BBC Home Front and other audio plays


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(copyright BBC Radio4)

I’ve just started to listen to a fascinating WWI radio play, Home Front, these days.

It’s a “Drama serial tracking the fortunes of a group of characters on the home front as they try to maintain normality while Britain is involved in the First World War.

Official page http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047qhc2

As you can see from the Characters, the cast is terrific and there is a good amount of interesting roles (eight families and other people) and the story takes places following exactly the real First World War Centenary timeline.

Every character has a page with information about date and place of birth, age at outbreak of WWI, occupation and even address! Plus a description of personality.

And audience can listen to it day by day or later with podcasts (single episodes or Omnibus week by week) and downloading the mp3 files. Well done BBC Radio4! A voice even says “thank you!” if you download the files, hehe! They appreciate if you do so!

Each episode is 11 minutes long and it’s aired from Monday to Friday at 12.04 am.

For each episode there’s the cast & creatives list in the page and they repeat it on the podcast. There are some beautiful illustrations along the days, too, I don’t know who is the author.

Plus links to articles on WWI real people and events.

I’m downloading all the Omnibus podcasts so that I can listen to the story from the beginning: it started the 4th of August 2014, but I didn’t know. So, as soon as the “RSC Oppenheimer” actor Jack Holden announced he joined the cast last Summer, I was taking a look to his character Roland Pemble.

As Jack tweeted yesterday: <<It’s my and Alex Tregear’s juicy episode of on at 1204 today! Photography’s never been so steamy…>> and he producer Allegra McIlroy tweeted: <<“Let’s go into the darkroom and see what develops” – sweetness + photography today >>, I liked a lot the episode and the previous others with them.

Lilian and Roland are two very charming characters, I like their personalities as described in their profiles: a bright and independent young woman who works in Photography (a kind of art I love and that was still in development and so open to creativity in those decades) at the beginning of the XX Century, when independence was not easy for women, side by side with a young assistant who loves his work and admires and loves…someone! You can well imagine what it’s going on between them through their voices, but in last’s episode…oh well, find out yourself!

Here the 9 October episode: <<HomeFront, 9 October 1915 “Lilian Frost sees Roland in a new light as they share a day of photographic discoveries” >>

And I will keep an eye on actress Alex Tregear, as well: she got a beautiful voice, like Jack!

 

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I also found moving what happens to another woman, but I don’t want to spoil you the story, so it’s better if we all start it from the beginning.

Even if so tragic and dreadful, I still find The Great War era interesting and here it’s seen under the point of view of those who lived it in first person.

Radio/Audio plays are great to listen to. My favorite between those I was lucky to find so far are:

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I hope all the BBC radio allow more works like these for audience outside the UK!

It’s not only a good exercise to improve my English, it’s amazing how the cast & creatives are able to make your imagination run using only voices and sounds effects. Even purer performances than on Theatre! I don’t know if you get what I mean…

This play, Home Front, will be added to my Favorites pages soon…

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This season new TV series


I thik this is one of the seasons with more interesting new TV series already confirmed (not forgetting others still on production). Will be impossible to follow every of them!

In alphabetical order:

  1. Dickensian, brings together some of literature’s most iconic characters, including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham, as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.
  2. Empire season 2, following the story of an American family in the music business
  3. Flesh And Bone, U.S. Starz series on a Ballet company that has Ben Daniels as their volatile artistic director!
  4. From Darkness, a new psychological crime drama with a great cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Richard Rankin, Luke Newberry, Johnny Harris, Caroline Lee Johnson, Leanne Best, Cora Tsang.
  5. Home Fires, a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community are preparing to keep the Home Fires burning (on WWII).
  6. Jekyll & Hyde, Robert Jekyll, grandson of Dr Jekyll on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’.
  7. London Spy, drama series with Ben Whishaw, a story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds.
  8. Luther new season, with John Heffernan in one episode.
  9. Red Oaks, comedy series young tennis player.
  10. Sherlock new season maybe to be filmed next year, but they will air a Christmas special episode.
  11. The Five new series with Lee Ingleby (let’s hope we get more season of Inspector George Gently as well).
  12. The Hollow Crown, but we have to wait 2016 for the new season.
  13. The Job Scottish series on cops, with Richard Rankin and Adam McNamara.
  14. The Nightmare Worlds Of Hg Wells: ‘The Late Mr Elvesham’, with Luke Treadaway, but no release date, yet.
  15. The River drama with Nicola Walker.
  16. Unforgotten drama with Nicola Walker.
  17. War And Peace with Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton.
  18. The Night Manager, with Tom Hiddleston. I saw the trailer before “From Darkness” by chance.
  19. Versailles, this is French, a Twitter friend suggested it to me.

For sure other titles will come… Some links that talk about them:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/film-tv/sherlock-luther-troy-top-bbcs-10113760

http://www.thefuss.co.uk/new-tv-shows-not-to-miss-this-october/

https://twitter.com/BBCFirstAus/status/649850075544289280

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06h7j15

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I still have hope that they save Our Zoo, The Crimson Field and In The Flesh but it’s too late, I fear…

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My fave 15secondshakespeare videos


Actors are reciting pop songs like Shakespeare and the results are incredibleradiotimes.com article.

Famous faces tweeting videos of themselves performing lyrics in the style of the Bard.

And here my favorites, in order as I saw them! I must add some thoughts on each one…

Direct links to:

Lee Ingleby

Rebecca Callard

Amanda Abbington

Ian Gelder

Ben Daniels

Jamie Wilkes

John Heffernan

Jamie Parker

Tim Downie

MyAnna Buring

Charles Edwards

Sarah Parish

…still keeping an eye on the hashtag for more…

What happens if they are nominated twice? They do it twice? 🙂

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