Out Of The Blue

Peggy Reynolds explores how writers have been inspired by incidents of strange weather.

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1/2. The Long Hot Summer of 1976

Peggy Reynolds explores how writers have been inspired by incidents of strange weather. She talks to Ruth Rendell, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan, Stephen Poliakoff, Laura Wilson and Alex Wheatle about how the long hot summer of 1976 affected their writing.

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2/2. The Great Storm of 1987

Peggy Reynolds explores how writers have been inspired by incidents of strange weather. In the second of two programmes, she talks to Ruth Rendell, A.S. Byatt, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tim Lott, Tim Binding and Grace Nicholls about how the great storm of 1987 affected their writing.

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Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 July 199119910708

Producer: J. LEONARD

Next in series: 1

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08 Jul 1991 21:00-22:00 (RADIO 1)

Recorded on 1991-07-03.

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Peggy talks to Ruth Rendell, Antonia Fraser, Ian Mcewan, Stephen Poliakoff, Laura Wilson and Alex Wheatle about how the long hot summer of 1976 affected their writing.

Peggy Reynolds explores how writers have been inspired by incidents of strange weather.

1/2. The Long Hot Summer of 1976

Peggy talks to Ruth Rendell, Antonia Fraser, Ian McEwan, Stephen Poliakoff, Laura Wilson and Alex Wheatle about how the long hot summer of 1976 affected their writing.

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Peggy talks to Ruth Rendell, As Byatt, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tim Lott, Tim Binding and Grace Nicholls about how the great storm of 1987 affected their writing.

Peggy Reynolds explores how writers have been inspired by incidents of strange weather.

2/2. The Great Storm of 1987

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A cabal inside the UK's police force conspires to undermine the government. Starring Anthony Howell, Philip Jackson and Lesley Manville.

When East Midlands police superintendent Laurie Creed (Anthony Howell) is approached by a right wing MP and a couple of police chiefs he wonders about their agenda. Talk turns to politics and anger at the current government's cuts. It's time for action, they say.

Set in contemporary Britain, Michael Eaton's fictional drama imagines that a rogue element in the Association of Chief Police Officers is meddling in politics. Producer David Morley says the Andrew Lansley "Plebgate" affair was the inspiration for the drama. "When a Cabinet Minister was forced to resign, despite denying any wrongdoing, on allegations backed up only by the verbal evidence of a few policemen, it made me wonder what the UK's police could do if they really were politically motivated."

Writer: Michael Eaton

Producer: David Morley

Director: Dirk Maggs

A Perfectly Normal production for BBC Radio 4.

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