Claybourne - Single Episodes

(4.1 stars; 17 reviews)


Welcome to Claybourne, the small, scenic township in the far north of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s a friendly little town - home to a pub, a general store, a service station and, up on the hill, the southernmost communication satellite station of American communication giant, Koestler Industries. Thompson is an American holidaying in New Zealand after his breakup nearly led to a breakdown. He receives a message from his employers that there’s a problem at the station up north, and that since he’s there, he should check it out. The problem is "a problem doesn’t even begin to describe it". Never mind the tapu, the mysterious death rate, rumours of dragons, conspiracy theories about the global military industrial complex, and the old guy with the gun. The town is the future site of "Maoriworld" -- the tourism drawcard that’ll put this place on the map (investment enquiries welcomed). Just don’t ask too many questions.
Claybourne was a sci-fi / supernatural thriller / soap opera radio drama, recorded and broadcast nationwide in New Zealand in the late 1990s. A total of 96 shows were produced by Andrew Dubber and Belinda Todd. Produced by Pronoun Productions, Claybourne was made with the assistance of a grant from the NZ Goverment body 'New Zealand On Air'. It features actors from stage and screen, many of whom are household names in their own country and abroad. Claybourne was judged "Best Dramatic Production of the Year" in the 1999 New Zealand Radio Awards and has already become one of the most popular spoken word programs in the history of Written by Jim McLarty and William Davis Music by Victoria Kelly and Joost Langeveld. Starring: Jim McLarty as Thompson, William Davis as Mata, Angela Bloomfield as Karen, Bruce Allpress as Frank, Melwayne Edwards as Mike, Brenda Kendall as Edith, and Robert Pollock as Phillip. This series was discovered by OTRR Co-Group Moderator, Doug Hopkinson. Andrew Dubber has given us kind permission to distribute the show through the Old Time Radio Researchers Group, and we hope you really enjoy what is probably the first serialised radio drama podcast on the Internet. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Arrival 6:05
Warning 5:30
Car Trouble 5:36
Dead Body 6:11
Identified 5:31
Recognition 6:03
Interrogated 6:23
Electricity 6:25
Morgue 5:55
Domestic Violence 6:05
Prank Call 5:45
Natural Causes 6:36
Falling Out 6:12
Radio 6:28
Alliance 5:42
Coin Trick 6:39
Car Accident 5:17
Conflict 5:39
Bad Call 6:13
Advice 5:31
Bio Weapons 5:06
Family 5:27
The Welcoming 4:49
Reconciliation 4:58
Returning 4:44
Detour 5:23
Eeling 5:30
Earthquake 5:50
Not an Earthquake 5:28
Son of a Warrior 5:33
Elle McPherson 5:51
120 Grand 6:27
Blackmail 6:18
Shaving Cream 6:05
Tangaroa 5:11
Fraud 6:05
Mind Control 5:53
Burial Cave 5:51
Nightmare 6:06
Weta 6:13
Legless 6:34
Twilight Zone 5:44
Room Service 5:30
Funds Transfer 6:17
Sweet and Sour 5:31
51 Percent 5:40
Stamping 6:00
Happy Pills 5:57
Chez Moi 5:43
Fine Print 5:42
Back in 10 mins 5:32
Encrypted 5:36
Random Rotation 5:27
History Lesson 6:26
Hangover 5:45
Feng Shui 5:50
Phoning Mongolia 5:17
Pawn to Bishop 3 6:02
Password Latte 6:00
Risk Management 6:01
Punching Bag 5:43
Chopper Man 5:53
On The House 6:02
Sucking Face 5:28
Sorcery 5:51
Private Joke 4:53
Family Tree 5:46
Master Override 5:49
Holiday Rescinded 5:58
Bloodsports 6:06
Paranoia 5:54
Morphine Addict 6:38
Virgin Murder 5:33
Beached Whale 5:37
Abduction 6:03
Counterfeit 5:38
Delilah 6:06
Hit the Hit Man 5:49
Multiple Shootings 6:24
Released 6:33
Aftermath 5:19
Murder Theory 4:58
The Fall of Troy 5:51
Still Blood 5:45
Interfering 6:02
Bit Like Jesus 5:07
Weird Dreams 5:53
Jungle Warfare 7:09
Passing 6:52
Bad to Worse 6:14
Hallucination 5:26
Confessions 6:17
Pot Shots 6:12
Everyone Dies 5:57
Surprise Visit 5:29
FINALE-Company Calls 7:12


Excellent Series

(4 stars)

Top notch all the way, in this series that was presented 4 days a week for about a year. The voice characterizations are outstanding, and once you get into the story it can become addictive. Those who complain about the short episodes do not understand how the series aired on New Zealand radio. The only problem is that the series was intended to run for 2 years and only did one before it ran out of funding, so there are some lose ends that were kept dangling. To find out what would have happened, search for the Claybourne blog. In the meantime, enjoy the ride. The music can become addictive too.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

(3 stars)

This series was well written, and very well acted. However, the length of each episode was nothing short of an annoyance. Repeating the same theme music at the beginning of each episode made me come to hate the music piece, which I originally liked. One last thing...the ending STUNK! What the heck was that??? Totally resolution of the subplots, no decent resolution of the love interests. It seemed like the writers ran out of ideas, and said "let's just end it now", without such much as a thought of their listeners.


(4 stars)

Story seems chopped up due to how short each episode is, but I imagine just listening to one chapter at a time would have been a different experience. Felt like the ending was not satisfying because there was no clear resolution.

(1 stars)

interesting story but needed to be edited into larger sections. the multiple breaks really killed it. The so called ending was terrible, don't know why I listened to it

Synopsis of proposed 2nd year by Co-Creator - Andrew Dubber

(4 stars)

wise, feel free to embellish the story in your own imagination. It's all yours now."


(1 stars)

episodes are to short only 5 minutes music takes up half of that very anoying

5 minute each part... Excellant and captivating. End not what is

(5 stars)

well done

(5 stars)

loved it- thank you... cried twice