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Posted on Sunday 7 September 2014 at 4:55 pm

Rachael's Week in BBC Radio 2014: 31-34

I've decided to change things around a little bit again as I keep running out of time to get the post finished most weekends. I'm going to try to stick with every two weeks for downloads but separate out downloading and what I've listened to into two separate posts and maybe only do listened once a month or whenever the mood strikes me to right some reviews. I think that will help me get things up at a more reasonable time. To that end, here's the past three weeks' and this week's downloads only.

The highlights from the past few weeks and this week are The 99p Challenge, an old comedy panel show I've been hoping would rebroadcast that featured Simon Pegg and Sue Perkins, among others; Walter Now with Ian McKellen in week 2 (24 to 30 Aug); Slipping, a play with Andrew Scott in week 3 (31 Aug to 6 Sept); and The News at Bedtime, a joke look at fairy tale news hosted by Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi, in week 4 (7 to 13 Sept). There's also an old Cumberbatch role re-airing, Tom and Viv about the marriage of T S Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood, but I already have it.

Downloaded 17 to 23 Aug:


Kate Chopin - The Awakening Omnibus
I like but don't love this novel about a young woman trapped in a miserable marriage finding sexual fulfillment with a lover. It will probably be a while before I get around to listening to this dramatization, but it's nice to have it.

Marriage of Figaro (Drama on 3)
The play that is the source for the more famous opera.

The Man Inside the Radio Is My Dad (Afternoon Radio)
A radio play about a girl whose father is in prison and the program to try to keep them in touch via recorded readings of bedtime stories.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Agatha Christie - Towards Zero
Christie dramatization. As ever.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Radio 9 Series 2
Second series of dark radio spoof. Haven't listened to series 1 yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Downloaded 24 to 30 Aug:


Dick Francis - Enquiry
Dramatization. All Francis's novels are blend of mystery and comedy about horse racing. This one seems to lean more toward the mystery / thriller end of things and has Bill Nighy in it.

David Cook - Walter Now
According to BBC, the first programmed aired on Radio 4 was Walter, a play about a man with learning difficulties with Ian McKellen in the eponymous role. This is an updated look at that character's life.

Dostoyevsky - The Friend of the Family
I love most Dostoyevsky. Don't know this one, but definitely worth a shot.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Jane Austen - Emma
Austen dramatization. Self-evident.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Too Much Information
Sticom about the workers of a tourist info center in a town with no tourists.

Downloaded 31 Aug to 6 Sept:


August 1914 (Drama on 3)
Dramatization of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book about the early WWI Eastern Front.

Slipping (Afternoon Drama)
Radio play about two liars starting a relationship after meeting when he is hired to create her prosthetic eye. Stars Andrew Scott.

Hattie Naylor - Ivan and the Dogs
Play based on a true story about a Russian boy living on the streets of Moscow among a pack of wild dogs.

Conundrums My Dad Says
Pilot for a sitcom about a son dealing with his dad's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

EM Forster - A Room with a View
Dramatization of the novel about a young woman seeking independence in Edwardian England.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Anthony Trollope - Barchester Chronicles - Framley Parsonage
Continuing the dramatizations of all the Barchester Chronicles novels.

Simon's Bug
Dramatization of a novel about a man who bugs his own phone to find out if his wife is having an affair and gets more information than he wanted.

Downloading 7 to 13 Sept:


Greed Is Good
Dark comedy about morality in today's economic climate.

The Pearl
Dramatization of a Steinbeck story.

The White Devil
Adaptation of a 1600s stage play about lust, revenge, and general violence.

Daily Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

Joan Aiken - Black Hearts in Battersea
Dramatization of a 1960s children novel set in an alternate early 1800s England when James III rather than the Hanoverians are on the throne.

François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel
Dramatization of a satirical story of a giant father and son.

Weekly Multi-Episode Programs Starting This Week

The News at Bedtime
This sounds like fun! Tweedledum and Tweedldee, played by Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi, present the news from fairy tale land. BBC Radio is running a bunch of old Capaldi stuff right now due to his Doctor Who starting up, but most of them are fic readings which I don't like as much.

Mordrin McDonald: 21st Century Wizard Series 3
I've got the first couple of series of this fantasy sitcom, but haven't listened to them yet. Some day.

Dave Against the Machine
Sitcom about a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Sounds like fun.

Comedy Panel Shows Airing in All Weeks:

New Runs

Series 3. I like this one OK.

Just a Minute
The definition of pointless background listening, good for the occasional laugh.


The 99p Challenge
This was a silly panel show from the early 2000s, along the lines of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue with younger panelists. Sue Perkins is host and Simon Pegg is one of the regular panelists for something different.

Susan Calman Is Convicted
Series 1. This isn't exactly a panel since it is just Calman, but close enough. I've never listened to this one so we'll see what I think.

It's Your Round
Series 1 repeating. I had the last several already but was missing the first couple episodes.

Series 1. I already have most episodes but somehow missed the first and last.

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

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