BBC Radio 4 will put the spotlight on character creations on Saturday 29th March, with some of them taking over as presenters for the day.
Dawn French will be stepping back into Reverend Geraldine Granger’s shoes to offer her alternative Thought For The Day on the Today programme, written especially for Character Invasion by Richard Curtis, and Chris Packham will be reporting from the streets of New York for Tweet for the Day, hot on the trail of Big Bird.
The original cast of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy will reunite for a special performance, broadcast live from the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. Led by Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, they will be bringing to life the characters created for them by Douglas Adams in highlights from the entire Hitchhiker’s saga. They are joined on stage by a Special Guest Voice Of The Book – Douglas’s long-time collaborator and sometime flat mate, John Lloyd (QI).
Radio 4’s Character Invasion will explore what it takes to create a character – from how you bring them to life to how you let them go – beginning with a new production of Hamlet starring History Boy Jamie Parker and broadcast over five afternoons in the week leading up to Character Invasion Day, to Hilary Mantel and Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding talking about what it is like to let go of a character in a special programme. Actress Maxine Peake will also be reflecting on the nature of character, in conversation with Sally Hawkins, Michael Sheen, Anne Scargill and Adil Ray.
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4, says: “What makes some fictional characters stay with us all our lives? Why does it take fictional characters to reveal deeper human truths? And what really brings these characters to life? I am delighted to announce anarchy on Radio 4 for a day when some of our favourite characters from drama, literature and comedy will be dropping in and out of the schedule when you least expect it to explore and examine the nature of character.”