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Posted on Saturday 23 November 2013 at 9:20 am

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio Vol. 43 and 44

I missed posting last week so today I'm posting the stuff I downloaded off the schedule from then and the stuff I'm looking forward to on the schedule next week, though my descriptions are going to be sparser than normal. I'll get to listening eventually.

Downloading 17 to 23 November:


Robert Nye - Mrs Shakespeare
A play about the Bard's wife and how she came to be left his second-best bed in his will.

Ten Lessons in Love (Afternoon Drama)
This seems like an interesting experiment. It is 10 very short plays, by different writers, about various types of Love.

Lewis and Tolkien: The Lost Road (Afternoon Drama)
C S Lewis died the same day JFK was shot so it is the 50th anniversary of his death this week and the BBC is doing a couple of programs on that. This one is a play about his friendship with Tolkien.

The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis
Another C S Lewis play. This one is about his childhood and the impact it had on his stories.

William Nicholson - Shadowlands (Saturday Drama)
Another C S Lewis play. This one is an adapted stage play about Lewis's relationship with an American writer, atheist, and Communist who converted to Christianity due in part to Lewis's influence and who eventually married Lewis

Bix: Singing The Blues (Drama on 3)
Historical play about a white jazz musician and his relationship with black jazz musician Louis Armstrong and the segregated musical world of the 1920s.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs

Two Pipe Problems (Afternoon Drama)
This is a silly little series about two old actors who once played Holmes and Watson together and now solve mysteries in their retirement community. I've listened to several of the past stories and some were clunkers but some were fantastic so I'll give these a go.

Thomas Hardy - The Return of the Native
As the name implies, an adaptation of a Thomas Hardy novel.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting this Week

The Russian Gambler (Classic Serial)
An adaptation of a Dostoevsky story.

Pilgrim Series 5
I've listened to series 1 of this show and have the rest but haven't gotten to them yet. It is about a man who was cursed in the Middle Ages to live forever and his wonderings between the worlds of magic and our world. I really enjoyed the first series and will eventually get to the rest.

Smelling of Roses
An old radio sitcom starring Prunella Scales.

Comedy Panel Shows

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue is in a new series and John Finnemore was a guest on the first and second episodes! The News Quiz is also in the midst of a new series.
Act Your Age, Heresy, and It's Your Round are all running random repeats. (It's Your Round was running but has ended now since I didn't get this posted on time.)

Downloading 24 to30 November:


Wild Blood (The Wire)
The Wire plays are usually a bit dark and twisted. This one is about a man who seems to have majorly messed up his life while his wife has been away and is trying to figure things out before she gets back.

Countrysides (Afternoon Drama)
Play about a hunt master and an anti-hunting activist meeting, It's got Tim McInnerny and Russell Tovey.

Amah in the Bathtub (Afternoon Drama)
An historical play set in the 1960s about a Chinese nanny in British Singapore.

Alexander Pushkin - Eugene Onegin, Omnibus
Adaptation of the famous poem. This is also available as the 15-minute Drama daily episodes throughout the week.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs

Wimsey: The Nine Tailors
Adaptation of the Dorothy L Sayers' detective story.

Father Brown Stories Series 2
Father Brown is a classic detective written by G K Chesterton. I've got series 1 of these adaptations but haven't listened to them yet.

John Peacock - Posters of Montmartre
Stories based off the people in Peacock's posters.

The James M. Cain Series
Adaptation of two of Cain's stories. I've read The Postman always Rings Twice and it is a great, tihgly written, thriller. I've not read the other, Double Indemnity, but it should be good, too, from what I've heard.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting this Week

The Other Side of the Hill
A couple of linked plays about Wellington and the Napoleonic Wars.

On the Rocks
A new comedy about the residents of an island in the 1930s.

Mordrin McDonald: 21st Century Wizard Series 2
A fantasy sitcom about a 2,000-year-old wizard. I have series 1 but haven't listened to it yet.

The Maltby Collection Series 3
A sitcom about the curators at a museum. I have the first two series but haven't listened to any of it yet.

Comedy Panel Shows

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The News Quiz are in the midst of a new series.
Act Your Age and Heresy are running random repeats.

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


shezan at 3:02 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oooooo I would LOVE all the "two-pipe problems" episodes!
bratty_jedi at 4:04 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
OK. I'll get those to you later this afternoon, probably.
shezan at 4:46 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
You are SUCH a STAR. I wonder what I could get you? Have you been watching "Ambassadors"', which is a CLASSIC?
bratty_jedi at 5:06 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't watched Ambassadors. I meant to, but I missed it on the iPlayer. It's all good, though. You don't have to give me anything. :)
bowl_of_glow at 4:06 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
What programme are you currently using to download? I last downloaded something when BBC Radio Downloader was still an option. I installed get_iplayer when you first talked about it on your LJ, but I tried opening it today and I realized I have not the slightest idea how to use it.

(And this has nothing to do with anything, but do you know if The Possessed with Benedict Cumberbatch is available for purchase anywhere? My Google-fu failed me. I've been wanting to listen to it ever since you first mentioned it, it sounds quite good.)

Edited at 2013-11-23 04:07 pm (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 4:17 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I'm using get_iPlayer to download stuff. It takes a bit more getting used to than Radio Downloader, but it works really well once you figure it out. Do you have the Web PVR manager version or are you trying to use the Command Line function? Basically, when you open it, does it give you a black box with white text and that's it or does it open a black box with white text and then also pop open a page in your internet browser? If you're using the Command Line, the black box with white text only, option, you should probably give the Web Manager a try. It is much easier for a newbie to figure out. If you've got the Web PVR Manager, I can talk you through what to do with it. If you've got the Command Line, I can sort of talk you through it, but it takes more work and I'm less familiar with it as I only play with it when I want to do something slightly more complex that can't be done with the Web Manager.

To the best of my knowledge, Possessed isn't available to buy. It isn't listed at the UK AudioGo (the US one doesn't exist anymore) and generally if a BBC radio program isn't at UK AudioGo, it isn't anywhere. I'll send you a private message about it.
bowl_of_glow at 5:06 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I've just uninstalled it and I'll try installing it again... Anyway yes, when I opened it only a black box with white text showed up! I had no idea what I was supposed to do. So when I'm installing it again, should I check Web PVR manager on the list of thing I want to install of my computer? (It showed me a list of stuff but I didn't check anything because I had no idea what it all was).

Edited at 2013-11-23 05:06 pm (UTC)
bratty_jedi at 5:10 pm on 23 November 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Definitely get the Web PVR Manager. It is an interface overlay that means you don't have to know the commands to type, you can just click around and it will generate the command text for you in the background.

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