Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby Lynnedean » Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:35 pm

Listed for reference: Michael Kitchen audio recordings made for general broadcast on BBC Radio 3 or 4 from 1972 to date. Most are drama productions; roles played are given in brackets. Titles in orange were serialised book readings. Titles in lilac were arts programmes in which Michael Kitchen's voice was heard. Titles in blue have at some time been commercially released on cassette tape and/or CD, and may still be obtainable on such as eBay or Amazon.

Please note that this list is not comprehensive.


1972 - Breaking Point based on novel Nerve by Dick Francis, serialised in 6 parts (Rob Finn)
1972 - According To Age, Aptitude and Ability by Jeffrey Segal. (Cliff Atkins)
1973 - Exit Pursued by Rony Robinson (Geoff)
1975 - Viviette by Frederick Bradnum, based on Thomas Hardy's Two on a Tower (Swithin St Cleeve)
1975 - Billy Liar by Willis Hall & Keith Waterhouse. Book reading in 12 parts.
1976 - No Man's Land by Harold Pinter (Foster)
1979 - Chicken On the Road by Bob Wilson (Youth)
1979 - Love's Labours Lost by Shakespeare (Ferdinand, King of Navarre)
1980 - The Englishman Abroad by Christopher Douglas (Harold Larwood)
1981 - Family Voices by Harold Pinter (The Son)
1982 - Kaleidoscope Arts prog, this edition dealing with production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. (Voice of Tchaikovsky)
1983 - A Trail of Blood by Alan Scott and Chris Bryant, based on novel by Jeremy Potter (Brother Thomas)
1983 - A Marriage of Convenience by Michael Wall (Paul)
1983 - Road To Rocio by Douglas Livingstone (Richard)
1984 - Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, serialised in 10 parts (John Rokesmith)
1986 - By a Roman Road by John Kirkmorris (Clive)
1987 - RSC In Repertoire 30-min arts prog re Michael Bogdanov's production of Richard II
1987 - RSC In Repertoire 30-min arts prog re Michael Bogdanov's production of Romeo and Juliet
1987 - King Priam by Andrew Rissick (Paris)
1988 - The Thought of Lydia by Frederick Raphael (Gyges)
1990 - Benefactors by Michael Frayn (David)
1990 - Excuse Fingers by John Peacock (Herbert Armstrong)
1990 - Seed by Colin Haydn Evans (Alan)
1991 - Design For Living by Noel Coward (Leo)
1991 - Arcady by Guy Meredith (Malcolm)
1991 - The Art of Success by Nick Dear (William Hogarth)
1992 - The Comedians by Graham Greene, serialised in 8 parts (Brown)
1992 - Walk or Die by David Gooderson (Major Crowther)
1995 - Dead Man's Ransom by Ellis Peters, serialised in 5 parts (Narrator)
1995 - The Diary of Samuel Pepys dramatised by Neville Smith, serialised in 6 parts (Duke of York)
1995 - The Golden Demon - Adolphe Sax by Neil Cargill
1996 - Victorian Interiors: Dickens and the Mouse by Michael Butt (Charles Dickens)
1996 - Kind Hearts and Coronets by Roy Horniman (Louis Chalfont Mazzini)
1998 - Bleak House by Charles Dickens, serialised in 5 parts (John Jarndyce)
1999 - Know What I Mean by John Mortimer (Husband)
1999 - The Perfect Woman by Michael Butt (Jack)
1999 - Amsterdam by Ian McEwan. Book reading in 10 parts
2002 - The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie (Dr Rose)
2011 - The Roland Darvelle Hotel, Pub and Murder Guide by Rhys Thomas (Roland Darvelle)

Notes re commercial releases: Agatha Christie's The Hound of Death is always popping up on eBay UK, as it was given away on CD with a popular British newspaper. Design For Living was released only as an inclusion on a DVD collection of BBC productions of Noel Coward plays.
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby hughsbeautiful » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:40 pm

Thank you SO much for this!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby kitchentease » Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:55 am

:thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: more ways to have MK interfere with RL
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby mohairMK » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:09 am

I would love to hear Him read "Dead Man's Ransom" by Ellis Peters. Her Cadfael novels are among my absolute favorites. :obsessed:

Any way we can find these recordings to listen to? :noidea:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby Lynnedean » Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:44 am

The recording of Amsterdam, the novel by Ian McEwan, which has never been released as an audio book, is the only book-reading in the list, mohair; all the other items are dramas recorded for broadcast on BBC radio. The only dramatisations that have been commerically released are Bleak House, Our mutual Friend, The Hound of Death and Dead Man's Ransom, and copies of these on cassette or CD can still be found on such as eBay or Amazon (on the latter, do avoid those Market Place sellers who charge stupidly high prices; there's something suspiciously odd going on there. :-? ) Design For Living is also available commerically, but only as included in a DVD collection of BBC productions of the plays of Noel Coward.

In Dead Man's Ransom, Michael Kitchen is merely the narrator who links particular parts of the story. As far as I remember, he doesn't have a great deal to do, but if you wish to hear it, the recording is available on CD at reasonable cost from, for example, Amazon US ... Amazon.com - Dead Man's Ransom on CD

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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby Sunshine » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:45 pm

Great reference, Lynne. Thanks a bunch!!! :thumbsup: :mrgreen:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby amiga » Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:56 pm

I'm still laughing at The Roland Darvelle Hotel, Pub and Murder Guide

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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby mohairMK » Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:52 pm

amiga wrote:I'm still laughing at The Roland Darvelle Hotel, Pub and Murder Guide

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Oh, I love that one! :lol:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby starlight » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:18 pm

Lynnedean wrote:The recording of Amsterdam, the novel by Ian McEwan, which has never been released as an audio book...

Just our luck. Wish I'd heard it. It was certainly a good read. :sad:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby Lynnedean » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:11 am

starlight wrote:
Lynnedean wrote:The recording of Amsterdam, the novel by Ian McEwan, which has never been released as an audio book...

Just our luck. Wish I'd heard it. It was certainly a good read.

BBC Radio 4 Extra often plays old BBC recordings of plays and book readings (although not as many as it used to; these days it seems increasingly to fill its schedules with more and more repeats of programmes from Radio 4 that have only recently aired on that station). Michael Kitchen's reading of Amsterdam must surely be in archives, so a while back, in the hope that the Beeb had copyright of this particular recording, I tried asking about the possibility of it being aired on R4 Extra, but nothing came of that. We could try again, but it looks to me as though the BBC has done its damnedest to make it a as difficult as possible to contact them about anything! I think doing it via the Internet is not the way to go, and that good ol' snail mail is probably the best method.
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby Lynnedean » Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:31 pm

Have edited the list to make some corrections and additions as follows:

In Excuse Fingers, Michael Kitchen's role was that of Armstrong.
Billy Liar was a book reading, not a play, first aired in 1975.
Now included in the list are three arts programmes in which Michael Kitchen's voice was heard, and the 1972 radio play According To Age, Aptitude and Ability.
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby starlight » Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:34 pm

Thank you Lynne. :rose:
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Re: Michael Kitchen radio recordings - list

Postby hughsbeautiful » Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:01 pm

Yes, thank you for this. :thumbsup: Would love to hear Excuse Fingers, but I think it is lost.
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