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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:39 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Quite looking forward to David Tennant in Hamlet (Boxing Day, I think).

Evie, The Third Man is definitely on - saw it in the paper yesterday. Not sure of the date though.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news!

I will probably watch Hamlet, though I can't stand David Tennant.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Talking of the radio MR James, †I am not a fan of 'Lost Hearts' which I don't find scary, and the TV adaptation absurd. †But the TV and radio are obsesssed with James - he's marvellous but, as Himadri remarked recently, there are many many many fine ghost stories which might be adapted. †Stories by E. F. Benson, Oliver Onions, Henry James (other than TTOTScrew), Walter de la Mare (only the delicacy of his stories might defeat dramatisation), Algernon Blackwood, W.W. Jacobs, L.P. Hartley (brilliant), Robert Aikman, Edith Wharton, H.G. Wells, Hugh Walpole, Ambrose Bierce, Maupassant, ETA Hoffman (of the Tales of), Saki, Arthur Machen. †And many others. Have a look at Tartarus Press website.
And speaking of Tennant's 'Hamlet', readers might remember that I saw this at Stratford and thought it was a splendid production.  I wonder how it will transfer to the small screen. I believe there is to be a DVD later.  Patrick Stewart is an excellent Claudius. I hear rumours that PS is to be knighted in the New Years Honours List.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have discovered that The Third Man is on on Boxing Day evening, followed by the last in the series of the utterly, utterly fabulous Wallander - the last episode looks to be a corker, though no doubt devastating - best drama by far on TV at the moment.

Anyway - my family should all have gone away by then, and I can curl up on the sofa in front of some mesmerising films with the leftover turkey and the remains of my bottle of Talisker and revel in having my life back!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand from the BBC Points of View message board that the BBC is planning a modern adaptation of "Whistle and I'll come to You"  this Christmas.

I don't understand why it has to be modernised.  Surely the period flavour of M.R. James is part of his appeal?

I wasn't over-impressed with the "Turn of the Screw" adaptation last year but I'll try to keep an open mind on this one.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite some good sequences, I wasnít overly impressed with Jonathan Millerís old adaptation of this story, and think there is potential to do it better. However, after last yearís abysmal adaptation of The Turn of the Screw, I have little confidence in the BBC to do this kind of thing properly. I suppose it depends on whom they get as scriptwriter and as director.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder why TV programme planners seem unable to think of any ghost-story writers other than M.R James for adaptation.  There are dozens and dozens of possibilities.  The whole of Tartarus list, for example, who specialise in reprinting the ghost and uncanny stories of writers like Oliver Onions, L.P.Hartley, Walter de la Mare, Henry James, Edith Wharton, H.G. Wells, Lafcadio Hearn, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Aickman.  And I can think of other ghost-story writers like E.Nesbit, E.F Benson, Elizabeth Bowen, Wilkie Collins, A.S. Byatt, Algernon Blackwood etc, all of whom might dramatise well. And Wordsworth Books publish, very cheaply, a large array of ghost story collections by a variety of writers which offer a lot of possibilities. I have an uneasy feeling that the programme-planners at the BBC and elsewhere aren't widely read and just don't know the possibilities.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikeharvey wrote:
I wonder why TV programme planners seem unable to think of any ghost-story writers other than M.R James for adaptation. †.... I have an uneasy feeling that the programme-planners at the BBC and elsewhere aren't widely read and just don't know the possibilities.


I think you're spot on there.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting interview with Stephen Fry I read earlier today, possibly via the BBC website, though it could have been elsewhere - accusing the BBC of simply being too afraid to do anything different or imaginative, and sticking to the same old formulae.

I cannot recommend Radio 7 highly enough - all sorts of adaptations and readings there, old and new, as well as some great comedy.  BBC radio is still very good, on the whole (there are always exceptions!), but TV really is in the depths.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike Harvey:
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I wonder why TV programme planners seem unable to think of any ghost-story writers other than M.R James for adaptation. †There are dozens and dozens of possibilities. †The whole of Tartarus list, for example, who specialise in reprinting the ghost and uncanny stories of writers like Oliver Onions, L.P.Hartley, Walter de la Mare, Henry James, Edith Wharton, H.G. Wells, Lafcadio Hearn, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Aickman. †And I can think of other ghost-story writers like E.Nesbit, E.F Benson, Elizabeth Bowen, Wilkie Collins, A.S. Byatt, Algernon Blackwood etc, all of whom might dramatise well. And Wordsworth Books publish, very cheaply, a large array of ghost story collections by a variety of writers which offer a lot of possibilities. I have an uneasy feeling that the programme-planners at the BBC and elsewhere aren't widely read and just don't know the possibilities.


Thank you for your suggestions, Mike. One of my indulgences at Christmas is to sit by a real log fire at my mother's house in the Dorset countryside, sip a glass of really good red wine and read a ghost story anthology.

I was thinking of posting in the chat section suggestions for an anthology for this Christmas. †Last year I read Wilkie Collins "The Haunted Hotel and other stories" which I found a tad disappointing. †The previous year I read a M & S "Great Tales of the Supernatural" which had some wonderful classics.

After looking at the Wordsworth website, I'm torn between Oliver Onions (who I've never heard of but sounds interesting) and Marjorie Bowen - I've read her story "Kecksies" and I see that she was born on Hayling Island, which is fairly near me.

Anyone any thoughts?



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