December 5, 2012

A Taste for Death BBC Radio Play: All the News to Date

For those who haven’t read the previous posts, here is all the news to date on the Radio 4 production of A Taste for Death.
Note: all new information will be updated in this post; scroll to the bottom for updates. 

Scroll to the bottom for the episode guide.

The brand-new dramatisation of Peter O'Donnell's fourth Modesty Blaise novel will be broadcast on the Radio 4 "15 Minute Drama" slot over the five weekdays of the week before Christmas, 17–21 December. The episodes will be available online as they are broadcast, and for up to a week afterwards.

The script has been written by bestselling crime author Stef Penney (author of ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’). The music was composed specially for the programme by Will Gregory, and has been recorded by the National Orchestra of Wales.

Stef Penney's adaptation has to fit the time available for the broadcasts, which means that some things have had to be cut and others handled in a different way. However, the production is in good hands: Stef has been a devoted fan of Peter O’Donnell's work for many years, and Kate McAll, the BBC Executive Producer who is handling the production, is one of the most respected producers in radio drama.  They have worked together on other literary dramatisations.

Modesty Blaise: Daphne Alexander
Willie Garvin: Carl Prekopp
Sir Gerald Tarrant:  Alun Armstrong
Steve Collier: Geoffrey Streatfeild
Dinah Pilgrim: Samantha Dakin
McWhirter: Alex Ferns
Delicata:  Sam Dale
Sir Harold Presteign: Nigel Anthony
Skeet: Jeff Mash

Daphne Alexander as Modesty Blaise Carl Prekopp as Willie Garvin Alun Armstrong as Sir Gerald Tarrant
Geoffrey Streatfield as Steven Collier Samantha Dakin as Dinah Pilgrim Alex Ferns as McWhirter
Sam Dale
as Delicata
Nigel Anthony
as Presteign
Jeff Mash
as Skeet

NEW: Daphne Alexander was on BBC Radio London today (December 11), on the Robert Elms show. You can listen to the program on the BBC iplayer (fast forward to 2:35.35 for the interview).

Also, the BBC website now has some promotional videos for the radio play:

Stef Penney will be doing a live interview on Woman's Hour on the first day of the broadcasts, 17 December. Woman's Hour is immediately before the 15 Minute Drama slot, 10 - 10.45am London time

Go to the Radio 4 iPlayer schedule, or follow the links below to access the episodes:


RichardG said...

No Gabriel or Wenczel ?

Modesty Blaise said...

I don't know... this is all the information I have received. I hope those two characters haven't been written out, in the condensing of the story!

Gareth-Michael Skarka said...

I really hope that there will be some way to get a copy of the full music. It's really wonderful, and perfect for Modesty.

Modesty Blaise said...

Hm, good question... I'll ask around and see what I can find out.

Modesty Blaise said...

Gareth, I passed your question along, but I don't think we'll get an answer until the new year. But I will keep you posted!

Gareth-Michael Skarka said...

Yeah, I sent an email to the producer (I had her contact info via my work as a BBC licensee -- I work on the DOCTOR WHO role-playing game), and got her "out of office" reply.

If I hear anything I'll let you know, too.

Bob said...

Just finished listening to the final episode of the radio play and even though it had to be condensed, I did enjoy it. I agree with Gareth the music was very good and did fit the character of Modesty.

I want to thank the blog moderator for promoting and providing information on the radio production. Your efforts on this blog is appreciated. Hope you have a happy holiday.

karl said...

I have the full episodes on my IPlayer but for some reason this seems to have been deleted.
Can you tell me how I can get a copy of this Radio 4 production?