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Now I wish I hadn\'t mentioned it. Nothing crude about it. Oh, well.

\"Entertaining\"? Not how I\'d describe it. Scared the crap out of me.

Kind Hearts and Coronets it wasn\'t!

BBC Radio 4 Extra - Jim Broadbent - A Sense of History

In keeping his family estate intact, the 23rd Earl of Leete has resorted to the odd murder and a degree of coercion. Stars Jim Broadbent.

That he plays the part to perfection isn\'t surprising, not only because he\'s Jim Broadbent, but because he wrote the piece (a fact which the BBC website, with the careful attention to detail to which we\'ve become wearily accustomed, fails to mention).

6 days left to listen

Still a couple of days left to listen to this. Still recommended.

BBC Radio 4 Extra - Voices From the Grave, Middlewitch

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Ironeyes Wrote:
> Matamore! Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Is she as bad as my on-line left-wing mates (I have no mates in real life, of course!) make out?
> As you haven\'t revealed what your mates have said, that would seem to be a question that\'s
> impossible to answer with any degree of meaningfulness.

I must learn, in future, to express all queries in SQL, Prolog, or first-order predicate calculus, in order to forestall any possible charges of ambiguity, imprecision, vagueness, incompleteness and/or incoherence. (I fear this may be one of those threads!)

> Apparently, the petition has been withdrawn, but the report that sparked it all off is here:-
> Laura Kuennsberg video

(I can\'t see anything dreadful in that particular video, which is the first I\'ve seen of her.)

Talking of logic, what do you make of the validity of the argument in the following extract from the above Guardian article?

Quote from: \"Laura Bates\"

While male political reporters have faced similar accusations of bias, they tend to come without the side helping of abuse. Supporters of the petition have reacted angrily to the criticism, describing talk of sexism as a \"diversion\" from the main issue at hand. But no matter how passionate you are about a cause, painting sexism as a distraction from what\'s \"really important\" implies that such abuse should be brushed under the carpet for the greater good.

(I think it\'s a load of dingo\'s kidneys, but I\'d have to be on better form that I am now to explain exactly why. It might make a good exercise in textual criticism for an introductory philosophy class, which I\'d probably flunk.)


(This expands to: \"\", but the Phorum software mangles that URL, so I\'ve had to shorten it ... Funnily enough, that link works, so use it if you don\'t trust my \"\" link!)

I don\'t have a TV set (only an old analogue set, which I use for watching DVDs - currently Breaking Bad - and VHS recordings), so I\'ve never actually seen this Kuenssberg character!

Is she as bad as my on-line left-wing mates (I have no mates in real life, of course!) make out?

Matamore! Wrote:
> BBC Radio 4 - John Finnemore\'s Souvenir Programme, Series 3, Episode 1
> Including Lucy\'s Complex Dilemma - definitely one for Truthyness!

It\'s on again!

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Finding Harpo\'s Voice
« on: April 26, 2016, 08:46:54 PM »
BBC Radio 4 - Finding Harpo\'s Voice

The internationally acclaimed cellist Steven Isserlis first encountered the Marx brothers as a teenager when he saw their film \"The Cocoanuts\". And it was the character of Harpo Marx, the silent clown of the brothers, who spoke to him the most directly. The young Steven became a huge fan, to the extent that, instead of practising, he would go to the library to read everything he could find about him and, as Harpo so famously did, instead of shaking people\'s hands, he would offer his leg instead.

But Harpo wasn\'t always silent. There were the noises of the horns which became his voice substitute. And at most times during the films he would play the harp- the instrument that got him his stage name. As a musician, this made Steven all the more interested in him.

Steven explores how Harpo came to be the silent Marx brother- he could talk perfectly well but stopped on stage after a bad review. However, without using his voice, Harpo managed to create a unique language with the use of props, sounds and of course his harp. What were the elements of this creation that spoke so eloquently to Steven and what legacy has the silence left?

He travels to the home of Bill Marx, Harpo\'s eldest son who he first met decades earlier and who first showed him Harpo\'s raincoat and wig. Steven gets another chance to put them on and to hear the sound of the famous horns.

Steven also talks to actor Simon Callow about Harpo\'s use of props and the film critic Jonathan Romney about Harpo\'s technique.

He discusses his harp playing with the harpists Charlotte Seale and Imogen Barford.

And he discusses Harpo with the poet and critic Charlene Fix, author of the booked \"Harpo Marx as Trickster\".

Producer; Emma Kingsley.

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BBC Radio 4 Extra - Lines From My Grandfather\'s Forehead, 06/03/2009

(First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1972.)

Also with great support from Terence Brady and Pauline Yates, as always.

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    Sketch                               Writer(s)?
    ------                               ---------

 1. Shush
 2. World\'s greatest ballerina
 3. Duel
 4. Song: The Gravedigger\'s Wedding
 5. Southern Safety Pins Ltd
 6. Song: Love Is ...
 7. That woman
 8. The Society for People who Use a     Gerald Wiley (surely)
    Lot of Words and Say Very Little
 9. Table d\'hote
10. \"To be or not to be\"
11. \"In olden Scandinavia\"
12. After the play

There\'s only been one episode in this series when there was enough information - the writers were listed out of alphabetical order, for once - for me to be able to form a guess as to which writers or writing teams wrote which sketch. (I\'d love to know.)

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Alison and Maud - divine! The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere is even better.  Gloomsbury is also a delight, especially Alison Steadman\'s Virginia Woolf (Ginny Fox). Thank Heavens for Sue Limb! Even The Sit Crom is worth a listen, although it\'s a bit dull by her standards. Four Joneses and a Jenkins grew on me considerably (one of those series I thought I didn\'t like at first).

(I see the order of messages is getting scrambled by editing again. That really shouldn\'t happen - the scrambling, I mean, not the editing - pace Ironeyes. Anyway, I was replying, in a bit of a rush and without quotation - more haste, less speed, I never learn, and now I\'m fumbling my typing when I should be in bed - er, I was replying to Truthyness\'s \"that series about two sisters running a bed and breakfast (I forget the name)\". I give up, I must get to bed. Excuse the mess.)

I love After Henry! I\'m not quite sure that I\'ve ever heard the whole of series 1 (I think I missed the start of it twice), but I\'ve listened to most of it more than once. My only real complaint (although I agree completely with your description of it as very middle class, and akin to Terry and June - which (whisper it) I\'m ashamed to confess I also used to enjoy, on television, much to the disgust of my working class friend John, when we were on holiday together, and I wanted to watch it) is that it doesn\'t end, it just stops - and on a cliffhanger! I suppose it must be because it transferred to television? (I never saw the television series. I\'m tempted to buy the DVDs, but I doubt if I would ever get around to watching them.) I\'ve bought a second-hand copy of the book, but haven\'t read it yet, and have no idea if it will settle the question of \"what happens next\" in the radio series. (Probably not.)

If No Commitments ever starts again from the beginning, would somebody please give a loud shout? I, too, am really pained if I can\'t listen to a series from the start; and I\'ve never managed to catch this one. I\'ve probably dipped into it at least once, and thought I wouldn\'t like it, but I want to give it a proper try. (I often make mistakes, thinking I\'m not going to like a series, only to find I\'ve missed something really good.)

BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Goon Show, The Nasty Affair at the Burami Oasis

My note on this episode, written on one of several previous occasions on which I\'ve listened to it, says, among other things:

Has much use of the word \"wog\".

Please correct me if I\'m wrong (I hope I am), but, having just listened to this episode again, I\'m pretty sure that the offending word, along with whatever context goes with it, has been deleted. Yet, there isn\'t a word about this censorship on the web page. It is possible that some announcement was made before the broadcast of the programme, but because the BBC in its wisdom has decided to clip the surrounding context from (most but not all) programmes on Listen Again, it is impossible to tell.

I hope it\'s obvious that I\'m not defending racist language, only opposing censorship that censors mention of its own existence.

Iain Meadows -- Interviews in Sherwood

In 2013 Iain\'s company Spiteful Puppet released Hood: Noble Secrets an audio drama offering a different take on the Robin Hood legend, written and directed by Iain himself.

Merle Nygate co-wrote the third episode, according to the closing credits.

The spotty herberts who maintain the BBC website become sloppier by the week, and I couldn\'t find the author\'s name, either.

Even the production company, Spiteful Puppet, has a website that is flashy and bloated to the point of unusability, although perhaps somebody with a more robust computer will have better luck with it than I did. Even this page is all advertising, and leaves me none the wiser. The Amazon website is even more badly maintained than the BBC\'s (and just as maddeningly indispensable), so its suggestion that the director/producer Iain Meadows is also the author must be taken with a pinch of salt. Lee Ingleby\'s Wikipedia page also doesn\'t give away the closely-guarded secret. I give up.

I\'m currently listening to the thrid episode (curse this plague of typing errors!):

BBC Radio 4 Extra - Hood, Warriors\' Harvest

No merry men, these! But I\'m enjoying this revisionist version of the myth (and I\'m glad to see I\'m not the only one). I wouldn\'t make any great claims for it as a drama, and I\'ve a sneaking suspicion that it\'s cashing in on the Game of Thrones craze, while also making some not-too-subtle points about our current political and economic situation (cough), but it passes the time well, and I\'ll listen to it again when they repeat it, which I hope they do. And even though the Sheriff of Nottingham is no longer a simple old-fashioned villain, Maid Marian\'s \'French\' accent gives a good reason to boo, hiss and throw rotten fruit at the radio.

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