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Posted on Friday 31 May 2013 at 8:05 am

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 19 Part A

Note: I'm out of town next week, leaving later today and returning next Saturday so I have to change up the regular Sunday BBC Radio Posts. Today is just the stuff I'll be downloading next week, Sunday 2 June through Saturday 8 June. After I get back, hopefully on Sunday like usual, I'll post things I'll be downloading the next week, Sunday 9 June through Saturday 15 June, and everything I listened to this week (from Sunday 26 May) through next week (Saturday 8 June). That could make for a beast of a post since it will cover so much more listening time than normal, but I don't have time to do the Listened write ups for the stuff I've already listened to before I leave 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.

Note 2: If you missed my initial post about the news, the BBC is going to be changing the Radio iPlayer sometime next year to introduce DRM similar to their current TV system. This will probably mean everyone using Radio Downloader will be screwed.

Next week I'm most looking forward to more dramatizations and a couple of sitcoms. The main standout is another Cadfael.

Downloading 2 to 8 June:
Sitcoms I already have
Just as a heads up, several sitcoms I already have a very much enjoy are re-airing starting next week. Double Income, No Kids Yet is a great look at life for thirty-somethings without children as all their friends lives change to be about the kids and is re-airing series 1. Revolting People is a silly take on British-English relations and the American Revolution with fun characters and an OK plot. It is re-airing series 2 but you'd be fine without series 1. The Castle (about a ridiculous medieval castle) and Bleak Expectations (parody of Dickens and other literature) are both airing later series (4 and 5, respectively) so may be a bit harder to follow if you don't know any of the earlier stuff.

Cadfael - The Virgin in the Ice
Another one of those "someday I'll have all these." The Cadfael mysteries about a twelfth-century monk are always good.

Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Dramatization of the novel. I'm a fan of the book so looking forward to the adaptation.

Jack London - The Call of the Wild
Another classic novel dramatization.

Dick Francis - Bonecrack
Adaptation of a mystery/thriller novel set in the world of horse racing. I'm familiar with Dick Francis as a former jockey and prolific author of books in this vein, but I've never read / experienced an adaptation of any of them.

R Austin Freeman - Thorndyke, Forensic Investigator
Readings of short stories about a fictional detective who was conceived as a more realistic version of Sherlock Holmes. I've listened t some of the stories from this show before and wouldn't mind having a few more.

The Toll
Pilot for a sitcome about people working a toll bridge. Not sure, but could be fun.

Sitcom about two men who decide to run away from their lives to a shed on the beach.

Chris Addison's Civilization
Comedy lecture series. I just downloaded Addison's similar program on evolution (Ape that Got Lucky) but haven't listened to it yet. Civilization may be a little more my kind of thing so I might eventually listen to this one first and decide from it if the other is something I want to give a go. It'll be good to have them both either way.

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 a couple of dramatizations: an adaptation of another No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel on Afternoon Drama and Joseph Roth's Radetzky March, an examination of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as the Classic Serial. There are a few random radio plays that also sound good: The Weather Girl on Saturday Drama, Tennyson and Edison on Drama on 3, and Wednesday's Afternoon Drama, Kokomo.

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?


bowl_of_glow at 12:12 pm on 31 May 2013 (UTC) (Link)
the BBC is going to be changing the Radio iPlayer sometime next year to introduce DRM similar to their current TV system. This will probably mean everyone using Radio Downloader will be screwed.

shezan at 12:45 pm on 31 May 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooo, I'm definitely in the market for Bonecrack....
failte_aoife at 3:59 pm on 31 May 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Yay for more Cadfael :D

I went through the first season of 'It's not what you know'. Yet another Comedy-panel show in which each guest nominats a close friend who has to answer questions and then they have to guess what the friend answered. It was weird because I really loved the banter, it was hillarious even from the non-comedian guests...but the chairman's script was just horrid. Not offensive or so, just totally unfunny. For me the scripted jokes are usually weaker anyway but I never found them so cringeworthy.

Think I will give Double Income a try, and The Castle, too. Had heard about this and was waiting for it to return.
bratty_jedi at 10:21 pm on 22 June 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I'm always up for more Cadfael. I don't watch much TV so I've only seen a bit of the Derek Jacobi series. I always mean to watch more of it and just somehow never get around to it. Come to think of it, "I always mean to and somehow never get to it." could just be the theme of my life :)
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ellex42 at 11:39 pm on 08 June 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's disappointing. I've been really enjoying your recommendations about what sounds interesting to listen to, and your weekly list is frankly easier to look through than the BBC radio websites. And I wish I'd known about Radio Downloader ages ago, it works beautifully.

However, I found a torrent site called Radioarchive.cc which I've found very easy to use and reliable for downloading radio shows. It came in useful a few weeks ago when I accidentally deleted several of the shows I had used Radio Downloader to download. It's free to use and I haven't had any problems with malware or viruses.
bratty_jedi at 10:19 pm on 22 June 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you like my posts :) It is always nice to hear someone say they find them useful.

Thanks for the heads up about Radioarchive. I'll definitely give that a check, especially if the current downloading system stops working with the new DRM. Fortunately we still have at least half a year of the current system.

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