SATURDAY 20th January

Noon & 8pm & 4am

PLAYS/DRAMA

LEAVES IN AUTUMN BY SUSAN CASANOVE

Iris hadn’t clapped eyes on Jerry, the eighteen year old boy who’d swept her off her feet in 1966 for forty-three years – until a chance meeting at a funeral. Both are now widowed, but will the course of Autumnal love run smooth? Leaves in Autumn is a gentle comedy drama about love, destiny and redemption. It stars Josephine Tewson (Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine), Hazel Douglas (Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter) and Hugh Walters (Doctor Who, Survivors). It also features West End actors Emma Noakes and Steven Alexander as the young Iris and Jerry.

THE LAST LAUGH BY ERIC YAFFEY

Traditional comedian Will Potts has a stalker and his performance is suffering. Can the maniac be flushed out before the damage becomes terminal?

 

1pm & 9pm & 5am

IN CONVERSATION….DAVID MITCHELL

David Mitchell’s novels include The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical epic about a Dutch accountant’s adventures in feudal Japan, and Number9Dream, described as “an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.” Mitchell’s celebrated Cloud Atlas, which erases the boundaries of genre and language with six interconnected stories that take the reader from the 19th century in the remote South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic distant future, was described as a “Nabokovian delight in word play” by The Washington

 

2pm & 10pm & 6am

POETRY...MICHAEL ONDAATJE

Michael Ondaatje, poet, novelist, and noted editor and film maker, was born in Sri Lanka in 1943, spent his teenage years in England, and moved to Canada in 1962 where he graduated from the University of Toronto and then Queen’s University, Ontario. He taught English Literature at York University, Toronto, from 1971 to 1990. While mostly known and admired as a novelist, due in part to the worldwide success of The English Patient that was awarded the Booker Prize in 1992 and was later made into the Academy Award-winning film, Ondaatje first won critical acclaim as a poet. Numerous collections include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems (1970), There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do: Poems, 1963-1978 (1979), both of which won the Canadian Governor General’s award; The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems (1989); and Handwriting (1998).

 

3pm & 11pm & 7am

GORGEOUS WOMEN

lib4pm & Midnight & 8am

SHERLOCK HOLMES CLASSICS

ABR is proud to present two classic episodes, once again starring Tom Conway as Holmes. ‘The Reigate Puzzle’ is followed by ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’

We close the hour with an author interview from KOBO and today’s guest is HIROSHI MIKITANI.

 

5pm & 1am & 9am

SPARK LONDON

The concept is stand out simple. Real people telling real stories. Today’s are: Percy Blazer Wants A Through Lounge by Richard Green, Auntie Kay by Charlie Phillips and Hero by Maggie Hindley

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: Fun Sized Inspiration by Jule Green and The Kingfisher by Pauline Masurel

TAKE FIVE

We asked the same five questions to a range of writers – today it’s…

TIM GRAHAM, TV producer, presenter, writer and poet. Mad cricket buff and an ability to engage on a level most others can’t even reach even if they dare…..

 

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 unveils Seven Keys To Baldpate featuring JACK BENNY.

 

7pm & 3am & 11am

SHORT STORIES

MALACHI’S COVE BY ANTHONY TROLLOPE. READ BY EVE KARPF.

Mally, an orphan who lives with her grandfather Malachi, try’s to deal with her parent’s death on the beach in front of their home. Mally blames the town and her neighbours for their death, but the town blames it on her because of her lies and other things she’s done in the past.

FUN IN AN ARTIST’S STUDIO BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD. READ BY RICHARD MITCHLEY.

Fun In An Artists Studio is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Pat Hobby series, written during his later years as a writer. Pat Hobby, a down-and-out Hollywood screenwriter, is bemused when a Romanian Princess takes an interest in him and asks him to pose for a painting.