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Radio 4 play about Beyond the Fringe

Started by lauraxsynthesis, January 28, 2024, 01:25:38 PM

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Here's a radio play about the beginning of Beyond the Fringe that was broadcast back in August.
Turning Point: Behind Beyond the Fringe

It's currently on BBC Sounds, and I missed it the first time around so glad the writer Jeremy Front posted on X that it was up again. In writing the play, Front spoke with Johnny Bassett who brought together the performers and put the show on in Edinburgh and it's told from Bassett's point of view. The hour-long play is an absolute delight. As one would expect, various bits are put in that point to future work of Pete and Dud in particular, but it's done really smoothly. The actor playing Jonathan Miller is pitch-perfect - an awesome performance, Dudley Moore is terrific, but the Peter Cook performance sounds nothing like him - that's the only thing I didn't think worked.

I'd be curious to hear Bennett's review of it. He's portrayed as a disapproving, chippy virgin, but maybe he was.   

Apart from that, lots of interplay, sparring, sparking and creative process between the four and musical jokes from Dudley underneath it all. Loads of fun to listen to and geek out on. I reckon multiple listens are going to turn up jokes I missed the first time around.


Interesting, thanks.

Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on January 28, 2024, 01:25:38 PMvarious bits are put in that point to future work of Pete and Dud
Assuming there's no nods to Derek and Clive though


Quote from: Lapsedcat on January 28, 2024, 05:32:12 PMInteresting, thanks.
Assuming there's no nods to Derek and Clive though

Little bit if you squint.