BBC Thursday – 7th of July

BBC_Radio_logoI’ve got three sets of stories for you today. It’s way more than three books so most of the dramatizations are way shorter than they deserve to be, but at least they will allow you to get to know the story a little. And what’s in plans for today? A bit of crime and spy-mastery, a continuation of a certain post-apocalyptic story and, oh a bit more crime :).

1. The Complete Smiley by John le Carre

London, the late 1950s, and a disenchanted George Smiley is engaged in the routine job of security vetting. When a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide not long after being cleared of Communist sympathies, Smiley investigates and uncovers a deadly conspiracy with its roots in his own wartime past.

BBC Call for the Dead | A Murder of Quality
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold  | The Looking Glass War
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | The Honourable Schoolboy
Smiley’s PeopleGoodreads

Day left: 17
Duration: 60 – 90 min | 16 episodes
Rating: ★★★★☆

If you’re interested in spy novels and you though “Thinker, tailor, soldier, spy” was a good movie – here’s what you should be listening to right now.

This dramatization goes through 7 of the 8 stories from the series. I’ve put the links in order, so watch the dates because, for some strange reason, they’ve aired one of the novels later than they should. Oh, and I’ve only linked the first episode of each book – there are 1-3 episodes for each. I figured it would be easier to track this way.

Anyway, I might not be a big fan of typical spy novels, but these deserve some attention.

2. The Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark

After 25 years, a colony of survivors on the Triffid-free Isle of Wight are under attack once more…

Simon Clarke’s 2001 novel is the sequel to John Wyndham sci-fi classic. At the conclusion of ‘The Day of the Triffids’, scientist Bill Masen had escaped with his wife and four-year-old son to the island.

Now grown up, Bill’s son, David wakes up one morning to a world plunged into darkness. Now, the Triffids have an advantage over humanity.

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

Day left: 22
Duration: 30 min | 5 episodes

Look at that – a sequel that I haven’t even thought to look for. Maybe it’s because the author had changed. Anyway – have you ever wondered what happened after the Day of the Triffids? Well, here’s your chance to find out. Join me in listening to the second novel dealing with murderous plants.

3. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie 

It’s 1916 and in a quiet English village, Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings become joyously re-acquainted. But beneath the seeming tranquillity, murder is brewing.

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

Day left: 30
Duration: 30 min | 17 episodes

How about the first mystery by Agatha Christie to finish today’s post? Have you read it? I’m more of a Miss Marple person, but I’ve listened to few Poirot stories too. Somehow this one haven’t fallen into my hands yet, so I’m curious how will this meeting go :).

Happy listening!


2 thoughts on “BBC Thursday – 7th of July

  1. I didn’t know there was a sequel to Day of the Triffids. Not sure I’ll read it though – am a bit suspicious of scifi sequels by ‘new’ authors. I was so disappointed with the efforts to take up Asimov’s Foundation saga.

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    1. I’ve started listening to the sequel today and for now I’m not impressed. But it was only the first episode.
      But I agree that sequels or prequels written by a different author might be disappointing.


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