PROGRAMME OF THE WEEK
Drama on 3: Pornography Radio 3, Sunday 8pm
One of the acclaimed successes of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pornography was a Stage Must-See, and earned a nomination for Best Ensemble at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. The cast of that production reunites for this audio version, which follows eight people whose lives are affected by the July 7 2005 London bombings. From our review:
Simon Stephens’ 2007 play about the July 7 bombings is a beautifully written exploration of what goes on behind the scenes in the lead up to a major tragedy, showing us how ordinary lives intersect with extraordinary events … It says that human beings will always be connected in subtle and intangible ways, no matter what the attempts to destroy them.
The rest of this week’s picks are after the jump.
Also this week:
Jonathan Ross Radio 2, Saturday 10am
Wossy is back, and all is right with the world.
Woman’s Hour Drama: The Child in Time Radio 4, Monday-Friday 10.45am (repeated 7.45pm)
For Stephen and Julie, the meaningof time itself changes when their three-year-old daughter is abducted in broad daylight. Panic, loss and childhood memories all distort their perceptions. Ian McEwan’s sometimes disturbing 1987 novel is dramatised in five parts by Sharon Oakes
Afternoon Play: McLevy - To Keep Him Honest Radio 4, Tuesday 2.15pm
Brian Cox returns to his role as Victorian police inspector in the first of four adventures. This week, McLevy is monitoring a boxing match, around which the capital’s criminal fraternity are circling. And then one of the boxers goes missing… Michael Perceval-Maxwell and Siobhan Redmond also return in support.
Weird Tales: Out of the Depths Radio 4, Tuesday 11pm
A new series of late-night psychological dramas starts with a play by Melissa Murray. Sisters Martha and Grace return to Cornwall to confront childhood demons, and work out why their mother committed suicide. But they soon realise that each has reason to fear the other.
Afternoon Play: Cavity Radio 4, Thursday 2.15pm
A very odd comedy by Sean Grundy of the sort you suspect could only work on radio. Kirsty hides in the attic when the wife of the man with whom she’s having an affair returns home unexpectedly — but in her panic, falls into the house’s cavity wall. Rather than escaping, she and her lover Adrian discover that there are pleasures to be had from the predicament…
Friday Night is Music Night Radio 2, Friday 7.30pm
TV Today readers may know Tony Hatch as the writer of themes to soap operas Crossroads and Neighbours, but his long songwriting career extends into the pop charts, including several hits for Petula Clark including Downtown and Don’t Sleep in the Subway. Mike Dixon conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and several guest singers.