Three BBC Radio performances of works by the great G. K. Chesterton.
Best known as the creator of clerical detective Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton was a prolific and talented writer in virtually every area of literature: from novels, poetry and short stories to plays, biographies and essays. A noted thinker, controversialist, raconteur and wit, he has influenced authors from Neil Gaiman to Jorge Luis Borges. This collection comprises his two most famous novels, The Man Who Was Thursday and The Napoleon of Notting Hill, as well as half a dozen tales from his short story collection, The Club of Queer Trades.
The Man Who Was Thursday - First published 1908. Poet-turned-Scotland-Yard-detective Gabriel Syme goes undercover in Edwardian London to investigate a secret society of anarchists—all of whom are named after days of the week.
Read by Geoffrey Palmer
Directed by Lawrence Jackson
First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 10-28 March 2005
The Club of Queer Trades - First published 1905. In these six full-cast comedy crime dramas, retired KC Basil Grant, his brother Rupert and friend Charlie Swinburne explore the extraordinary stories of people who earn their living by some novel and unusual means.
Basil Grant - David Warner
Rupert Grant - Martin Freeman
Charlie Swinburne - Geoffrey McGivern
Major Brown/Lord Beaumont - Geoffrey Whitehead
Lady - Vicki Pepperdine
PG Northover/Gardener/Old Man/Constable/Dr Colman - Martin Hyder
Drummond - Nicholas Farrell
Wimpole/Burrows - Justin Edwards
Sir Walter Chumley/Rev Shorter - Richard Griffiths
Muriel - Alice Lowe
James - Alexei Sayle
Mowbray - Nell Edmond
Brett - Matthew Holness
Lieutenant Keith - Jeff Harding
Montmorency - Simon Jones
Christina - Amelia Bullmore
Bingham - Chris Douglas
Adeleide - Felicity Montagu
Prof Chadd - John Nettleton
Greenwood - James Rawlings
Old Lady - Angela Thorne
Dramatised by Simon Littlefield
Produced by Simon Nicholls
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 April-9 May 2005
The Napoleon of Notting Hill - Written in 1904, Chesterton's comic political satire is set in London 80 years on. The city is still full of horse-buses and hansom cabs, but democracy is dead and the King is chosen by lottery. No one cares, because none of it matters—until the choice falls on Auberon Quin.