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The wonders of radio drama

June 26th, 2010 (02:15 am)

While working on a current writing commission, I've been listening to the final part of the BBC Radio Collection adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy Night, as broadcast earlier this week on BBC Radio 7. The adaptation was recorded a long time after the Radio 4 adaptations, and released in 2003 - when Ian Carmichael, who plays Lord Peter Wimsey, was 83. Wimsey, I learn from the internet, was 45 in Gaudy Night.


Posted by: sanba38 (sanba38)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)

Does he sound 83 or 45?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)

Closer to 83...

Posted by: Flippancy provided by (il_mio_capitano)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)

It's mainly a Harriet Vane novel so I presume the adaption only needs to wheel him in at the end. I have the unabridged audiobook of this as read by IC. He's remarkedly good considering it's all women. I concede he probably didn't record that at 83 though.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)

As nineveh_uk alludes to below (and antisoppist demonstrates on the link Nineveh provides), the story was restructured to bring Peter in earlier, and not to its benefit.

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)

antisoppist has some comments upon this interesting choice. I don't think I'll be racing to listen.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 26th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)

Carmichael's voice was most definitely hoarser and heavier than it was in Busman's Honeymoon, of which I heard the first part in the early hours of this morning. The relationship as depicted between Peter and Harriet wasn't quite as I remembered it from the book; and antisoppist's reaction was enlightening.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: June 29th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)

I have only heard little bits of these; an hour or so of "Nine Tailors"; the last episode of "Gaudy Night"; and a few minutes of "Busman's Honeymoon" (of which a non-IC film exists, BTW).