Do3 - Wuthering Heights
I think some of us probably yawned mightily at the prospect of next Sunday's offering, but according to the Guardian, "BBC Radio 3's Wuthering Heights to turn the airwaves blue".
They just can't help themselves, can they? Lots of expletives, gratuitous violence and graphic sex makes the producer look cool and modern. Or so many producers (and Channel 4) think. :doh:
But Wuthering Heights has to be one of the greatest novels of all time.
I saw that the online Daily Mail was fuming about this this morning and the introduction of swearing on R3 before the 9pm watershed, they then concluded that young people don't listen to R3 and would therefore not be corrupted!
I agree with EineA, one of the greatest novels ever and I think I'll be listening to it but it's dramatic enough without having to introduce expletives and if they think by doing this they'll get a younger audience then sadly they are wrong.
D**n! I suppose one has to listen to it in order to be able to comment (I was going to give it a miss - don't like the novel, not keen on adaptations of novels presented as drama).
On the other hand, where does this Vicky Frost inhabit?
"Cathy and Heathcliff will disrupt Radio 3's usually genteel air on Sunday evening with what the station warns are "strong expletives..." Erm, well wasn't there equally strong language last week? And don't most R3 plays start off with a warning about 'strong language'?
I suppose they sent out a press release to a load of journos who know nothing about R3 :doh:. Just R3 jumping up and down again and squeaking 'Look at me!'
Edit: Yep, the whole press horde has fallen for the story. Even the Daily Spoof. (Oh, no, they say at the bottom, 'The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.' Yes, there probably are some journalists who wouldn't have realised )
Last edited by french frank; 22-03-11 at 18:49.
e heck as like, I've always thought f...k sounds much better in yorkshire dialect...had a yorkshire nanny once and then a yorkshire terrier that she had to toilet train along with the children...I loved to hear her swear (not in front of little ones of course!)
You're right ff: this is a bit of a cheap trick on R3's part, since Do3 regularly features strong language, as do the R4 afternoon plays occasionally, but don't tell the Daily Mail!
We'll all be forced to listen to it now, and wonder whether there's no such thing as bad publicity?
But, yes it's all publicity but how many Dail Mail readers will think "By 'eck, there's some reet saucy stuff on t'Toffs wireless t'neet. Best tune in ower Gladys" (apologies to all DM readers and those from Yorkshire)
Originally Posted by Russ
I agree with ff, I dislike dramatisations of favourite works either on radio or tv, I hope the leading man Carl Prekopp can do a more convincing accent than I can! However, I would have listened, publicity or not I think.
Exactly. The entire dramatic power of the novel derives from the fact that it is written from the censorious standpoint of narrators like Nelly Dean who can't bring themselves to repeat the language, or to describe the passion, they have witnessed.
Originally Posted by Anna
Here's John Crace's take on it in today's Guardian Shortcuts - caution, may contain some rude words and images of a sexual nature: