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Posted on Friday 11 July 2014 at 8:22 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio 2014:25-27

It's been three weeks plus since I posted so I'll do things a bit differently here. I've posted each week worth of downloads under a separate LJ cut and all the comedy panel shows together at the end. The best stuff from my point of view is several dramatizations (e.g. an Adrian Mole, a Miss Marple, another Great Scott run so three Walter Scotts with David Tennant as narrator, and some of Armistad Maupin's Tales of the City) and historical plays (mostly about WWI due to the BBC commemoration of the centenary but not exclusively so). If there's anything you missed since I'm posting this so late, holler and I can help.

I've been busy and haven't listened to much so I'll put that in next time, which will hopefully be Sunday late morning / early afternoon.

Downloaded 22 to 28 June:


The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde (Saturday Drama)
Play about Wilde's trial (didn't the title make that obvious?).

Music in the Great War: Wilfred Owen - The Soldiers' Poet
Active duty soldiers each pick a Wilfred Owen poem (he mostly wrote about WWI), read it, and explain why they picked that poem and what it means to them today.

Burning Both Ends: When Oliver Reed Met Keith Moon (Afternoon Drama)
Radio play about the perhaps dangerous friendship between two 70s celebrities.

Balance of Power
Really interested in this one. It is from the 1970s and is about a new female independent MP who is the deciding vote in a hung parliament. Hooray politics!

Brought to Light (Afternoon Drama)
Radio play about a young woman who finds out that her father was involved in the Irish Troubles, causing her to question him and herself.

Torchwood: Golden Age
A radio episode of the Doctor Who spinoff.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy (Classic Serial)
Dramatization of the novel about the American Revolution and a man accused of espionage.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Charles Paris - Corporate Bodies
The Charles Paris Mysteries star Bill Nighy as an actor and detective. I've got them all up to this new one, but haven't listened to any of them. I swear I will eventually!

Winifred Holtby - The Crowded Street Omnibus
Dramatization of a 1920s novel about a woman and her search for independence during WWI.

Downloaded 29 June to 5 July:


Adrian Mole and the Blair-Mole Project (Afternoon Drama)
I've read the first Adrian Mole novel, about a slightly neurotic teenage boy. The series is apparently much loved in the UK but not well known in the US, as far as I know. This is a dramatization of one of the more recent books when the eponymous character is grown and presenting a program on Tony Blair.

Music in the Great War: A Soldier and a Maker (Drama on 3)
Play about a WWI soldier and poet who was placed in a mental institution for the last 15 years of his life. Has Stephanie Cole.

Robert Aickman - Ringing the Changes
Dramatization of a spooky story about a town where the bells won't stop ringing. Has Mark Gatiss.

Miss Marple - The Moving Finger
Miss Marple adaptation.

EM Forster - The Machine Stops
A dramatization of an early 1900s scifi short story I know from somewhere. I'm not sure if I've read it or seen some other adaptation or what. Anyway, it is about humanity living underground under the control of computers that are slowly breaking down but no one knows how to fix them.

Alan Ayckbourn - Joking Apart
I love Ayckbourn plays. He wrote this one in response to people who complained he only wrote about unhappy couples. This one is a perfectly happy couple who somehow manage to make other people miserable.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Nothing this week.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

The Great Scott Series 2 (Classic Serial)
A second run of Walter Scott dramatizations with David Tennant as the narrator. This are somewhat problematic in that they turn doorstopper books into hour-long dramatizations, but other than the brevity they're pretty good. This series is The Bride, Ivanhoe, and Redgauntlet.

Publish and Be Damn'd: The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson (Classic Serial)
Dramatization of the memoir of a woman in the early 1800s who had relationships with many powerful men, including Wellington, then tried to blackmail them.

Smelling of Roses Series 4
Sitcom starring Prunella Scales about a woman running an events management company with her daughter and granddaughter. I listened to Series 1 of this recently and really enjoyed it. I've got series 2 and will hopefully get to it soonish but I don't have series 3. Bummer.

Downloading 6 to 12 July:


My Own Right Hand Shall Do It
Old radio play starring Alec Guinness about Walter Scott's financial difficulties.

Farran at Bay (Afternoon Drama)
Play loosely based on a real-life situation in which a boy disappeared in then-British-controlled Israel/Palestine and the prime suspect was a British official.

Life in the Tomb (Drama on 3)
Dramatization of stories about WWI from the point-of-view of a Greek soldier in the trenches, so looking at fronts of the war less discussed in media with which I'm generally familiar.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series 1
Dramatization of the first book in the series about an African female detective agency. I've got several of the other dramatizations but not this one yet and haven't listened to any of them yet. Someday.

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
Dramatizations of the third and fourth books in this series following the adventures of an eclectic group of people in San Francisco beginning in the 1970s are airing this week and into next. I have the BBC radio dramatization of the first book but missed the second or it hasn't re-aired recently.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Nothing this week.

Comedy Panel Shows Airing 22 June to 12 July:

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The News Quiz are in the midst of new runs.

Two short-run shows aired: The Loser's World Cup, a panel show featuring comedians from nations that didn't qualify for the World Cup this year trying to prove his or her own country is the worst, and It's a Fair Cop, featuring a former police officer telling stories about his career and seeing how the audience would handle situations based on his experiences.

Museum of Curiosity, Unbelievable Truth, and Act Your Age are running repeats.

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

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