BBC Radio Dramatization of The Hobbit

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BBC Radio Dramatization of The Hobbit

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Over at The OneRing.Net were going to listen to and discuss the BBC's Radio Dramatization of The Hobbit. Here is the link if you want to head over and see the schedule. The CD's are broken up into chapters and were going to discuss a chapter every 2 weeks except over Thanksgiving and Christmas when we'll take a break. Should be fun.
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I saw that. I hope you enjoy the discussion (I don't own it, and I've never listened to it, so I won't be participating).
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Just noticed in my latest catalogue from The Book People that they are offerring the BBC Radio adaptations CD collection (The Hobbit & LoTR) at a rather attractive price of £22 plus p&p...

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It's about time I replaced my old audio cassette version of LotR! :D
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That's an absolutely fantastic deal!
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I can't say I liked the Radio Hobbit. There are all sorts of niggles with it, not least being the way Thorin's name is pronounced. It's not a patch on LOTR.

The better BBC Hobbit was the Jackanory version with Bernard Cribbins in the late 70s on the TV. For non-Brits Jacakanory was a programme where a book would be read by a well known person. Even Prince Charles did one. The Hobbit was doen over several days but with multiple actors taking the parts.
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Is there a copy available anywhere precious?
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I tried searching a month or so ago, but only came up with this:



gives a brief flavour for those who are wondering what it was like... (and I count myself among the fortunate who fondly remember the original broadcasts!)

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The wikipedia entry on Hobbit adaptations reports David Wood (the one on the right in the glasses) as saying that the Tolkien Estate has prevented a video release.
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Jackanory's October 1979 adaptation of 'The Hobbit'

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Elentári wrote:I tried searching a month or so ago, but only came up with this:

http://youtu.be/1efGqdPtZPg

gives a brief flavour for those who are wondering what it was like... (and I count myself among the fortunate who fondly remember the original broadcasts!)

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Like you, Elentári, I was old enough to watch and understand those broadcasts, my first experience of Tolkien's works. They made an impression on me, though a delayed one, as it was two years later before I began to read the book. The occasion was my family moving house, and me coming across a forgotten copy of The Hobbit, and eventually reading it to pieces. The rest, for me, is history... :)
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And here you are. :)
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Somewhere we've got a thread about how people came to discover Tolkien. I should try to unearth that this weekend.
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OK, I know that this thread is three years old, but I am coming late to the party . . . :-)

The "Jackanory" version of "The Hobbit" was my first exposure to Tolkien, too. I was seven years old when it was broadcast in October 1979, and it literally changed my life: here I am, posting on a Tolkien forum 35 years later, because of how much impact that programme had on me. I haven't seen it since, although I would dearly love to, but clearly I now list "The Silmarillion" among my very favourite books in some part because of how much of an impression Bernard Cribbins' portayal of Bilbo made on me as a child.

The programme itself may be unobtainable, but I recently learned that the unabridged soundtrack was released on CD (ISBN 978-1471358371) in October 2013, so I will at least get to hear with adult ears what it was that captured my childhood imagination so completely.
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Oh fantastic! Thanks for this Zapruder - They have it on Amazon, so I'm ordering my copy right away! (can get a brand new one even cheaper from in the new/used offers, as well!)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hobbit-Jack ... 1471358372
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Welcome to the party, Zapruder.
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Many thanks for the welcome, Voronwë, and thank you for creating this place for Tolkien fans to gather!
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Added to my Wish List!
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So the "Jackanory" CD has been ordered, but it is going to be a Christmas present from my wife, which means I have to wait nine months! I've waited 35 years to hear this again, so it shouldn't be a problem waiting (yeah, right . . . ), but if anyone hears it first a report would be most welcome :-)
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I kinda hope you will be first. It seems like it would be fitting. That having been said, I think I may well pick up a copy myself. I've never heard it!

Maybe you can lead a group discussion of it at some point in the future. :)
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I got a notification yesterday that my copy has been despatched, due any time after Thursday, so looks like I will probably be the first to listen!
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Christmas comes early for the birthday girl. :love:
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