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Posted on Thursday 2 May 2013 at 4:36 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 15 part A


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Next week I'm most looking forward to G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown and a dramatization of a J. B. Priestley novel as the Classic Serial.

Note: I'll be out of town this upcoming week (to all potential burglars: my roommates will still be here). I'm leaving tomorrow (3 May) and coming back the following Friday (10). The full BBC Radio schedule isn't up in a way convenient for browsing so I'm just doing what I can for now. The plan is something along these lines:
Today's Post: Things I'll be downloading for Sunday (5) to part of next Friday (10)
Sunday 12 May: Post things I've downloaded / will be downloading for the rest of Friday (10) to the next Saturday (18) and everything I listened to this week (from Sunday 28 April) through next week (Saturday 11 May). That could make for a beast of a post since it will cover so much more time than normal, but I don't have time to do the Listened write ups today for the stuff I've already listened to and I don't think it will be that bad because I don't think I'll be able to listen to much while I'm out of town.
I'll be out of town again around the first week of June so might have to adjust the usual posting schedule then, too.

I use a program called Radio Downloader to download hours of stuff every day (I can't recommend RD enough) and will possibly never listen to a great deal of it. I often listen to things for the first time months after they air. Because of that, I do two things in these BBC Radio posts.

(1) Listened - I'll discuss all the shows I listened to this past week. Some of these may be newly aired things but many may have aired months ago or, if they're things I sought out to buy, might not have aired for years. I will include links to the BBC website for everything and to AudioGo for anything available for purchase. AudioGo is the official site for BBC Radio and is almost always cheaper than iTunes, Amazon download, etc. If you don't already have an account there and want to enter my email (brattyjedi at gmail dot com) as the recommender the first time you buy something, I can get points good towards free downloads :) If something isn't available for purchase, you don't have it downloaded, and based on my comments on it you'd really like to listen to it, let me know and I might be able to help.

(2) Downloading - This will be kind of a look ahead to what I've set up to be downloaded in the upcoming week with thoughts on why I selected it.

Downloading 5 to 10 May:
Planet B: Series 3
Continuation of Sci Fi Show I mentioned as Series 2 last week.

Father Brown Stories
I think these are dramatizations from the 1980s, but I'm not sure. They could be readings. Either way, G. K. Chesteron's Father Brown stories are excellent so I'm on board even with my usual shying away from readings.

Brief Sparks
Readings of Muriel Spark stories. Again, I don't do readings much, but shorts are more likely to get me than long ones and Spark is pretty awesome.

Unofficial Rosie
Series about a newly out of work mother with plans to become a private detective. From the 1990s.

MR James Stories
Full-cast dramatizations of some of MR James best stories, introduced by Derek Jacobi. Excellent! Only problem is that these are rather short so I've heard the stories end up feeling very rushed, which doesn't work well for ghost stories.

Ronald Harwood - Dresser
Play about the devoted servant of an increasingly senile actor. This was originally a stage play and then movie, I think.

Bill Murphy - Hallows End
Play about a cursed house in Ireland.

Jim Eldridge - Crosswords
Set of three romantic comedy plays revolving around a man who creates crossword puzzles.

Artists
Repeat of a sitcom about a community of artists, critiquing each other's work and each other. Could be fun. Worth a shot, anyway, I suppose.

Running Dramas
BBC Radio has several weekly or daily programs that do various original radio plays or dramatizations. The main ones are Afternoon Drama, Friday Drama, Saturday Drama, Drama on 3, BBC Cymru Wales Drama, BBC World Drama, 15-Minute Drama, Classic Serial, and The Wire. This week I'm most looking forward to the Classic Serial adaptation of J. B. Priestley's Angel Pavement, a novel of life and greed in London during the Great Depression. The Afternoon Drama also has a couple of possibilities in a short series of plays modernizing tales from the Arabian Nights (Arabian Afternoons) and a play about drug smuggling (The Fox)

Standing Panel Show Subscriptions
Whatever episodes of the following panel shows happen to air in any given week are always on my download list: Act Your Age, Heresy, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, I've Never Seen Star Wars, Just a Minute, The Museum of Curiosity, The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Dilemma,Wordaholics, and The Guessing Game .

Anything good y'all listened to recently or looking forward to next week?

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