Saturday, 25 July 2015

Talking about books on Radio 4 with Dan Damon

On Sunday 26th July, author Sophie Neville spoke to Dan Damon on 'Broadcasting House', the BBC Radio 4 signature Sunday morning programme repeated at greater length on the BBC World Service series World Update, which you can listen to by clicking here.

Dan asked her about making the film 'Swallows and Amazons', commenting on the enduring success of Arthur Ransome's story.

'It is the childhood we want for our own children,' Sophie told him, and people want others to see the film that caught their imagination as a child.

The programme includes an interview with Robert Thompson, the piratical skipper of the Coniston Launch,  chatting from Coniston water and Rusland Church in the English Lake District where Arthur Ransome and his wife are buried.

Sophie Neville, who played the part of Titty in the 1974 film, divulges some of the secrets of filming, as recounted in her bestselling ebook and illustrated filmography published by Classic TV Press entitled 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons'