Christopher Lee's Fireside Tales on Radio 2

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Hello everyone

As mentioned in another thread (Christopher Lee on TV over Christmas! ) Mr Lee is reading Fireside Tales on Radio 2 (Sunday 26 December



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Don't forget the first one tonight!

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The first of Christopher Lee's festive 'Fireside Tales' has just been broadcast on Radio 2. I listened to it, and also tried to tape it, but the tape got stuck part-way through, so I think I have some bits missing. Sad Still, it was wonderfully spooky, and a great thing to listen to late on a winter's evening.

Anyone who missed it and wishes to listen to it should now be able to do so using Real Player if they click on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio2_aod.shtml?r2_firesidetales

I don't actually have Real Player on the computer I'm using at the moment, as it's my parents', so I can't check that is the right link. But as far as I can tell, it should work. If not, just go to the main Radio 2 page, click on 'Listen Again' (on the right-hand side), and you should be able to choose the show from an alphabetical list of options.

I'm very much hoping I can replace my messed-up tape copy with a copy downloaded from the Radio 2 site and burnt onto a CD when I get home to my own computer!



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Hi Penny,

The only way I know of to record streaming radio is by using Replay Radio from replay-radio.com - I think there's a free trial version.

Let me know if you need any help.

I enjoyed it, but I was upset at what happened to the cat.

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It was a very good reading by Mr Lee and it propmted me to re-read the original story (one of Poe's stories I have not read for ages). It was a nice spooky tale to listen to before going to bed and I'm looking forward to the second one tonight.

Best wishes all

Laura



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Hello all,

An excellent first episode of Christopher Lee's Fireside Tales. I already have a version where Mr Lee reads "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, on a series of tapes called "Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Horror" (Listen For Pleasure). Bravo, though, for this reprise with the atmospheric music and chilling sound effects! It was marvellous!

I can't wait for the next spooky story to see me through to midnight tonight. Incidentally, I am wondering if any members who are "digital television" viewers caught a glimpse of Mr Lee on BBC4. There was a documentary on M R James, during which some clips were shown of Mr Lee in the role of James from the BBC production Ghost Stories For Christmas. Mr Lee also introduced the BBC 1970s adaptation of one of James's stories, The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral, which they renamed "The Stalls of Barchester" (again on BBC4, Christmas Day 12.25am-1.10am, i.e. Boxing Day morning). Mr Lee intimated that, as a child, he had met M R James, who interviewed him for entry into Eton, and then spoke a little about the story itself (which, like Poe's "The Black Cat," also involves a feline fiend). The episode starred Robert Hardy, Thelma Barlow ("Mavis" from Coronation Street), and the wonderful Clive Swift (better known as "Richard," the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "Bouquet"), played by Patricia Routledge in Keeping Up Appearances).

I would have posted a message saying that Mr Lee was introducing this episode, for those of you would might have liked to have seen it, but I did not know myself until the episode was shown (the TV Guide certainly made no references to it). In any case, Mr Lee said of The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral that it "is a tale of envy, ambition, and backstabbing in the cloisters. But, in James's world, the possessor of such traits had better watch his step, for a black cat will surely cross his path."

Once again, I'm looking forward to tonight's scary instalment from Mr Lee on Radio 2, and I've already prepared my seat by the fireside. Perhaps I'll see some of you there... what's that furry black thing stalking in your direction? could it be... a cat? Miaow!

Finally, I just thought I would include a few screen captures from the BBC4 programme. The quality is not very good, but they at least give you a chance to see Mr Lee speaking about M R James and his work:

Warmest regards,

poeraven Wink

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Trevor_B wrote:
The only way I know of to record streaming radio is by using Replay Radio from www.replay-radio.com - I think there's a free trial version.

Thanks for the tips, Trevor. When I wrote my message above, I didn't realise that the BBC had set things up so you can't simply download their programmes as saveable files. It seems silly, really, given that they must know anyone can just tape their programmes as they go out on air, and have been able to do so for donkeys' years. But anyway, that's clearly how it is, for the time being at least!

I looked at the Replay Radio page, but in the end we decided that the simplest thing to do would be to tape the 'Listen Again' output from the computer. My Dad has the right wires to send the sound output from a computer straight into a stereo, so we were able to get a perfectly good recording that way: and without bits missing this time!

I look forward to tonight's episode, which I hope I'll be able to tape successfully as it goes out this time.

Oh, and yes, I agree: some of the things which happen in 'The Black Cat' are pretty brutal, aren't they? *shiver*

Penny

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I recoreded all 5 and they were great!

I am really happy i did not missed this!

Thanks you guys!

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Christopher Lee is great and the music is fantastic!

My compliment to all who are responsible!



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I enjoyed the 3 I heard very much Smile and do not have the ability to make my own copy via bbc2 website (yet...) so I hope for a repeat. Soon, please! These things never get played again and Radio is hardly publicised. Almost missed the 3 I heard

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Andres, those photos are very cool. Wish we could see those programmes in America. I hope some enterprising person gets them on video and out to the general public so we all can see those shows. Wow! Smile By the way, this is my first post, so HI everybody! I'm thrilled to be here at last!
Patty



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Hi there, Patty...pleasure to make your acquaintance.

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Ah! Great to see you're able to post on the forums at last, Patty!

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littleb wrote:
Andres, those photos are very cool. Wish we could see those programmes in America. I hope some enterprising person gets them on video and out to the general public so we all can see those shows. Wow! Smile By the way, this is my first post, so HI everybody! I'm thrilled to be here at last!

Patty

Hey Patty!!

Glad you enjoyed those pics of Mr Lee speaking about M R James and his work. I am so delighted that you can finally post now. Once again, a very warm welcome to CLW. Hope you enjoy your time here. And many, many more wonderful posts to come I hope. I look forward to reading more from you. Wink

I thought I would also take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to Mr Lee, the BBC, and everybody else involved in the making of Christopher Lee's Fireside Tales on BBC Radio 2, on a wonderfully spooky series. It made a truly lovely Christmas present! I must confess that the first story, "The Black Cat," holds an especially warm place in my heart, by virtue of the fact that it was written by Edgar Allan Poe, who is one of my favourite authors of all time (as my username suggests). Nevertheless, all of the stories were well-chosen, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all five as read by Mr Lee.

I am now looking forward to all of those other projects that Mr Lee commented on in his Christmas Message, as I am sure everyone else is too. Until next time:

Kindest regards,

poeraven Smile

P.S.: Please be sure to let me know how you get on with that matter you asked me about, Patty. I hope you can manage to get hold of it. Bye for now.

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