BBC Thursday 24th of March

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After a little break here we are again with some new dramatizations. Although to be honest, I couldn’t find that many goodies for this week.

1. A Decent Interval (Charles Paris Mystery) by Jeremy Front based on the novel by Simon Brett

After a long period of ‘resting’, life is looking up for Charles Paris, who has been cast as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father and First Gravedigger in a new production of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is played by Katrina Selsey, who won the role through a television talent show. Hamlet himself is also played by a reality TV contestant, Jared Root – and the two young stars have rather different views of celebrity and the theatre than the more experienced members of the cast.

But when the company reach the first staging post of their tour, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, matters get more serious, with one member of the company seriously injured in what appears to be an accident, and another dead. Once again, Charles Paris is forced to don the mantle of amateur detective to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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

Day left: 15
Duration: 30 min | 4 episodes aired weekly on Wednesday
Rating: ★★★★☆

I admit, I have no idea why I like stories about Paris. He’s annoying, nasty, lazy and yet somehow appealing. I know the voice acting plays a big role here and it is good.

 

2. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea, a masterpiece of modern fiction, was Jean Rhys’s return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With Wide Sargasso Sea, her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction’s most fascinating characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. This mesmerizing work introduces us to Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Mr. Rochester. Rhys portrays Cosway amidst a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

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Day left: 18
Duration: 60 min | 1 episode
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I admit I don’t much like this story, but I did promise I’ll link it up. It’s supposed to be a prequel to “Jane Eyre”. I guess it was a fine idea, but the dramatization disappointed me. I bet the book is better.

 

3. Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case by Francis Durbridge

For thirty years the fictional crime novelist and detective Paul Temple, together with his Fleet Street journalist wife Steve, solved case after case in one of BBC Radio’s most popular series. They inhabited a sophisticated world of chilled cocktails and fast cars, where the women were chic and the men wore cravats – a world where Sir Graham Forbes, of Scotland Yard, usually needed Paul’s help with his latest tricky case. Just as Paul and Steve are about going on holiday, Wilfred Stirling visits with a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert, seen walking away from the site, has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang – but Brenda’s father feels sure he didn’t do it. In spite of all the evidence against Gilbert, Mr Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer. If he’s to prevent an unjust hanging, Paul has just a week in which to discover the truth. Can he solve the case in time?

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8Goodreads

Day left: 20
Duration: 30 min | 8 episodes aired Monday-Friday
Rating: ★★★★☆

Now this is one of those crime dramas I listen to pretty much each time they came up on BBC. So, yes, I have listened to this one already and I will listen to is again :). I hope you’ll join me?

 

4. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.

By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

How long can one man survive like this?

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9Goodreads

Day left: 23
Duration: 30 min | 9 episodes aired Monday-Friday
Rating: ★★★★☆

In case of this story I’ve listened to it because of the movie. It wasn’t a particular favorite of mine, but it as interesting to find out the story behind the screen. This dramatization brings in some details into the story and it’s pretty well done. If you like vampire stories it’s something you might want to check out.

 

5. The Magus by John Fowles

Nicholas Urfe, a young British graduate runs away from his monotonous life to take up a teaching post on the small Greek island of Phraxos. There he meets the enigmatic figure of Maurice Conchis and slowly gets drawn into a world full of strange encounters and elaborate tricks on Conchis’s estate at Bourani. When Conchis introduces Nicholas to the enchanting and mysterious Lily Montgomery who bears a striking resemblance to Conchis’s long dead fiancée, reality and illusion begin to intertwine, but what strange game is Conchis playing with Nicholas? Moreover, in this world coloured by artifice and deception, who is really telling him the truth?

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 – coming soon| Goodreads

Day left: 26
Duration: 60 min | 3 episodes aired weekly on Saturday

And, at the end, let’s have something new. A story based on an apparently quite popular thriller I’ve never heard of before or, at least, I don’t remember hearing about it. I’m curious to know what’s it all about and how it will the story unfold.

 

 

Happy listening and see you next time 🙂

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