BBC Radio 4 Extra – Geoffrey Household – Rogue Male

Two hours in the garden today as the temperature reached 30°C was plenty. The thunderstorm that began five minutes after I came indoors was welcome, but now that the rain’s stopped, it still feels hot and clammy. Too hot to do anything other than listen to the radio.

I am delighted to see that Rogue Male is about to be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. This is another of those stories that I like to re-visit every now and then, in whatever format: the origonal novel, the TV dramatisation from the late 1970s or an audio version such as this.

Michael Jayston is a fantastic actor, and he has the perfect voice for the tension- (not action-) packed story. Even though I know how it ends, I’ll be on the edge of the seat again by the time we get there.

The funny thing is, I wasn’t so taken with the sequel, Rogue Justice. I thought that was just a very episodic story of someone crossing European borders, meeting rebels in the various countries, and managing several escapes from capture.

But Rogue Male is well worth listening to: highly recommended, especially if you are unfamiliar with it.

BBC Radio 4 Extra – Geoffrey Household – Rogue Male, Episode 1.

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