New Radio Adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s Angel Pavement
Priestley’s brilliant 1930 London novel, Angel Pavement has been dramatised for BBC Radio 4 and will be broadcast in two episodes. Narrated by Martin Brigstocke and starring Henry Goodman as the mysterious James Golspie, this new two part adaptation will be broadcast Sunday 4th May and Sunday 12th May 3pm-4pm.
Martin Jameson’s radio version of JB Priestley’s 1930 novel tells the story of a small city firm, Twigg and Dersingham: Purveyors of Fine Veneers, that finds itself in dire straits at a time of economic depression.
Enter one James Golspie, a mysterious, even sinister man who arrives out of nowhere to turn the company’s fortunes around and cast a spell over the staff, but not always in a good way. It gets a bit confusing at times because of the sheer number of characters, but is beautifully played (particularly by Henry Goodman as Golspie) with a delicious sense of period — like an Ealing comedy for radio. And having Marcus Brigstocke as narrator is a neat and effective touch.
About this programme
1/2. Part one of two. Comedy, by JB Priestley. Dramatised by Martin Jameson. The business of Twigg & Dersingham, Purveyors of Fine Veneers, has been a successful family firm for three generations, but in the grip of the economic depression of 1930, it can no longer cover its costs. When James Golspie arrives with a proposition, it looks as if the firm will be saved – but he may not be all that he seems. Starring Henry Goodman.