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Posted on Sunday 13 October 2013 at 10:46 am

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 38

As all the regulars know, I do most of my BBC Radio listening while working out. I broke my toe on Monday and the doctor almost but not quite re-broke it on Friday to try to get it to set a bit straighter since the initial break had it at something like a 45 degree angle to its original place. It should therefore not be surprising that my week involved a great deal of sitting on my butt with my leg propped up and some extra sleeping with no working out. So there wasn't really any BBC Radio listening. I'll just do new stuff that I'm downloading in the upcoming week and see if I get to more listening next week.

For the upcoming week there are several dramatizations I'm looking forward to including a Daphne du Maurier with Roger Allam and Vanity Fair with Stephen Fry as the narrator.

Downloading 13 to 19 October:


Sunday at Sant' Agata (Drama on 3)
This is a radio play original as near as I can tell, which is somewhat odd for the Drama on 3 which more normally does adaptations of stage plays or dramatizations. Anyway, the plot is about the composer Verdi imagining Falstaff appearing in his garden around the time of the premier of the opera about the character.

Daphne Du Maurier - The King's General
I've had this novel on my To Read list for a long time. It is historical fic set during the English civil War. This adaptation has Roger Allam in it so I'm definitely excited.

Peter Ackroyd - The House of Doctor Dee
Creepy haunted house play, I think. A little outside my usual, but I've liked some other stuff from Peter Ackroyd.

The Organist's Daughter (Afternoon Drama)
Historical fiction play about Handel and Bach both competing to train under a world-renowned organist. The two catches are that he only wants to train a successor for his local cathedral while neither of them want to settle permanently at the post and his successor has to marry his daughter which neither wants to do either.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs

Shaun Prendergast - Only the Good Die Young
Mystery/ thriller from the 90s. A woman's fiance apparently kills himself under odd circumstances on their wedding day and she sets out to find the truth. Isn't that always how it goes?

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting this Week

William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair Omnibus
I read Vol. 1 of this Victorian society novel and thought it was OK but could use some editing. I don't think I ever read Vol. 2. Typically books that I thought could use some editing do well as radio dramatizations and this one has Stephen Fry as the narrator so it's got to be good, right? I'm getting the 4-episode weekly omnibus version but there's also a 20-episode daily version.

PG Wodehouse - The Inimitable Jeeves
It's a Jeeves dramatization. That's all one needs to know in my world.

Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde (Classic Serial)
Adaptation of Chaucer's poem of lovers during the siege of Troy.

The Gobetweenies Series 3
I have series 1 and 2 of this sitcom about a divorced couple trying to work together to raise their kids and have heard good things about them and keep meaning to listen to them but my To Listen list is way too long at this point. Oh well. Might as well grab series 3 to go with 1 and 2 when I get that far.

Comedy Panel Shows

The Museum of Curiosity is in the midst of a new series.
Unbelievable Truth, It's Your Round, and Dilemma are all running random repeats.

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


shezan at 10:17 pm on 13 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW indeed. Is this a new PGW dramatisation, or old?
bratty_jedi at 11:55 am on 14 October 2013 (UTC) (Link)
It's definitely an old one. I think it might be from the '70s. No idea when it last aired, though, and I don't have it yet.

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