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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Unman, Wittering And Zigo
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:58:55 PM »
      Quite enjoyed this Giles Cooper play, he really was a pioneer in his use of the Radio Workshop in the 50's.  Though the style of speech was rooted in its era you cannot thwart the script which is relevant any time.  And some of his other plays like "The Disagreeable Oyster" or "Under The Loofah Tree" are really out there in their bizarre nature, the current slant on plays could do with this to ram home some of their scripts.

   

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Ryuchi Sakamoto was once in the Yellow Magic Orchestra where he helped write "Behind The Mask" which Eric Clapton 'borrowed'. !

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Good Books & Readings / Re: AudioGO files for administration
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:21:09 PM »
Strangely, there has recently been a lot of the newest audio releases coming out via Penguin Random House Ltd, but finding out about them is somewhat difficult.  It was
only by purchasing the McLevy and Pilgrim titles Amazon flagged up the 'you might be interested in' selling point.  And the BBC has dug out some interesting stuff, such
as Lester Powell's Philip Odell series from 1958 with Robert Beatty in the title role.   Others due in the coming months include Inspector West with Patrick Allen, Maigret
with Maurice Denham, and there are others that should have been dug up for Radio 4 Extra but they do not seem ready to dig into the archives lately.  Though some of
the most recent issues have also included titles that have been on the radio fairly recently such as Raffles, Mrs Bradley, A Touch Of Frost, Dixon Of Dock Green. 
It is an odd situation as these titles come under the heading Classic Radio Crime which it surely is, but who administrates the project is not entirely clear - but as you
may know the BBC Shop site closed down a year or so ago and its only by luck I came upon this information - there is no site available to find out.  The releases are
available as cd issues as well as downloads for which you would have to fork out, and that is if you are so inclined.


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     This seemed more a labour of love from David Ashton's point of view, it was a bit laboured to my mind  - still you can't blame him for it.
Personally, I would have preferred if he had continued to use Boswell as the friend of Dr Johnson in the further alphabetical adventures in a
continuation of "Dr Johnson's Dictionary Of Crime".   But then Timothy West may not have been available, he seems to be sadly absent from the radio in the last few years.




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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: McLevy
« on: November 13, 2016, 03:35:24 PM »
What an odd situation, Max Carrados will re-surface in the The Rivals (of Sherlock Holmes) Monday on R4, again the thought seems to be to skirt around the ideal.  Much as has happened with The Other Simenon - rather then exploring the Maigret tales, which for my mind would be more interesting.

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: McLevy
« on: November 02, 2016, 01:08:01 AM »
You hit the right button there Janaru (great to see you on the boards again!), the preachy emphasis does ware a bit, no doubt it has always been a part of some drama - though it was a lot more subtle in the past.

It\'s a shame that the Max Carrados plays from 96 have not found there way onto R4X starring as they did Simon Callow as Max and Lionel Jeffries as Parkinson.  One tale \"The Eyes Of Max Carrados\" was dramatised by Bert Coules for Mr Punch Productions which probably do not exist anymore.  Shame, a certainly credible version of the tales, and with an entertaining smile to them.

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: McLevy
« on: October 08, 2016, 03:15:20 PM »
I agree tepeethetroll, I found the Falco agreeable in many respects due to the casting of Anton Lesser, his voice belies his years.  And I also enjoyed the Cadfael series with the authentic Welsh voice (so sadly not among us anymore) of Philip Madoc.  

But again the sadly interesting thing is that the half hour serialisation of drama has dissapeared from the Radio 4 remit.  They originally were part of the 6:30 slot in the evening on occasion and latterly they popped up on a Wednesday morning in the 11:30 a.m. place.  Now of course whenever there is another half hour to the filled there is another wacky comedy series and we are certainly being fed enough of them.

No doubt the expense of securing the rights, hiring a dramatist, and all that goes along with that is the main reason why not anymore, but there is definetly no shortage of material to go at.

Still, the fairly recent updates of the lost Paul Temple stories was a welcome addition and a hark back to those days, no doubt due to the kudos that Patrick Rayner has earned throughout the years of his work on radio.

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Tracks
« on: October 04, 2016, 04:02:29 PM »
Another new concept in programming,a series of nine episodes in a continuing story which despite it\'s title is a little hard to keep track of.
Maybe its production, the constant re-cap which somehow leaves me wondering should I care?.  But the concept was interesting, shame about the story.

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / McLevy
« on: October 04, 2016, 03:52:25 PM »
So the final series of McLevy will debut on the 10th of October in the afternoon drama slot of 2:15 p.m. and will continue until the 13th, so we are to get the last episodes in one week as opposed to the weekly instalments.  And on the saturday of 8th there is a remake of the pilot episode from 1999 though a little longer then the original and cast change from that debut with Jean and Mulholland, and Roach joining the cast this time.
           
          It\'s a shame McLevy has come to an end on the radio, though David Ashton continues the tale via his novels, it\'s sad that a relialbly enjoyable series with interesting characters has to go, they will be hard pressed to find a replacement (if they are at all bothered).
         
            (please note: I am not a new contributer to the beebotron, you may remember me as Vortigan, somehow I got lost in the wonder)

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