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Scoop

Scoop - Evelyn Waugh

bookshelves: published-1937, play-dramatisation, fraudio, amusing, war

Read in August, 2009


** spoiler alert ** togs

A NEW Dramatisation by Jeremy Front of Evelyn Waugh's satirical 1938 novel.

Unambitious writer William Boot is mistaken for a successful journalist and sent to cover a war in Africa. There he teams up with a roguish agency reporter called Corker and the pair go hunting for a story together...

One M4B audiobook file (with incorporated cover image) containing two chapters of one hour each.

With:
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William Boot ...... Rory Kinnear
Lord Copper ...... David Warner
Salter ...... Nicholas Woodeson
Corker ...... Stephen Critchlow
Pigge ...... Chris Pavlo
Erik Olafsen ...... Dan Starkey
Jakes ...... Paul Rider
Benito ...... Cyril Nri
Paleologue ...... Nyasha Hatendi
Moke ...... Inam Mirza
Mr Baldwin ...... Jonathan Taffler
Julia ...... Fenella Woolgar
John Boot ...... Nicholas Boulton
Josephine ...... Imogen Front
Miss Holloway ...... Janice Acquah
Secretary ...... Manjeet Mann
Uncle Theodore ...... Malcolm Tierney
Evelyn Waugh ...... Tim McInnerny
Katchen ...... Claudie Blakeley
Frau Dressler ...... Tracy-Ann Oberman
Secret Policeman ...... Jude Akuwudike
Sir Jocelyn Hitchcock ...... Michael Simkins
News Editor ...... Paul Rider
Hechel ...... Gunnar Cauthery

Directed by Sally Avens.

From the Radio Times:
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The clatter of typewriter keys and a blast of jazz open this energetic dramatisation of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel about journalism in the 1930s. William Boot (Rory Kinnear) is an unambitious countryside columnist who, by mistake, is sent to report on the civil unrest in the fictional African state of Ishmaelia.

Once there, Boot meets Corker, a roguish news agency reporter - and owner of a treasured collection of Bakerlite elephants - who initiates Boot in the 'dark arts of Fleet Street'.

This production works hard to include as many of Waugh's wonderfully insane characters as possible, from the star correspondents who file moving accounts about uprisings that have never happened, to the African president who sends the hacks on a wild goose chase to a non-existent town. And the most ludicrous location? Popotakis's Ping-Pong Parlour.


Jacqueline Wheeler, The Radio Times, 15th February 2009.

First broadcast in 2009 on BBC Radio Four.

I loved the idea of the Swedish consul liason/surgeon/hack/diplomat/translator/ticket collector who killed his grandfather with an axe after drinking absinthe on his 17th birthday.