Caroline Raphael set up Dora Productions in 2015 following over thirty years with BBC Radio and a couple of years as Editorial Director Penguin Random House Audio.

She was elected to the board of AudioUK (formerly the Radio Independents Group) in 2016 and became Vice-Chair in June 2017.

Recent work includes drama and features production for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, audiobook and podcast consultancy for independent production companies, publishers, branding companies, oral history interviews for the Victoria & Albert Peter Brook archive.

She regularly executive produces for other production companies including Big Talk, Foghorn Productions, Funny Bone, Pier Productions and Minotaur Productions.

Caroline is an Associate Lecturer at University of Arts London Central St Martins where she teaches the Audio module on the MA Dramatic Writing course, and lectures regularly to MA and BA Creative Writing and Media Production students.

She is often invited onto judging panels for major awards for the creative industries.  Recent judging included the BAFTA Television Comedy Award, the British Book Awards, The British Podcast Awards and the Audio Production Awards.

Caroline worked as the first female Head of Radio Drama and subsequently Commissioning Editor at BBC Radio 4. Prior to that, she worked as a theatre director and literary agent.


guardianCSRCaroline Raphael, the Radio 4 executive responsible for the original incarnations of Little Britain, The League of Gentlemen and That Mitchell and Webb Sound…one of the most influential comedy executives of her generation, was also responsible for early shows featuring Miranda Hart and Sarah Millican. Other shows which later transferred to television under Raphael’s watch included Dead Ringers and Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show.

The Guardian 20th October 2014

Commissions included Comedy, Drama, Readings and Factual programmes, and her programmes went on to win prestigious awards including Sony Radio Awards, Prix Italia, and the Rose D’Or.

She was also responsible for developing and leading BBC Radio 4’s presence at Glastonbury, Latitude, Cheltenham Literature, Hay and Edinburgh Festivals.

As a producer Caroline has made programmes for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 5.

Caroline Raphael has worked as an external examiner and freelance lecturer for BA and MA Media and Radio Production courses.

She has mentored for Sound Women and the BBC and has basic training in coaching techniques.



  • Commissioning Editor BBC Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra
  • Head of Radio Drama
  • Editor Youth Programmes (Drama, Features, Comedy, Music, live magazines)
  • Producer Drama & Features


  • Bristol Old Vic
  • The Royal Exchange Manchester
  • Nuffield Theatre Southampton
  • Edinburgh Fringe

Literary Agent          

  • The English Theatre Guild, Chappell/Warner Music