Post by number13 on Feb 20, 2020 11:38:57 GMT
I have expanded the title of this thread to go beyond the original purpose of highlighting one single, excellent collection of BBC Jamesian adaptations.
While it is indeed an excellent collection, and most highly recommended, it contains only the tip of the BBC iceberg of readings and adaptations of James' ghost stories produced by the corporation since the 1930s.
Therefore, delve deeply, for in this thread we may find reference to further radio works from The Master, and from those who have followed closely in his footsteps...
EDIT; 2021/3/18 And I've just expanded it again. All things Jamesian, post them here...
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This is a collection of some of the full cast short story productions of M.R.James' ghost stories made for BBC Radio 4 over a few Christmases (12 of which are included here, 15 mins each) with starry casts, each story introduced by Sir Derek Jacobi or Mark Gatiss as James! (Several of the 12 listed were dramatised in both the Jacobi and Gatiss-presented collections and I can't tell which version is used here for which story, though I suspect we have all 5 of the 2018 'Gatiss' versions.)
Plus three others as readings by Benjamin Whitrow (all also 15 min and excellent) and two associated docs about James from Radio 4 of which I've only heard the 'Great Lives' one.
And a one hour drama 'The Haunting of M. R. James' starring Mark Gatiss as the writer gains some 'real-life' inspiration for his stories! (This title was also used for the associated 2018 season of 5 of the short story dramatisations.)
The listing doesn't say total length but I'm estimating 5 CDs for this content. Some of the full cast stories have been released before, but not all and I think all the other material is new on CD.
Now released all together, its a bargain at £18 with many of his best stories faithfully adapted and some great 'extras'. James fans, don't miss it! (Released on March 5th.)