Janet Whitaker Radio Plays

This week's Producer's Choice comes from Janet Whitaker: 8-12 Mar 04. Janet is a prolific, award-winning drama director - I'm sure you'll have heard her name at the end of some of your favourite productions. She's brought endless classic novels to a new audience - for example she produced the classic BBC drama War and Peace and The Water Babies.

Janet's choices are as follows. I am grateful to Norbert Breun, from Germany, for supplying details of the authors:

Bluethroat Morning, by Tony Ramsay (first broadcast 19 October 1999)
So Beats My Heart, by Nandita Ghose (first broadcast 30 October 1999)
No Problem, by Rene Krupinski (first broadcast 31 July 1990)
From the House at the Top of the World, by Ray Jenkins (first broadcast 13 May 1999)
The Drought, by Stephen Dunstone (first broadcast 9 July 1999)

The dramas run from Monday to Friday at 11 am and are repeated at 2 am for any night birds.

Details about the above: (sent by Greg Linden)

Mon 8 Mar, 11:00 - 11:45 45 mins Bluethroat Morning: 100 years ago on the Norfolk marshes, the Rev Marchant arrives seeking a bluethroat bird for his collection, at any cost. With Ronald Pickup, Alison Pettitt and Sean Baker. (second of two related plays)

Tue 9 Mar, 11:00 - 11:45 45 mins So Beats My Heart: A surreal love story by Nandita Ghose. Heart transplants take on a new dimension in this tale of Michael, who discovers his heart and his life. With John Bowe and Indira Varma.

Wed 10 Mar, 11:00 - 11:45 45 mins No Problem: Beth and Simon are trying to get back to England from India and it's proving to be a problem.

Thu 11 Mar, 11:00 - 11:45 45 mins From the House at the Top of the World: A German archaeologist gets involved in a race to steal Buddhist treasures from ancient lost towns along the Silk Road.

Fri 12 Mar, 11:00 - 11:45 45 mins (9 July 1999) The Drought By Stephen Dunstone. Jean's former home, submerged in a reservoir, has been uncovered by a drought. Her visit there does not bring back the happy memories her nurses expect. With Kathleen Helme, Angela Wynter and Susan Cookson


No Man's Land....1992
By Harold Pinter. 22/03/1992. BBC Radio 3 The Sunday Play (First Broadcast 27/01/1992 on BBC Radio 4) Dir: Janet Whitaker. Cast: Michael Hordern ; Dirk Bogarde ; Keith Allen ; Bernard Hill ; The play was written by Pinter in 1974 and its first production was at the Old Vic Theatre in 1975. The play deals with Pinter’s perennial themes of the fallibilty of memory and the co-existence of brutality and sensitivity within one individual. According to Michael Billington the genesis of the play was Pinter puzzling over the phrase « As it is ? » which had come unbidden to Pinter during a taxi journey. (Source: Pinter at the BBC: http://web.archive.org/web/20021223085200/www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/pinter/pinter-video.shtml). These are the play’s opening words, referring to the offer of a drink by a host to a guest. The host has met the guest that evening in a Hampstead pub. As the evening progresses it becomes apparent that the two may have known each other at university. (....notes from Alistair Wyper.)

Other Janet Whitaker plays on the TONY RAMSAY page.


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