Radio, unlike film, doesn't do plot particularly well. It is about interesting characters in interesting situations behaving in a way that surprises us.As an aside, when it comes to Saturday Plays, Howe writes:
we want the Radio 4 equivalents of State of Play, In the Loop, Slum Dog [sic] Millionaire, Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Mamma Mia, The Sixth Sense, The Bourne Ultimatum, Casino Royale, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle...If radio can't do plot very well ("unlike film"), one has to wonder why he wants a load of "equivalents" to films. Come to that, I'm not sure if I can imagine The Bourne Ultimatum or Mamma Mia as radio dramas. Slumdog Millionaire is an interesting choice as well, since it was on BBC7 under Vikrah Seth's original title Q and A.
Contemporary and period drama; comedy; biography; issue-driven plays; drama-documentary; family plays; crime and thrillers; poetry; romance; fantasy; etc. It can be a play; or a dramatisation (of short stories, letters, memoirs or non-fiction [...]) or a dramatised feature; or a narrative poem; or a sequence of interlinked short plays. Or a play half in French.Go on; find something that couldn't be an Afternoon Play. The only thing is, having given us all that to expect, a few paragraphs later, he say:
What we are centrally looking for are stories about life as experienced by our audience now or which give a window onto their lives. We will favour contemporary stories over period.So perhaps it isn't such a broad church after all. I don't know about you, but if I were an independent production company whose existence depended on the BBC buying my programmes, I'd probably mainly make "contemporary stories".
|Monday 7th December 2009:||Zero Degrees of Separation|
|Tuesday 8th December 2009:||Winter Storm|
|Wednesday 9th December 2009:||One in A Million|
|Thursday 10th December 2009:||Getting to Four Degrees|
|Friday 10th December 2009:||Number 10 5/5 Immortality at Last|