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H.G. Wells - Ann Veronica 1/2 Eps
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:20:07 PM »
Radio 4
Classic Serial http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fdkd1
Episode 1
Drama, Ann Veronica Episode 1 of 2
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Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells 1/2
Dramatised by Ellen Dryden
Spirited and fiercely intelligent, Ann Veronica is a 21st Century woman in an Edwardian Hobble skirt. She runs away from her stiflingly conventional home and her domineering father to make a fresh start in London. A lively and surprising story; not least because it's created by H.G. Wells.

Produced and directed by Pauline Harris

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N.B. EPISODE 2 is dramatized by Lavinia Murray. The storytelling is witty and ironic and Ann Veronica caused a scandal in its time because of the feminist sensibilities of the heroine and also because of the affair Wells was having with Amber Reeves, the woman who inspired the novel's eponymous character. This is a relatively unknown and unexpected novel by Wells. The Spectator described Ann Veronica as a "poisonous book..." Although unlikely to offend modern listeners, this novel addresses many feminist versus femininity issues that are still relevant today.

Amy Hoggart who stars as Ann Veronica is a stand-up comedian and actress, best known for starring in Almost Royal, a faux-reality show on BBC America. She portrays a low-ranking heir to the British throne, Poppy Carlton. Other credits include Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016) and Crackanory (2013).

She is the daughter of renowned journalist Simon Hoggart, niece of Times television critic Paul Hoggart, and granddaughter of sociologist Richard Hoggart. Amy attended Cambridge University,and was a member of the Footlights, whilst reading English.

The novel deals with the early stages of what is arguably the most important social development of the 20th C. the education and financial and sexual liberation of women. And the fact is that, nearly a hundred years later, the problem of women who want to marry, have children and pursue a liberating career, is still not easy to solve. Wells makes a good case for freer sexual relationships, but Amber Reeves - and later Rebecca West - were the ones whose lives were changed - by bearing and bringing up a child by him.

Geoffrey Whitehead plays Ann's father, Mr. Stanley - most recent credits include Geoffrey in Not Going Out as Lee Mack's disapproving father-in-law, and Mr. Newbold in Still Open All Hours. His career spans decades and he has appeared in a huge range of television, film and radio roles. In the theatre, he has played at the Shakespeare Globe, St. Martin's Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

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Re: H.G. Wells - Ann Veronica 1/2 Eps
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 11:22:21 AM »
I like Wells and if it's a good adaptation, they can be terrific entertainment, mentioning The Admirable Crichton on the other thread, Well's 'Time Machine' is another film I adore from child hood, (the radio adaptation is also superb) but this story I know nothing of and it looks interesting.

I would have had a listen anyway, but mention of Geoffrey Whitehead is guaranteed to get me listening, he's a wonderful actor and especially as a voice actor.

Recently I have been listening to my collection rather than new stuff as it's so barren out there just now, Wally K Dalys 625Y, Donna and the Debonair Diner and of course, the highlight of the brilliant Cabin Pressure is when Mr Birling played by him makes his once a series appearance. I watched an Episode of 'Public Eye' from the Boxset a few months ago and a very young Mr Whitehead appears with Alfred Burke in that and I have fond memories of him on radio and the tv in Second Thoughts, as James Bolams boss Geoffrey, another of those that if in a play/show, you know it's likely to be good... the one exception I can think of recently was in a DREADFUL series I believe called 'The Royal Bodygaurd' with David Jason, JW was his usual magnificent self, Jason on the other hand... well.. I don't think Orthodox Jews would have it in the house, the amount of Ham there was on display.

To meet him and have him call me "Dear Boy" in that way of his, has always been an ambition.

Look forward to this also.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 09:48:40 PM »
His presence lends stature IMO, you are right. Just to clarify though Admirable Crichton is a J.M. Barrie creation.

I'm looking forward to part 2.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 07:54:00 AM »
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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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017, 12:33:20 AM »
Thanks for the tip! I'll seek it out! Oddly, in my house the big Depp fan is Philippe (hubby). The guy does have remarkable lightness and changes like a chameleon but I simply cannot be doing with those deadly boring pirate films!
To me his very best of bests is The 9th Gate ... but that tremendous Polanski puts the seal of genius upon it (yes, yes, I know, America wants to lock him up and toss the key). Those two together with tremendous camera play, plot and script combine to make ***** entertainment.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 08:44:06 AM »
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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