The best radio shows of Christmas


Radio play, HR 2, Saturday, 2:04 p.m.

Christiane Ohaus has staged Jane Austen’s novel for the radio in four 80-minute parts. The focus is on the bright 21-year-old Emma Woodhouse, who, as the narrator Katja Riemann reported at the beginning, gets her way too easily and tends to think too much of herself. Emma enjoys making marriages a lot. But it is often wrong with its assessments of people and their character and tendencies – to the detriment of those affected. Emma is a story about classicism and social presumption as well as about female emancipation (the further consequences: Saturday, 5.30 p.m. and Sunday, 14.04 and 5.30 p.m.). SR 2 has a Charlotte Brontë radio play in its program: Jane Eyre (Saturday, 7:04 pm, December 26th and January 1st, 7:04 pm and January 2nd, 5:04 pm).

Orlando – To the lighthouse – Jacob’s room

Radio play trilogy, Bayern 2, Saturday, 9:05 p.m.

The British writer Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was a pioneer of literary modernism who made a decisive contribution to breaking up rigid patterns in the way that had been told in fictional and biographical terms up to that point. The director Katja Langenbach has staged three of Woolf’s works as radio plays since 2012, broadcast by Bayern 2 between Christmas and Epiphany. In the beginning there is the fantastic story Orlando. A biography. The title character lives from the 16th to the 20th century and goes from man to woman (December 25-30, daily 9:05 p.m.). Is more oriented towards one’s own family biography To the lighthouse, in which immediacy and reflection are cleverly nested (31.12.-2.1., 9:05 p.m. each time). Jacob’s room finally circles a man who never speaks himself (3-6 January, 9:05 p.m. each time).

Playball earth

Radio series, Deutschlandfunk, Friday, 2:05 p.m.

Deutschlandfunk has combined seven programs into one program focus that deals with climate change. The approaches of the individual productions are very different. This is how the radio play collective Serotonin negotiates in the guise of a science fiction radio play – The Van Berg Constant – Excitation waves in research (Friday, 3:05 p.m.). Before that, Gaby Hartel deals with the feature Spitzbergen – Thinking and acting in the ice, with which the focus begins on how an artist program uses global attention to raise awareness of the thawing of the permafrost. Other programs are: Before, during or after the apocalypse? Where are we today such as How dare you (Saturday, 2:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m.) and Bugs & Beats & Beasts by Andreas Ammer and Console (Sunday, 3:05 p.m.).

The Big Bang

Children’s radio play, Bayern 2, Saturday, 7:05 a.m.

Where there are noises, there has to be someone who makes them: Kilian Leypold invented the Great Noise Maker for his children’s radio play, who is at the beginning of all things because he is responsible for the Big Bang. Since the beginning of time there have also been three voices with onomatopoeic names: Woosh, Boom and Paff. As life on earth evolves, the Foley can give them bodies too, and so they become dinosaurs, chickens and ducks, and eventually humans. However, since the great noisemaker tends to be immensely awkward, a lot goes wrong on this funny trip through the history of the earth. However, every correction brings with it new chaos, which the committed speaker ensemble with relish creates together with the noisemaker Max Bauer.

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