BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime from Monday 13 May: John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth

Hot on the heels of the publication of John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth comes an adaptation of the novel for BBC Radio 4’s wonderful ‘Book at Bedtime’ slot.

The first of ten episodes, wittily titled ‘Between A Rock And A Hard Place’, will be broadcast on Monday 13 May, from 10.45 to 11.00pm (GMT). The narrator is Damian Lewis, famous (amongst other things) for his Emmy-winning role as Nicholas Brody in the American hit series Homeland.

Here’s the publicity blurb accompanying the adaptation from the BBC:

>> Damian Lewis begins John le Carré’s gripping, brand-new novel about a good man who must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service.

An undercover counter-operation in the British colony of Gibraltar [the eponymous Rock]; a middle-ranking man from the Foreign Office serving as ‘eyes on’ and reporting to an ambitious Minister; the aim to capture a jihadist arms-buyer: the success, assured.

But back in the UK a junior officer has his doubts and commits an unthinkable act. Three years on, he will find himself facing an impossible choice. In a journey that will take him from Cornwall to Wales via murky secrets in the depths of Whitehall, Toby Bell will try to find out the truth about the night on the Rock and bring it the attention and justice it deserves.<<

The novel is abridged by Sally Marmion and produced by Di Speirs for the BBC.

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13 thoughts on “BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime from Monday 13 May: John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth

      • Mostly – there are some odd gaps, but I haven’t had problems with Book at Bedtime in the past. (The new-ish website is hopelessly confusing, but that’s a separate problem!)

  1. Listened to the first episode last night, good article on the B.@ B page on BBC Radio 3 web page.
    Do try & get hold of the DVD of The Perfect Spy, last couple of episodes next Saturday. Forget the
    over rated Broadchurch, this is the real deal! Have to say very impressed with the first episode of
    the new BBC2 crime drama ‘The Fall’, hope they can keep it up over the next 4 episodes. Gillian
    Anderson was really good, much more like a female detective in a Scandi drama.

    • Thanks for the heads up on the B@B page, Brian – will take a look. And yes, will definitely get hold of The Perfect Spy. I was going to order Broadchurch too as most seem to have rated it highly – but I see that you’re not of the same view!

      There was a review of ‘The Fall’ in The Guardian today. It looked good if a little creepy. I can believe that Gillian Anderson would be very good in that kind of detective role. Will catch up if I’m feeling brave enough.

  2. excellent article in this weeks RT by Alison Graham on the Fall, also this Sunday on Radio 4 ‘ The
    Mask of Dimitrios’ by Eric Ambler. Love radio drama! Foreign Bodies & Martin Beck returning in July.

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