Monday 11 December 2017

Pinter works to have radio premiere

Harold Pinter's Victory and The Dreaming Child screenplays will be premiered as part of a Radio 4 series
Harold Pinter's Victory and The Dreaming Child screenplays will be premiered as part of a Radio 4 series

Two forgotten screenplays by Harold Pinter will be premiered on Radio 4 as part of a series on unmade movies.

The first - Victory, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad - was written in 1982 but never made it to the big screen.

It will be produced by Richard Eyre and stars Mark Strong, Simon Russell Beale and Bjarne Henriksen from cult Scandinavian shows The Killing and Borgen.

It will be broadcast today and followed by another work, The Dreaming Child, next Saturday.

The second screenplay, based on a short story by Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen, stars Last Tango In Halifax's Anne Reid and Rose Leslie from Game Of Thrones.

Radio 4 drama commissioner Jeremy Howe said: "It isn't often that you can announce the premiere of a script by the late great Harold Pinter, one of the leading dramatists of the twentieth century, and then two come along, both wonderfully Pinteresque and both utterly different in tone and approach. This will be a treat for listeners."

London-born Pinter, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005, died in 2008.

His career included critically-acclaimed plays such as The Birthday Party and regular work writing screenplays including The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant's Woman.

Press Association

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