Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 28 - May 1 will be Terry Pratchett week at BBC Radio 7

I am very pleased to report that BBC Radio 7 will be having a Terry Pratchett tribute, for his 60th birthday, coming up the week of April 28-May 1.


The more so because I will finally be able to hear the dramatisation of my all-time favorite Pratchett book, Small Gods, and starring a favorite actor of mine - Patrick Barlow, as the Great God Om. (Indeed, see my blog for him, The Patrick Barlow Experience - still under construction.)

Three years ago the Great God Om decided to pay a visit to his believers and do a little smiting, but when he materialized on Earth he was not a gigantic, ravening bull as he expected, but a small, one-eyed tortoise. He comes to learn that in all the great land of Omnia, crushed under the heels - and racks and pincers - of the Inquisition, the only person who still truly believes in him - is a young man named Brutha.

This was first broadcast about 3 years ago, and I missed it, and I have yearned to hear it ever since.

[I have to admit I'm a bit apprehensive about it. Adaptions are really a hit and miss affair. I'm sure I'll enjoy Barlow's performance but I hope they do justice to this - my favorite Pratchett book.)

Also to be broadcast is an adaption of Mort (one of my least favorite Pratchett's - I'll skip this one) and The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - an excellent adaption which I'd listen to if I hadn't already recorded it.

Also, Philip Pickard will read Truckers, an excellent Young Adult book written by Pratchett, the first in a trilogy.

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