10 Oct 2010

Drama On 3 – The Unfortunates

Sunday 17 October 2010
8.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3

Martin Freeman stars as a sports journalist in The Unfortunates.

Martin Freeman stars in Graham White's adaptation of BS Johnson's novel, in which a sports journalist travels to a strange city to cover a football match, only to discover it was the city where he first met his friend Tony, who has died young of cancer.

The Unfortunates follows the journalist from his arrival at the train station, through lunch, to the match and on the journey home as different memories of his friend are triggered.

Originally published in 27 unbound pamphlets in a box, The Unfortunates was intended to be read in a random order. The lack of a fixed order is suggestive of the way memories occur, and the book becomes a meditation not just on friendship and loss, but also on the nature of memory and writing as the hero, Bryan, struggles to recall everything in order to "get it all down" as he promised his dying friend he would.

Listeners will be able to reshuffle the separate sections of the broadcast at bbc.co.uk/radio3.

Bryan is played by Martin Freeman, Tony by Patrick Kennedy, Wendy by Claire Rushbrook, June by Jacqueline Defferary, Tony's father by Sean Baker, First Aid Woman/Tony's Mother by Christine Kavanagh and Station Announcer/Reporter by Tony Bell. Other cast members are Sally Orrock, Jude Akuwudike, Lloyd Thomas and Sam Dale.

Producer/Mary Peate

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