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Albert

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Missing persons - Afternoon Play: Ambiguous Loss
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:05:15 PM »
A three parter: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Episode 1 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: 477 Days http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phpg2
Episode 2 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: No-Man's-Land http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pjf43
Episode 3 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: Home http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmb50

I was going to take a break from writing my thoughts on Afternoon Plays and besides this one isn't finished yet.

I listened to the first part and wasn't really getting into it. I didn't particularly take to the characters and so my mind was on other things. "Yeah, so people go missing," I thought, and I hadn't realised it was not a single episode play. Fortunately I had listened enough to catch the thread of the story. Today's episode picked up the story and I was immediately drawn in. I kept wondering if Amy - the girl on the phone from the Missing People charity - was an actress or was this some sort of documentary. Surely no one could act such a role so effectively, but equally no 'real' person could portray such an atmosphere by 'acting'.

Having read the BBC webpages I now realise that Amy is very much for real.

This was a very powerful offering for an Afternoon Play, which was skilfully written with a nice juxtaposition between the characters thinking and their speaking to the "human answering machine".

Excellent stuff but I would expect nothing less from writer Michael Butt.

I somehow empathised with the feelings of those involved and I found it all very moving. I look forward to tomorrow's final episode.













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Re: Missing persons - Afternoon Play: Ambiguous Loss
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 08:21:00 PM »
A three parter: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Episode 1 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: 477 Days http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03phpg2
Episode 2 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: No-Man's-Land http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pjf43
Episode 3 of 3 - Ambiguous Loss: Home http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pmb50

I was going to take a break from writing my thoughts on Afternoon Plays and besides this one isn't finished yet.

I listened to the first part and wasn't really getting into it. I didn't particularly take to the characters and so my mind was on other things. "Yeah, so people go missing," I thought, and I hadn't realised it was not a single episode play. Fortunately I had listened enough to catch the thread of the story. Today's episode picked up the story and I was immediately drawn in. I kept wondering if Amy - the girl on the phone from the Missing People charity - was an actress or was this some sort of documentary. Surely no one could act such a role so effectively, but equally no 'real' person could portray such an atmosphere by 'acting'.

Having read the BBC webpages I now realise that Amy is very much for real.

This was a very powerful offering for an Afternoon Play, which was skilfully written with a nice juxtaposition between the characters thinking and their speaking to the "human answering machine".

Excellent stuff but I would expect nothing less from writer Michael Butt.

I somehow empathised with the feelings of those involved and I found it all very moving. I look forward to tomorrow's final episode.


I wholeheartedly agree Albert and I too wondered the same about 'Amy', and wow it turns out that she's actually Amy, incredible performance from her and all concerned.

Very moving stuff, the simplest things, words we say to our loved ones everyday taking on almost a physical existence as they are delivered through Amy.

Still get irked by these many-parters though!

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Re: Missing persons - Afternoon Play: Ambiguous Loss
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 09:55:03 PM »
This play was featured on BBC Radio 4 'iPM' today.

In the 'Your News' section, read by Kate Adie, a listener said they sat and listened to the play and "cried my heart out".

I know how they felt.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03pml0x (23 minutes 30 seconds in)


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