BBC Thursday – 21st of January


And here I thought I won’t have programs to list here today, but BBC is doing quite well. Here are some new and some old dramas I intend to listen:

1. Ice by Martin Jameson

Swept across the galaxy, two children must battle the evil Ice Queen. 1998 retelling of The Snow Queen.

BBC Episode 1 | BBC Episode 2 | BBC Episode 3 | Goodreads

Day left: 19
Duration: 30 min | 3 episodes aired weekly on Sunday
Rating: ★★★★☆

This is yet another story I’ve listened to in 2013. It was an interesting retelling, so if you like stories about the Snow queen check this one out.

2. Donna Tartt – The Secret History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

BBC Episode 1 | Goodreads

Day left: 20
Duration: 15 min | 15 episodes aired Monday-Friday
Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is a mystery that many people likes and find it very good, I think it was average, but I still rather liked it. Please tell me what you think about it.


3. The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming

From one of the world’s most expert art critics, the incredible true story—part art history and part mystery—of a Velazquez portrait that went missing and the obsessed nineteenth-century bookseller determined to prove he had found it.

When John Snare, a nineteenth-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young—too young to be king—and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible—but what?

BBC link | Goodreads

Day left: 26
Duration: 80 min | 1 episode

I haven’t listened to this one yet, but it sounds like the BBC drama might be just the thing for me since it sounds interesting, but not good enough to read the actual book.


4. El Cid by Pierre Corneille

The story of the 11th century Spanish hero before his rise to fame. Rodrigo is a charming young courtier who plans to marry Ximene. But when her father, the chief general in the King’s army, insults Rodrigo’s father, he promptly finds himself challenged by Rodrigo to a duel. The young suitor, inexperienced in warfare, knows that if he loses he dies. But also that if he wins he loses Ximene. Pierre Corneille’s famous play examines the complex moral and emotional dilemmas faced by the legendary champion-to-be, and his intended.

BBC link | Goodreads

Day left: 26
Duration: 90 min | 1 episode

This is a mystery that many people likes and find it very good, I think it was average, but I still rather liked it. Please tell me what you think about it.


5. The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6) by Ellis Peters

Shrewsbury, Winter in the year 1139: Amid a civil war, medieval sleuth Brother Cadfael sets out to find a missing boy and his sister.

Ellis Peters’ thriller narrated by Sir Michael Hordern and starring Philip Madoc as Brother Cadfael, Douglas Hodge as Hugh and Leonard Fenton as Leonard. With Julian Rhind-Tutt.

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Goodreads

Day left: 27
Duration: 30 min | 5 episodes

Look, there’s yet another drama based on Brother Cadfael chronicles :). I haven’t listened to this one yet – it was aired this week and I’m always way behind schedule 😉 but I had listened to 3 other plays from this series and I liked them. Give it a try!


6. Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6) by Terry Pratchett

Kingdoms wobble, crowns topple and knives flash on the magical Discworld as the statutory three witches meddle in royal politics. The wyrd sisters battle against frightful odds to put the rightful king on the throne. At least, that’s what they think…

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4Goodreads

Day left: 27
Duration: 30 min | 4 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆


And last, but not least – Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd sisters”. You can never be disappointed with a Discworld novel :). I admit the book itself is better, but this play is still fun and worth listening to, especially if you haven’t read any of Pratchett’s books yet (you really should).


These are just the plays I found interesting, there’re plenty more dramas on BBC radio. They’re outdoing themselves lately 😉

And for the ones that missed last week’s episode – there are still some ongoing dramas from that list: BBC Thursday – 14th of January. The Frankenstein play I mentioned there was really well done.


One thought on “BBC Thursday – 21st of January

  1. bookheathen

    I didn’t know the BBC had dramatised ‘The Secret History’. It’s certainly not your conventional mystery but I enjoyed the novel a lot.
    ‘The Virgin in the Ice’ is rather good. I read it many years ago and have seen the television version a couple of times.

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