio 3.
    Stalking The Hun and Gramophones on the Front.

    A Profile of Norwegian writer
    Per Petterson recorded in Oslo for a 45' Radio 3 with presenter David Szalay.

    The First Action Movie with Penny Woolcock and produced by Frances Byrnes. The first ever action movie may well have been made in Sheffield in 1903.

    Heart and Soul - A Place To Dwell BBC World Service Tx's 28/12/13 with Cathy FitzGerald. A Sikh Doctor in Harlem is attacked and forgives.

    Sound restoration on BBC
    The Lost Tapes of Orson Welles. John Sugar production.

    Nov 2013 Radio Productions Awards Indie of Year and Sound Designer nominations.

    Oct 2013 Third Coast Award (Honourable mention) for
    No Greater Love.

    Oct 2013 Prix Europa, Berlin Documentary 5th prize
    White Stiletto Dreams.

    BBC Radio 4.
    Noise - A Human History - 30 parts - Written and presented by Professor David Hendy.
    Complete series now available via
    (NB AudioGo has closed)
    Blog Here
    Book Here

    No Greater Love
    wins prize at Prix Maurilic 2013. Listen here.

    Staying Bright - BBC Radio 3 tx's 21/04/2013 A history of Stainless Steel presented by poet Simon Armitage. Produced by Frances Byrnes
  • Blog [+]


    Currently editing and mixing Amok by Sebastian Fitzek for Audible. It was directed by Cherry Cookson.

    Robert Bresson

    My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.

    A Japanese storyteller on streets in 1930's.

    Rockethouse collection

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