The Restoration Of Otto Laird

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0120141027

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode One.

Otto's mood darkens after he reads a disturbing article in the Architectural Review.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0220141028

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Two.

79-year-old Otto gets an invitation to go to London to make a TV documentary about Marlowe House. But will he decide to go?

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0320141029

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Three.

Otto flies from Geneva to London to start work on the TV documentary, only to become haunted by his past.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0420141030

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Four.

With no filming to do until the afternoon, Otto goes for a walk in Fitzrovia and revisits the scenes of former triumphs.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0520141031

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Five.

During filming, Otto recalls how the design for Marlowe House was achieved, and in particular the inspiration of his first wife, Cynthia.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0620141103

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Six

With the cameras rolling, Otto listens as some residents talk about their lives in Marlowe House.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0720141104

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Seven

Sparked off by a resident of Marlowe House, Otto reassesses his troubled relationship with his son, Daniel.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0820141105

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Eight

On the last day of filming, Otto remembers the later years of his marriage to Cynthia.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0920141106

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Nine

Sitting on a bench outside the hospital in Queens Square, Otto relives the last months of Cynthia's illness.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

10 LAST20141107

A story of memory and place, old age and architecture.

"Otto had felt surprisingly nervous on the plane across from Geneva; not from any fear of flying, but a fear of what he was flying to. (...) Throughout the short flight he experienced a strange inner turbulence. He had a queasy sensation that he was re-establishing a connection with the past; flying backwards into his own memories. He would no longer be experiencing them from a distance, but in the city where they had once been real."

Architect Otto Laird has been living a semi-reclusive life with his second wife in Switzerland. But he is forced to re-engage with the wider world when he learns that his landmark building Marlowe House - a 1960s tower block in South London - has been marked for demolition.

Episode Ten

With Otto unconscious, his wife Annika and his son Daniel meet at his hospital bedside.

Nigel Packer lives in London. He has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. The Restoration Of Otto Laird is his first novel.

Reader: Allan Corduner

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.