BBC Thursday – 19th of May


Hello again! I hope you had something to listen last week. I still had a hard time writing, but as I see today not much had changed on my BBC lo-listen list. I’ve got 3 dramas for you today and I’ll have 2 or three next week. Somehow I can’t find anything fascinating right now.

Today it will be a bit of classic, a spy thriller, and a comedy. All very British, so prepare some tea, get your volume up and listen.

1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (James Bond) by Ian Fleming

Hunting for SPECTRE boss Ernst Stavro Blofeld in France, agent OO7 James Bond meets a tragic contessa. Joanna Lumley reads Ian Fleming’s thriller in ten-parts.

First published in 1963, this was Fleming’s 11th Bond novel, sandwiched between ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and ‘You Only Live Twice’. In movie terms, this was the sixth of the original Bond movie franchise with George Lazenby playing the hero and Diana Rigg as Tracy.

BBC Episode 1 | Episode 2Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5
Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10

Day left: 20
Duration: 15 min | 10 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆

I have to admit Bond movies were kind of a guilty pleasure for me. If you think about it the are not that good. Well, the middle ones anyway. I do like the ones with Connery and the latest three, but let’s face it – they are basically an action packed movies with very schematic villains and a hero that gets always out of a hard situation. I like them :).

As for the BBC dramas – they have just a bit more plot from the obvious lack of visual effects situation, so I find them rather entertaining.

2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Castle of Elsinore in Denmark. The court is uneasy. The king of Denmark has recently died and the throne has been claimed by the king’s brother, Claudius. Prince Hamlet, still in mourning for his father, distrusts Claudius and believes that what has happened at the court ‘cannot come to good’

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

Day left: 20
Duration: 45 min | 5 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆

Here comes the classic! Yes, BBC’s playing Hamlet again. It might not be a perfect adaptation, but I enjoyed it. If you just can’t find time to read the book, you might want to check out this adaptation.


3. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse

Bertie is obliged to sort out an amorous mix-up between his friends. PG Wodehouse romp with Richard Briers and Michael Hordern.

The Menace of Totleigh Towers | Upstairs, Downstairs and Bumps in the Night
Bartholomew, Blackmail and Barefaced Lies | Spode Is Unsuccessful
Black Eyes and Bloody Noses | Game, Set and Match to Jeeves

Day left: 22
Duration: 30 min | 6 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆

And for the I’ve got something to lift up your mood because Jeeves always makes me laugh. It’s curious how the seemingly side character is actually the main one. He’s the one solving all the problems and remains a perfect butler throughout the whole series. If you haven’t listened or read anything with Jeeves yet, give this one a try!

Happy listening!

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