BBC Thursday – 28th of July

BBC_Radio_logoCrazy barbers, space politics, and a bit of a chill – that’s what I’ve got for you this week. It won’t take you long to listen to them all and it might be worth the time. I know I’m planning to listen to all of these. Well, I don’t know about the Ambassador, since I’ve already heard it.

1. Sondheim – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Denis Quilley and Julia McKenzie star in an exclusive BBC recording of the Royal National Theatre’s hit 1993 revival of Stephen Sondheim ‘s musical thriller. Introduced by Sheridan Morley.

A half-mad barber returns home after escaping from an unjust imprisonment, to take vengeance on the judge who sentenced him, ravished his wife and now plans to marry his daughter. However, Sweeney doesn’t limit himself to one victim, he takes revenge against the whole world for his and his daughter’s suffering by slitting the throats of his customers, whose corpses are then made into meat pies by his enterprising accomplice, Mrs Lovett.

Music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim based on Hugh Wheeler’s book, adapted by Christopher Bond.

BBC Link | Goodreads

Day left: 18
Duration: 2,5 h | 1 episode

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to listen to that one! I’ve only watched the Sweeney Todd movie and it was quite enjoyable. I’m counting on finding out a bit more about the characters from this little drama.

2. The Interplanetary Notes of Ambassador B by Ed Harris

Ambassador B should be inspecting minor planets of far-away suns for the peaceful Interplanetary Commonwealth. Instead, her recorded reports reveal that she is veering off-course, pursuing a vendetta and bringing anything but peace.

Mind-bending, interstellar fun and adventure from Sony Gold-winning writer Ed Harris.

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

Day left: 20
Duration: 15 min | 5 episode
Rating: ★★★☆☆

It has humor, pretty weird space politics and it’s a good, short listen – perfect during breaks at work.

3. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

It’s 1870 in Derbyshire’s High Peak district. While on a visit to his elderly uncle in the tiny village of Penda’s Dale, Adam Salton – already shocked by the oppressive melancholic atmosphere in the village – quickly realises that the disappearance of several local men is not accidental.

His investigations lead him to the discovery of a terrifying and ancient secret: a malevolent force is at work in Penda’s Dale.

BBC Link | Goodreads

Day left: 25
Duration: 60 min | 1 episode

If you liked Dracula or haven’t yet read it and wonder if it’s worth it – here’s something else from Bram Stoker that you might want to listen.

Happy listening!

One thought on “BBC Thursday – 28th of July

  1. bookheathen

    I do enjoy your ‘visits’ to the radio. It reminds me that visual drama isn’t everything. The Lair of the White Worm was on my wife’s radio at lunch yesterday and I listened to some of it.

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