Record Number 6 Please

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Record Number 6 Please

Victor Lewis-Smith’s first radio show for twenty years explores a parallel (yet strangely familiar) universe, alternating satirically between reality and fantasy in his inimitable radiophonic style to break new ground in the oldest of all broadcast formats.

In a universe far, far away (yet paradoxically very, very close to home), a family sits by the radio. They are listening to their planet’s indigenous version of Desert Island Discs, presented by Roy Plomley and introduced by the customary “Sleepy Lagoon ? theme music, but something is not quite right. Plomley’s questions are dislocated in time and space, the musical choices all appear simultaneously familiar yet weirdly unfamiliar, while the guest’s identity is constantly morphing from one unlikely achievement to another.

As the broadcast continues we hear comments from the listening family, sometimes about the programme they are listening to, sometimes about their own private lives, and sometimes about the world they inhabit in their parallel universe. From the radio, we learn that Princess Marty was a close friend of Geoffrey Chaucer, was present at the coronation of the future King William V, was a roadie for the grunge band Nirvana, and the creator of an edible diet book where each page contains sufficient calories, vitamins, and nutrients for a full, balanced meal.

Co-written with Paul Sparks, the delivery style will make full use of Victor’s audio skills and imagination, with polyphonic sound worlds suddenly emerging and disappearing, and recurring strands that will both explore and explode many of the conventions of broadcasting. We investigate not only what happens in front of the microphone, but what happens behind it.

Written by Victor Lewis Smith and Paul Sparks

Record Number Six is an Associated Rediffusion Production for Radio 4

Produced by Andrew McGibbon

Victor Lewis-Smith's first radio show for twenty years explores a parallel radio universe.