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School Drama

Wednesday 14th March 2018

First Broadcast
Wed 18 May 2016

When Last I Saw You

Tuesday 13th March 2018

First Broadcast: Mon 30 Nov 2015

The Afternoon Play / Rumpole on Trial
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:37:22 PM »
Rumpole on Trial

I like Rumpole. It would be churlish of me to complain that this is repeated from less than 2 years ago, but it is timeless stuff and Julian Rhind-Tutt does a good job as the more recent version of Rumpole.

The Afternoon Play / Re: How long before an Afternoon Play is repeated?
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:19:29 PM »
The Beard

First Broadcast: Thu 14 Sep 2017
Less than 5 months ago.

Well there's one thing about repeating a drama so soon after first broadcast, at least I can remember this one enough to know to tune straight into BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon at 14:15.

I may even go local radio or go down the shops.

It begs the question again: what criteria does the BBC use as to when to re-broadcast a drama? Whatever it may be - topicality, convenience, writer/actor needs a bit more exposure/cash, or whatever...I would be interested to know.

Any suggestions?

The Afternoon Play / Re: Lost & Found
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:32:38 PM »
(Thread resurrection)

At long last I've discovered for myself Radio 4 Extra. And this little beaut was on tonight:

The opening words sum it up nicely: "A tender and humorous drama....." but of course it's more than that.

I'm not sure I listened to this properly the last time (see above). I don't think I could have. Certainly not properly. Anyway, I have just realised again why I don't have a TV in the house.

This link says it better than I ever could:

The Afternoon Play / Fat Little Thing
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:15:47 PM »

I don't watch TV but I know that Julie Hesmondhalgh is very popular there, and it seems on Radio 4 over exposure for her is no problem.

I'll listen to this one, yiu know, give it a chance, but somehow I don't think I'll hear anything over than an over exposed actress playing the usual character.

I hope I'll be posting back to apologise for my cynicism. We'll see,

Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:18:34 PM »
I'm not generally a fan of repeats, unless thay are very good. Love in Recovery ticks all the boxes of course.

I find myself sometimes seeing things from a slightly different point of view now. The emphasis is in another direction.

If I may, I'll explain once this series is complete. All very interesting though. Still funny, still sad, still heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

The Afternoon Play / Far Side of the Moore - Friday 21/4/2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:54:32 PM »
First broadcast 2015. I seem to remember this was interesting and entertaining.

"Sean Grundy's drama is both a moving and at times laugh out loud funny telling of a key moment in the life of Patrick Moore".

Yes, I think I would agree with that. I'll be tuning in again.

The Afternoon Play / Is it Julie Hesmondhalgh day?
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:43:40 PM »
I don't watch TV but I understand that Julie Hesmondhalgh is a bit of a star on the box. BBC need a national treasure and they've found one, or rather are making one. They did the business on Judi Dench all those years ago helped to string out that career for more decades than may have been strictly necessary. They desperately needed a replacement.

So today we have:

Afternoon Play/Drama The Fix:

and 15 Minute Drama Dead Pan:

In their efforts to claim a star and self-propel a career with overexposure, I have to say I just see the characters as the same person, with an idiosyncratic voice, blandly reading a script secure in the knowledge that Auntie Beeb is looking after her.

I don't mean to be unkind to Julie, but that''s how I feel. Anyway, I'm off out before the 15 Minute Drama stats.

Radio 4 / What He Said
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:06:59 PM »

A gentle but nonetheless capturing 15 minutes listen.

I found the story interesting but erm, there is nothing whatsoever that I can identify with Marcus.

The Afternoon Play / Comment Is Free - Everybody hates Alistair Cooper
« on: January 30, 2017, 03:35:06 PM »
Well first things first, this was an entertaining and thought-provoking enough Afternoon Drama. A thinly veiled parody on real life people? Well that is for the listener to decide, but I'm sure many of us who use the internet will recognise some of the comments made against outspoken commentators on social media.

I knew this one was worth a listen because I had heard it before. I even found myself finishing off some of the sentences. Last broadcast on Wednesday October 5th 2016. Less than 4 months ago. No wonder.

Point of interest: Rachael Stirling, playing the lead here, is the daughter of Diana Rigg

Radio 4 / 15 Minute Drama - Clutch, Throttle, Brake
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:18:56 AM »
Just thought I'd like to say something about this one. Generally, The 15 Minute Drama isn't intended to be taken as a serious literary offering and this one is no different. But this one has Bill Paterson playing what I have to presume is very much himself, the dour Scotsman but with a bit of an edge and possibly with some humour lurking there too.

Mr Paterson's iMDb is impressive and goes back a long way, beyond the wonderful days of Play For Today.

I think I first 'got to know' Bill in Auf Wedersehen Pet as Ally Fraser, and then as a doctor in The Singing Detective. He certainly brings a presence to a project and this one is no difference.

An easy on the ear gentle comedy.

Alison Steadman is in here somewhere too.

So, that's my morning tea times sorted for the week.

The Afternoon Play / Home
« on: October 18, 2016, 02:13:10 PM »
Home by Paul Dodgson

First Broadcast 15 October 2014. Well I don't think I could have been near a radio that day, however this play sounded nicely familiar and I see why:

On The Road Not Taken by Paul Dodgson, which I posted about here:

Today's Play was very different though, but I could write exactly the same words.

Except the hashtags. All I can think of to say in place of those words is  "been there, done crying'.

(I can admit to that can't I? Well, it's an anonymous internet forum.)


Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:35:33 AM »
Pete, this is fantastic news.

When is/was the new series being recorded/due for broadcast?

Can't wait!

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