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|Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:40 pm Post subject: The Blind Man and other programmes.....
|....on Radio 4
Listening to The Blind Man I was right back in the land of Hitchcock ....thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Blind Man
After the success of Psycho, Hitchcock re-teamed with Ernest Lehman for an original screenplay idea:
A blind pianist, Jimmy Shearing (a role for James Stewart), regains his sight after receiving the eyes of a dead man. Watching a Wild West show at Disneyland with his family, Shearing would have visions of being shot and would come to realize that the dead man was in fact murdered and the image of the murderer is still imprinted on the retina of his new eyes.
The story would end with a chase around the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary.
Walt Disney purportedly barred Hitchcock from shooting at Disneyland after seeing Psycho. Stewart left the project, Lehman argued with Hitchcock and the script was never shot.
Mark Gatiss has now brought it back to life for radio It was adapted by Laurence Bowen.
Another play from Radio 4 that had me listening intently was The Lost Sister:
A family drama and detective story, this is the author's unflinching account of her search for a sister more abandoned than lost - exploring the consequences of our fear of mental illness as she relives a turbulent past.
And finally (for now) I started listening,today,to Toby Jones reading Every Time a Friend Succeeds Something Inside Me Dies: The Life of Gore Vidal. Radio 4's Book Of The Week
Episode 1 of 5
The authorised behind-the-scenes biography of one of America's great and most under-rated man of letters, the cosmopolitan and wickedly satirical Vidal, from a devoted yet candid old friend.
In Episode 1, the author Jay Parini recalls his first encounter with Gore and describes a privileged, lonely childhood and the birth of the political, social and sexual interests that would last a lifetime.
I'll be tuning in tomorrow to continue the story.
Good stuff from Radio 4 this last couple of weeks.