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  • Agatha Christie: The Lost Plays

  • Three BBC radio full-cast dramas: Butter in a Lordly Dish, Murder in the Mews & Personal Call
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: full cast, Ivan Brandt, Richard Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

A triple bill of archive BBC radio dramas, believed lost for over half a century and only recently rediscovered. "Butter in a Lordly Dish", written specially for radio in 1948, features Richard Williams as Sir Luke Enderby KC, whose infidelities lead him into trouble when he goes to meet his latest flame. Williams also stars as Hercule Poirot in "Murder in the Mews", a 1955 adaptation of a short story. A young woman is found dead in her flat the day after Guy Fawkes night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Newton Abbot Man

  • By dawvic on 21-11-15

TRIPLE TREAT of LOST CHRISTIE PLAYS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-18

Great to hear this triple bill of lost Christie plays written especially for radio in 1948. The actors of that era add to the feel of these fine productions as you “can feel the 40’s theme” and they come across like the great old black & white movies of that time. These short stories are slightly different from the usual norm of Christie which may not appeal to all, but I hope we find more for I can listen to Agatha Christie till the cows come home.

  • Miss Marple's Final Cases

  • Three new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: June Whitfield
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

June Whitfield returns as the deceptively mild spinster sleuth in three full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations. Specially broadcast to mark the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth, these brand new dramas are based on three of her best short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad they have done another Marple dramatisation

  • By M. K. on 11-11-15

Agatha’s Final Victory Pays Off

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Agatha Christies just does not know how to write a bad play. These final three plays although short at half an hour a piece, still pack the Agatha punch in the way only Christie knows how. Credit to June Whitfield who’s voice you can now tell has reached true old age, still gives a good performance as the interfering old sleuth. I cannot get enough of Agatha Christie and include every single full cast audio play available in my collection. These three are extra little treasures and I just hope we keep finding more plays, I will keep buying.

  • Subterranean Homesick Blues: The Complete Series 1-3

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: A L Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Anna Calder-Marshall, Bill Nighy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Bill It's A Hit

  • By Highlight on 28-09-18

It's Bill It's A Hit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-18

You know you are in for a laugh when you listen to Bill Nighy & this is no exception. Without being an online spoiler; Bill bumps into an old love 30 years after he dumped her over a romantic restaurant dinner & we follow the two old romantics on their 2nd journey. Anna-Calder gives a good performance & is perfect as the dumped partner giving as good as she gets as they both fill this little love gem with gags that will tickle you pink. I would not normally choose this type of theme for an audiobook but Bill Nighy makes it. This is also on BBC Radio 4 at the moment & I am amazed that for a change, the BBC version is much more witty with more relaxed fun, but this is still worth a listen.

  • Cocktail Sticks

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Alan Bennett, full cast
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A radio adaptation of Alan Bennett's short autobiographical play, originally directed by Nicholas Hytner for the National Theatre. Alan looks back on his early life with affection and sadness, revisiting some of the themes and conversations of his memoir 'A Life Like other People's'. Both he and his mother are seduced by the idea that other people's lives are much richer and fulfilling than their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

  • By Highlight on 10-09-18

ALAN BENNETT A DEDICATED SON

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

After listening to this account of Alan’s parents and the mental illness of depression which his mother Lilian suffered so badly, I gained a whole new respect for Alan Bennett. He writes with kindnes, thoughtfulness, clarity and truth, as well as dealing with the still stigmatised illness “depression” with a tenderness that can become lost when someone close to you, such as your mother is a sufferer, and relations can be become brittle because you too suffer when you become ‘the carer’ and as Bennett admits, “he shuck his mother so hard and for so long when telling her to come to her senses” that it must have hurt her. He confronts his relationship with his parents with love and an openness most simply would not wish to face. I am not a Bennett fan and the 2 other audio plays I purchased, I returned for a refund. But this one I will keep. I like the tenderness with which he writes.

  • The Doctor in Spite of Himself (Dramatised)

  • By: Moliere
  • Narrated by: NBC University Theater
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, mostly known by his stage name Molière, wrote The Doctor in Spite of Himself in the 17th century. It's the story of Sganarelle, who is mistaken for a reputable doctor, even though, as an alcoholic woodcutter, he has no idea what a doctor should know. In turn, he helps a girl who has "lost" her voice as well as her lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD OLD FASHIONED FARCE

  • By Highlight on 29-08-18

GOOD OLD FASHIONED FARCE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-18

Every now and again we enjoy a good old fashioned farce à on those special and peculiar days, who better than the devout eccentric verbal acerbic Moliere whom is good for a cheeky giggle and crazy afternoon.

  • Hood: Noble Secrets

  • By: Iain Meadows
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It's 1201, and as King John sits upon the English throne, the lord high Sheriff of Nottingham, Phillip De Nicholay, is looking at his life in ruins. The Nottingham treasury is empty, a year's taxes gone, and all because of his misplaced trust. Worse still is that his hopes of marrying the Lady Marion have also vanished. If Phillip is to stand any chance of following his heart, he needs to get the money back.... But how?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoilt by Wills Amateur Acting

  • By Highlight on 24-08-18

Spoilt by Wills Amateur Acting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-18

This whole production is spoilt & unlistenable all because of the awful & amateur acting of the man playing "Will" who does not act but he
SHOUT's his way through the whole drama. A professional actor knows best. Will ruined this for me & my family, so annoying & such a shame. What was the casting director thinking of!

  • Young Victoria

  • A BBC Radio 4 Drama
  • By: Juliet Ace
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lukis, Anna Massey, Christopher Cazenove, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This illuminating serial charts the transformation of the young Victoria from spirited teenager to shy young bride to celebrated ruler of Britain and ‘Mother of Europe’. But while her roles changed, her essential nature remained the same: vibrant, passionate, principled and fiercely independent. Through extracts from Victoria’s own diaries and letters, and dramatised episodes featuring the characters closest to her, we are given thrilling insight into the thoughts and feelings of the woman behind the crown - and the secrets of her mind and heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful Portrayal In Victoria’s Own Words

  • By Highlight on 23-08-18

A Beautiful Portrayal In Victoria’s Own Words

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I own a copy of Queen Victoria’s Diarie’s which makes fascinating reading. This is a valid production true to Victoria’s own words. Professionally acted and produced, this is an excellent drama for any one with an interest in Queen Victoria who wrote as honestly as she was allowed to write about how she felt regarding her early life.

  • The Black Sheep (Classic Serial)

  • By: Honore de Balzac
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Whitehead
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Chris Dolan's dramatisation of Honore de Balzac's entertaining tale of family rivalry and fortunes lost and won, set in 19th-century France. Episode 1:After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Philippe Bridau becomes a reckless gambler who steals from his mother to finance his obsession. She foolishly continues to idolise him, and it is left to his more dependable brother Joseph to rescue the family from destitution. Episode 2: Philippe's gambling has left his family destitute and his political activities have landed him in jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD PIECE of OLD FRENCH LITERATURE

  • By Highlight on 09-08-18

GOOD PIECE of OLD FRENCH LITERATURE

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

When you look beyond & delve deeper, there is aplenty to enjoy & exercise the grey cells. Well produced and acted. This is one to listen to over the years to come. Full cast full of flavour.

  • Markheim (Dramatized)

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Raymond Harris
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

While Robert Louis Stevenson is most famous for novels like Treasure Island and Kidnapped, he also wrote a number of excellent stories of the supernatural. "Markheim" is one of his best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ODD OLD FASHIONED PLAY

  • By Highlight on 09-08-18

ODD OLD FASHIONED PLAY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This is an odd production of a short play by R Louis Stevenson that would have been a little more entertaining should it have had more suitable actors playing the parts. Unfortunately the production goes from sounding professional to amateur.

  • The Pallisers

  • 12 BBC Radio 4 Full Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Ben Miles, David Troughton, full cast, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

A sweeping radio saga of political intrigue, love affairs, financial wrangles and murder, based on the books by Anthony Trollope, creator of The Barchester Chronicles. This epic drama follows several generations of the Palliser dynasty as they navigate the twists and turns of political and high society in Victorian England. Starring Ben Miles as Plantagenet, Sophie Thompson as Glencora, Conleth Hill as Phineas and David Troughton as the Narrator, with a star cast including Bertie Carvel, Juliet Stevenson, Greg Wise and Rachael Stirling. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Mimo on 02-08-18

11 Hours of Enjoyable Drama

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-18

A bundle of fun & intrigue once again as we go through over 11 hours of Trollope intrigue. Everything Victorian & Political is here with much more as you could want & expect from this great Victorian writer.

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