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February 28, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 10:06 am

The Literary Misfits on BBC Radio 4

From BBC Northern Ireland, a week long radio program called The Literary Misfits will be airing in April. If you like Jasper Fforde, I think you’ll like this.

A week of literary chaos as some of our favourite fictional charactersstumble into the pages of the wrong book!Our favourite books are like old friends: comforting, reassuring, and familiar. We reread them time and time again safe in the knowledge that Elizabeth Bennett will end up with her Mr Darcy and that Sherlock Holmes will, after a pipe or two, solve the baffling mystery and unmask the villain.
But what if there was some huge literary mix up? What if, in a bizarre game of literary musical chairs, some of our favourite characters crept out of the pages of their own book and stumbled into the foreign and anachronistic world of a different book? Would Lizzy still marry Darcy? Would Holmes retain his powers of deduction?


Will a title be enough to impress Oscar Wilde’s most famous matriarch, Lady Bracknell, when she comes face to face with a certain Count Dracula? When the great Victorian detective and Dr. Watson meet the unassuming Jane Eyre will they be able to solve a most puzzling literary mystery? If Gulliver made one final journey, where would his travels take him? What would Middlemarch’s earnest Dorothea make of the life of the irreverent drunkard Riley? And, when the notorious ‘Butcher Boy’ Francie Brady leaves behind the pigs of Cavan to tend those of a certain Bennett family in Longbourn, will Lizzy and Darcy live happily ever after?

Monday 17- 21 April 2006 at 3.30pm on Radio 4 (10 episode Book at Bedtime)
Writers : Elizabeth Kostova, Barry Devlin, Anne Haverty, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and John Morrison Producers:Heather Brennon, Heather Larmour, Oonagh McMullan

The episodes:

A Vampire Vaudeville by Kerry Lee CrabbeProduced by Oonagh McMullan
Pride and Homicide by Barry DevlinProduced by Heather Larmour
Title tbc by Anne HavertyProduced by Heather Larmour
The Case of the Scream in the Night by Eilis Ni DhuibhneProduced by Heather Brennon
The Last Voyage of Gulliver by John Morrison Produced by Heather Brennon

Thanks to Mr Croquet and Thisbeciel for the news.


  1. Thanks so much for the JE links. Really appreciate it. However, the ‘Farewell, good angel’ has expired. Would be ever so grateful if it would be uploaded again.

    Thanks again,

    Comment by Anonymous — March 2, 2006 @ 12:49 am |Reply

  2. It would probably be best to email me at bronteana.blogATgmailDOTcom. I wouldn’t like to repost them three times in only a few days.

    Comment by Brontëana — March 3, 2006 @ 9:24 pm |Reply

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