Posted by Tania Kindersley.
If you can get the BBC iplayer, go and listen to a most magnificent radio version of Flare Path by Terence Rattigan. I never understood why Rattigan went out of fashion; I love and revere him. The Browning Version always makes me sob.
This one will make you cry too. It delicately directed, and beautifully acted by a shining cast. It's particularly good to hear Rupert Penry-Jones on the radio, because one is not distracted by his dashing looks, and can really hear what a very good actor he is. There is also Ruth Wilson and Rory Kinnear, and a most touching performance from Monica Dolan, and one of my enduring favourites, Julian Wadham, as the squadron leader.
Anyway, it's one in the eye for those idiot people who see bashing the BBC as a field sport. (There was another one at it over at The Telegraph blogs this week, proudly saying something stupid like I yield to no-one in my contempt for the Beeb, or something equally asinine.) I can't imagine any commercial radio station coming close to producing something like this.
You can find it here, until Sunday.