Summoned By Bells

By John Betjeman.
A radio version of the best-selling verse autobiography, voiced by Betjeman from a recording made in the 1960s. The poet remembers his Highgate Hill childhood, Cornish holidays, school in Oxford and the master who inspired his growing love of architecture.
With a sympathetic soundscape, and specially composed music by Jim Parker, played by the Nash Ensemble.

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19980702

An audio picture following 24 hours in the life of London as told by bells, background noise and snatches of conversation.

20060828
19900913

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900914

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900917

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900918

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900919

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

6/9.

20 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

07 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900920

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

6/9.

20 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

07 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

7/9.

21 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

08 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900921

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

6/9.

20 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

07 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

7/9.

21 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

08 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

8/9.

24 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

09 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

19900924

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

6/9.

20 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

07 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

7/9.

21 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

08 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

8/9.

24 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

09 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Next in series: JONATHAN SON OF JEREMIAH 4/5

9/9.

25 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

12 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

0119900925

Producer: REID, A

Next in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

Previous in series: GALLOWGLASS 10/10

Description

1/9.

John Betjeman reads his verse autobiography.

Adapted for A Book at Bedtime in 9 parts.

Producer Alec REID.

Subject Categories

readings programmes (programme format)

profiles (programme format)

summoned by bells (poem)

Broadcast history

13 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

31 Jul 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

John Betjeman (Author)

Alec Reid (Producer)

Recorded on 1990-06-22.

Previous in series: SUMMONED BY BELLS

2/9.

14 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

01 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

3/9.

17 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

02 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

4/9.

18 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

05 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

5/9.

19 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

06 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

6/9.

20 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

07 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

7/9.

21 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

08 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

8/9.

24 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

09 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

Next in series: JONATHAN SON OF JEREMIAH 4/5

9/9.

25 Sep 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)

12 Aug 1991 08:43-08:58 (RADIO 4)

2001021820010224

A new version for radio of John Betjeman's verse autobiography.

Taken from a recording Betjeman made in the 60s, the poet remembers his Highgate Hill childhood, Cornish holidays, school in Oxford and the master who inspired his love of architecture.

With specially composed music by Jim Parker.