Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by DaveCinzano, Oct 21, 2004.
R D Wingfield stories always come with a twist to the end
Radio 4 extra is driving me a bit nuts at the moment... it's so fucking posh! Every time I tune in it's some posho or other investigating a crime (Lord Whimsy ffs) or suffering from angst at Cambridge (CP Snow - Strangers and Brothers, for instance)... anyway, a good antidote to all this shite is Bob Monkhouse and Suggs in I Think I've got a Problem... very funny http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007wp39/I_Think_Ive_Got_a_Problem_Series_1_Episode_1/
I enjoyed this
Isy Suttie (off of peep show) telling a story of love in Matlock in the 80s. Nice and funny
Costing the Earth on direct action in fishing at the moment. It's interesting.
Bit late notice (you've only got 12 hours left to catch it) but there's an amazing adaptation of Caryl Churchill's play A Light Shining In Buckinghamshire on radio 3
There's a quite cool story about a priest tasked to kill an AI on radio 4 extra, available on iplayer. Alpha
The Martin Beck novel adaptations have restarted as the Saturday plays on R4.
The BBC have pulled the plug on Radio Downloader.
So I'll use this instead
kittyP Garrison Keillor's back - radio 4 extra, at 8am and 3pm today, and 1am Sunday.
Armando Iannucci's Chalm Offensive being repeated on 4 Extra. Half way through and a few years old but still very funny IMO.
Three Men in a Boat on Radio 4.
Money Box 3-3.30pm R4 today will be answering questions about claiming benefits.
In the trailer, it was very heartening to hear benefits being described (for once) as something which any one of us might need at some point in our lives, instead of the usual scrounger rhetoric.
Thanks for the heads up Greeble. *off to iplayer*
BBC radio 3 drama Albert Camus "The Outsider " highly recommend to listening. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnwj
R4 book of the week, 9.45-10.00 and 00.30-00.45 The Screwtape Letters (abridged) read by Simon Beale.
R4 18th Nov (and the next 5 Mondays) 16.30-17.00 The Infinite Monkey Cage - Brian Cox and Robin Ince chairing a discussion about risk (science + humour)
R4 18th Nov 20.00-20.30 Machiavelli evil or Democrat? Jonathan Freedland focussing mainly on Machiavelli's 'The Discourses'. R4 20.30-21.00 Analysis. Roberto Unger explains why he believes that left wing political thinkers in the West lack the imagination to tackle society's problems.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere on 4extra... Three part dramatisation, parts 1 & 2 are both on iplayer at the moment.
The Long View - the working poor.
R4 today at 9-9.30 am and repeated at 9-9.30pm
Recently finished reading You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times - Howard Zinn and The Screwtape Letters get a mention. So i did some basic research on the book and it's on my wish list.
I particularly enjoyed this week's "Word of Mouth" about the language used to explain science and the pitfalls therein. :-
LBC goes nationwide on DAB from Tuesday 11th Feb. James O'Brien and Nick Abbott personal favourites on there.
Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Again
Listened to this last night and loved it.
A critical and word-of-mouth hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Again is a love letter to his mother with reflections on life, death, dementia and Leonard Cohen along the way.
It is 14 years since Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, a melodicomic extravaganza which was also broadcast on Radio 4. In this entirely new show, Smith returns to his hero. His reflections on dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death are marinated in Cohen's music in a performance that is personal and poignant, yet packed with big laughs. Smith's rendition of the songs is hugely enhanced by his backing trio, The Smithereens: Kirsty Newton, Carrie Marx and Ali Day.
Book of the Week, Radio 4 - 12 Years a Slave.
Just heard the first part of this.
R4 11-11.30am today (Monday) Out of the ordinary - looking at pick up artists and the London Seduction Society.
R4 all this week, 1.45-2pm Let's talk about Rama and Sita. Taking stories from the Ramayana and looking at how they apply to contemporary Asian dilemmas.
R4 all this week 10.45 -11am and 7.45-8pm The mysterious death of Jane Austen
R4 extra 6-6.30pm (repeated at midnight) all this week A canticle for Leibowitz (Fiat Homo)
Found myself enjoying P&P yesterday in the car on the way home from London, might try and listen to the death of Austen thing.
Trevor Noah: The Racist, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rg22v from @bbcradio4 via BBC iPlayer Radio
I heard this the other week in the half 6 slot. Cracking up whilst cooking dinner. He's very good.
Also I came in here to say. Chris Morris' Blue Jam is being repeated on 4 Extra, starting this Friday.
The Saturday drama is a full series of Raymond Chandler.
I'm not a connoisseur of the genre, but they seem mildly entertaining - if rather violent - In "Farewell my Lovely" he gets hit on the head even more frequently than Eddie Shoestring used to.
But they're flogging the recordings so they're only on iPlayer for a week....
A major annoyance of mine at the moment is the hideously annoying and jarringly loud announcements on the two 5 Live podcasts I listen to - "Dr Karl", and "The Naked Scientist".
At some point I will sort myself out with a "top and tailer" to process these automatically.
All of The Talented Mr Ripley books have been on Radio 4 Extra.
I have really enjoyed them.
Didn't realise that the film with Matt Damon is just the first book.
Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy original radio series has just started airing again on Radio 4
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