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Saturday 11 June

6.30-9.15pm

BBC RADIO 3

Between The Ears: The Impossible Book

Peter Blegvad's radiophonic drama concerns a writer beset by hallucinations on a train travelling through time as well as space, and between parallel realities.

The piece engages with the question: who has the right to write - and how might that right be earned? In totalitarian regimes writers are denied freedom of expression, but individually writers often inhibit or censor themselves, feeling that their words lack value or authority.

As William Burroughs put it: “You pay or you get nothing. You can’t dodge the Muse’s check. The Muse don’t like welshers. A writer becomes a writer by PAYING". But Blegvad’s writer seems to be writing/riding for free, gratis. He’s hiding on the train without a ticket. The penalty he risks if caught is “rendition to another zone/where due process is unknown” - a terrifying prospect.

He’s on the run from the authorities - the Conductor played by Andy Partridge of XTC and the Sheriff played by David Thomas of Père Ubu. The two legendary musicians contribute memorable comic cameos. The piece ends when Blegvad’s ‘free writer’ is awarded a dubious accolade by Agatha Christie, played by Harriet Walter.

Cast:
The free rider/writer - Peter Blegvad
Agatha Christie - Harriet Walter
The conductor - Andy Partridge
The sheriff - David Thomas
The passenger - John Guerrasio
Charles - Aldo Waterfield
Charles' mum - Sophie Duval

Producer/Iain Chambers for the BBC

Saturday 11 June

9.15-10.00pm

BBC RADIO 3

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A repeat from the 70's a lovely Vinny Price piece.
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BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Night Of The Wolf

Master of horror Vincent Price stars in this gripping drama set in the Fenlands of East Anglia.

Set in 1883, this is an original 90-minute gothic horror play about a prowling werewolf.

Vincent Price plays Judge Matthew Deacon, who travels to Cambridge from Pennsylvania to search for evidence of his son Robert's fate. The Provost of King's College informs him that his son has committed suicide, but Robert's close friend reassures the judge by telling him that he would never take his own life.

The judge sets off to the Fenlands where he comes across the sinister Northcott family, who hold the key to Robert’s whereabouts.

Night Of The Wolf was written specifically for Radio 4’s Saturday Night Theatre by writer/television producer Victor Pemberton, whose credits range from Doctor Who to Fraggle Rock.

This drama also stars Vincent Price’s wife, the colourful Coral Browne, whom he met when they co-starred in Theatre of Blood.

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 1975.

Saturday 11 June

6.00-7.30am

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There have been quite a few plays & serials in this Dangerous Visions strand and The Kraken Wakes was on Saturday.

Still on the I player.

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Dangerous Visions: Never Let Me Go

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Monday 30 May

10.45pm-11.00pm

BBC RADIO 4

As part of BBC Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions, a season of dystopian storytelling, our Book At Bedtime is Kazuo Ishiguro's haunting novel of love, friendship and loss.

Kathy, Tommy and Ruth have only ever known the sheltered world of Hailsham, a secluded country boarding school. As they grow up, they begin to understand the true purpose of their isolated upbringing and the fate that lies in store for them.

Ishiguro’s brilliant alternative vision of 1990s England is a disquieting exploration of what makes us human and how we each find meaning in our lives.

This Book at Bedtime is an abridged version of the full text of the novel.

Written by Kazuo Ishiguro

Read by Rachel Shelley
Abridged by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
Produced by Mair Bosworth for the BBC

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

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Friday 25 December
6.00pm-6.30pm

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Whistle And I'll Come To You

Professor Parkins, an archaeologist, finds an ancient whistle in a ruined altar, going back to the time of the Templars. It’s easy enough to whistle - but there's no telling what will answer…

M.R. James’ (1862-1936) stories of the supernatural remain as potent as ever. Modern horror fan, actor (Sherlock, The League Of Gentleman) and writer Mark Gatiss is a devotee.

James’ was a medievalist scholar, having attended Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge University. In later life he became provost of both institutions, returning to work at Eton in 1918. But he is best known for his ghost and horror stories, which he wrote and read to his friends and students. They were published in four collections: Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary (1904), More Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary (1911), A Thin Host And Others (1919), and A Warning To The Curious (1925).

Often his central characters were like himself: bachelors, dons, bookish. In one of his most effective stories, Whistle And I'll Come To You, celebrated British actor Michael Horden (1911 - 1995) takes on the role Professor Parkins, in this version first heard on the BBC Home Service in 1963.

First heard on the BBC Home Service in 1963.

Radio 4 Extra Publicity

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2015/51/whistle

The Hunting Of The Snark

BBC R4

Tony Robinson narrates this new adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic masterpiece following a strange assortment of characters on their quest for an elusive beast. Led by a bell-ringing Captain, this motley crew must brave terrifying danger in their chaotic pursuit of a creature known as Snark. Accompanied by specially composed music and songs, this surreal tale questions whether anything is really what it seems.

Narrator: Tony Robinson, Bellman: Eric Potts, Baker: Paul Barnhill, Butcher: Everal A Walsh, Barrister/Snark: Jonathan Keeble, Beaver: Stephen Hoyle. Music performed by Katie Chatburn, Dorry Macaulay, Kathryn Williams, Stephen Cordiner and Jasper Wilkinson.

Christmas Day, 2.15pm
Director: Charlotte Riches for the BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/bbcradiochristmaslaunch/radio4

Saturday 26 December


2.30-3.30pm

BBC RADIO 4


The Bed-sitting Room

Three years since the nuclear misunderstanding which led to the third world war ("and it's no idle boast when I remind you that this was the shortest world war on record... two minutes twenty eight seconds... including the signing of the Peace Treaty which is now on sale at Her Majesties Stationary Office with a free T- shirt") survivors gather together on the former-streets of London.


In amongst the rubble, Captain Kak and his fiancée Penelope find Lord Fortnum, who is convinced he's turning into a Bed-sitting room. With property prices what they are, Kak should be on to a good thing.

This atmospheric, surrealist play was originally written by John Antrobus & Spike Milligan, and has been adapted for radio by John Antrobus & Paul Merton.

Captain Kak .................... Paul Merton
Lord Fortnum .................. Derek Jacobi
Mate ............................. Bernard Cribbins
Penelope ........................ Catherine Tate
The BBC ......................... Corrie Corfield
Mrs Ethel Skroake ............ Suki Webster
The Vicar ....................... John Antrobus
Captain .......................... Sean Baker
Seaman .......................... Richard Pepple

Director/Sam Michell, Producer/Victoria Lloyd for the BBC


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/search?medium=radio&yearweek=&day=


Thursday 31 December


11.30am-12 noon

BBC RADIO 4

Miles Jupp and the Plot Device

How many stories are there in the world?


According to William Wallace Cook, dime novelist and prolific producer of American pulp, there were precisely 1,462. In Plotto, his "Master Book of All Plots", he anatomised them all in the service of struggling writers everywhere. Plotto, published in 1928, was nothing less than a manual of fictional devices, intended to sit on a writer's shelf between the dictionary and the thesaurus. Any writer stuck for inspiration could leaf through Plotto to discover plots like "a ventriloquist, captured by savages and threatened with death, makes an animal talk—and is given his freedom" or "a reporter, writing up an imaginary interview as fact, quotes a man as being in town on a certain day. The man, subsequently accused of a crime, establishes an alibi through an interview innocently faked by the reporter."

Cook hailed his own book as "an invention which reduces literature to an exact science." But it was weird science. Nevertheless it worked for Cook, who churned out up to 50 novels a year. It also worked for Perry Mason creator Earl Stanley Gardner who borrowed liberally from Plotto. Even the young Alfred Hitchcock had a copy. And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Cook must have been delighted by the appearance of "The Plot Robot," whose name promised much but which, rather disappointingly was a cardboard circle with a pointer attached to it.

Miles Jupp investigates the Plot Device that promises to make writing easy, with the help of crime writers Val McDermid and John Harvey.

Presenter/Miles Jupp, Producer/David Stenhouse for the BBC


http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/search?medium=radio&yearweek=&day=


Saturday 2 January


6.00-7.00pm

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

7th Dimension: Vampirella

Anna Massey stars as the last-in-line of the undead on the eve of World War One.


Vampirella was originally written as a radio play in 1976 and later rewritten as the short story The Lady In The House Of Love. Playwright Angela Carter (1940-92) was a British writer who traversed genres. Her works included short stories, novels, stage and radio plays, librettos, screenplays and essays.

In Vampirella, Carter reimagines the familiar vampire narrative of the voracious count and the virginal object of desire. In this piece, the vampire is female and the virgin is a gormless young Englishman on a solo cycling holiday in the Balkans.

The work is suffused with Carter's dark humour, appreciation of gender politics and skill at melding ancient legend with historical fact. It plays with time, place and cultural stereotypes.

In addition to Anna Massey (Mansfield Park, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles), the drama also stars Richard O’Callaghan (New Tricks, Red Dwarf: Back To Earth).

First broadcast on Radio 3 in 1976.


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Monday 4 January


10.45-11.00am rpt 7.45pm

BBC RADIO 4

Beloved

This 10-part drama is based on Toni Morrison's seminal novel about a baby ghost, a runaway slave and a terrible secret. In the troubled years following the American Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the home of a former slave.


Cast:
Narrator….Adjoa Andoh
Sethe….Nadine Marshall
Denver….Pippa Bennett-Warner
Paul D….Danny Sapani

Adapted by Patricia Cumper and directed by Sasha Yevtushenko.

Producer/Sasha Yevtushenko for the BBC

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Monday 21 December to Tuesday 22 December


10.00-10.30am

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA


Mystery Theater: Rocky Fortune - Frank Sinatra

Radio 4 Extra marks the centenary of the birth of singer and actor Frank Sinatra one hundred years ago this month (b. 12th December 1915).


The series Mystery Theater hails from the from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.

Frank Sinatra portrayed the job-seeking drifter Rocky Fortune in the NBC Radio series in 1953 and 1954, during an album-recording hiatus that ended with the release of the legendary Songs For Young Lovers in 1954.

Ol’ Blue Eyes played the eponymous hero in the 25 episode-strong series and was supported by a host of Hollywood stars along the way, including the likes of Raymond Burr.

In Monday’s episode, Rocket To The Morgue, Rocky has no choice but to take a mysterious invitation which calls for him to abandon his rooming house with potentially no return. It turns out this could be his big chance to be the first man in space - but is this moonshot a load of moonshine?

In Tuesday’s episode, Steven In A Rest Home, Rocky turns reluctant hero, when he finds himself at the centre of a complicated identity scam.

***Across Christmas week, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 December, 10am- 10.30am (repeat 3-3.30pm) - 4 Extra will broadcast as selection of classic American Mystery Theater episodes. The first two feature Frank Sinatra, the final episode on Friday 25 December features Orson Welles

Friday 25 December


10.00-10.30am

BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA

Mystery Theater: The Black Museum – Orson Welles

The series Mystery Theater hails from the from the golden days of American radio in the 1940s and 50s, when many of Hollywood's greatest screen stars were regular performers - often re-enacting their famous film roles.


Orson Welles is our guide to The Black Museum, Scotland Yard's ghoulish repository of crime-related ephemera. It was first opened (but not to the public) in 1875. What seems mundane at first glance, even a simple raincoat, can be connected to brutal murder. In this episode a man faces capital punishment. Can any arguments be made that may throw up cause for reasonable doubt?

Writer, director, producer and auteur Orson Welles (1915-1985) is guaranteed a place in the pantheon of cinemas creative heroes (Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil). This series is one of several fascinating sidesteps into a medium which arguably contributed to Welles' original success – radio (his infamously successful US radio adaptation of HG Wells’ War of the Worlds on 30th October 1938 was still fresh in the memory).

Thanks to maverick independent producer Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009), British radio was host to his dulcet tones for a time in the early 1950s – in this instance as guide through the grim and ominous collection of objects connected to significant British crimes.

Produced by Towers of London and first broadcast in the USA in 1952.

***Across Christmas week, from Monday 21st to Friday 25th December, 10:00 – 10:30 (repeat 15:00 – 15:30) - Radio 4 Extra will broadcast as selection of classic American Mystery Theater episodes. The first two feature Frank Sinatra.

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The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains

This five-part dramatisation of Neil Gaiman’s multi-award-winning novelette has revenge for a terrible crime at its heart.


The story is inspired by a Hebridean myth and was originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the Graphic Festival with celebrated comics artist, Eddie Campbell, illustrating the tale.

In episode one, a dwarf seeks a guide to a certain cave on Scotland’s Misty Isle.

Producer/Karen Rose for Sweet Talk
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Monday 23 November


10.45-11.00pm

BBC RADIO 4

Book at Bedtime 5 parts on all week
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Iblis (or Eblis) Devil in Islam, means 'to despair' and Angel of Death Azreal name means. 'One Whom Helps God.'
Samael Devil & Angel of Death In Judaism, name means 'Venom of God.'
Christianity Devil Lucifer means 'Bearer of Light.' and there is no Angel of death, Sometimes Michael is given as the good angel of death, name means Who Is Like God', or Gabriel (The Strength of God.) is sometimes given or even Samael. Of course Death appears in the Book of Revelation and rides a pale horse.

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Well in The Radio Times they highlighted the picks of the week, And then there Were None (recently voted favourite Agatha Christie Novel on the Christie website if you want to have a peek) sadly they said it was on the BBC world Service (pg 5 in 5 to 11 sept 2015 issue.) it's not. It's on 4 extra (well was & now on i-player.)

It's sad when the RADIO Times can't get it right, but radio drama is dying on the Beeb. It was all but been removed from the World Service (the writing comp is a sad reminder of the great plays that were produced.) and the person responsible for this loss? Gwyneth Williams (more science less history and drama.) she is head of Radio 4 and now radio 4 extra and already the Friday Night Drama slot is mainly documentaries, the only radio 4 drama after the watershed, afternoon reading reduced and 4 extra (radio 7) is being turned into a repeat for radio 4, docs & shows like Desert Island Discs, In The Psychiatrist's Chair. As it says on Wiki it's becoming know as Radio bore MK2.

And then comes the news of the death of Xfm on the 21s of Sept. Manchester & London strands are to be combined as Radio X, Johnny Vaughan will take over in Manchester from Clint Boon, so there goes the local support to indie music, Inspiral Carpet's keyboardist replaced by minor tv celeb. Chris Moyles will do mornings, the aim is to cover 25 to 44 old men, oh good grief.

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Perchance to Dream

http://suptales.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/perchance-to-dream.html?spref=fb
due out in October 2015, a must for anyone.

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Saturday 18 April

2.30-3.30pm

BBC RADIO 4

The Raft Of The Medusa

Written by Simon Armitage, this drama is set in the near future. After months of continuous rain, all coastal areas of the UK are flooded. Bella and Jude are marooned on their farm in Kent with dwindling supplies, made all too clear by the arrival of a stranger who floats in.

The drama was inspired by Derek Jarman and provides the soundtrack to a new film by Richard Heslop, which can be seen on the Radio 4 website, where listeners can also discover a rich selection of art and photography, archive interviews and writing inspired by Derek Jarman.

Shortly before his death in 1994, Jarman was considering making a film based on Theodore Gericault’s The Raft Of The Medusa, which depicts a group of desperate men abandoned on a raft at sea. He wrote about it in his notebook, but the film was never made.

Taking clues from Jarman, Simon Armitage’s radio drama is also inspired by flood and isolation. Richard Heslop worked as Jarman’s cinematographer and his accompanying film is inspired by Jarman’s passion for painting and colour as well as Armitage’s script. The music is by another of Derek Jarman’s collaborators, Simon Fisher Turner.

Before the drama, Jonathan Watts introduces listeners to Derek Jarman’s ‘first’ art form – painting – in which he found a welcome escape. From an early age he delighted in collage and the primacy of paint.

Contributors include Richard Heslop, Timothy Hyman, Tacita Dean, Simon Fisher Turner, Richard Salmon and William Fowler.

With Amaka Okafor as Bella; Catherine Cusack as Jude; and Gabriel Constantin as Gregor.

Sound design by Alisdair McGregor. Music by Simon Fisher Turner. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

Producers/Jeremy Mortimer and Kate Bland for Cast Iron Radio and Recording Limited

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