The Lives Of Harry Towers

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20190105Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over 100 cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, The Lives of Harry Lime, starring Orson Welles.

From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, The Lives of Harry Towers is presented by Adam Roche and is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotting radio career.

The story of the life and radio times of notorious producer Harry Alan Towers.

Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over 100 cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, The Lives of Harry Lime, starring Orson Welles.

01Overcoats And Acid Baths2020051320200514 (BBC7)The life and radio career of the prolific and notorious producer Harry Alan Towers.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over a hundred cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’, starring Orson Welles.

From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, ‘The Lives of Harry Towers’ is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotter’s radio career.

In the first of three profiles, the featured full-length programmes are:

* ‘Theatre Royal: The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol’ starring Sir Michael Redgrave.

* ‘Secrets of Scotland Yard: The Acid Bath Murder’

Presenter: Adam Roche
Producer: Dominic Delargy

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and fist broadcast in January 2019.

The life and radio career of the prolific and notorious producer Harry Alan Towers.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

02Over The Edge2020052020200521 (BBC7)The story of the life and radio times of prolific, notorious, producer Harry Alan Towers.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

Adam Roche continues the story of the life and radio times of prolific, and notorious, producer Harry Alan Towers.

Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over a hundred cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’, starring Orson Welles.

From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, ‘The Lives of Harry Towers’ is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotter’s radio career.

In this episode, Adam is joined by radio historian Professor Sean Street

Featured programmes:

* ‘March of the Movies’ interview with Humphrey Bogart and John Huston
* ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem’

Presenter: Adam Roche
Producer: Dominic Delargy

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific, notorious, producer Harry Alan Towers.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

03Scandal With Twist Of Lime2020052720200528 (BBC7)The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over a hundred cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’, starring Orson Welles.

From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, ‘The Lives of Harry Towers’ is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotter’s radio career.

In this concluding episode, Adam is joined by radio historian Professor Sean Street, biographer Ian Dickerson and researcher Brooke Darnell.

Featurring: :

* Extract of ‘London Playhouse: This Happy Breed’

* ‘The Lives of Harry Lime: Suzie’s Cue’

Producer: Dominic Delargy

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.

Best remembered today as the notorious producer of over a hundred cheaply made exploitation movies, Harry Alan Towers began his long career in radio, a medium in which he created dozens of high quality classic shows including, most famously, ‘The Lives of Harry Lime’, starring Orson Welles.

From his first successful attempts to get his programmes on air in the late 1930s, via some unwanted attention from American law-enforcement authorities, through to his star-studded productions of the ‘50s, ‘The Lives of Harry Towers’ is the story of that pioneering and globe-trotter’s radio career.

In this concluding episode, Adam is joined by radio historian Professor Sean Street, biographer Ian Dickerson and researcher Brooke Darnell.

Featurring: :

* Extract of ‘London Playhouse: This Happy Breed’

* ‘The Lives of Harry Lime: Suzie’s Cue’

Producer: Dominic Delargy

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in January 2019.

The story of the life and radio times of prolific and notorious producer Harry Towers.