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012016010420160105 (R4)

Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Episode 1:

A star is born - in Kenosha.

Written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

022016010520160106 (R4)

Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Episode 2:

Orson gets his first professional acting job at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.

Written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

032016010620160107 (R4)

Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Episode 3:

A 20 year old white actor from the Midwest is the surprise appointment to direct Macbeth for the Negro Unit.

Written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

At 20, and white, Orson is the surprise appointment to direct the Negro Unit's Macbeth.

042016010720160108 (R4)

Welles finds himself at the centre of a political storm. Will the show go on?

Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Episode 4:

Until Orson, no one wanted to produce Marc Bernstein's pro-labour opera The Cradle Will Rock, with its clear left-wing union sympathies. Enthralled with Bernstein, Orson with his partner John Houseman, commit to a Broadway run. But as the hot subject of unionisation rages across the nation, the Federal Theatre Project is made to take drastic action.

Written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST2016010820160109 (R4)

Welles and Houseman agree on an adaptation of The War of the Worlds. What could go wrong?

Orson Welles, the defining wunderkind of modern entertainment, gets his due in a new biography of his early years - including his first forays in theatre and radio before his groundbreaking move to Hollywood.

Episode 5:

Welles and Houseman agree on a Halloween Eve adaptation of The War Of The Worlds. What could possibly go wrong?

Written by Patrick McGilligan

Read by Jack Klaff

Abridged and produced by Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.