Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections Omnibus

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In the bleak Christmas following his mother's death, the young Nigel Slater sought refuge in food. Sugar mice, pink wafers and mince pies helped him survive. So too did his Aunt Elvie who, against the wishes of his father, encouraged Nigel to cook.

Eating for England, the successor to his highly acclaimed memoir Toast, is part food memoir, part collective memory bank of a nation's taste. Using the book as source material along with further conversations with Nigel, dramatist Sarah Daniels has written a playful reimagining. A grown up Nigel - played by Julian Rhind Tutt, looks back on his childhood while caring for a now elderly, yet ever sparkling, Aunt Elvie, played by Celia Imrie.

Rich with sounds of the kitchen and recorded on location, with a cameo performance from Nigel himself.

What drives a cook to write about food? Why is there such a powerful link between memory and what we eat? And why is reading about food so irresistibly appetising?

0120150110 (BBC7)
20150111 (BBC7)

Arriving in New York for a visit, Chip's father appears to be in a bad way.

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0220150117 (BBC7)

First ever dramatisation of Jonathan Franzen's darkly comic 2001 novel about the tribulations of a dysfunctional Midwestern family, starring Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Maggie Steed, Colin Stinton and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Alfred and Enid Lambert, a Midwestern couple in their seventies, are on board a cruise ship in the North Atlantic. Enid is determined to enjoy this long-awaited holiday, but Alfred's behaviour is increasingly unpredictable. Meanwhile, their three adult children face complications of their own.

Cast:

Narrator.....Richard Schiff

Enid Lambert.....Maggie Steed

Alfred Lambert.....Colin Stinton

Gary Lambert.....Richard Laing

Chip Lambert.....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Denise Lambert.....Roslyn Hill

Don Armour.....Shaun Mason

Brian Callahan.....Ian Conningham

Robin Passafaro.....Kelly Burke

Mrs Nygren.....Hannah Genesius

Sylvia Roth.....Elaine Claxton

Ted Roth.....David Acton

Gitanas Misevicius.....Sam Dale

Caroline Lambert.....Jane Slavin

Caleb Lambert.....Adam Thomas Wright

Jonah Lambert.....Sean McCrystal

Directed by Emma Harding

The Corrections was awarded the National Book Award in 2001, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2002. It was included in TIME magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone).

Marcy Kahan is a playwright and radio dramatist. Recent radio work includes two series of Lunch for BBC Radio 4 (starring Claire Skinner and Stephen Mangan) and Mr Bridger's Orphan. Theatre work includes 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre) and the stage version of When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

0220150117 (BBC7)
20150118 (BBC7)

Seventy-year-old Enid Lambert is determined to enjoy a long-awaited holiday.

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0320150124 (BBC7)

First ever dramatisation of Jonathan Franzen's darkly comic 2001 novel about the tribulations of a dysfunctional Midwestern family, starring Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Maggie Steed, Colin Stinton and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Dramatised by Marcy Kahan.

Alfred and Enid Lambert, a Midwestern couple in their seventies, are on board a cruise ship in the North Atlantic. Enid is determined to enjoy this long-awaited holiday, but Alfred's behaviour is increasingly unpredictable. Meanwhile, their three adult children face complications of their own.

Cast:

Narrator.....Richard Schiff

Enid Lambert.....Maggie Steed

Alfred Lambert.....Colin Stinton

Gary Lambert.....Richard Laing

Chip Lambert.....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Denise Lambert.....Roslyn Hill

Don Armour.....Shaun Mason

Brian Callahan.....Ian Conningham

Robin Passafaro.....Kelly Burke

Mrs Nygren.....Hannah Genesius

Sylvia Roth.....Elaine Claxton

Ted Roth.....David Acton

Gitanas Misevicius.....Sam Dale

Caroline Lambert.....Jane Slavin

Caleb Lambert.....Adam Thomas Wright

Jonah Lambert.....Sean McCrystal

Directed by Emma Harding

The Corrections was awarded the National Book Award in 2001, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2002. It was included in TIME magazine's list of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone).

Marcy Kahan is a playwright and radio dramatist. Recent radio work includes two series of Lunch for BBC Radio 4 (starring Claire Skinner and Stephen Mangan) and Mr Bridger's Orphan. Theatre work includes 20 Cigarettes (Soho Theatre) and the stage version of When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

0320150124 (BBC7)
20150125 (BBC7)

Chip's scam website comes to an abrupt end.

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