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Posted on Sunday 31 March 2013 at 8:48 am

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 10

Listened to this week was almost nothing: only a few panel shows and an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.
Next week I'm most looking forward to a play about Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, several sitcoms, a bit of sci-fi, and a word-game panel show new to me.

As a PSA: talk shows aren't my thing, but based on the interests of my flist, fans of them might want to know Hugh Dennis and Martin Freeman are on French and Saunders' Easter episode.

General news: Tom Stoppard has written a radio play based on Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon. It will air in August and will have the dialogue of the play in gaps between and instrumental sections over the original album. I'm not a Pink Floyd fan, but I do like Stoppard so I'm looking forward to it. It will star Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell.

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 24 to 30 March (mostly in order of preference, best to worst):
General note:
I've been sick this week and have spent most of my time in bed so I haven't listened to much since I usually listen while working out. I have got in a bit more panel shows than normal because of the same sitting around feeling unwell factor, Hopefully I'll feel better and get out more next week to get in more dramas.

Classic Serial - The Count of Monte Cristo
I've never read this book but I've seen a couple of film versions. I've mixed feelings about the whole thing due to an ex-boyfriend who was in love with it and turned out to be a bit of a manipulative con man in his own right. Because of him I have a hard time ever seeing the main character as a good guy or really caring about his revenge. This adaptation was perfectly fine and I kind of enjoyed it, perhaps better than any of the filmed versions I've seen, but I think I should just give up on the count.

Various Episodes of Panel Shows

Dilemma: We've completely covered my general love of Dilemma. This week's episode (Series 2 Ep 5) was particularly fantastic and may become a classic favorite. If you've never given this program a chance, this is a great episode for getting the feel of it.

Just a Minute: I listened to Series 65 Episode 6. It was a very good one but not an absolute favorite. Unfortunately I listened to it so early in the week that I don't remember much about what I loved or didn't.
Previous Episodes of Just a Minute

The Museum of Curiosity: I listened to two back episodes of this, three and four from series four. I liked four a bit better but enjoyed them both. The guests for four were "comedian Natalie Haynes, data detective David McCandless and linguist Professor David Crystal." One of them donated TV detectives to the museum so there was a great discussion of fictional detectives which I of course loved.
Previous Episodes of the Museum of Curiosity.

The Now Show: I listened to a couple of back episodes of the current series, including one with John Finnemore. They were OK but not great. I'm just not a huge fan of the format of this show and should probably just give up on it.

Downloading 31 March to 6 April:
Doctor Who
More space and time adventures.

Liz Lochhead - Blood and Ice
A play about Mary Shelley's life and the creation of Frankenstein. I absolutely love Frankenstein so I'm very much looking forward to this one.

Wally K Daly - Before the Screaming Begins and The Silent Scream
These are the first two of a science-fiction trilogy about an alien invasion. Presumably the third miniseries, With a Whimper to the Grave, will air the following week. I love sci-if and

Matthew Solon - The Man Who Came Back
A WWII drama set in Norway.

Julie Enfield Investigates
One of the Beeb's many on-going detective series. This one stars Imelda Staunton. I have a couple of previous stories but haven't listened to any of them yet. Anyone familiar with this?

Deep Trouble
This is a sitcom about a troubled submarine crew. I've heard it compared to Cabin Pressure so I've been interested in it for a while, but it hasn't rebroadcast since I started using Radio Downloader. I'm quite happy series 1 is finally reairing.

Series 2 about a comedy drama in a 1950s Irish town. I have series 1 but haven't listened to it yet.

This is a sequel to Thinking of Leaving Your Husband?, which I have but haven't listened to yet. I'll download this one and listen to it if the first is good.

I, Regress
A dark sitcom about a psychiatrist and his patients and the darkest corners of their minds. This sounds very good but is unfortunately series 2 and I don't have series 1.

The Maltby Collection
Sitcom about a museum.

The Rita Rudner Show
Sitcom about the titular American comedienne moving back to the UK.

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 return of Two-Pipe Problems, a detective series, to the Afternoon Drama, an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play for the Drama on 3, and one of the International Playwriting Competition winners on World Drama.

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. I'm adding a new one this week: Wordaholics.

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


failte_aoife at 1:55 pm on 31 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Ahh...great. I'd been hoping that Deep Trouble would air again sometime. I only know that Ben Willibond is in it (know him from The Thick of it and Horrible Histories) so I wanted to check this out (even though one of his other radio sitcoms - Double science - didn't really convince me).

And I loved that MoC-episode where they put TV-detectives in (especially her argument that Jessica Fletche must obviously be a serial killer).

This week I'm curious about the audio-adaption of Horrible Histories. I watched a few episodes of the TV-Show and used to have a few of the books. However I'm not sure how well it translats to radio...I think TV is simply the best format for these kind of sketches but we'll see.

Listening-wise I also did not get round to much this week. I managed the first two parts of a three-part adaption of Patrick O'Brian's HMS Surprise. They're good but right now I somehow don't listen to much. (I recently decided to give the Inspector Morse-novels a try and they turned out to be somewhat addictive so for once I read more than listen to things...)
bratty_jedi at 5:33 pm on 31 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I figured you'd be right there with me on the MofC episode. :D

I've never much gotten into the Horrible Histories kind of thing. I can't shut off the professional historian in me enough to just roll with it even to the same extent I can with historical fiction and get annoyed at the oversimplifications.

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