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R4 Extra (The Station Formerly Known As R7) Matter / Stoned!
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:04:38 AM »
I've said it once and I'll say it again, the series is one long drawn out scratch of nails down a blackboard (not that many people know what those are these days!)
Erm, how should we describe that ?
Sub-standard, whine, drawn out, trashy, cheap, grinding

"oh well we're lucky to have anything worth listening to" I hear you say!

The writer had a budget for 10 eps and very few ideas, so guess what, he pads it out like a MacDonalds, and draaaaags it out to get paid for 10 episodes for the value of 4! A cunning wheeze that!

Thanks Teepee! And for preparing me for a disappointment in the next episode ;-)

Say I'm not barking for liking the 1st ep of this series. Markedly "Silly" with a capital S, series!
Good fun, made me smile!
L.A. for 29 days

The Man Who Wasn't Dead
Angstrom, Series 1 Episode 1 of 4

Matthew Holness stars as Knut Ångström, a brooding, alcoholic, maverick Swedish detective from the tough streets of Oslo, in a Scandinavian detective yarn adapted from the bestselling Ångström trilogy by Martin English (writing as Bjorgen Swedenssonsson).

Following the death of his wife, Ångström is posted to the Njalsland peninsula where he becomes embroiled in a labyrinthine murder (or possibly not-murder) case which bears an eerie similarity to the Askeladden killings - a case from his distant past.

In episode 1, a body goes missing from a crime scene. But was it ever even there in the first place?

A new comedy series by writers of the Ladybird Books for Grown Ups, Charlie Brooker's ...Wipe, That Mitchell and Webb Look and A Touch of Cloth.

Written by Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley
Cast: Matthew Holness, Nadia Kamil, Simon Kane, Morgana Robinson, David Reed, Freya Parker.
Production Co-ordinator: Tamara Shilham
Produced by Lyndsay Fenner

A BBC Studios production.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:39:55 PM »
Shardlake ep 9 .... and just as I thought I'd vaguely, very vaguely mind, managed to stay abreast ... then woooops back to starting point, find I've twigged to ABSOLUTELY NOWT!

The adaptation is utterly chaotic and quite beyond my grasp!


Lawks! No Numpty You! Perish the thought.
Hugs :-)

As mentioned in the OP J-ru. You may be viewing from a small screen or a tablet and didn't scroll down. Or read the post just before I edited it to include that info. :-)

So interesting  E - X - C - E - P - T  reference to a tragic silver fox farm ... of course that clinched it: won't be reading THAT BOOK, unless someone can cite the page numbers so I can skip the passage.
The man is ASTOUNDING.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:16:22 AM »
Heya Kron, great to hear from you.
And yes, all credit to RICK that the good ship Beebotron is afloat and well.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 09, 2018, 01:07:27 PM »
The thread should best be renamed It's New Year TeePee
Big Hello, huge 2018 greetings to you.
Thanks for your evaluations about Shardlake and Cadfael. Have been listening to Shardlake twice and getting on better w/it as a result.
Hope you and your "clan" are well and happy.
All kind regards.

Episode 1
Colin Thubron - In Siberia Episode 1 of 10

4 Extra Debut. The soul of Siberia described through its buildings, people and amazing quirks of nature. Read by John Rowe. From January 2000.

Been searching for this for years, since first airing. Quite wonderful. Beautifully written, adapted and read. Don't miss it. Nice and seasonal too as we enter the toughest season of the year. First broadcast as a book at bedtime. Wonderful to catch by a fireside, sipping a bedtime drink wrapped in warm dressing-gown by the fire.

Over on R4 Book Club Colin Thubron is the guest discussing this remarkable work. Astonishingly, aged 78 the man is off to chart the Amur river separating Russia from China. "It is the 9th longest and nobody’s ever heard of it. It arises in Mongolia and flows east toward the Pacific; it’s the long border between Siberia in the north and China, Manchuria, in the south, and it’s a very important border because it’s where China and Russia meet over many hundreds of miles."

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:11:11 PM »
It is something you have to get into. I always do tune in when I see it. May have missed two series thinking they were just repeats!

Far prefer Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael adventures, alas the Beeb only made a very few. The author is a GEM.

Radio Matters / Re: SAM COOKE
« on: January 06, 2018, 06:43:04 PM »
Indeed TF, but I was surprised to have to re-learn about the way he died, and to wonder if the fact that he isn't played enough has something to do with it.
What a voice, what a composer. Great talent.
The documentary is really well put together. Low key, high impact!

Radio Matters / SAM COOKE
« on: January 06, 2018, 03:24:57 PM »
Radio 4 Extra
A Change Is Gonna Come, by Sam Cooke
Soul Music, Series 23
28 days to listen.

Soul Music explores a song that has become synonymous with the American Civil Rights Movement, Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come released in December 1964 two weeks after he was shot dead in Los Angeles. Contributors include Sam Cooke's brother LC, singer Bettye Lavette who sang it for Barack Obama at his inaugural ceremony and civil rights activists from the Freedom Summer of 64, Jennifer Lawson and Mary King.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

This is a MUST LISTEN!
Memory had somehow erased the tragic circumstances of Cooke's death.
The feature focuses on the song "Change is Gonna Come" and comments are made by various people involved in Cooke's life and or the civil rights movement.

OUTSTANDING Radio THANKS BBC, that's the standard we would like to see more often.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 06, 2018, 03:18:19 PM »
Yeah! Jan I've been following the hunchback detective ... 2nd time I've tuned into a series about him. 2nd time I simply cannot GET IT! Still I keep trying and it is better 'n nowt!
Have you tried the Pale Horse from Friday (Christie adaptation)
There is an AWESOME feature on SAM COOKE, sent shivers down my spine

More later
Happy New Ones (sorry if I've already said it)

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:19:53 AM »
Oooops Dear I.E. let's put the glitch down to an Xmas moment! ;-) (Too much spirit!)

Radio Matters / Re: Four Seasons - Read by Anton Lesser
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:16:34 PM »
I'll see if I can find a link.

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