Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Classic Chandler – The Big Sleep Ep 1/4 Saturday 5 February 2.30-4.00pm BBC RADIO 4

Toby Stephens stars as Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe
Starting this spring, BBC Radio 4 brings listeners another major series of dramatic adaptations as it broadcasts all of Raymond Chandler's ground-breaking Philip Marlowe novels, starring Toby Stephens as Marlowe.

In 1939, Chandler created a different kind of detective, the fast-talking, trouble-seeking Philip Marlowe, for his great novel, The Big Sleep. This story of Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family kicks off the series.

Dramatised by Robin Brooks, the cast also stars: Kelly Burke as Vivien Sternwood; Barbara Barnes as Agnes Lozelle; Madeleine Potter as Mona Mars; Leah Brotherhead as Carmen Sternwood; Sam Dale as Joe Brody; Sean Baker as General Sternwood; Iain Batchelor as Lash Canino; Henry Devas as Eddie Mars; and Jude Akuwudike as Cronjager.

The other plays in this and the next series include: Farewell My Lovely (1940); The High Window (1942); The Lady In The Lake (1943); The Little Sister (1949); The Long Goodbye (1953); and two lesser-known novels, Playback (1958) and Poodle Springs, unfinished at the time of Chandler's death in 1959.

The second series completing the Classic Chandler collection will be broadcast in the autumn.

The Classic Chandler series follows Radio 4's Complete Smiley broadcast in 2009/10 with Simon Russell Beale as John le Carré's Smiley.

Producer/Claire Grove for the BBC

BBC Radio 4 Publicity

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