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Times Past

Here is recent post:

"If you’ve listened to the dramatisations recorded by the Old Court Radio Theatre Company on TimesPast or on the Sherlock Holmes Society of London’s website at www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk, you’ll recognise the name of Dennis Rookard, whose expertise as producer and technician gave them a professional polish. No more, alas, because Dennis died on 2 March aged sixty-eight. A radio man through-and-through, he had worked as a journalist, presenter and producer for the BBC, LBC, Essex FM, the Forces Broadcasting Service and others. Hosiprog, the name under which he made and provided original drama for hospital radio throughout the world, was just one of his many, mostly unpaid, retirement activities.

The Old Court Company and Essex Audio Theatre are continuing to produce and record original material for Hosiprog, with John Rhodes as recording engineer. For extremely practical reasons - plus the fact that we love TimesPast - we're moving the Hosiprog archive to this site. It will take some time, so please be patient.

Anyone is welcome to listen to the recordings, or to download them, and they may be broadcast freely by voluntary and community-run radio stations.

Enjoy!" by Magersfontein

You can follow the posting in the new group "HOSIPROG" on our sister site TimesPast. The group is open to the public.

Sample Post

"In recent years, plays about the Master have abounded. Roger Johnson’s “The Great Detective” is, however, far superior to most of these efforts because it is firmly grounded in Canonical and Doylean reality. Instead of putting words in Holmes and Watson’s mouths that they would have never said or turning Holmes into a 20th century neurotic, Johnson constructs his play primarily from Watson’s and Doyle’s own words -- an ingenious interweaving of portions of several cases and excerpts from Doyle’s writings.

"While experienced Sherlockians will find no surprises in the script, they will appreciate its clever construction and delight in the magic of Holmes, Watson, and Doyle. For novices, the play is a superb introduction to the joys of the Canon and should motivate them to delve more deeply into the Sacred Writings."

[from a review in "The Serpentine Muse", journal of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes]

The prolific American actor David Ian Davies (no relation to the the eminent British Sherlockian David Stuart Davies) asked me if he could record "The Great Detective", which I wrote and directed for Chelmsford Theatre Workshop in the late 1990s. The idea of adapting the play for audio appealed to me, so of course I said yes. Then David asked if I knew anyone who could act as sound engineer...

This production, in which David Ian Davies plays every character, is a transatlantic collaboration. David recorded the script in California, Dennis Rookard edited the recordings, adding music and sound effects, and I performed some of the functions of a director.

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Huffduffer: calfkillerotr Links tagged BBC

Here is links from across the web added to Huffduffer I tagged with BBC.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Peyton Place


Here is a stream of Peyton Place I captured off of internet radio awhile back. Not sure of the date.

Peyton Place was a 1956 novel by Grace Metalious.
Selling sixty thousand copies within the first ten days of its release, it was publishing's second "blockbuster," (following Gone with the Wind in 1936) and remained on the New York Times best seller list for fifty-nine weeks. The main plot follows the lives of three women - lonely and repressed Constance MacKenzie, her illegitimate daughter Allison, and her employee Selena Cross, a girl from "across the tracks" or as it is called in the book "from the shacks" - and how they come to terms with their identity as women and sexual beings in a small New England town.

Peyton Place

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Mighty Boosh – The Complete Radio Series

The Mighty Boosh – The Complete Radio Series: "

This work features the complete “BBC Radio 4″ series from Perrier award-winning comedy duo Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding plus an exclusive interview with The Mighty Boosh. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt are The Mighty Boosh and together they write and star in their first radio series which won the Douglas Adams Award for Innovative Comedy Writing. Here are all six episodes of the “BBC Radio 4″ series, complete and uncut, from the winners of the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. Welcome to the surreal world of Zooniverse where two zookeepers Howard Moon (Julian Barratt) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) embark on an array of magical and bizarre adventures that include a trip to the Arctic tundra to find a lost egg, an expedition deep into the jungle and being trapped inside a hitchhiker’s box. Feel the bracken, isolate the crisps and calm your llama down with some blue pants – this is a madcap style of music and mayhem which sounds mighty like The Boosh. Described by the “Observer” as ‘Some of the most inventive comedy writing of the decade’, and eliciting an exclamation of ‘Wow!’ from “Simpsons’” creator Matt Groening, come with us now on a journey through time and space – to the world of The Mighty Boosh…’



The Heart Of A Goof – P.G.Wodehouse

The Heart Of A Goof – P.G.Wodehouse: "

It was a morning when all nature shouted “Fore!” P. G. Wodehouse leads the listener out on to this little nine-hole course with a collection of nine Golf stories, as observed by the Oldest Member. The stories included are: The Heart of a Goof, High Stakes, Keeping in with Vosper, Chester Forgets Himself, The Magic Plus Fours, The Awakening of Rollo Podmarsh, Rodney Fails to Qualify, Jane Gets off the Fairway and The Purication of Rodney Spelvin..

Author: P.G.Wodehouse
Read By: Jonathan Cecil
Year of Recording: 2008
Year Book Published: 1926
Genre: Fiction: Humour
Publisher: BBC Chivers Audiobooks
Abridged: No
Total Duration: 7.4 hrs
Total book size: 407 Mb
No. of mp3 files: 6
Encoded at: 128kbps



Friday, December 25, 2009

Rapidshare Links

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Life of Bliss

George Cole and Petula Clark at the microphone recording A Life of Bliss.

A Life of Bliss, a new radio sitcom, was introduced by the BBC on the 29th of July, 1953 starring George Cole as awkward, absent-minded bachelor David Bliss. In the early episodes Nora Swinburne played Bliss's sister and Esmond Knight his brother-in-law, playing a married couple, Robert and Pamela Batten, with Rosalind making an appearance in a 1954 as Marie. Later their parts were taken over by Diana Churchill and Colin Gordon.

Listen and download shows here: COTR Archives


Monday, July 6, 2009

American in England, An


An American in England was the story of Norman Corwin's visit to wartime Britain. He had been asked by CBS to observe and report on the character and hardships of a nation under siege.

The US Government arranged for CBS and the BBC to collaborate on this series, intended to give Americans a better understanding of our Ally, Great Britain. Corwin was sent to Britain to create and produce the programs, to be sent via short-wave and rebroadcast in America over CBS. Edward R. Murrow and the CBS staff in London helped a great deal.

In his four months in England, wrote Corwin,

"I did not once interview a high government official. The main objective of the series was to establish the character of the British people and not disseminate the handouts of the Ministry of Information. The people were soldiers, sailors, workers, miners, the theater manager, the elevator man, Police Officer Gilbert, the Everingtons, the Westerbys, Betty Hardy the actress, Henry Blogg the lifesaver, Mary Seaton the newspaperwoman, the RAF officer who handed me a dish in the mess and explained, 'This sausage is made of two ingredients--paper and sawdust'; the navigator, just returned from Wilhelmshaven, who said wistfully, 'Somehow we're always first in over the target'; the woman in Swansea who went to the Guildhall one morning following a severe blitz and turned in two suits of clothes, both nearly new, saying she had bought them for her two boys, killed in the raid."

Ten shows aired under the AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND banner, broadcast in 2 series. The first were 6 shows aired from August 3, 1942 through September 7, 1942. They were created in England and were broadcast via shortwave to the US as well as broadcast from US stations. The second series consisted of only 4 shows, produced in the US after Mr. Corwin's return, and aired December 1, 1942 through December 22, 1942. One of those 4 was a repeat from the first run. All shows were approximately 30 minutes in length.

The seventh show of the series, "Cromer", was re-broadcast May 9, 1944 as the 10th show in the Columbia Workshop: Columbia Presents Corwin series.

All Shows

An American in England.zip

Single Shows


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thriller: Michael Jackson's Masterpiece

Captured from a Free-To-Air broadcast from BBC Radio 2

Trevor Nelson tells the story of Michael Jackson's classic album Thriller.

In December 1982, two of the music industry's biggest stars - artist Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones - came together to produce what would become the biggest-selling album in history.

The album would turn Jackson into the world's biggest superstar and the elaborate, accompanying music videos would become a world-wide phenomenon.

Twenty-five years after this album first went on sale, Trevor Nelson discovers how the album tracks came to be, what role MTV played in the process and how it all nearly fell apart.

This special program features all nine album tracks and exclusive interviews with Quincy Jones, MTV founder Bob Pittman and Moonwalker Jeffery Daniel.

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