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Posted on Monday 30 September 2013 at 4:23 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 36

I, uh, listened to The Possessed again this week. I might need an intervention soon. I also listened to a couple of historical fic based things: an adaptation of Dickens's Mrs. Lirriper stories and a random play, Suspicion for 10 Voices.

For the upcoming week, there's a few random things I'm grabbing, but nothing that's getting me exceptionally excited.

Listened to 22 to 28 September:

The Possessed
So I listened to this about two weeks ago, couldn't decide if I loved it or hated it but thought probably loved it, read the book, and now I've listened to it again and decided that I definitely love it. I love the novel, I love the adaptation, I just love everything!

Charles Dickens - Mrs Lirriper
Dickens came up with the idea of a boarding house woman and her guests and invited other writers to tell stories in that universe. This was a three episode adaptaiton. The first and third episode focus on episodic adventures of the woman, her long-term lodger and friend, and her son. The middle episode is random stories of some of the guests. I really liked the first and third episodes but the just random stories feel of the middle one didn't move me as much.

Suspicion for 10 Voices (Saturday Drama)
This is a random play about a real-life composer during the reign of Elizabeth I who is accused of treason for suspected adherence to Catholicism. The focus of the play is on his interrogations and I really enjoyed it.

Comedy Panel Shows
Just a Minute 67:6
This was a pretty good episode. Not a whole lot to say about it. Stephen Mangan was a guest and he isn't one of the regulars. The non-regulars never do well in terms of points but are usually good for laughs and that held true.

Saturday Night Fry
I was a little disappointed in this. It is from the early 1990s and is mostly sketch comedy with Fry, Laurie, Emma Thompson, and Jim Broadbent. It just felt like they were trying too hard.

Downloading 29 September to 5 October:


Imaginary Boys (Afternoon Drama)
Radio play about two teenage boys becoming friends. Twist: one is supposedly from a planet a few hundred light years away.

Pillow Book Series 6: Time and Change
The Pillow Book is a series of mysteries featuring a courtier from 10th century Japan, based on a sort of diary of a real woman. I've only listened to the first one and really enjoyed it. This is the omnibus or it is the daily 15 Minute Drama this week.

Nigel Planer - On the Ceiling
Comedy about two men putting plaster on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in preparation for Michelangelo to do his thing if he can be bothered.

Robert Westall - The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral
There's presumably going to be quite a bit of spooky stuff in October. This is the story of an evil gargoyle on a cathedral.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Afternoon Drama)
A dramatization of a nineteenth-century Russian novel about a married woman entering on a slew of murders to hide her affair.

The Final Twist
A playwright is hired to create a play in which his patron's wife is murdered. Fiction or fact?

Daily Multi-Episode Programs

The Blackhouse
Four-part dramatization of a crime novel requiring a London detective to return to his long-abandoned home town.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting this Week

Sword of Honour (Classic Serial)
Dramatization of an Evelyn Waugh. I generally like Waugh but haven't read this one.

Tickets Please
General sitcom focusing on the staff and passengers of a public transit service.

General sitcom focusing on unemployment center. I've read good reviews about this one.

He Died with His Eyes Open
Another crime novel dramatization. This one is set on 1980s London and the main clues are cassette diaries. How old fashioned sounding ;)

Comedy Panel Shows
The Museum of Curiosity is starting a new series.

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


failte_aoife at 9:10 am on 01 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I would probably have missed that Museum of Curiosity is coming back so thanks :)

I finally got round listening to Absolute Power and really enjoyed it. While there weren't that much Laugh out Loud-moments it had me grinning more or less from start to finish (also: Stephen Fry)

Then I started The Radetzky March. I never read the book but while listening I had again the feeling that they had to shorten it for the audioplay a lot. It also feels a bit weird listening to an English language play set in a German-speaking country...there's lot of gratious German (everybody is Herr/Frau X, the background noises e.g. of a cafe are sometimes completely in German and the narrator either put on a German accent or is really German). However it does make me want to pick up the whole book and see how that is.
bratty_jedi at 11:56 pm on 01 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I downloaded The Radetzky March and will get to it eventually but now I'm nervous. The whole "they obviously had to cut a lot but I was fascinated and want to read the book" thing you've got going there is exactly what happened to me with Dostoevsky's The Possessed and now I'm a wee bit obsessed with that whole thing. I'm not sure I can take another one so soon.

I think Absolute Power is building on and playing with characters from the "In the..." series (In the Red, In the Balance, In the something I'm forgetting, In the End). I've listened to the first of those four and enjoyed it but haven't made it through the rest yet. Have you listened to them or just jump straight into Absolute Power? In either case, do you think listening to all of the "In the..." ones is necessary or useful before Absolute Power?
failte_aoife at 5:09 pm on 06 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even know about In The so you probably don't need it. Obviously if I didn't know what happened there I wouldn't have gotten any of the allusion but I definitely never had the 'I feel like this is a joke but I don't get it because I'm missing the right background-knowledge'-feeling.
(I had that when reading 'Northanger Abbey' without having read any Gothic Novel...I mean I know vaguely how they work with their perfect heroines and haunted castles but half the time I just sat there thinking 'that was probably funny'...)

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