Five Children and It on BBC7

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BBC Radio 7 - BBC7 Good stuff is happening on BBC7 lately, like Mike Walker’s remarkable 6-part historical drama series, Caesar!, that aired over the last two weeks. This Saturday, 7 Drama will present the full cast dramatization of Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It (which certainly ranks as one of the best ever titles for a kids novel), a story about a magical sand fairy (that) grants five children a series of wishes

A little background, quoting here from Wikipedia, Edith Nesbit popularized an innovative style of children’s fantasy that combined realistic, contemporary children in real-world settings with magical objects and adventures. In doing so, she was a direct or indirect influence on many subsequent writers, including P. L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins), Edward Eager, Diana Wynne Jones and J. K. Rowling -as well as C. S. Lewis and Michael Moorcock. Yow!

Some will recall Nesbit for her memorable novel, The Railway Children, and the film and BBC television series based on the book (presented wayyy back in the 1960’s). I said some will -if they’re willing to admit that they’re old enough to have watched Star Trek: TOS in prime time.

Now, I have to admit that I haven’t heard this production before but given the Beeb’s track record, the play should be good. At an hour and a half long, there should be enough time to cover the story while keeping things moving at a brisk pace. Also, BBC dramatizations tend to feature excellent child actors. This should be a big plus here. -A lot of “shoulds”, I know, but being a fan of Edith Nesbit’s books to begin with, of course I’m looking forward to this.

Check out Five Children and It with me on Saturday, August 16 from 12:00- 13:30 GMT. Teleport to 7 Drama here to do so. Or you can use the Listen Again feature to hear the show for six days after it airs.

Lastly, you can read and download Edith Nesbit’s novels online at Project Gutenberg. All are in the public domain. Yay!

Posted by RC of Radio Tales of the Strange and Fantastic

New podiobooks from Lafferty and Sigler

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Two of the original podiobook stars have brand new podcast novels out today!

Fantasy podiobook - Playing For Keeps by Mur LaffertyPlaying For Keeps
By Mur Lafferty; Read by Mur Lafferty
STATUS: Begun November 1st 2007
Keepsie Branson owns a bar in the shining metropolis of Seventh City. This is an urban landscape overflowing with egotistical heroes and manipulative villains. In a world like this, where there are lots of ‘supers’, there are a few folks with superpowers that just don’t measure up.
Listen to the promo HERE.

Horror podiobook - Nocturnal by Scott Sigler
By Scott Sigler; Read by Scott Sigler
STATUS: Begun November 1st 2007
Something lives deep beneath the streets of San Francsico. Something that has been there for centuries, something that comes out at night … to feed on the dregs of society. A sub-culture, with its own myths, its own legends of leader named The King that will lead them out of bondage, and their own demon, a hunting shadow known only as Savior.
Listen to the promo HERE.

Posted by Jesse Willis

KFAI reprieves Sound Affect radio drama program

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KFAI Community Radio, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MNA while back we announced that Sound Affects: A Radio Playground was being taken off the air. But it looks like we have some very good news on that front. Jerry Stearns, the show’s host and all-around Radio Drama guru, applied and received a new time slot on KFAI. Jerry’s show now has a full hour on Sunday evenings (9:30-10:30 PM). The first show in the new slot aired July 1. The second show, on July 8. The latter, consisted of a talk with David Ossman, of the Firesign Theatre and the broadcast of a new work that was performed at Convergence 2007. The con theme for Convergence 2007 was “Creature Feature”, so the play is about, you guesed it, creatures

The Learning Curve
By Brian Price and Jerry Stearns; With a full cast featuring David Ossman, Wally Wingert, Preston Ossman, Eleanor Price.
Broadcaster: KFAI / Sound Affects
Broadcast: July 2007

This program |RealAudio| is archived and available as a RealAudio stream on the the KFAI website for the next two weeks.