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Meet the judges

A huge thank you to everyone who's submitted an entry to our Battle of Britain 80th anniversary audio drama competition. We were overwhelmed by the amazing response to the competition which received over 120 entries.

After carefully reviewing the entries which told a fictional account, we have shortlisted 10 plays.

Lucky for us, we've got extremely talented experts on board to help with the difficult task of picking the winners.

Meet the judges:

Ellis Artus RAFBF

Ellis Artus

After over 32 years as an RAF Engineer Officer, Ellis retired as a Wing Commander. During his time at the RAF, he was also an Engineer Staff officer for the Battle of Britain Flight's aircraft.

Elis joined The RAF Theatrical Association (RAFTA) when it was founded in 1974. He took part in festivals, projects and served on the Committee. By 1998, he was RAFTA's first Adjudicating Coordinator and started adjudicating plays myself. In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship of RAFTA.

Fiona Ferguson RAFBF

Fiona Ferguson

Fiona heads up the Communications Team at the RAF Benevolent Fund and has been very fortunate to meet a number of our Battle of Britain veterans in her time at the Fund.

Over the years she has worked with various talent, including authors and actors, and began her career in TV production before moving over to the charitable sector.

Simon Barnard RAFBF

Simon Barnard

Simon is an award-winning audio producer with extensive experience in producing audio drama, podcasts, documentaries and live radio. He's currently producing an adaptation of a cult 70's children's TV serial and an eight-part drama/documentary supernatural podcast for BBC Sounds, and a romantic comedy and seven-hour HP Lovecraft-inspired drama for Audible UK.

He previously spent over a decade making music shows and documentaries at BBC Radio 1, documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2, music shows for BBC 6Music and podcasts for the Guardian.

Steve Darlow RAFBF

Steve Darlow

Steve is an established military aviation author, and television documentary consultant and contributor.

In 2009 Steve founded Fighting High Publishing, which seeks to publish books focusing on human endeavour in military situations. He is the author of twenty military history books including Five of the Few.




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