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Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 10:01 am

BBC Radio Christmas Schedule


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I hope all the Americans on the flist are having a Happy Thanksgiving. Mine is a bit crazy and I'll do a real life post in a day or two. Meantime... the BBC Radio 4 Christmas season schedule has been announced so we now have air dates and times for the final Cabin Pressure, Good Omens, and other goodies.


Cabin Pressure
From the main schedule announcement:
Turbulence is expected as the eagerly anticipated dates for Cabin Pressure’s last ever flight are revealed. MJN Air’s crew will make their final two-part trip on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th December at 6.30pm. The programme stars Stephanie Cole as Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Roger Allam as 1st Office Douglas Richardson, Benedict Cumberbatch as Capt. Martin Crieff and writer John Finnemore as Arthur Shappey. Special guests include Anthony Head and Timothy West.

There's also a separate post for Cabin Pressure and Good Omens (targeting the geeks in one go, I suppose), that includes a picture from the recording.


Good Omens
From the main schedule announcement:
Thunder clouds will be gathering over Lower Tadfield as Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s cult novel Good Omens is dramatised for the first time; with an all-star cast including Mark Heap, Peter Serafinowicz, Colin Morgan, Josie Lawrence, Clive Russell , Julia Deakin, Louise Brealey and Charlotte Ritchie – to name but a few.

The adventure will begin with a special double-bill on Monday 22 December at 11pm and culminate in an apocalyptic hour-long episode on Saturday 27 December. Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky, the Four Horsepersons are assembling, everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything that is, but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. In fact the prospect of Armageddon is all really rather inconvenient for them.

There is a Good Omens website up now that includes pictures from the recordings, a few clips, and some comic book type images to go along with the clips and more is to be added over the next few weeks.


War and Peace
There are lots of other random things on the main schedule announcement, but the only other one that appeals to me is a ten-hour dramatization of War and Peace starring John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale, and Lesley Manville to air all on New Year's Day. I'm definitely going to listen to it at some point but not in the original all-day go that will be accompanied by "a ten hour Twitterthon. Bringing listeners a companion to the audio broadcast, there will be a live running commentary on the dramatisation itself, including helpful family trees, maps and historical trivia." Not sure how I feel about that. A website with all that info would be cool so I might try to check it out after the fact.

Comments:

eanor
eanor at 9:10 pm on 27 November 2014 (UTC) (Link)
These are really exciting announcements! :-D Two reasons more I cannot wait for Christmas! ;-)

I really hope Zurich will be a worthy conclusion for the wonderful Cabin Pressure journey. I also found this fun Cabin Pressure advent calender on tumblr (http://cabinpressureadventcalendar.tumblr.com/post/103173029964/hey-guys-with-cabin-pressure-coming-to-an-end) where you listen to all the episodes again to prepare for the finale. Sounds like fun! :-)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:24 pm on 27 November 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I really hope Zurich will be a worthy conclusion for the wonderful Cabin Pressure journey.
I'm confident it will be. Media not living up to the perhaps impossibly high expectations set by online fandoms has certainly been a frequent problem in recent years, but I have faith in John Finnemore. He knows what he's doing and has never come close to letting me down yet. Even my least favorite episodes of Cabin Pressure are still good and have good stuff in them.

The advent calendar idea does sound like fun. I'd love to do it, but there's no way I'd pull it off. My family is going to Disney World (and a day at the Harry Potter parks!) for basically a week from 15 to 23 December and I doubt I'd find 30 minutes every day while there to listen to an episode. I definitely could listen to lots of stuff while waiting in lines if I were there by myself kind of thing, but I'll be chatting with them. Not that I'm complaining about Disney World with the family!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:08 pm on 01 December 2014 (UTC) (Link)
In case you haven't seen it: John Finnemore is getting in on the advent calendar fun, posting a behind the scenes fact or story on his blog for each day's episode. So far: Abu Dhabi, Boston, and Cremona.
eanor
eanor at 11:41 pm on 05 December 2014 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, these behind the scenes infos are really interesting!! Thanks for sharing! :-)))

I haven't kept up properly with the advent calender, though... I was travelling and for some reason it was impossible to copy the episodes on my mobile phone. :-/ But I might catch the new few episodes at least!


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