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Opening Lines

The story behind the stories...

Opening Lines is a new series which unpacks the themes and impact of the books, plays and stories that are being dramatised in Radio 4's weekend afternoon dramas.

It's presented by the legendary producer and script writer John Yorke, who has worked in television and radio for 30 years, and he shares his experience of storytelling and dramatisation with Radio 4 listeners. The whole series is FASCINATING I’m very proud to have produced episodes about Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay, and Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love and I’ve worked with academics, theologians, psychoanalysts and brilliant actors to tell the stories of the story.

For Christmas 2023, I also produced an episode about Comet in Moominland by Tove Jannson featuring interviews with Tove Jansson's biographer Tuula Karjalainen and John Finnemore who stars as Moomintroll in the Radio 4 adaptation of the book.

All episodes are available now on BBC Sounds and can be heard before the BBC Radio 4 weekend dramas at 14:45.

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