Words And Music [Chris Paling]

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01The Piano Player Does Not Do Requests2013063020170508 (BBC7)

A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 1: The Piano Player Does Not Do Requests.
Snow falls on the village pub. A stranger walks in and orders a whisky. Slowly, hesitantly, he tells his strange story to the landlord - a tale of a fortune being made and the woman he made it for.

Occasionally he breaks off to listen to the piano being played in the room next door. But will he ever know how important the music is to the story of his life?

Read by Philip Jackson
Music composed and performed by Cormac Dorrian
Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

A stranger walks into a village pub and hesitantly tells his strange story to the landlord

Series of stories by Chris Paling where the music plays as important a role as the words

02My Old Man2013070720170509 (BBC7)A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 2: My Old Man
Bee loves Brad but she's worried they're stuck in a rut. He seems to care more for his guitar than he does for her. When the skater boy next door shows an interest in her she begins to wonder if there's not a better world for her somewhere else.

But Brad has his own concerns - concerns about his health he can only voice in the darkness of his room when he plays his guitar. Soon, even that is not enough, and finally they have to face the fact it's more than music keeping them apart.

Read by Suranne Jones
Music composed and performed by Andrew Cresswell-Davis
Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Bee loves Brad, but he seems to care more for his guitar than he does for her.

Series of stories by Chris Paling where the music plays as important a role as the words

03Darkness In Degrees2013071420170510 (BBC7)A series of stories by novelist Chris Paling, in which the music plays as important a role as the words.

Episode 3: Darkness in Degrees

Explosions echo through the streets of Old Damascus but life must go on for the people of the city. Each day an architect goes dutifully to his office and his small team of workers. He loves his city and he loves his family - especially his daughter. Like him, she's a strong character. They clash. But they have a ritual. Every week she gives him a new piece of music. He listens to it and they discuss it and he comes to understand a little more about her.

When a car bomb explodes outside his office it robs him of his hearing - but has it also robbed him of his beloved daughter?

Read by Kayvan Novak
Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Will the war in Syria come between a father and daughter?

Series of stories by Chris Paling where the music plays as important a role as the words