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Posted on Sunday 11 May 2014 at 8:53 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio 2014:18 and 19

Listened To: Not much. I've been busy with teenager-sitting and more in a music mood than drama mood lately. I've started going back to the gym, though, and I almost always listen to BBC radio stuff there so it should pick up again.

Coming Up: Obviously I'm most excited about the Austen's Mansfield Park dramatization with Tennant and Cumberbatch that I mentioned here. There are a few other dramatizations coming up that sound good and a bunch of sitcoms, repeats that I don't have and new ones, starting. Afternoon Drama is doing a series of plays by new writers that will hopefully be good.

Listened to 27 April to 10 May:

The Dresser
I listened to this on the drive to and from the NT Live broadcast of King Lear. It is about the dresser of an older actor trying to get his boss through a performance of King Lear while the boss is dealing with memory loss. It was pretty good and got into all the crazy relationships of everyone involved in the running of a small company.

Comedy Panel Shows

The Unbelievable Truth 13: 4 and 5
A couple of fantastic episodes! I loved them both, but 5 might be an all-time favorite. Everyone really got into the complete ridiculousness of the game and calling silly things possible truths, arguing with David Mitchell as chair, etc.

Whose Line is it Anyway?
I listened to episodes 2 and 4. Hugh Laurie was a guest on one of them (Stephen Fry was a regular so was also there). It was a sadly disappointing episode. None of the skits connected right. I don't know.

Downloading 4 to 17 May:


*Dylan Thomas: The Beach Of Falesa (Drama on 3)
BBC is doing a whole Thomas thing. This is the only one in which I'm interested, but there are a bunch of poetry readings, mini biographies, etc. if you're interested in more.

*A Shoebox of Snow (Afternoon Drama)
Radio drama about an older couple and all their possessions as their house is scheduled for demolition and they must move it all out.

*Frank Zappa and Me (Afternoon Drama)
Story of Zappa's career from the point of view of his assistant.

*Strangers on a Film (Afternoon Drama)
Story of making a movie from a Raymond Chandler novel. I've got a previous one. They both star Patrick Stewart as Chandler.

*Tony Ramsay - Black Velvet
Historical drama about an elite man and the gardener's daughter.

*Roy Apps - The Master and Mrs Tucker
Play about the real life friendship between Noel Coward and E. Nesbit.

Marathon Tales (Drama on 3)
Stories about running marathons through the centuries, strung together into one drama.

The Treehouse - Omnibus
Psych thriller about a note found years later at the site of a death of a boy and the impact it has on his surviving friends. Also the 15 minute drama this week.

Juliet Ace - Money for Old Rope
A young man involved in a drug trial has some unusual side effects.

Alick Rowe - Operation Lightning Pegasus
A comedy look at what might have happened inside the Trojan horse.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Original British Dramatists (Afternoon Drama) - New Talent Competition
The Afternoon Drama for the next two weeks is 10 new writers, contest winner from the BBC radio's hunt for new talent. Might as well give them all a try.

Thomas Hardy - Two on a Tower
Dramatization of the Hardy novel.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park
An old dramatization of Austen's novel with David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch as the brothers. Hooray!

Edith Wharton - The Age of Innocence
Classic novel dramatization.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

*28 Acts in 28 Minutes
Old comedy program. Each episode is 28 minutes with 28 comedians having one minute each. This is series 2 and episode 3 has John Finnemore.

*Anthony Trollope's Dr Thorne (Barchester Chronicles #3)
BBC is slowly doing adaptations of all Trollope's series of novels about the town of Barchester. This is the third, I think.

*Bird Island Series 2
Second series of a sitcom about a man working alone in the Antarctic.

*The Music Teacher
Sitcom about music lessons. The hook is that you hear the ridiculously bad music of the students and the teacher's thoughts.

*Earls of the Court
Short sitcom about a bunch of old friends meeting up again.

*I, Regress
Drak comedy about a hypnotherapist who regresses his clients into their subconsciouses to find disturbing things.

Comedy Panel Shows
Unbelievable Truth is in the middle of new series. Heresy is running repeats. Act Your Age is listed as running a new series, series 4, but it is actually a mislabeled rerun of series 3.

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


Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 1:25 pm on 13 May 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't listened to anything BUT I now have a bluetooth standalone speaker and listening to stuff has just become much easier so hopefully!

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