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BBC Radio 4 play for James Marsters

James' website & Facebook have announced a BBC Radio play for him and i quote, with a review that was posted on the BBC site

James will be going into the voice studio to work on the BBC radio production of Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris and adapted for radio by Jeff Young. Kate McAll will direct. The radio transmission is currently scheduled for Friday, December 11, 2009 at 14:15 on BBC Radio 4. We will post more details as we get them.

  • Then We Came To The End is the debut novel from American Joshua Ferris.

    Then We Came To The End
    After leaving college, Ferris worked in a couple of Chicago advertising firms and, entranced by the 'euphemisms, hierarchies, secret meetings and protocols' he found there, started work on this book.

    Although bitingly funny about the day to day tedium of office life, the Ferris aims to give us a rounded picture of 21st century work - its satisfactions and comforts as well as its horrors.

    It's told in the first person plural with the narrator speaking as the collective of people who work in the office. However, there is a constant tension throughout between the community spirit of the co-workers and the fierce competition for the dwindling jobs after the dot com bubble has burst.

    With one ex member of the group threatening a deadly return to the workplace he detested, the stress begins to tell on the remaining workers.

    Ferris takes his title from Don DeLillo's Americana - a work he cites as a huge influence - and as Vietnam is a subtle spectre in that novel, so September 11th is carefully treated here.

    Will our panel find the new young American voice has captured the zeitgeist or pin their hopes on DeLillo's own take on 21st century America out later this year?


Sounds like his twist on the Office!!  *gad, i hope it's better than that trash*


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Sep. 17th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
I quite like the sound of the book...
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