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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #125 on: May 22, 2020, 09:56:32 am »
I see series two of Listen Against started a run last night on 4 Extra. Jon Holmes (his most recent thing was, I think, The Skewer) wrote it and Alice Arnold helps him present. It's respliced sound bite spoof new and a lot funnier than I've described it.  (I think Cassette Boy gets a credit in one episoded or another)
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #126 on: May 22, 2020, 09:57:45 am »
Saturday Afternoon Drama was a re running of Havana Blue, the first in The Havana Quartet detective series. Set in Cuba in 1989 and written by Leonard Padura, I enjoyed it the first time round. For Sam Dale spotters (or is thast just me?), he's in there, as is Michael Bertenshaw, who I first encountered in The Home Front.

Caught some of that. It was good and I have now ordered the first book in the series.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #127 on: May 22, 2020, 11:27:25 am »
My sister who art in Kingston informs me there's a new series of Charles Paris on R4 at 1130. Bill Nighy playing, as ever, a faded actor, this time with added amateur detective.
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #128 on: May 24, 2020, 06:41:30 pm »
They're repeating Cabin Pressure from s1ep1 :
still sheer class.
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #129 on: May 24, 2020, 06:55:26 pm »
We have a difference of opinion.

They're repeating Cabin Pressure from s1ep1 :
still sheer class.

I did hear a couple and couldn't believe how so many talented actors could end up in something so dire.

citoyen

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #130 on: May 24, 2020, 08:30:17 pm »
I find Cabin Pressure a bit hit and miss, but it’s occasionally very funny indeed.
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #131 on: May 24, 2020, 09:52:29 pm »
Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics is good (radio 4) Funny and informative. You do need to have some interest in classical history though I suppose.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #132 on: May 24, 2020, 10:59:29 pm »
We have a difference of opinion.

They're repeating Cabin Pressure from s1ep1 :
still sheer class.

I did hear a couple and couldn't believe how so many talented actors could end up in something so dire.
He is dead to me.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #133 on: May 25, 2020, 07:45:33 pm »
Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics is good (radio 4) Funny and informative. You do need to have some interest in classical history though I suppose.
Yes, she's good. I have to concentrate though. (No bad thing)
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #134 on: June 01, 2020, 06:51:26 pm »
Some time ago I posted on this thread that there was a new series of Tumanbay.   Well there's another - series four started last week, in the afternoon drama slot. It's a set in a fictional ancient city, based on the Mamluk empire of Egypt. There's intrigue, murder, plotting, sex. And Anton Lesser.
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citoyen

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #135 on: June 11, 2020, 09:42:01 pm »
Currently enjoying the adaptation of Pratchett’s Small Gods on 4 Extra (first broadcast in 2006).
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #136 on: June 11, 2020, 11:44:34 pm »
Enjoying the current Charles Paris adaptation with Bill Nighy on R4 - as ever there's some rather nice insider jokes about acting and theatre (with added performance art this time round...)

Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #137 on: July 17, 2020, 10:05:06 am »
I see series two of Listen Against started a run last night on 4 Extra. Jon Holmes (his most recent thing was, I think, The Skewer) wrote it and Alice Arnold helps him present. It's respliced sound bite spoof new and a lot funnier than I've described it.  (I think Cassette Boy gets a credit in one episoded or another)

Series three is running at the moment.  Jeremy Paxman has gone on the rampage.
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citoyen

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #138 on: July 17, 2020, 11:07:29 am »
Enjoying the current Charles Paris adaptation with Bill Nighy on R4 - as ever there's some rather nice insider jokes about acting and theatre (with added performance art this time round...)

I enjoyed that too, although I did get a slight feeling that it tries a wee bit too hard to be "quirky".

I reckon it would work well on screen too, whether TV or cinema. Hard to imagine anyone other than Bill Nighy in the role.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #139 on: July 17, 2020, 01:44:37 pm »
Enjoying the current Charles Paris adaptation with Bill Nighy on R4 - as ever there's some rather nice insider jokes about acting and theatre (with added performance art this time round...)

I enjoyed that too, although I did get a slight feeling that it tries a wee bit too hard to be "quirky".

I reckon it would work well on screen too, whether TV or cinema. Hard to imagine anyone other than Bill Nighy in the role.
An early adaptation had Captain Scarlet Francis Matthews as Charles Paris. It was a much more srious portrayal, not many (any?) laughs, more violence (I think) and more shagging.
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citoyen

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #140 on: July 17, 2020, 01:48:16 pm »
Francis Matthews also played Paul Temple on TV, which is... unsurprising.

I do enjoy the Paul Temple radio adaptations with Peter Coke, though they are beyond even Agatha Christie levels of ridiculousness.

Likewise Peter Wimsey.

Currently very much enjoying the re-runs of Raffles on 4Extra, which are only marginally less preposterous.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #141 on: July 17, 2020, 01:57:14 pm »
Remember that Raffles was written by E W Hornung, whose day job was being Conan Doyle's brother in law, which is why there are occassional digs at Sherlock Holmes.
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #142 on: July 17, 2020, 02:10:33 pm »
Francis Matthews also played Paul Temple on TV, which is... unsurprising.

Around these parts Mr Temple will always be known as Tall Pimple.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #143 on: July 26, 2020, 09:50:14 pm »
The Saturday afternoon drama slot on the Home Service is currently doing a rerun of the Martin Beck Killings. Steven Mackintosh as Martin Beck, Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg and the gravelly voiced Ralph Ineson as Gunvald Larsson.

Meanwhile, today saw the radio premiere of Camus' The Plague. The blurb says
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World radio premiere of Albert Camus’s classic novel of a town hit by plague and how its residents respond to quarantine. Recorded during UK lockdown with actors self isolating.
  I'll give that a listen.

And finally Esther, Tom Robinson's show this evening on 6 Music was a tribute to Peter Green.
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A special three hour listener curated playlist dedicated to Peter Green's work and his influence on a golden era of British Blues.
Among the tracks played was Crossroads by Cream. Tom Robinson, a mainstay of Rock Against Racism BITD, said of Eric Clapton:
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For me that was Eric Clapton's finest moment was with Cream, he did lots of the stuff later, which we won't go into...
Heh.   
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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #144 on: July 26, 2020, 11:21:49 pm »
Do we allow podcasts in here ?

Though my recent fave was, I am sure, played on the World Service.

13 Minutes to the Moon. Gripping. Highly recommended, though I accept that I might be a little biased given my age and resulting sense of awe with anything to do with the moonshots.

There are two series, one telling the tale of the programme up to Apollo XI and the second recounting Apollo XIII's travails. 
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Tim Hall

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Re: Radio recommendations
« Reply #145 on: Today at 12:33:13 am »
Been a bit quiet on this thread lately.

Some new stuff I like is Rob Newman's Half-Full Philosophy Hour. Thirty minutes of philosophy and jokes. Which is much better than that sentence suggests.

Some repeated stuff that I also like is Hazelbeach. Written by David and Caroline Stafford it stars Hamie Foreman as Ronnie Hazelbeach, a conman/ dodgy geezer. Funny it is, Minder it ain't.

Edit: Both on BBC Sounds, radio 4 and/or 4 extra.
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