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Posted on Sunday 17 March 2013 at 8:10 am

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 8

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Listened to this week was not much actually. Basically just The Brothers Karamazov and the first episode of Neverwhere.
Next week I'm most looking forward to more Neverwhere, a Holmes spoof, and mostly a bunch of dramatizations and a few one shot plays that might all be good but nothing sounds fantastic or has me terribly excited.

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.

Listened to 10 to 16 March (mostly in order of preference, best to worst):
General Note on Listening This Week
I didn't get to much this week. I was out of sorts the first part of the week which always inclines me to listen to music more than dramas. I was dog sitting all week, which threw off my schedule and had me working out less than usual. Friday I had a migraine and was in bed all day. Oh well.

Only episode one so far, but it was great! It had everything I do love about the book and TV show but was amped up and improved, just as I'd hoped. The really good stuff in the story is obviously still to come so I think it is just going to get better.

Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
I've never read The Brothers Karamzov, but I've always wanted to, ever since Fievel and Tiger declared it their mutual favorite book in An American Tail. The dramatization was well done and moved more quickly than I expected based on what I know about Russian literature from the era generally and Dostoyevsky specifically from having read some of his shorts and Crime and Punishment. I assume this is because they condensed it for the dramatization. I doubt I'll ever listen to this again, but it has made me want to read the book even more.

DH Lawrence - Sons and Lovers
I started this yesterday but only listened to the first of three episodes so I'll save any real comments for next week.

Various Episodes of Panel Shows

The Museum of Curiosity: I listened to a couple of back episodes from the fourth series with Dave Gorman as the curator. Of the two I listened to this week, the one with guests Jimmy Carr, Francesca Stavrakopoulou, and Alex Bellos was the better, I think. Not sure either would be a classic great episode though.Previous Episodes of the Museum of Curiosity.

Dilemma: Not much I can say here other than I listened to another episode and enjoyed it yet again. This show is quickly becoming a Little Engine That Could kind of thing for me. It just keeps plugging away and consistently does its job well.

Downloading 17 to 23 March:
The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Spoof Holmes stories. Yay!

Playing for Time - Three Days in May 1940
A play about Churchill in 1940. There are a couple of those this week.

Hut 33
A repeat of series 1 of a sitcom about Bletchley Park WWII code breakers who can't stand each other.

Poirot - Lord Edgware Dies
Dramatization of an Agatha Christie Poirot story.

John Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress
A dramatization of a very famous book I've always meant to read.

Anne Bronte - Agnes Grey
Dramatization of a lesser-known Bronte novel.

Arthur Ransome - Swallows & Amazons
Adaptation of a classic children's story.

Martin Sorrell - Trapped
Historical fiction about the great fire of 1887.

Noel Coward - The Vortex
1920s play about the elite, sex, and drugs. NB: I couldn't find this one in Radio Downloader in the Available Now and Coming Soon section but it was in All Programmes. I'm not sure what that means because it should have been in Available Now and Coming Soon.

Peter Tinniswood - A Touch of Daniel
A comedy drama from the 1970s that is either based on a novel or was later novelized, I'm not sure which. NB: As with the Noel Coward play, I had to go into All Programmes to find this one. It is from next Saturday, though, and while things are usually in Available Now and Coming Soon one week out, sometimes they are a bit late so this isn't surprising.

Ray Jenkins - Stolen
I know nothing about this beyond the BBC's description: A German archaeologist is drawn into a race to steal Buddhist treasures along the Silk Road. Stars Siobhan Redmond. From October 1999.

Shooting Animals
A comedy based on following a wildlife documentary crew with a presenter who has no idea what he's doing.

Adam Dalgliesh - The Private Patient
Dramatization of a PD James detective novel. I've never been that into James so I might not ever listen to this, but it doesn't cost anything to download it so I figure might as well.

The Attractive Young Rabbi
A repeat of series one of an old sitcom. Not really sure about it, but sounds like it could be silly fun.

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 Drama15-Minute Drama, Classic Serial, and The Wire. This week I'm most looking forward to the Drama on 3 play Sea Change about the 1940 coalition government, the Saturday Drama production of Elmore Leonard's Hombre, and the Afternoon Drama of The Edison Cylinders which sounds a bit creepy.

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.

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


failte_aoife at 8:17 am on 18 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I also didn't listen to very much this week.

It was the last episode of Sofa of Time but as I wrote already in my journal I was quite disappointed. I simply didn't really care for any of the characters and while they had some good stuff most of the jokes were quite lame :/

I quite enjoyed the Thorndyke-adaptions. They were readings, not plays but I found the reader did quite a good job (and could do female voices properly...there are several narrators where the women aound like carricatures) and the stories were enjoyable.

Haven't gotten round to listen to Neverwhere, yet but I will soon.

There's nothing I'm really waiting for but apart from the usual Christie-stories (they really have dramatisations of her books constantly...) I'll be downloading an Edgar Wallace-reading for nostalgic reasons. His stories are incredibly cheese and usually tend to involve pretty heiresses, who had no idea that they had a rich uncle, as part of the solution but German TV adapted lots of his books in the 50s and 60s and they are still quite popular due to a combination of sillyness and good actors who are fully aware how silly it is and don't take themselves to serious.
Anyway I loved these films when I was younger and still watch them occasionally when I catch a re-run but have never actually read a book...so I want to give it a try.
bratty_jedi at 11:20 am on 18 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I saw your post and was planning to comment (and still will on other stuff) but yesterday afternoon just got away from me.

I haven't listened to Sofa of Time yet so was disappointed to see you didn't like it. That might bump it even further down my very long "To Listen" list.

I finished reading Moby Dick and am doing a few Holmes pastiches at the moment. I think I'll keep listening to big book dramatizations for the rest of March but then make April a mysteries and thrillers month so I'll probably listen to the Thorndyke sometime then.
gilpin25 at 8:34 pm on 18 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
LOL, you're listening to far more than I'm managing to at present. But I have just listened to part II of Neverwhere and am really enjoying it; I love Anthony Head doing his sinister voice. Mr Gilpin, who hasn't read the book, is also into it, which is probably a better recommendation.
bratty_jedi at 9:34 pm on 18 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Christopher Lee saying "What in the fornication are you talking about?" or whatever the exact line was in today's episode nearly made my head explode from the awesomeness.

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