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  • Double Jeopardy

  • A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Stephen Wyatt
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Patrick Stewart stars as Raymond Chandler and Adrian Scarborough as Billy Wilder in BBC Radio 4's entertaining glimpse inside the Hollywood film industry. 'Double Jeopardy' was originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 4 February 2011.In 1944 Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder came together to work on a screen adaptation of James M. Cain's novel 'Double Indemnity'. Wilder is an ambitious 36-year-old German Jewish émigré just making his name as a director, and Chandler is a reformed alcoholic with a developing reputation as a novelist but absolutely no experience of writing for movies. The play follows their famously difficult collaboration. Paramount studios put Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder together because none of the big names would touch James M. Cain's novel. With its adulterous lovers and a crime that could be copied, it was judged too controversial to adapt because of the censorious Production Code guidelines. Chandler and Wilder famously hated each other but in a space of some four months locked in an office together they created an outstanding screenplay for a ground-breaking classic film. With Patrick Stewart ('Macbeth', 'Star Trek') as Chandler and Adrian Scarborough ('Cranford', 'The King's Speech') as Billy Wilder, 'Double Jeopardy' is directed by Claire Grove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Headline

  • By Dermot on 08-02-15

Headline

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

A portrait of how great creative chemistry isn't always great personal chemistry.

V witty script, performed to perfection by the cast.

And an insight into the old production houses of 1950's Hollywood.

This review insists i write more words before i can submit it, whereas i'd prefer the option to be more concise....Still says i haven't written enough to submit it which is absurb. And still not enough words. If Amazon want me to write a book then they can pay me. Seriously, it says it still isn't enough words! And still................

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  • Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan

  • By: Ian Bell
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 26 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The ultimate biography of Bob Dylan. Half a century ago a youth appeared from the American hinterland and began a cultural revolution. The world is still coming to terms with what he did. How he did it - and why - has never been fully explored. In Once Upon a Time, award-winning writer Ian Bell draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. For the first time, the laureate of modern America is set in his entire context: musical, historical, literary, political, and personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life lived in music and role play

  • By Dermot on 07-13-15

A life lived in music and role play

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Excellent account of this most unique of celebrities and singer-song writer performers. His talent, his life lived hidden from the public behind his many personas. And the turbulent modern times he lived in. A beautiful written and crafted book: biography, literary criticism, socio-economc history of the USA, & metaphysical treatise. And well read by the narrator, who adds polish to the smart prose bringing the audio-experience to a bright sheen. Highly recommended to Dylan fans and anyone who enjoys beautifal and intelligent writing.

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

  • You'll Have Had Your Tea - The Doings of Hamish and Dougal Series 1
  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Hamish and Dougal, two elderly Scotsmen played by Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden, have for many years been a popular feature of the hit BBC Radio 4 comedy show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Now they've got their own series. Regular characters appearing with Hamish and Dougal include Mrs Naughtie, a cleaning lady-cum-housekeeper played by Alison Steadman, and a local laird played by Jeremy Hardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent comedy. Double-entendres abound.

  • By Dermot on 06-28-15

Excellent comedy. Double-entendres abound.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Very very funny. If you like word play & absurdity you'll like this. Warning: Non-Brits' may not understand the humour.

  • The Secret Pilgrim (Dramatised)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Patrick Malahide
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré’s last Smiley novel.George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess ‘the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spies, spies, spies. Looking for a good time

  • By Dermot on 04-07-15

Spies, spies, spies. Looking for a good time

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Always a good combination: Le Carre and a BBC dramatisation.

Worth a listen. A lot going on, though not the most cohesive Le Carre plot.

  • Fatherland (Dramatized)

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • butchered beyond comprehension

  • By Howie on 10-28-06

Counter factual history fictionalised

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Counter factual history fictionalised to great effect, while the moral that nothing stays buried forever is a moment of hope in a bleak retelling of 'what if' around WWII and Hitler's Germany

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