SUNDAY 26th February

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

SEX AND POLITICS by COLIN LEWISOHN

Tom thinks he knows himself well, he fancies women. Leaving his affair with Jo behind him Tom enters the world of sexual politics where he faces a challenge to his very identity. It is the mid 1980s and the pursuit of gay rights is now at the centre of the political stage. But how will the pursuit of justice fare in the murky world of political intrigue and what will be the personal costs?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION… RICHARD POWERS

Richard Powers is an American novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology. His novel The Echo Maker won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETS & POETRY…DEREK WALCOTT OBE

Derek Walcott, is a hugely talented poet, playwright and visual artist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2011 for White Egrets.  Here he reads some of his work and then is interviewed by Glyn Maxwell.

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

Women – we are the gentler sex or the deadlier of the species but universally it is agreed that we are good talkers, as Radio Gorgeous aptly delivers for ABR. Sometimes frivolous but always fabulous and today features Henrietta Green, award winning food writer and broadcaster

 

4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

GREG WAGLAND superbly narrates The Dancing Men.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are A Grand Gesture by Jess Brownrigg and The Open Window by Harsh Agarwal.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Word in Your Ear are a Bath based collective of writers who gather to tell their stories. They liked the way our ancestors enjoyed stories – by listening to them. We totally agree with them so let’s have a listen to Wherever I Lay My Hat by Julie Green and Venus by Clare Reddaway.

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today PETER JAMES, Brighton charmer, film producer and international best seller of crime thriller fiction.

 

6pm & 2am & 10am

HOLLYWOOD STAGE

Hollywood is indelibly printed in our minds as a go to place for entertainment and has been for decades. We take you back in time as The Hollywood ringmaster himself, CECIL B DE MILLE interviews DW GRIFFITHS and unveils…

Alice Adams featuring CLAUDETTE COLBERT and FRED McMURRAY

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

GRACE BY JAMES JOYCE. READ BY T.P. MCKENNA.

Joyce’s story begins with an unconscious man who has fallen down the stairs in a pub after heavy drinking. A friend of his, Mr. Power, finds him, reveals him to be named Tom Kernan, and takes him home to his wife. Kernan is a salesman who once possessed an easy charm and manner but has since descended into alcoholism. An injury to his tongue sustained during the fall keeps Kernan in bed. Two days later, he is visited by his friends Power, M’Coy, and Cunningham. The friends have concocted a plan to get Kernan to attend a Catholic retreat with them. The four discuss many matters and finally settle upon religion.

MAD BY GUY DE MAUPASSANT. READ BY DEREK JACOBI.

French author of the naturalistic school, generally considered the greatest French short story writer. Maupassant took the subjects for his pessimistic stories and novels chiefly from the behaviour of the bourgeoisie, the Franco-Prussian War, and the fashionable life of Paris. During the last years of his life, Maupassant suffered from mental illness.