Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough star as a philosopher and scientist investigating ghostly outbreaks in a country wood in 1768. Nigel Kneale’s legendary lost 1963 TV play has been adapted for BBC Radio 4 by Toby Hadoke.
The story of his final escape from Moscow via Finland with the aid of British Secret Service operatives has to be heard to be believed. Skin of the teeth stuff in the boot of a car. According to the book he currently lives, 30 years after defection, in a modest house under an assumed name somewhere in the UK. He's still on the KGB or should that now be GRU hit list.I'm enjoying this on radio iplayer: The Spy & The Traitor
The story of Oleg Gordievsky, a high ranking KGB intelligence officer, & his defection in the 1980s, knowing that if he was found out, he would be drugged, interrogated, tortured, then shot. Fascinating cold war stuff in nourishing bite sized 15 minute chunks. Read by Tim McInnerny.
One beliefs must be well and truly suspended to enjoy it at all. It has no basis in any kind of psychology, reality or, well, anything really. It's dazzling well-acted theatre.There's a show that looked great, was well cast, but slightly too up its own arse to get enthusiastic about.
She got pigeonholed as a horror star because of that film, which I don't know if she was enormously pleased about, but seems to have made her peace with the idea from the point of view that at least she's getting jobs. She is terrific, though.You know I hadn't made that connection. "Ginger Snaps", great movie.
Yes ^this^ - I'm on series three. It gets ever more bonkers.I am currently bingeing Hannibal on Netflix. It is very strange, very beautiful, and quite mad (also a description of Doctor Lector as played by Mads Mikkelsen). Hannibal keeps simultaneously making me want to buy exotic cookbooks and become vegan. It is also why I now have an aching desire to smell "Bolt of Lightning" by JAR.
I'm currently on series 2 which clearly decided to not bother with crowd pleasing detective stuff and just go for the odd. It is a bit too aware of itself to be perfectly delicious but I quite like that it nearly creates the atmosphere of a Parisian salon as described by Huysman. Ultimately whether I like it or not, I can't stop watching it.
(c) BBC '18Singer-songwriter Emma Lee Moss (aka Emmy the Great) returns to the playground to re-explore one of her earliest musical influences, the clapping game.
Emma finds the playground very much alive with song, new and old . So how is this seemingly old-fashioned pastime surviving in an age of YouTube and smart phones?
Emma speaks to children and researchers, as well as exploring the archive of amateur folklorist Iona Opie, to understand the secrets of the clapping game’s success since the 1950s.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0...hkrhg0zYLGSyZy5CccPQbAHdxXQtWlPy8TFBVToCp-3VYProf Paul Robertson examines the claims and counter-claims for musical mediumship and asks whether musical inspiration comes from within ourselves or if it could come from somewhere beyond.
He recounts the story of how, 40 years ago, a Balham housewife and medium with little musical training created a sensation when she claimed to have received new works from beyond the grave from Liszt, Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and other great composers. Rosemary Brown's abilities divided the musical world, with her supporters convinced that the works were genuine while her critics dismissed them as pastiche.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00813sf?fbclidA strange disappearance on the Hallowmount and a horrific murder lead Tom Felse to make his own private investigations into the mystery.
Ellis Peters' intriguing novel dramatised by Sally Hedges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002zmrNew Generation Thinker Will Abberley takes a journey into the strange and unsettling world of the English Eerie and discovers a growing movement of artists, writers and musicians exploring impressions of the ‘Eerie’ in the landscape. The idea of uncanny forces which resonate in a place, the buried traumas and sufferings which lie just under the surface of a landscape has always inspired artists. But in recent years there’s been a resurgence of interest in the Eerie in art as well as ecology and archaeology. It’s in the songs of PJ Harvey, the compositions of Richard Skelton, the nature writing of Helen Macdonald and Robert MacFarlane and the films of Tacita Dean and Ben Wheatley. Will speaks to some of these artists to understand why and how the tradition of the Eerie is being revived in response to contemporary fears and crises.