Category Archives: Radio Programs

BBC “Great Lives” Revisited

In this week’s issue of The Tablet, columnist Christopher Howse revisits last December’s BBC Radio 4 broadcast of the series Great Lives in which Evelyn Waugh was the subject. See previous posts. Presenter Matthew Parris interviewed panelists Russell Kane, a … Continue reading

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Roundup: Witchcraft and Victory

–The Daily Telegraph reviews a new history of witchcraft since 1800 entitled Cursed Britain by Thomas Waters. The review is by Robert Leigh-Pemberton and opens with this: The “Swahili witch doctor”, installed in rooms “off the Edgware Road” by the … Continue reading

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New British PM Also a Novelist (And a Waugh Fan)

The New York Times, in advance of Boris Johnson’s selection as new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, wrote a profile of his literary career. His book about Winston Churchill sold well and is still in print, but … Continue reading

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Roundup: “The Death of a Modern Churchman”

–A literary website that encourages new writers (Culturedvultures.com) has posted a list of the 10 most absurd deaths in classic fiction. Among those selected is the death of Mr Prendergast in Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall: 8. DEATH BY SAW AND … Continue reading

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Midwinter Roundup

–One of our readers Bruce Gaston contributed this item: Early every morning on BBC Radio 4 there is a short item called “Tweet  of the Day”, which is actually about birdsong. Today’s bird was the  Great Crested Grebe. The continuity … Continue reading

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Roundup: Daleks and Poputchiks

–The BBC has announced plans to issue a print version of a 1980s Dr Who episode that contains a plot line inspired by Waugh’s novel The Loved One. This is explained on a website that tracks this sort of thing (BleedingCool.com) … Continue reading

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Boxing Day Roundup

–The Guardian in its “Top Tens” books column this week features “books on booze”. The selection by Henry Jeffreys is explained as “not a collection of books about drunkenness or alcoholism, though both feature. Rather, it is a celebration of those … Continue reading

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Waugh on BBC Radio 4 Great Lives

The BBC Radio 4 episode of its “Great Lives” series is now available to monitor on BBC iPlayer. Presenter Matthew Parris spent most most of the broadcast baiting panelists Russell Kane and Anne Pasternak Slater by citing examples of Waugh’s … Continue reading

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Music of Time

The BBC has undertaken a review of classical music composed in the years 1918-2018. This is entitled “Our Classical Century” and includes recorded performances and commentary on both television (BBC4) and radio (BBC Radio 3). Selections will also be featured … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh to Feature in Great Lives Series

BBC Radio 4 has announced a new episode in its “Great Lives” series that will feature a panel discussion of Evelyn Waugh. Here is the announcement: Comedian Russell Kane nominates the novelist Evelyn Waugh, with help from literary critic Ann … Continue reading

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