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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / RTE Plays
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:18:28 PM »
I don't know if anyone has posted this link before, but I happened upon the RTE site and found they have quite a lot of radio drama on there. I haven't actually listened to much, but the couple I have tried seem of a pretty decent standard and a nice alternative to the usual stuff and as a few on here are really suffering from a shortage of decent things to listen to I thought I'd put it here.

http://www.rte.ie/drama/radio/plays/index-az/

It's a nice simple interface, not trying to be jazzy or owt which I like.

I just noticed the first three of four I downloaded are half hour plays something the beeb don't usually bother with, I prefer 45min to an hour personally but needs must.

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You are very welcome! :)

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Hi Truthy, have hopefully just sent file to your Gmail address, will message tomorrow to catch up.

J

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I have been the same for more than twenty five years.

Since a kid I can't fall asleep without listening to spoken word, it used to be a shortwave radio and earpiece, American Forces radio, World Service or even stuff like radio Tirana and their English News.
Since the advent of the Walkman around 1982, I recorded radio drama and my obsession spiralled, I can't sleep without an earpiece these days and my job has me driving 3-5 hours a day, so a USB stick loaded with new stuff mixed with old favourites not only makes it tolerable, it actually makes me look forward, as a bonus I miss all the inane chatter and musical choices of the drones on radio.
With the advent of bluetooth headphones, (a WONDERFUL addition to technology, I can load up my phone and walk the dog whilst listening to a play or series, a short walk would be listening to something like Cabin Pressure, a regular being an afternoon drama or long walk a Saturday play or SNT.

Although the people described in that piece sound like folks I'd go a long way to avoid (given their language describing themselves) it is heartening to think a new generation of avid listener is emerging, I started to actually despair that we were in a terminal decline.
One issue is still in the short term the people now in management positions at the beeb are the muppets brought up in the 80s/90s where reality and soap and "alternative" humour was king, but as thrusting young go getters from the podcast generation replace them, that might be the light at the end of the tunnel.

One thing I learned from that as well, was the Audible Whispersync service sounds BRILLIANT!
Read your book, continue audibly on journey to and from work and settle down with book afterwards... genius!

I have long thought the Beeb are missing a financial goldmine by not putting their vast library online and charging a Spotify type subscription for it, I think the take up would potentially be enormous.

Thanks for the link Ironeyes.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:44:46 AM »
Bien venue de retour Dear Lady P,


Radio is sanity, this Saturday for the first time ever, I found NOTHING to listen to, and felt bereft.

Look forward to seeing more from ya Lady P.
Cheers Y'all.

If I can help ease your void Tru, give me a pm as I have an idea.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:34:16 AM »


I like risque humour  but hate vulgarity, and I dont usually  like cruel humour or banana skin type.   I agree entirely with you about Dads Army, although with me that was the other way round, I didnt "get" it at first when I was a teenager but I appreciate the gentle humour now.
And yes "YesMinister" is a real classic and still so true today!  Other Golden Oldie gentle commedies star my namesake:  The Good Life and tTo the Manor Born.



May I as a recent interloper also  welcome you back and hope you're able to control your health issues and not have them control you.

I am in agreement with you regarding cruel or banana skin humour I enjoyed as a kid when Bob Monkhouse used to present silent movies visual slapstick was acceptable, obviously but with 'talkies' you deserve a better input from the makers... sadly Laurel & Hardy rarely make it to our screens these days but their early stuff still makes me laugh and is the perfect combination.

As Ironeyes says when stuff from your youth still does it it's magical.

I remember well, watching with my parents the first series of 'Last of the Summer Wine', it was billed and presented as the first comedy specifically featuring older people. As a relative youth, I actually found it amusing and enlightening and the realisation that older folks both had problems and could be amusing was a revealation.

It's longevity led it to become a pantomime, parody and farce, but as it descended in quality to my eyes, I learned not to be to harsh on it, as at regular intervals an actor who I had liked in a previous film or programme would turn up and it was like a place for older 'stars' or character actors to ply their trade, I liked this as it felt like they would stay 'relevant' into their dotage.

I am with you regarding Dads Army, I never found it funny, amusing yes, but not funny,, HOWEVER it was always likeable a great cast and maybe the best show ever to highlight how we as a nation really don't take ourselves to seriously whilst still being good at what's important.

The shows such as The Good Life and To the Manor Born, dismissed as middle class and twee by the 'Alternative' generation of comedians are still shown and are better appreciated now, whereas the supposed 'Superstars' of that time The Young Ones, Five go Mad, Bottom and so on look horrendously dated and childish... something of a delicious irony and I say that whilst enjoying them at the time the old saying Style is fleeting but Class is eternal pretty much applies.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:36:51 AM »
I think it's very much to do with age. Psychologists say that a lot of the music we hear in our teens tends to stick (and be appreciated for ever) because our brains are undergoing great neurological changes over those years.

Surely in the same way, tv programmes and films experienced at that age can also remain in our affection, even though later productions may be superior in every sense, and we may now value those later productions more than the earlier material.

The key is what made us happy when we were changing from children into adults.

Looking back, what I never forget is that whatever I laughed at and was entertained by when I was growing up, was the best available at the time (or so I thought), but I certainly wouldn't expect to have the same reaction towards it now. When I do though, it's magic.

That's possibly a more articulate version of what I was trying to say and I agree with just about all of it.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:32:49 PM »
I have thought about this a fair bit recently as I seem to get more and more disconnected from what is popularly considered funny these days.

 It's obvious our age can play a part, but your second point about the world less innocent may have a lot to do with this.

I used to argue with my Mother in Law quite a lot regarding humour, I can be rude and even mildly obscene, I find tasteless humour funny at times BUT it needs to have thought put into it, swearing and smut are not in and of themselves funny.

Reading that back I can't help but find myself becoming a little po-faced about it.

As an example, I loved Father Ted when it came out, it's irreverent, tactless, tasteless at times,  often juvenile, but it made me laugh.

I watch it occasionally now these days and though I have a warm feeling towards it, it hasn't stood the test of time for me, Fawlty Towers is another, I admire and acknowledge how clever and well played it was yet it no longer makes me laugh.

I have dug out the DVD of Dinnerladies and we are rewatching again and despite knowing the dialogue, it's brilliantly delivered and I still laugh out loud... exactly the same happens when I listen to Cabin Pressure.

It seems as if there genuinely is an expiry date on a lot of comedy, stuff Like Dads Army, Open all Hours were never laugh out loud funny they were gentle and amusing instead, they seem to bear up better as do the genuinely clever stuff like Frasier or Yes Minister the word play in them is and always will be a source of amusement.

In truth, you could make a case that what I've typed is a meandering mess and that the passing years dull or change your humour, sort of erosion of the funny bone, so maybe it is age, just from a slightly different perspective.

I've not helped have I? :-\

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And I'll do the same with 9th Gate.

I must admit I don't/won't usually watch Polanski because of the being a paedophile (allegedly) thing, he gets somewhat different treatment from the press than say Gary Glitter or Rolf Harris*, but I have had the internal debate many times about not supporting unpleasant people and their art, it rarely ends with the same outcome, which I think proves the difficulty of trying to impose black and white rules in a technicolour world.

I totally agree about Depp though, can't stand the Pirate franchise thing, but most other things I have seen him in, he has been very endearing, Willy Wonka Edward Scissorhands etc.


* Not comparing them artistically, merely from a celebrity point.

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A very fair point, there are a few, but VERY few men writers who write in a manner which is both sympathetic AND uses a womans  talents and attributes, Willy Russell is possibly the only one that springs to mind, though you could argue that Alan Bennett is also of that ilk.

I also agree that, even with the best of intention, it's very easy for male humour to allude to sexist themes, even if it's unintentional, this is often the theme for 'Funny'* women as well, but mostly goes by without comment.

As an example, I find Jo Brand one of the single most sexist performers out there, she may have softened with age, I find her unwatchable, but her sneering anti men themes used to be the bedrock of her act.

I think the irreverence of VWs scripts and the total lack of aggression is the stand out quality, after of course the fact that her outlook on life was just bloody funny! ;D







*Funny would not be my description of her.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:11:17 AM »
Interesting you say that, I also realised many years after Lucille had gone, whilst looking at some pictures of her and her with her husband Desi, what a really attractive couple they were.

I never found her funny, but my parents watched it, I remember well Gale Gordon as Mr Mooney, 'Here's Lucy' I think.

Her voice really grated with me and I never much liked slapstick comedy in the 'Talkie' era.

Like MTM she was responsible with her production company for some iconic shows and was possibly the first and most important 'Iconic Woman' of television, Star Trek and Mission Impossible being probably the most high profile.

I may not have enjoyed her as a performer, but I certainly admired her achievements.

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Weirdly, last night on 'Dave' channel they showed the first and last episodes of 'Dinnerladies'

I adore the show as does my wife, in fact it's her favourite ever comedy she stated last night, what struck me watching it was the quality from first to last never wavered a scintilla. I could make a case for it being, like 'Cabin Pressure' on radio, the very best of its genre.

We have watched the series possibly seven or eight times all the way through and we know all the jokes, but as with 'Cabin Pressure', it matters not a jot and I laugh out loud again and again.

The whole cast (with the exception of Julie Walters who's character I can't stand) are sublime, Anne Reid not only has a beautiful face, but she is an exceptional comedy actress.. no, correction, exceptional actress.

It personally bugs me when I used to hear people say that Victoria Wood is one of the funniest women on television, she wasn't, she was one of the funniest PEOPLE on television, her gender is irrelevant to laughter, where I can understand their point is, it's much harder to be given the opportunity as a woman.

In truth, throughout her career, she made some of the most touching yet hilarious shows I've ever watched, thinking as we viewed that we will no longer get to see her in anything new is immensely sad for us, but tragic that at a mere 62, we have lost a comedy giant.

I can think of a few from the music business I will miss terribly from 2016, but VW might be the biggest loss to me from showbiz in that terrible year.

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The Movie Phorum / Re: RIP
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:08:21 AM »
Just seen this, I too fondly remember MTM The Dick Van Dyke Show is one of my oldest fond memories as a lad, her own show was less available over here, but sadly, I don't think over here, that people quite understood how revolutionary she was in getting Women taken seriously as programme makers, the same could be said of Lucille Ball who, whilst I didn't find funny or enjoy, I had tremendous admiration for in the same way.

As well as her own shows and spin off (Rhoda and Phyliss for example) Bob Newhart Show, Betty White Show were also MTM productions as were two of my all time favourites, Lou Grant and Hill Street Blues, land mark shows both.

St Elsewhere and WKRP Cinncinnatti were also MTM show that are hailed these days, but I was less fond of those.

A real pioneer was MTM, a formidable Lady and in her hey day, although less relelvant, rather pretty.

RIP.

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I agree with the sentiment, I was just disappointed with it, like I said, Day of the Triffids is almost its contemporary but is FAR superior, it is though done by Giles Cooper who I believe the Radio Drama awards are named after.

If you're interested I can drop you the files.

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Ah! I see how that reads... I was in my head referencing my own other post, I did know that, but it looks like I didn't.

I caught the majority of 'Finding Neverland' recently, a film about the life of JM Barrie, Johnny Depp does a really quite touching performance as Barrie, it is a rather lovely old fashioned family film, I enjoyed it immensely and of course Deb needed a second hankie.

Unrelated to the thread subject I know, but I recommend it.

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