We received a letter from the BBC recently, informing us of some dramatisations to be broadcast at the end of January and beginning of February 2013. The programmes, to be broadcast on Radio 4 are:
Homage to Catalonia: in two parts – Sunday 27th January & Sunday 3rd February. Both at 3pm.
Adapted by Mike Walker. In 1936 Eric and Eileen Blair were making ends meet by running a small village shop in Wallington and growing vegetables. Eric had recently sent ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ to Victor Gollancz, hoping it would be published. But then news came from Spain that Franco’s Nationalists had risen up against the elected Republican government.
The Real George Orwell: Dreaming – Monday 4th at 2.15
They will be available on the free new BBC iplayer Radio app for iPhone and iPad too.
For more details click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pyz0z/features/about
Still available is the programme with Alan Johnston explaining how “Homage to Catalonia” inspired him to become a journalist – and taught him some dark truths about politics.
For the George Orwell archive at the BBC click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/orwell/