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James Mitchell - Red File For Callan
22 days to listen

Hunter has given Schneider a red file and Callan is all too aware of the significance of this. Cheerful, friendly, affluent Schneider with his innocent passion for model soldiers must die. Once again Callan's means to an end is petty criminal Lonely, the most frightened little man in the underworld. It is Lonely who gets him the gun, a Noguchi Magnum 38 calibre. A magnum for Schneider.
The operation is fraught with complications, but Callan's own inhibitions are the most dangerous.
Abridged by Adrian Bean
Producer: Joanna Green
Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra by Pier Productions

Radio Matters / Potential
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:23:13 AM »
Came across this :
and at the site selected took this first bite at the apple:

The play was listenable but "the greatest was behind" ... the show to follow was a "live" quiz dating back from the forties or fifties sponsored by Heinz featuring Boris Karloff, Jan Struther (Mrs. Miniver) and a.n. other. The moderator was tip top, the atmosphere was laid back, the badinage witty. The whole seemed quite modern as compared to the BBC stuffiness at the same period.

I'd  be interested to hear feedback.

Had the dilettante who churned out the pap on license payers' money audible in the BBC link below bothered to surf YouTube he might have spared scarce resources, offered the listener a worthwhile production and found infinitely more valuable material from which to source his poorly presented slapdash effort!

The quality of broadcasting makes one weep!

Famously known as the City of Light, Paris is a diverse metropolis rich in architecture and steeped in history. But it has a dark alter ego that lies 30 metres under the ground, mirroring centuries of bloody wars, revolutions and riots on the surface. For Paris is porous - built on 177 miles of tunnels that were formed when limestone and gypsum were quarried to build the capital. Most people are only aware of just a tiny fraction of these tunnels - the world famous ossuary known as The Catacombs. The authorities have tried to keep a lid on the full extent of the labyrinthine remainder for hundreds of years. But there are little known entry points everywhere - in basements, in train stations, cellars and sewers. Throughout history, invaders have always found a way in, whether they were fighting Prussian soldiers, fleeing royalty of the French Revolution, the Nazis or The Resistance. Today they're home to the cataphiles - urban explorers who use the tunnels as an art space, a music venue or even a clandestine meeting point for secret societies.

The Guardian's architecture and design correspondent Jonathan Glancey investigates the underground maze of Paris, revealing a mysterious and intriguing history.

Help / Re: Beebotron Drama Pages
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:09:35 PM »
This is news breaks my heart. :( 

Quel dommage indeed ... as we say over here!

Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:32:26 AM »
As the posts happened a while ago, can't recall what I did and didn't try to do. Was attempting to change my signature with a Colbert pic & quote ... think the op failed, will give it another go.

Lost our IT wizard -who is also a good friend- to a mining company in Mozambique ... he's working 24/7 there so can't even provide online support anymore. An appointment is scheduled this afternoon to interview a new guy who sounds promising. Fingers crossed as he's going to get me up to speed on new gen smart phones too. So I may be able to crack the pic edit thing at some point in the not too distant future.


I haven't the IQ to follow those darned things ... to follow the plot pencil, paper and total concentration required!  ::)

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: Harold Pinter - Betrayal
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:19:58 AM »
Everything John Osborne is not!
Pinter's keen insight into relationships and betrayals holds the listener's attention. An excellent play with fine performances. Olivia Colman's style seems particularly well suited to the role.
To anyone interested in love triangle situations the production is likely to appeal.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Harold Pinter - Betrayal
« on: April 23, 2017, 02:56:02 AM »
Radio 4

Saturday Drama
29 days to Listen

Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss.

Emma ..... Olivia Colman
Jerry ..... Andrew Scott
Robert ..... Charles Edwards
Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott

Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930. His writing career spanned over 50 years and produced 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays, many dramatic sketches, radio and TV plays, poetry, one novel, short fiction, essays, speeches, and letters. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and, in the same year, the Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry and the Franz Kafka Award (Prague). In 2006 he was awarded the Europe Theatre Prize and, in 2007, the highest French honour, the Légion d'honneur. He died in December 2008.

Andrew Scott recently won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

And the piece is really rather good; well out there in the realms of the original  ;)
Great to hear from you after 7 years *****
Looking forward to more ... before 2024 though as likely I'll be gone by then! ;D

Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:13:24 AM »
I.E. apologies for not responding to your question. It seems some threads and replies went by unnoticed. Am now using the very useful (thanks Rick) "Show new replies to your posts" option and catching up on stuff which I missed. I will respond on the shrinkage shortly. If I'm too late, no worries, I quite understand.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: The Frankie Howerd Show
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:07:14 AM »
Ed, great reading about your valuable contribution enhancing archive content. I look forward to tuning in and will send feedback. Very kind of you to go to all this trouble for us.
Tru 8)

They are so busy tending to their own crocked designs, they go sailing past obvious solutions!


The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Well, A Pun My Sole
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:58:45 AM »
Tee hee! An old chestnut sure enough but a right good'un

The Movie Phorum / Re: Catching up on television...
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:56:01 AM »
Will give it a go, thanks. Been off message these past couple of weeks. Took a trip or two to gay Paree which did me a power of good. Back home now plotting next "sortie".

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