BBC Radio Dramas & Book Readings
BBC radio dramas & book readings are among the best listening programs in the world. I have enjoyed many over many years. When relaxing or working on anything at home e.g. DIY etc., I prefer listening to the spoken word rather than the musical lyric!
Jean prefers listening to music while doing something like chores at home. She said fast beat music makes tedious ironing a little better.
BBC Radio 4 & Radio 4 Extra are the channels for drama, documentaries, comedy, news and magazine/lifestyle type shows.
BBC Radio has performed dramas and readings since 1932.
Some recordings from the 1940s onwards can be heard via the BBC radio archives.
Now with podcasts and BBC iPlayer & Sounds, we can hear these anytime; at our convenience.
Their drama & book collection covers diverse genres such as crime, thrillers, historical, classical, sci-fi horror, spooky and more, every taste is catered for.
BBC also excel at readings of famous books for those who are about to sleep; at 10.45pm weekdays they can listen to ‘Book at Bedtime’ readings. .
The latest I listened to via Book at Bedtime is the latest James Bond novel called Trigor Mortis by Anthony Horowitz (one of the modern authors allowed to write new James Bond novels apart from Bond’s creator Ian Fleming).
As for dramas, I enjoy a good plot, interesting story and characters.
Sometimes, they produce intriguing plays/dramas that when I hear the start, I have to listen to the end!
Last week I listened to ‘The Man in The Lift’
A man has been contracted to repair the lift in a residential tower block. But trapped in a confined space and suspended in time, a lift can become a place of transformation.
A maintenance man at a London council comes to repair and service the lifts (elevators) in one of the council blocks.
While he works and ascends and descends in the lifts, he meets various and diverse tenants and becomes involved in their lives.
Most do not know their fellow neighbours, or even talked to them, such can be the isolation & loneliness of living in a tower block.
While going up or down in the lifts, these tenants take the time to chat with him. They come to find it easy to talk to him and confide problems to him. He offers sage advice.
They come to think of him as a friend they never had and even a father figure to one young teenager.
After completing his work and he departs, the tenants find that they have been brought closer together and talk to each other resolve any problems and become friends.
The lift repair man had become an almost mystical catalyst to those lonely tenants.
More BBC, please!