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Turn off the TV: Radio choices, May 21-27

Barbara Windsor Radio 2, Sunday 1pm

A second week of our Babs sitting in for Elaine Paige, and the second week of The Stage’s Matt Hemley presenting the latest theatre news in the last half-hour of the show.

Drama on 3: Giovanni’s Room Radio 3, Sunday 8pm

Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett and with a cast that includes Damian Lewis, Derek Jacobi, John Lithgow and Greta Scacchi, James Baldwin’s novel was groundbreaking in terms of its sensitive portrayal of homosexuality.

Afternoon Play: Whistling Wally’s Son Radio 4, Monday 2.15pm

Writer Wally K Daly, a prolific writer for TV and radio, dramatises his own childhood, including his wartime memories and his father’s return from a PoW camp.

Gilbert’s Glory Radio 4, Monday-Friday 3.45pm

To mark the centenary of playwright WS Gilbert’s death, poet Ruth Padel explores five different aspects of his work, including his operetta collaborations with Arthur Sullivan and his work as a theatre director.

The Pocket A A Milne Radio 4, Tuesday-Thursday 3.30pm

Three short pieces read by Ian McNeice that demonstrated that there was more to the author than Winnie-the-Pooh.

Afternoon Play: Torchwood Radio 4, Wednesday-Friday 2.15pm

Originally broadcast in July 2009 in the run up to BBC1’s five-day Children of Earth, Radio 4 repeats its three afternoon plays featuring the trio of Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto “not dead yet” Jones.

The new TV series of Torchwood, subtitled Miracle Day, should start airing soon, so I guess the repeat of this plays now is understandable. But it’s only a few weeks since these same plays were repeated on Radio 4 Extra — surely the scheduling between the two inter-related channels could be a bit better than this?

Friday Play: RIP Boy Radio 4, Friday 9pm

The now defunct Friday Play slot is revived for this repeat of Red Production Company’s drama, scripted by Neil McKay, about the real life story of a young Asian boy who was beaten to death while in a young offenders institution. This moving drama recently won the Sony Bronze Award for Best Drama.


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What do people think of whistling wallys son. The radio four play for Monday 23rd may 2011. This is the fifteenth time I've heard the play and I still cry at the end

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