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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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June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

Radio Play Download of the Week: Radio and Audio Review 12th April 2011

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Cover of Marinetti’s manifesto on sound

Libertarian Spirit has been focusing on an innovation by BBC Radio to establish and promote a weekly radio drama download of the week. The advantage of this development is that the dedicated audio drama listener can have more power and freedom to listen to dramatic output.

And it is easier to listen again and again to plays that pierced the heart, tickled the funny bone or changed thought, attitude and opinion. As with great poetry or prose, something new can be discovered in listening again.  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 »