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BBC Dramatisations - Biographical

 
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  • The A-Z of Dr Johnson - Boswell's Life of Johnson

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By James Boswell
    • Narrated By Kenneth Cranham, Full Cast
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    Dramatization by Robin Brooks of James Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Johnson's birth. Episode 1: Young Boswell comes to London to seek out his hero. He wants to write a biography of the great man 'in scenes', with Johnson's conversation cast as dialogue. Nothing quite like this has ever been attempted before

  • Cider with Rosie (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Laurie Lee
    • Narrated By full cast
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    A new, and for the first time, full-cast dramatisation of Laurie Lee's lyrical autobiography of his childhood in a secluded Cotswold valley. Recorded on location at Westley Farm and the Woolpack Inn in Gloucestershire, Cider with Rosie stars Tim McInnerny as the narrator and Niamh Cusack as Mother.

  • The Real George Orwell: Jura (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Jonathan Holloway
    • Narrated By Joseph Millson, Liza Sadovy
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    An acclaimed author and political commentator, Orwell is very hard to pin down. He is a complex mass of confusions - an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian, ex-policeman, and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War. Towards the end of his life, George Orwell took refuge on a remote Inner Hebridean island to write what would become his most famous novel.

  • The Real George Orwell: Loving

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Jonathan Holloway
    • Narrated By AudioGo Ltd
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    The third in a series of four BBC Radio full-cast dramas exploring the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell. An acclaimed author and political commentator, Orwell is very hard to pin down. He is a complex mass of confusions - an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian ex-policeman, and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War. This play tells the story of his relationship with his wife and some of the other women in his life.

  • The Real George Orwell: Burma

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Mike Walker
    • Narrated By Joseph Millsom
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    George Orwell - the pen name of Eric Blair - was a writer and political commentator who is very hard to pin down. He is a complex mass of confusions - an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian, ex-policeman, and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War. This BBC Radio dramatisation - the first in a series of four plays - explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.

  • The Real George Orwell: Dreaming

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Mike Walker
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
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    After the Spanish Civil War, Eric and Eileen Blair travel to Morocco - so that he can rediscover "the heart of England". George Orwell - the pen name of Eric Blair - was a writer and political commentator who is very hard to pin down. He is a complex mass of confusions - an anti-establishment, pro-English, ex-Etonian ex-policeman, and socialist, who was ardently anti-authoritarian. He was as anti-fascist as he was anti-communist, a former Spanish Civil War soldier who was anti-war but pro the Second World War.

  • My Name Is Stephen Luckwell

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Nick Wood
    • Narrated By James Rastall
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    Stephen Luckwell is an autistic teenager with an enquiring mind. His teacher, Claire, helps him through the daily activities which present him with enormous challenges, from deciphering phrases such as 'I was miles away' or 'I wouldn't want to be in your shoes', to understanding private jokes and other people's expressions. It's the day of the regional heats of the Young Artists' competition and Stephen is preparing how to behave. If he's properly prepared he can behave appropriately.

  • Investigating Mr Thomas: A Play about Dylan Thomas

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Rob Gittins, Richard Elfyn
    • Narrated By Genevieve Adam, Laurel Lefkow, Rhys Parry Jones, and others
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation on the writer and poet Dylan Thomas. Based on a true story, Rob Gittins's play draws on archive material.When 'Time' magazine printed a warts-and-all article about Dylan Thomas in 1953, the poet sued them for libel. Needing to gather more evidence, the magazine hired a private detective to shadow Thomas in New York.

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Thomas De Quincey, Lavinia Murray (dramatisation)
    • Narrated By Oliver Cotton, Full Cast
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    By Lavinia Murray. Dramatisation of Thomas De Quincey's 1821 autobiographical account of his consumption of the liquid opiate laudanum, a legal painkiller of the time, and his painful and surreal descent into addiction. With full cast. Directed by Gary Brown.

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