Priestley on the Radio

Details of a mini-season of BBC radio broadcasts about J.B. Priestley,  on Radio 4 and Radio 7.

Saturday 22 May 2010

BBC Radio 4. 8 pm. Archive on 4: Priestley’s Postscripts. Marking “the 70th anniversary of a broadcasting phenomenon – the story of how Yorkshireman J.B. Priestley became the voice of the nation during the darkest days of the Second World War. Using original broadcasts, information stored in BBC files and interviews with his son Tom Priestley and step son Nicolas Hawkes, Archive on Four revisits these extraordinary broadcasts and asks why, in spite of their astonishing popularity, Priestley was taken off air. Presented by Martin Wainwright”. Partly broadcast from our Reading Room!

BBC Radio 7. 2.30 am. Time and the Conways . 1994 broadcast of Priestley’s classic, moving, time play.

Sunday 23 May

BBC Radio 7. 1 pm. Repeat of Time and the Conways.

Monday 24 May

BBC Radio 7. 10 am. The Good Companions. (1/3). Priestley’s famous tale about a stranded concert party.

BBC Radio 7. 2 pm. An English Journey. (Lemn Sissay) (1/2). Poet retraces Priestley’s classic 1930s journey.

BBC Radio 7. 3 pm. Postscripts (Patrick Stewart) (1/5). The actor reads Priestley’s legendary scripts.

Tuesday 25 May

BBC Radio 7. 10 am. The Good Companions (2/3)

BBC Radio 7. 2 pm. An English Journey (2/2)

BBC Radio 7. 3 pm. Postscripts (2/5)

Wednesday 26 May

BBC Radio 7. 10 am. The Good Companions (3/3)

Thursday 27 May

BBC Radio 7. 3 pm. Postscripts (4/5)

Friday 28 May

BBC Radio 7. 3pm. Postscripts (5/5)

Saturday 29 May

BBC Radio 4. 2.30 pm. An Inspector Calls.  A new production of  Priestley’s great play

The season continues … more details once they appear on the BBC websites.

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