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Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy to star in British New Wave season on BBC Radio 4

Sheridan SmithThe British New Wave season on BBC Radio 4 bears tribute to writers with Nell Dunn, David Storey and John Osborne, who are depicted by the BBC as “angry young men and modern women who were giving a voice to the working classes and rebelling against the established order”.

Smith, Purefoy and Watson will star in This Sporting Life, an adaptation of Storey’s book by Andrew Lynch which is being directed by Johnny Vegas. It will also star John Thomson and Julia Davis and will be broadcast on 31st August.

The season will also include Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, a dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe’s book, which will star Joe Dempsie, Shirley Anne Field, Natalie Grady and Sarah Smart. This will be broadcast in two parts on 1st and 8th September.

It will be succeeded by Georgy Girl, an adaptation of Margaret Forster’s book by Rhiannon Tise, which will be broadcast in five parts in the week from 2nd to 6th September. The cast includes Lucy Speed, Paul Ready, Stephen Critchlow and Ella Smith.

As part of the season, BBC Radio 4 has also authorised a new drama written by Stephen Wakelam, which is called John Osborne, The Author of Himself. It follows the first meeting between Osborne and theatre manager George Devine, and stars Barnett as Osborne. It will be aired on 2nd September, the day before an adaptation of Dunn’s Up the Junction is broadcast, and will star Lacey Turner.

Jeremy Howe, drama commissioner at Radio 4, said: “In the late fifties and early sixties something extraordinary happened in theatre, film and writing – a different creative energy with vibrant unheard voices swept the old guard away.”

19th August 2013


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