Thursday, 24 March 2016

Review of Radio Four's 'Home Front'

The whole "Home Front" project should be abandoned but given the dogged promotion of the series by the BBC who have shrugged off all criticism of it and granted the BBC's determination never to admit they are wrong Satan will be donning ice skates for his morning commute before this happens.

I am interested in WW1 and a long time listener to radio drama so the series should have been for me a marriage made in heaven.

After giving the series a good, long listen and time to settle in I gave up when I realized it was an exercise for A-C-T-O-R-S. The dull cast sound as though they are reading it off the page and the voices and intonation are 21st century fresh.

Know wot I mean?

Not the slightest attempt is ever made to make the dialogue sound as if it came from a different age which it does, for heaven's sake.

The introduction of the uptalking vicar in one episode should have been a hangable offence.

The war drags on and there's two years more of this tosh to go.

Ora pro nobis. They know not what they do.

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