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Serious Money and the Art of Austerity, The Browning Version and Rattigan’s Versions, The Apple Tree and But If You Try Sometimes from the Afternoon Play, Richard the Second, Plantagenet, and the Day of the Jackal, Shalom Berlin and a Blind Date with Bloomsday. Radio and Audio Review 19th June 2011

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The book cover to Caryl Churchill's seminal play on the City "Serious Money."

BBC Radio Three's "Money Talks" season started with Caryl Churchill's "Serious Money"

BBC Radio Three has been providing poignant and sharply relevant drama and documentary programmes on the collapse of the domestic and global economy. This is public service broadcasting at its most anxious and perplexing.

As savings and assets evaporate in banking and property collapses, unemployment and inflation soars, and economic confidence implodes most people are helpless and powerless. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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Plantagenets, Rattigan’s Flare Path and Letter to My Body: Radio and audio review 10th June 2011

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Edward the First, known as "Longshanks" because of his tall stature.

The Second Series of Mike Walker’s Plantagenets in the Sunday Classic Serial (BBC Radio Four) starts with the sound of England pissing on Scotland followed by William Wallace replacing it with the sound of dripping blood. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lenny Henry’s radio play, Bullitt audio-noir and an ASBO for Rumpole: Radio and Audio Review 6th June 2011

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Culture in Jamaica. Image: Jamaica Tourism

The dramaturg Lenny Henry has had a terrific scriptwriting debut with the production and broadcast of his first radio play, Corrinne Come Back and Gone, the afternoon play (Monday 30th May 2011) and the Radio Play Download of the week (Friday 3rd June 2011). Read the rest of this entry »

Fact and Fiction in BBC Radio Drama- Radio and Audio Review 30th May 2011

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The newly refurbished Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London in 2006. Photo: Tim Crook

In the riches offered up in BBC audio drama over the last week there are powerful and poignant dramatisations of factual history and reality.

They include Mike Walker’s Sunk, David Baddiel’s Superinjunctions and Julia Hollander’s The Kingsnorth Six. Read the rest of this entry »

The Carhullan Army: Radio and Audio Review 4th April 2011

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Listening to the radio in 1924. Illustration copyright the estate of Constance Winifred Honey

BBC Radio Four schedulers have foolishly abandoned the ninety minute feature length film frame for radio drama, but the form is maintained with force and elegance by BBC Radio Three. The contemporary novelist Sarah Hall, ‘one of the most original and exciting voices in contemporary British fiction’ according to the BBC publicity machine, sustains this hype with a magnificent dramatisation of her third 2007 novel The Carhullan Army. Read the rest of this entry »