Dylan And John

Through a hitherto unaired private cache of recordings and letters, David Rayvern Allen presents an unusual reflection of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive poetic voices, Dylan Thomas, and of his friendship for and correspondence with John Arlott. Much is known about Thomas and Arlott, but very little is known about the close friendship between the two. Through their correspondence which Rayvern Allen has inherited and recordings he made with Arlott before his death (as the commentator's official biographer) this programme casts fresh and unusual light on the story of the poet at his peak and the broadcaster at his youthfully exuberant. As a young poetry producer at the BBC, John Arlott directed about two-thirds of Dylan Thomas's broadcasts, about forty occasions from 1945 to 1950 on literary programmes of every type. David Rayvern Allen, former Radio 4 features producer and cricket writer was a close friend of John Arlott and the programme includes unaired correspondence between the two men.


20041224 (R4)